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Bath/Karen Gardiner
Bath/Karen Gardiner

Though long-famed for its exquisite Georgian architecture, historic sites, and Jane Austen connection, the English city of Bath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) for a long time lacked the very thing that made it famous back in its Roman days. Access to the city’s naturally occurring (and purportedly healing)... Read More

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hotel TV television bathtub

Far be it from me to decline hotel amenities. I enjoy an ocean view, complimentary chocolates, and plush robes as much as the next traveler, but even I’m baffled by some of the “upgrades” that hotels offer. A television in my hotel bathroom is one such vexing luxury. For... Read More


England has the town of Bath. Germany has Baden-Baden. And in France it’s Vichy. What is Spa Town, USA? Kohler, Wisconsin. That’s if you’re being literal about the term salus per aquam, which means health through water and gives us the origins of the word “spa.” Kohler, of course, is the maker... Read More

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No matter how much we travel, it’s still exciting to peek into a hotel room’s bathroom and see what kind of toiletries are on offer. With hotels nickle and diming guests at every turn (for WiFi, bottled water, beach chairs . . .), toiletries sometimes seem like the last... Read More

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White Wine

Sipping and tasting is one way to experience wine. But why sip when you can be wrapped, bathed or exfoliated in it? The spa offerings at the Wine Spa at Hotel Peralada outside Barcelona, Spain let you do just that. The golf resort relishes in the regional traditions of vinotherapy... Read More


Weekend getaways are always a coveted luxury; an opportunity to get away from the daily grind. Throw in a hotel with an extensive on-site spa and you’re practically in heaven. Does it get any better? It just did. ... Read More

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Sandy Lane Bath

While dining in the tub may seem a bit over the top, a custom-drawn soak is the perfect antidote to several hours crammed in an airplane seat. If you’re Barbados-bound and staying at legendary Sandy Lane – a five-star hideaway favored by celebs and international jet-set for its classic... Read More

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Bath Butler Champagne

We first wrote about the most expensive bath ever in the Summer 2008 issue of Sherman’s Travel. Featuring a 350-gallon infinity tub full of 1000-liters of Evian water, it’s quite possibly the most indulgent soak at $11,000. Guests of the Hotel Victor, South Beach, can only access this hyper-hydro... Read More