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If you've come to Phuket to escape and relax, there's no better way to accomplish your goal than to visit one of Phuket's spas. Even the smallest resort now offers full spa services (of varying quality), and you can find good, affordable massages along any beach and in storefronts in the main tourist areas.

For luxury treatments, the most famous and exclusive facility here is The Spa at The Banyan Tree, Phuket. In its secluded garden pavilions, you'll be treated regally; you may choose from many types of massage, body and facial treatments, or health and beauty programs. To make reservations, call tel. 07632-4374 or visit www.banyantreespa.com. Expect to pay for the luxury, in the region of 4,000B for a 2-hour facial, or from 6,500B for a 3-hour package, which combines several treatments.

Another high-end resort, in the farthest southeast part of the island, Evason Phuket makes for a great day-spa experience. Its Six Senses Spa is at 100 Vised Rd., Moo 2, Rawai Beach, Phuket 83130 (tel. 07638-1010; fax 07638-1018; www.sixsenses.com), and it's as renowned, in both standards and price, as any other top spa on the island.

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa (Karon Beach; tel. 07639-6433; www.hilton.com) is home to one of the finest spas on the island, a Thai village complex of individual spa suites connected by a meandering boardwalk; it's a great choice for luxury treatments.

Mom Tri's Spa, the Villa Royale, Kata Noi Beach (12 Kata Noi Rd.; tel. 07633-3569; www.villaroyalephuket.com), is home to a chic spa area at their luxury hilltop resort, with well-trained staff.

Patong Medical Spa (behind Patong Hospital, 57 Sainamyen Rd.; tel. 07634-4855; http://phuketthaispa.com/patongmedicalspa) is a more affordable day spa with trained Thai practitioners offering uniquely Thai treatments such as herbal steam, foot reflexology, or the soothing, hot herbal poultice, called prakob in Thai. A 1-hour Thai massage begins at 700B.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.