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Lapis, The Spa At Fontainebleau Unveils New Ayurvedic Inspired Menu

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Bargains | 0 comments

The Spa At Fontainebleau

Lapis, The Spa At Fontainebleau

Lapis, The Spa At Fontainebleau Unveils New Ayurvedic Inspired Menu; 

Spa at Iconic Miami Hotel Blends Age-Honored Eastern Tradition with Western Sophistication

Lapis, the luxurious retreat at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, enhances its spa menu with new, Ayurveda treatments, inspired by unique Indian traditions. These services enrich guests’ well-being and reduce physical discomfort as they help rid the body of toxins and transport the body back into balance.

Merging the comforts of western sophistication with the practice and ritual of eastern treatments, the Ayurvedic Rituals menu will feature four new treatments which all compliment one another. Ayurveda, meaning life and knowledge in Sanskrit, is one of the world’s oldest, natural sciences and whole body healing systems that is practiced by millions as a way of life in India. The new treatments, including the Abhyanga Massage, Arundhati Five Star Treatment, Shirodahra Zekhara Ritual, and Avar Na Body Wraps, follow these unique traditions that are based on a belief that wellness and health are a delicate balance between the mind, spirit and body.

The new treatments follow the body’s intuition, the oils used reflect different needs, and the scent guests’ bodies respond to is the oil used during the service. The three oils and herbs, which stimulate relaxation, rejuvenation and detoxification are made up of various mixtures of essential oils and extracts. The Relaxing oil, used for grounding and centering, contains a mixture of jasmine and vetiver, the Reviving oil, used for stimulating and energizing, contains a mixture of juniper berry and bitter orange, and the Destressing oil, used for soothing, calming and cooling, contains a mixture of sandalwood, lavender and geranium. All oils are pH balanced, PETA approved, antibacterial, antifungal and are free of parabens, alcohol and chemicals.

Each new treatment highlights the use of therapeutic oil and correlates with its Sanskrit word meaning, such as the Abhyanga Massage. Abhyanga meaning “natural flow,” is a massage with a continuous flow of warm herb-infused, medicated oils that subtly bring balance to seven layers of the body. This massage helps to stimulate circulation with long, dancelike strokes that ease discomfort and lessen fatigue. Abhyanga is known to calm the spirit, renew physical energy and benefit mental focus and clarity. The treatment includes a neck and shoulder massage and Tiscah balancing bowl treatment on the feet to detoxify the body. The Abhyanga Massage is available for a 50- or 80-minute treatment.

Additionally, the Arundhati Five Star Treatment, which is seen as the most unique of the new services,focuses wellness and healing to areas of the body with the most nerve endings including the scalp, hands and feet. These locations are the most overused areas of the body and benefit the most from treatment. These stressors are healed using salts, herb-infused medicated oils for exfoliation and massage. Arundhati Five Star Treatment is available for a 50-minute treatment.

Zekhara, the Sanskrit word for the “crown of the head” is thought to be the gateway to enlightenment and knowledge in Ayurvedic tradition. TheShirodahra Zekhara Ritual is a relaxing hair and scalp treatment using the same herb-infused, medicated oils applied in flowing rhythm to the forehead to increase blood circulation, reduce mental chatter and encourage sound sleep. The Shirodahra Zekhara Ritual is available as a 50-minute treatment.

In addition, the Ayurvedic Rituals menu features Avar Na Body Wraps in three different menu selections, a honey herbal moisture wrap, a seaweed herbal detox and a herbal rejuvenation. Avar Na, meaning envelopment, describes the cocooning effect of these body services that begin with moistening the body, exfoliating, wiping the body down, applying the oil, wrapping the body and then massaging. Wrap treatments stimulate exfoliation, effect benefits of detoxification and rehydrate the skin. Includes a body scrub and Tiscah balancing foot treatment to restore the mind. The Avar Na Body Wraps are available as 50-minute treatments.

“At Lapis Spa, we are dedicated to bringing guests thoughtfully innovative services that reflect the changing wellness industry, likewise, we seek opportunities to invigorate even the oldest traditions, like the Ayurvedic Rituals, so our guests are exposed to a selection of services appreciated around the world,” said Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations. “Consumers are continuously in need of ways to unplug and these services offer a reduction of mental chatter to encourage the natural state of beauty and health as the outer reflection of the inner body.”

With each spa reservation, guests can enjoy Lapis Spa’s signature Water Journeys and the entire Fontainebleau poolscape, which turns a single tranquil treatment into a full day of reflection, rejuvenation, serenity and pampering.


To reserve an appointment or inquire about treatments, please visit the website, call 866-750-4772 or email




Grand Hotel Tremezzo to Expand Spa

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Bargains | 0 comments

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como — George Clooney’s favorite hideaway — to expand Spa  in June

The family-owned Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of the Lake’s historic resorts, a five-star lakeside property that provides unparalleled views of Bellagio and the stunning Gringe mountains. Built in 1910, Grand Hotel Tremezzo provides a sense of mellow luxury and authentic warm, Italian hospitality. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo team is dedicated to making guests feel as if they are part of the “T” family throughout their stay.

Spa expansion to debut in June

Situated lakeside, T Spa offers treatments from one of the finest skincare lines in the world, ESPA, and will be greatly expanding its footprint at the resort this spring. Thespa offers results-driven treatments that are also relaxing and therapeutic in a stylish setting. This June, the spa will debut new space (three new treatment rooms, new lounge, hammam room) and treatments including a “grand garden ritual” an relaxing body massage and facial inspired by the frangrant flowers of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo garden and many traditional Hammam treatments.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an expansive property, featuring the following:

  • 76 rooms and 14 suites, each with breathtaking views of Bellagio, the Riviera delle Azalee, or the flower gardens and park
  • A beautiful century-old park and garden
  • Five restaurants led by celebrated Italian Chef Gualtiero Marchesi:

o    La Terrazza Restaurant, fine dining restaurant on the terrace

o    L’Escale Fondues & Wine Bar, the first fondue and wine bar to open on Lake Como

o    T Bar offers a light lunch and serves surprising concoctions late into the evening

o    T Beach, a new concept that is a gourmet destination for summer

o    T Pizza, situated near the Piscina dei Fiori pool serves pizzas from a wood fire

  • Three swimming pools situated throughout the property:

o    WOW – a crystal clear pool set ON the lake

o    Infinity pool in the sanctum of the T Spa

o    Piscina dei Fiori immersed in the park

  • T Spa, offering treatments from ESPA in a stylish space with panoramic views of the lake and mountains
  • Seven of Italy’s top 18-hole golf courses are just a short distance from the hotel


Celebrating their 105th Anniversary and Historic Roots

In 1910, Grand Hotel Tremezzo was originally built by Enea Gandola, a gentleman from Bellagio who traveled the world with his wife Maria Orsolini and decided they needed to build a hotel for the emerging international tourism of the time. The hotel opened with a party and what followed until the outbreak of the First World War was great splendor. For over a year during World War I the hotel was requisitioned for use as a military hospital. In the 1930s, Grand Hotel Tremezzo was bought by the Sampietro family and was seen in the spotlight in the 1932 film Grand Hotel where actress Greta Garbo refers to the hotel as a happy, sunny place. It was bought by the Como-based De Santis family in 1975, who still proudly carry forward the Grand Hotel Tremezzo tradition of charm and authentic Italian hospitality.




Key West Spas Offer Summer Specials

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Bargains, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

spa entrance

Spa entrance

Two Key West Spas Offer Summer Specials

With summer weather already here, two spas in Key West, Florida offer summer specials and savings to ease into the season. The Spa at Pier House Resort is the premier island retreat for visitors looking to unwind, relax and restore well-being. Steps from the resort’s tropical lush gardens and private beach, The Spa offers rejuvenating experiences enhanced by gracious personalized service. Melting away distractions with an expansive spa menu, The Spa has a variety of summer specials for guests to enjoy.

Top Spa at La Concha Key West, a new rooftop spa retreat boasting panoramic views of the island with floor-to-ceiling windows, presents a unique concept of all-suite treatment rooms offering luxury amenities including private balconies, showers, 55″ flat screen TVs, mini refrigerators stocked with fresh juices and nourishing snacks for a completely lavish experience. Situated atop the highest point in Key West, Top spa is a personal oasis offering packages that allow for couples and small groups to spend their day in pure luxury.

Summer Mornings are Always Cooler at Top Spa

4hr Package

Four Treatments of your choice.

$450 ($50 Savings)

Summer Sunset for Two

Wine & Dine after a receiving a relaxing couples massage at Top Spa.

Summer Sunset package includes couples massage, dinner for two paired with a bottle of wine from Wine-O. Dinner will be served in your personal suite overlooking Key West’s finest sunset views.

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Carlsbad May Wellness Weeks

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Bargains, Destination Spas, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

“Carlsbad, California May Wellness Weeks

The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is participating in “Carlsbad, California May Wellness Weeks.’

Visit Carlsbad Launches “Carlsbad, California May Wellness Weeks”

Carlsbad, California is celebrating more than 130 years of wellness heritage by expanding its annual May women’s wellness promotion beyond weekends to take in the entire month.

“Carlsbad, California May Wellness Weeks” will offer four complete weeks of savings on a variety of spa treatments, fitness activities and wellness-themed hotel accommodation packages.

Refresh, rejuvenate and relax at leading spa properties such as The Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa.

Spot rare birds around the shores of Batiquitos Lagoon, paddle Agua Hedionda Lagoon , hike the Hosp Grove Trail, or participate in free yoga, held each Friday in Carlsbad Village.

Promotion packages are now available online.


 Beach Terrace Inn’s Beach Wellness Package

Promo Code: WELLNESS

This beach wellness package offers 10% off hotel rates plus complimentary use of the Beach Fitness Kit. Stay for a weekend and attend the inn’s complimentary Sunday morning beach yoga class for a gentle hour of centering, stretching and renewal on the sand. Rates from $207 per night for travel May 1 – May 21, 2015.

Hilton Oceanfront Cape Rey’s Wellness Package

This limited time package includes 10% off an overnight stay in an ocean view deluxe room, two 50-minute spa treatments, a refreshing lunch for two, a free beach pack rental and bike rentals. Call now to take advantage of this offer. 760-602-0800

 Omni La Costa Resort & Spa’s Spa & Splendor Package

Escape the everyday with a getaway to the nation’s #1 wellness spa. Package includes luxurious accommodations, two 50-minute spa treatments, lunch for two at the Spa Café, and complimentary resort fee. Rates from $575. Subject to availability.

 Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa’s Aviara Golf & Spa Package

Find an oasis amidst the peace and natural beauty of Aviara Spa, master that golf swing on the resort’s championship Arnold Palmer designed golf course and play among the botanical gardens at Aviara Tennis Center. The Aviara Golf & Spa Package includes:

  • One 50 minute spa treatment or One round of golf per person for up to 2 ppl
  • 25% off retail purchases at Aviara Golf Pro Shop and Aviara Spa
  • 25% off Golf and Tennis instruction
  • Complimentary overnight golf club storage

Rates from $399. Reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance.

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa’s Playcation Package

Want to do it all? With this exclusive package mix and match daily activities – with each day’s itinerary yielding a new adventure. This special offer includes:

Choice of One (1) per stay

  • One Round of golf with golf cart and unlimited use of practice facility and engraved bag tag OR
  • One-50 minute massage or facial treatment at Ocean Pearl Spa per person (up to 2 people per day per stay) OR
  • Resort Hopper Ticket for LEGOLAND® California Resort (may be exchanged for San Diego Safari Park tickets) OR
  • One hour jet ski rental at Carlsbad Lagoon (California Watersports)

This package also includes Daily American Breakfast at TWENTY/20 for up to two people, access to Fitness Center and heated 24-hour Pool. Playcation package rates from $347. Book online or call 866-716-8134 and mention rate plan LVPKG1.

Skinsational Spa’s Wellness Weekend Special

Exclusive for May’s Wellness Weekend, experience the natural health benefits of a super detox therapeutic mud soak & body wrap for $165. Plus, receive a free 30-minute massage and take home Mud Bath to help continue the detox.



Magical Oils Take Their Place in Skincare

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Bargains, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

CapriClear Both Sizes-Bottle in Carton


With at least a dozen uses, oils are taking their place in skincare

There was a time when you couldn’t persuade women to use oils, except in the bathtub, but all that has changed radically.

The most important development is the recognition that the animal and mineral oils of yesterday really did clog pores and irritate some delicate skin. However, today’s broad range of plant-based oils is another kettle of fish.

The light, easily penetrating moisturizing products are offered through a variety of companies, and one product usually serves a number of needs. There are oils that have proven successful in minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, and the same oils can be used as a scalp treatment, a serum for fly-away hair, massage oil, lip moisturizer, brow grooming, even makeup remover, simplifying the number of bottles on the skincare shelf and benefitting the pocketbook. Well-known names from Kiehls to L’Oreal are promoting oils, as well as medical and natural care companies. Many offer a full size container and travel-size bottles of the product.


Bio-Oil, with vitamins A & E, Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile extracts, is one that offers some very strong claims: in a clinical study 50% of people who used it for eight weeks recorded an improvement on stretch marks, and uneven skin tone was reduced by 93% in six weeks’ use. The product ahs received a long list of awards, from Most Easily Absorbed Body Moisturiser by Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Awards to Best product for pregnant women in Poland, both in 2014. I tried it on my hands, face, neck, and on body scars from surgery years ago, and within three weeks saw improvement in skin tone and texture – definitely anti-aging effective – and the scarring was less visible. A two-oz. bottle runs from $11.99, and can be found at GNC, Target and other outlets.


After a series of long plane rides, I used CapriClear Spray-on Moisturizer made from 100% fractionated coconut oil, which is thought to be more effective than virgin oil in penetrating the skin, and it doesn’t have to be warmed or stirred before using it. The all-natural, paraben-free product turned out to be one of the fastest absorbed oils I have ever tried; I could use it just before getting dressed without worrying about it staining my clothing, and it feels incredibly gentle and skin becomes very silky, even after dehydration from time in the air. And being able to spray it on makes it so easy, good for hard to reach spots like the middle of the back.

The company reports that it was proven in testing to relieve symptoms of eczema and atopic dermatitis including flaking, cracks, itching, scaling and redness, and reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

The full-size 5.2 fl. oz. bottle at $19.99 and TSA-friendly travel size 1.9 oz. $10.99 bottles are available at Bed Bath & Beyond and other retail stores as well as and

Australian Jojoba

Natural Australian Jojoba from The Jojoba Company Australia is made exclusively with 100% natural Australian jojoba grown and harvested on the company’s own farm. Jojoba is really not an oil, but a wax ester, matching a component of healthy human skin, which allows the body to accept it for deep hydration. This is incredibly gentle and effective, and the company also makes a baby oil. The 1 fluid oz. bottle is $19.95 online and in health food stores.


People who have had problems with other oils rave about Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, a blend of pure oils—seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond— that reportedly increases the skin’s smoothness and elasticity and works against free radicals as an anti-aging product. Used traditionally in Siberia, the product was discovered by co-founder Lev Glazman when used by a doctor to heal her arm after it was burned by boiling water.  It certainly has a positive effect on skin tone; fortunately, I didn’t have to try it as an agent for healing burns.

At $50 for 1.6 fluid oz., it is available at Sephora and Amazon.


A completely different application of oil is pulling, This is an Ayurvedic technique to remove toxins from the mouth, a key to heart health. Devotees say it provides benefits from whiter teeth and fresher breath to joint pain relief, energy boosts, weight loss, relief from gum disease and tooth decay.

Although most of these rely on single oils, GuruNanda Pulling Oil contains a proprietary blend of sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and peppermint oil, which have different properties. The process of pulling involves putting a tablespoon of oil in the mouth and swishing it around without swallowing it, building up to 20 minutes. The oils attract bacteria, which then are removed when the user spits out the oil (in the trash, as it can clog drains). I found it difficult to get up to the 20 minute mark, but even using it for 10 minutes made my teeth whiter and, together with flossing and brushing, my mouth feel much fresher.

The generous 8.45 fluid oz. bottle is $14.99; you can buy it on their own site or on




Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Offers Gluten Free Menu

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Bargains | 0 comments

ciragan palace kempinski

Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul

The five star Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul now offers guests a new Gluten Free Menu 

One of my favorite hotels in all the world is the magnificent Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul. One of my favorite luxuries at this hotel, which was once an Ottoman palace, was the breakfast buffet, which consisted of more than 200 international dishes. For American tastes, there were pancakes and eggs prepared every which way; for Asian dinners, there were curried dishes, sushi and more. Cheeses and salamis, fruits, nuts, jams, breads and the finest pastries I’d ever tasted. So many choices and such temptations to overeat.

You’ll find many elements of the traditional Turkish breakfast such as several varieties of cheese and salami, dried fruits, nuts, jams, honey, breads and pastries. However, I opted for more the “exotic” items such as smoked salmon, fresh mozzarella with basil, risotto, freshly carved roast beef, curried chicken and the sushi bar. I was in sushi heaven!

n Restaurant serves open buffet breakfast with over 250 items with 80% organic ingredients, as well as Arabic and Asian corners. It offers all-day dining with a rich menu of comfort food and regional specialties. Tuğra Restaurant and Lounge offers the ultimate Ottoman dining experience every night along with live traditional music

and nowMagnificently situated in the heart of Istanbul on the European shores of the Bosphorus overlooking the ancient city, the Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul, once an Ottoman Palace, is the only hotel in Istanbul that can be reached by yacht, helicopter and limousine.  Offering the highest standards in amenities and service, this five-star property has 282 rooms and 31 suites, including the Sultan Suite, one of the largest in Europe. Dining and entertainment at the Çırağan Palace is offered in six distinctive venues, led by Executive Chef Sezai Erdogan who takes pride to be the first Turkish executive chef of the hotel with tremendous experience preparing Turkish and world cuisines.


Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers travelers not only the utmost in luxe accommodations and a true five-star experience, but offers an opportunity to continue their lifestyle while indulging in another.