Ever wanted to compete on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" but didn't have the guts (or the gut) to compete? With the opening of The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in southern Utah, now anyone—for a not-so-small price—can experience the challenge, strain, and sense of reward that accompanies being "the biggest loser." Combining a vigorous workout regimen and top-quality trainers along with all of the essential elements of a day spa, the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge is a unique fitness spa dedicated to healthy living and helping losers—of weight, that is—achieve their goals. For roughly $2,000 a week, guests can participate in an intensive program that is intended not only to challenge them physically with activities such as hiking, kickboxing, and water aerobics, but is also designed to educate with workshops on topics such as low-calorie cooking and intuitive eating. A week in weight loss boot camp doesn't sound like your idea of a relaxing getaway? Don't worry, after a day spent spinning, swimming, and hitting the heavy bag, guests can unwind by sampling some of the resort's extensive spa services, including deep tissue and hot stone massages, manicures, facials, and a variety of different acupuncture therapies. For more information, visit www.biggestloserresort.com.
Teen Treatments at Four Seasons Spas
Spas at select Four Seasons properties around the world have found a way to get teens to put down their cell phones and start lifelong health and beauty routines. The new offerings address the specific needs of still developing bodies, all with a hipster factor. Among our favorites: the Teen Corrective Facial at Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore Santa Barbara, designed to treat excess oil, dead skin cells, acne, bacteria and inflammation; the Star Fruit Manicure at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, which ensures teen hands receive VIP treatment., and the Sunshine Soother Scrub at the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, reminding kids to protect and repair skin from the sun’s strong rays. A parent or guardian is required to be present throughout the treatment for children under the age of 16 for facial treatments and for children under the age of 18 for massage or body treatments.
La Serena at Reefs Resort in Bermuda
Intimate New Spa Features Holistic Approach
The Reefs Hotel in Bermuda is celebrating the opening of its new spa, La Serena. Guests enter the spa through a bubbling water globe that opens through a moon gate into the Relaxation Room. Services include massages, body wraps and non-surgical facelifts. In addition, the spa incorporates the use of imagery and aromatherapy, allowing guests to meditate and fully relax before massages. There are eight treatment rooms including a dual massage spa suite and the above-mentioned relaxation room with panoramic ocean views . Due to the popularity of the spa, guests are encouraged to make reservations well in advance of their trip to Bermuda. The Reefs is located on the Southhampton side of Bermuda, houses 65 luxury suites and has been in operation since 1947.
For more information, visit www.thereefs.com
Congress Hall, the landmark seaside resort that has been housing visitors to Cape May since 1816, recently opened its brand-new spa facility, the Sea Spa. The Sea Spa's Director, Melanie Housel, previously served as head concierge of the renowned Spa Toccare at the Borgata in Atlantic City, and hand-selected all the massage and spa therapists for the new facility.
The sunshine-inspired treatments will begin with a glass of mint-infused lemonade from nearby Beach Plum Farm. The "Southern Comfort," a full-body massage featuring heated towels and cooling aloe, will help relax guests after a long day on the sunny beach. "Lavender Bliss" is a full-body massage that gives extra attention to the head, neck and scalp and utilizes an infusion of fresh lavender from Cape Resort's nearby farm. The "All-American" rejuvenating facial helps invigorate skin and replenish moisture that can be washed away by the sun and sea.
The Sea Spa's cabana-style treatment rooms echo the hotel's signature yellow-and-white striped décor, with A-line canvas ceilings that bring the feeling of the beach inside while preserving a peaceful and private atmosphere.
For more information, visit www.congresshall.com
Kick Back in Kapalua
Hawaii's Newest Spa Retreat
Hawaii's second largest retreat of its kind, Maui's Kapalua Spa at Kapalua Resort, has just opened. The 30,000 square-feet property boasts ten outdoor hale (house) stone tubs, an infinity Olympic-sized saltwater pool, a sunning deck and a cold rainfall shower, with views of the spa's bamboo gardens as well as of Kapalua Bay and Molokai’i.
The healing continues indoors in nine treatment rooms, with therapies such as the ‘Awa and Cacao Lomi Wrap. Other menu items include water therapy like Calming Ali’i Kula Lavender or body therapy like Banana-Ti Leaf and Turmeric Aloe Masque. Stop by the fitness center or the yoga studio, or visit the juice bar for a refreshing drink. Conclude your stay at the Kapalua Spa with a haircut from the beauty salon and top it off by purchasing a favorite spa product from the retail boutique.
For more information, visit www.kapalua.com
Scottish Spa Escapes
Four Spas from Connoisseurs Scotland
Four prestigious estates from Connoisseurs Scotland are offering new
spa packages for visitors. Masseuses of The Scotsman Hotel have
collaborated with marine algae- and plant-based spa line, Thalgo, for
the hotel’s new spa, which is currently proposing a special overnight
spa package to guests, including a Hydrate and Feel Good Facial, Salt
Body Scrub and Indian Head Massage.
A new addition to Scotland’s first and only destination spa, Stobo Castle Health Spa, features 40 spa treatment rooms, an Aromatic Steam Room, Crystal Steam Room, Laconium, Hydrospa, in addition to 80 treatments available.
Manicures, pedicures, reflexology, and hot stone full-body massages are a handful of in-room services being offered at mansion-type resort, Cringletie House Hotel. Children can also be pampered by spa therapists with makeup and glitter tattoos, as part of the Glitzy Nails treatment.
Boath House Hotel, a mansion-hotel emphasizing health and wellness, features eco-friendly Aveda Concept treatments used in the Health and Beauty Spa. Starting in October, guests can purchase the Beauty Breaks package for couples, with treatments such as a 30-minute sports massage or an Aveda pure focus facial.
Spa Services on Windstar Cruises
Get Pampered While You Cruise
The OnboardSpa Company has partnered with yacht-style cruise line Windstar Cruises to offer O SPA London services and products. Their organic spa line is sourced from sustainable sources and include natural oils and aromatic plant and herb extracts to help rejuvenate a healthy skin and body. While cruising to one of 50 countries aboard Windstar Cruises, guests can experience treatments like the Indian Ayurvedic treatment or Balinese and Swedish massage. Acupuncture, facials, manicures and pedicures and a fitness center with Pilates and Yoga are also available. The salon offers a variety of hair care services using products from French line Kérastase.
For more information, visit www.windstarcruises.com
Ayurvedic Therapy at the Beach
The Palms Spa Opens in Miami Beach, Florida
Experience The Palms Spa at Miami Beach's The Palms Hotel & Spa, the only Aveda luxury beach spa in Florida. Having opened in May 2009, this 5,000-square-feet getaway integrates ancient Indian Ayruvedic mentality paired with high-end Aveda products to help create a calming, tailored experience. The Palms Spa offers various body treatments, such as The Ayruvedic Experience, meant to cleanse the body of toxins and promote a healthy mind and body. Other services include hair and nail care, waxing, make-up services, a private couples suite, a hydrotherapy room, four outdoor tiki cabanas, as well as an indoor and outdoor area for guests to unwind in. After a relaxing spa session, guests can continue their experience by visiting the Aveda retail store and Essensia Restaurant & Lounge within The Palms Spa vicinity.
For more information, visit www.thepalmshotel.com or call 305-534-0505.
A Relaxed Mom is a Happy Mom
Spa Treatments at Bellagio, Las Vegas
This Mother's Day, cherish and pamper your primary nurturer with the gift of a spa day at the Bellagio Spa in Las Vegas. Let the vitamins and antioxidants of citrus and vanilla melt away Mom's stress in the 50-minute aromatherapy massage that includes a "hot toe bliss" stone treatment. With the "C" and Sea Mother's Day Escape detoxification, she can relax with a South American green coffee anti-cellulite wrap while enjoying a mini vitamin C facial. Relax with your mom over tea and scones while warm cinnamon spice mud masks soften your skin, or check out the girlfriend's package for Ancient Polynesian manicures and pedicures.
For more information, visit www.bellagio.com or call 888-987-6667.
Spa Week Returns
$50 Treatments Offered Nationwide
Spa Week is back again in spas across the nation from April 13-19. Participating locations will offer a selection of full-service treatments for a discounted price of $50 in nineteen different cities, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and others. The event was developed in October 2004 by Cheryl Reid as part of her New York campaign to integrate spa treatments as part of an affordable and healthy lifestyle. Eco-friendly treatments are also offered at several of the participating spas, and different sweepstakes, such as spa products, spa stays and gift cards, as well as other spa discounts are available by registering on the Spa Week website.
For more information or to register, visit www.spaweek.org
Relax Caribbean Style
Native Jamaican Elements at The Solís Palmyra's ESPA
For more information, visit www.thepalmyra.com/view/en/plmhome.aspx or call 954-772-4282.
The Crystal Spa to LEED by Example
Scheduled to open in winter 2008/2009, the Crystal Spa in Michigan will be just one of six spa facilities nationwide to be LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Built as an expansion to the existing Peak Indoor Pool and Fitness Center, it will consist of twelve treatment rooms, infrared saunas, a private meditation garden with hot tub, fitness and strength training equipment as well as a manicure and pedicure area. The spa to was designed to create an energy-efficient environment while providing luxury spa treatments. It will include features such as compact fluorescent lighting, motion sensors on restroom fixtures, a ground water heat pump and an automated power control system. Environmentally friendly foam insulation will also be used to create a seal throughout the building to maximize energy efficiency for heating and cooling.
For more information, visit www.crystalmountain.com
(Updated: 12/30/11 BH)