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Auriga Spa, Velden

Tel: 43-4274-52000

More Zen than Alpine—with teak floors, limestone, low lighting, and polished glass—a stunning 38,000-square-foot Auriga Spa just opened next to the remodeled Schloss Velden in Austria's southernmost province, overlooking the tranquil Wörthersee lake. In four signature treatments, ESPA products are used for rituals tied to the lunar cycle—the New Moon, for instance, includes a seaweed-and-eucalyptus salt scrub, a seaweed wrap, and a massage with rosemary-and-eucalyptus oil ($335). Staff can be inexperienced—our masseur was a bit tentative during a Swedish massage—so clearly communicate your wishes to your therapist. Post-rubdown, stop at the Spa Café, which serves Wiener schnitzel in addition to the usual salads and herbal teas (massages, $160).

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