Archive for August, 2009

Spa Chakra On Fifth Tries Its Hand at Nailcare Memberships

french_manicureMembership has its privileges for New York City nailcaire nuts at Spa Chakra On Fifth, courtesy of Club Polished. This limited-capacity membership offers unlimited nailcare services for manicure and pedicure purveyors. For $300 a month, members can always display fantastic hands and feet while also enjoying access to the spa’s decadent steam, shower, and locker rooms; the airy outdoor roofdeck; the scrumptious Fig & Olive café; and the inviting relaxation lounge. Plus, members get a 10-percent discount in the salon and receive priority reservations and standing appointments. For Manhattanites who insist on being perpetually polished, this membership is most certainly lending them a hand.

Margarita Madness

margaritaI’ll admit: it’s Friday, it’s the end of the summer, and this girl would love a margarita. The frosty citrus-kissed lovely libation was made for sunny afternoons. With only weeks left to enjoy the summer, help your clients embrace what’s left and surprise them with this south-of-the-border inspired treat.

The Margarita Key Lime Pedicure ($115, 75 minutes) at Little Palm Key Resort’s SpaTerre is a popular pick. While guests enjoy a salt and lime exfoliation and a nourishing massage with Key Lime Lotion, they are able to kick back with a margarita of their own.

Year-round, guests of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dallas are able to enjoy Dean’s Margarita Salt Glow ($170, 80 minutes) body treatment. The skin is gently softened with a mix of buffing salts, simulating extracts, and lemon verbena, and then pampered with a 50-minute massage.

Have you come across any cocktail-inspired treatments? Do you have any stories about end-of-summer spa-ing you’d like to share? Feel free to comment or email us at

Sandpearl Resort Celebrates LEED Certification


Sandpearl Resort was recently awarded Florida’s first LEED Silver Certification for a resort or hotel based on its green design and construction features, which positively impact the resort itself as well as the broader community. The resort’s goal to preserve Clearwater Beach and promote health and wellness for its guests is present on every level, including its luxury spa treatments and products.

Inspired by the ocean, Sandpearl’s spa treatments can be enjoyed on the beach itself, and its products are organically based and feature ocean salts and sea vegetation. The spa promotes the overall wellness of guests by offering an extensive list of fun fitness programs, like early morning beach walks, beachside meditation, and even treatments like the Yoga Massage ($200, 80 minutes), which combines yoga postures with touch therapy to encourage flexibility. Sandpearl Resort truly blends in with its environment with minimal impact and is making the most of its breathtaking natural surroundings.

NCA Encourages Change

dining4change2In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the National Cosmetology Association (NCA) is encouraging spas and salons to host their own Dining For Change event to help make a difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer and domestic violence. If hosting the event is not an option, NCA asks that spa and salon professionals join one of the many small groups of professionals across the country to network and help them raise $150,000 for the two causes. To learn more or to register as a host, visit

SpaFinder and Red Mountain Spa Host Educational Event to Help Spas Boost Business


Want to make 2010 the year your spa thrives? Then you may want to consider attending SpaFinder’s 8th annual Spa Learning Event slated for Oct. 18-21 at Red Mountain Resort & Spa (Ivins, UT). The program will teach you how to develop stronger marketing initiatives, generate ideas for profitable yield management, benefit from social networking, and make your spa more eco-friendly. A host of industry experts will be on hand to help you evaluate your business and marketing plans, online strategies, and more. Award-winning television journalist Joan Lunden, former host of ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker and discuss her personal road to transformation and change. Other speakers will include: Rhana Pytell, board member of the Green Spa Network and executive director at GAIA Spa; Kristi Konieczny, founder of The Spa Buzz; Kimberly Matheson Shedrick, president of Natural Resources Spa Consulting; Christine King, president of TMG International; Dan Chandre, vice president, operations, SpaBooker; and Milana Knowles, vice president, day spa sales and marketing, SpaFinder.

For those interested in attending, a limited time offer is available through Sept. 10 giving 10 percent off all bookings. Deluxe single occupancy ($289 per person, per night) and deluxe double occupancy ($259 per person, per night) includes three daily meals, one Swedish massage, and a host of activities and amenities. For more information or to RSVP, contact Loreen Guertin at (212) 716-1167 or

Life’s a Beach at Spa L’Auberge


Spa L'Auberge

Spa L'Auberge

On a recent trip to the West Coast, I made a stop at the new Spa L’Auberge at the elegant L’Auberge Del Mar. I’m a huge fan of the California beach lifestyle, and this town and spa could not have been a more perfect match to my idea of sunny SoCal living. I visited the spa after a morning beach walk, where I watched a youth surfing competition and got a glimpse of a local pod of dolphins. Already in a seaside state of mind, the spa was the ideal place to be. Designed to emulate a beach cottage, the 5,000-square-foot, 10-treatment-room spa makes ocean-loving hotel guests and locals feel right at home within its cozy walls. Vintage surfboards and black-and-white photos of beach-goers in the 1950s and ’60s, combined with bright colors, crisp white accents, and bleached wood floors create a ambience that is inviting and memorable. Add a spa menu that is chock-full of surf-and-sand-style treatments, like three signature beach-inspired body treatments called Bask, Surge, and Drift, and you’ve got the perfect beach retreat. I was most certainly ready dive into a day of R&R. For more on this spa, check out the October issue of American Spa.


A Sweet Spa Stopover at Emirates’s Timeless Spa


This past weekend, I found myself with 14 hours to spare in Dubai while en route home from the Maldives. Although a 14-hour layover would usually inspire a deep sense of dread, this was one layover I was actually looking forward to enjoying. After braving triple-digit temperatures to explore the city, I headed back to the airport where I had a 90-minute treatment scheduled at Emirates’s Timeless Spa in Emirates Terminal 3 in Dubai Airport. The Timeless Ritual, which involves a full-body scrub, a mini facial, a shower, and a massage, was the perfect way to unwind from an adventure-packed day and prepare for the 14-hour flight ahead. And judging by the number of passengers that popped in for last-minute treatments before their flights, I wasn’t the only one thinking that way.

Universal Companies Launches Website for Massage Professionals

picture-1Universal Companies unveiled its new website developed specifically for massage professionals. The site,, offers a wide variety of quality professional products, as well as tools and tips to help increase client base, build customer loyalty, and enhance revenue. “We respect the contributions massage professionals make to our industry,” says Marti Morenings, founder and chairman of Universal Companies. “We believe that they will play an even bigger role in the future as spas, resorts, alternative, and traditional healthcare therapies continue to merge. We’ve researched and studied their challenges, and we want to help them grow as healthcare professionals. Universal Companies can provide massage professionals with ideas that will not only help them meet their clients’ needs, but that help them become more successful as they build their practices into the future.”

Palms Hotel Debuts Spa Happy Hour

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, FL, invites guests to toast the benefits of relaxation with Sip & Spa Thursdays, a weekly happy hour featuring 50-percent off all drinks, cocktails, and lounge foods at Essensia Lounge, complimentary mini spa services by The Palms Spa, and a complimentary spa cocktail station featuring drinks made with eco-friendly ingredients. In addition, The Palms Spa will be offering 50-percent off spa treatments booked and serviced on the night of Sip & Spa Thursdays, as well as 15-minute, $15 chair massages, mini-makeovers, or polish-change services.

The Palms Spa

The Palms Spa

This weekly Happy Hour will be held every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the newly opened Essensia Lounge and The Palms Spa, which features Aveda and Spa Ritual products. The eco-friendly spa cocktail station will be open from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cheers!

The Spa at Equinox Introduces LATHER Products and Treatments


Fans of the recently closed LATHER Spa (New York City) needn’t lament for long thanks to a new partnership the company has formed with Equinox. Now, spa-goers can continue to indulge in their favorite LATHER treatments at two Equinox spas in Manhattan. Popular services such as the LATHER Radiant Facial ($120, 50 minutes) and LATHER Express Facial ($85, 25 minutes), LATHER Aromatherapy Massage ($125, 50 minutes), Deep Tissue Massage ($125, 50 minutes; $175, 80 minutes), Bamboo Indulgence ($125, 50 minutes), and Almond Glow ($155, 80 minutes) will be available at the 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue and 74th Street and Second Avenue locations. “Equinox has always been committed to pioneering new and ‘conscious’ programming,” says Jack Gannon, VP of spa. “A joint venture with LATHER just seemed like a natural outgrowth of our original commitment. We are excited about the opportunity to bring our two great brands together to create unique treatments in our spas.” The Spa at Equinox plans to incorporate LATHER products and services in other locations throughout the country.

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