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Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Bargains, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Spa Week: Pamper Yourself for $50

Spa Week: Pamper Yourself for $50

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During Spa Week, many spas offer $50 massages.

During Spa Week, many spas offer $50 massages.

What could be better on a dreary Monday than the prospect of a spa treatment–maybe even a spa getaway–for $50? Not much–and it’s all possible during Spa Week, April 11-17, 2016. So right now, it’s possible to book facials, massages, nail services and more all over the United States for just $50.

And — this is the best part: if you live near a resort property or major hotel (with a pool) that is participating in Spa Week, you can turn that treatment into an entire spa getaway, with a steam/sauna and even a spa lunch (that would be extra).

For example, if you live near Atlantic City, New Jersey, you can book a $50 service (a facial, a De-Stress Body Treatment or a spa pedicure) at the Red Door Spa at Harrah’s Resort, a luxurious retreat with lots of amenities. Heading west, the Red Door Spa at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona offers the same trio of choices along with such amenities as a lap pool,

In San Diego, California, the Blue Marble Spa at the Hyatt Regency Mission offers an organic massage, a facial or a pedicure ritual for $50. The spa has eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, rainfall showers, outdoor pools, a hot tub and complimentary valet parking. (It was named one of the “Top Ten Spas Around the World” by Organic Spa magazine.)

To find a great getaway (or simply a pampering oasis) near you, just go to the Spa Week website, give your zip code or city name and the site will show you which spas are participating in the event and what treatments they offer for $50.

 

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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 Sep 17, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Yoga with a View

Yoga with a View

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Yoga with a iew; Celebrate National Yoga Month in September

While there is no shortage of great yoga studios where you can celebrate National Yoga Month, there aren’t many where you can do your poses while enjoying gorgeous views.

Yoga aboard the Spirit of New York

Yoga aboard the Spirit of New York

I love the idea of sun salutations at sea, especially around the island of Manhattan. Spirit of New York’s Yoga on the Water Cruise will keep New Yorkers in a Namaste state-of-mind. Classes are taught by Rae Broderick from NYC’s prominent Strala yoga studio founded by Tara Stiles, and Athleta provides yoga mats and special gift bags. After everyone perfects their downward dog on the outdoor deck, attendees can enjoy a light meal and a chance to take in views of the Manhattan skyline.

The W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island located eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, recently launched ENERGIZE by Tara Stiles. Offering exclusive access to a three- or five-day customized escape, the retreat features onsite experiences by renowned influencer, Tara Stiles and/or trained Strala Guides, twice daily yoga sessions on Paradise Edge cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise and sunset, nature escapes, made-to-order spa treatments and cooking classes.

Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, welcomes guests to let the beauty of nature awaken their senses while practicing yoga in a harmonious setting within the Mayan Jungle. The classes are included in the property’s all-inclusive experience and take place on a natural wooden deck surrounded by the jungle and crystal-clear cenotes.

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki’s only beachfront resort, features a multitude of outdoor yoga activities. Offering views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head Crater, guests can try their hand at SUP (stand-up paddle board) yoga at the world-famous Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. The five-acre lagoon is named after Hawaii’s legendary Ambassador of Aloha, surfer and Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku.

Offered by The Finger Lakes Cider House once per season, farmscape yoga presents the opportunity to experience an organic farm and cidery in the heart of the Finger Lakes. The workshop explores the connection between the body-mind and farm’s ecology.

At five-star Acqualina Resort & Spa in Miami, YOGiiZa’s team of seasoned yoginis and wellness gurus provide a wide array of personalized health and fitness programs, including yoga sessions and health and wellness coaching against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

The waterfront oasis that is Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina offers beachside yoga with breathtaking marina views. Guests with advanced yoga skills are welcome to take their practice to the water while beginners receive instruction on land. Yoga mats, props and a complimentary Zico Coconut Water are provided to all participants.

 

 

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Self Discovery Adventure at Cape Rey’s Wellness Retreat

Self Discovery Adventure at Cape Rey’s Wellness Retreat

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Wellness retreat at Cape Rey

Wellness retreat at Cape Rey

Embark on an adventure of self-discovery at Cape Rey’s Inaugural Wellness Retreat, September 25-27; 

Resort offers a stunning beachfront setting for self-care weekend in partnership with PKNY Health

Feeling balanced and beautiful from the inside out is the focus of the latest adventure from Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort. The resort’s first signature Cape Rey Wellness Weekend entitled “Reset, Revive and Thrive” will take place Fri., Sept. 25 through Sun., Sept. 27 and focus on self care through food, movement, meditation and other activities.

“To be our best selves, we all need to take time out and look internally once in a while,” says Jeannette Handson, spa director at the hotel’s Ocean Crest Spa. “This wellness weekend encourages guests to pause and embark on a journey of self-discovery. We want participants to step back into their daily lives wholly reinvigorated.”

Cape Rey’s Ocean Crest Spa has partnered with PKNY Health to offer guests a weekend of resort-style renewal. Refreshing and inspiring yoga sessions, meditation and expert-led self-care workshops pair with a healing food lecture, delicious meals and healthy snacks to encourage wellbeing. Through healing movement, relaxing massage, sublime solitude and thoughtful self-exploration, guests will leave feeling nourished, balanced and revitalized.

Highlights of the weekend include

Radical Self Care Workshop: Led by Pegah Kadkhodaian, PKNY Health co-founder and a professional integrative nutrition and transformation coach who has studied under renowned experts like Deepak Chopra, this powerful session explores what self care really is and encourages participants to set a powerful intention for their lives.

Mediation by Music: Indian world music fusion and sound meditation artists Nadaka and Gopika perform a concert of meditative music and chants to uplift and awaken the soul.

High-Intensity Body Weight Resistance Circuit Class:  Kadkhodaian leads a high-intensity series of interval circuits combining body weight strength training and cardio. The class explores an awesome balance of strength, cardio and flexibility set to fun music.

Healing with Food: In this workshop, guests will be introduced to how food can directly affect the body and how to incorporate more fresh foods into their everyday diet. The session will cover how food can create harmful inflammation and how to eat for health and healing.

Graced by Grit Trunk Show: Based in neighboring Solana Beach, Grace by Grit is a growing active wear label offering fresh, flattering athletic apparel that can go from workout to workplace.

Reservations for “Reset, Revive and Thrive” can be made directly through Ocean Crest Spa at 760.683.5555 or info@oceancrestspa.com.

Participants are not required to stay at the hotel. Rates start at $425 per person for day access to all events, $875 per person for day access and overnight accommodations (based on single occupancy guestroom) and $1,299 for day access and overnight accommodations for two (based on double occupancy guestroom). Pricing includes parking and a special gift for attendees.

For more information or to book a reservation, visit www.CapeRey.com/spa/wellnessweekend.

About Ocean Crest Spa

Inspired by the healing powers of the sea, the Ocean Crest Spa offers an environmentally sensitive spa experience and features exceptionally pure, naturally-sourced products. The intimate 5,600 sq. ft. spa features seven private treatment rooms including a spacious couple’s suite with tub and private outdoor area for the perfect romantic retreat. The spa also offers men’s and women’s locker areas and indoor/outdoor relaxation lounges. Guests can choose from an array of massages, facials, body treatments and facials. Visit the website for more information.

About Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort

Located along the sunny San Diego coast directly across from Carlsbad State Beach, the 215-room Cape Rey boasts a modern, California Craftsman-style design with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Opened in June 2012, this North San Diego luxury hotel was honored with the AAA Four Diamond distinction in 2013. Guests of Cape Rey enjoy the best of the beach communities’ lifestyle. On property amenities include the sea-inspired Ocean Crest Spa, an expansive, ocean view swimming pool and Chandler’s Restaurant & Lounge, a stylish restaurant where guests can enjoy fresh, regional cuisine and stunning views. The perfect basecamp for exploring Southern California, Cape Rey provides easy access to the beaches, parks, shopping and dining in Carlsbad, Leucadia, Encinitas and Oceanside. Just 30 minutes north of San Diego, Cape Rey is minutes away from LEGOLAND California, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Disneyland California and a variety of other fun attractions. Visit www.CapeRey.com for more information.

 

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Bargains, Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

South Florida Spa Month Savings Debuts in Key West

South Florida Spa Month Savings Debuts in Key West

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Spa at Pier House

Spa at Pier House

South Florida Spa Month Savings Debuts in Key West

For the first time, the Duval Collection has introduced the South Florida Summer Spa Months to Key West.  To celebrate this time of the year, Top Spa at La Concha Key West and The Spa at Pier House Resort are featuring a special offer for locals and off-season visitors in August and September:

 Classic Massage: Escape and truly relax with a customized massage designed specifically for your needs, combining various massage techniques to accommodate your lifestyle. 50 minute treatment.

 Top Spa at the La Concha – $99 (includes suite) – normally $150  

The Spa at Pier House – $109 – normally $130

Below are details on each spa.

Situated on the top floor of the iconic La Concha Hotel, Top Spa offers breathtaking panoramic views of Key West and its surrounding waters from the highest point in the city.   Surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, guests indulge and relax in their very own private treatment suite designed with a private balcony, personal shower, 55″ flat screen TV, iPod docking station and a mini-fridge stocked with bottled water and fresh juices.

Truly a Key West treasure, The Spa at the Pier House Resort is the island’s only full-service spa experience.  The perfect place to slow down, indulge and pamper, the Spa features a salon, relaxation lounge, locker facilities, steam room and whirlpool.

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Summer Spa Treatments from The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Summer Spa Treatments from The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

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Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Desert Summer Spa Treatments from The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

As summer temperatures begin to rise, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Spa is offering three new seasonal summer spa treatments that are ideally suited for combating the desert sun.

Drawing inspiration and using indigenous ingredients from the surrounding desert, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage’s citrus-inspired summer spa series hydrates, revitalizes and soothes sun-kissed skin to leave guests feeling both refreshed and rejuvenated. Offered through September 2015, the following summer spa treatments are available to area residents and resort guests.

California Citrus Swedish Massage  A cooling warm-weather treat, the California Sage Swedish Massage uses a refreshing mélange of mint, lemon and sage, applied with medium pressure to help dissolve tension and refresh body and spirit.  The 50-minute massage is offered at $110 USD Mondaythrough Thursday, or $135 USD Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Lemon Sugar Body Cleanse  When skin is stressed by dryness, a restoring, hydrating body treatment can help bring back a youthful glow.  This summer refresher includes cleansing of the body with a delicate lemon and chamomile sugar scrub.  Skin is then conditioned and hydrated with shea butter, aloe and moisture-loving glycerin.  The 50-minute treatment is offered at $110 USD Monday through Thursday, or $135 USD Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  

The Rancho Mirage Hydration Facial – This summer facial provides light cleansing and deep moisture replenishment, leaving skin dewy and soft.  Desert stone crop moisturizer is applied to help combat dryness and damage from the summer sun.  The 50-minute facial is offered at $110 USD Mondaythrough Thursday, or $135 USD FridaySaturday, and Sunday.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Spa

The 25,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa lies in the heart of the property’s free-standing two-story spa lifestyle complex which features 15 expansive treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, private whirlpools, rain and Vichy showers, eucalyptus-infused steam and sauna facilities, an outdoor meditation mesa and an outdoor co-ed whirlpool that offer some of the most stunning mountain views.

 

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