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More than 50 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe is still a beauty icon. So much so that Hyatt Resorts around the country in locations like Maui, Monterey and Orlando are partnering with Marilyn Monroe Spas and adding the themed spas to select properties. Along with treatment rooms, the spas have “glamour rooms,” a social space where gals can have their makeup and hair done in a fun, lively atmosphere.
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Is it one of those floatation tanks? A hidden blue lagoon? A shaman’s watering hole, surely?
None of the above – it’s the Cenote Spa at the forthcoming Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen on Mamitas Beach on the Riviera Maya, which opens on Monday.
The look is inspired by cenotes – the swimming holes found all over the Yucatan Peninsula. A swimming hole with added massage? Yes please!
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The historic Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine hotel is located in a restored 12th-century abbey and winery in Spain’s Duero winegrowing region just one hour by train from Madrid, and we think that they want to get you a wee bit tipsy for your next spa treatment.
The hotel is opening its new El Santuario Spa on July 1 and its signature oenotherapy treatment menu includes a Spa Sommelier to help choose the treatment that’s right for you.
And this is how it works.
Virgin Hotel Chicago is the hotel that keeps on, er, hotel-ing. Not long after opening its rooftop extravaganza and its spunky diner concept, the Virgin has now unveiled its five-treatment room spa, simply called The Spa at Virgin Hotels. (We think Spa Virgin would have worked just as well. #thatjustus.)
Geared towards "business travelers and busy locals", the spa treatments are completely customizable from the amount of time of the treatment (30, 45 or 60 minutes) to the primary focus (anti-aging, sore legs, manscaping, etc.)
The menu features both massages and body treatments as well as facials, nail services and waxing (the latter two are called "Nailed" and "Stripped", FTW.) The Spa also features a unisex hamman for which day passes to this can be purchased for $15.
With Red Flower's Palo Santo toiletries in the guest rooms, it's no surprise that there are Red Flower products and specialty scents are used in the massages, body treatments, nail services and some facials. Massages start at $55 and go up to $120. Meanwhile, EmerginC (not to be confused with the powdered vitamins you add to water) and their scientific organic products are used in most of the facials including the 60-minute Peel and Glow ($120) and the 30-minute Be Glowing mini-facial ($55.)
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If we’re talking hotel classes, May was all about mindfulness sessions. But mindfulness is already so over; June is for hula hooping. Specifically, hula hooping over the rooftops of London – or, more specifically, at The Berkeley.
The classes are being run in conjunction with HulaFit and promise to burn 600 calories in an hour-long session – all the better to reward yourself afterwards. And the reward comes swiftly – you’ll get access to the pool, and lunch beside it, as well as calorie-free views of Hyde Park and Knightsbridge.
Bit by bit – or painfully piecemeal, depending on your perspective – the details on what to expect at Hotel Ritz Paris when it reopens towards the end of the year are coming out. We’ve looked at the hotel in various stages of its réhabilitation (last time was late February), which began nearly three years ago.
The Westin Resort Ocean Villas in Kaanapali Beach in Maui is a full-service resort comprised of villas equipped with the comforts of home like a kitchen and washer and dryer, which makes vacationing here easy breezy. For a small fee, the kitchen can be stocked with groceries before guests even arrive, and the onsite community barbecues make grilling up a meal a less expensive option than eating out every night.
And here's our suggestion on how to use those savings.
At 45,000-sq.ft., it’s the largest on Kauai and each treatment suite opens up into its own tropical garden. So while you are being massaged, polished and scrubbed, the birds are chirping, the breeze is blowing and you actually know you are in Hawaii, unlike some staid, common spa treatment rooms where you can’t tell if you're in Hawaii or North Dakota.
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The view from your bale
Safaris and spas – two hotel-related things that we either love (the latter) or know we would love (the former). So we’re all over the Spa Safari that Nihiwatu on Sumba - an island in the Indian Ocean 250 miles south-east of Bali, and an hour’s flight from Denpasar – will launch next month.
It’ll take an entire day, the spa safari, crossing the island to Nihi Oka, a clifftop bale (traditional open air pavilion) overlooking the ocean below. You can get there either by foot (90 minutes) or – the luxury option – by car. Because why would you work up a sweat when you’re about to get slathered in fine oils?
Downloading has never been easier.
When we unveiled the new rooms at The Linq Hotel & Casino last October, we were impressed with the property's tech-centric amenities (aimed at millennials, of course)-- items that many other hotels in Las Vegas don't usually pay attention to, such as WiFi hotspots in each room and TVs that allow guests to order room service or request items from housekeeping. The LINQ has an app for the guest room experience too.
Downstairs at the 3535 Bar, the tech amenities continue with a color-changing LED vortex that rises out of the bar and phone chargers at every seat. There's even a mobile check-in service available (and which you should definitely take advantage of during peak check-in time.)
But of all places to ditch the tech, you would expect The LINQ to do so in the spa, right? Nope, not here.
London’s Connaught hotel has been busy recently. It opened a smashing new Champagne Room. Its chef, Hélène Darroze, was just named the Veuve Cliquot World’s Best Female Chef. No wonder it needs to calm down.
Hot on the heels of Trump SoHo launching meditation lessons, the Aman Spa at the Connaught is doing the same. However, it’s going one better than Trump – its daily classes are free.
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Okay, it’s time to 'fess up: This writer has fallen in love with Switzerland in a mad, gushing “I can’t live without it” sort of way. And why? Aside from its other qualities, it’s beautiful. I’m telling you this so that when I describe the Palace Luzern hotel as being a great spot to take in Switzerland's delights, you’ll understand the importance of that statement.
The hotel (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World) is situated right on the tree-lined, lakeside pedestrian promenade, with views stretching out over Lake Lucerne to the Alps in the background. Can't you just feel yourself relax as you take in that mountain view? Plus it's only a short walk to Lucerne’s quaint Chapel Bridge and Old Town.
But the hotel is not content to rest on its scenery laurels. The first time this 1906 property had a major overhaul was after WWII, during which time it had been used as a military hospital. Then, in 2005, the hotel opened its one-of-a-kind spa and reduced the number of rooms from 168 to 136 so that guests, i.e. you and me, could spread out more. Then, in 2013, 42 additional rooms were renovated, leaving us with 129 rooms and suites, and that brings us all the way to now, with the Davidoff Cigar Lounge having opened in February and the new restaurant, Marlin, replacing Jasper with a newly-deigned menu. Whew!
More scenic pics in the photo gallery!