29 Spa at the Mansion on Peachtree, a Rosewood Hotel,
Given that Lydia Mondavi owns grape-seed-fueled 29 Cosmetics and is married to renowned winemaker Robert Mondavi Jr., it comes as no surprise that her debut spa revolves around vinotherapy. Set inside a stately Southern hotel, the inviting space offers such treatments as Cream of the Crop, an exfoliating facial that relies on antioxidant grape seeds culled from vineyards around the world, the Mondavis’ in Napa, California, included. A potentially dangerous treat is the shoe and handbag shopping service available in the manicure-pedicure room: Beginning in December, clients need only point to their favorite pair of Manolo Blahniks midpedi, and a personal butler will run across the street to Neiman Marcus to pick them up. “It’s like a Batphone to luxury,” Lydia jokes. 404.995.7500, rwmansiononpeachtree.com.
Sense, a Rosewood Spa at the Carlyle, New York
The historic Carlyle’s first-ever spa boasts an intimate salon run by New York hairstylist Yves Durif and a treatment menu that brings a hint of the quirky to the indulgent. The esoterically named Flowers Hold Life includes a private steam that doubles as a light show, with sounds and colors evoking thunderstorms or sunrises. Even more eccentric is the Apaisant Treatment, involving bundles of oak leaves from Central Park, which are sterilized, soaked in olive oil soap and then whisked across the body to exfoliate skin. Curious touches aside, the space flawlessly captures the Carlyle’s gracious style, both in its attitude (the facility’s gym opened prematurely to accommodate Tony Blair) and Art Deco decor, executed in warm, soothing grays. Especially impressive is the staircase leading down to the treatment rooms, which is surrounded by $70,000 worth of platinum tiles— the spa’s only show of flash. 212.660.7560, thecarlyle.com
Dior Institut at Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris
Inside Dior’s first Paris spa, the label’s latest fashion show is projected onto one wall, making for an artsy and edgy contrast to the otherwise pervasive atmosphere of tranquillity. Within the spa’s treatment rooms, however, the focus is entirely on relaxation. The L’Or de Vie facial fights signs of aging with grapevine extracts from France’s Château d’Yquem vineyard, the same formula that powers the company’s L’Or de Vie skincare line. To help hotel guests ease their way into the City of Light, Jambes en Apesanteur is a back and leg massage that aims to revive weary limbs after a taxing flight or an arduous shopping trip. 220.127.116.11.65.35, plaza-athenee-paris.com.