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The 6 Best Cruise Ship Spas for All-Out Pampering

With features like hydrotherapy pools, heated ceramic loungers, and Thai massages, cruise ship spas take pampering to an almost preposterous level. Just try to read the descriptions below without sighing. If you want to book some tension-melting treatments or spend quality time in a top-notch thermal suite, consider our six favorite spas at sea. (Note:…

7 Incredible Hot Springs in South America

The Pool at the Rio Quente Suíte & Flat III/Oyster Natural hot springs are found all across the globe, from the Yukon Territory to Tuscany, from Budapest to Bali, from Iceland’s Blue Lagoon . . . the list goes on. The South American continent is a major, ahem, hot spot for geothermal pools and springs…

A Guide to Hot Springs in Japan

Our things-we-love-about-Japan list is long and far-ranging. It includes the culture, architecture, and scenery, and the high-tech toilets, cat cafes, and karaoke bars. Japanese onsen (natural hot springs) have a very special place on that list. After all, soaking in warm, mineral-rich water stimulates circulatory and lymphatic systems, relieves pain and discomfort, and just feels…

18 Things Every Traveler Should Know Before Visiting Bali

When it comes to exotic tropical islands that one should visit in their lifetime, Bali ranks high. It has towering volcanoes, untouched forests, remote beaches, and an ancient local Hindu culture that’s resisted the onslaught of time. The island’s famously liberal attitudes have also made it something of a go-to destination in Indonesia, a nation…

Our 17 Favorite Spa Resorts Around the World

Modern life involves traveling often and for all sorts of reasons. This year alone, you might have a big family get-together in another state, an annual ski trip with college buddies, and a cousin’s wedding halfway across the country. Here at Oyster, we embrace just about any excuse to hit the road, but what really…

Top 9 Things to Do in Saratoga Springs

Upstate New York is not short on picturesque small towns. The northern portion of the state is full of compact camera-ready villages, from Aurora in the Finger Lakes to Woodstock in the Catskills. Picture-perfect Saratoga Springs — about halfway between Albany and Lake George — is an upstate destination whose storybook star shines especially bright.…

9 Ways to Sleep Better in Any Hotel

A bed at the Secrets the Vine Cancun Resort and Spa. It’s a cruel paradox that right when you need sleep the most — when you’re jet lagged or weary from a day of sightseeing — is exactly when it proves to be so illusive. In a hotel, you snap to attention with every hallway…

Incredible Hot Springs in Canada and Where to Stay Nearby

Courtesy of Flickr/pentaboxes Welcome to Oyster! Your online authority on all things hot springs. And Canada. Just kidding — as you know, we’re hotel experts, but perhaps you’ve noticed our obsession of late with geothermal hot springs and Canadian travel destinations. Of course, outdoor hot springs in Canada are a mind-blowingly magical combo of the…

Top Packing Tips (and Tricks) for Germaphobes

Photo courtesy of Tina Franklin via Flickr Let’s face it: Travel is rife with germs. Whether you’re on an airplane, checking into a hotel room, or grabbing dinner from a street market, you’re going to encounter an unmeasurable amount of nastiness. And nothing ruins a vacation faster than food poisoning or the flu. The good…

The Best Hot Springs in the U.S.

Spending a few hours (or a few days) at a hot spring is a great way to relax and rejuvenate. Plus, unlike a spa vacation, it usually doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to do so. While the Blue Lagoon in Iceland and Pamukkale in Turkey are pretty cool, the U.S. is also home…