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Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg, star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing is back with another listicle. This time he's ranking his favorite hotel spas in Hawaii. Sit back, relax and let Josh rub one out for you.
Since my recent Best Hotel Pools in Italy list, I thought it would be fun to do a Top 10 list of Hotel Spas on my next vacation. Ten massages is quite excessive so we are going to do an abbreviated list just this one time.
Believe it or not, I actually had five massages during my trip to Hawaii and yes...each one was just as wonderful as the next one. I was in Hawaii for nearly three weeks except for the two days I was in New York to film "Watch What Happens Live" before flying all the way back to Hawaii. By the way, traveling 10 hours on a plane for a two-day trip, not so fun, but the filming experience of live TV is well worth it. And of course, I had massages to help me through the jetlag.
Speaking of, here is my list:
Now that the school-season is in effect, it seems fitting that Houston’s quirky Hotel ZaZa, in the heart of the city’s Museum District (and downtown central business region), linked with the Museum of Natural Science’s new Paleontology Hall and created a dinosaur of a discount package to go along with the towering Triassic installation in the hotel’s lobby.
Parents dropping of kids at top-dog Rice and Texas Southern Universities, those in town for Houston Texans football games, or people visiting for work can take advantage of this handsome deal. The Texas Triassic Tour Package includes:
• One night in one of the 300 luxury rooms
• Admission for two to the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Paleontology Hall
• Dinner for two the hotel’s Monarch Bistro
• Complimentary bottle of house wine with dinner at Monarch Bistro
• Complimentary valet parking nightly
• Complimentary daily internet access
Rates for this package begin at $249 a night (which is more than 40% off)
But wait, there's more!
But wait, there's more!
New York Fashion Week brings all sorts of interesting people into town and the city takes on a frenetic, well-dressed energy. If you think you may need a little help getting your glam on, the Trump SoHo is setting up a free pop-up beauty bar open to the public on September 6th the day of Fashion's Night Out.
From 5-8 pm, The Spa at Trump SoHo will host a makeshift beauty section on the 7th floor next to its chic poolside Bar d’Eau. Gals (and guys, too!) can prep for a night on the town with complimentary makeover treatments . As they get pampered while sipping on free prosecco and nibbling on small bites, they can also do a bit of shopping and purchase the makeup and skincare products on hand by Kate Somerville, SpaRitual and more, as well as items sold at the Trump’s spa.
Here’s what’s for free on the Beauty Bar menu:
*Hair touch ups: blow dry, flat iron, curling iron, up-do (no wash)
*Makeup touch ups
*Nail polish change
We say if you’re in the area, this is something to jump on! It certainly beats trying to do a frantic, free makeup application at Sephora, right? What, you’ve never done that?
We always love a good pinot. We also love a stellar locale and a stunning property. And if we really could have everything we'd wish for a fabulous restaurant and an award-winning spa too. So guess what? After a lot of soaking, tasting and sipping we found it--the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon.
Located in Oregon's wine country everything at the inn is all about wine. You can spend an entire day here, sipping, soaking in and tasting everything vino.
The level of sophistication of all of the various offerings here might seem rather incongruous in this laid back area of the Willamette Valley but it is all Northwest elegance down to the collection of local artwork, design, spa treatments, food and level of service.
Everywhere you look from the room design to the restaurant décor to the welcome goodies in your room, you see the owner's hand and the elegant touch of Managing Director Pierre Zreik, himself a five-star hotel veteran.
Maybe we’re feeling a little punchy this Friday, but we think that an appointment at the new Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa opened last month at The Chatwal, could be beneficial to quite a few people. We reported the hoteliers are going through a bit of drama , so we’re thinking a trip to the three-room relaxation haven may be in order.
This is the premier spa’s newest location and the hotel’s Fifth Avenue address is right in line with the upscale pampering that The Chatwal's guests are accustomed to, what with the hotel's top-dollar room rates that have started at $600 per night during peak periods.
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Troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan is working hard (again) to redeem herself in the eyes of the general public. After pal-ing around with Lady Gaga on Twitter and wrapping a Liz Taylor biopic, Lohan took to the pool at the luxe Hotel Bel-Air yesterday to show off her bod in a white one-piece suit with a plunging sheer cleavage cutout.
Despite the totally staged photos that captured some questionable bruises and a pink pen stain on her legs, Lohan is indeed looking better than she has in a long time. Her time at the pool seemed pretty uneventful as well. There was nary a cigarette butt or a Red Bull vodka in sight! Instead, Lohan flipped through the pages of an O magazine before dipping her toes ever so daintily into the water.
Even if Lohan is back on track, we doubt she has the cash flow to cover the $500+ room rate at the hotel. But there is a way to enjoy the hotel's pool area without staying the night--For the first time ever, the hotel has opened the pool to its La Prairie spa guests.
We begin to droop and languish as the temperature rises. So we were happy to find that the signature spa, Auberge Spa at Palmetto Bluff at Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina rescues the wilted with an invitation to relax and enjoy a bath or a massage in gracious Southern style.
Fifty cottages and cottage suites dot the banks here along the May River in South Carolina's Lowcounty spread around the Inn's Main House. With restaurants, bar, meeting rooms and ballroom, this is a "swellegant" place to stay. Pair that with an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and tennis, bocce and croquet courts and you've got major fun, but it's the full-service Spa at Palmetto Bluff, located on a private island adjacent to the Inn, that embraces the laid-back Southern vibe for you.
Here's how your depleted selves can best utilize the spa:
We told you back in March how Mandarin Oriental hotels will manage the Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta. Well, now the deal is done. The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is in effect and we are ready to report some of the changes around there, starting with the spa.
Formerly called 29 Spa, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta has changed up its treatment offerings to include an Oriental essence massage and a Peaches and Cream treatment with cream, peach oil, and a red clay scalp massage. (We love the way the Mandarin gave that treatment a local focus.) Other Asian touches are also on the horizon like the Mandarin Oriental foot ritual which goes a little something like this:
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The weekend is upon us and all we can think of is having a Calgon moment. A soothing, it’ll-be-all right session seems about due, and we’re certain you can use one as well. The stars must be in alignment because we received a great mix of spa news this week, so we’ve gotta share. Chances are, some of you need a good old massage, and the spa gurus are searching for the new treatment du jour. And because it’s summertime, that means kids are hopped up on ice cream, candy and the like, so they need to calm the heck down, too. Just thinking about these treatments are already calming our nerves.
The new Chillax Lounge at Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Lodge is tailor-made for the hyperactive whippersnapper set. Kids come in fresh from a day at the pool or on the mountains, wrap a plush robe around their clothes, and hop into a cozy Pier One-style papasan chair drapped with a covered massage pad (the kind you can get at the Sharper Image). After they get over pressing the buttons and settling into the right vibrations—the relaxing and pampering begins with a chocolate face mask, cucumber slices for the eyes, and well a soothing scalp massage. The room looks right out into the mountains, so the view is incredible and the destimulation begins. What’s amazing is, according to Stowe's spa director, this service is booked more by preteen boys than girls! Apparently the guys are better at kicking back, enjoying the silence, and decompressing for a while, while girls tend to turn into chatty Cathy’s after a few minutes. Hmm, go figure.
Miraval Resort & Spa has had besties Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King gush over it as the perfect girlfriend getaway locale, and this past May, blonde beauty Sharon Stone flew in to the desert oasis for a solo sojourn and the opening of the resort’s new Life in Balance Spa with Clarins.
You might dread the idea of visiting Miami in the summer, but thanks to annual promotions like Miami Spa Month, which kicks off on Sunday, it's actually not as bad as you might think. (Miami Spice, the restaurant version, starts on August 1).
Throughout July and August, Miami's best spas--most of them in cool hotels--are offering special treatments for just $99 plus tax and gratuities. This is one of our favorite ways to experience a hot hotel without having to pay hundreds to check in.
While all the South Beach stars like Delano, Mondrian and the Standard are on the list, there are some other spas on this list that we consider sleeper hits--lesser-known gems totally worth checking out during Miami Spa Month.
A special for the night, the baked oysters we ordered were gone in a split second
Smack in the middle of Chicago's River North neighborhood on the corner of State and Erie, the hotel was abuzz both inside and out on one of the city's first warm nights of the season. No way did we want to miss all that action so we opted to dine outside on Argent's sidewalk patio under a lovely garden trellis.
Though indoor dining was just as tempting with the oversized, half-moon shaped booths on the first floor and a shiny upstairs Raw Bar where an old sink filled with ice keeps the oysters chilled. There we also saw walls peppered with images from the World Fair hosted in Chicago in the late 1800s, an event and era of rebirth that have served to inspire Argent's vibe.