What are the best spas in Beijing?

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What trip to Beijing would be complete without a day at the spa? Relaxation enthusiasts the world over revere China for its ancient (and effective) spa treatments, from traditional massages to invigorating aromatherapy sessions. Anywhere you go in China, you'll find a host of spas to span every treatment style and budget — however, if you want the best experience, we recommend booking a visit to one of these Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spas.

Aman Spa at Aman at Summer Palace is a little slice of paradise, located steps from one of Beijing's most historic landmarks. The luxury spa offers a nice assortment of massages to soothe your aching muscles. Additional amenities such as a top-of-the-line fitness center, indoor lap pool and full-service hair salon make it easy to spend an entire day here. You'll leave feeling refreshed from head to toe.

Following a renovation in 2008, The Peninsula Spa by ESPA Beijing has continued to stay current in the years since. Swedish, Balinese, Chinese and hot stone massages all grace the menu at this ultra-luxe spa, and we also recommend the Fusion Massage: its combination of European deep-tissue massage, acupressure treatment and the free-flowing massage. It's a blissful way to pass the time before or after you hit the spa's fitness center for a one-on-one training session.

The Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Beijing does not offer the option to book appointments online, but we're more than happy to deal with long distance charges to secure a time slot at this Four-Star spa. Facials, massages and aromatherapy treatments restore balance and serenity through Chinese-style, Balinese and fusion practices. In fact, there's an entire group of services designed around the fusion concept: treat yourself to the Ritz Fusion package and slip into a more balanced state of being as you enjoy a foot bath ritual, body therapy with Oriental herbs and restorative meridian points before ending the day with a massage.

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