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Desert Oasis: The Spring Resort & Spa

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Spring Resort Day Spa

Spring Resort Day Spa

Desert Springs is one of Southern California’s most picturesque and relaxing towns. People come from all over the state, and all over the world, to enjoy the desert atmosphere, lodge in quaint and modern resorts, dine in world-class restaurants, and partake in an array of natural spa treatments. Perhaps no other resort in the region offers more to the spa enthusiast than The Spring Resort & Spa.

Epicurean Ezyme Facial

Epicurean Ezyme Facial

A magical place located on an elevated promontory overlooking Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Mountains, The Spring Resort & Spa is a retreat of ultimate rejuvenation. The resort offers guest the opportunity to relax in the shade, enjoy a warm breeze, bask in the sun by the pool, or perhaps most notably, enjoy the Earth’s hot mineral springs. On offer are 3 sparkling mineral water pools that have often been compared to the mineral springs in Baden-Baden, Germany. Fully charged with restorative properties, all you have to do is take a dip to enjoy all the curative powers they offer. The health benefits of hot springs have been well documented over the years: they are great for relieving stress through natural heat, rejuvenating the body, and relieving sore muscles and stiff joints. The springs of Desert Hot Springs are also especially rich in silica, which treats the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. In addition to offering hot spring treatments, The Springs Resort & Spa offers a great selection of massage, facials and body treatments that focus on cleansing, detoxification and rejuvenation. Specialized treatments include: the Antioxidant Salt Scrub, a detoxifying and exfoliating salt scrub, followed by a soothing green tea and lavender lotion; the Immune Boosting Buff, a light exfoliation followed by a cleansing, restoring and detoxifying lymphatic massage and light rosemary oil body glaze; and the Epicurean Enzyme Facial, a supreme enzyme that utilizes a customized enzyme exfoliant that includes the ultimate cleansing process to help refine pores, tighten and strengthen the skin.

A mere 2 hours from Los Angeles, 15 minutes from Palm Springs and within close proximity to Joshua Tree National Park, The Spring Resort & Spa should undoubtedly be at the top of your “to do” list.

The Spring Buff

The Spring Buff

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Ananda Spa

Friday, December 9th, 2011
Ananda Spa

Ananda Spa

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

The profound allure of India is well known to many Westerners; with its exotic culture, deep spirituality, it’s yogic and Ayurvedic traditions and of course, its dynamic cuisine, it’s no surprise that so many want to experience the country. India is also notable for its spa traditions, many of which utilize the aforementioned Ayurvedic tradition as the basis for their healing treatments. Perhaps no spa in India embodies the healing properties of Ayurveda more than Ananda Spa.

Situated in close proximity to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, overlooking the flowing Ganges and surrounded by the Sal Forest, there could be no more an ideal location for Ananda Spa. The road to perfect health begins within the enchanted walls of Ananda, where lifestyle is redefined through the wellness regimes of Ayurveda; this is the ultimate place to bring about the union of the mind, body and soul. When staying at Ananda Spa, guests have a variety of choices in regards to accommodation including Deluxe rooms and suites, the Ananda Suite, the Viceregal Suite, and the Villas. The Villas are named after the great mountain ranges Himalay and Shivalik, as well as the river Ganga, which sustains the people of the Valley; all rooms at Ananda Spa offer a color scheme that echoes nature and enhances serenity. Undoubtedly, the Villas satisfy the needs of even the most discerning guests. The two bedroom villas and the one 1-bedroom villa are each elegantly appointed with a living room, a pantry for the butler, a dressing room and a huge bathroom featuring a private sauna and views of the swimming pool. Of course, it’s the “spa” in Ananda Spa that is the main draw and with 24,000 square feet of space and a spa menu that boasts over 79 body and beauty treatments, guests never want for anything here. Integrating Ayurvedic healing with a more modern Western spa approach, Ananda Spa strives to help clients achieve harmony between their physical and mental realms. For those individuals who are seeking to reduce and eliminate stress, cleanse and detoxify, lose weight, reverse aging, or simply to experience a deep state of relaxation, they could not choose more wisely than Ananda. Onsite Ayurvedic physicians and nutritionists guide each client through a thorough evaluation and treatments based on their wants and needs. The ultimate goal is to bring each client’s Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas – the three vital energies in the body – into balance. How is this achieved? A typical stay for a guest might include and Ayurvedic and Wellness Consultation to help understand their unique energy and current imbalances. Based on the physician’s findings, he will create a diet, yoga and treatment program to bring the client more balance and energy. Treatments may include: Sirodhara, where luke warm herbal oil is poured in an even stream on to the forehead to pacify and revitalize the mind and the body; Abhyanga, a traditional synchronized full body massage given by two experienced Ayurvedic therapists using sesame oil; Pizhichil, an indulgent, rejuvenating experience, during which lukewarm herbal oils anoint the entire body; and/or Choornaswedan, where therapeutic sweating is induced by the application of warmed herbal poultices. Whatever the treatment may be, it is certain to be custom designed to maximize the client’s needs.

The ancient healing traditions of India offer an alternative to modern medicine; modern medicine can at times be hard on the body and administered in an impersonal way. Ananda Spa brings an unrivaled personal touch to their guests and anyone who pays a visit will undoubtedly leave with their body, mind and soul feeling refreshed and renewed.

Spa Fit for a Sultan: Nickel NYC Men’s Spa & Salon

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

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

If you’re a man and you’ve never been to a spa that is dedicated exclusively to the pampering and grooming of men, then you’re missing out. If you make the decision to go to one, perhaps you should consider Nickel NYC Men’s Spa & Salon. A relaxed masculine environment well versed in the spa arts, you couldn’t hope to receive better care and treatment anywhere else.

Nickel Spa

Nickel Spa for Men in New York City

Situated in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, Nickel was founded in 1996 when it dawned on the owners that men needed their own spa in which to retreat and rejuvenate. At the time, masculine beauty was somewhat uncharted territory and the opening of Nickel was rather groundbreaking. Nickel created a comfortable environment for men and helped make it socially acceptable for them to treat themselves to facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and host of other pampering services. Furthermore, they made it so that a trip to the spa was as easy as a trip to the barber. Nickel also pioneered a men’s, no nonsense, high performance skincare range, often marketed with a sense of funkiness and whimsy; for example, their famed Morning After Rescue Gel was sold as the ultimate hangover product to restore beauty to the hair. Today, their products can be found on Amazon and in stores all over the world. Nickel’s hair salon offers men a full service experience including cut, color, highlight and free touch ups within two weeks of a hair cut. Nickel’s spa offers the ultimate range of treatments for men. Specialty massages include: the Destress Muscle Release, a deeply restorative treatment specifically designed for tight, stressed and aching muscles, which incorporates Swedish and cross muscle fiber massage techniques (60 minutes – $115); the Jet-Lag Treatment, an enlivening and rejuvenating massage using physical manipulation to transport you quickly into the right time zone and get your body back in business (60 minutes – $110); and the Aromatherapy Experience, combining the power of pure essential oils with a specialized massage drawn from the traditions of both East and West, concentrating on the back, scalp, face, neck, shoulders and feet (60 minutes – $110). Nickel addresses men’s unique skin care needs with treatments including: the Complete Facial, which deeply cleanses and exfoliates your specific skin type (60 minutes – $110
); the Super Moisturizing Facial, designed for skin experiencing a pre-mature aged look from sun exposure, city pollution, poor diet or even from a little too much partying (60 minutes – $115); and the Touch of Youth Facial, a complete facial plus 50% more treatments that include an anti-aging mask to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (90 minutes – $130). Nickel also offers men a full range of “man-scaping” services including waxing and body trim.

Undoubtedly, Nickel is one of the very best spas in the United States for men. Additionally, Nickel has spas in Paris, on Rue Francs Bourgeois, and in London’s Covent Garden. For those of you men who want to up the level of care you provide yourself, you can hardly go wrong with Nickel.

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Kaya Spa

Monday, August 1st, 2011

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

The Kaya Spa

The Kaya Spa

When you think of exotic and luxurious spa getaways, perhaps Nairobi, Kenya is not the first locale that pops into your mind. However, at Kaya Spa, situated within Tribe Hotel in the city’s Diplomatic District, exotic and luxurious are exactly what you’ll get (more…)

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…)

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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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…)

Separate Spas: Penn and ScarJo Part Ways

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Wellness Men's Day Spa, Manhattan

Wellness Men's Day Spa, Manhattan

Celebrities are a fickle bunch; it was only a few weeks ago that we profiled the romantic spa getaway Hollywood hellraiser Sean Penn and his young lover, Scarlett Johannsen, experienced together at the historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California. Alas, word of their recent and inevitable split has left fans and admirers wondering with whom the two stars will end up in the arms of next. We can only imagine the crash and burn of their whirlwind romance has taken its toll on them, so to prep them to once again be lucky in love, we have separate spa suggestions for each of them. And we’ve even carefully selected spas on two different coasts to avoid the faux pas of Penn and ScarJo running into each other.

For Penn, we’ve chosen the Wellness Men’s Day Spa in Manhattan. New York, with its lively nightlife and beautiful women, is the ideal place for the renowned playboy to get his mind off ScarJo. When he’s not busy partying or sleeping, he can check in to a VIP Room at the Wellness Men’s Day Spa to relax and find balance with some Eastern inspired relaxation therapies. The 60-minute Intense Wellness Treatment utilizes Marine sediments and Green tea to help detoxify, promote weight loss and purify the skin. It’s notable for combating toxins and free radicals in the system. Penn could also opt for a 75-minute Chakra Massage that combines deep-tissue techniques with ancient Ayurvedic philosophy; Ayurveda recognizes seven chakras, or spinning energy centers, along the spine, that contribute to one’s sense of well-being. Afterwards, Penn could treat himself to hot sandwiches, cold salads and wine or beer at the bar. Now that’s a man’s spa getaway!

The Lounge Spa, Los Angeles

The Lounge Spa, Los Angeles

For ScarJo, we’ve selected The Lounge Spa, right in the heart of Los Angeles. The Lounge Spa claims that their “red velvet ropes are open to everyone.” That’s great, but we’re sure ScarJo’s charms will help her get an extra special treatment. The Lounge Spa’s massage treatments mostly have playful cocktail themed names and in light of ScarJo’s recent heartbreak, perhaps their Soothe Your Soles on the Rocks massage is ideal. The 2-minute treatment utilizes heated lava stones that loosen up the soles before being massaged on specific pressure points to ease tension and improve circulation. In order to keep her face looking extra appealing for her next actor-boyfriend, ScarJo could opt for a Citrus Squeeze Facial 
that incorporates pure Vitamin C, lightening ingredients and powerful antioxidants, leaving her skin luminous, healthy and vibrant. The Lounge Spa also offers a private lounge area for VIP parties, so ScarJo could decide to invite her gal friends for the ultimate spa break. Now that’s a spa getaway fit for a starlet!

Breaking up is hard to do, but with a great spa to fall back on, Penn and ScarJo will be back in the game in no time at all.


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