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The holiday season brings families together -- usually around a table piled high with food. Now that the feasting is over, why not plan a spa getaway with the whole fattened-up clan? Or go solo to relax and watch celebs gallivanting in bathrobes. Who knows? After a week's worth of pampering, Babs might be the sister you never had. -- JS

BODY AND SOUL ADVENTURES

Actresses and fashionistas flock to this Ilha Grande, Brazil, hideout (a spin-off of California's Ashram, a Julia Roberts fave). Sure, sometimes an entire meal consists of celery and an egg, but between the kayaking, hiking, and yoga, who's thinking about food? ($2,500 a week, bodyandsouladventures.com; 866-292-6900)

THE GREENHOUSE SPA & SALON

The high-end chain favored by the likes of Gabriel Byrne and Lara Flynn Boyle has 15 locations nationwide. Forget winter with Ceremony of the Sun, a salt exfoliation followed by self-tanner ($225). The testosterone set can opt for Men's Spa Escape, a massage and facial for $145. (greenhousespa.com; 888-930-2SPA)

LULUR SPA

Barbra Streisand is a fan of this Beverly Hills spa. Treatments, including Mankanan Kulit (bee pollen-mango butter exfoliation, $145) and the signature Javanese Lulur (rice, turmeric, and jasmine scrub with yogurt massage, $145), are inspired by Indonesian and Balinese rituals. (lulurspa.com; 310-659-4100)

KINARA SPA

Open just over a month, this L.A. brainchild of facialist-to-the-stars Olga Lorencin-Northrup has already attracted Christina Applegate, Anjelica Huston, and Mark McGrath. In addition to indulgences like the Ache-Breaker Bath, the spa provides on-site botox injections. (Prices vary, kinaraspa.com; 310-657-9188)

CANYON RANCH

Kirsten Dunst, Julia Roberts, and Sigourney Weaver have all sought refuge at one of Canyon Ranch's four spas. Between lulur ritual massages, craniosacral therapy, and smoking-cessation programs, a visit here might just get Christmas with Aunt Ruth out of your system. ($5,000 a week, canyonranch.com; 800-742-9000)

Originally posted Jan 10, 2003 Published in issue #690 Jan 10, 2003 Order article reprints
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