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Time to Channel a Speakeasy at This Scottsdale Spa

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  Site Where: 4949 EAST LINCOLN DRIVE [map], Scottsdale, AZ , United States, 85253
September 18, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Couples' massages. Romantic or creepy?

There are plenty of hotels which offer exclusive rental of the spa, of course, but none quite like this experience at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

The Puerta Privada deal not only nets you out of hours access to the Joya Spa (along with two other couples), but makes an evening out of it.

Step one: Knock on the (closed) door of the Moroccan-inspired spa, and whisper the night’s password, speakeasy-style.

Step two: Follow your butler (butler!) to your spa suite (suite!) which comes with a terrace, private pool (pool!) and view of Camelback Mountain.

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Head to the Algarve For Europe's First Neal's Yard Organic Spa

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  Site Where: Rua das Violetas, Porto de Mós, Lagos, Portugal, 8600-282
September 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

You may or may not know Neal’s Yard Remedies, the original organic, slightly hippy UK skincare brand. If you have, you don’t need us to sell it to you. If you haven’t, get hold of some, now –it produces some of the most wonderfully scented, naturally made products you’ll ever find, as well as herbal teas, supplements and all that hippy jazz.

Although a few of the Neal’s Yard branches in London do spa treatments, it’s more of a buy-to-use-at-home range, which is why this news is so important: The first non-UK Neal’s Yard spa has just opened at Vivenda Miranda on the Algarve in Portugal.

The hotel is on a bit of an eco crusade, focusing its food on local and seasonal produce, introducing vegan, gluten free and raw food dishes, and revamping the spa, which opened June 1. They’re also introducing “lifestyle retreats” focusing on meditation and raw food, in conjunction with Neal’s Yard – from £1395 for a week, see here for further details.

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Clarins Gets A Moroccan Twist At The Royal Palm Marrakech

September 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Clarins is kind of the Ryan Reynolds of the beauty world: a solid little worker that’ll do a good job, but looking a bit dated amongst the Benedict Cumberbatches and Channing Tatums Ilas and Amalas. But anyway, you know it’s good, and it’s probably time you gave them another whirl.

And here’s somewhere nice to do it: the Royal Palm Marrakech, which lies eight miles out of town, has just opened a Clarins spa, or Spa by Clarins, as they call it.

The spa has been “designed to resemble a Moroccan palace” – you’ll have to take their word for it, as they haven’t photographed it yet – and the menu is a beautiful array of Moroccan-inspired treatments, such as the perfumed “Supreme Rose” massage, the ghassoul body wrap, and, of course, a traditional Moroccan hammam ritual.

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Ayurveda Has Landed At The Intercontinental Park Lane

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  Site Where: 1 Hamilton Place, London, United Kingdom, W1J 7QY
August 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s something about the Intercontinental Park Lane that makes a tiny part of us die inside with every visit. Yes, they’ve been renovating the rooms to de-drab them, and yes, the views can be awesome, but it always feels so… sterile.

Having said that, we’ve always given props to the spa for having good therapists and decently priced treatments, considering its surroundings.

And this summer, the treatments have got even more appealing, with the introduction of Ayurvedic-inspired Sundãri treatments.

There are lots available – see the menu here – but they’ve kicked the program off with special offers on two treatments: a “Facial, Massage and Floatation Bed Offer” (a 30 minute massage, 30 minute facial and 20 minutes lying on a floatation bed) for £65 instead of £112.50; and the signature Sama treatment for £90 instead of £135. This takes 90 minutes and packs in loads of stuff: a feet-in-hot-towels thing; a “cleansing back ritual”; an Ayurvedic massage; a hand and food massage to relieve “stress and negativity”; facial cleanse and exfoliation; a Marma massage; and a scalp massage.

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Channel Cleopatra With Organic Mare's Milk Treatments At The Grüner Baum, Austria

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  Site Where: Kötschachtal 25, Bad Gastein, Salzburg, Austria, A-5640
August 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Wild roses outside the Grüner Baum: probably thrown into the treatments too

Ah, Austria, country of mountains, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and holistic healthcare. Eco spa treatments here are nothing new, of course – this is the country of salt caves and hay wraps and oil baths – but an organic spa in a soon-to-be organic hotel doing treatments involving mare’s milk? Why, colour us Cleopatra. Yes please!

The Grüner Baum is a family-run, 100-year-old, 80-room, four-star hotel in Bad Gastein (Salzburg province), which is currently transforming into an entirely organic hotel, from the food to the cleaning products. The conversion will finish next year, but they’ve just completed the most important part: the spa.

Forget Clarins or even Amala; at the Grüner Baum, you’ll now be treated with products from Marías Organic Care – not just organic, but local, too, as they’re based in Salzburg. And not just organic and local – organic, local mare’s milk. Yum.

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Careful, Hard Rock's Rhythm And Motion Massages May Give You A Spagasm

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  Site Where: 150 S Indian Canyon [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
August 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Hard Rock introduced their Rhythm and Motion spa treatments earlier in the year, we, along with everyone else in possession of common sense, heard the “gimmick” klaxon. “The world’s first fully immersive music-centric spa menu utilizing amplified vibrations, pressures and patterns, as the foundation of its treatments,” heavy-breathed the press release. “Bass vibrations ripple through the massage table as treble beats come from above, sending pulses through the body and leaving guests feeling energized and invigorated.” What rot, we thought. Vibrating, titillating rot.

And then we tried one.

A couple of weeks ago, I stayed at the Hard Rock Palm Springs, one of the first to get “the dome” (the treatments are referred to as taking place “under the dome”). Being a massage fiend, I wanted to see what the pulsating “Synchronicity” massage was like. First impressions weren’t great: the spa is small with just four treatment rooms and a tiny, not very atmospheric, relaxation room. The signature Hard Rock pre-treatment guitar on the bed was fun, but “the dome” looked like one of those hair-setting bowls at old lady salons.

The massage started to a soundtrack of chill-out music, and just a hint of a vibrating bed underneath me. Just as I’d thought: gimmick. Rub, dig, swirl, should have chosen a normal massage, rub, dig, swirl, stop trying to identify the music, rub, dig, swirl OHMYGODWHATISHAPPENINGTOME.

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From Beer To Bourbon, Four Seasons Is Getting Its Spas All Boozy

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  Site Where: 120 E Delaware Pl [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
July 10, 2014 at 12:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Possibly not the scrub selection

First it was massage with beer. Now it’s with bourbon. Are Four Seasons trying to tell us something?

Yes, hot on the heels of FS Vail’s bro-tastic beer massage comes word of FS Chicago’s Vintage Bourbon Massage – and this one is far classier than the last.

First comes the scrub: a wicked scrub of brown sugar, ginger, pecan and Kentucky bourbon. Then, once your pores have been suitably boozed up (and back bacteria slaughtered by the bourbon), comes the massage – not just any massage, but one with hot stones.

Does it get any better than a bourbon scrub and a hot stone rub? Indeed it does. The treatment ends at the bar: not the poncy spa bar, but the actual hotel bar, Allium, where you’ll sample its signature single-barrel bourbon. Presumably you’ll be expected to change out of your robe for this part.

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Esperanza Wants To Give You Beer Goggles (Or At Least A Beer Facemask)

July 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Indisputable fact: no spa treatment is as funky as a boozy spa treatment. Hot on the heels of Four Seasons Vail’s beer treatments comes word of the offerings at Esperanza, in Cabo San Lucas.

Hombres! Try a “Mexican beer and lime facial”, which whisks up Corona and egg yolk to make a hydrating, skin-elasticizing facial. The process takes 75 minutes and costs $185.

Chicas! If you don’t fancy beer on your face, try a Margarita Medley treatment. You’ll get a marg (or, as they say, “spagarita” – it’ll never catch on) to accompany a lime-based massage of the hands, feet, head and neck.

Hombres y chicas! Just try them both.

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Why Eat Your Greens When You Could Get Rubbed Down With Them At The Miramonte Indian Wells?

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  Site Where: Indian Wells
June 26, 2014 at 12:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Getting your five a day is important, of course, but sometimes tricky to fit in. So try this work-around: putting one of your portions on, instead of in, your body?

The Miramonte Resort & Spa at Indian Wells, California, already has a foodie menu for its spa, including treatments with wine extracts, and it’s just added a holier than thou-sounding “Farm-to-Table Body Scrub” to its menu – spa menu, that is. It promises “wholesome natural ingredients of fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs”, all picked for their skin buffering abilities.

The spa picks a selection of up to 10 F&V from local sources every day (local sources including the hotel’s own garden), all known for their different properties (lemon brightens skin, for example, and sage busts cellulite). You simply make your selection, and choose either sugar or salt as an exfoliant, and the spa staff mix them up with olive oil, then rub you down. Finally, you get a Vichy shower rinse and a shea butter moisturizer.

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Four Seasons Vail's Beer Spa Treatments Are Calling You, Bro

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  Site Where: 1 Vail Road [map], Vail, CO, United States, 81657
June 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a beer bath, bro

Gentlemen, are you quick to conform to stereotype? Do you think spa treatments are unmanly? Have you ever said, “Dude, the only way I’m ever getting a massage is if it’s a massage with beer, done by a hawt chick, lol”?

Consider your bluff called by Four Seasons Vail. The hotel famous for its “Haut Chocolate” has a Brew and Renew spa menu designed “especially for men” (although it generously adds in parentheses that “women can enjoy them too”). And it involves beer.

Designed in conjunction with Vail’s Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, the menu offers a “Brewsage” – that’s a massage with hop oil, bro, for $150 – a “Beer Brew Bath” (presumably what it sounds like, $55), an “Amber Ale Foot Soak” filled with fresh beer, as you drink a brewski ($75), and a “Stout Scalp Treatment” using beer froth and honey to primp one’s barnet ($45).

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Eat Your Chocolate Face Mask at Hotel Hershey

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  Site Where: 100 Hotel Road [map], Hershey, PA, United States, 17033
June 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we told you about the chocolate-making classes at Jade Mountain and the chocolate massages at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. Could the hotel chocolate theme get any better? Yes: at the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania.

The hotel is, of course, part of the chocolate extravaganza that is Hershey PA, The Sweetest Place On Earth™, and the spa has chocolate all over the place, from cocoa massages to a chocolate-dipped coconut immersion wrap.

But it’s the edible chocolate facial that’s really sparked our imagination. Yes, edible. Chocolate. Facial.

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Love Chocolate? Try A Full Body Rubdown, Says The Hotel Sacher

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  Site Where: Philharmonikerstraße 4 , Vienna, Austria, 1010
June 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you thought life couldn’t get sweeter than yesterday's chocolate tastings at Jade Mountain, think again. Specifically, think of Vienna’s legendary Hotel Sacher.

The hotel is, as the name suggests, where the Sacher Torte cake was invented, and as such there’s a subtle-yet-classy chocolate theme in the hotel, from the inroom toiletries to the spa and its signature Time to Chocolate treatments, using the Sacher’s own line of chocolate beauty products, made from the same cocoa beans as the chocolate icing for their Sacher Torte. And yes, they smell divine.

There are four treatments to choose from, starting from A Symphony in Chocolate, which lays on a steam bath, cacao bean peeling massage, chocolate body mask and a final chocolate massage over a 110-minute period. The other three - A Dream of Chocolate, A Taste of Chocolate, and A Sensation of Chocolate - are 60-minute combinations of two of the Symphony’s elements: so scrub and body mask, scrub and a chocolate rub down, and body mask, scrub and chocolate body care.

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