Age is All the Rage

July 27th, 2010

For so many Americans, the notion of “hopping into the tub” is much easier said than done. Those with arthritis, mobility limitations, or anyone who’s suffered from the sneaky side effects of aging (like that new pain in my back I felt this morning) know that your bathroom or home spa needs to be accessible. And thanks to a number of forward-thinking manufacturers, getting older doesn’t mean losing out on a luxurious bath experience.

Forget the days of the clinical, unappealing walk-in bath. It’s true – not that long ago, stylish options for walk-in tubs were nearly non-existent. But today, you can outfit your bathroom with a walk-in tub that doesn’t disrupt your home design. Like Maax Professional’s high-concept collection of ADA-compliant showers and tubs, all of which keep you comfortable and your bath beautiful. And just because you have a new tub doesn’t mean you need to change your design tactics – compliment the wall of your bath with tiled designs as you would with any other tub. Stylish, but most importantly, safe.

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Green Feels Glorious!

July 23rd, 2010

While we’re spending our spa time saving our skin, why not save the environment at the same time? The movement towards a greener spa experience has so many positive ramifications – and like most other eco-conscious trends, it takes only small changes to make a substantial impact.Water conservation

It sounds like the simplest thing in the world but the #1 spa-thing you can do to minimize your environmental footprint is to keep your H2O usage in check. When looking for products for your home spa, keep an eye out for bath elements that emphasize low-flow or water-saving technology – it’s incredible how the most basic of eco-conscious actions can still have such a tremendous effect. Choose products identified as “WaterSense certified,” as they comply with specific guidelines identified by the Environmental Protection Agency to promote water efficiency. And while you’re saving water, keep an eye on your energy consumption too. Products that incorporate green-friendly elements, like ThermaSol’s patented SmartSteamTM technology – a temperature control feature that conserves energy by maintaining even levels of heat, and never using more power than necessary – make putting your green-foot-forward easy and effective.

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Small Bath? No Problem.

July 21st, 2010

Let’s face it – unless you had the luxury of designing your home from the ground up, or spent a month brushing your teeth at the kitchen sink while construction workers knocked down walls and descended on your W.C., chances are your bathroom isn’t the biggest room in the house. But fear not – a petite loo just might be the perfect size for infusing a lot of luxury into a little space.

LAUFEN mimo

LAUFEN mimo compact bath collection

In any compact area, the most important consideration is to make sure that everything you fill a room with is more than just “occasionally” useful. So if you don’t find yourself lounging in a bubble bath three times a week, why not skip the tub basin and opt for a shower stall? Space-saving and efficient, a shower stall can be custom-fit to your bath’s dimensions, and immediately enhances the size of the room. Amp up the luxury by installing a steam shower – ThermaSol has revolutionary steam units designed for even the tiniest bathrooms – and your days of soaking in the tub will be a distant memory.

While you’re saving ground in the shower, why not really free up some floor space and go small with other elements for the bath? Manufacturers have taken note of the shrinking trend in bath design, and have crafted gorgeous collections with a diminutive take. The mimo collection by Laufen is short in stature but huge on style, with smaller-than-norm sinks and toilets that pack a punch without monopolizing square footage. And never fear – the difference in size of the scaled-down versions is virtually unnoticeable in everyday use.

But if you’re not yet ready for a big bath overhaul, your small space can still benefit from some spacious updates. Make things feel instantly open with a lighter wall color – bright yellows, soft greens, and pastel grays are my favorites in a tiny bath. Opt for open-air shelves or cabinets – it’ll give the illusion of a bigger room, and gives you easier access to your bath knickknacks. And remember to de-clutter! The more you organize, the more space there is for you. So don’t dismiss your small bath just yet! There’s a lot of luxury to be had in even the tiniest of spaces.

Guide To Hosting A Fabulous Spa Party

July 19th, 2010

Thank you to our friends over at Spa Week Daily for asking us to write a guest post on their blog. It’s a guide to hosting a great home spa party – four tips that will ensure your next party is full of luxury and relaxation. Read the full post here.

Home Spa Party

Home Spa Party

Waiter, There’s A Spa In My Room!

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

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Go Team Steam!

July 12th, 2010
Steam Shower

Steam Shower

Steam is magic. It really is. Warm, swirling, and rife with brilliant little pockets of misty vapor – it’s by far water’s most elusive and interesting form. Still fancy yourself a skeptic? Have you tried to iron a pair of pants without the amazing power of steam? Mhmm. That’s what I thought. Steam rocks.

Beyond its abilities as a crinkle-reducer (and, of course, tea kettle indicator), steam first and foremost has incredible benefits for our bodies. After all, steam is simply a reincarnation of the element every health enthusiast would deem The Best Thing Ever: water. And if you know what a little H2O can do for our insides, it’s unbelievable what steam can do for our outsides, and beyond.

By simply stepping into a steam room, you’re immediately exposed to the fantastic healing powers of steam. For your skin, steam instantly opens pores and induces sweating (aka, nature’s toxin-releaser – one of the healthiest things your body can do), leaving skin softer, cleaner, and ultimately healthier. The heat of the room also causes a healthy elevation in heart rate and an increase in metabolism (who knew? A steam room diet!). Circulation and flexibility also skyrocket within minutes of stepping into a steam room, the result of the warm, moist air, which acts as a natural joint-relaxer. Arthritis sufferers and individuals with bone or muscle problems see amazing results from time spent in steam rooms. And despite the thickness of the atmosphere, steam rooms actually hold myriad benefits for our respiratory systems, opening up the lungs and bronchial tubes, and even aiding those with asthma and other breathing disorders, thanks to the temperature of the air and the water vapor. In addition, the relaxing effects of steam can have wonderful effects beyond our physiology – time spent in steam rooms has been shown to increase mental calm, and even act as an antidote to insomnia or other sleeping problems. Adding other elements to your steam experience – such as light exercise or yoga, skin exfoliation, or even aromatherapy – will only enhance the already-amazing health benefits of steam.

Thermasol offers a wide array of steam bath products for the home. Consider turning your shower into a steam shower and experience all the amazing benefits of steam on a daily basis.

So if you thought that a stay in a vapory paradise was just one of those spa activities to knock off your “to do” list, it just might be time to rethink steam, not only for its powers as a force of relaxation, but more importantly, as an amazing tool for your health – mind and body. See? I told you. Steam rocks!

Summer Skin Protection

June 16th, 2010

Summer is here and that means we’re all hopefully going to be taking advantage of the summer sunshine. One thing to think about when you’re soaking in the rays is the importance of protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

Summer Skin Protection

Summer Skin Protection

Some of this potential damage includes dehydrated and saggy skin caused by a loss collagen, keratin and elasticity. You’ll want to practice preventative skin care to avoid having to undergo costly laser treatments further down the road. Consider treatments that rejuvenate and hydrate the skin, as well as exfoliating treatments which unclog the skin of sun screens.

One product to consider is Thermasol’s Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol. This therapeutic Hydrosol is made from ECOCERT certified, 100% true organic quality roses, is anti-bacterial and restores the natural PH balance of your skin.

For more information visit www.thermasol.com

Thermasol Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol

Thermasol Bulgarian Rose Hydrosol

Auriga at the Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas

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.

Find more information about Auriga at www.auriga-spa.com

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

Auriga Spa Entrance

Auriga Spa Entrance

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Spa Customer Service is More Important Than Ever

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

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »


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