At the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Roppongi Hills, the serene 5th-floor Nagomi Spa and Fitness has a 23-foot-by-67-foot red granite stone pool, dry sauna for men, and wet and dry sauna for women, plunge pools, and seven treatment rooms. Guests staying in suites or who are Gold Passport Diamond members may use the pool and wet areas as a complimentary service.

The Stamford (Conn.) Marriott has opened a new spa: Agora Spa is a 3,600-square-foot European-style spa on the second floor of the hotel. There are six treatment rooms, including a couples room.

Lansdowne Resort in Lans-downe, Va., broke ground in September on the 12,000-square-foot Spa Minérale, one of the final additions in the resorts $55 million renovation and expansion. Set to open February 1, the spa, will feature a spa shop, a salon for both men and women, 13 treatment rooms, three relaxation rooms, and locker rooms with whirlpools, saunas, and steam rooms. The layout also features a private suite with its own lounge for a private spa experience for up to 4 guests. Lansdowne offers 305 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, 36 holes of championship golf including the new Greg Norman Design, and a new 45,000-square-foot clubhouse. Plans for 2006 also call for a 9-hole short course designed by Greg Norman.

Scheduled for completion in December, the 26,000-square-foot spa at Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa in Phoenix will be managed by Red Door Spas. The two-story spa will encompass indoor and outdoor areas. Ten of the 16 treatment rooms will feature patios, and three will offer outdoor treatment areas. Wigwam has 331 guest rooms and can accommodate up to 950 in its meeting/banquet space. It offers 54 holes of golf on site.

In the heart of red rock country, Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa opened in June in Sedona, Ariz. The hotel has 77 guest accommodations, including four suites and seven spa rooms. Its 2,700 square feet of meeting and event space includes a 2,000-square-foot conference room and raised observation deck (with red rock views) that can accommodate receptions for up to 50 people. The Spa at Sedona Rouge, with eight treatment rooms, is set apart from the main hotel.

Also in Sedona, a 7,000-square-foot Breathe Spa opened earlier this year at Hyatt Piñon Pointe resort. It has 10 treatment rooms and is the second Breathe Spa to open; the first is at Daufuskie Island Resort & Breathe Spa on Daufuskie Island, S.C.

In California's Napa Valley, Villagio Inn & Spa will open six new spa suites next year. Each will have its own private garden. Villagio Inn has 112 rooms (with 26 suites).

Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif., is undergoing a $9 million capital improvement project that will update the entrance and guest rooms, and add a new 66,000-square-foot ballroom. This will increase group function space to 18,000 square feet and capacity to 700 people. The project begins this November and is scheduled for completion in December 2006.

The Spa at Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs, in Palm Springs, Calif., has just completed a renovation begun in the summer. The property was formerly the Givenchy Spa and Resort. The resort has 10,500 square feet of indoor meeting space and more than 30,000 square feet of outdoor space. A multimillion-dollar hotel improvement project was completed last fall.

Sasura — a Spa Experience by Golden Door opened at the Wyndham Buttes Resort in Escondido, Calif., in July. This debut of Wyndham's new spa concept features five treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, locker rooms with spa and sauna, and access to the newly renovated fitness center.

The Pan Pacific Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, with 504 rooms and suites, opened a $4 million, 11,400-square-foot Spa Utopia and Salon in March.

Last year in Malaysia, the 422-room Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur opened in the Kuala Lumpur Sentral precinct, offering direct access to Sentral Station's new express rail service. The hotel has conference and banquet facilities. Its Clark Hatch Gold Health Club and Spa has six treatment rooms on two levels. The free-form swimming pool is surrounded by a roof-deck garden.

The Crowne Plaza Karon Beach opened in August in Phuket, Thailand, with 164 villas, 168 guest rooms and suites, and the Tea Tree Spa.

JAL Hotels Co. Ltd. opened the 158-room Palau Royal Resort this past summer in the North Pacific Republic of Palau. The six-story hotel with ocean-facing balconies has a full-service spa — the first spa in Palau, which comprises more than 300 islands and is 470 miles east of the Philippines in the Pacific.

Novartis Opens London Venue

The Central London home of the Novartis Foundation, 41 Portland Place, has opened its doors for meetings, conferences, and accommodations. The 18th-century Georgian-style house has six conference rooms: the Reception Room, suitable for a formal dinner for 50; the Conference Room, with a capacity of 40 attendees, theater-style; the Library Annexe, which can hold small meetings for 20 people; the Library, which accommodates 20 for formal lunches and dinners; the Breakfast room, which can be used in conjunction with the Reception Room for catering or as a breakout room; and the Committee Room, which overlooks the roof terrace and seats 10 people around an antique dining table for a small meeting or dinner. The property has 15 bedrooms.