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Peninsula Spa (
Features: Roman-style indoor pool, large terrace, hair salon. Rooms HK$2,900-4,600
Spa bookings: Tel: 852-2366-6251
Hotel reservations: Tel: 852-2315-3135; Fax: 852-2722-4170


Jaipur: Rajvilas Spa
Tel: 800-962096; India's first luxury spa resort to use Ayurvedic therapies designed to put you in total harmony. Also features golf, horseback riding, swimming, tennis. Part of the Oberoi hotel group.
Hotel reservations: Tel: 91-141/640101; Fax: 91-141/640202


Bali: Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay (
An award-winning resort overlooking a private bay. Special spa package extended to Dec. 24, 1999. Inquire for details.
Hotel reservations: Tel: (62-361) 701010; Fax: 701022

Bali: Four Seasons Bali at Sayan (
Located on the sacred Ayung River, the accent here is on earth elements and use of clays and spices combined with fresh herbs, leaves and flowers from the region. Treatments include herbal and Ayurveda; Lulur Sayan, a traditional Balinese pre-wedding massage; volcanic mountain earth clay body mud masque.
Hotel reservations: Tel: (62-361) 701010; Fax: 701022

Bali: Ritz-Carlton Bali at Jimbaran Bay (
The first Asian resort for the Ritz-Carlton group. Set on a bluff overlooking Jimbaran Bay, all guests have unlimited use of the spa's facilities. Highlights include outdoor Balinese massage with native aromatic oils; offers lomi-lomi massage (long strokes on the forearms); Balinese Shiatsu, combining traditional Japanese and Balinese treatments; also offers Lulur and body mud treatments.
Hotel reservations: Tel: (62-361) 702222; Fax: 701555

West Java: Javana Spa
Founded in 1991 but only recently opened to public; loosely modeled after California's famed Open Door, offers 30 bungalows in the Japanese Honjin inn style (pebbled courtyards, waterfalls, ponds filled with koi). Besides traditional Indonesian massage or a volcanic mud body mask, indulge in whitewater rafting, rock climbing, bathing in natural outdoor sulfur pools, hiking sacred Mount Salak for views of waterfalls and volcanoes. Price: $1,100 per week.


Bangkok: Mandarin Oriental (
Among the first spas in Asia; offers a range of treatments, including the Papaya Body Polish, the Executive Body Rejuvenator, the Body Glow Hydrotherapy, and a 90-minute Jet Lag Recovery Treatment in addition to traditional Thai massage.
Spa bookings: Tel: 662-439-7613/4; Fax: 439-7587
Hotel reservations: Tel: 662-236-0400

Hua Hin: Chiva-Som International Health Resort (
Offers a range holistic treatments. The 1999 Asian Dream Package: three nights accommodation, three spa cuisine meals a day, one foot massage, a loofah scrub, facial, daily massage. Rates from US$768 per person (double).
Bookings: Tel: 66-32-536536; Fax: 66-32-511154; E-mail:

Phuket: Banyan Tree Phuket (
Voted the world's best spa by readers of Conde Nast Traveler last year. Opened in 1994, the emphasis is on pampering, with t'ai chi, yoga and meditation, not about losing weight. Banyan Tree also has spas in Bintan and the Maldives, plus a second one in Phuket (a new one in the Seychelles is set to open in 2000). There is also a Westin Banyan Tree hotel in Bangkok. Spa treatments have to be booked at the same time as villa reservations, typically six weeks in advance.
Reservations: 66-76-324374; Fax: 66-76-324375; E-mail:

Chiang Mai: Regent Resort Chiang Mai (
A luxury retreat in the mountains of northern Thailand, famed for its indigenous treatments--like the Lanna herbal body scrub, or a "Saman Puew" body wrap with aloe vera gel. Spa Package of 3 nights/4 days in a Mountain Pavilion Suite costs US$1,060++ for two people; includes daily breakfast; one herbal aromatic steam treatment for two in a private room; a 90-minute Lanna herbal body scrub treatment; choice of a Thai herbal facial, wild lime hair care treatment, wild mint foot massage or aromatic massage; complimentary use of tennis club, two Finnish saunas and an outdoor heated whirlpool, 20-meter pool and mountain bikes to explore area. All products are local Thai, and not tested on animals.
Bookings: Tel: 66-53-298181 or 861097; Fax: 66-53-298189


February 8, 1999

The Envelope, Please
The 1999 OAG global airline of the year awards

Web Crawling
This month sees the launch of three major frequent flyer programs to replace Asia's disappearing Passages plan

Short Cuts
Travel agents were outraged at Delta Airlines' decision last month to slap a $2 surcharge on domestic tickets not booked online

The Hotel Vajra is a calm oasis overlooking crowded, chaotic Katmandu

Are you getting the most out of your frequent flyer program(s)?

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