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A winter tune up: recommendations to help you de-stress from holiday pressures.

AFTER THE DEADLlNES, BUDGETS, AND EVEN THE seasonal celebrations, it's time to start the process all over again. Before you begin scheduling a new set of appointments, take time out to refuel. A new year should introduce a new you. And we have spa suggestions worth indulging!

Spa Palazzo at the Boca Raton Resort & Spa Club: Boca Raton, Florida [1]

Offering tennis, golf, and a variety of spa and fitness programs, this resort provides recreation for the entire family.

Must Try: The Palazzo Ritual Bath takes you on a 60-minutes tour around the spa to experience 10 minutes each in an aromatherapy-infused sauna; steam and inhalation rooms; and tranquil soaks in various baths, one of which includes a taste of sorbet to help ease the palate ($10 with a spa treatment/$55 without).

Price Points: Treatments range from $25 to $200. 561-447-3476;

Miraval: Catalina, Arizona

Situated on 135 acres of natural habitat at the foot of Sonora Desert's Catalina Mountains, Miraval promises rejuvenation as well as answers to life's challenges.

Must Try: Miraval offers an impressive cadre of "Challenge" classes designed to take your mind and body to the next level. Quantum Leap requires a 25-foot pole climb that encourages you to release old issues as you step physically and figuratively out into a whole new space.

Price Points: A week's stay at this all-inclusive luxury destination spa includes a daily spa treatment or round of golf ($110 value); three gourmet meals with snacks; non-alcoholic beverages; life in balance consultations; and full use of all facilities, including of indoor and outdoor fitness activities ranging from hiking to yoga and Pilates and costs $3,458 to $9,505 (single occupancy).



Caneel Bay: St John, U.S. Virgin Islands [2]

Challenged by autoimmune diseases, founder Jan Kinder--a registered nurse and spiritual educator--opted for treatments incorporating acupuncture, shiatsu, Qigong, and herbs while combining visualization, music, and meditation techniques. Kinder's personal journey to healing was the inspiration behind Self Centre at Caned Bay, a place to experience oneself through self- awareness, self-discovery, and self-fulfillment.

Must Try: In the absence of a spa facility, group sessions and private/semi-private consultations incorporate yoga, meditation, T'ai Chi, Jing Energy Flow Therapy, and a variety of holistic therapeutic options in the serene and secluded Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John.

Price Points: One-hour sessions range from $35 (group) to $125. 340-776-6111;

High Alpine Spa at The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St Moritz: St Moritz, Switzerland [3]

Kempinski offers five-star luxury treatment and accommodations for avid skiers, but it's also a sanctuary for the apres-ski effects of aching bodies and wind-beaten skin.

Must Try: The Valmont After-Sun Vitality treatment is just what the esthetician ordered for sun-strained skin. Alpine products are used to clean, peel, and massage the face prior to a collagen mask application to uncover healthy, radiant, supple skin.

Price Points: Treatments range from $28 to $2,991. +4181-838-3838;

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa: Ojai, California [4]

An 80-year-old, well-kept secret, this 220-acre resort is 35 miles south of Santa Barbara on the Gold Coast. Among a variety of seasonal treatments for pampering and detoxification, it offers T'ai Chi, meditation, and yoga.

Must Try: The Kuyam Treatment brings you the best of yesterday's ancient traditions. In this 90-minute communal experience for couples, the application of cleansing mud provides a playfully beneficial experience in a soothing atmosphere ($40 with a massage or facial).

Price Points: Treatments range from $55 to $350. 805-646-1111;


Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes: Orlardo, Florida

There are 40 treatment rooms including those for couples and a Thai massage. Guests can sign up for a body composition assessment and nutrition consultation as well as enjoy the spa cafe's mouth-watering healthy treats.

Must Try: The 80-minute East Indian Lime Scalp and Body treatment is an exotic scalp massage incorporating a special recipe of avocado, macadamia, and hazelnut oils blended with wild lime blossom, ginger oil, and sandalwood then gently warmed and applied vigorously to the scalp, neck, and shoulders to increase circulation and nourish the hair. While the oil penetrates the hair shafts, a full-body massage is performed using citrus-infused wild lime blossom extracts, ($190).

Price Points: Treatments range from $65 to $200. 407-393-4200;
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