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AWAY Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand

Tel: 66-77-915-999
Massages, $72-$147

What: A hillside spa at the W Retreat Koh Samui, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The menu has Dermalogica facials, as well as a "Thaimazcal," a mashup of a traditional Mexican sweat-lodge ritual and local herbs.

The look: Sci-fi spa colony—white pods perched on stilts, surrounded by lush greenery. (Less sleek: the rooms' goofy names such as Thaim Out.)

Who goes: Samui regulars seeking the latest spa thrills and Emiratis in need of tropical hydration (the resort is heavily promoted in Dubai).

The treatment: The CocoNuts About You body scrub exfoliates with ground rice, then smoothes with a coconut-butter massage. Result: silky skin and loose limbs without a whiff of umbrella drink.

P.S.: Massage therapists are more skilled in Thai techniques than in deep-tissue work.

Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

My Concierge.com

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