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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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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 Apr 15, 2016 in Bargains, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Director of Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Offers DIY Beauty Tips

Director of Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Offers DIY Beauty Tips

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Lapis spa

Lapis Spa

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

 

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