Archive for June 1st, 2009

Working Out Fitness Options at the Spa

Breaking a sweat at the spa is no longer relegated to the sauna and steam room. Fitness is getting fun at spas and guests are signing up for everything from Wii-guided yoga sessions to beachfront boot camps. Here are a few of our favorite packages that are helping clients achieve healthy minds, bodies, and spirits.

•Escape to Shape at The Tides Zihuatanejo (Mexico): In addition to a Restoring Massage, this six-night package invites guests to burn calories with surf lessons, sea kayaking, beach power walks, Vinyasa yoga, and Pilates-based body sculpting classes. For a true taste of Mexico, it also includes cooking lessons, and tequila and ceviche tastings.

•Wellness in Paradise at One & Only Ocean Club (Paradise Island, Bahamas): Guests can enjoy a five-night getaway, which includes a personal training session featuring Technogym technology, daily yoga, and a one-on-one tennis clinic with a resident pro. The Rituals of Touch ceremony offers them some quiet time with a 140-minute Swedish massage for two in a private spa villa.

For more on what spas are doing to incorporate fitness into their programs, check out “Shaping Up” in the June issue of American Spa.

Catching ZZZs at the Beverly Hills Hotel

The Art of the Bath custom bathing kit

The Art of the Bath custom bathing kit

I recently had the pleasure of spending a night at the Beverly Hills Hotel to enjoy one of the new In Room Indulgences. Created by the on-site The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie, these soothing, in-room sessions are designed to get guests into a sleepy state of mind. I enjoyed the Suite Dream Slumber ($300, 60 minutes; $350, 90 minutes), which includes a massage and The Art of the Bath experience that involves a soothing candlelit soak in a tub filled with a custom-blended bath oil. The treatment took in-room spa offerings to a new—and incredibly relaxing—level. After my 7 p.m. service, I felt relaxed, refreshed, and ready for a great night of sleep. The next morning, spa director Nicole Weigand told me the new treatments have quickly become a hit and that guests are snapping up the lovely The Art of the Bath kits to take the experience home with them. For details on these new in-room options, check out the July issue of American Spa.

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