Treatment rooms in charming gingerbread cottages
The Four Seasons Nevis is so tranquil and peaceful, it’s almost like a spa vacation in itself. However the resort does have a dedicated full-service spa that offers body treatments, facials, hair and nail services and custom perfume blending. The menu has been developed in partnership with THÉMAÉ, a French brand whose treatments incorporate the antioxidant benefits of tea and spring water with modern technology.
The benefits of Bush tea and homegrown remedies are part of a longstanding tradition in Nevis, where various customs and ceremonies revolve around this plant. The spa’s herb garden pays homage to the island’s organic bounty and features plants that are used in certain spa treatment rituals and in tea services for guests before or after their treatments. These include lemongrass (anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, detoxifying), aloe (high in vitamins and minerals, a digestive, detoxifying, alkalizes the body, boosts the immune system great for the skin, acts as an analgesic on burns and bug bites), rosemary (prevents brain aging, improves memory, eases migraine, provides pain relief, is a digestive), sage (rich in anti-oxidants, helpful with diabetes, colds, fevers, menopause and menstrual pain, improves memory, is a digestive) and basil (anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, is a digestive).
One of the treatments that use these plants is the Nevis Naturally Massage, which uses an organic oil blending mint, rosemary, lemongrass, eucalyptus and aloe. Other locally-inspired treatments are the green tea facial, the super-smoothing bamboo powder body scrub, the rejuvenating jasmine tea detoxifying wrap and the coconut exfoliation with a pickle pear wrap and ginger oil rub.
One of the pools in the spa complex
The spa setting is idyllic: adorable gingerbread cottage treatment rooms, tropical gardens, two hydrotherapy pools (a volcanic stone whirlpool and a Japanese-inspired cold plunge pool).
View from the Sala deck
For my spa break, I chose the Island Ceremony treatment package, which combines a hydrating facial and a full-body massage. My therapist Lesley took me on a journey that began with a tiny rake-like device to wake up my circulation. My facial thoroughly cleansed my skin and included extractions. Various hydrating masques and lotions followed. The massage soothed cramped muscles and generally tuned up my entire body, leaving me refreshed and relaxed. After my treatments, I stretched out on a lounge on the sheltered Sala deck, where I gazed out on the peaceful vistas of Nevis Peak and daydreamed, just drifting into a perfect Nevis day.
Later, when I studied the menu for various couples options, and the one that caught my eye was titled: Spa Under the Stars: Your Own Private Paradise. This unique experience brings a single couple into the spa in the evening, allowing them to enjoy this Eden-like retreat all on their own. A bottle of champagne, a candle-lit dinner—what else could a honeymoon couple wish?
But come to think of it, a honeymoon at the Four Seasons Nevis is already honeymoon perfection.
I should mention that there is a fully-equipped Health Club at the nearby Sports Pavilion—just in case anyone feels the need for exercise.
It was delightful to stumble upon a jewel of a spa hotel that none of my friends know about. A hotel which nestles high up in the forested hills of southern Austria on the edge of the stunning Lake Weissensee, the highest bathing lake in the Alps, a hotel which offers not only a heavenly, luxurious, peaceful environment, but also a supremely healthy one. Ideally, I would prefer to keep it a secret, but that would not be fair to the lovely Bio-Vitalhotel Weissenseerhof.
On my plane from London to Salzburg, Austria, I chatted with the TV chef Nigella Lawson. She was off to the renowned VivaMayr clinic for a week, the place where the global elite go and spend a fortune to take the Mayr cure (a brutal regime of gut cleansing and fasting). The following week, Kate Moss was due to be there, too.
Everyone who is – or thinks they are – anyone, seems to head off there at some point, but I felt quite smug, for my destination was not only far more charming, but a great deal less expensive. I, too, have been to the VivaMayr, but I was now on my way to somewhere not so far away, with similar jaw-dropping scenery and level of luxurious accommodation, an option to do the Mayr cure each day if I so desired, or simply to eat wonderful healthy organic food, be pampered in an amazing ‘floating’ spa and indulge in fabulous organic Austrian wine – all at a fraction of the cost.
Everything in this family-run hotel is designed to please. The staff could not be more helpful and friendly overseen by the lovely Sabine Loy, and the chef is superlative. Florian Klinger devotes himself to organic, super-healthy yet gourmet cuisine using fresh produce from the hotel garden and divine cold-pressed oils that he makes himself. A certified dietary chef, he caters for every special nutritional requirement and has 30 years experience in developing the modern Mayr diet. He oversees the medically supervised fasting programs for guests following the modern F.X. Mayr cure and the alkaline fast, as well as producing sensational healthy menus for guests who want to follow a normal diet.
I compromised by devoting one day to the Mayr diet including a session with a Mayr trained doctor, which was no hardship at all, and the rest of the week eating my way through normal, varied, yet extremely healthy, menus. I should add here that serious wine lovers will adore the splendid wine cellar and vinoteca where you can taste and purchase over 600 wines from well-known wine growers around the world.
Days were spent sampling some of the huge number of treatments offered in the fabulous spa which is built right on and over the lake. Here, I had the finest massage I can honestly say I have ever had (thank you Thomas!) and dithered between medical wellness treatments like Lymph Drainage and Fasciae Therapy (for acute and chronic pain), indulgent beauty treatments and body and soul therapies like Reiki.
Austria/Österreich, Weissensee, Bio Vitalhotel Weissenseerhof
There is also a yoga studio, as well as several saunas and lovely sundeck areas from which you can slip into the clear lake on sunny days. Frankly, I never wanted to go off-site, but couldn’t resist a trip by gondola up the mountain one day to sample more traditional Austrian food (delicious) and a restorative walk down the mountain on easy trails.
Those with more energy can spend days hiking or mountain biking in the Weissensee Nature Park; in the winter the lake obligingly freezes over creating the largest natural ice surface in Europe and hours of fun for those who like skating – or falling over.
For me, the unique selling point of the Weissenseerhof is that you can have the most relaxing, pampering holiday there, eating like a king or following a proper, medically and nutritionally designed diet – or do a bit of both. If you want to self-cater, there are also delightful apartments for families. You really can’t go wrong.
Weissenseerhof Hotel, Neusach, Austria
Tel: +43 (0)4713 2219 402
Bath amenities from the L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral line
The world’s most luxurious ship, Regent‘s Seven Seas Explorer, will feature an exclusive collection of bath amenities from the L’Occitane’s Mer & Mistral line, becoming the first cruise ship to offer complimentary amenities from this exclusive line of products. The new L’Occitane products will serve as the standard amenity for all suites onboard Seven Seas Explorer.
The Mer & Mistral line is part of L’Occitane’s La Collection de Grasse assortment, inspired and named after the world perfume capital in the south of France. This collection of products celebrates L’Occitane’s French Provencal roots by bringing together fresh aquatic notes blended with an aromatic chord of pine, cypress and rosemary. The complimentary Mer & Mistral collection of exclusive amenities from L’Occitane will initially be available only on Seven Seas Explorer, but will roll out on the remainder of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet of all-suite luxury vessels this summer.
Included in the exclusive Seven Seas Explorer collection are 75 ml bottles of L’Occitane shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, body lotions, and fresh soaps. In addition, guests will receive a complimentary 100-ml bottle of Lavender Liquid Foaming Bath, in which the fresh and delightful fragrance contains lavender oil from Provence. Guests will realize all relaxing benefits of lavender captured in this rich formula that generously foams in the bath and leaves skin clean, supple and delicately scented.
“It’s imperative, that down to our amenities, Seven Seas Explorer conveys the highest level of luxury,” said Jason Montague, president and COO for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “This partnership demonstrates our dedication to providing guests with the most upmost, luxurious level of excellence, and we’re thrilled to have L’Occitane as part of our exclusive collection of amenities.”
The newest member of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, Seven Seas Explorer has been hailed as the most luxurious ship ever built. Carrying only 750 guests, it boasts one of the highest space ratios in the cruise industry and features extravagantly designed lounges and showplaces and lavish gourmet restaurants. The luxury liner’s maiden voyage is scheduled for July 20, 2016, and will spend its inaugural season in Europe before heading to Miami for a series of Caribbean voyages.
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Celebrates Mom with Spa and Brunch package
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
celebrates mothers and mothers-to-be with a special spa package that will be available throughout the month of May and a beachside outdoor brunch on Sunday, May 8.
Mother’s Day Seaside Brunch – On Sunday, May 8 Executive Chef Michael Poompan dishes out an exciting outdoor brunch on the property’s picturesque Bayside Lawn, which boasts an exceptional view of the San Diego skyline. Featuring a variety of menu options, including a Wellness Station complete with Greek Yogurt and a selection of toppings, Farmer’s Market Fruit Jars and Bananas with Almond and Flax Seeds, and seasonal vegetables, the nutrient packed brunch is designed to renew physical and mental energy for busy moms. Additional menu highlights include, Cider Glazed Chicken Breast, Baja Grouper, Braised Local Octopus and a Carving Station featuring Slow Roasted Pork Leg and Smoked Trip-Tip with Maple Bourbon Sauce.
The Coronado Island Marriott Mother’s Day Brunch is held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm
., and is priced at $75 per adult, and $35 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call: 619.522.3193
or book on OpenTable.com.
Mom and Me Rejuvenation Spa Package – The brand new Spa at Coronado Island Resort & Spa features a special “create your own” Mother’s Day Spa Package for two. Each guest can select among a 50-minute massage, body treatment or facial. The package also includes parking, lunch for two at the Spa Café and two complimentary glasses of champagne. In the Spa Café, moms and their guests enjoy conscious cuisine, and can create their own Wellness Bento Box, which can be customized with an array of different sides, proteins, healthy sandwiches and entrées; the Spa Menu also features pitaya bowls and cold pressed juices.
The Mom and Me Rejuvenation Spa Package is priced at $280 for two people ($360 value) and is available from May 1 until May 31
. Appointments can be booked by calling, The Spa at Coronado Island at 619.522.3043
About Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa:
There is a certain life altering energy the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. Away from the crowds, on the quiet side of California’s famed Coronado Island, it is a seaside destination that possesses an air of seclusion. The resort features three floors with 273 rooms, 27 suites, 23 meeting rooms with 25,000 square feet of total event space, two restaurants, outdoor pool and whirlpool, the brand new Spa Coronado and state-of-the-art fitness center, scheduled to open April 2016. The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa provides nearby access to popular San Diego attractions including, Balboa Park, PETCO Park and the San Diego Zoo, and is located at 2000 Second St. in Coronado. For information, visit the website
or call 1-619-435-3000
Pathway to the Great House
Forget perfume, candy or flowers. This Mother’s Day, give Mom the gift she deserves, a luxury getaway to the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis. She’ll thank you for it for years to come, for a stay at this Four Seasons Resort is like an escape to paradise. Choose from a variety of packages.
The Spa Serenity package offers $150 daily Spa credit per room to help Mom unwind and de-stress. The 12,000-sq.-ft., Eden-like Spa and Salon features a menu of natural and revitalizing rituals that incorporates freshly picked herbs from the Spa’s herb garden. Mom can bask in the treatment’s afterglow on the outdoor Sala deck, facing peaceful Nevis Peak, and rejuvenate in the volcanic-stone whirlpool or Japanese-inspired, cold plunge pool. The package also includes the Resort’s daily breakfast buffet, which features the island’s fresh and vibrant flavours at the Fruit Concierge.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Nevis is also featuring Mother’s Day specials that will provide some well-deserved “Mommy me-time.”
· An 80-minute Special Mom Mani and Pedi (USD 87.50) will help melt stress away with a chocolate hand and feet exfoliation, finished with the Spa’s handcrafted, hydrating vanilla-strawberry lotion.
· A 50-minute Bloom Into Beautiful facial (USD 122.50) rejuvenates with a four tea-elixir, cold-stone eye treatment and a soothing pumpkin and apple enzyme for overall radiant skin.
· A 50-minute Mama’s Love ritual (USD 122.50) pairs a Swedish massage, which incorporates handcrafted oils created from the Spa’s herb garden, with a volcanic-sand hand and feet exfoliation that will relieve all tension from her head to toe.
Younger guests also can share in a Spa experience with a choice of special Mother and children treatments:
· 50 minute Mini Manicure and Pedicure for USD 110 per guest
· 25 minute Mini Facial for USD 152 per guest
· 25 minute Mini Massage for USD 152 per guest
These special prices are available on May 7 and 8, 2016. However, gift cards purchased with these Mother’s Day Spa specials can be redeemed through May 31.
The Romance Me package will award five stars to Dads. With a minimum four-night stay at the Resort or in one of the 45 luxurious villas, the package includes a day in a private, 200-sq.-ft., luxury beach cabana with personal beach concierge, an intimate candle-lit, beach dinner, and the new Spa Under the Stars private Spa evening. Four Seasons Resort’s private villas range from the beach to the lower slopes of Nevis Peak, and offer all the luxurious amenities of a private residence, such as personal plunge pools and expansive patios and verandas – some even with their own Spa treatment rooms and fitness centres. Getting to the Resort is also stress-free with included round-trip ground and sea transfers from the airport, and VIP arrival and departure through the YU Lounge at St. Kitts Airport.
The Fourth Night Free offer combines greater flexibility and value for an incomparable vacation. Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the perfect place for a family weekend getaway devoted to more time basking under the idyllic Caribbean sky or playing a round of golf on the Resort’s Championship Golf Course. The Robert Trent Jones II, 6,776-yard golf course offers breathtaking vistas, where guests also will chance upon families of friendly green vervet monkeys. Additionally, the Resort’s tennis program – ranked No. 1 overall and third best for juniors by Tennis Resorts Online – features 10 tennis courts, six hard-surface and four clay courts – five of which are lit for night play – for friendly competition for the whole clan.
Located on the western coast of the island of Nevis, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the only Four Seasons in the Caribbean, delivering superior service in a breathtaking setting. Offering a luxurious haven for an authentic and captivating experience for every guest, the Resort is consistently ranked among the top destinations in the world by travellers and travel experts. Since its opening, Four Seasons Resort Nevis has received numerous accolades, including the 2016 AAA Five Diamond Award. Follow the Resort on social media at @FSNevis. For more information, visit the website.
Spa treatments can provide therapy for tired hair, rough hands or less-than-perfect skin. But what about all those times when a spa visit just isn’t possible?
Luckily, there are DIY treatments that you can do at home to handle those problems. Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau offers advice on how to maintain skin, hair and hands in great shape without leaving home.
DIY Treatment For A Touchable Face:
- Prepare pot of boiling water with several bags of chamomile tea – allow tea to steep and release benefits into water
- Place face over steaming pot and cover head with towel to trap steam. You are stimulating the benefits of a steam room.
- Place cucumbers or icy chamomile tea bags well squeezed – on eyes to reduce puffiness
- Dab off excess moisture and apply scrub cream to face in gentle circular and upward motions to face, neck and chest.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm moist washcloth and apply witch hazel or rose or lavender water with spray or cotton pad
- Apply moisture lotion or cream in upward, relaxing massage strokes placing slight pressure on temples and under forehead bridge line to release tension and ease pain
- Instant result is clean, shiny skin with improved texture and appearance
Lapis comparable service: Facial
DIY Treatment For Healthy Hair:
- Take lemon juice and warm green tea and mix mixture; apply mixture to scalp with brush or applicator as you separate hair and pour remaining amount through hair
- Allow mixture to remain on scalp for a few minutes- the tea and lemon work as an astringent to cleanse scalp and hair follicles
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water and apply a combination of plain yogurt and avocado –mix 2 parts fresh avocado and 2 parts yogurt and massage into the hair in circular motions to relax the scalp and stimulate hair growth
- Gently massage temples and base of scalp line. Place plastic shower cap on hair and wrap in warm towel for 10 minutes or until towel cools off
- Rinse thoroughly. Instant result is hair that’s softer, shinier and improved circulation to scalp which is an aide to healthy hair growth
Lapis comparable service: Rescue My Hair
DIY Treatment For Soft Hands:
- Buff and moisturize rough skin using a scrub cream and oil or body lotion
- Mix 4 parts kosher or sea salt with 1 part warm grape seed oil, canola oil or olive oil and mix into a paste
- Massage into hands in upward strokes and in circular motion
- Remove with warm/wet towel and follow with nail care by pushing back cuticle using an orange stick and filing rough nail edges with Emory board. Follow hand massage with body or hand lotion
- Wrap hands in warm cotton gloves or place in plastic bags and wrap with warm towels – instant result is skin that’s clean, soft and luxurious
Lapis comparable service: Spalicious Manicure