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    a little medical and a little mystical, the new breed of destination spas are letting

    wellness-minded travelers have it ahhh. by fiorella valdesolo

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    Four Se aS onS Hong Kong | Hong Kong Keeping in mind the idea that beauty is more than skin deep, the hotels executive chef Herve Fucho has designed a healthy menu thats meant to complement half-day spa treatments in the Be Present program. lean protein, whole grains and vitamin-packed vegetables make up the menu. at the Pool terrace, order crushed avocado toast or a black quinoa and chickpea burger. fourseasons.com/hongkong.

    T ri | Lake Koggala, Sri Lanka at this six-month-old high-design hotel, ayurveda-inspired meals at the spa start with fresh-baked bread such as kurakkan roti and roasted-cashew butter. even the cocktailstry the beet martiniseem healthy. trilanka.com.

    a m aTa r a reS or T & W el l neS S | Phuketnew to amatara resort & Wellness is the retreat, an outlet serving nutritious food and beverages. Poached prawns and quinoa salad with a ginger-ginseng dressing, or stir-fried beef tenderloin with ginger and yuzu sauce are two items on the menu, which comes with a slight thai twist. amataraphuket.com.

    me a doWood n a pa va l l e y| St. Helena, California at the 1,300-square-meter spa, guests sit down to gorgeous dishes after treatments. a standout is the ora king salmonone piece is grilled, the other cooked sous videserved with flaxseed tuiles and garnished edible flowers. meadowood.com.

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    its no longer about avoiding carbs and caloriesnowadays, seafood- and vegetable-centric cuisine thats full of good fats is defining the spa menu. these places have come a long way from cottage cheese.

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    clockwise from top left: suirans cypress bath; santani, a minimalist resort in sri lanka; beet carpaccio from aja malibus menu.

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    The doctor Is InThe incorporation of medical professionals into health-and-relaxation regimens is one of the biggest shifts in this trend. At the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach (faena.com),a visit to the Tierra Santa Healing House might include an evaluation by cardiologist and preventive-medicine expert Dr. Juan Rivera; an appointment with Dr. Matthew Cooper, aka Dr. Enzyme, about how your gut is affecting your complexion; then a shaman-developed meditative sound-bowl massage session (the vibrations induce relaxation). Its our most popular and most esoteric treatment, says Faena wellness director Vivianne Garcia-Tunon. And at the BodyHoliday, the program includes 3-D heart-mapping and body-fat and lung-capacity analysis. >>

    Call it the athleisure effeCt: As healthy lifestyles and holistic approaches to wellness have become mainstream, spas have followed suit. The choice is no longer between boot camp and colonics or pedicures by the poolspas from California to Sri Lanka are combining fitness and nutrition, New Ageiness, and medi-spa procedures (both Western and Eastern). Guests already know how to eat, how to exercise and about their state of wellness, says Andrew Barnard, marketing director of the BodyHoliday (thebody holiday.com), in St. Lucia. Its about enhancing their health in the long term. And for the new generation of spa-goers, which Barnard says is increasingly made up of millennials, fusing travel with wellnesswhether its a chakra massage or a biometric analysiscarries a definite cool factor.

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