What: The Metropole Hanoi's spa feels like an elegant friend's residence, with grand staircases leading to candlelit havens for Eastern-themed massages and facials with Clarins and Ytsara products.
The look: Colonialhardwood floors, mahogany antiques, and gilded mirrors. The decor in the seven treatment rooms ranges from red silk lanterns to Art Deco-inspired ceilings.
Who goes: Business travelers, Hanoi socialites, the Prince of Denmark, and Irish pop star Ronan Keating.
The treatment: The Dawn on the Halong Bay facial uses organic Ytsara products with bamboo, green tea, and hibiscus, and leaves skin with a glow enhanced by Vietnamese facial reflexology.
P.S.: Our facial lasted 75, not 90, minutes; staff said the advertised time included a post-treatment shower (massages, $70-$95).