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Hands up who overdid it a little on Labor Day? Not just in the way of drinkz but food, too. You did? Then you might like to make your way over to Switzerland, where the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz--which has two hotels, the Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites and the Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz--has just launched a new weight loss program.
The non-faddy name--it’s just called the Weight Loss Programme--should give you a clue that it’s more of a medical thing than an airy fairy celeb detox center. Run by doctors from their inhouse medical center, it lasts six days and kicks off with a “body analysis” which will scare you into losing weight by checking your bloods, nervous system, and even your spinal column, and pointing out the health risks you’re facing if you’re carrying a spare tire.
Why yes, this will cheer you right up
Ladies, has your man ever cheated on you? Did it knock your confidence for six? Make you feel unattractive? Turn you to drink? Should have gone to the Renaissance Chancery Court.
Yes, the prize for the most unappetizing launch of the week goes to the Get Your Groove Back package at the London hotel, which they’ve brought out in the wake of what seems like every other famous man in Britain cheating/sexting on their respective wives. The press release is exhorting scorned women everywhere to “follow in the footsteps of Cheryl [Cole] and Toni [Terry] by taking time out to escape the drama with a change of scenery.”
You can lounge here after your charitable spa treatment.
You can ease your guilt about splurging at the spa by telling yourself that you're doing it to help others. For real. If you book La Costa Resort and Spa's "Pink Ribbon Treatment," a portion will benefit breast cancer research.
To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the spa will offer the Pink Ribbon Treatment daily except for Saturdays, Oct. 1 to Nov. 7. The special allows you to book any 50-minute spa service for $125, and $5 of that will be donated to the San Diego chapter of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure. It still may seem like a lot of dough, but you can save up to $40. The lomilomi—a Hawaiian-type of massage that uses continuous, flowing strokes—usually costs $165 and the custom facial normally is $160.
It might seem sexist when hotels like the Four Seasons Chicago offer anti-football spa packages that automatically assume that women don't like pigskin. The Pan Pacific Seattle's not-so-subtly named "Sports Widows Package" is a more obvious example, but even the ladies who love the game might want to set the DVR on Sunday to avoid the boozing sports fans in their living room and take a break at the spa. And for everyone else, the only excuse needed to get pampered is that it's a day that ends in "y."
The Sports Widow’s Package features your choice of treatment from the hotel's Vida Spa: manicure and pedicure, massage or facial. You also get accommodations for one evening in a deluxe guestroom at the Pan Pacific, along with overnight valet parking. Instead of the usual football fare of beer and pizza, the hotel provides Champagne and strawberries, plus you get a cocktail in The Bar.
You get to chillax in the quiet Four Seasons' spa lounge rather than hear shouting over bad calls from the ref.
If you dread Sundays in the fall because your living room gets overrun by football fanatics, you can ditch the noisy, chest-thumping crowd and make a play for the Four Seasons Chicago's "Getaway from the Gridiron" spa package as a game-day alternative. (Yes, it's very similar to last year's Gridiron Getaway.)
For $175, the spa day package includes a stress-busting 55-minute Swedish massage, a one-day pass to the Four Seasons' pool and fitness club, a complimentary make-up session at the Bobbi Brown counter at Bloomingdale’s along with a gift, and a Football Season Survival Kit with surprise presents, Bloomie’s coupons and a voucher for 20 percent off a couple's massage at the spa when booked on Sunday through Thursday—that is, if you can get your other half away from the game long enough.
The idyllic Hamilton Island resort off the Queensland coast Down Under, qualia, is ramping up the Aussie factor. Of course, it's been Aussie all along, but they're now cashing in on it with a bunch of Australian-themed spa packages at the Spa qualia.
Since spa treatments are really a pretty new thing to Australia, none of the offerings are truly Australian in any way, but at least some of them sound authentically Aussie. For example, there's the It's A Man's World spa menu which, they say, is "inspired by the Australian man, particularly the type who is likely to spend time sailing or playing golf" – you can get some "individual guy time" and a steam scrub treatment called the Cup Defender, or the Lifesaver facial for dry, too-long-in-the-sun skin.
It's not just for men, of course. There are a collection of Li'tya treatments which have taken their inspiration from Aboriginal dreamtime stories, along with the Heart Reef Ritual which includes body brushing and just the right colors to make you think of the Great Barrier Reef.
Prices aren't exorbitant (you're already paying enough to get to qualia and stay there) – for example, the 105 minutes that your man spends getting the "Cup Defender" treatment will cost A$200 ($160). We're not sure that making spa treatments sound more Australian is really a marketing winner, but there are plenty of other reasons to check out the qualia luxury anyhow.
Gents! Are you tired of feeling emasculated by the spa experience? Does the idea of fluffy robes and essential oils make you quiver (in a bad way?) If so, you might want to pop along to the Spa at Chancery Court in the the Renaissance Chancery Court in June for their Gin & Tonic treatment.
In keeping with the gin theme, they’ll scrub you down with juniper berries, salt and tonic water. Then they’ll throw in a full body massage with juniper berry oil which, apparently, isn’t just boozy it’s warming and detoxing as well. Afterwards, if you can brave the girly relaxation room, you’ll be rewarded with a proper G&T. The experience is yours for £120 and takes 1 hour and 25 minutes.
So be brave, chaps; the hotel is in the middle of the City (so very macho), the spa’s downstairs (so there’s no risk of being seen and ridiculed by unreconstructed cavemen) and they make some pretty stonking cocktails in the bar upstairs, which should help quell those pre-spa nerves.
As for you ladies, you’re welcome to try the G&T treatment too, but if the juniper berries sound a bit rough for your fragile skin, they’re doing a “strawberries & cream” pedicure for the month of May as well.
Spa season is upon us, according to Fairmont Hotels, although personally we think any time of year is a good time for spoiling ourselves a bit. But Fairmont thinks the time is now and to celebrate, they've got a deal where they're throwing in some spa credit.
The Spa Season 2009 deal works for two-night stays at the 14 Fairmont resorts with spas you get a complimentary room upgrade plus a $25 credit per person to put towards any spa treatment you choose, for bookings up to the end of August.
That $25 won't necessarily go very far, but it depends on which Fairmont you choose. At the Fairmont Banff Springs, for example, a 60-minute massage starts at CAD $169 and a 90-minute facial treatment could set you back CAD $255. At the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda, the massage prices are similar; a 45-minute basic manicure is $59 but the Willow Stream signature manicure is $109, so the $25 credit might not be enough to make this a good deal for you.
[Photo: Fairmont Southampton]
[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quotes here were captured July 10, 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]
Don't you just love it when a package includes a $300 spa credit, then costs $300 more than a regular room? Are people who stay in luxury hotels really that dumb, or do the suits just think they are?
One of those two explanations has to apply to the Remède Spa Package at the St. Regis San Francisco. You get a $300 spa credit, breakfast for two, bathrobes you can keep, and some extra toiletries in your room. All very nice until you see the price: starting at $954 per night.
Yes, you read that right. A rate that would look shocking even in Western Europe, for a hotel where rooms normally start about, oh, $600 less.
No matter, we tried four different dates and couldn't get it to take on the buggy reservations page anyway, so maybe it's just a warped marketing experiment to see what happens.
· Good Rate:: Value Deal at the New St. Regis Fort Lauderdale [HotelChatter]