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Sports-Spa Resorts

Deciding where to spend valuable vacation time can be a fraught issue for couples with different ideas of how to unwind. A new breed of luxury resort is aiming to please both ends of the spectrum--by offering state-of-the-art sports centers and relaxing spas. An international sampling (rates are for double per night in high season):

Cyprus: The Aphrodite Hills resort boasts an 18-hole championship golf course and tennis academy. Those seeking gentler exercise can walk in the lush Randidi Gorge, and the spa offers a hydrating facial using Russian caviar and pearl extracts. Rooms start at $251; http://www.aphroditehills.com .

South Africa: Treatments at Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa draw on local ingredients. The full-body clay mask is made of Mongongo oil and Kalahari watermelon oil. Similarly, the spectacular 18-hole golf course makes use of the local landscape, designed atop cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean (from $551; pezula.com ).

Mauritius: At One&Only's Le Touessrok resort, nestled among palms and scented frangipani, the Givenchy spa uses the resort's fitness trainers to create tailored programs for guests. These can include sessions on the resort's golf course, designed by Bernhard Langer (from $962; oneandonlyresorts.com ).

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