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If you're a die-hard Denver Broncos fan, or even if just like getting your nails did in a fun way, then pop into The Spa at The Four Seasons Denver where they are now offering a "Manning-cure".
The Bronco's signature blue and orange colors will be painted on your nails (French manicure-style) along with Manning's #18 on your disco nail (typically, your ring finger.) But if there's a Bronco you love more than Manning, his # can be painted on instead.
The Manning-cure is available for $35 but if you're rooting for the opposing team, that's gonna cost you $45. Make your reservations at the Spa by calling 303-389-3020. The next home game for the Broncos is on November 17th. Room rates at the Four Seasons that night are $465 for a Deluxe room.
[Photo: FS Denver]
There is an additional reason to make it over to the top floor of London’s The Berkeley Hotel these days. Yes, there is the rare rooftop pool (synchronized swimming anyone?) and quiet courtyard garden (for winter cinemas), but now also a brand new Bamford Haybarn Spa.
We swung by to see how the original Cotswolds health retreat translates to a central London location and liked a lot of what we saw. This isn’t a glitz-filled space with marble and gold everywhere that you may expect in many of the city’s high-end spas. Broad wooden planks painted white and grey tones line the walls, with potted lavender bringing bright pops of green and purple. Products are from the Bamford Body Collection, with skincare by British company Oskia. Options range from individual treatments (say, a 55-minute de-stress massage at £100/$160) to a full-day spa experience, including five treatments, lunch, and a gift certificate, at £570/$920 (a figure that does make us gulp a bit).
One thing we've noticed over the past few years of travel is how the hotel bathroom is becoming more and more like a mini-spa at certain locations, going beyond the white bar of soap and terse wash rags to offer plush amenities, such as spa benches in the shower and fancy designer toiletries.
And it's not just about soap and cream. Bathrobes, flowers, candles, rainshowers, jacuzzi tubs, televisons... we've seen the whole deal, and guess what? We like it! Hell, we even know that it is possible to create a steam room/shower combination, so the sky is the limit. In our mind, a "personal spa" is a great way for hotels without spas to gain some ground on those that have in-house spa facilities.
Obviously, we don't expect this type of treatment from Motel 6, but would it be wrong to suggest that most mid-range to luxury hotels should focus on making the bathroom more than just a place to brush your teeth? Even business travelers would probably appreciate it after a long day of meetings, no?
It's a very intimate procedure, getting a massage. You're naked. You're exposed. Enya's blasting in the background. Just how well do you know the person who is about to have their hands all over your body? We tracked down Marrana Davis, Spa Coordinator at the Oxford Hotel in Denver, to get some answers to our burning questions about life in a hotel spa.
HC: Marrana, you work in an urban hotel in downtown Denver. You get locals and tourists coming in for treatments. Who needs more TLC?
Marrana: Tourists. People that live and work down here tend to know us, and they’re very comfortable with our Colorado-type of place. We’re all kind of easy going, laid back for the most part. We operate in a vintage building. I think sometimes when people come in from out of town and they expect to find a spa that’s completely cut off from the outside world. We have a fitness room and a salon mixed in beside our treatment rooms. Our facility is a little more community-based.
When we used the word "intimate" to describe the spa above, we weren't just throwing around a trendy adjective. The spa is truly that, with just two treatment rooms and two private locker rooms, which are called Wet Room 1 and Wet Room 2. But don't let the small size put you off. It's actually a far more relaxing and serene experience than entering some of the super spas we see in hotels today.
When you arrive at Mr. C Spa & Beauty (just one level down from the lobby and next to the fitness center), you'll be taken to one of the Wet Rooms which feature their own shower/steam rooms, a locker complete with a robe and slippers and a vanity sink lined with Mr. C toiletries. And guess what? You're the only one in the room. No awkward exchanges with near-naked guests or long walks to find the showers.
Then once you're ready for your treatment, you can walk mere steps to the relaxation lounge, which features mosaic tile walls and a "starry ceiling" where you await your therapist.
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Sometimes, hotel spas can get carried away with their descriptions of what they offer, romanticizing the service to death and making it seem like it belongs in land far, far away. Public relations and sales marketing in general is ridiculous, beckoning us to be “whisked away” and all that good stuff.
And that’s fine, because no one really pays much attention to it anyway. While a good sales pitch can certainly draw interest to a service, what we get for our money is what ultimately matters.
But just as we’ve seen examples of this fairy-tale marketing, we’ve also come across some properties that are going with the opposite strategy, offering massages and other treatments that make your eyes widen, your brows raise and for you to suddenly shout out, "You want me to pay for what?!"Below, we've collected a few of the stranger treatments currently being offered around the globe. We wonder: Do these turn you off, or does their extreme/wacky nature only make them more appealing? Geez, between the fire cupping and the snakes, the shrimp and grits facial is sounding better and better.
If you have ever found yourself wondering what it might be like to be treated like royalty for the day, we have come across a package, that if nothing else, comes pretty darn close. At least in the spa treatment and health department. Ladies, this one is most certainly for you, as the program is exclusively for those of the female persuasion.
Wake would walk 500 miles just to earn a massage. Seriously.
Sometimes HC editors get in little tiffs. Nothing serious, we just roll our eyes at each other’s choices when it comes to hotel fun. Some of us would hole up in a hostel in a blink of an eye, where others gave up that option when we became eligible to rent a car.
That’s when we like to play a little game of “Which Would You Rather…” and we state our case hoping to prove our pick is better.
Today's Episode: Adventure Travel vs. Spa Vacations
WakeandWander, HotelChatter Contributing Editor
It’s not that I don’t enjoy a good rub down – I just feel the need to earn it. If I’m traveling to a destination, that means there’s something special about it, some reason I’m packing my bags to visit. Travel isn’t about closing yourself off with four walls. It’s about getting out in the natural setting and exploring the world around you. If I’m going to put my feet up, I need to do so knowing they have taken me to new places that day, that I’ve exercised both my mind and body in an attempt to discover what’s around me.
I know the inside of those spas can be pretty relaxing with all the latest tech-no-logic hot tubs, but I prefer the real sounds of water, you know, the ones that come from a river or ocean as opposed to a fountain. Plus, I don’t care what spa you’re in – you can’t possibly show me one that speaks louder than the natural springs found throughout the wilderness.
May I suggest stepping outside of the air conditioning and taking a dip at Conundrum Hot Springs in Colorado? It was nine miles one-way to get there, but that just made the happy-hour cocktail that much sweeter.
Call it the classic battle between traveling and vacationing. For me, the latter is indulged only after the former has been properly engaged. That way, I can have my cake and eat it, too.
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Bangkok has many fantastic hotels, both historic and brand-spanking new, that are reasonably affordable by many other cities’ standards. We’ve told you Hyatt is showing the city some love the next few years, with a Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt Place all popping up to give the existing Grand Hyatt Erawan some company.
All that hotel newness nearby (the Park Hyatt is literally around the corner) means the Erawan has been getting busy redoing its 380 rooms and suites to keep up. The second phase of the revamp will be done later this year (more on that in a second), but make your way up to the 5th floor i.sawan spa, wander outside past the pool and you will find something unexpected: a small garden courtyard with a cluster of resort-like spa cottages in the middle of the frenetic city.
Check out that balcony. Would a soak in that tub not immediately make you feel so much better about your day? Such is your option at the spa at the Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, specifically in one of the signature couple’s treatment rooms. Being the first new Regent hotel to open in a number of years, we swung by recently when we were in the area to check out how the renaissance of the group (now continued with a second opening in Bali) is coming along.
We arrived in the midst of a pretty impressive (and seasonal) thunderstorm, with sheets of rain cascading down like nobody’s business – when it rains in Thailand, it RAINS. Luckily those thunderstorms also tend to clear out in no time, chased away by the strength of the sun. Set in the far less developed south eastern part of Phuket, the hotel consists of 105 rooms – a combination of Pavilions, Suites, and Pool Villas – scattered on a hillside tumbling down to the Andaman Sea.
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We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!
What's Out: Farm-to-table concepts at restaurants
What's In: Farm-to-table concepts at spas
With “natural” and “local” now part of the modern lexicon for restaurants, hotels have decided that it’s not just your tummy that should get all that organic goodness. We present to you... (drumroll please) farm-to-face.
A Relais & Chateaux Resort, the Hotel Caesar Augustus is perched on a cliff on the languid isle of Capri. In this idyllic setting you can find an equally idyllic spa garden. The goods from the garden - infusions made with the oils from basil, sage, rosemary, and marjoram as well as lemons and oranges - can be used in various massage treatments they offer at the hotel. The truly wonderful thing is that the massages can take place in the midst of all of those blooming orange and lemon blossoms.
The Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York is launching a “Milk, Honey and Herb” Mani and Pedi using its own “Top of the Waldorf Rooftop Honey” from six beehives installed on the 20th floor roof. The unguents and creams also include herbs grown from the hotel’s newly-installed rooftop garden and, while you’re waxing poetic about the treatment, you can sip on the hotel’s signature Wax Poetic cocktail featuring the house-made honey.
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Should You or Shouldn't You? A HotelChatter Review
We decided it was high time to check out one of the newest hotels that make up Vancouver’s skyline, the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Opened in 2010 for the Olympics, this beautiful “ode to glass” building is not only chic, but is a happening destination unto itself.
Check-In: We took advantage of the hotel’s car service and had a great chat with our driver about the hotel and living in Vancouver. When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by dapper doormen whose uniforms can best be described as a cross between Armani and 1940s movie gangster in a very fashionable grey. It was a very good start.
As we were ushered into the long, cool and white marble lobby we noticed immediately the hotel's bespoke Indian Jasmine fragrance. Our driver, who was part of the concierge team, never left our side. Once given our keys we were escorted to our room, passing the serene-but-not-for-long Lobby Lounge that spans the entry space.
Room Reaction: We entered our room on the Fairmont Gold floor and were immediately dazzled by the floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the Vancouver harbor and port. We were introduced to the iPad2 waiting for us and the hi-tech lighting system (which also controls the drapes) with its pre-set mood makers – Day, Evening, Relax – and in the bathroom, there’s a setting for Groom or Spa.