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Luxuriate in a gold-tiled pool at the St. Regis Lhasa spa in Tibet.
Luxuriate in a gold-tiled pool at the St. Regis Lhasa spa in Tibet.

High touch v. high-tech healing at spas around the world Add to ...

South Africa: South Africa's Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers some of the finest non-surgical anti-aging facials. With a focus on recapturing a youthful appearance, they offer state-of-the-art innovations and "cosmeceuticals." My experience with Dermalogica's ChromaWhite is a big hit - accelerating brightening, improving skin clarity, creating a fresh, healthy tone. This effective treatment targets the appearance of sun and age spots, shielding skin against further environmental damage. Another cutting-edge marvel is the Medibac Clearing Treatment, intended to address acne breakouts, leaving skin visibly disinfected and wonderfully decongested. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa on Victoria Road, Camps Bay, South Africa; 27-0-21-437-9255; 12apostleshotel.com

Australia: Saffire Freycinet's Spa Saffire is a jewel of the Tasmanian wilderness, a state-of-the-art sanctuary to restore vitality, both energetically and aesthetically. Oprah gave the spa an enthusiastic thumbs up - which actually came across as quite genuine - while touring Australia. A big attraction is the sought-after DL Dioriti Volcanic Magma body shaping, a rare shaping therapy that actually boasts heavyweight R&D behind it. The spa line has developed a product that when moulded in your therapist's hands, the minerals of diorite, an igneous rock, help "drain" stubborn fat deposits. Saffire's Jewel Collection of facials features advanced technology to release the unique skin-beautification qualities of sapphire, gold and diamond dust. This luxury coastal refuge reflects Australia's growing reputation as a sophisticated spa destination. Saffire overlooks the wide expanses of Great Oyster Bay, where migrating whales and dolphins are often spotted from guest suites. Local farms produce fresh, succulent oysters in some of the world's cleanest waters. Saffire Freycinet at 2352 Coles Bay Rd., Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia; 03-6256-7888; saffire-freycinet.com.au

The Philippines: The Farm at San Benito is a haven of scientific spa "feats" in the raw jungles of the Philippines. From Digital Meridian Diagnostic Therapy and Nutritional Microscopy to Infusion Therapy and Liver Cleansing, this spa sets a new standard for serious detox devotees. Services include preventative and curative medical care, cosmetic anti-aging and lifelong-wellness programs. A team of doctors, lab specialists and nutritionists staffs the spa; this is the kind of performance-driven experience where you're encouraged to pack your latest abdominal ultrasound along with your bikini. The Farm at San Benito at 119 Barangay Tipakan, 4217 Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines; 63-2-884-8074; thefarm.com.ph

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