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International Spas

Friday, August 7th, 2015

There’s a reason you can make the word “spa” from the letters in “passport.” That’s because international spa culture is such an incredible thing to explore. Whether it’s going to Bangkok for a true Thai massage (or, as they call it there, a “massage”) or indulging in a rejuvenating Venetian hot water bath, the spa-ternational world has so much to offer. Pack light, as we embark on this journey spanning the world of spa…remember, you’ll be filling your suitcase with inspiration! (Ooh, how touchy-feely of us!)

the-palmsOur trip begins in an area already well-known for its relaxative qualities: the Caribbean. But at The Spa at Regents Palms Turks & Caicos “relaxative” takes on a whole new accent. Their 90-minute “Zareeba” (an African term meaning “protected enclosure”) is a whole-body detoxification ritual that uses therapeutic herbs in conjunction with herbal steam to Zen you out, head-to-toe. Your Zareeba ends with a cooling wrap and body massage to release the toxins unearthed in the steam session. We think you’ll be saying “Turks and OK-cos.”

wine-lodge4And while we’re in the western hemisphere, let’s hop down to Argentina, where just outside Mendoza City (right near the Chilean border) is Cavas Wine Lodge, an acclaimed hotel, restaurant, and spa most notable for its unique regional treatment: vinotherapy. Whether you opt for a “Crushed Malbec Scrub” or a “Torrontés Wine Wrap” (yes, those are spa services, not appertifs), this is an international spa ritual that we most definitely want to toast. Cavas embraces the restorative power of grapes, with their age-defying, free-radical-combatting qualities, and offers visitors four wine-inspired treatments (including a red wine bubble bath!).

four-seasonsAlright, it’s flight time. Jet with us across the Pacific as we swing into Thailand, or more specifically, Chiang Mai, the largest city in the northern half of the country. And on this (imaginary) international spaventure, we’re making the Four Seasons our home base, to try out their Chakra Blessings treatments. In Hindu tradition, a chakra (which is Sanskrit for “wheel” or “disc”) is an aspect of your spiritual self, as realized in your physical body. They are described as “energy points” along the spinal column through which our life force flows; having ones chakras in balance is said to indicate the pinnacle of emotional and physical health. At the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, the well-being of ones chakras is the primary goal of their services. Treatments include targeted chakra sessions (different techniques that focus on individual chakras, like the Heart Chakra, which combines a Himalayan salt foot wash with a poppyseed scrub and a tuberose soak) as well as chakra massages designed for specific areas of the mind/body. The concept of aligning ones chakras is by no means exclusive to eastern geography. (ThermaSol’s Solitude App, which requires no frequent flyer miles to access, bases its Chromatherapy system on chakras, assigning a color and a quality – like Courage or Perception – to each part of the body. However, an entire spa devoted to chakra health is most certainly out of this world (or, at least, out of this country).

veneziaCanals schmanals. Let’s start a new trend: going to Venice for their spa rituals! Like those found at the Venezia Spa at the Abano Grand Hotel  – a beautiful getaway featuring specialized treatments that embrace the topography and agriculture of the Venetian region. With seven rooms and saunas each named for a local area (like “Campo d’Argilla,” or “Clay Field”), Venezia Spa couples basic techniques, like dry heat rooms and steam baths, with natural elements, such as muds, salts, and black soaps, to provide guests with an organic spa experience that has a pure connection to the surrounding geography. Thermal water treatments, wooden saunas brimming with eucalyptus (a throwback reference to Venice’s maritime history), and mint-based aromatherapy rooms are just a few ways Venezia Spa gives international spas a great name.

While there still is no place like home (which is where, of course, you have your ThermaSol Steam Shower ready and waiting for you every morning/afternoon/night, ready to relax and rejuvenate you at a moment’s notice), the international spa scene certainly proves that there’s no place like, well, the world. Adventuring through international spa life can take you on an amazing journey that goes beyond clear skin, scrubbed toes, or aligned chakras; it is truly a window into the world, one that allows us to explore other cultures through an organic and wonderfully unique lens. Wine bath, anyone?

Spas for Men

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Though the lumberjack style of bearded man reigns supreme, it has become quite evident that this is simply a front. Today’s men are becoming more and more enthralled with the concept of self-pampering and are now attending spas in record numbers. Indeed, while you see these tough-looking fellows marching down the streets in their flannel shirts and blue jeans, flexing their muscles, looking oh so comfortable, the stark reality is that they haven’t just chopped down a 50ft tree to construct their new log cabin; they’ve been at the spa!

Truth be told, spas are wonderful facilities that offer all sorts of comforting and relaxing activities that not only rejuvenate the body, but also set the mind at ease. Traditionally, they offered a bit of respite for women and allowed them to indulge in all sorts of pleasing and soothing practices; mud baths, massages, steam rooms, saunas, and placing cucumber slices over their eyes. All these practices have been refined over the years to help preserve youthful beauty and place the mind in spiritual wellbeing.

Modern man has taken note. Of course the men of today have become more focused on their appearance, and with research into the benefits of mental stability and overcoming anxiety and stress, placing your mind at ease has never been of more importance. Past practices like drinking and smoking to calm a man’s nerves have been clearly ousted as unhealthy and liable to cause all sorts of health problems. Spas bring about calm, naturally soothing refreshment, and they are catering more and more to male customers.

The Gendarmerie Boutique and Spa

Normal procedures like massages, steam rooms, and saunas are still commonplace, but these male spas also offer extended options like hair grooming, hair removal, hand and foot care, as well as a wide variety of body treatments. One popular spa in West Hollywood is the Gendarmerie, featuring big-screen TV’s and overstuffed leather chairs catering to masculine style. Popular services include hair waxing, facial enhancement, body treatments, and of course, massage.

Another hip LA location catering to men is Hammer & Nails, also in West Hollywood. Similarly themed chairs and TV’s speak to the masculine nature of this place. Additionally, each chair comes with a pair of headphones, allowing visitors to jam to whatever music they so choose, so long as they don’t keep rhythm with their hands or feet, because here is the store’s point of business. In this trendy location, men can have their hands and feet tended to through manicures and pedicures without feeling out of place as they would in a typically female-oriented nail salon.

Across the country in New York City lies the Kiehl’s Spa 1851, with a focus on precision shaves complete with moisturizing oils and creams, and even a eucalyptus-scented towel for softening the hairs in between lathering. The spa also offers body treatments and waxing, as well as a wide variety of nourishing lotions and products to enhance a man’s features and preserve a youthful appearance. Inspired by an apothecary in the neighborhood during the mid 19th century, Kiehl’s Spa 1851 strives to provide nourishment of more modern times, to men.

The stigma that surrounded a man treating himself to a day at the spa has seemingly vanished as more and more men discover just how wonderful and beneficial this experience can be. Just a few years ago, male visits to spas made up just 10% of the total clientele; now that number has expanded to more than a third of all spa visitors!

There’s no shame these days for men seeking the relaxing enjoyment of attending a spa, and as greater numbers of facilities gear themselves to cater to male visitors, the practice will only become more common. It’s really a surprise that men have withheld themselves from such pleasing delights for so long, but as our population strives for further gender equality, men are discovering things historically reserved for women that can benefit them too. It’s quite evident that the modern spa is one which caters to both sexes, offering the same relaxation and mood-enhancing experiences to suit both the man and woman of present times.

Chi Spa at Shangri-La Villingili Resort in Maldives

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

For many people looking to escape one of the most brutal winters in history even just seeing the Shangri-La Villingili Resort’s Chi Spa in Maldives will give a moment of relief from the cold and the snow. Others may not be so happy to see this tropical setting with a magnificent spa. We decided to take a chance and bring you some information about this amazing Resort and Spa in case you’re looking to book your vacation next winter!

This is an amazingly luxurious spa that offers treatments and scenery like none other. The treatments are very unique and all based on the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. From a private and romantic villa toCowrie shell massages right on the water, the Chi Spa will provide you with an experience and memories to last a lifetime.

For more information visit Shangri-La.com

CHI- The Spa village

CHI- The Spa village

Spa treatment

Spa treatment

CHI- The Spa treatment villa

CHI- The Spa treatment villa

Cowrie Shell Massage

Cowrie Shell Massage

Ayurvedic Spa Treatment

Ayurvedic Spa Treatment

New Luxury Spa in Las Vegas

Monday, December 7th, 2009
Spa Room

Spa Room

A new spa that has just opened in Las Vegas is in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, which is located at the entrance of CityCenter.  This 47-story hotel is special because although it is in the center of the gambling world, it is a non-gaming hotel that will allow you to be at the center of the action without being surrounded by a casino. The hotel itself brings spectacular accommodations, superlative dining, and an unparalleled spa. The hotel and spa were designed by the award-winning architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, with contemporary interior design by Adam D. Tihany.

Spa Suite

Spa Suite

The two-level, 27,000-square-foot Spa and Pool at Mandarin Oriental are located on the sixth and seventh floors. The spa provides a tranquil environment and a completely holistic experience based on the union of modern techniques and Eastern traditions.  The spa has 17 treatment rooms, multiple relaxation and water experiences, an expansive Fitness Center and dedicated yoga studio. The building itself is also designed to withstand the heat of the desert in a sustainable manner by reducing solar heat gain and through conserving energy. The façade system of the hotel accounts for about 9 percent of the building’s total energy savings, while the interior of the hotel and spa use sustainable products and practices to conserve water and energy in a manner that doesn’t affect your luxurious experience .

Spa Facial

Spa Facial

The spa has an extensive menu including everything from Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapies which combines an in depth consultation, with Traditional Chinese Medicine, essential oils and ancient massage techniques; to a detoxifying foot spa in which you will experience a Chinese Spearmint foot bath and natural exfoliation with Jute Fiber Mini Mitt and Lemongrass soap. The large list of treatments and amenities goes on and on with spa suites for couples, aromatherapy, massages, facials, mens treatments and manicures & pedicures and much more.

Mens Treatments

Mens Treatments

In celebration of its debut, the hotel has created a special opening offer for guests looking to make the most of their Vegas visit and experience the luxurious, new property. Valid through February 28, 2010, the “We ‘Fan’ Vegas” package will provide one night of complimentary accommodations in conjunction with one or more consecutive paid nights of stay. Rates for the opening offer start at $545 and reservations are subject to availability. The hotel’s 392 spacious and chic guest rooms and suites can be reserved directly by phone: (888) 881-9578, E-mail: molas-reservations@mohg.com or via the hotel’s direct online reservations service at www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas.

5 Amazing Destination Spas in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Planning a trip this fall or winter? If so, you might want to look at the below list of destination spas and resorts to add to your vacationing plans. Here are just a few of our favorite luxury spas in the United States:

Spa Chakra

Spa Chakra

Formerly known as Cornelia Day Resort, the Spa Chakra on Fifth is located on the prestigious Fifth Avenue in New York City. This spa features 60 therapeutic treatments for the face and body at one of Manhattan’s finest hair salons. The spa’s design, decor and surroundings are magnificent and the treatments are amazing. They use products from the June Jacobs Collection which are all natural, while being paraben and preservative free. If you are looking for the best of the best when it comes to Age Defying Enhanced Facials, this is the place to get the best treatment that will leave you looking flawless and just ecstatic about the results from your treatment.

Eleven Spa

Eleven Spa

If you’re looking for more of a glitzy and glamorous spa then you HAVE to take a trip to the Eleven Spa in Las Vegas. As one of the top spas in Vegas, the unique design of the spa alone is worth going for. Like everything in Vegas, this luxury spa is big, boasting 20,000 square feet and located on the Vegas strip in the 1.5 million square foot lifestyle center known as the Town Square. The spa has amazing features such as a fantasy pool area with crystal chandeliers that drip into the water, twenty-eight treatment rooms, six makeup stations, a signature brow bar and more. This is definitely a spa experience you will never forget.

Element Spa

Element Spa

The Elements Spa in Vernon, New Jersey was rated the #1 spa in New Jersey and was among the top 30 spas in the US. This luxury spa is a very special Shangri la, where the healing powers of the earth have been incorporated into breathtaking design and rejuvenating services. The interior of Elements Spa brings the beauty of the outdoors in, with hand-painted earthscape walls sparkling with bits of mica, textured stone surfaces, illuminated rice paper artwork, hammered copper fixtures, natural fabrics and truly unique rainwalls, dripping with thousands of silver beads.  The spa offers special golfer-friendly massages and pedicures. The signature treatment is the “Elemental Journey,” a salt scrub followed by a lounge in a soaking tub with its own little waterfall which is big enough for two. The spa has all the amenities of a large resort, including a nearby fitness center and seven heated indoor and outdoor regular pools. The spa also offers consultations with plastic surgeons upon request.

Canyon Ranch Spa

Canyon Ranch Spa

The Canyon Ranch Spa in Las Vegas is another must visit spa. We love this spa and wrote about it earlier this year (Canyon Ranch Spa). There are two Canyon Ranch spas in Vegas, one at the Venetian and one at The Palazzo. The luxury of this calming retreat incorporates the philosophy of a premier health vacation resort with their rejuvenating facials, soothing body treatments, relaxing massages, energizing fitness classes and expert salon finishing touches.

Mayflower Spa

Mayflower Spa

The Mayflower Inn & Spa is located in Washington, Connecticut, only two hours from New York, and is perfect for those who prefer a cozy, traditional, New Englander feel to their spa.  Here you can choose several ways to access an experience that provides the finest in nourishing, energizing, purifying and restorative treatments as well as soul-enhancing rituals and a vast array of classes. Outside the hotel and spa the gardens and surrounding areas provide a beautiful setting, the perfect environment to enjoy a relaxing stroll or just some peace and quiet. Their large list of treatments includes facials, eye and lip treatments, Soul-Enhancing Rituals such as a Thermal Sanctuary Experience, Scrubs – Rubs and Soaks, Massages, Activities, Mind and Spirit treatments and more.


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