Archive for November 17th, 2009
South America has always held a special place in my heart, as it’s where I first developed a taste for adventure travel. When I was invited to visit Brazil to check out the infamous Copacabana Palace in Rio and the Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu Falls, I was overjoyed. I had never been to Brazil, and a visit to Iguassu Falls had long topped my life to-do list. This morning, I woke to a fabulous view of the falls from my room at Hotel das Cataratas, which is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. Orient-Express recently took over management of the two-story Portuguese Colonial-style hotel and is transforming it into a first-rate destination. Needless to say, from my perspective, one of the most exciting parts of the renovation is the addition of a new five-treatment room spa, which will be unveiled Dec. 15. It’ll serve as the perfect complement to the many activities guests have at their disposal. Just yesterday, I was able to fit in an early morning hike to the falls, a visit to a nearby bird park, a helicopter ride over the falls, and a quick trip across the border to see the falls in Argentina. Today, I’m hoping to be just as productive before catching a night flight back to the States. For more on the new spa as well as the Copacabana Palace Spa, stay tuned for an upcoming piece in a future issue of American Spa.
“For the holiday season, we are preparing with fun and simple spa treatments that deliver a sense of relaxation, such as our Festivity Massage. Warm spiced aromas of bergamot, pimento berry, tangerine, and rich vanilla create a banquet of festive revelry. Those looking to recline in peaceful tranquility can enjoy our Monticelli Warm Mud Wrap, which includes a sleep-well aromatherapy bath that will clear the mind and stimulate the senses.”—Zully Cardona, spa director, SPA InterContinental at the InterContinental Los Angeles, Century City
Palm Beach, FL, is getting a Big Apple infusion thanks to a new partnership between Eau Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach and Cornelia Fifth Avenue, New York. As of Dec. 14, the two will unite to create Eau Spa by Cornelia. According to company officials, this combined team will continue to showcase the playful, social nature for which Eau Spa has become known, while drawing upon the famed efficacy and worldwide reputation of Cornelia Fifth Avenue’s treatments, product lines, and signature guest services.
“Eau Spa by Cornelia will continue to break the spa mold by going beyond the traditional spa experience,” says Simon Lewis, owner of The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach and Eau Spa by Cornelia. “We are excited about this partnership, as Cornelia brings a new level of personalized guest service, unique and effective treatments and precision skin and body products to the boutique spa experience.”
For details on this new venture, be sure to pick up the January issue of American Spa.