Archive for September 25th, 2009
A luxe Zen palace perched high above New York City’s Columbus Circle, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York is a glorious escape in the center of Manhattan. With the re-launch of the Spa for a Year program, guests have the opportunity to keep coming back to the spa every month for a little urban renewal. In support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Spa for a Year is a raffle that entitles the winner to a two-hour treatment every month for twelve months. Starting on October 1st, guests will be able to buy a Long Life Raffle Token at the reception desk for $50 a piece. If people would like a little more luck (and tokens) on their side, they can purchase 10 tokens for $450 and 20 tokens for $900. All of the proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). According to Denise Vitello, spa director at Mandarin Oriental, New York, this promotion helped raise $3,500 for the BCRF last year. “We are very excited to be continuing this program in support of breast cancer research,” she states “Last year, guests bought tokens in bulk to give to loved ones, friends, and breast cancer survivors.”
Bliss just announced that it will open its newest spa location at the W Hollywood (CA), which is expected to open in December. The 6,075-square-foot bi-level spa will feature a retail beauty boutique; a nail lounge that includes two movie-while-you-manicure nail stations equipped with personal plasma tvs, dvd players, and headsets; seven treatment rooms; and men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges. The spa will also feature many of Bliss’s signature touches, like rhythm and blues music and a brownie buffet. It’s sure to leave both A-listers and visitors to the City of Angels in a state of bliss.
Whenever I’m asked to suggest a great place to visit for a relaxing vacation that includes sun, sand, and spa (which happens quite often, given my profession), I immediately say Los Cabos, Mexico. Because it is my own personal paradise, I can’t help but boast about the wonderful culture, the hospitality of the locals, the abundance of amazing resorts, and, of course, the rapidly expanding spa scene. Unfortunately, 2009 hasn’t been a good year for tourism in Mexico, due mostly to the H1N1 outbreak and the dismal state of the economy. With that in mind, many resorts are offering unbeatable deals to entice visitors to see for themselves why Los Cabos is one of the best relaxation destinations. Here is just a sampling of some irresistible packages currently being offered:
• Cabo Spa at Esperanza Resort is offering the Aroma and Essence package. Starting at $3,796 based on double occupancy, this four-night deal includes a private transfer from the airport, an Oceanview Casita, daily breakfast for two, a 90-minute treatment of the client’s choosing, and two 60-minute massages per person.
• The Spa at Las Ventanas Al Paraíso’s pampering Soul & Spirit four-night package includes more than eight hours worth of spa treatments per person. Spa-goers can choose from an array of relaxing services to restore their minds and spirits, including the Sea & Star Massage, the Ultimate Facial, and the Herbal Healer Massage. Starting at $7,851 for two, guests also receive daily breakfast and dinner, as well as a healthy spa departure meal that can be eaten on the plane.
• The Spa at Marquis Los Cabos tempts spa-goers with the Sense of Pampering package. Starting at $460 per person per night with a minimum stay of five nights, guests will enjoy two massages per day, a manicure and pedicure, a private health consultation with a spa specialist, and a $50 credit per person per day for any additional spa treatments of their choice. Daily breakfast, three lunches, and a romantic dinner for two are also included.