Amour de Voodoo

Those in New Orleans looking for something a little different—maybe even slightly decadent—need look no further than the Amour de Voodoo treatment ($135, 70 minutes) at The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton on the edge of the French Quarter. Red is the thematic color of the experience, which begins with a red-light hydrotherapy bath. The stage is further enhanced with red candles and voodoo-drum music playing in the background. While soaking, the guest can partake in a potent ritual. A droplet of Voodoo Love, an ointment made by Bourbon French Parfums, the oldest perfumery in the U.S., is set aside for the client with instructions to make a cross over the heart and then dab the liquid behind the ears. According to the legend of the powerful voodoo queen Marie Laveau, who used to give Voodoo Love treatments to her favorite clients, the rite will enable the guest to gain the affections of his or her heart's desire. A relaxing Swedish massage follows the bath. For Bourbon French Parfums products: (504) 522-4480; —DeDe DeMoss

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