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Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Guerlain Spa Opening at The Plaza Hotel

Guerlain Spa Opening at The Plaza Hotel

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Guerlain Spa at The Plaza Hotel

Guerlain Spa at The Plaza Hotel

This spring the Guerlain Spa officially moved from the Waldorf Astoria New York to a new home at The Plaza Hotel. Currently in its soft opening phase, the spa’s grand opening is scheduled for October 2017

Continuing to provide NYC with an unrivaled spa experience, the new space will offer Guerlain’s signature menu of visible-results facials and luxurious body treatments, including the Orchidée Imperial CURE Facial, Abeille Royale Expert Treatment and the 4-Hand Impériale Relaxing Massage.

Highlights include:

–         Treatment Rooms: Each of the 11 customized treatment rooms (including a VIP couples suite) can be personalized with guests’ individual music preferences. A separate mani/pedi studio can be booked for private services.

–         Spa Au Revoir: Guerlain’s “Spa Au Revoir” service includes complimentary shoe shine, garment steaming and make-up refresher with every treatment.

–         Boutique: The spa boutique offers the exquisite skincare, fragrance and make-up of Guerlain Paris. Make-up application services are also available.

–         Group Wellness: Upon the official grand opening, the Guerlain Spa will offer a Group Wellness program for wellness-focused meetings and events.

–         Weddings: Ideal for pre-wedding pampering, bachelorette bashes and mini-moons, The Guerlain Spa is partnering with Warren Tricomi Salon at The Plaza to offer an exclusive menu of bridal spa and salon services that will launch upon the spa’s official grand opening.

 

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Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Destination Spas, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Vietnam Steps Up as Spa Destination Du Jour

Vietnam Steps Up as Spa Destination Du Jour

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Paradise Elegance

Paradise Elegance

While Bali and Thailand steal the lion’s share of attention when it comes to spa destinations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is readying a major roar as five of the country’s top hotels, resorts and cruises launch ‘Spa-tacular Vietnam.’

 The new package features 10 nights and 10 spa treatments in the most deluxe property in each of Vietnam’s top five destinations: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Nha Trang and Saigon. 
 
“Vietnam is the most under-rated spa destination in the world,” said Franck LaFourcade, general manager of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. “For a long time, there was no spa culture here, but there was a people that cultivated the virtues of attentiveness and diligence that make a spa treatment here rather extraordinary.”
 
Just four years after the Metropole Hanoi debuted the first spa in its 108-year history, Le Spa won recognition from Travel + Leisure as one of the five best hotel spas in the world. Last year, CNN hailed The Reverie Saigon’s new spa as one of the 10 best new hotel spas in the world.
 
For ‘Spa-tacular Vietnam,’ each hotel is casting out two 60 or 90-minute spa treatments as anchors to each on-site experience. 
Reception area at the Reverie Saigon

Reception area at the Reverie Saigon

 

In Saigon, The Reverie’s new ‘Serenity’ treatment is a 90-minute, deep-tissue experience emboldened by herbal packs and Ila oil. It’s more stimulating than soothing, takes in the entire body and deploys heat in strategic fashion.
 
In Hanoi, the Metropole’s signature ‘Vietnamese Journey’ is a feel-good treatment that’s often deployed post-flight to ease transitions. The 90-minute experience incorporates traditional Vietnamese massage techniques, using finger and palm pressure to relieve aching limbs, improve circulation and eliminate toxins — all while lying on a warm herbal cushion. 
 
Three hours from Hanoi, Vietnam’s most august cruising vessel, Paradise Elegance, launched March 1 with a full-service spa anchored by four treatment rooms and two signature massages — Vietnamese and Hot Stone, 60-minute therapies rooted in traditional Eastern practices.
 
As new as the Paradise Elegance, The Anam celebrates its grand opening next month with a 10-treatment room spa that looks Balinese but is fueled by seasoned Vietnamese hands. The Sri Mara Spa’s ‘Foot Fetish’ bath and massage sets up as an antidote to the rigors of exploration, boosting blood circulation in the lower extremities and, in turn, the rest of the body through thumb techniques applied to pressure points in the feet.  
Le Spa at La Residence Hue

Le Spa at La Residence Hue

 

And lastly, in the imperial capital of Vietnam, one of La Residence Hotel & Spa’s choice treatments is a Vietnamese rice wine and ginger bath treatment that trades on a one-of-a-kind back and shoulder therapy treatment. Le Spa’s 380 square meters includes seven treatment rooms, as well as a Jacuzzi and herbal sauna.
 
The new ‘Spa-tacular Vietnam’ package costs $3,346 and is valid through Oct. 31, 2017. The package includes accommodation with breakfast and treatments for one person. Additional charges apply for double-occupancy. 
 
Each of the hotels is a member of the Quintessential Collection Vietnam, a marketing cooperative that trumpets the single best hospitality property in each of Vietnam’s five most attractive destinations.
To facilitate a booking, contact Lan Vo at lan@quintessentialcollectionvietnam.com.
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Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Bargains, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Dominican Republic: Sublime Samana Opens New Spa

Dominican Republic: Sublime Samana Opens New Spa

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 Coconut Whispers Spa incorporates indigenous coconut in ancient energy balancing treatments

Nestled between the palm-tree dotted shore and the gentle beach of Playa Cosón, Sublime Samana is reminiscent of paradise. With a brand new spa, called Coconut Whispers, Sublime’s spa provides an unparalleled atmosphere, experience and a new offering in the Samaná Peninsula. The coconut, the most abundant fruit in the region, is a manifestation of this local, natural environment in this spa’s palm-filled sanctuary. This unusual 5,382 square foot spa redefines paradise, delivering a spiritual experience.

Serene and secluded, Sublime Samana is beautifully situated on the Samana Peninsula, the Dominican Republic’s northeastern coast. One of the islands most lush regions, it is abundant with coconut groves, tropical forests, birdlife, flora and fauna and large, protected national parks. Sublime Samana is set in a breathtaking alcove overlooking endless turquoise waters, with a crystalline white sandy beach.

A Soothing Retreat

Using ancient and modern techniques gathered over many generations, Sublime merges the two worlds into Coconut Whispers. As soon as the guest enters the indoor retreat filled with orchids and rustic decor, they are immersed in a soothing and restful experience. Enclosed in wood and nature, they are transported to a place where no rain or harsh sun can find them.

“We wanted to create a spa that rejuvenates both the body and the spirit. Our techniques make the best of both worlds, equalizing these two elements. Stress isn’t just felt in the body, but as mental and spiritual anguish as well. In Coconut Whispers, we utilize our natural environment with therapies that are soul deep,” explained Azucena Montes, the Spa Director.

Coconut Whispers Signature Treatment

The signature treatment, Coconut Whispers, awakens all five senses, interweaving aromas, tastes and textures to renew the self and spirit. The coconut symbolizes resilience, fortitude and inner peace. Many of the ingredients derived from the coconut give the guest a full experience from head to toe. A coconut salt and herb mixture, comprised of rosemary, rue, mint, and basil, exfoliates the skin, and afterwards a coconut water rinse soothes it. Aromatic incense wafting in air eases the spirit. Seawater, brought from the ocean, rinses the guest after they’ve been scrubbed. Finally, a coconut oil massage releases any remaining knots in the body. This treatment unites the body with nature and rebalances it with natural local ingredients from the region.

Realigning Energies

Using the ancient techniques of Mesoamericans, the coconut is the main ingredient for realigning the chakras — the energy points within the body. A massage from the base of the spine to the crown cleanses the weary tensions accumulated from busy lifestyles. Even the circular cabins were designed to drawn upon the strong energies of the earth and to stimulate a sense of peace.

Seek New Adventures

Coconut Whispers is offering traditional treatment used across Latin America, the Temazcal, which embraces the guests as a mother does her child in the womb.  Our palm-filled haven is the first spa in the Caribbean to offer guests an ancient tradition, the Temazcal, built from brick and wood.

Upon entering this structure, a vapor shower opens the pores, and all the toxins are released, purifying the body and soul. All the negative energies of the body are excreted relaxing the muscles and elevating joint tension. At the end, seawater bathes the body to calm the soul and cleanse any lasting energy blocks.

Our spa has a new twist on the traditional Temazcal experience by also offering guests full treatments inside.  Guests emerge from the Temazcal cleansed, refreshed and with a new sense energy.

Coconut Whispers offers an authentic Samaná experience. As the finishing touch to every treatment, all guests are offered coconut water to drink straight from the coconut itself which replenishes the soul and rejuvenates the mind.

For further information and reservations visit the webitse or call (888) 896-9416. If you’re interested please visit the spa menu for more information about the  spa treatments.

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Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Destination Spas, Resort and Hotel Spas, Spa Reviews | 0 comments

Mohonk Maintains Mission of Healing

Mohonk Maintains Mission of Healing

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Gazebo in Gardens at Mohonk Mountain House (Jim Smith Photography)

Gazebo in Gardens at Mohonk Mountain House (Jim Smith Photography)

Top spa resort celebrates nearly a century and a half of environmental pioneering

Ninety miles north of Manhattan, near the town of New Paltz, a most attractive, sprawling complex of wings on a Victorian castle emerges: Mohonk Mountain House named the #1 spa resort in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler.

Owned by generations of the Smiley family, Mohonk is unusual in many ways. The twin Quakers who originally bought 280 acres and a 10-room inn in 1869 created a success story that resulted in 7,500 acres 100 years later–5,000 of which were set aside as a preserve administered by a trust. And founder Albert Smiley was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his annual conference on international arbitration, which paved the way for the Hague Conferences and the United Nations from 1895 to 1916. Environmentally, the family took an equally unusual tack:  a geothermal system provides heating and cooling, tapping the cavelike temperatures beneath the surface with 48, 480-foot wells.

For guests, Mohonk fulfills its mission as a place of healing, and the 30,000 square-foot spa blends cutting edge techniques with traditional stretching practices from the late 1800s in Timeless Traditions treatments. Mohonk Muscle Rescue is intensive massage, and Warm stone, aromatherapy combined with Swedish, Reflexology, Swedish, head and shoulders, massage aimed at stress, maternity massage, cranial sacral, Reiki, Shiatsu, Breathe Deep and Be Well, Attainable Sleep, relief from the effects of high heels, men on the go for calves and feet, special massages incorporated into mani-pedi.

Creative packages include couples and maternity massage with 50-minute maternity massage and 50 minute Deep Tissue, $320 per couple. They combine micro-current technology, ultrasound and infusions for anti-aging, and use local herbs and stones for their treatments.  A 60-minute massage runs in the neighborhood of $170; 80 minutes  around $220; facials usually $155 for an hour.

Most of the staff is part-time, but the intensely collaborative ethic that permeates Mohonk generates team–inspired treatments and programs, like the Muscle Rescue treatment that was instituted years ago when the property began offering triathalons and the spa staff met to discuss complimentary treatments. Although the original offering addressed muscles related to running, biking and swimming, they found the treatment was embraced by many – weekend warriors,  and became one of their most popular. Later they bundled several such treatments in the “Solutions for Modern Living” that address everything from time spent working with today’s pervasive communications electronics to a breathe deep massage for sinus relief, developed in conjunction with Hope Gillerman, their aromatherapy partner.

Many of these treatments are developed by listening to the guests, Spa Director Barbara Stirewalt said, hearing their problems and addressing them with treatments.  “We talk about what the customers are saying, what’s bothering them, and that begets treatments, “ she added.

Another example was their brainstorm discussion on the physical perils of the digital world. The Tension Tamer, designed for texting and the posture often associated with the eyes on a smaller, lap or handheld device, addresses issues for  both for shoulders and forearms. “As a matter of fact, our entire Solutions for Modern Living offering was developed in the very same collaborative manner, with our team focusing together on issues we have identified and are hearing from our guests,” Stirewalt said.

She is delighted to be able to use the resort’s enormous resources. “I’m the luckiest Spa Director ever,” she said. “From product line selections to the teas we serve in the spa, I have been able to have highly educated biologists guide choices that are truly relevant to our surroundings – an indigenous connection for our guests.” For instance, the Indigo Poultice treatment is named for the plant that grows wild on the Mohonk Preserve.

The spa’s 16 treatment rooms are paired with a solarium with a stone fireplace, glass wrapped verandas for men and women, and signature treatments like the Mohonk Red Massage that combines Swedish, Lomi Lomi and Thai stretches named in honor of Mohonk Red witch hazel that grows on the property. At the end, the senses are revived one by one, ending with taste: grapes and an elixir to enjoy on the Women’s veranda, then swim or enjoy a mineral bath. There’s a lift for any guests who might need pool entry assistance and lifts for stairs in some areas, elevators in most.

Solarium with Stone Fireplace at Mohonk Mountain House (Jim Smith Photography)

Solarium with Stone Fireplace at Mohonk Mountain House (Jim Smith Photography)

Body treatments include a hydrating body mask using anti-inflammatory extracts from moss found on the grounds. There are also customized water cures: private hydrotherapy tub treatments with different herbal mixes for rest, renewal and more.

There’s also a whole list of treatments for men, which run from Gentlemen’s Facials to Indigo Herbal Poultice Massage and Deep Tissue to Huguenot hand and foot rescue.

Guests can combine treatments into samplers like the Gotta Getaway Combo where they can choose a 50-minute massage from the menu and a 50-minute facial for $310, and there are special services for older teens.

Overnight guests have complimentary use of pool fitness room, classes from yoga and Pilates to Qi Gong, meditation and stretches. Workouts can make use of the Adaptive Motion Trainer, exercise bikes, free weights, elliptical machines and treadmills, but also the 1,200 acres of hiking, biking, horseback riding and boating facilities.

Judging from the dreamlike state of guests relaxing after their treatments, and their resolution to take the spa’s philosophy home, the spa director is by no means the only lucky one.

 

 

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

The Spa at Four Seasons Nevis: A Little Corner of Eden

The Spa at Four Seasons Nevis: A Little Corner of Eden

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Treatment rooms in charming gingerbread cottages

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

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

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.

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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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