Archive for July, 2011

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

Friday, July 29th, 2011

In Talk Spas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.

The Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

The Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

A quality spa should have a strong identity and a well thought out philosophy; one that informs its treatments, products, standards and practices. Perhaps no other spa in Australia has been informed by such identity and philosophy than Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, located in Daintree National Park just 90 minutes north of Cairns. (more…)

Ayurvedic Healing: Panchakarma

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

In this day and age, the spa world offers a vast array of treatments that have origins in different cultures all over the world. We’ve talked about Ayurveda – the ancient healing system of India – and its treatments extensively at Talk Spas, but with our breakdown of Panchakarma, we open your eyes to the mother of all Ayurvedic treatments.

The five actions of Panchakarma

The five actions of Panchakarma

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Spa Fit for a Sultan: Gentlemen’s Tonic

Monday, July 25th, 2011

In Talk Spas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultan” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.

It’s no secret that many men feel self-conscious going to the spa; after all, marketing and advertising trends would have us believe that spas focus most of their attention on attracting women with their plethora of therapies and treatments. However, every once in a while a spa emerges that is designed to cater exclusively to the needs of men; Gentlemen’s Tonic, with locations throughout the world including London, Houston and Hong Kong, is one of those much needed spas.

Gentlemen's Tonic Spa

Gentlemen's Tonic Spa

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Ayurvedic Healing: Netra Basti

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

We talk a lot about Ayurveda here at Talk Spas, not only because it is a proven system of physical, mental and spiritual healing that dates back over 5,000 years to ancient India, but also because it has grown in popularity in the Western world and many spas are offering one or more Ayurvedic treatments to their clients. One therapy that is an excellent all around treatment for the eyes, as well as for reversing the harmful effects of our modern lifestyle – specifically, staring at a computer all day – is known as Netra Basti.

Oil being poured as part of the Netra Basti

Medicated oil being poured as part of the Netra Basti

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Draped in Comfort: 10 Things to Consider When Buying a Bathrobe

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The bathrobe has been around as long as the public baths that were popular in ancient cultures like Rome, Turkey and China. Today, the tradition of slipping into a plush bathrobe after a warm bath or steam session is still thoroughly embraced by home spa enthusiasts. Depending on what you’re looking for, buying a bathrobe can be as simple as buying gas or as complicated as buying a car. After all, all bathrobes are not created equal; they vary in quality, they’re available in a variety of different materials and offer a plethora of options from which to choose. The following are some key points to consider when selecting a bathrobe:

People enjoying their bathrobes

10 tips for picking out a bathrobe

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Nude Spa-cation: Sea Mountain Resort

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Sea Mountain Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA

Sea Mountain Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA

Less time doing laundry. Less chance of spilling something on your clothes. Less stress trying to decide what to wear. Less time spent packing when heading off to a nudist resort. It’s a fact: the benefits of nudism far outweigh the benefits of non-nudism, and perhaps there is no better place to experience those benefits than at Sea Mountain Resort, a private nudist-friendly retreat in Desert Hot Springs, California.

Sea Mountain Resort is an upscale and sensual desert oasis that offers guests a chance to relax and enjoy world-class facilities under the sun. Well known as an environment safe for couples and females dedicated to pleasure and respect, Sea Mountain Resort is the premier adults only upscale retreat for rejuvenating the soul and relaxing the body. Choose from a range of activities including swimming nude in a cool, pure mineral water pool with curative properties, taking a dip in a hot sauna or relaxing in the 24-hour lounge club, Taboo Gardens. Accommodations include well-appointed rooms with large, flat-screen TV’s, Four Seasons beds, and Egyptian cotton linens. The resort offers world-class dining and is in close proximity to outdoor recreation, cultural and sightseeing opportunities, and terrific nightlife. The Spa at Sea Mountain Resort offers a plethora of treatments for both individuals and couples: the VIP Premier Spa Pass for couples offers garden curative mineral water showers, full access to all nude pool and private retreat meditation areas, tandem nude tanning, access to Taboo Gardens and a gourmet lunch for two, among other benefits; the One Woman – One Day Dream package allows a woman to soak sensually in the sun, let stress fade and enjoy the tranquility afforded to her through massage, curative mineral water showers and other pampering treatments and activities. Additional therapies on offer at Sea Mountain Resort include: Aroma therapy with special essential oils, reflexology focusing on Meridian points on the feet, hands and head, and reiki, which balances Chakras through focused energy re-alignment. If you still aren’t convinced of the merits of visiting Sea Mountain Resort, consider the following: The resort was ranked Top Celebrity Spa in the United States by MSN and awarded Best Private Retreat in the United States four years in a row. Furthermore, AOL has called the Sea Mountain Inn one of the “top five places to be naked in the world.”

The ultimate in nude recreation, Sea Mountain Resort’s location in the heart of Southern California is just a short drive from Los Angeles, San Diego or Las Vegas. For clean air, blue skies, crystal-clear desert nights and a relaxing and stress-free nudist experience, Sea Mountain Resort is the ideal choice.

The Chocolate Spa

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Spa At The Hotel Hershey

Spa At The Hotel Hershey

Is chocolate really a girl’s best friend? Well, the Chocolate Spa at The Hotel Hershey certainly thinks so. The Spa is dedicated to providing a luxurious experience for all senses of the body, blending relaxation and sweet indulgence with its signature chocolate treatments.

Imagine lying down and smelling the fragrant aroma of red roses and dark chocolate while the masseuse exfoliates, wraps, and moisturizes your body in the classic Chocolate & Rose Decadent Body Treatment. Enjoy a hydrotherapy session with a cocoa twist. How about a chocolate sugar exfoliation with your pedicure in the Sweet Hands and Feet? My personal favorite is the Whipped Cocoa Bath in which you can literally lounge in a pool of foaming chocolate milk and leave with softer, nutrient-rich skin.

Health experts have recognized several holistic benefits found in chocolate. Research shows that chocolate is full of antioxidants, which are chemicals that decrease the oxidant reactions that cause cellular damage. Moreover, chocolate, similar to red wine, contains polyphenols, which help prevent heart disease. Chocolate is also known as a mood- enhancer because it triggers the brain to release pleasure endorphins. All in all, chocolate has many different facets to be enjoyed and experienced, and the Chocolate Spa gives you the opportunity to do so.

The Chocolate Spa only augments Hershey’s legacy of satisfying customers with the most savory chocolate. Only this time, chocolate is not only used to seduce the gustatory senses, but also to soothe spa-lovers by the touch.

Luxury Uncorked: South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Relaxation Room at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula, CA

Relaxation Room at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula, CA

Ask the editorial team members at Talk Spas what their number one passion is and they will all tell you the same thing: spas. Ask them what their number two passion is and there’s a good chance that many will tell you that it’s wine. So it comes as little surprise that when the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa – a working winery and full service spa in one – popped up on our radar, we were ecstatic.

South Coast Winery & Spa, located in Temecula, California, a renowned wine region about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles or San Diego, is a luxury resort that combines great food, excellent wine and healing spa treatments for an all-around incredible and unique experience. Offering spacious villas with marble bath environments, secluded patios, fireplaces and no common walls between, South Coast Winery & Spa is the ultimate retreat for peace and quiet. The resort’s GrapeSeed Spa “soothes and re-energizes body, mind and soul with a blend of innovative vine based treatments, state-of-the-art fitness center, private movement studio and secluded places to simply unwind.” Treatments include the Full Day of Bliss featuring the spa’s signature massage, GrapeSeed Scrub, a facial, and a 50-minute South Coast Manicure and Pedicure; the treatment also comes with a special spa cuisine. The Half Day of Balance treatment includes Harmonizing Hatha Yoga, Honey/Lemongrass Revitalizing Ritual, and Raindrop Technique Massage; a spa lunch is also inclusive. When not indulging in spa treatments, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the resort’s state-of-the-art winery, appreciate its carefully tended vines and sample its finest wines. South Coast Winery & Spa is well known for its Merlot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc varietals, all which offer intense flavors and supple structures. The wines are particularly special because of the rich Southern California soil and the abundant sunlight bestowed upon the Temecula Valley. (more…)


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