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Spa News 2006

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December 2006

SHOPPER'S DELIGHT
The ReFresh Spa at Whole Foods

It’s doubtful that anyone really wants to shop ‘til they drop. So why not let someone shop for you while you get a massage? That’s the idea behind the pampering service at the new Whole Foods Market in Dallas, Texas. For $20 an hour, spa-goers at ReFresh: The Everyday Spa can enlist the service of a personal shopper who will gather all the items on their grocery list. Located on the store’s second floor, the spa holds seven rooms and treatments for all kinds of budgets and time-constraints. For guests who can’t spare more than an hour, the spa offers Everyday Escape treatments ranging from a five-minute hand massage for $5 to a 50-minute Hydrating Body Scrub for $100. Guests who plan on relaxing the day away can indulge in ReFresh Spa Packages such as the Ultimate Escape, a four-and-a-half-hour treatment which includes a Custom Body Glow scrub, a 50-minute massage of choice, a Custom Facial, a manicure, pedicure, lunch and a spa gift, all for $275. ReFresh also offers skincare treatments using Dr. Hauschka beauty products. For reservations and more information, call ReFresh at 214-363-9760 or visit www.wholefoods.com.


GIMME A WEEK

Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Lifestyle Spa

The world has a way of making us want to escape sometimes. While this could just mean a ten-minute fresh-air break from the office, why not get away for a week? Elizabeth Arden’s new Red Door Lifestyle Spa at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure in Weston, FL, is the place to go for a lavish escape. While guests can certainly visit for a single treatment or salon service, this spa was designed for extended stays ranging from one day to one week. The 48,000-square-foot building houses 30 private treatment rooms, a salon, hot yoga room, Pilates studio, Zen Garden, steam rooms and a private outdoor pool. For the active relaxers, the studio also offers more than twenty classes a week such as kickboxing, boot camp and cycling. Destination Specialists will create a personalized schedule for guests that can include traditional skincare and massage treatments as well as lifestyle-balancing classes and other activities. For more information, visit www.reddoorspas.com.


November 2006

PEACE IS THE WORD
Skaná Spa, The Lodge At Turning Stone

The latest word in relaxation this month is “Skaná” which means “peace” in the language of the Oneida Indian Nation. Guests of the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in New York can enjoy this peace at the Skaná Spa, which incorporates modern amenities with ancient Native American healing traditions. This new 33,000 square-foot spa, salon and fitness facility includes access to a traditional Native American Sweat Lodge. The ceremony features storytelling, drumming, chants and prayers that the members of the Oneida Indian Nation have been using for centuries to cleanse the body and spirit. The facility is smoke-, alcohol- and cell phone-free, and also offers a VIP spa suite, couple’s suite, mineral whirlpool and twelve treatment rooms. Those interested in more active relaxation can take advantage of three championship golf courses, sunrise walks and daily yoga and Tai Chi classes. For more information, visit www.turning-stone.com.

FALLING WATER
The Spa at L’Auberge

Red Rock Country, Ariz., is home to the southwest’s newest spa retreat. The Spa at L’Auberge, which opened on Sept. 15, 2006, is set on the premises of the eleven-acre L'Auberge de Sedona resort, amidst mountain views and rolling waters. Treatments are offered next to the creek, and specials include the “Deep Blue Lavender Embrace,” in which locally-grown lavender is the star in each step—a shea lavender wrap, scalp massage and a 30-minute essential oil massage. Guests interested in a romantic getaway can enjoy spa sessions, as well as chocolate truffles and champagne, in the privacy of their own cottages. To celebrate its opening, The Spa is offering a “Spa on the Creek” package, through Feb. 10, 2007, which includes accommodations and a $200 spa credit. For more information, visit www.lauberge.com.

DEEP RELAXATION

Thalasso Spa, Bora Bora

The InterContinental Resort and Thalasso Spa, Bora Bora, has opened the new Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm, but you won’t need scuba gear to visit. This 13,200 square-foot spa complex lives up to its name by utilizing water and minerals taken from 3,000-feet depths of the Pacific Ocean. Fourteen facilities offer deep sea water hydrotherapy specials such as the “Deep Chiller Walk,” which involves a walk through a path of cold sea-water jets to facilitate circulation and ease tired legs. Over-water spa suites feature glass floors, which reveal underwater views and connect guests to the environment from which their treatments came. For more information, visit www.boraboraspa.intercontinental.com.



ZINFANDEL ZEN
Russian River Valley Offers Winery Spa Program

The Russian River Valley's De Loach Vineyards are providing something more soothing than just a glass of its Pinot Noir or Zinfandel. Beginning in May 2007 and continuing through harvest season, De Loach will launch a series of monthly, weekend-long yoga retreats at the winery's private guest house. A maximum of eighteen people will enjoy twice-daily yoga sessions, organic vegetarian meals from De Loach's own garden, a vegetarian cooking class and of course, plenty of De Loach wines. To suit different energy levels, various yoga styles will be featured including gentle, restorative flow or a more vigorous vinyasa (or power flow). The sessions will be led by one of the San Francisco Bay Area's top yoga instructors, Rosemary Garrison. There is room for three couples in the three-bedroom guest house, with an all-inclusive winery yoga program price of $1,000 to $1,100. For those who stay elsewhere, the cost is $600, which includes all of the same activities. For more information, visit www.deloachvineyards.com.


October 2006


BEAUTY INSIDE AND OUT
Spa Day Hosted by “Aid for AIDS”

Want another good reason to get pampered? On Nov. 16, you can improve your looks and the lives of others at the same time. On Spa Day, hosted by Aid for AIDS, participating spas in New York, Dallas, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, and Northern and Southern California will donate 20 percent of their revenue from services and gift certificate purchases to help prevent hunger and homelessness for people with HIV and AIDS. Now in its fourth successful year, Spa Day is a great way to get that facial or massage and feel good on the inside as well as the outside.

BE FRUITFUL AND MOISTURIZE
Cranberries and Pomegranates at Tru Spa

Tru Spa in San Francisco presents a more pleasurable way to surround yourself with fall fruit than picking apples. Their new spa treatment, Crimson Slide, features the anti-oxidant duo of pomegranates and cranberries, both of which help fight the ravages of winter’s elements on your skin. While pomegranates help to keep skin healthy, cranberries, supercharged with vitamin E, improve the skin’s moisture retention. This lineup will help you forget the chill of winter: enjoy a luscious body scrub, a mask and a few minutes under hot steam followed by a warm rinse under Tru’s 100 gallon per minute waterfall. For reservations, call 415-399-9700 or visit www.truspa.com.

SKIN SWEETS
Spa Bellagio Presents Fall-Flavored Spa Treatments

Now you really won’t be able to resist that slice of pumpkin pie. Through Jan. 7, Spa Bellagio in Las Vegas will be offering five tantalizing treatments that will make guests eager for the start of the holiday season. Three aromatic cranberry spa treatments help to detoxify and condition skin with vitamins A and E. The Cranberry Hydrotherapy Bath releases the relaxing aroma of fall while the Cranberry Relaxation Massage features Spa Bellagio’s special cranberry massage oil. The Cranberry Sugar Polish & Vichy Shower treatment involves a cranberry and lemon scrub and a refreshing shower, leaving your skin moisturized, revitalized and smelling fantastic. The Pumpkin Spice Manicure and Pedicure are delicious facials for your hands and feet. Both include the yummy Pumpkin Spice Bath Soak, Body Polish, Honey Mask, and an application of the decadent Whipped Body Butter. You may be tempted to taste these new spa treatments, but remember that the holidays are almost here. Indulge your body now and your stomach later. Visit www.bellagio.com for more information.

MIDWEST INDULGENCE
Spa Chateau at Chateau on the Lake, Missouri

This month, the spa spotlight shines on Missouri with the opening of Chateau on the Lake’s six-million-dollar full-service spa in Branson. Surrounding guests with familiar spa services as well as unique extravagances, the Spa Chateau features the outdoor Roman Bath situated beneath a waterfall and a glass-enclosed Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi studio overlooking Table Rock Lake. The spa provides treats for every part of the body including manicures and pedicures, hot stone and deep tissue massages, botanical bronzing treatments, body wraps and facials. In addition to these Spa Chateau specialties, men will find a place to relax at the Barber Spa, where they can enjoy a haircut, a manicure and a shave. A 30-foot-high Swarovski crystal waterfall chandelier in the lobby sets the tone for splendor and introduces Spa Chateau guests to a truly luxurious day. For more information, visit www.chateauonthelake.com.

SERENITY IN THE SWISS ALPS
Clarins Institute & Day Spa at the Intercontinental Geneve

Set on the Rhône River with the Swiss Alps as a majestic backdrop, the new Clarins Institute & Day Spa is a serene complement to the 20-million-euro refurbishment of the iconic InterContinental Geneve hotel. Five rooms, including one designed for couples and one balneotherapy suite, offer Clarins service menus with treatments such as body wraps, scrubs, stone therapies and lymphatic drainage. Exclusive to the InterContinental Geneve are three treatments designed to harmonize the desires of both corporate and leisure travelers. Energy Massages, which take inspiration from the Indian, Thai, Ayurvedic and Chinese traditions, focus on different parts of the body and maintain vitality; Anti-Jet Lag combats fatigue, and After-Sun Replenishing alleviates redness, deeply moisturizes and restores radiance. The new spa also features a hammam and sauna for guests to relax in before and after a treatment.


September 2006

THE NEW SPA AT KAURI CLIFFS LODGE
New Zealand Zen

This December, in the awesome natural surroundings of Northern New Zealand, a $1.7-million, state-of-the-art spa is set to open at the exclusive Kauri Cliffs Lodge, which overlooks breathtaking cliffs and the Pacific Ocean. Built within the native Totara forest on the Lodge’s sprawling estate, the spa will nestle next to an exotic orchard and fern garden, and feature treatment rooms with personal courtyards and fireplaces. For couples, the Signature Room will offer a private Jacuzzi suitable for mud, seaweed or rose petals baths and a chaise lounge for two overlooking a small fern garden. Treatments include the usual massage, facials, manicures, pedicures and reflexology as well as Vichy water treatments and personalized yoga sessions. The 3,200-square-foot-spa complex will also house a full gym, a 100-foot-long heated lap pool, a cedar sauna, a wet room and tennis courts nearby. For reservations and booking information, call 64-9-407-0010 or email info@kauricliffs.com.

FOUR SEASONS HONG KONG IS ALL EARS
Get Your Chi Flowing

Facials, shmacials. If you’re looking for something truly unique, check into the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary on September 7. The 22,000 square-foot holistic haven offers Tui na—an ancient form of finger pressure and manipulation that maximizes the flow of chi, or energy, in the body. Also available is ear candling, an ancient technique that removes—there’s no more elegant way of saying this—ear wax and old blockages from the ear canal. This method improves balance, hearing, overall mental clarity and can even change the expression on your face, decreasing puffiness and evening out features. Visit the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.

ISLAND BLISS ON THE FLORIDA COAST
The New Maui Spa & Wellness Center in Boca Raton

The aloha spirit of Maui has found a home on the coast of Florida. Be treated to a flower lei greeting as well as total-body pampering when The Maui Spa & Wellness Center in Boca Raton, FL opens January 2007. Guests will be able to relax in ten private spa treatment rooms and a Kipahulu relaxation room; acupuncturist, chiropractic and psychotherapist services will also be offered. The hydrotherapy Hana Room, named after Maui’s lush rainforest area, will offer a water retreat inspired by the island’s seven sacred pools with two private copper soaking tubs, two wet tables for exfoliating body treatments, Deluge showers and infrared saunas. Post-treatment, refresh the body with a Feng Shui designed cold plunge pool. The rooftop Asian-themed garden will offer yoga, Pilates and Hula as well as a tea bar to quench your thirst. To "Ola Kino Maika’i" (good health).


August 2006

WHAT'S THE PRICE OF BEAUTY?
Hire Your Own Yoga Guru or Check Out Spa Week

Got $50,000 to spend on spa treatments? No? How about $50? We’ve got you covered either way. For the heftier sum, you get a five-day/four-night unlimited spa package at Delray Beach Marriott and N. Reagan, the new spa in South Florida, where you get to indulge in private yoga lessons with celebrity guru Rodney Yee. It also includes a private butler, chef and limousine services around the clock and a diamond studded bracelet. Fifty bucks, on the other hand, will buy you full-service spa treatments in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Arizona during Spa Week, September 18-24. New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Minnesota will get their turn October 16-22. For details, visit www.nspas.com and www.spaweek.org.

CZECH HISTORY FOR BODY AND SOUL
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Dating back to their 18th century birth and development, Czech spas were famous for luring European nobility and businessmen who sought the health-promoting effects of these relaxation sanctuaries. It is safe to say that the dual opening of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Prague and more notably the Spa at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 12, 2006 will offer similar services to a kin clientele. A tribute to Czech history, the spa will be located in a former Renaissance chapel and showcase the remnants of an old Gothic church that was discovered during the building of the spa though a glass floor. Highlights will include the Vitality pool with its underwater hydrotherapy jets, a Tea Lounge, and a traditional Rasul. Guests can clandestinely drift back to their rooms via underground passageway which links the hotel and spa. For more information, visit www.mandarinoriental.com.


July 2006

PYRAMID SCHEME
Vida Real Spa

Commune with the ancients at the Vida Real Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The three-story spa is hidden inside a Mayan pyramid and pays homage to three historical cultures that influenced the spa world with healing through water. On the first floor, a 50-foot indoor waterfall and natural cenote pool reflect the spiritual tranquility of the Mayan world. A tribute to Roman baths on the second floor includes Jacuzzis modeled after natural springs, steam rooms and massage quarters. The influence of the Orient is echoed in the Zen Buddha garden and Eurasian fusion restaurant, Jazmine, on the third floor. Ancient hydrotherapy treatments include a temazcal sweat lodge ceremony, a thalassotherapy pool and a Danish-inspired cold steam bath. Considered the largest destination spa in Latin America and located in the Hacienda Vista Real resort, Vida Real has 28 treatment rooms as well as VIP couples rooms.

ROMAN DECADENCE
Qua Baths & Spa

It’s got the bling resorts, the burgeoning dining scene, the sexy clubs... what could possible be missing on Sin City’s adult playground? A Roman Bath for socializing, complete with a rain shower, tea lounges plus sommelier, an Arctic Ice Room for cooling off and a Crystal Room, where you can get Swarovski crystals glued to your skin. A special Men’s Only Zone will feature flat-screen TVs showcasing sports programs, and a tuxedo-attired Master barber, all to the steady tune of retro jazz. Who needs strip clubs and craps, if you can live it up like Ovid? Feeding of grapes not included. Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace will be opening in October 2006. The current spa will close on the same day the new one opens, with no interruption in service for the guests. For more information, visit www.harrahs.com.

GET WET
Aqueous New Escape in Sin City

It's water, water everywhere at WET-The Spa at TI, which is themed around all things splashy, from the décor (glass elements meant to reflect ripples of moving water and varying shades of mermaid blue) to the menu (there's a reenergizing and stress-eliminating WET Signature Wrap and a WET Aromatic Seaweed Bath to reduce cellulite and toxicity). We love to get sluiced, but special kudos goes to the fact that this sweet new spot is open until 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. WET also offers treats to get you ready before a hot night out, such as "Happy Hour," "The Firm" or "The Heiress," which includes a golden scrub, wrap and massage plus a sprinkling of real gold dust. Or perhaps, while the boys are hitting the blackjack tables yet again, you may just want to chill out and stay in with the "Sleepy Town Massage" or "Bedtime Bath." Find WET at Treasure Island. Call 702-894-7472 for details.


June 2006

ISLAND OF WELLNESS
New Spa to Open at Jamaica's Half Moon Resort

In the spring of 2007, Jamaica's Half Moon resort will welcome the Fern Tree Spa. The $4 million project will begin this summer, and will focus on converting the property's signature Fern Tree House accommodation into a modern 68,000-square-foot wellness sanctuary. While maintaining the villa's original colonial design, the renovated and expanded complex will include private treatment rooms opening onto garden terraces, a plantation-style couples massage room and a spa cottage for families, wedding parties and other groups. A relaxation lounge, yoga pavilion, hydrotherapy swimming pool and sculpture garden will round out the facilities. Drawing on modern techniques and Jamaican healing traditions, treatments will incorporate native herbs, fruits and botanicals. Unique to the retreat will be a Spa Elder, who will customize individual experiences. To complement the complex, six beachfront spa suites will come with personal studios that can be used for en suite treatments, fitness or yoga. More information at www.halfmoon.com.


May 2006

STAY SPAS
Hyatt Launches Spa Residences

In these uncertain times one thing’s for sure. There’s money to be made with spas. Picture a minimum one-third of your hotel room taken up by soaking tubs, wet rooms, rain showers and treatment benches. Such wellness oases can be found at select Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. The group’s so-called “residential spa” concept addresses the needs of a new market of lifestyle travelers, folks who are devoted to wellness and health. The idea was launched in 2004 with the 80,000-square-foot Plateau (pictured), a $10-million project at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, featuring fourteen spa guestrooms and suites. The year 2005 brought i.sawan at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok (a fifth-floor "garden in the sky" featuring six spa cottages) and Amara at Park Hyatt Dubai. In 2006, Hyatt will launch spa residences in Washington D.C., Buenos Aires, Beijing, Shanghai, Moscow and Goa. Each spa room is “culturally appropriate,” meaning that factors like local customs and climate are considered. Hyatt says it’s worth the investment of time and money; its wellness rooms are already popular, enjoying a seventy percent occupancy rate. More information at www.hyatt.com.

DEEP SEA THERAPY
Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora

Located in the new InterContinental Resort Bora Bora, The Thalassotherapy Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm—opening in September 2006—will exploit the benefits of marine elements in all its products and treatments. Extracted from 2,500 feet below sea level, pure seawater will be used in its therapies, as well as marine mud, seaweed and other riches of the sea. Guests can enjoy sessions in glass-floored over water bungalows, either alone or as a couple, and admire the marine life below. Relaxation areas will provide unobstructed ocean views. There will also be outdoor spas, steam baths and showers as well as a fitness room, a tea lounge and a boutique. To find out more, visit www.boraboraspa.interconti.com.

 


April 2006

THE DEVIL GETS FACIALS
Prada and the Ritz

You don’t have to be a size four to look good in something Prada—at least not at select The Ritz-Carlton Spas around the country. The luxurious The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teamed up with the Italian design powerhouse to offer Prada Facials at twelve spas in North America, from Pasadena, Calif. to South Beach, Fl. Employing Prada Beauty skin care products and techniques ranging from a Stone Clay wrap to specialized massage techniques, facials are customized to exfoliate, revive or replenish. Cost ranges from $250 to $375, which will leave you spare change for this season’s must-have Miuccia Prada fashions: bamboo-sole wedges and slouchy grey thigh-highs. For more information visit www.ritzcarlton.com


VEGAS, BABY
Spa at Red Rock Casino Resort

With the opening of Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, Las Vegas gets its first billion dollar property off the Strip. Ten miles from the action, this cool lodging occupies seventy acres near the Red Rock Mountains. The 35,000-square-foot Spa is an ultra-modern retreat which offers a yoga garden, private treatment suites that appear to float on water and adventure activities such as rock climbing and whitewater rafting. There is also a three-acre pool complex, fitness center and salon. The Red Rock Spa Package offers a two-night stay with two spa treatments of your choice. For information, visit www.redrocklasvegas.com.


TURKISH CULTURE
Six Senses Spa in Bodrum

The tradition of Turkish spa culture is richly realized at the new Six Senses Spa at the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay in Bodrum, Turkey. Set against the Aegean Sea, the spa is a confluence of Far and Near East, as Six Senses’ Asian heritage mingles with Turkish influences to create a contemporary sanctuary. Guests can bathe in the Turkish hammam, experience the energy chamber or indulge in crystal healing and color therapy. Among the sixteen treatment areas are personal spa suites, couples rooms, outdoor treatment salas (Thai-style pavilions) and a private spa zone that can accommodate a group of people and can be rented for the day. Guests can also enjoy the Watsu pool or the indoor pool and Jacuzzi with sweeping views of the Aegean. The Kempinski Hotel is a luxury resort with 173 rooms and suites plus 36 residences, all with balconies that overlook Barbaros Bay. six-senses.com.


BUDGET BOTOX
"Spa Week April"

Are you addicted to spa treatments? Are you a "Spaddict?" Then you’ll want to clear your calendar for Spa Week, April 17-23, 2006, when participating spas around the country will offer pricey and coveted treatments for just $50 per service. These discounted offers aren’t mere amuses bouches; spas will dish up full-blown menu items, ranging from sixty-minute Jurlique signature facials, Swedish massages and microdermabrasion to acupuncture and even Botox. Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta and Dallas are among the celebrating cities. Visit www.spaweek.org for complete details, participating spas and the individual $50 services they offer. Don’t forget to tip!


March 2006

BRING THE OUTSIDE IN
Glen Ivy Day Spa, Hermosa Beach

Our favorite day spa in Southern California is no posh enclave for the rich and famous. It's a low-key but lush oasis in the middle of nowhere (sorry, Corona!). Glen Ivy Hot Springs has been drawing wellness-seekers for 145 years to soak in its soothing and cleansing hot springs and enjoy the healing mud. Now we hear that Glen Ivy has headed for the beach. At 13,850-square-feet, the new Hermosa Beach outpost is the South Bay’s largest day spa. Situated in an ocean-view complex, the bi-level escape is designed to "bring the outside in" with the help of plants, water elements, skylights and other natural features. Also expect twenty treatments rooms (new: the Sports Massage), fireplaces and The Grotto. What’s that, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself at 1601 Pacific Coast Highway. www.glenivy.com


February 2006

BAHAMA MAMA
Kamalame Cay Spa

Water, water everywhere takes on new meaning at the Kamalame Cay spa, which opened in early 2006. This two-story 2,000-square-foot sanctuary was built at the end of Kamalame Pier and is the Bahamas’ first over-water spa. It was designed so that treatment rooms feel as if they are floating above the sea. Biotropica provides the all-natural body scrubs and oils, and signature treatments include the total body, deep heat Bahamian Boreh experience and the Kamalame Coconut Body Glow for Sensitive Skin. Custom packages come with Champagne lunch. Kamalame Cay is an exclusive, 96-acre, 19-room private island resort off Andros Island in the Bahamas archipelago. www.kamalame.com

INDONESIA VIA FLORIDA
SpaTerre

In South Florida on Biscayne Bay, the new Indonesian-inspired SpaTerre offers highlights such as a Watsu pool with cascading Roman waterfall; a yoga deck right on the water; a wet room with a Vichy shower; a private steam room and a “Zen” meditation room. The two-story spa has an Indonesian theme, with mahogany floors and tropical chic. Crystal blue glass tile and Capiz shell wind chimes also pay homage to the spa's beach locale. Among the treatments: Sacred Stone Massage, Tropical Essence Massage and Aussie Airbrush Tan. Also noteworthy: the resort recently spent about $500,000 to update its twelve Har-Tru clay tennis courts. www.groveisle.com

WELLNESS IN SRI LANKA
Spa at Taj Exotica, Bentota

Jiva Spa is the new wellness escape at Taj Exotica, a beach resort on the coast of Bentota, Sri Lanka. Located away from the resort, on a mile-long stretch of sand, the 7,500 square-foot spa features Sri Lankan architecture, Asian décor and holistic Indian treatments. Among these are Jivania (meant to energize and release muscle tension), Shudhikara (providing deep purification including a lymphatic drainage massage) and Sama (a healing procedure to balance the energy of the body). When visitors aren't getting pampered in the spa, they can laze on the pristine beach, explore the exotic Madu Ganga River on a cruise, release baby turtles into the sea or learn more about cinnamon on an excursion to the Spice Garden. Taj Exotica belongs to Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, which comprises 56 hotels in 39 locations across India. www.tajhotels.com


January 2006

AVANIA IN ARIZONA
Double the Spa

Arizona is pretty hot to begin with, but things have recently gotten even hotter with the openings of two new spas. Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch is a nearly three-acre pampering paradise offering a holistic spa experience. Based on the idea that the body has an internal daily clock, the day is divided into three time periods: morning, a time of awakening and revitalization; midday, when restoration and balance take place; and evening, the time for relaxation and repair. During each time span, guests can choose from three offerings: “Experiences,” “Passages” and “Journeys” which consist of, among other things, indoor or outdoor spa treatments, mineral water therapy and the YogaAway program. For a fully harmonious experience, guests also choose from three “menu flights” offered at sunrise, midday and sunset. Each involves consuming low-calorie, complex carbohydrate foods with nutritional benefits for the particular time of day. Spa Avania also offers music styling, meaning music thought to reflect the needs of the individual’s physiology is transferred to personal iPods. To complete the experience, a wide selection of fine teas organic teas is available. www.spaavania.com

If Sedona is more your cup of tea, then head to The Spa at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa this winter to escape the cold and to indulge your body and spirit. Set apart from the Andalusian-themed hotel, the spa houses eight treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor whirlpools and showers, seasonal treatments and the Tranquility Room and Garden. If you find it hard to leave, take a piece of your spa stay with you—they offer a line of products created with indigenous herbs and plants. www.sedonarouge.com

SPA AHHH
Spa Ja Opens in New York

Recently opened on West 56th Street at 8th Avenue is the hard-to-miss Spa Ja. Cloaked in red and black angular shapes, the structure stands out amongst the more traditional (and lackluster) buildings. Housed inside is a facility with conventional and ancient medicine spa treatments. For the stressed and in dire need of relaxation, try any of the numerous massages offered: full body, deep tissue, shiatsu, polarity therapy, reiki, reflexology, soft scrub and ayurvedic massage. For those looking to fine-tune their bodies, Spa Ja offers a non-invasive lipocell cellulite treatment, slimming and body sculpting treatments and lymphatic drainage. For a true manicure, get one Brazilian-style, which takes an hour and a half but results in stunning nails and hands. The most recent addition to services offered are eyelash extensions made of real human hair, which are attached to the spa-goer’s own individual lashes and give the (sexy) illusion of long, lush lashes. For $450, it’s a good thing the lashes last for 2-3 months. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., the spa works with just about anyone's schedule. 300 W. 56th St., New York, 212-245-7566, www.spaja.com.



(Updated: 08/26/13 RD)


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