Parties and Sacred Nuts
Spa Menus Vamp
it Up with Creative New Treatments from Coast to Coast
by Sylvie Greil
spas proliferating like blogs and the nation’s belly
fat, there’s a need for bigger and better, nonpareil
and ne plus ultra to draw new/more/different customers.
From strange and sacred nuts you’ve never heard
of to inner-child-pleasing mud parties, the following
spas have come up with creative ways to beat the competition.
Mojito Scrub minus hang-over in Miami
Spa in Los
Angeles invites you to give your thumbs and wrists
a break from your Blackberry and indulge in the real (juicy)
deal. The thirty-minute “Blackberry Balm Hand Massage”
treatment combines stress- and strain-relieving acupressure
techniques with soothing rocks and a special “Blackberry
Balm” to undo the damage caused by being enslaved
to your hand-held communication devices. Cost is $90.
Sports Club/LA Miami at the Four
Seasons Hotel Miami cashes in on the Mojito craze
(still going strong) with its signature Miami Mojito Scrub
and Massage, designed to stimulate circulation, detoxify
the skin and open the sinuses. Afterward, head to the
poolside open-air lounge for a Champagne-based bubbly
mojito. Fifty- and eighty-minute versions are available
for $125 and $185.
at The Westin Maui on Maui’s
Kaanapali Beach has seen a significant rise in the number
of men visiting the spa and has adjusted its menu accordingly.
The Heavenly Golfer’s Massage addresses the issue
of repetitive activity and includes a volcanic scrub.
Cost is $130 for 50 minutes. There’s also a Volcanic
Men’s Pedicure employing the power of volcanic clay.
Party at the Well in Palm Springs
Springs, at The
Well Spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa, you do it
yourself. “More and more guests are looking for
fun and different things to do … with their significant
others… and with their best friends,” said
Jennifer Di Francisco, the spa’s director. Thus
they came up with the Pittura Festa painting party treatment,
where you get to play with colorful, therapeutic mud such
as red Sedona clay. Wash it down with a Swiss shower or
Painting Party for Two is 45 minutes for $155 or 90 minutes
for $325 includes massage).
in Las Vegas can baby their precious hides at Spa
Mandalay via the Dilo Repair treatment. The Dilo nut
hails from Fiji's scared Dilo trees, or "trees of
a thousand virtues." Fiji nut oils, Aloe Vera and
coconut oil are the other stars in this application created
to heal the skin from sun exposure, inflammation and scarring.
Twenty-five minutes for $75.
in Vegas, Stephanie Doud, the new Spa Director Stephanie
Doud of Hibiscus Spa at the Westin
Casuarina Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa, has designed
an Ice Cream Pedicure. It begins with a Chocolate, Strawberry
or Vanilla Sugar Scrub exfoliation, followed with a delish
marshmallow mask and moisturizing vanilla body icing and
nail polish. Fifty minutes for $95.