Hot List 2010

Dorchester Spa at the Dorchester, London, England

Tel: 44-20-7319-7109

What: A flight down from the lobby of the imposing Dorchester are nine treatment rooms (two for couples), a manicure and pedicure suite, a fitness studio, and a relaxation room. The Spatisserie does not stint on recuperative fare like champagne, cocktails, and pastries.
The look: A 1930s starlet's boudoir—chandeliers of ropes of pearls; surfaces that are be-mirrored, chromed, lacquered; gauzy curtains and shaded lamps.
Who goes: A mix of drop-ins from the hotel and regulars from the well-heeled, largely expat hood.
The treatment: The Dorchester prides itself on its expertise in facials (ask for Vaishaly) and aromatherapy. Even a straightforward Swedish massage includes attention to the face.
P.S.: The rose and lychee drinks offered in the midnight-blue and silver relaxation room are a tad sweet, but they add agreeable finesse to the pampering (massages, $143-$166).

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