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Spending a day at the spa

Treatments at the Peninsula Spa cost a pretty penny, so you might as well make the most of it.

By Kevin Aeh

Just like at any other spa, you don’t pay until the end of your service at the Peninsula Spa. And if you spend enough time hanging out here, you’ll feel so relaxed the $325 price tag won’t return those kinks to your neck. There are plenty of ways to chill here: Before my dosha wrap (the two-hour treatment includes a decadent foot scrub/soak, full-body exfoliation, two showers, a scalp massage and a hot-stone massage), I hang out in the relaxation area sipping water, eating dried fruit and reading magazines. You can arrive even earlier to take advantage of the hotel’s fitness room and newly renovated indoor pool before your treatment. Post-service (that hot-stone massage was one of the best I’ve had, by the way), I spend more time in the relaxation area (think super comfy, semiprivate chaise lounges surrounding a fireplace) and then head to the locker room where I take a steam and another shower. By the time I check out, I’ve been hanging out here for more than four hours—and I easily could’ve made a day of it.


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