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Spa Town: Baden-Baden is Anything but Bad

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010


Picture in your head a town with a sophisticated, cosmopolitan flair, dotted with green parks and blooming gardens, filled with people who revel in culture, food and drink – and well, you’ve pretty much named half the towns in Europe. But add to that a centuries-old reputation as one of the continent’s most chic spa towns, and you have Baden-Baden.

Less than 40 miles northeast of Strasbourg, France and nestled in the charming Black Forest Region of Germany, the town of Baden-Baden literally translates to “Bath, Bath” – how’s that for emphasis? The ancient Romans knew of the wondrous, healing springs present in Baden-Baden and the emperor, Caracalla, somewhat of a bath addict, made the journey there to soothe his arthritis. In the Middle Ages, the town fell into ruin, but in 1112, it was resurrected by German nobility who made the town their home. The region again faced hardship during the Thirty Years’ War starting in the early 1600’s, but today Baden-Baden is without a doubt the summer capital of Europe and the epitome of the lap of luxury.


Chill Out! Your Guide to Cold Spa Treatments

Monday, December 6th, 2010
Cold Spa Treatment

Kneipp Pool and Ice Fountain at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Imagine lying in the sand on a hot summer day, the warmth of the beach rising around you – knowing that absolutely nothing would feel better than diving head first into the cool ocean. Sound familiar? It should. That’s because of all the stimuli our bodies respond to, the results effected by a change in temperature are amongst the most powerful to our physiology. And that’s the science behind the growing trend in cold spa treatments.

The term “cold spa treatments” is slightly misleading, as such services rarely just involve the use of “cold.” Typically, they incorporate a combination of heat and freeze to generate positive health results and relaxation. Blood circulation is directly connected to the expansion and constriction of our arteries and vessels, as dictated by the temperature around us. Therefore, drastic changes in the thermostat of our atmosphere can have an amazing impact on our body’s functions, including circulation, metabolism, and our ability to detoxify. Cold spa therapy treatments also promote balance, deep relaxation, and help to minimize inflammation and recovery from injury.

Top 5 Luxury Spas in Africa

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Everyone knows Africa is an incredible destination for climbs up Mt. Kilimanjaro, wildlife safaris and rugged treks through the bush. But did you know that the continent offers world-class spa destinations, too? Each year, seekers of deep relaxation therapies make their way to the likes of Morocco, Kenya and numerous other African countries in order to receive some of the best spa treatments the world has to offer. A spa retreat in Africa can be an experience like none other, affording you the opportunity to experience a country rich in culture and biodiversity, while at the same time receiving highly unique spa treatments utilizing local products and native techniques. When planning a spa vacation, Africa is well worth considering.

Here are 5 of the top luxury spas in Africa:

1) La Mamounia Spa (Marrakesh, Morocco)

La Mamounia Spa

La Mamounia Spa (Marrakesh, Morocco)

Within the Medina walls of the city, there is an inviting staircase that leads down into this 27,000 square foot luxury spa. The nine treatment rooms, each one minimalist and lit by lanterns, are the ultimate zones of comfort and pampering. Therapists offer massages, scrubs and facials with local products including Rhassoul clay, argan oil and black soap.


What is a Body Polish?

Monday, November 29th, 2010
Body Polish

Body Polish

Not long ago, I was a complete novice when it came to body polishes. Was it a massage, I asked myself? No, my spa mavens told me. Was I going to be laden in creams that would clog my pores? Negative, they reported, astonished that I had yet to try the mother-of-all body treatments. Turns out that a body polish – which always sounded to me more like a car repair service than a body regimen – is one of the most luxurious and refreshing spa activities one can indulge in. Just take it from the newly converted.


Happy Feet: Top Foot Massages

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Foot massageAll day long, we rely on our feet to take us safely (and quickly) from Point A to Point B. Walking, running, strolling – occasionally in the highest of heels – we put a lot of pressure on our soles, and spas have taken notice that our feet deserve more than your basic TLC. This makes the timing of two new spa packages at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York more apropos – or, in this case, apro-toe – than ever.

Indulge your tired feet with Mohonk Mountain’s High Heeler or the Man on the Go treatments, featuring invigorating foot rubs and massages combined with exercise techniques to stretch aching feet and calves, and reinvigorate your lower limbs. Peppermint-infused oils leave your toes fresh all over, and help bring life back to overworked feet.

On tap at the Chuan Spa’s many international destinations (including locations in Boston and Pasadena) is Tips and Toes, a luxurious 90-minute treatment that works magic from top to bottom. A scalp massage and hand wrap lead into Feet Retreat, Chuan’s solution to the pain of high heels. Designed to enhance circulation and relieve pressure and tension,

Feet Retreat features an aromatic foot compress, an oil and herbal salt-infused rub process, a peppermint, lemon and cypress foot mask, and a relaxing foot massage.
Our feet are our personal transportation to everything. And for all we put them through, they deserve as much pampering as they can get! Look out for foot-focused spa packages and treatments popping up all over the place, so you can put your best foot forward.

Nature Calls: Spas In Touch With Nature

Monday, September 20th, 2010

What’s more relaxing than the soothing sights and sounds of nature? According to a new spa trend, absolutely nothing! As we head towards autumn, it seems that nature is popping up all over the place, in spa design, materials, and treatments. It’s a trend that encourages a unique application of resources, and focuses on the amazing natural elements of diverse geographies.

At the Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas, both local and foreign flora inspire the extensive spa menu. And starting October 1, a slew of new, nature-based treatments will hit the scene. The highly anticipated Bamboo Bliss massage incorporates relaxation tools crafted from real bamboo, heated and infused with aromatherapy oils for ultimate soothing. Also on the menu are treatments with a more regional hint of nature, like the Texas Sage Herbal Infusion, an invigorating treat for your skin. Dessert sage clay is used to create a revitalizing face mask, and wild Texas sage and lavender are infused in a comforting body wrap. But if it’s true Texas nature you’re after, the Best of the Southwest body scrub and massage uses an unexpected source – local mesquite – to refresh and hydrate skin.

Lake Austin Spa

Lake Austin Spa


Waiter, There’s A Spa In My Room!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Architecture is inspired by all types of things – shapes from nature, eras in history, foreign cultures – but the newest trend in hotel design is really getting me steamed. Spa design in hotel rooms is the latest incorporation of the spa-world into our daily lives. A stunning example of this fusion is the Tcherassi Hotel + Spa in Cartagena, Colombia, a first-time collaboration between Colombian fashion icon Silvia Tcherassi and the Miami-based CF Hospitality. Lush, gorgeous rooms (there are only seven of them in the whole hotel) are adorned in lovely pastels, soft wood accents, and hints of glass and mirror, to truly convey the spa-within-a-room aesthetic. Sundecks, soaking tubs, double sinks, and rainshower fixtures are just some of the features available in-room at Tcherassi’s paradise resort.

Tcherassi Hotel Entrance

Tcherassi Hotel Entrance


Auriga at the Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Occasionally we will be sent stories of spa experiences from our readers that are particularly memorable. We read about an experience at the Auriga spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico that reached that level of relaxation and revitalization that all spas seek to achieve and thought we should share it.

By: A fellow spa goer

There are spas…and then, there are spas. And the Capella Pedregal’s Auriga Spa in Cabo San Lucas certainly falls into the latter. Promising to not only transform but to transcend the spirits, this is one destination that delivers relaxation on a whole new level.

The realization that this is an environment like no other begins when you walk through the enormous center-hinged pivoting solid wood door. Flanked by a long hallway glowing with candles in amber votives, you weave your way into warmly lit rooms, styled from both Mexican and Mid Eastern influences. Here, your comfort is their only concern. Relaxation rooms, stocked with premium teas and healthy refreshments, are designed for ultimate luxury and rest. And what’s standard fare for most spas – pool, steam and sauna rooms, cold room – is simply the beginning at Auriga, as evidenced by the stunning entrance to their saltwater pool, adorned with stepping stones gushing with running water.

But the amenities are just the beginning. The true healing starts with one of the many treatments from Auriga’s extensive menu of spa services. Designed to “restore and rejuvenate the skin while relaxing the body and mind,” my Cocoon treatment was simply a taste of heaven. The two-hour package begins with an herb-infused foot bath, followed by two types of invigorating body scrubs, a rinse-off, and finally, a warm seashell massage. At the end of this treatment, I kid you not – not only was my skin glowing but my senses were transported into a state of relaxation so rarely achieved by a spa experience. It was then, in the warm after-glow of my experience at Auriga, that I knew what a magical place this was, and how this could be one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had with a spa.

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If you’ve had a similar transcendent spa experience please tell us about it in the comments.

Auriga Spa Entrance

Auriga Spa Entrance


Spa Customer Service is More Important Than Ever

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I read an interesting post on the NY Times business blog about how a spa owner in Mt. Kisco, NY let negative energy bring down the spa’s atmosphere, and in turn the spa’s sales. It got me thinking about spa services and how they are delivered is so important right now. Spas may seem like a non-essential luxury in these tough economic times, but we have seen that many people actually view a visit to the spa as a more affordable way to treat one’s self as opposed to purchasing large ticket items like a pricey new car. Spa treatments are also a great way to relax and relieve stress in these stressful times.

Spa Customer Service

Exemplary Customer Service


Winners of the Best Spa Designs at the Middle East Spa Awards

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The Middle East Spa Awards were announced at the Hotel Show 2010 at the Dubai World Trade Center on Wednesday, May 19th where many designs and innovations are revealed and awarded. Take a look at the three winners of the Best Spa Designs and let us know what you think by commenting below.

Winner- Bliss Spa, W Hotel, Doha

Bliss Spa

Bliss Spa

Bliss Spa

Bliss Spa

Bliss Spa Lounge

Bliss Spa Lounge

Just imagine: Carrot and Sesame Body Buff-booking concierges, Hot Milk and Almond Pedicure and wake-up calls, Triple Oxygen Treatment and turndown service-that’s just the start of the brilliant Bliss®/W Doha mix. (more…)

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