Take Your Home Spa Outdoors

June 23rd, 2009

Many homeowners today are asking themselves why only make their indoor living space as luxurious as possible? Why not move some of the luxury outside with fine landscaping, a new pool, a grotto, outdoor shower, waterfall, fireplace, bar & grill, hot tub, sauna, with a detached gym compete with its own steam shower. Especially in the summer months, with outdoor entertaining, the pleasure one can receive from a beautiful outdoor spa is immeasurable.

A Beautiful Outside Spa

Outdoor Spa

By adding many of these features to your home you will not only be increasing the property of your home, but you will also be increasing your quality of life as well as the quality of life of your guests when you are kind enough to invite them to partake in the outdoor spa activities. If you are primarily concerned with increasing your property’s value chose to invest in a quality landscape design, outdoor living space, covered patio, water features or potentially a new or custom pool.

For those of you who have a large outdoor space to work with, my personal favorite outdoor spa feature would have to be the creation of a small, circular lazy river or wave pool that allows you to float around with the motion of the river or tide. Another creative, yet much more inexpensive spa feature would be the creation of a lush, tropical oasis complete with misters that serve to cool you while watering your mini rain forest. Not only will the plants shower you with fresh and healthy Oxygen, but the mist combined with any shade from their foliage will keep you cool in the hot summer months while you enjoy your favorite iced cocktail.

Show Off Your Spa!

June 22nd, 2009

Here at Talk Spas.com we have a feature that allows our visitors to show off their hard work by submitting pictures of their own home spas: Submit Your Spa Project. So far we have had a number of submission, and each has been special and glorious in its own way.

Now is your chance to show off your own Home Spa!

Whirlpool Tub

Whirlpool Tub

We are asking everyone who has done a remodel, renovation, upgrade or even purchased a home with a spectacular master bathroom or home spa to submit their own oasis.

One of the first submissions we had was from a visitor who submitted their pictures of their new master bathroom, which now includes a steam shower, whirlpool tub, beautiful new tiling and clapboards and his & her vanity sinks. This home is located in Southern California and is a nice, elegant take on the home spa with a number of luxurious amenities. We have chosen this home spa as the spa project of the month and have featured it in our “Featured Spa Project” section of the website. Take a look at this project and maybe you’ll get some ideas for your own bathroom.

Stay tuned for more featured projects and please keep the submissions coming!

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June 19th, 2009

Super Soakers – Soaking Tubs

June 18th, 2009

Super Soakers: Soaking Tubs that allow you to Soak in Style

The bathtub has become the showcase element of the home spa, thanks to a proliferation of unique new textures, materials, shapes and sizes. From thousand-pound tubs hand-chiseled out of blocks of stunning silver travertine extracted from quarries across the globe, to soaking tubs swathed in clusters of Swarovski crystals, there is no limit to the length people will go to soak in style.

Soaking Tub

Palomba Soaking Tub

One of the most interesting new trends in tubs is that of unique shapes. The freestanding, drop-in tubs from the Palomba Collection by Laufen were designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba and showcase organic shapes in ceramic. In producing the design for a freestanding tub, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba took their cues from the sea and refers to it as a “fingerprint of nature.” While the walls of the tub are of constant thickness, the bottom of the tub looks as though a cube has been rounded out – like the erosive effect of water.

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The Biggest Sauna in the World

June 17th, 2009

The Biggest Sauna in the World: Therme Erding

Ouside view of Largest Sauna in the World

Ouside view of Largest Sauna in the World

Therme Erding, just north of Munich, was voted Germany’s best sauna in the online sauna guide. This unique spa features 18 saunas with different themes and temperatures spanning from 95 degrees Fahrenheit to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. They offer a rose sauna and citrus scented sauna for aromatherapy as well as a mediation sauna. There is even a Finnish log cabin sauna with kelo wood walls and a fireplace. Plenty of showers and cold bathtubs help to cool visitors off after all the heat and steam treatments. One shower is in the shape of a 15 foot tall bundle of calla lilies and spouts 80 gallons of water.

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Top 5 New Getaway Spas

June 16th, 2009

This summer many vacationers are treating themselves to nothing but the best rest and relaxation they can afford. Here are some new spas that will allow you to forget your troubles and escape to  more comfortable and magical surroundings. Below are the top 5 new getaway spas with locations all over the world.

1 . Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La – Vancouver, Canada – This is the first spa at a Shangri-La Hotel that exists outside of the Asia Pacific region. It is located in the beautiful Canadian city of Vancouver. The spa’s décor features ornate wooden doors, plenty of votive candles, luxurious wood paneling and its design and treatments incorporate the five elements of Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Chi offers a two hour Element Vitality treatment with sound therapy, a Swedish massage and acupressure. The salon also offers “Chi Journeys,” which is a mix of treatments in one package. There are also saunas, a ginger bar and outdoor pool at the Shangri-La. Shangri-La Spa Vancouver

Shangri-La Vancouver

Shangri-La Vancouver

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The Cultural Progression of the Spa

June 11th, 2009
Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

The integration of a steam shower is one of the most popular luxury amenities to hit the housing industry. After all, it is a bathing ritual that has been historically practiced from Turkey to Russia, Finland and even by the American Indians.

The Turkish Steam Bath, or Hammam, serves as a social gathering place and ritual cleansing site, as well as an architectural structure. It is a cultural fusion of community, design and the art of relaxation. In a Turkish bath, one relaxes in a warm room and moves to a hotter room, before they conclude the ritual with a splash of cold water.

Similar to the Turkish Hammam, the Russian Banyas (steam houses) usually have three rooms: entrance room, steam room and washing room. The entrance room, called a predbannik or pre-bath, is a room in which to de-robe. Before bathers enter the steam room, a bucket of water is poured over heated rocks in the stove. Bathers often add aromatherapy scents to the water. The washing room features a hot water tap that uses water heated by the steam room stove, as well as a tap for cold water so that it can be mixed to a comfortable temperature for washing.

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New ThermaSol SteamSuite Series

June 11th, 2009
Steam Suite Plus Controls

Steam Suite Plus Controls

The new ThermaSol SteamSuite Basic Package and ThermaSol SteamSuite Plus Package are new to the market and are affordable steam shower systems that are designed to appeal to all homeowners. The Basic Package includes a Deluxe Steamhead, Time and Temperature Control, and five year “no questions asked” warranty. The price range is $1,099 – $1,760, depending on the size of the shower. The steam generator can be plumbed 50 feet away from the shower enclosure and the system ensures constant steam at a constant rate.

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Recreate the Fitness Club Spa in Your Own Bathroom

June 10th, 2009

Bring the Spa Bath from your Fitness Club Home

gymAny fitness buff will choose one gym over another because of its amenities and pampering perks. However, who wouldn’t be enticed by the relaxing oases that are being integrated into upscale gyms everyday? From eucalyptus-scented steam rooms to powerful rain canopy showerheads and sunken-in spas with body-contouring jet systems – these luxurious benefits are strategically-placed in gym bathrooms to keep their customers coming back. However, this same serene scene can be recreated in your home bathroom, and will work just as well at easing stress and releasing tension from tight muscles. Read the rest of this entry »

Honey Conditioner Recipes

June 10th, 2009

honeyHoney or molasses hair treatments are an easy way to treat and condition dry hair when you are relaxing in your home spa (not recommended for public spas for obvious reasons). These treatments take the natural ingredients of honey (which will lighten your hair slightly so use molasses to avoid this side effect), to condition your hair, its roots and your scalp. If your hair has been damaged through blow drying, curling and hairspray these recipes will give it back its natural color, moisture, body and shine, all while giving you an excuse to relax in your bath or home spa. Read the rest of this entry »


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