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Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Bargains, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Offers Mother’s Day Package

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Offers Mother’s Day Package

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Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

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.
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Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Mother’s Day in Paradise: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Mother’s Day in Paradise: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Pathway to the Great House

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.

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in News, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Exuviance AGE REVERSE Total Correct + Sculpt Serum: Anti-Aging Superpower

Exuviance AGE REVERSE Total Correct + Sculpt Serum: Anti-Aging Superpower

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Total Correct + Sculpt Serum

Though I sometimes get tired of all the steps it takes to keep aging skin from looking, well, aged, I don’t underestimate the need for a good serum.

A good moisturizer can do a lot to keep skin hydrated, but I have seen for myself that aging skin needs a serum to provide other benefits. I recently read an explanation of why this is so, given by Barbara Green,  Vice President of Clinical Affairs, NeoStrata Company, Inc. She said: “While moisturizers are composed of larger molecules that form an emollient layer that sits on the surface of skin, serums have an aqueous (water-loving)  base that allows the benefit ingredients to absorb into skin, depositing nutrients and hyper-targeting concerns like pigmentation, dullness and laxity.”

That makes perfect sense. I’ve been using serums for years, seeing the benefits. When I was offered a sample of Exuviance AGE REVERSE Total Correct + Sculpt Serum, I welcomed the opportunity to try out a product that was described as a “major multi-tasker” and a “serum superpower.”

The ingredients were impressive. There was NeoGlucosamine® to exfoliate and stimulate cell turnover  and to smooth skin texture and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Next, the Vitamin C Antioxidant would help diminish dark spots for a more even skin tone. And finally, there was AminoFil® to promote collagen which would help restore firmness and build natural volume.

So–after using the serum for more than a month, I’ve seen the following results: my cheeks are smoother and plumper and the lines above my lips, the telltale signs of a former smoker, are somewhat fainter. Not bad for a month’s use, so I will continue to use the Exuviance serum and look for further improvement.

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Autumn-Inspired Treatments at Top U.S. Spas

Autumn-Inspired Treatments at Top U.S. Spas

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Autumn-Inspired Treatments at Top U.S. Spas; Unleashing the scents and tastes of autumn, these award winning spas have embraced the season’s best ingredients to create treatments with wellness benefits.

Recognizing pumpkin’s full potential for the skin, SiSpa, the award-winning luxury waterfront spa at two of Florida’s top resorts, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa and Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, is offering a Muddy Pumpkin Wrap and Muddy Pumpkin Mani Pedi ($99 each).

o   Drenching skin from head-to-toe in pumpkin goodness, the Muddy Pumpkin Wrap (50 minutes) begins with a full-body exfoliation using a nutrient-rich Pumpkin Splendid Dirt that helps to even out skin tone. Next up is a Bourbon Bubbler Kentucky Whiskey Scrub to get skin primed for moisturizer while guests enjoy a soothing scalp and foot massage. After a warm, luxurious shower, guests are bathed in the scents of cinnamon with a hydrating “Red Hot” oil application, leaving the skin re-energized and re-hydrated.

o   The Muddy Pumpkin Mani Pedi (100 min) unleashes the unforgettable scents of fall. The treatment includes a Bourbon Bubbler Kentucky Whiskey Scrub, a Pumpkin Splendid Dirt mask, and a massage with “Red Hot” oil and warm stones. Nails on the hands and feet will also be groomed and polished.

Tucked away in the High Peaks of Lake Placid, The Spa at the AAA Four Diamond Whiteface Lodge (the area’s only resort spa), is offering treatments bursting with the flavors of fall paired with a complimentary glass of hot cider (valid Sunday-Thursday through November 2015).

o   Re-hydrate the skin from head to toe with an Apple Cider Masque and Massage (80 minutes, $150). This exquisite treatment contains mineral clays from the Canadian seas, iced cider and apple vinegar. Guests will enjoy a rebalancing scalp and full body massage with ultra-nourishing body crème containing apple extracts.

o   Designed to clarify and re-balance the skin, the Pumpkin Enzyme Peel Facial (50 minutes, $125) is ideal for dull, congested skin. The clarifying mask exfoliates with pumpkin enzymes to promote a clear and radiant complexion. This treatment is jam-packed with Beta Carotene and antioxidants and will leave skin hydrated, revitalized and ready to face the elements.

 Mirbeau Inn & Spa, the idyllic, Monet-inspired retreat located in the storybook Finger Lakes town of Skaneateles, N.Y. is offering two off-menu treatments this fall from the natural skincare company Farmhouse Fresh, including a Pumpkin Latte Body Treatment and a Honey-Butterscotch Rum & Relax Manicure and Pedicure.

o   The Pumpkin Latte Body Treatment begins with an invigorating caffeine-infused Whipped Caramel Body Polish that increases circulation and buffs away dull skin. It is followed by an Organic Pumpkin Puree Mud Mask to deep clean, and a soothing massage using Sweet Cream Body Milk Lotion completes the indulgent treatment. The 50-minute version is priced at $130 Monday-Thursday, and $140 Friday-Sunday. The 100-minute version includes a Butter Brulee Whole Milk Bath Soak and is priced at $230 Monday-Thursday, and $255 Friday-Sunday.

o   The Honey-Butterscotch Rum & Relax Manicure and Pedicure starts with a Warm Nectar Whole Milk and Chicory Root soaking bath before hands and feet are exfoliated with a combination of butterscotch rum, brown sugar and bran rice oil to soften skin. A Warm Honey Glaze with papaya, pineapple fruit cells, aloe and Vitamin E is then painted over legs and feet, or arms and hands before a dollop of Ginger Sorbet Body Milk Lotion is applied to the skin through a soothing massage. Nails are groomed and polished upon completion of the massage. The 50-minute manicure is priced at $65 Monday-Thursday, and $70 Friday-Sunday. The 50-minute pedicure is priced at $75 Monday-Thursday, and $80 Friday-Sunday.

  • The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.), the elegant AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star retreat known for its serene woodland setting, offers the splurge-worthy Flower Hammam Ritual. With alluring aromas from the fall quince fruit (a relative of the rose) and spicy notes of cardamom, the treatment is filled with restorative autumn ingredients.

Utilizing rich essential oils, the ritual begins with an exfoliation of Lemon Coffee Blossom Scrub. The body is then cocooned in warm white clay, which cleanses and detoxifies the skin. Rich aromas of Moroccan Mint Tea and Orange Quince Mist abound, this ritual concludes with a relaxing application of Cardamom Amber Oil used to warm and relax the body ($145, 75 min; $190, 90 min).

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Bargains, News | 0 comments

25th Annual ISPA Conference & Expo Wrap-Up

25th Annual ISPA Conference & Expo Wrap-Up

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ISPA Attendees

ISPA Attendees

The International SPA Association (ISPA) hosted spa industry leaders from around the world at the 25th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. from October 19-21, 2015.

The annual event headlined a mix of inspiring keynotes, professional development offerings and an expo floor featuring the newest spa products.

“This milestone year was made even sweeter by having many of the individuals who founded ISPA 25 years ago attend the anniversary event,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “ISPA remains the most recognized voice in the industry and we wouldn’t be where we are today without the dedication of our members and the unwavering support of our generous sponsors and exhibitors.”

A few interesting facts and figures from the ISPA Conference & Expo:

4 days

41 countries represented

43 speakers

243 sponsoring and exhibiting companies

281 ISPA Foundation live and silent auction items

2,500 children received a year of education through the Esperos bags that were provided to attendees.

6,000 bags of product gifts dropped in attendees’ hotel rooms

10,000 dollars in scholarships awarded

A new workshop entitled “Ruth Stricker’s Wise Voices” kicked off the event on Sunday with a presentation from Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., M.D. (H), author, family physician and co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Foundation.

In line with the year’s theme of “Explore” attendees experienced keynote presentations from Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media; Amy Purdy, American actress, model, world-class snowboarder and 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist; and Scott Harrison, a former club promoter who founded and is the current CEO of the non-profit, charity: water.

Additionally, attendees heard from award recipients Boldijarre Koronczay, president of Éminence Organic Skin Care, 2015 ISPA Visionary Award; Sharilyn Abbajay, senior vice president of operations, brand development and retail concepts for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, 2015 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award; and Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, 2015 Alex Szekely ISPA Humanitarian Award. These awards were presented along with the two 2015 Mary Tabacchi Scholarships to Taylor Toreno and Anne-Liise Verpson.

The opening keynote speaker for the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo was also announced. Brene Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, New York Times bestselling author, and CEO and chief learning officer of The Daring Way will open the 26th annual ISPA Conference & Expo from September 13 – 15, 2016 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev.

More information can be found on the website.

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Tips | 0 comments

Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

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The last decade and a half have brought some of the most unique fitness trends to hit the world. Along with weird sports superstitions there are plenty of weird health superstitions and the two feed each- other as athletes are always looking to give the self a better edge. Many of these fads and practices started with athletes and then moved to the mainstream later.

Technology has made a lot of changes to the way we work out and even eat. Here are some of the top fitness fads from the last 15 years:

 

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  1. Low Carb Diets

Carbs got a really bad rap in the 1990s when the Atkins Diet got really popular, but in the 2000s we began taking a more critical look at what actually constituted bad carbs (refined sugar) and good carbs (whole grains, fruit,and vegetables). Now we aren’t kicking carbs to the curb so much as limiting the amounts and where they come from.

 

 

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  1. Exercise Games

Whether it’s Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Fit, the video gaming world has gotten a lot more physical. You can now burn calories while still trying to beat your high score. In the last 15 years, gamers have definitely gotten off the couch.

 

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  1. Fitness Technology

Along with exercise gaming has a new level of tech in the fitness world. Heart rate monitors and pedometers have gotten a huge upgrade with the introduction of devices that track everything from calories burned to sleep cycles. Fitness apps are also all the rage, as simple as interval timers to full-on GPS tracking. As fitness apps and fitness trackers have continued to increase in popularity so have new supplements. Pre-workout supplements are a recent occurrence in the fitness industry, with some of the best pre-workout supplements starting to surface in recent years.

 

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  1. Dancing

The last 15 years have been all about dancing. Dance Dance Revolution is probably one of the most popular fitness games ever created. However, the rise of Zumba can’t be ignored. Seems like everyone was headed to the gym for their Zumba class after work. Dancing with the Stars has also sold their share of fitness DVDs since the show first aired in 2005.

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  1. HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training is incredibly popular, though it often is disguised in fancy workout brands like Beach Body in the Insanity and P90X series. HIIT seems pretty effective and easy to adapt to many ability levels.

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  1. YouTube Fitness Channels

Do the names Cassie Ho, Jessica Smith, or Adrienne Mishler ring any bells? They are some of the hottest YouTube fitness stars of the generation. Amazing to live in an age where you can get famous, make money, and help people achieve their goals, simply by uploading a video of you exercising. It doesn’t matter if you love yoga, aerobics, pilates, or any combination of exercises. There is a fitness channel for you.

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  1. Evolving Fitness Shoes

Remember when the basic tennis shoe was just about your only option? Yeah I don’t either. In the last 15 years, we have seen at least two big trends in fitness footwear. Toning shoes were claimed to give you a work out just by wearing them. They activate more muscles than regular shoes. Now we are all about the barefoot shoes. Some of our fitness shoes today provide little more than a barrier between rocks and your foot while others provide some support but maintain plenty of flexibility.

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  1. Healthy Living

Most of us have memberships to some kind of food/exercise tracking website. We count calories. We know how much carb/protein/fat is in most of what we eat. We can estimate calories burned in most of our workouts. We read food labels. While all of this isn’t paying off in ridding us of the obesity epidemic, at least we are more aware of it now.

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  1. Functional Training

There are plenty of fitness gurus who have started touting the advantages of functional training. The idea here is that training specific muscles isn’t really useful for everyday situations. It is better to train for things you will actually do. If you are a functional trainer, you are more likely to go to the gym to play a game of basketball than to get on the elliptical for an hour.

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  1. Extreme Weight Loss

Reality shows like The Biggest Loser have fueled this fad. People are resorting to extreme diet and fitness programs to get the fat off fast. Crossfit is a favorite exercise class for these individuals as are diets than involve more air and water than actual food. It’s not the safest way to lose weight, but it is certainly popular.

Fads may come and go, but the underlying reason behind these is people just want to look and feel good. There is some definite science behind what we find attractive, and most of it has to do with body shape. Maintaining a good body shape ultimately sends the message of being healthy. And healthy is attractive and ironically…healthy. So whatever fad you choose remember to stick with it and be healthy.

 

About the Author

Paisley Hansen is a part-time freelance writer and a full-time mother.  She specializes in writing on home improvement blogs and when she isn’t writing she loves spending time with the family.  Check her out on Twitter.

 

 

 

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