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Spa Alila, Luang Prabang, Laos

Tel: 856-71-260-777
Massages, $46-$65

What: All-natural spa in a secluded hotel in the sleepy former royal capital. It offers pan-Asian treatments using acupressure, hot stones, stretching massage techniques, and locally sourced curatives like lemongrass, ginger, and green tea.

The look: Traditional Lao architecture, with four double treatment rooms raised on stilts in dark carved wood—a contrast to the hotel's pared-down French colonial style.

Who goes: Trendy young couples skipping the high-priced Aman down the street.

The treatment: The great-value two-hour Spa Escape, a Balinese-style full-body massage and a minifacial.

P.S.: Avoid appointments around mealtimes—the spa is located next to the cooking school and restaurant.

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

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