Archive for April 22nd, 2009

Dermalogica Takes Manhattan

The new Dermalogica concept store in Soho, New York City.

The new Dermalogica concept store in Soho, New York City.

Soho is one of my favorite New York City neighborhoods, so when I noticed a Dermalogica sign in the window of a store on Grand Street last fall during a weekend shopping trip, I hurried back to the office to get the scoop. I was thrilled to hear about the up-and-coming opening of a new Dermalogica concept store, and I recently attended a breakfast to celebrate its debut. The store is a perfect fit for the trendy neighborhood, and the cool first-floor space is a wonderful solution for on-the-go New Yorkers in need of a speedy skincare fix. Among the highlights are two Skin Bar stations where clients can sample products and receive a complimentary Face Mapping skin analysis, as well as two stations for MicroZone Treatments. Ideal for walk-in clients, a selection of 20-minute targeted sessions that address specific needs are performed there. The store also features Dermalogica’s iconic SkinPod treatment room for more in-depth treatments. During the breakfast, I got a Skin Mapping analysis and was invited back for a service in the SkinPod. It will be the perfect place to get glam before heading around the corner to my fave neighborhood restaurant, Antique Garage. For more on the new concept store, check out the June issue of American Spa.

It Takes A Village

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The airy treatment pavillions at Spa Village Pangkor Laut.

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The idyllic reception area at Spa Village Pangkor Laut.

On a privately owned island, Pangkor Laut Resort (Malaysia) encompasses four acres with an all-inclusive development that calls to mind a traditional Malay village. The resort is home to the first Spa Village, a growing brand conceptualized by American spa consultant Sylvia Sepielli. In true Sepielli fashion, the spa blends seamlessly with its lush surroundings. From over-water bungalows to Garden and Hill Villas, guests have their pick of accommodations. I stayed in one of the 22 overwater Spa Villas, which feature oversized tubs and spacious balconies overlooking the Straits of Malacca. Treatment junkies will appreciate the direct access they provide to all the spa action. I especially enjoyed the Bath House Ritual, which begins with a footbath and an invigorating foot pounding. Honoring various Asian bathing traditions, the ritual includes a Japanese-style cleansing, a soak in a heated Japanese pool, and a thorough exfoliation in a private scrub house. To conclude the treatment, I was dressed in a batik sarong of my choosing, which was then mine to keep. Don’t miss the chance to consult with an Ayurvedic, Chinese, or Malay specialist. My consultation with the spa’s Chinese doctor revealed I needed to eat more hydrating foods. Good advice considering I’m always dehydrated. Despite being an avid spa-goer, I was in uncharted territory when it came to many of the spa’s Chinese, Indian, and Malay offerings. Although I welcomed the opportunity to get outside my comfort zone and try something new, I drew the line at some of the Malay treatments, which can be considered a bit intimate outside of a doctor’s office. Yet plenty of other options exist for those who want to immerse themselves in the rituals of the region. My only lament is that solo spa-goers can feel a bit out of place amid the sea of couples.

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