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Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Bargains | 0 comments


Ho’ola Hana Hou (Heal & Renew) is a cross-cultural spa experience that incorporates both Eastern and Western products and massage techniques, featuring a lymphatic deep tissue Hawaiian lomi lomi massage followed by a deep cleansing and hydrating facial with Japan’s leading premium beauty product line, Rice Force.

This unique new spa program includes a relaxing neck, upper torso, arm and back massage; scalp massage and conditioning treatment; and a restorative and re-hydrating Rice Force facial treatment enhanced with pohaku (warm stone) massage.

“The physiology of our bodies is all interconnected,” says Spa Manager Travis Kono. “Too tense muscles in the chest, neck, shoulders, and back can draw down your facial muscles and cause drooping and sagging. Releasing these tensions through therapeutic massage is almost like having a mini facelift, without the surgery. Results are often subtle, but very visible. Releasing the toxins stored in the lymph glands can also improve your psyche and psychological well being. When you look better, you feel better.”

Patented and award-winning, the Rice Force beauty product line is exclusively available at The Kahala Spa, an award-winning facility heralded for its beautifully decorated rooms, variety of unique spa services, and stunning locale in one of Honolulu’s best oceanfront resorts.

The Ho’olu Hana Hou spa experience is priced at $280 (not including tax and gratuity). To reserve a spa treatment at The Kahala Spa, email or call (808) 739-8888. Gift certificates are also available.

 – About The Kahala –

With 338 guestrooms, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an oceanfront destination resort known for its impeccable service and hospitality. Just minutes from Waikiki, yet offering the peace and serenity of a neighbor island experience, The Kahala has been Honolulu’s social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their home-away-from-home in Hawai’i.


The Kahala has received recognition on the U.S. News & World Report list of the Best Hotels in the USA 2011, Travel + Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels 2011 and No. 5 Best Beach Hotel in the USA, Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2011, Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2011, AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2011, Editors’ Pick, Fodor’s Choice, and Frommer’s Very Highly Recommended.


For more information, please contact The Kahala Hotel & Resort at (808) 739-8888 or toll-free at (800) 367-2525; or visit their website at




Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Bargains, Tips | 0 comments



Before opting for the newest or most commonly advertised procedure, there are simple facts you should know before digging deep into your pocket when visiting your derm/cosmetic surgeon. Don’t fall into the trap and spend your hard earned cash on pointless procedures. Straight from the dermatologist’soffice, Dr. Sandra Lee provides a cheat sheet on skin procedures to avoid.

 Laser Away Your Worries, Not Your Mole

Don’t depend on laser removal to do away with a mole on any part of your body/face. A mole should be excised entirely, a quick and simple office procedure—not lasered away. A laser will not necessarily get rid of a mole. In fact, if a mole changes and becomes cancerous, a laser may actually be a contributing factor.

Wart Wars

Don’t get mad at your dermatologist if your wart doesn’t disappear. There are hundreds of recommendations on how to treat warts out there.  Even banana peels and duct tape have been advised! Think about it—if there is ONE way that is always effective, then there would ONLY be one way to treat awart.  Remember, that warts are caused by a virus and this virus is“flying under the radar”, meaning your immune system is not detecting that it is living on our skin.  If you are a healthy person, a wart will eventually go away when your body “wakes up” and realizes it is there. Unfortunately, a dermatologist can’t predict the time frame.He/she can’t determine whether it will be tomorrow, next month or next year.

 Color-block when it comes to Laser Hair Removal

A laser that successfully treats hair doesn’t know it’s doing so.With that said, laser hair removal works best for a person with pale skin and dark hair. The laser is treating color, not hair. Therefore, steer clear of th esun or tanning salon before laser hair removal. Since your skin color may be closer in color to your hair this increases the chances that the laser may treat your skin my mistake—possibly leaving you with a blister or permanent scar.

Gettingto the Pit of the Problem with Laser Acne Treatment?

My biggest laser scorn—lasers that purport to treat acne.  They work by targeting a type of bacteria, Propriono bacterium acnes, that commonly resides in our pimples. But—destroying this bacteria, if it is present, does not prevent new acne from popping up. In other words, these lasers are money pits, providing only temporary improvement of your face but leaving the pit of your pocket empty.

FakeSix-pack Abs with Liposuction—A BIG NO-NO

When seeing this procedure advertised, I want to scream, “DON’T DO IT”. By sculpting your abs, you may temporarily sport a sexy six-pack. But—this won’t be sexy for long. Once adding on a few pounds, you will go from stud to dud. Fat gained tends to collect in the “muscular”areas, and you may end up with extra breasts instead of muscles.

Need an Eyelift? WRONG!

Many patients frequently ask if they are a good candidate for an eyelift with complaints that their eyelids look and feel tired or get the occasiona l“did you get any sleep?“. I would say that 50% of patients I see that say they need an eye lift, really need a brow lift. A simple test I use isto ask a patient to gently close, then open his/her eyes. If the patient’s brows lift in order to open his/her eyes—a brow lift is the solution. If only an eyelift is performed in a case like this, they won’t get the improvement they are searching for.

About Dr. Sandra Lee:

Sandra Lee, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology,the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society for MOHS Surgery. She was raised in Upland,and after completing undergraduate school at UCLA, traveled to the east coast to attend medical school at Hahnemann University School of Medicine inPhiladelphia, PA. Her internship was completed at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and she completed her dermatology residency training at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, IL. Additionally, Dr. Lee had fellowship training in laser, dermatologic, and cosmetic surgery with the internationally recognized cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist, Dr. Richard E. Fitzpatrick of Dermatology Associates of San Diego.

She now practices in Upland, California where she divides her office time among general dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic surgery. She has special interests in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, tumescent neck andnbbody liposuction, eyelifts, and laser resurfacing. She also has been extensively involved in clinical studies, is published in multiple journals and medical textbooks, and lectures at  a national level to fellow dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons.




The Spa at Pelican Hill Offers $50 Massages, $50 Facials, Daily Pool Access & Personal Training Specials for Spa Week

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Bargains | 2 comments


Less than two weeks remain for spa enthusiasts to book a coveted appointment for a Fall Spa Week treatment special at The Spa atPelican Hill®.  From October 10-13, Pelican Hill’s Five-Star rated wellness retreat is featuring a series of Spa Weekoffers, such as $50 massages, $50 facials, pool access and personal training specials.

What:  Pelican Hill’s Five-Star rated wellness retreat is featuring the following Spa Weekoffers:

·        $50* for a 50-minute Swedish-based Massage(regularly $160)

·        $50* for a 50-minute Classic Cleanse Facial(regularly $160)

·        $50* for a 60-minute Personal Training Session at The Spa’s Fitness Center(regularly $76)

·        $30* for lunch at the Coliseum Pool & Grill, overlooking one of the world’s largest circular pools and the Pacific Ocean

·        $25 for one-day Coliseum Pool access

·        $20* for an add-on Bright Eyes Facial upgrade (conducted within any facial treatment) to rehydrate the delicate eye area and soften fine lines and dark circle in the orbital area

*Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

When:           October 10-13, 2011

 Where:         The Spa at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, CA




Farm to Spa: Compliment​ary Pumpkin Peel at The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Bargains | 0 comments


With harvest time upon us, instead of bringing the farm to the table, the Sense® spa at The Carlyle in  New York, A Rosewood Hotel, is bringing it to the spa.  Over the past few years, the locavore movement has been making waves beyond the kitchen and inspiring spas to incorporate fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients into their treatments.

From October 1 to November 30, the Sense® spa is bringing the fruits of the fall harvest to its guests, offering a complimentary pumpkin peel to those at The Carlyle who purchase any of the spa’s luxurious facials listed below.


·         Hydration Intense

·         Confort Pureté

·         Réparateur

·         Hommage Gentlemen’s Black Diamond Facial

·         Sense Signature Facial

This light, gentle peel is designed to immediately soften the outermost layer of the skin, eliminating impurities and dead skin cells. A powerful antioxidant treatment, pumpkin offers over 100 beneficial ingredients including retinol (Vitamin A), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), beta-carotene, and a natural form of salicylic acid.  Ideal for promoting circulation and healing, this peel exfoliates and nourishes the skin with hydrating botanicals while introducing vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients.



“Two for Tuesday” Treatment Packages at The Spa at Laguna Cliffs

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Bargains | 0 comments



The Spa at Laguna Cliffs in Dana Point, CA Offers “Two for Tuesday” Treatment Packages

Melt away the workweek stress and experience luxury for less with Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa’s latest spa package.

Every Tuesday, The Spa at Laguna Cliffs offers patrons the choice of any two 60-minute spa services for the discounted price of $198 (valued up to $330).

The Spa at Laguna Cliffs welcomes guests in a serene and comfortable environment; knowledgeable staff will review the guest’s personal preferences and create a fully customized spa experience.

Unique facials and body treatments combine luxurious oils and lotions with state of the art treatment rooms. Products are made from the finest all-natural, organic and wild harvested ingredients with local flavors including signature Southern California delights such as avocados, herbs and honey.

Featured spa services include:

Strength in Numbers Body Therapy This body treatment utilizes the ancient principles of numerology to develop a customized aromatic essence based on each guest’s unique vibration. The treatment begins with dry brushing to awaken the energies within, followed by inhalation ritual guided by your therapist, and a massage tailored to your current needs.

Resurfacing Radiance Facial Experience a superior clinical peel facial as proven lightening and exfoliating properties of lactic acid uncover youthful skin while super antioxidants reduce inflammation and redness normally experienced with clinical treatment.

Take the time to enjoy a blend of traditional, time-honored healing modalities and signature techniques developed exclusively for The Spa at Laguna Cliffs. For more information on booking your spa package at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, please visit or call (949) 661-5000.


Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Lauderdale Spa Chic Returns

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Bargains | 0 comments


Back by popular demand, Lauderdale Spa Chic returns for its fourth installment of a month-long promotion delivering the ultimate spa services and treatments for less, just $99, a savings of up to 50 percent throughout September.

Sample Lauderdale Spa Chic treatments include:

· Hot Paraffin Pack treatment and Oxygen Blast Mini Facial at Bliss Fort Lauderdale at the W Fort Lauderdale

· A Prescription Facial with aromatherapy at Heavenly Spa By Westin at The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale

· European Deep Cleansing Facial, GPA Skin Renewal Peel, and a Ginko Biloba Eye Therapy at Living Waters Day Spa

· A Pain Relief Customized Fusion Treatment with neuromuscular medical massage at Planet Massage of Las Olas

· A Couples Deluxe Massage with aromatherapy, footbath and wine & cheese at Renewal Spa in Hollywood

· The ultimate 80-minute Ritz-Carlton Signature Massage at the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Visitors also have the option to stay longer for less at hotels like the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Lago Mar Resort & Club and the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa offering special overnight accommodations and Spa Chic treatments for as low as $239 per night.

For a complete list of $99 spa treatments and Spa Chic resort packages, or for more information about the Lauderdale Spa Chic program and to book a spa getaway, visit