The Big Chill

From Paris to Paradise Island, four new places to shape up, cool down, and zone out.


Sense Spa, Rosewood Resort, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Located in the artists’ village of San Miguel, this sprawling spa draws inspiration from its south-of-the-border surroundings. The San Miguel Signature Mole treatment includes a massage and body scrub made from mole spices, while the Thermal Waters Wellness Journey starts out with a dip in the nearby natural thermal pools, followed by tea, breakfast, and a choice of services back at the spa (—Vanessa Lawrence

St. Pancras Spa, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London This painstakingly restored, grand-scale Victorian hotel—recently reopened after a 76-year hiatus—offers a menu of services that combine rituals from ancient cultures with modern technology. The Ko Bi Do Facial, for instance, uses age-old Japanese massage techniques to plump skin and tackle wrinkles; the Balinese Ritual of the Five Flowers Facial employs native Indonesian floral extracts like frangipani and lotus (—V.L.

Mandarin Oriental Spa, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Paris The newest Mandarin Oriental, which will debut on Paris’s storied rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré later this month, boasts an appropriately posh spa centered around a 50-foot, mosaic-tiled pool and waterfall. The spa menu balances signature services like the Bamboo Massage with new treats exclusive to the City of Light (—V.L.

Physique 57 at One & Only Ocean Club Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas Four times a year, New York fitness studio Physique 57 travels to the Caribbean, hosting a three-day retreat with its famously hard-ass instructors. (Think thigh-scorching squats and lunges.) The September retreat is already sold out; book now for the December session (—Kathy Lee

Photos: courtesy of the locations