World's best new spas

Relax and rejuvenate at the world's top-ranked spas. -- Craig Robertson, SUN files

Relax and rejuvenate at the world's top-ranked spas. -- Craig Robertson, SUN files


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Spectacular scenery and local traditions -- from native plants to village healers -- are the hallmarks of destination spas recommended by two magazines.

Spa magazine's May/June issue lists the five best new spas. They are:

  • The St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, Colo.,, which specializes in treatments based on local botanicals like pine seed powder.

  • Hotel Casa Del Mar spa, in Santa Monica, Calif.,, where you can take some treatments outdoors while listening to the sound of the surf.

  • The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa,, which opens in June in Arizona's Red Rock country.

  • The Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,, which offers a "cactus body wrap" (no, it doesn't hurt -- the desert plants are merely ingredients).

  • The Ritz-Carlton's Spa Village in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,, where a Malay healer prescribes traditional remedies like brewed herbs.

    Cowboys & Indians, a lifestyle magazine about the Western United States, takes a look at spas in New Mexico and Colorado in its June issue. The magazine lists nine spas where the visitor experience includes everything from restorative mountain vistas to sage-based body scrubs.

    The spas highlighted by Cowboys & Indians are Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa in Taos, N.M.,; St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colo.,; The Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, N.M.,; La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M.,; Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colo.,; Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.,; Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M.,; The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.,; Wyndham Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa in Telluride, Colo.,

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