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SENSE SPA AT THE ROSE­WOOD LON­DON, ENG­LAND When it comes to knock­out, un­for­get­table lux­ury, there’s an art to do­ing lav­ish in a way that re­tains a sense of play­ful­ness among all the ex­trav­a­gant de­tails. This grand cen­tral Lon­don ho­tel is a vir­tu­oso of unique de­tails (or­nate bird­cages with chirp­ing finches by the el­e­va­tors; an awe-in­spir­ing 50-me­tre-tall cen­tral stair­case made of solid mar­ble; a farm­ers’ mar­ket held in the court­yard ev­ery Sun­day) and ex­cep­tional ser­vice. The stand­out Sense Spa is an ex­trav­a­gant world of warm woods and bam­boo-walled seclu­sion and has ex­clu­siv­ity on its side: It’s host to the only avail­able Face Place treat­ment out­side of the United States. The sig­na­ture Face Place fa­cial is a Hol­ly­wood-se­cret skin fix that of­fers in­stant re­sults by us­ing a gal­vanic mask straight out of a sci-fi flick to pump vi­ta­min C and other an­tiox­i­dants into the skin as well as a game-chang­ing pore-suck­ing vac­uum mask. Holis­tic re­lax­ation is at a pre­mium at this spa, re­gard­less of the treat­ment cho­sen—there are also con­tour­ing marine body wraps and rose-quartz-crys­tal fa­cial treat­ments that will leave you glow­ing like you just won an Os­car. Af­ter emerg­ing from the spa’s bliss­ful co­coon, con­sider book­ing into the Grand Manor House Wing for the night. (At 585 square me­tres, it’s so large that it has its own post­code.) You’re prob­a­bly not ready to join the real world for a while yet. VANESSA CRAFT

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