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By Jodi Helmer

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Swimmingly Indulgent Do laps in the lap of luxury at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand, where the allure of Las Vegas nightlife and the relaxation of anupscale spa are combined to create an adults-only venue featuring six spas, six waterfalls, two saltwater pools (the only ones on the LasVegas strip), and poolside cabanas. www.mgmgrand.com/wetrepublic

Splendor in the Village Check into the newly opened Greenwich Hotel in New York to experience unparalleled attention to detail. No two guest rooms in the 88-room hotel are alike, and the expansive,2,500-square-foot penthouse (scheduled to open in 2009) will feature a rooftop garden with a private hot tub. Oh, and did we mention that Robert De Niro happens to be one of the four owners? From $625. (212)941-8900, www.thegreenwichhotel.com

Fore! Play a round of golf at the only course in Canada to feature 36 holesof Jack Nicklaus-- designed golf. The first nine holes of the 18-hole, par-72 course open this month at the Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa in Victoria, British Columbia, and the final nine will open at the end of 2008. Greens fees start at $64. www.bearmountain.ca

Cocktail Hour Next time you’re in Chicago, head straight to the recently opened Potters at the Palmer House Hilton. Patrons dine on gourmet bar dishes (wefavor the truffled potato chips and goat cheese in a mini-crock) whilesipping on retro cocktails like the Kir Royale and the Singapore Sling.www.chicagohilton.com

Cool Gear

Directionally Challenged No matter where you go, you’ll know exactly where you are with the TomTom GO 930($500). The GPS has voice address input, hands-free calling, and maps of the United States, Canada, and Europe. The system also offers IQRoutes, which help you find the fastest route based on average road speeds, plus an enhanced emergency menu. www.tomtom.com

Control Your Weight Avoid those overweight-luggage fees by weighing your bags before you leave for the airport. The Balanzza($25) is the first digital luggage scale designed for travelers. It can hold up to 100 pounds and displays weight in pounds and kilograms. www.balanzza.com

A Simple Spritz Freshen up with a fragrance designed for travelers. Prada’s Parfum de Sac($68) for women is a nifty signature perfume case with an attachable snap hook; available in two scents (Classic and Tendre). The men’s Vaporisateur de Voyage($60) version sports the same tiny design minus the hook and chain.Slip (or attach) the refillable stainless steel vaporizer into yourbag, and you’ll have your favorite fragrance at your fingertips. www.prada.com