Archive for January, 2010

Guests Discover Beauty Within on Captiva Island

captiva_insetIn 1996, Kay Casperson released her first book entitled, “Beauty Inside Out: 80 Ways to Become Positively Unforgettable.” Now, with the opening of The Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa Boutique, the nationally recognized author and spa director is able to inspire even more people discover beauty within. “Embracing emotional, spiritual, physical, environmental, and social development, we encourage spa guests to embark on a journey to discover the true meaning of the word beauty,” says Casperson.

Recently launched at South Seas Island Resort on Southwest Florida’s Captiva Island, the spa is a 4,000-square-foot beach-inspired haven that focuses on both inner and outer beauty. “Lifestyle consultants,” take place of traditional therapists and they provide a range of services–from massage to cosmetic treatments, from Pilates to Zumba. Guests can also enjoy the natural benefits of Casperson’s sea-inspired skincare line BIO Essentials and her cosmetic line Inside, which are both offered at the spa.

Are you excited about any new spa openings in your area? Please share the news and we’ll be sure to post a mention on our blog.

Spa-goers Can Warm their Hearts at Willow Stream Spas


Because birthdays only happen once a year, I always find it a shame that they last only one day. So, when I was a kid, I instituted my own rule in our house that we celebrate Birthday Week. Taking my idea a step further, Willow Stream Spa is offering guests the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day throughout the entire month of February with 5 fabulous Follow Your Heart specials:

Red Ribbon Lips (starting at $129): With any Willow Stream facial, clients will receive a complimentary Jane Iredale Organic Sugar Lip Scrub.

Sending You Kisses: Guests take home a complimentary Lip Kit and Lip Definer by Jane Iredale with the purchase of a $200 Willow Stream gift certificate.

Hearfelt (starting at $349): This couples’ treatment includes side-by-side massages, a romantic tub soak, and two flutes of champagne in a spa suite.

Love Me (starting at $149): Clients who book any 90-minute spa treatment in a timeslot before noon will receive a Willow Stream bento box lunch of their choice.

Love Your Forever (starting at $4,539): This ultimate couples’ package offers clients a year’s worth of spa-ing, including 12 60-minute treatments and 12 90-minute treatments of the client’s choice, a Jane Iredale makeover, a supply of all recommended products, and a skin analysis.

What Is Your New Year’s Business Resolution?

By Guest Blogger | Jan 21, 2010

angela2-2009“This year, as my management team and I pondered what we would do different in 2010, we decided to dispense with the usual resolutions that are forgotten by Valentine’s Day, and instead, each pick one word that would help guide us through the year. My word is ‘joy,’ so that I remember to find joy in every day, no matter how dark a day it is. There is joy every day, if we choose to find it. That joy will then radiate out to others, and hopefully, it will brighten their lives as well.”—Angela Cortright, owner/founder, Spa Gregorie’s (Rancho Santa Margarita, Newport, and Del Mar, CA)

Mandarin Oriental, D.C. Preps for Year of the Tiger

chinese-year-of-the-tigerThanks to incessant coverage in the tabloids, it might seem like last year was the year of the Tiger (shame on you, Mr. Woods), but it’s actually 2010, according to Chinese tradition. Through the month of February, the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. will be celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger through an overnight package that is sure to tantalize the senses. Starting at $315, the Tale of the Tiger Package includes overnight accommodations, valet parking, two Eye of the Tiger cocktails, sushi and sashimi for two, and a parting gift of a Mandarin Oriental chopsticks gift set. Guests can also apply a $50 spa credit toward any Signature Time Ritual spa experience, to be enjoyed in the Mobil Four-Star award-winning, Asian-inspired spa. While no passport is required, guests can enjoy a true taste of the Far East in southwest D.C.

Loews Hotels Helps Guests and Their Pets Shape Up

loews_pumped_up_pets_picAs a travel aficionado, a wannabe exercise lover, and the owner of an overweight bulldog, I was excited to hear about a new program from Loews Hotels. The company has just debuted the Pumped-Up Pets package (starting at $124 per night), which includes a deluxe room, workout tips for both the guest and their pet, a Zisc dog Frisbee, and a specially-created and veterinarian-approved “Scratch My Flat Belly” meal for pets.

Studies show that people who diet and exercise with their pet stick to it, well, like a dog with a bone! In fact, research conducted by Northwestern Memorial Hospital revealed that more than 60 percent of people who began an eating and exercise program with their pets stuck to the program for a year. Loews is making it easy to get started—the package is offered at 17 Loews Hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada and is available through May 1, 2010. Winston and I can’t wait to sign up!

For more information, call (800) 23-LOEWS or visit

Shop Around at

shopping-online_fullClients can browse for lifestyle, beauty, and wellness services and service providers in their neighborhood at This one-stop-source allows clients to compare prices and service options, discover exclusive deals, and book their appointment instantly. What’s more, in addition to everyday discounts on the site, starting on Friday, Jan. 29 at midnight, the site will launch its first ever Deal of the Day, which will consist of a beauty-related offer at 80 percent off the retail value. Each week a new Deal of the Day will be revealed, and users will have one day to buy the offer, but one year to redeem it. The site is currently available only to New Yorkers, but it plans to grow to other cities shortly, so stay tuned!

Haiti Fundraiser Seeks Support

article-1242929-07d9251d000005dc-556_964x640Calling all New York spas! Oasis Day Spa’s Bruce Schoenberg is in the process of organizing a fundraiser to help the victims of Haiti’s recent earthquake. He’s in need of your help and support to organize an event called “Massage for Haiti.” Along with seeking staff members at area spas who will volunteer their services, he’s also on the hunt for a large venue, where he plans to invite caring New Yorkers to receive chair or table massages, with 100 percent of the proceeds raised going to relief efforts.

“I would like to see the spa industry nationally get on board with this and hope to see others organize similar efforts in their respective cities,” he says. “I think we can get this together in short order and raise awareness for the event and do it by end of the month.”

If you would like to get involved, please email Bruce at or call him at 212-254-7722 ext 238.

Interested in making a donation?

-To donate to the Red Cross, click here, or text HAITI to 90999 and $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill. (More than $8 million have been raised via text already!) Interested in donating blood, read more about it here.
-To donate to UNICEF, click here.
-To donate to AmeriCares, click here.
-To donate to Save the Children, click here.

Also, stay tuned to our blog. We’ll be posting your relief efforts here, so send any news to

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston Offers Guests Alone Time

Mandarin orientalAs an editor, I am often invited on press trips to various locations all around the world. Often, these events include editors from other publications, allowing me the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy the company of others. But sometimes I am the only one on the trip, so I can explore the  spa and resort on my own. Although I certainly like the group trips, the individual trips allow me much needed alone time to relax, reflect, and recharge in solitude.

For spa-goers who long for a break like that, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston recently introduced the Flying Solo package. For $555 on weekdays and $525 on weekends, the package includes:

• One night accommodation in a Lifestyle guestroom, which includes amenities such as a yoga mat for practice and a daybed for relaxing

• Choice of a Time Ritual or a Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy

• A one-hour group Yogalates session with a personal trainer

• A healthy lunch in the spa café

• A Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa bath oil in the evening

For those who would rather share this experience with a loved one, the package is also available for two guests at an additional rate. But I personally am a big proponent of setting some time aside to just focus on me.

What Is Your New Year’s Business Resolution?

By Guest Blogger | Jan 18, 2010

libby-staples1“As we near the end of our first year of business and head into 2010, I am reflecting on what an exciting time it is to be a part of The Spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort. To be able to help open this gorgeous state-of-the-art facility has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When thinking about my business goals for 2010, I want to continue to create lasting memories for our guests and increase our levels of service. But what drives success? I have lists of business resolutions, but all boil down to one simple truth, if you love what you do, all will fall into place. My passionate and dedicated staff reminds me of this daily. This is what makes us so successful, and this is my personal and professional goal for 2010. In the words of Rumi, ‘Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.’”—Libby Staples, spa director, The Spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods, NH)

Blu Water Day Spa Gathers Donations for Haiti

slide_4402_61812_largeThis week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti has left thousands without homes, food, or water. Blu Water Day Spa in Kensington, MD, has set up a promotion to help raise money for survivors. Starting today, Blu Water will be donating $15 to the Red Cross when any of the following services are booked through January 30th:
-60-minute Signature Facial: $110
-60-minute Swedish Massage: $100
-Apothecary Spa Pedicure: $85
-Gel Forever French Full Set: $70
-Reflexology on Feet: $65

Also, the spa will be sponsoring a Haitian Relief Food and Clothing Drive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow. If you’re in the area, please consider dropping off canned and dry food, as well as new or gently worn clothing.

For more information on these amazing efforts, please contact the spa at (301) 984-6245.

Are you planning on offering any similar promotions? Have you heard of other spas or product companies that are doing so? Please let us know so that we can share the news.

Here are some other ways of offering support and making secure donations:
-To donate to the Red Cross, click here, or text HAITI to 90999 and $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill. (More than $8 million have been raised via text already!) Interested in donating blood, read more about it here.
-To donate to UNICEF, click here.
-To donate to AmeriCares, click here.
-To donate to Save the Children, click here.

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