Our Guide to the World's Chicest Spas

You can thank us later. We explore the exotic, superluxe treatments to try stateside and far, far beyond.

By Joy Hernon

May 9, 2012 10:00 AM

La Prairie Spa at Hotel Bel-Air

Local flavor: Treat your used and abused paws better than you normally do with an indulgent Illuminating Manicure and Pedicure ($80 and $120, respectively). The facial for your hands and feet begins with a gentle (yet effective) exfoliation care of a beta hydroxy acid peel. And just when you thought your skin couldn't get any smoother, a rich microdermabrasion cream infused with diamonds, freshwater pearls, and quartz crystals buffs away another layer to reveal a serious glow. End with a lavish massage application of La Prairie's good-enough-to-eat white caviar soufflé, which plumps skin and targets age spots. Afterward, cool your baby-soft heels — and hands — on the spa's private outdoor patio, complete with a lush wall of greenery and a waterfall.

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