Happy Renew Year
January Spa Specials to Chase Away the Winter Blues
It’s not rare to feel like you need a vacation from your holiday vacation. Luckily, Linden Spa at The Inn at Perry Cabin is offering a group of specials that can help you shake off holiday stress and get 2008 off to a fresh start. Guests booking a Sunday-to-Friday-night stay at this historic waterfront resort near Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay can take advantage of a $50-per-night credit at the spa through the month of January. The spa’s day guests can also enjoy luxurious treatment specials, such as the new 80-minute, $185 Herbal Remedy Massage, which utilizes a soothing herbal poultice and a kneading massage technique that was once the boon of returning warriors—a title which modern holiday season-survivors surely likewise deserve. For a more thorough cleanse, there’s the Winter Warmth Package, a four-hour profusion of pampering, starting with an exfoliating Gingerbread Spice Body Dessert treatment and continuing with a Holiday Hydrating Facial and a Mistle-Toes and Tips Manicure and Pedicure ($475). Meanwhile, those looking for a real withdrawal from the daily grind—and a way to give those New Year’s resolutions a fighting chance—can book the four-day Yin-Yang Yoga Retreat. From January 3-6, 2008, guests can enjoy twice daily yoga sessions, daily seminars, a Yin-Yang spa treatment and a cooking demonstration, along with complimentary breakfasts and lunches, starting at $965.
For more information, visit www.perrycabin.com
Going for the Gold
Turn Over a New Leaf With This Lavish New Treatment
It may look like an outtake from a James Bond movie, but it’s actually the latest in revitalizing skin therapy. Recently launched by The Spa at Charleston Place in South Carolina, the Luxe 24 Karat Gold Facial is an extravagant treatment that combines the legendary healing properties of gold with innovative Japanese technology. The $350, 80-minute procedure starts with a vegetable peel and facial massage, after which the face is coated with soybean-derived Gamma PGA using an Ultrasonic Nano Mister, leaving it well-hydrated and elastic. This is followed by a gentle application of gold leaf, which, in the tradition of Cleopatra and the Chinese royals of the Ch’ing Dynasty, is thought to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and make skin feel firmer, lighter and brighter. Traces of the gold then remain in the skin for up to 28 days, working to eradicate free radicals within the skin cells and improving energy levels and overall health. Midas can’t touch this.
For more information, visit www.charlestonplace.com
Time Is on Your Side
See This Red Door and You'll Want to Relax
With the exception of tax time, few seasons are more stressful than the winter holidays. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, one’s occupation is rarely relaxation, and sadly, it’s in these busy months that you probably needs a little lie-down the most. Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spas to the rescue! Their Signature Express Service, available at locations across the country, offers much-needed pampering with packages that won’t break your tightly-rigged schedule—or your wallet. In just 25 minutes, Red Door’s staff can refresh your complexion with an Express Facial ($70-$75 depending on location), soothe sore muscles with an Express Massage ($70-$75) or give your feet a treat with an Express Pedicure ($37-$42). Like stepping inside a magic wardrobe, a journey through the Red Door can transport you to a whole new world of relaxation and comfort—and have you back in the holiday bustle almost as soon as you left.
For a full list of locations, services and prices, visit www.reddoorspas.com
The Beauty Sample Sale Hits New York City
Beauty can be in the hand of the holder thanks to PrettyCity.com and Shape magazine, who have teamed up to present The Beauty Sample Sale, which will be arriving in New York City November 28. Besides offering discount prices on top brands like Revlon, Jane Iredale, Clarisonic, Kiss, Xtreme Lashes, Lucy and Conair, the Sample Sale is giving attendees opportunities to start prettifying right away with free beauty treatments and celebrity beauty tips. Goodie bags, appetizers and a complimentary martini bar will also be on-hand for sampling. Bringing a beauty buddy is encouraged: VIP tickets are $25, but if you purchase yours before November 15, you can take along a friend for free. Once it’s finished adding shine to the Big Apple, The Beauty Sample Sale will be spreading sparkle in other cities as well; look for it in Atlanta in January, Orlando in February and Los Angeles in March.
Thanksgiving Dinner, Spa Style
Have All Those Extra Calories on Your Body, Not in It
Ever wonder why it’s called a spa menu? Increasingly, spa treatments resemble dining choices—lots of fruits and veggie dishes and certainly dessert. Some sound good enough to eat. What follows is the perfect recipe for a Thanksgiving dinner-inspired spa treatment feast.
• Spice De-Stress Package with Cranberry-Ginger Sugar Scrub, $225 at The Beach Plum Spa at The Dan'l Webster Inn in Sandwich, MA
• Berry Thankful Cranberry Body Buff, $120 at The Spa at New York-New York in Las Vegas, NV
• Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, $50 at Mozaik Skin & Body in Scottsdale, AZ
• Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Body Fix, $150 at Revive Spa in New Buffalo, MI
• Pumpkin Sugar Scrub, $85 at The Spa at Chelsea Piers in New York, NY
• Pumpkin Body Peel, $125 at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in Half Moon Bay, CA
• Champagne Facial, $99 at The Wellness Spa in Edmond, OK
• Red Wine Infusion Wrap, $55 at A Time to Spa in Olmsted Falls, OH
• Baked Apple Pie Wrap, $80 at The Spa at Eagle Rock Resort in Hazleton, PA
• Apple Pie Pedicure, $70 at Sparra Day Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn in Captiva Island, FL
And though treatments featuring the traditional holiday main course aren’t on the menu, you can always check out our list of The Best Spas in Turkey!
Time For a Masquerade
If you think it takes you forever to style your hair, just imagine what it took for ladies of the court to make it on time to one of Louis XVI’s fêtes. All that teasing, powdering and coiffing…it’s enough to make you lose your head (poor Marie). Thank goodness for the straight iron! Taking a step back in time, Reed Johnson Salon & Spa in Tulsa, OK, is presenting their first ever event on October 20, the Halloween Hair Masquerade, featuring an 18th century-inspired hair and fashion show. Snack on hors d’oeuvres and sip drinks from the cash bar while feasting your eyes on the elaborate costumes and hair styles. Tickets are $25 with advance purchase or $35 at the door, and all proceeds benefit the Amber Rogers Foundation, a non-profit organization helping victims of violent crimes in partnership with the Tulsa Victims/Witness Center. Show your creativity in the evening’s costume contest for a chance to win fabulous Aveda prizes.
For more information, visit www.tonijohnsonsalonspa.com
Stop in the Name of Loveliness
Glam Gals Glam Gals, Whatcha Gonna Do?
Beware, Macy’s shoppers. Throughout the month of October, you can run, but you can’t hide (especially not behind those skinny mannequins). In Macy’s department stores all over the country, Benefit’s Beauty Patrol is on the beat, issuing “beauty citations” to women they think are “in violation” of looking their best. But unlike other law enforcement agencies, the Beauty Patrol believes in fighting crime with kindness—even rewarding it. In fact, rather than landing you with a nasty fine, these citations will instead leave you looking mighty fine, as they entitle the bearer to some time in the chair—the Beauty Artists’ chair, that is, where Benefit’s instant beauty solutions will send you back out into the general population looking more gorgeous than ever. For more information, visit www.benefitcosmetics.com, or check your local Benefit counter for a full list of locations and dates.
Spa Specials Promote Breast Cancer Awareness
October usually brings to mind the colors orange and black, but Halloween is only one night, whereas all 31 days are part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And no trick: you can help support this important cause by treating yourself. PrettyCity is promoting breast cancer awareness by sponsoring Pretty in Pink, bringing together spas from Arizona to New York, all of whom have made donations to the cause and are offering a selection of spa treatments for only $31 for the month of October. At multiple NuU Medspa locations in Arizona and Illinois, for example, you can get a laser hair removal treatment for the upper lip, normally $180, for nearly a sixth of that cost. Lalique Wellness & Day Spa in Los Angeles, meanwhile, is offering La Petite Facial (normally $45), while Maximus Spa and Salon in Merrick, NY, is presenting the Profound Treatment (normally $65), a customized scalp and hair conditioning therapy. And if the Pretty in Pink program does indeed move you to think about breast cancer for all 31 days or each of those 31 dollars, you can further show your support by donating money—be it $31 or more—to PrettyCity’s partner, the Y-ME Breast Cancer Organization, which is dedicated to helping make sure no one faces breast cancer alone. Last year, the money raised just from participating spa donations was over $13,000. So schedule your appointments now, and discover how a day of divine relaxation can make a difference.
For more information, and a full list of spas and treatments, visit www.prettycity.com/pink
Green with Pride
Jala Spa Turns Back Massages into a Chance to Give Back
The threat of global warming and other environmental disasters can make it hard to truly relax nowadays, an issue the creators of the Jala Spa at Hyatt Key West Resort & Marina in Key West, Florida, have incorporated into their new eco-friendly wellness center. Jala—named after a Sanskrit word for “water”—is a spa experience that’s truly built around the natural surroundings of the Florida Keys. Not only are the treatments inspired by environmental elements such as the ocean waves, everglades, reefs, beaches or the Florida heat, but for every Signature Jalaja or Jala Booster treatment performed, the spa will donate money to Reef Relief, an organization devoted to protecting coral reefs. The Signature Jalaja’s invigorating, full-body Blue Mojito scrub, followed by a Refresh facial—which utilizes pure orange sap water and sesame extract to hydrate and replenish the skin—will thus make you feel divine in spirit as well as in body. Thanks to Jala Spa, it’s now possible to lie back, relax and do something that’s good for yourself and for the world. You might even run into Al Gore in the steam room.
For more information visit www.keywest.hyatt.com
Showers in the Desert
Spa Desert Springs Provides Sanctuary From the Sand
No, it’s not a mirage: Desert Springs JW Marriott has opened Spa Desert Springs, bringing a touch of Hollywood glamour and luxury to Palm Desert, California. The 38,000-square-foot facility contains a “spa within a spa,” a private suite that benignant bridesmaids or beneficent bosses can book for bachelorette parties or business functions, as well as a VIP room, where elite guests can enjoy the services of a personal butler. There’s plenty for the average person, too. From the moment visitors step inside this spa’s split-face limestone and Brazilian Ipe wood walls, there are pleasures to be enjoyed, both visual and sensual: a ten-foot waterfall in the lobby as well as Desert Rain Showers, whose five digitally programmable heads make it possible to create a shower experience as fully choreographed as the most lavish Hollywood musical. Going beyond solo pleasure, Spa Desert Springs also embraces the “spa together” concept, including two-person whirlpool tubs and a coed lounge to help couples find harmony. (Too bad it’s too late for Reese and Ryan.) With hydrating treatments—like a California Sun-Kissed wrap utilizing cactus flower extract—as well as the facility’s yoga studio, heated outdoor lap pool and Turkish steam rooms, Spa Desert Springs is a true oasis. For more information visit www.desertspringsresort.com
Relaxation for High Rollers
"The Royale Relief" Massage at St. Maarten's Resort
A day at the Blackjack table can take its toll on avid gamers. To soothe aches and pains caused by hours of casino fun, St. Maarten’s Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino offers gamblers the “Royale Relief Massage” to relax guests and leave them ready for another round. Therapists at Maho’s Good Life Spa focus on neck, hand and arm areas that become tense after long hours of repetitive movements at the slot machines or tables. Priced at $49.50 for 25 minutes, the massage is something no casino goer could pass up. And with 300 slot machines, two Craps tables, four Roulette tables, Blackjack and seven Poker stations to go through, this massage is definitely a winner. For more information visit www.sonesta.com/MahoBeach
Relaxing at the Dentist's Office
Bella Faccia Dental Spa in Poway, California
No one will ever have to pull your teeth to get you into the dentist’s office again. Dr. Whang has found a way to let patients unwind before or after getting necessary dental procedures. A full menu of spa services, ranging from the cosmetic (collagen and Sea C Spa treatment) to the stress-relieving (Asian Centric or Swedish Massage) is available at Bella Faccia Dental Spa for individuals wanting to extend their time in this Zen-inspired space found in Poway, California. Complementary spa amenities are offered to all patients, including a hand paraffin wax treatment, aroma therapy oils, eye pillows and scented hand and face towels. Perhaps now it won’t be so bad next time you need a filling. For more information visit www.bellafacciadentalspa.com.
A High-Touch Experience
Prada Beauty and The Ritz-Carlton Company Join Forces
Prada Beauty, known for its advanced skin care, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company have collaborated to create a luxurious spa experience for guests. “High-touch techniques,” a body-balancing specialty of Prada Beauty, will be utilized to offer spa enthusiasts intimate, long-lasting facials. Each treatment follows an individualized rhythmic flow that incorporates breathing exercises, light stretching, massage and draining techniques such as shiatsu to stimulate various healing systems throughout the body and promote faster rejuvenation and healing both before and after the facial. The tension-relieving “high-touch” calms the body and allows the facial tissue to become extremely receptive to the products, so individuals get the most out of their procedure. Guests can choose from a host of different treatments, such as Reviving Visage or Radiance Visage, and receive a week-long supply of the skin care products used during their procedure. These facials will be available at twelve of The Ritz-Carlton spas in North America, starting with New York in June 2007. For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com
Double the Stress Relief
4-Hands Massage at Sivara Spa
The Sivara Spa, found in Amari Hotels throughout Thailand, will start offering its guests the “four-handed pleasure” come July. This treatment tweaks the traditional use of one masseuse per customer and instead gives spa-goers double the attention with two specialists. The skilled therapists synchronize their massage to provide steady and calming motions that reduce stress and promote balance in the body. The treatment, which is available for roughly $103, can be booked at various Amari locations that include Bangkok, Samui and Phuket. Traditional Thai, Indonesian and deep-tissue massages are also available. F.
Your Cares Will Melt Away
Ice Cream at The Spa at the Beverly Wilshire
Remember the sweet summer days of childhood? The Spa at the Beverly Wilshire is on a mission to bring back some of those tender memories. Relax in a poolside cabana and indulge in one of their new ice-cream-themed hand or foot ‘treat’ments. Flavors include the following tasty selections from ME!Bath: Coconut Grove, Tropical Guava, Strawberry Kiwi, Apricot Harvest, Cucumber Melon and Land of Milk and Honey. And while your weary feet are soaking in sweet splendor, you can treat your taste buds to some real ice cream. For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com.
Pamper Dad on Father's Day
Metamorphosis Day Spa Packages
Who says Mom’s the only one who gets a spa day? This Father’s Day, treat Dad like a king and spoil him with a fun package at Metamorphosis Day Spa in New York. The manly-themed treatments will relax him, and the catchy names are sure to put a smile on his face. For those with a budget in mind, the “Iron Man Package” offers a half-hour deep tissue massage (perfect after his weekly round of golf), foot massage, hand treatment, Head Trip (scalp massage), and Clean and Clear facial for $199. If you have more cash to play with, the “He-Man Treatment Package” includes a “To the Point” (shiatsu) massage, “Man”-icure, Pedicure, Clean and Clear Facial and Head Trip for $220. But if you want to give Dad the ultimate indulgence, the “Retrosexual Male Treatment” will pamper him for three hours with a “Whole in One” (deep-tissue body massage), foot massage (reflexology), Head Trip and Clean and Clear Facial for $280. For more information, visit www.metspa.com
Desert Oasis in the Middle East
Banyan Tree Hotel and Spa
The new Banyan Tree Hotel and Spa in Al Areen, Bahrain, exhibits all the qualities expected of an exclusive retreat and gives new meaning to the term “desert oasis.” As the only all-villa private pool resort located in the Arabian Gulf, Banyan mixes the refined ambience of Arabian architecture with modern amenities. Pampering at the twelve private pavilions incorporates a fusion of Arabian aromatherapy and centuries-old holistic treatments from the Far East. Banyan Tree claims to be the biggest and most diverse spa in the Middle East with innovative therapies and design. Its nearby Hydrothermal Garden offers hydrotherapy stations ranging from enjoying an ice igloo to a tropical shower. Beautiful fountains and invigorating streams at the world’s first Garden Hammam, a natural sanctuary designed to calm the body and prepare it to benefit the most from subsequent treatments, further accentuates the blissful adventure.
Treat Mom on Mother's Day
Aqua Star Spa Packages
Mom has been pampering you all your life, so now’s your chance to pamper her in return. Let her know how much she means to you with the gift of relaxation at The Beverly Hilton’s Aqua Star Spa. Treat her to a Give Me a Lift Facial, Eau Thermal Body Wrap and a Bellezza Salon manicure/pedicure for $420; a hydrating facial and Swedish Massage for $230; or a 60-minute hot stone massage plus a gourmet snack of Belgian chocolate and wine for $125. For more information, contact the Aqua Star Spa at 310-887-6048 or visit www.beverlyhilton.com.
Dinner and a Bath
Las Ventanas al Paraíso Resort
Dinner and a movie has always been a reliable combination for a romantic evening. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, presents a variation on this theme: "Dinner & A Bath." In addition to perusing the dinner menu, guests at the resort's aptly named The Restaurant will also have the chance to examine the new after-dinner bath menu. The bath will be prepared during dinner so that guests can return to their suite after the meal and enjoy a luxurious soak. Bath themes include Stress Relieving, Rejuvenating or Sensual & Romantic, and guests can enjoy Champagnes, premium tequilas and Cuban cigars while they relax. The Sensual & Romantic bath features Celestial Maracuja Bathing Nectar to soften skin as well as Black Pepper Oil to stimulate muscles and heighten senses. For more information, visit www.lasventanas.com.
|Beauties on a budget should never have to decide between a facial and two weeks of groceries. The creators of Spa Week also seemed to think the same way when they introduced the program in 2004, hoping to make spa treatments an affordable part of a healthy lifestyle. From April 16-22, participating spas all over the country will offer full service treatments at the discounted price of $50. This year’s Spa Week includes spas in Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City and more. Spa Xanadu in Los Angeles is offering a 60-minute Hot & Cold Jade Stone Massage, the Red Door Spa in New York presents a 50-minute Elizabeth Arden Classic Facial, and Spa Claremont in San Francisco will provide their 50-minute Bamboo Lemongrass Scrub—all for the cost of a couple of martinis (but a massage is much healthier anyway). For more information, visit www.spaweek.org.
BEAUTY AND THE GRAPE
Spa Terra, The Meritage Resort at Napa
|You'd expect a spa in Napa to have a wine-themed treatment menu. At Spa Terra, opening at The Meritage Resort at Napa, you'll actually be massaged and beautified in a wine cave. That's not to say you'll be maturing along with the vino, however, as red wine contains resveratrol, which may help ward off disease and allow imbibers to live longer. After a $7.5 million building project, doors to this 9,000-square-foot underground spa will officially open to guests on April 15, 2007. Design elements—Mediterranean-inspired mosaics and hand-forged wrought-iron fixtures—and spa features—steam grottos, soaking pools, waterfalls and ten private treatments rooms—will transform the cave from a dank stone room into a soothing, luxurious sanctuary. The spa's signature treatment, Solo Vino, will include an exfoliating grape seed scrub, jet shower rinse, body wrap, wine cave mud mask, Terra massage and a glass of wine paired with a cheese selection. For more information, please call 707-251-3000 or visit www.spaterra.com.
A Slice of Spice at
Ginger has never been just a tasty additive to curry and cookies.
This spicy root is one of the world’s oldest and
most universal healing herbs; it has been used to relieve
digestive distress, joint pain and nausea. Also known
for its relaxing effects, ginger has been popping up
as an ingredient in, and sometimes as the star of, many
spa treatments. Bliss spas throughout the country offer "The Ginger
Rub," which guests can experience for $250. This
aromatic treatment includes a rub-down with fresh-grated
ginger root and warmed detoxifying essential oils; a
warming, 20-minute foil wrap to allow skin to “marinate”;
and a 100-minute, tip-to-toe massage. For Bliss locations
and more information, visit www.blissworld.com.
WANT NATURAL HEALING
Spa at Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa
Lake Tahoe area is known for its natural beauty and
awe-inspiring scenery; now, thanks to the Onsen Spa,
guests at Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa in Nevada can be natural beauties as well. This spa sanctuary
has been completely renovated and reopened as an Aveda
Lifestyle Salon & Spa, using skin and hair care
products by this nature-loving beauty company. Still
known by its original name, Onsen Spa features views
of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as well as a vast treatment
menu which includes everything from a 15-minute eye
treatment to lengthy pampering packages. If your partner
is busy on the slopes, you can enjoy a five-hour Onsen
Indulgence Renewal Package. For $475, experience a massage,
facial, body wrap, manicure, pedicure, scalp massage
and salon washing and styling. For more information,
ARE GETTING STEAMY!
Spa Treatments A Deux
a new Valentine’s Day tradition and connect with
your sweetie during a spa treatment for couples.
For $435, couples can indulge in The Romance Package
Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Spa in Colorado, which
includes the following treats for two: a Vanilla Bourbon
Milk Bath, Champagne and an 80-minute rub-down. Duos
in the mood for a longer romantic rendezvous can take
advantage of the Do Not Disturb package at Red
Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah. This special,
priced at $2,045 per couple, includes a three-night
stay at the villa, meals, spa robes and a gift basket,
romantic activities and two massages. You’ll be
amazed at what relaxed muscles and glowing skin will
do for your relationship. For more information, check
out our article, Scintillating
Spa Treatments A Deux.
ME, MYSELF AND I
Love Yourself This Valentine's
Day has always been about expressing your love for someone.
Loving yourself is just as important, and now you can
show it without gorging on chocolates. PrettyCity.com,
a beauty and leisure website, has teamed up with The
Heart Truth, a national organization promoting
heart disease awareness, to celebrate their annual “Love
You” campaign. In support of women taking charge
of their own well-being, from Jan. 15-Feb. 15, more
than 60 spas and salons across the country will offer
certain spa treatments for a bargain price of $59. In
Miami, at the Radiance Medspa, spa-goers can get a microdermabrasion
facial, complexion analysis and a 30-minute massage
for $59. At Chicago’s Spa Soak, you can get their
“Sugar & Spice” treatment, including
a bikini wax, mini Glow Facial and a manicure, for…you
guessed it…$59. For a list of participating spas,
DAYS A WEEK
Golden Bridge NYC
Angeles-based Golden Bridge Yoga has opened a new location
in New York City. By providing courses, events, healthy
lifestyle education and various meditation classes,
this yoga center gives guests a chance to grow physically,
emotionally and spiritually. Events include the Shivanter
seven-day cleanse from Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2007, which was
designed to restore inner health, strengthen the immune
system and encourage healthier living and eating. The
$750 ticket price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
for each day as well as herbs, tonics, teas, seven Kundalini
yoga classes and one-on-one lifestyle counseling. For
more events, classes and additional information, visit
The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi honors ancient Eastern traditions and celebrates modern Western sophistication with its special treatments and exotic environment. This sanctuary at the heart of the property features six thatched-roof treatment pavilions, outdoor rain showers, private outdoor plunge pools and soaking tubs surrounded by lush gardens and reflecting lotus ponds. Guests can practice yoga and meditation or relax, and couples can enjoy a private outdoor shower. Treatments include the Abhyanga (a traditional ayurvedic massage using oil to nourish tissues and joints while balancing and harmonizing the body), the Sundar Nirvana Ritual (an abhyanga massage, a scalp massage, and a full body mask containing exotic herbs, oils and pure plant extract) and the Sundari Sundari (a hydrating hair treatment, a milk and honey bath, a facial and a cup of "gorgeous geisha" tea). For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com