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Eco Nails Are Pricey Nails At Park Hyatt Place Vendome's Suite New Salon

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  Site Where: 5 Rue de la Paix, Paris, France, 75002
October 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you thought the ladies of Manhattan have the best kept nails around, you need to see the women of Paris – all those monochrome outfits wouldn’t half look boring if they weren’t accompanied by a flash of color in the talons area.

In fact, nails are so crucial to the French look that Park Hyatt Place Vendôme has just opened a nail suite, run by beauty brand Kure Bazaar. Suite 601 has been completely retooled as a salon, with a tongue-twister of a name: The Nail Suite By Kure Bazaar in Suite 601.

French manicures, normal manicures, pedicures and “luxurious nail rituals are on the menu”, at this, Kure Bazaar’s first nail salon. And if you’re into all things eco, you’ll love that Kure Bazaar nail varnish is 85% natural ingredients. No, not naturally occurring paint and oils – ingredients like wood pulp, cotton, wheat, corn and, um, potatoes.

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5 of The Creepiest Spa Treatments in The World

October 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the spirit of the Halloween time, we're keeping up with the terrible, horrible, no good side of hotels with this latest feature on hotel spa treatments.

Although you will rarely find us shying away from pushing the boundaries, these extremely bizarre spa treatments being administered all over the world aren’t for the faint hearted.

You’ve probably heard of strange treatments like beer baths, milk baths, cactus massages and caviar facials, but what we’ve got lined up here goes so far beyond that, that you’ll have to pinch yourself to check you’re not having a bad dream.

While we would quite readily try a gold leaf facial in Dubai we’d happily leave out the bird poop, human placenta facial (yes, you read right), having snails slithering all over our faces or being wrapped up in...hay. And before you ask, no we’re not pulling your leg. This is the Halloween season folks, not April Fool's.

Many of the creepy treatments originated in regular spas but it's only a matter of time before they start to appear on hotel spa menus. In fact, some already have and we've listed those below. Look away now if the thought of animal fluids on your face gross you out.

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What's Behind The All-New Golden Door Retreat?

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  Site Where: 777 Deer Springs Road [map], San Marcos, CA , United States, 92069
October 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

Nowadays, it's rare for a hotel to open up without some sort of spa component--whether it be its own state-of-the-art spa facility or simply, a partnership with a local spa. But while it's convenient to have a massage therapist who's just a button on the house phone away, guests in need of a deeper physical work, and emotional healing, should head to a real spa, one that just happens to have hotel rooms attached.

Like the new incarnation of Golden Door near San Diego which has reopened for week-long, spa intensive stays.

Golden Door first opened in 1958 and was a favorite for screen stars like Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, and Elizabeth Taylor. It remained a fave of the A-list, through an expansion in the 1970s, up until the late 90s when the retreat was acquired by a larger corporation and lost a little bit of of its soul. But in 2012, the spa was given back to private ownership (Joanne Conway to be exact, a frequent guest and wife of billionaire philanthropist, Bill Conway) and has since undergone its own dramatic transformation.

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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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6 Ways to Make Your Hotel Spa Massage Even Better

August 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

Hotels have been very keen on hotel spas in recent years--whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn't mean its spa is. We told you what to look for in a very good spa as well as signs of a very bad spa. Now, here's are some ways to ensure your next massage is the absolute best it can be.

Besides emerging from your hotel spa feeling like a brand new human being, there are a few things you can watch out for in order to detect whether or not the spa you are visiting is really as good as it should be. We’ve already given you our insider’s top spa knowledge points, but now we turn to the nitty-gritty...to the moment you get naked...the actual massage.

A lot can happen when lying back on the massage table and a lot can go amiss too. One thing’s for sure though, the benefits of a massage are underestimated. When done right and regularly massage, plays an important role in keeping the body healthy. Massage techniques are hard to judge because they vary so widely in type (Californian, Swedish, Thai, Balinese, Ayurvedic, etc) and depend on the training institute.

For that reason, we won’t be going into the actual techniques that may descend upon your body. Rather, we'll focus on 6 little touches (heh) that can make a good massage even better.

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The Parker Palm Springs Wants Your Wallet To Think It's 2012

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  Site Where: 424 E Palm Canyon Drive [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92264
August 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (2)

You may have realized by now that the Parker Palm Springs is one of our favorite hotels on earth. You may even have noted that one of the best ways to stay is through the Spa Junkie package, which gives you credit to PSYC (Palm Springs Yacht Club, the spa) with your room rate.

The package used to cost $199 plus tax, and give you $200 spa credit. This year, they changed it to a $250 room rate and $250 credit – not so cool, since the taxes and fees take it up to $324.

However, the Parker just announced it’s dialing back the prices for September - $199 for your stay, $200 spa credit. The deal is bookable until midnight tomorrow by clicking here.

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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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Detox Your Body (And Your Wallet) At Chateau Saint-Martin Next Month

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  Site Where: 2490 Avenue des Templiers, Vence, France
August 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s the delicious pairing of two brands at the top of their game that’s exciting us this week – no, not Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin, but Ananda (amazing spa brand) and Château Saint-Martin, the uberlux hotel in uberlux Côte d’Azur village Vence.

From 21-29 September, Ananda will be running a pop-up spa au Château. The focus? A detox program devised especially for the hotel by yogi Sushant Pandley, and tailored to your precise needs.

You can streamline your detox with the quick five day program, take a week over it or even string it out for nine days (any excuse to stay in the chateau). Activities include meditation and yoga, “theoretical aspects of yogic tradition” (us neither) and “stimulating and purifying ayurvedic therapies” like massage and reflexology – definitely the most fun part.

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6 Tips for Men Visiting The Hotel Spa

August 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

Julien Farel's JF Men grooming station at The Loews Regency.

Hotels have been very keen on hotel spas in recent years--whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn't mean its spa is. We told you what to look for in a very good spa as well as signs of a very bad spa. Now, here's a little spa love for the men out there.

Often aimed at women, hotel spas can be daunting places for men. However, more and more treatments especially tailored to men’s needs are popping up on spa menus all over the world and it’s no longer a rare sight to see a man getting a massage, facial or even, (gulp) a wax.

Yet despite the evolution in spa culture, there aren't many male specific tips for navigating the spa. So we thought we'd come up with a few of our own. These aren't too dissimilar to those for women but here are few things that can optimize a man’s spa experience, whether a first-timer or a veritable spa hound.

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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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