Archive for February 23rd, 2010

Sin City Goes Glam with the Opening of CityCenter

I’m not much of a gambler, so I never particularly enjoyed visiting Las Vegas. But that changed thanks to a recent visit I took to check out the new CityCenter, where I spent five nights at ARIA, one of the new hotels in the complex. When I wasn’t enjoying my state-of-the-art room, I was indulging in decadent meals at one of the resort’s many restaurants, including Michael Mina’s American Fish and Bar Masa, where award-winning chef Masayoshi Takayama created the menu. I was also lucky enough to see a preview of Cirque du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS, which was amazing. Of course, I had to check out Crystal’s, CityCenter’s 500,000-square-foot shopping area, which boasts such stores as Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, and Bulgari, just to name a few. And I even attended a private champagne reception at Tiffany & Co, which was quite the experience. Although I had quite a hectic schedule trying to fit it all in, I still made time to enjoy treatments at The Spa at Aria, Vdara Health & Beauty, and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, all of which are equally impressive. If I were a gambling woman, I would bet that these three spas are going to be the talk of the town. To find out more about these Sin City havens, keep an eye out for our April issue.

Arnica Offers Bruisers Some Natural Healing

After a bad spill on the steps at the subway station, I was left with some pretty nasty bruising on both shins. Between the soreness and the aesthetics, I was not happy about the aftermath of my fall. To make matters worse, I had a ski trip coming up and tight-fitting boots are already painful enough to fashion–I was worried I wouldn’t be able to wear them, in turn making my trip a bust. After my fall, I started religiously applying Dr. Hauschka Skin Care’s Ouch! Aid Arnica Compresses and noticed that my legs were looking and feeling better after several days. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, arnica has been used for centuries to treat topical skin disorders by helping disperse trapped fluids and improve circulation in connective tissue. These handy pads by Dr. Hauschka made applying the oil easy and I was able to nurse my bruises several times a day–even from desk at work.

The day before skiing in Park City, I visited the Golden Door Spa at Dakota Mountain Lodge and asked the therapist to work some arnica oil into my 80-minute Mountain Salvation Massage. He happily obliged and commented that he uses arnica regularly on his little boy’s bumps and bruises because it’s so gentle, yet effective. By the time I hit the slopes the next day, my legs were in great shape and I didn’t have any discomfort sporting my ski boots. While I didn’t fall once on the slopes, I did come home from that trip with a few bruises from tripping over my own luggage at the airport. Of course, I went back to using the Ouch! Aid Arnica Compresses—too bad they can’t help me become less clumsy! For more on the magic of arnica, click here.

Panama Proves it’s Poised to Pamper

Panama probably isn’t the first place you think of as a prime spa destination. However, that is beginning to change thanks to an influx of development in the country. Travelers who visit the lush tropical country are finding more than just the famed canal, a true engineering feat, to attract them. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit The Bristol Buenaventura and its Corotu Spa. There, spa director Alejandro Gomez is focused on giving guests a taste of Panama with a host of treatments that rely on indigenous herbs, locally grown palm fruit, and iron-rich volcanic sand that is carried down the Rio Hato river. After indulging in a quick chair massage, I chatted with Gomez about some of the many reasons that make Panama such an inviting spa destination. Stay tuned for more on Corotu Spa in an upcoming issue.

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