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August 17, 2008|By Elizabeth Large

The Pearl Spa

Ritz-Carlton Residences

821 Key Highway, Inner Harbor

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday

443-692-1911; thepearlspa.com

Really, dahling, you're looking awfully stressed. A treatment at the new Pearl Spa will fix you right up. It's so lovely there, all that aqua and soft music, and those water features ever ywhere.

The Hawaiian Rapture massage sounds nice (with hot lava stones, natch) or a Pearlfusion facial. And do spend some time in the Nail Therapy Room. You can relax and watch your own private TV screen while you're getting your toes done.

You know the Pearl Spa in Howard County? This one is almost the same, but Baltimore's Pearl is also a salon with "ritualistic hair experiences" (yum). I adore having a stylist who stays with you from the shampoo (love those Leonor Greyl French hair and scalp treatments) through the cut and coloring to the styling (with those fabulous Tocco Magico hair products).

If you can talk your Other Half into it, there's a Gentlemen's Lounge where he can wait for his treatments, with leather club chairs and a hot lather machine for shaving. The Couple's Suite (ooh la la!) has dual massage/pedicure tables and a hydrotherapy tub where they serve champagne and strawberries.

You won't believe the signature Blue Grotto with the self-applied mud therapy followed by steam therapy and the Monsoon Shower, but it's a little too DIY for me. I prefer to be pampered, as in others doing the mud treatments, massages, facials and hair removal.

How much does getting pampered at the Pearl cost? Well, you know what they say: If you have to ask, you can't afford it. But just to give you an idea, a basic 45-minute massage is $100.

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