The World's Coolest Spas

Not your mama's day spas here, the best out-of-the-box destinations that make us what to jump on a plane, stat.
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Indian Springs Resort & Spa

Calistoga, California (

Why It Rocks: After a strenuous day of wine tasting in Napa, we'd be content to cool our heels here. Wapoo Indians praised the area's therapeutic thermal geysers 8,000 years ago, and today, fatigued Hollywood execs still swear by them.

Signature Service: The Volcanic Ash Mudbath ($85) starts with a superthick (and slightly stinky) heated mud soak, followed by a purifying eucalyptus-and-lavender steam, and ends with a warm-blanket-wrapped 15-minute power nap in a private nook.

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Six Senses Spa at Hotel Missoni Kuwait

Kuwait City, Kuwait (

Why It Rocks: Colorful Italian design meets the Middle East. The holistic spa tucked in the brand-new Missoni hotel overlooks the Persian Gulf and makes use of local indulgences like organic dates and olives and delicious-smelling native spices, such as crushed cinnamon and dried coffee.

Signature Service: Be pampered like an Arabian princess — literally — with the Gulf Spices Ritual (approximately $300), a vigorous dry body brushing session followed by a ginger-and-sea-salt-infused bath and detoxifying frankincense-oil massage. Don't forget to grab a delish Dolce Fico drink made with fig, honey, cream, and raspberry-infused water on your way out the door.

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Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

Daintree, Queensland, Australia (

Why It Rocks: Ever dreamt of living in a tree house? Brooke Shields digs Daintree's bayans, or luxury eco-huts, perched high in the world's oldest living rain forest. If you can tear yourself away from the outdoor spa treatments that incorporate ancient Aboriginal healing rituals, you'll want to sign up for a heli-ride over the nearby reef — the only point on Earth where rain forest and reef meet. Spectacular.

Signature Service: The Walu BalBal Shine Face Facial ($150) uses potent indigenous ingredients like Quandong berry and bush honey to make your face glow like it never has before.

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Ten Thousand Waves

Santa Fe, New Mexico (

Why It Rocks: This traditional Japanese-style onsen bathhouse and ryokan (inn) nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains quirkily throws a touch of the Southwestern adobe aesthetic into the mix.

Signature Services: Indulge on a mind-blowing Yasuragi Head & Neck Treatment using pressure-point massage with warm camellia oil ($65), or enjoy a soak on the cheap ($25) in the clothing-optional communal tub. (Beware the naked hippies!)

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Seorak Waterpia

Gangwon-do Sokcho-si, South Korea (

Why It Rocks: This amusement-park-meets-Korean-sauna four hours outside of Seoul serves up natural mineral water in all imaginable forms: wave pool, waterfalls, rafting zone, and therapeutic hot and cool soaks, making it a year-round hot-springs hideaway for stressed-out city dwellers and numerous Korean pop stars.

Signature Service: Head to the Outdoor Leisure Spa area for traditional Korean hydrotherapy — their hyperaggressive whirlpools are said to have dramatic pain-relieving and circulation benefits — then hide out in the ladies-only cave bath and sauna ($45 for an all-access pass).

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