Spa Wars

AT REST: A pool at Tokyo's five-story Spa LaQua

Relaxation usually means escaping the crowds — but don't tell that to the operators of the jumbo-sized spas that have recently become popular in Asia. Tokyo's five-story, 10,000 sq m Spa LaQua, tel: (81-3) 5800 9999, crams some 65,000 guests a month into its hot-spring baths, pools, saunas, massage rooms and restaurants. In Seoul, the popular Sports Club Seoul Leisure, tel: (82-2) 404 7000, uses an extraordinary range of facilities as its lure: its 10 floors feature themed saunas,[an error occurred while processing this directive] oxygen rooms, a golf practice range, a movie theater and a karaoke room. In Shenzhen, the gaudy

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