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Pamper your Pop this Father’s Day

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Fathers’ Day. That special time of year when love comes in the form of painted macaroni collages, necktie-shaped ice cream cakes, and coupon books filled with vouchers for “One Free Hug” or “A Day Off From Killing Bugs That Come In the House.”

We have a better idea.

This Fathers’ Day, why not take care of dad in a totally different way? As in, bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “give the guy a break”? We’re talking about treating dad to a spa day. Because anyone can book a round of golf for the old man. It’s time to pamper our pops and do something great for their minds, bodies, and souls…the way they’ve always done for us.

greenhouseThe good news is that spas around the country are offering unbeatable Fathers’ Day specials to make a Day-With-Dad as relaxing (and manly!) as possible. Greenhouse Holistic in Brooklyn, New York, renowned for its yoga programs and Shiatsu techniques, is taking special time out of its regular routines to take care of dads, by offering tremendous deals on its signature massages, including Swedish, sports, deep tissue, and hot stone relaxation sessions.

mrcHead west a few thousand miles to Mr. C Spa & Beauty in Beverly Hills to, as they say “spoil dad with a full day of relaxation.” Their customized Fathers’ Day package (available for most of the month of June) includes a 30 minute eucalyptus steam session, a specially-designed men’s back, face, and scalp treatment (crafted to target tired muscles), a back massage, and more, all culminating in a shaken-for-dad gin cocktail – the perfect way to eke out some good old fashioned fatherly advice!


ritzAnd speaking of cocktails…The Ritz-Carlton South Beach in the heart of Miami knows that there’s only one way to get a less-than-enthusiastic spa-going dad to relax and enjoy the pampering: beer. Their “Mucho Macho MANicure & BEERicure” Fathers’ Day special includes a full mani-pedi and a choice of craft brews to sample. Spa technicians will even use beer-based exfoliants to hydrate Dad’s skin during the treatment. (And as always, their Gentleman’s Deep Cleansing Facial, part of their regular men’s menu at the spa, will be available.)


Of course, even cowboys need a little R&R. Which is why we love what Dallas’ Hiatus Spa + Retreat has on their agenda to celebrate Dad. They’re offering three unique packages for fathers at all levels of spa-ed-ness. For dads who need a little Relaxation 101, their “Frosty Mug Men’s Retreat” is a great way to ease Pop into the world of spa treatments. The “invigorating full body scrub with organic hops, barley and malt” ends with a chilled stone massage and a pint of a local Texas IPA. For dads who know their way around a spa, their “Best Dad Ever!” package, featuring an 80 minute stress-fix massage, a reflexology session, and a “Well-Groomed Men’s Facial,” is dad-finitely the way to go. And for those dads who just have to get back to the barbecue before the afternoon’s up, Hiatus’ “Dad’s Essentials” lets Dad choose two signature spa services to revitalize and recharge just the way he needs.

While Spa-thers’ Day, ahem, we mean Fathers’ Day, can be all about the bells and whistles, don’t forget that sometimes all Dad wants is a quiet afternoon at home. ThermaSol makes it so easy to turn your home bath into a spa paradise. A customized steam shower at your fingertips means that a spa day for Dad might be as close as a walk down the hall. Load up Dad’s iPod with his favorite tunes (which he’ll play through ThermaSol’s Serenity Light & Sound System), deck out the bathroom with manly scents (think candles scented with leather, tobacco, or mesquite), and fire up the grill for some hearty post-pampering eats. Thanks for everything, Dad. We’ll kill the bugs today.

The Perfect Spa Vacations

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Vacation. Who doesn’t love vacation? A time to relax, a time to unwind, a time to…oh, we’re going to this museum and then dinner and then a club, all before tomorrow when we’re hitting the beach and then shopping and then lunch and then another museum and WHY IS THIS VACATION SO EXHAUSTING?

What if you could do vacation without doing yourself in? A vacation where you don’t come back feeling like you need, you know, another vacation. Not saying we’re psychic or anything like that (we totally are), but we see…a spa vacation in your near future. Imagine getting away and actually getting away – away from the clutter, away from the chaos and noise of every day life – without losing a beat of an amazing travel adventure. Incredible views, great food, luxury accommodations…and no exhaustion.

So where to start. No, literally, “where,” to start. With a spa vacation, your destinations are practically limitless. Which means that whether you’re a sun goddess, a ski bunny, a world traveler, a nature fiend, or anything in between, if you can get there, you can “spa” there. Jonesing for the Caribbean? The Body Holiday in St. Lucia ( is the place to be. The stunning Grecian-inspired resort specializes in physical health and harmony, offering myriad activities from yoga to Pilates to water-skiing to golf, all culminating in the property’s five-star Wellness Center, an exclusive relaxation mecca designed to restore and rejuvenate through treatments, exercise, and diet.

In the market for a quicker escape? Skip the whirlwind double-decker bus tour and say “Hello” to a metropolitan pick-me-up! San Francisco’s Cavello Point ( is the perfect non-passport destination for a spa vacation. Touting views of the city’s most classic icon – the Golden Gate Bridge – from almost every room, Cavello Point has something (relaxing!) for everyone. With modern and rustic lodging options, and an incredible spa offering services far beyond massages and body treatments (they specialize in Integrative Medicine treatments and Healing Arts services, including acupuncture, energy work, and hypnotherapy), Cavello Point is the getaway that isn’t far away. And with two on-site restaurants (and a wine director!), you can enjoy the best of a big city…without the big city exertion.

And if you just can’t decide where to go, plan your spa vacation around exactly what relaxified (that’s a word, right?) experience you want. Thailand’s Chiva-Som Resort ( is renowned for it’s skin treatments, while Stowe Mountain Lodge (, nestled in the Vermont mountains, is a locavore’s dream – the prime spot for a spa-seeking foodie.

A spa vacation truly is the best of all worlds…in every corner of the world. It’s the perks of travel (a new location!) without the demands of being a tourist (why is this bus/boat/train/subway so crowded!). It’s the opportunity to discover new kinds of relaxation and connect with a destination in a unique, organic way. So pack your yoga mat (sorry high heels…you’re staying at home), and take a vacation…from your normal vacation.

Pet Friendly Spas

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

As you can tell from our previous post, spas have gone to the dogs. Literally. We’re talking gourmet pet menus, custom canine walking trails, and puppy massages.

Enter the latest trend in the world of relaxation – pet-friendly spas. And why the woof not! If a dog is a man’s best friend, doesn’t it make sense that you’d want to share all the comforts and Zen of a spa experience with your BFF? We definitely think so. And we’re not alone.

Spas and hotels around the country are quickly becoming havens for both two- and four-footed creatures. And we’re not just talking about resorts that allow pets to stay in their owners’ rooms. These spots have our tails positively wagging with pet perks. Vermont’s Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa is the perfect place for the active pup (and their human). Located on 60 acres of beautiful terrain, doggies go nuts for the Stowe Rec Path, a five mile trail through the property’s woods and farmland, complete with stops at swimming holes so Rover can cool off. The hotel’s rooms and townhouses are pleased to welcome canine guests, giving the furrier amongst us a spot to relax while you take in the spa and four-star dining at Stoweflake.

But if you’re looking to pause your paws and enjoy some pampering in the great indoors, La Quinta Resort & Club just outside of Palm Springs, California is the place to go. On the menu: an hour-long relaxation massage for your dog…or the opportunity to enjoy a “Pupples Massage,” where you can receive treatment at the same time as your pet, from your guest room! La Quinta’s mission isn’t just about on-the-spot relaxation; they take interested owners through the steps of the canine massage, showing you how to implement techniques they practice at the resort.


Back on the east coast, at the Inn by the Sea in Crescent Beach, Maine, it’s a toss up as to whether their furry guests get even better treatment their tail-less clients. The stunning property is like a coastal vision from a storybook. And with their “INNcredible Pets” package, the picture perfect scene gets even better. You get two nights in one of their gorgeous suites; Fido gets an Inn by the Sea dog bowl, a personalized LL Bean puppy bed, a 30-minute in-room doggie massage, selections from their gourmet pet menu, and nightly pet turndown service (featuring, of course, a locally made seasonal dog treat). Cue lots of slobbering.

And, if you happen to be more of a cat person (we did NOT say Cat Lady. Those were your words.), never fear…the pet-friendly spa world loves you too! Like The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, whose spacious rooms open their arms to dogs and cats alike, even offer massage services for both pups and kitties. (And if your little Garfield will stay on a leash, you can even walk your cat around the lobby!).

So next time you’re wondering, “To board, or not to board?”, pack up the water dishes and BYOP (that’s, Bring Your Own Pet) along to the spa. We know they’ll love it as much as you do. (Disclaimer: we cannot be held responsible for excessive amounts of purring or puppy kisses due to exposure to relaxing pet spa experiences.)

Pamper Your Pet At A Pet Spa!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Just outside Seattle lies quiet Woodinville, Washington, a small town known for its local wineries and extraordinary landscapes. It’s also home to an exclusive relaxation resort, where patrons can indulge in massages, water therapy, and luxurious skin treatments. There’s just one catch: you have to have a tail.

Welcome to the wonderful, four-legged world of pet spas, where the furriest among us can get pampered to their hearts’ content! If the notion seems a little im-PAW-ssible to grasp, consider this. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5% of households own dogs – that’s over 69 million canine pals in the United States alone! With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that we’ve found ways to go above and beyond for our wet-nosed loved ones.

So what is a pet spa? At Woodinville’s Paradise Pet Lodge, doggies and kitties (with the help of their owners, of course) can take advantage of numerous health and wellness programs, including relaxation massages designed to alleviate muscle pain and help with anxiety, swimming sessions in a warm saltwater pool, and signature grooming packages. If this all sounds slightly familiar (ahem, like the spa menu at any human resort), you’re right! Turns out what works for people, works for pups!

And much like a People Spa, Dog and Cat Spas also serve the rehabilitative needs of their clients. A therapeutic swim is a fantastic way to help dogs regain movement after surgery, as well as aid those who face chronic pain, arthritis, or any number of physical difficulties. At Cat’s Meow outside San Francisco, kitties can indulge in “Feline Devine,” a soothing experience that includes a signature bath, a heated towel wrap treatment (complete with cat-centric aromatherapy), and a sugar scrub, all designed to calm the nerves of anxious furballs.

Okay, so maybe there’s not a candlelit magazine room and a stack of terrycloth robes (although a carafe of cucumber water isn’t that far of a stretch…). But when it comes to caring for our perky-eared companions who need a little TLC (or are just going through a “ruff” time), pet spas are an amazing resource for man’s best friend. Now if only Rover could master downward-facing dog…

Sundara Inn & Spa

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Sundara Spa

When you think of Wisconsin, perhaps a luxury spa is not the first thing to come to your mind. However, with the Sundara Inn & Spa located in Wisconsin Dells, that’s exactly what should be on your mind. Sundara is one of the top resort spas in North America and a premier destination for discerning clientele who desire the best spa treatments in the most soothing setting.

Situated on a 26-acre parcel of land that is lush with pine trees and natural Wisconsin stone outcroppings, Sundara Inn & Spa is not only inspired by the Heartland, but also embodies all that is sacred in nature. The word Sundara is drawn from the Sanskrit word for “beautiful” and the staff’s interpretation of it is “beauty flowing from wellness”. The inn’s main building, designed in an organic Midwestern style, boasts an interior that emphasizes the principles of Feng Shui. Guests have the option of staying in one of 26 well-appointed suites or 12 private lifestyle villas. The large suites feature designer spa bathrooms and fireplaces. The private lifestyle villas are tucked away in the woods, with winding garden paths and views of waterfalls. They offer 1,700 square feet of space, a private bath sanctuary, detailed kitchens, furnishings in a natural color palette and a curved outdoor veranda.

While a guest at Sundara, you’ll undoubtedly want to make use of the spa; from therapeutic massage to holistic skin care, Sundara has developed a menu of spa services designed to promote total wellness, relaxation and rejuvenation. Many of the spa’s products utilize botanicals and minerals indigenous to Wisconsin Dells, for an authentic Heartland experience. All spa visits begin with a Purifying Bath Ritual in the bathhouse sanctuary. Guests engage in a self-guided treatment that includes a rinse in a rain shower, Sundara Spa Sandstone Body Polish to exfoliate the skin, plunge in a hot pool and cool pool, and a quiet rest period before being greeted by a therapist. Some of the special offerings on Sundara’s spa services menu include: the Soothing Cucumber Body Polish and Massage that begins with a cucumber mint sugar scrub to remove dry skin and increase circulation, followed by a cucumber mint massage soufflé; the Warming Glow Massage in which a therapist will light the candle of your choice, made with essential oils and shea butter, allow it to melt and then use the warmed oil in the massage; the Sundara Signature Massage, which reduces muscle tension, increases circulation and leaves you feeling balanced in body, mind and spirit; and the Fountain of Youth Facial, which cleanses, exfoliates and nourishes the skin utilizing organic products that leave the skin looking firm, toned and hydrated while creating a healthy glow. All of the above treatments are 65 minutes in length. Additionally, guests of Sundara can enjoy the inn’s state-of-the-art fitness studio, located off-site, as well as the adjacent Wild Rock Golf Course located at the Wild Rock Golf Club.

Sundara Inn & Spa’s success is born out of its respect for natural resources and green practices. When you are guest there, you reap all the rewards of Sundara’s high-minded philosophy and unwavering standards.

Spa Trend: Ganban’yoku

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012


For thousands of years, Japan has been leading the way in the health arts and sciences. Strong proponents of holistic medicine and treatments, the Japanese are naturally drawn to spa-like amenities that utilize heat to correct imbalances in the body; one such treatment is ganban’yoku.

A ganban is a sizable piece of granite that is inserted into the floor and heated up to a low temperature. Under a trained therapist’s care, a patient can lay on the ganban, allowing their bodies to gradually heat up. The ganban’yoku treatment is often referred to as “bedrock bathing without hot water” and the amount of sweat that is emitted from the body during a session is said to be more than what would be emitted during a hot sauna session. Unique to the ganban’yoku are infrared rays and negative ions which pass through the ganban stones; such elements are said to have a number of positive effects on the body. Even a single ganban’yoku session can begin to improve blood circulation, skin composition, immunity to disease, stiff joints, back pain and mental stress. It can also have a positive effect on metabolism, weight loss and detoxification. In recent times, the ganban’yoku spa trend has moved westward to top-notch spas, gyms, hotels, golf courses, ski resorts, hospitals and even into peoples’ private homes. In fact, the new Las Vegas Aria Resort and Casino features a luxury ganban’yoku that is extremely popular with guests.

True to all other holistic therapies, ganban’yoku utilizes simple, natural elements to offer its users an authentic experience that can potentially heal on a deep level. Undoubtedly, ganban’yoku is a spa trend that is here to stay.

Angkor Century Resort & Spa

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Angkor Century Resort

Angkor, in Cambodia, is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. The region contains magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, spanning from the 9th to the 15th century, and includes the famous Temple of Angkor Wat. A visit to the region is the trip of a lifetime, and if you do go, why not stay in an accommodation that offers a world-class spa to facilitate all of your relaxation needs? The Angkor Century Resort & Spa, a 5 star deluxe resort property set within lush tropical gardens covering an area of 9-acres, can do exactly that.

Angkor Century massage

Only a 15-minute drive from the Angkor Temples, Angkor Century Resort & Spa is located on an 8-acre tropical garden in the heart of Siem Reap City. The resort’s interiors offer a tasteful blend of elegant Khmer design coupled with contemporary western art. Guests may choose from 190 stylishly-appointed rooms and suites that reflect the needs of the traveler, including: the Deluxe Suite, which faces the swimming pool and the gardens, and is bathed in elegant and convenient light, and romantic innate colors; the Century Suite, which is elegant and aptly sized, and consists of a private living room and a guestroom; and the Executive Suite, which offers grand accommodations with an extended seating area and a 15 square foot private balcony overlooking the swimming pool and gardens. With regards to dining and drinking, Angkor Century Resort & Spa offers numerous options including: the Grand View Coffee House, which offers a wide selection of local, Asian and Western delights, as well as great outdoor barbeques and Cambodian cultural dance shows; and the Lagoon Pool Bar, which overlooks the lagoon near the pool, and is the perfect place for informal drinks after a walk in the lustrous garden. (more…)

Hotel Guanahani & Spa

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012


The island of St. Barts is often referred to as “the Pearl of the Caribbean”; with 27 gorgeous white sand beaches, an average temperature of 82 degrees and an overall quality of life that is unparalleled, it’s no wonder why. For those that arrive to enjoy the island’s pleasures, there is only one place to stay: Hotel Guanahani & Spa. Not only is this hotel the finest on the island, but it boasts a world class spa with a range of treatments of which any other spa would be envious.

Hotel Guanahani & Spa welcomes guests to its delightful cottages designed in the architectural and decorative traditions which have developed in the West Indies over the course of many centuries. Each cottage is uniquely crafted from rare woods, Caribbean pastel shades and gentle cotton fabrics, ultimately creating a colonial atmosphere. Guests can enjoy the lush, surrounding gardens and connected terraces; one cottage even has its own private swimming pool. As for dining, French Master Chef Philippe Masseglia has made Hotel Guanahani’s kitchens his playground, and utilizes them to create and preside over inspiring French, Japanese and Italian cuisine. Just outside the doors of the hotel, St. Barts offers world class shopping, including the latest fashion trends from Europe and the finest art. The island has a lively nightlife scene with great live music and parties that continue on into the wee hours of the morning. (more…)

Monart Spa

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Exterior of Spa MonartIn the world of destination spas, there are a plethora from which to choose; undoubtedly, Monart Spa, located in Wexford, Ireland and nestled in over 100 acres of lush countryside, is among the most picturesque. With Mount Leinster providing a stunning backdrop, acres of woodland and sandy beaches nearby, and horses roaming the surrounding fields, the theme of nature is central to the ethos at Monart.

Monart Spa treatmentThe historic Monart House forms an impressive entrance to Ireland’s leading spa. Completed in 1740, Monart House is a decidedly handsome Georgian construction, with its façade built of sandstone with limestone quoins and dressings quarried from Mount Leinster. It offers spectacular views of Vinegar Hill, where the Battle of Vinegar Hill took place during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The Griffin Group, owners of Monart Spa, realized Monart House would create the perfect destination for a world class spa due to its rich heritage. An adults only environment, the spa offers luxury accommodations, delectable cuisine and an exceptional golf course, all to suit the needs of even the most discerning guests. Monart Spa fosters an environment where deep relaxation and vital rejuvenation are not only possible, but mandatory. The Monart Spa experience includes a variety of treatments utilizing the finest products to ensure remarkable results. For example, hand-harvested, certified organic seaweed is used in baths and treatments to ensure clients are exposed to nature in its purest form. You will find such ingredients in Monart Spa’s Day Spa programs, as well as their programs for longer term guests. Offered to all guests, the Thermal Suite is at the heart of the Monart experience, featuring: An indoor sauna, samarium, caldarium, kneippe cure pool, heated benches and foot baths, aromatic steam room, salt grotto, hydrotherapy pool and laconium loungers. Extended programs at Monart Spa include the Monart 4 Night/5 Day Detox Program in which the aim is to boost a client’s system and help them to reach their ideal weight; all while improving their overall health. The program is aimed at people who genuinely want to detox their system and are prepared to follow a strict regime. Included in the program: A physical evaluation with a certified instructor, an exercise program, a 5-day calorie controlled menu, daily scheduled classes, daily meetings about goals, progress and results, and a daily thermal spa experience and dry body brushing. Clients receive a full summary evaluation at the end of their stay, including instructions for follow-up. (more…)

Top 5 Sea Salt Scrub Recipes

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Salt Scrub

Sea salt is a common ingredient in beauty products because it is proven to do wonders for the health and purity of the skin. It contains minerals that exfoliate, it helps to improve circulation, flush out toxins and also reduce inflammation of the skin. Sea salt is derived from evaporated water and when mixed with essential oils, makes the ultimate natural beauty product. Using a sea salt scrub is as simple as using soap; just put some on the tip of your fingers and gently rub the skin in a circular motion. This action, done regularly over time, removes dead skin cells and reveals fresh, living skin beneath. The best part is you don’t have to buy some overpriced name-brand sea scrub; you can just make your own at home for relatively little cost. The Talk Spas editorial team is thrilled to share 5 of our favorite sea salt scrub recipes:

Rosemary & Peppermint Sea Salt Scrub


Coarse grain sea salt (2 cups)
Olive Oil (1 cup)
Liquid glycerin soap (1/4 oz.)
Rosemary essential oil (5 drops)
Peppermint essential oil (5 drops)


Heat the oil and soap in pot until warm. Then stir in the salt and add the rosemary and peppermint essential oils. Allow to cool before use. (more…)

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