Mud, Sweat and Cheers
BURKE WILLIAMS DAY SPA
Santa Monica, Calif.
Atmosphere: Opulent Romanesque
Who goes: The Arnolds, Whoopi Goldberg, Tori Spelling, Sharon Stone
What it costs: $223-$350/day; or pay by the treatment
Spécialité de la maison: An $89 thermal seaweed wrap that slims you two inches for 10 hours
Celebs are into: Those 10 hours
Dress code: Spa-issued velour robe
Food: Catered low-fat
Bottom line: "I didn't realize that S&M meant salt-glo and massage until I came to BW," says Tanya Roberts.
BEVERLY HOT SPRINGS
Los Angeles, Calif.
Atmosphere: Cinder-block building in unglamorous midtown
Who goes: Madonna, Brooke Shields, Jean-Claude Van Damme
What it costs: Admission fee to hot and cold mineral pools, $25-$30; massage treatments extra
Spécialité de la maison: Soaking in natural artesian-well mineral water to tunes played on a baby grand piano
Celebs are into: Herbal potions from on-site apothecary—e.g., a restorative 11-herb tea, which can be strengthened with ground-up deer antlers
Dress code: Very large towel
Food: Seaweed soup and deli sandwiches
Great Moments in History: Two movie packages have been put together during dips in the springs.
TWO BUNCH PALMS
Desert Hot Springs, Calif.
Atmosphere: The former home of Al Capone
Who goes: Kelsey Grammer, Daryl Hannah, Robin Williams
What it costs: Rooms, $105-$412/day; spa services extra
Spécialité de la maison: Green clay and peat moss mud baths ($45)
Celebs are into: Thumbing through screenplays; schmoozing in the ooze
Dress code: Hardly any. Two starlets once strolled from a sunbathing session in to lunch starkers.
Food: California cuisine and pricey wines
Great Moment in History: In the movie The Player, Tim Robbins and Greta Scacchi lolled in the slime.
CANYON RANCH HEALTH AND FITNESS RESORT
Atmosphere: High Desert Heaven
Who goes: John F. Kennedy Jr., Paul McCartney, Jackie Onassis
What it costs: Package rates start at $1,390/5 days
Spécialtiés de la maison: Parisian Body Polish ($78) using creamed crushed pearls, astrology readings ($ 125), past-life regressions ($180)
Celebs are into: Having their first-run movies shown on the spa's closed-circuit television channel
Dress code: Competitive chic warm-up suit (Ellesse or better)
Food: Low-fat but fun Great Moment in History: Jason Patric cuddled Julia Roberts here the day before she canceled her wedding to Kiefer Sutherland.
DORAL SATURNIA INTERNATIONAL SPA RESORT
Atmosphere: Roman busts, gurgling fountains
Who goes: Loni Anderson, Donna Karan, Joan Lunden, Diane Sawyer
What it costs: $3,165/week, including 13 hours of treatments
Spécialité de la maison: Total body Fango mud massage ($85)
Celebs are into: All-out pampering
Dress code: Jewelry with warm-up suits
Food: Skinny takes on Caesar salad, filet mignon and chocolate cake
Great Moment in History: Before collecting his Oscar for Unforgiven, Gene Hackman headed here for some rest and relaxation.
Bottom line: "At dinner, you could be sitting next to a Saudi Arabian prince wearing a bathrobe," says Doral's spokesperson, Cathy Casper.
Atmosphere: New Age boot camp
Who goes: Richard Dreyfuss, Shirley MacLaine, Barbra Streisand
What it costs: $2,100/week
Spécialité de la maison: Forced marches up mountainsides
Celebs are into: Refreshing monasticism
Dress code: Strict uniform of white T-shirts and red sweatpants
Food: Raw fruit and veggies
Bottom line: "Pure exercise hell," according to Spalding Gray.
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