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Any spa worth its salt scrub will rub out tension and cleanse away your cares. But sometimes an hour or two in a darkened room with New Age melodies piped in just isn't enough to help you truly unwind. That's why we've selected eight remote retreats—all on Condé Nast Traveler's 2010 Hot List of the best new spas—where you can make an actual escape from reality. Imagine an olive-pit scrub in a Jordanian canyon, 865 feet below sea level, or a eucalyptus-oil aromatherapy massage in an Australian nature reserve, or how about some chill-out time in an ice cave in the middle of Abu Dhabi's desert? A trip to one of these spas is sure to leave your limbs limber, your skin glowing, and your troubles far, far behind. Fair warning: You may never want to come back.
Published in June 2010; Pictured: The Four Seasons Seychelles