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Treats and Retreats

HYDROTHERAPY: Candles flicker around a copper tub at Le Petite Retreat, where soothing music accompanies the scented soak. (Annie Wells / LAT)
PRIVACY: A treatment cabana at Le Petite Retreat day spa in urban L.A. (Annie Wells / LAT)
IF YOU DARE: Spa goers at Arizona’s Miraval resort may brave the Quantum Leap. You strap on a harness, climb a 25-foot pole and jump. (Beverly Beyette / LAT)
INTERIORS AND EXTERIORS: Guests are urged to explore their inner selves, but Miraval’s outer trappings are worth a look, too. (Beverly Beyette / LAT)
LOOK UP: Ambience counts at the Polynesian-inspired Le Petite spa in L.A. Customers can gaze at paper parasols during a facial. (Annie Wells / LAT)
TIME OUT: A guest relaxes at Carlsbad’s La Costa Resort & Spa. Spas and their choices of treatments have multiplied in recent years. (Rick Loomis / LAT)