Hot List 2011

Green Leaf Spa, The Green Leaf Niseko Village, Niseko, Japan

Tel: 81-136-44-3311
Massages, $39-$186

What: Small spa with an amazing indoor-outdoor onsen in red-hot Niseko, Japan's answer to Aspen. (Niseko did not sustain any damage in the March earthquake.)

The look: Tucked behind frosted glass, the Alexandra Champalimaud-designed space mixes beautiful murals by artist Emi Shiratori. Treatment rooms have large mattresses on the floor behind curtains.

Who goes: Trendy après-ski Tokyo types and clued-in powder-loving expats (Niseko has the best snow in Asia).

The treatment: The 45-, 60-, or 90-minute Off Piste works out ski-weary muscles. Beware: The tiny technicians have the pressure of sumo wrestlers.

P.S.: Make sure you follow onsen etiquette—there are different sections for men and women.

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

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