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By Everett Potter Hotel spas are not only important to many travelers but, in some cases, have become destinations in themselves, thanks to massive amounts of capital spent on upgrading and expanding facilities and hiring well-trained staff. But not all hotel spas or the treatments they offer are created equally.

By Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue of WellandGoodNYC.com 1. Test-drive the teacher It might sound obvious, but the most important aspect of a yoga retreat is the teacher—not the exotic location. So if you can, take a class with him or her first. Spending $2500, plus a flight to the