Archive for February, 2010
Love isn’t the only thing in the air at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills this upcoming weekend—the scent of custom fragrances will also be lingering, thanks to the Everlasting Valentine’s Day Package. Starting at $535 per night, the package, which includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, and a specialty cocktail, invites couples to consult with Kedra Hart from Opus Oils’ Jitterbug Perfume Parlour to select different blends of perfume bases. Then, Hart discusses the history of each scent and how it is has complemented love rituals throughout time. After the fragrance is custom-blended, couples receive a (carry-on-luggage-friendly) 2-ounce Eau de Parfum spray and a travel-sized roll-on to serve as a reminder of their romantic weekend together.
This scent-imental gift is not the only thing smitten spa-goers can take home with them. Complete with chocolate, rose petals and romantic music, the Lover’s Duet Couples Massage ($380, 60 minute; $490, 90 minute) is an aromatherapy-based treat for the senses. In addition to romantic memories, guests are given bath salts and massage oils to enjoy at home. Need a little direction on how to use these gifts? They can book a special 30-minute private massage instructional session par deux two with one of the spa’s massage therapists. Forget February 14th—the Four Seasons is helping make every day about romance.
Spa Gregorie’s Day Spa, which has three locations in Southern California, has partnered with the Spencer Hospice Foundation, an organization that provides quality of life to patients diagnosed with six months or less to live. Through this partnership, therapists from the spa provide facial and restorative services to patients to help reduce pain, anxiety, fatigue, and nausea through the healing power of touch at hospice centers and in patients’ homes. Patients’ physicians also play an active role in directing the therapists in order to provide optimum care. “Our goal with this program is to nurture hospice patients and their families through physical support, in addition to emotional and spiritual comfort,” says Angela Cortright, owner and founder of Spa Gregorie’s.
“Providing extra value for services performed and unexpected touches with each of our guests has helped our spa survive. We started offering complimentary 15 to 30 minute upgrades (mini scrubs or extra massage time) for those guests who book specific treatments on a special day such as birthdays or anniversaries. Everyone loves to treat themselves for a special moment, sometimes no matter the cost! And sharing a daily laugh with our front line staff who create the spa experiences has greatly improved the energy of the entire team.”—Todd Hewitt, spa director, The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo (Guanacaste)
Available now through March 20, Sense, a Rosewood Spa at The Carlyle (New York City) is offering a Winter Bring a Friend special. Guests who purchase any treatment at Sense will receive 50 percent off of their friend’s treatment. It’s the perfect chance for spa-goers to show their friends just how much they mean to them.
I recently moved from Battery Park City to the Upper West Side. And, although I didn’t leave the confines of Manhattan, initially I was so unfamiliar with my new neighborhood that I might as well have moved across the country. Suddenly, I no longer knew the best place to get my nails done or where I could get a haircut on a Saturday morning without an appointment. With three pizza places on my block alone, which one was the best? It was a difficult transitional period for a few weeks, but through trial and error I figured it out. I could have saved myself a lot of hassle had I known about www.localbooking.com. This website is a one-stop source where visitors can browse for lifestyle, beauty, and wellness services and providers in their neighborhood. Not only does it make searching super easy but it also offers major discounts when visitors book appointments online directly through the site. Members also earn rewards points when they book online or review a business, which then can be redeemed as cash for their next booking.
Added bonus: one day each week the site features the Deal of the Day, which can range from a couples’ massage to a three-course dinner to dance lessons. The deal offers savings of up to 90 percent, and although members only have 24 hours to buy it, they have a year to use it. Now that is an offer nobody (even the most frugal) can refuse.
Depressed Vikings fans and anti-sports enthusiasts alike can skip this weekend’s Saints-Colts action and head to Ivy Spa Club (Minneapolis) for its Super Bowl Escape event. Spa-goers can punt Sunday’s pigskin parties and enjoy a discounted massage, facial, or manicure and pedicure, as well as complimentary refreshments and a chance to win one of eight spa prizes, including gift certificates, products, treatments, and more. The big event kicks off this Sunday and runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Some of us love the Super Bowl, some of us watch for the commercials, and others of us would rather be at the spa,” says Ivy Spa Club owner Pam Margolis. “Ivy Spa Club’s Super Bowl Escape offers the latter a fun alternative to football viewing while still taking advantage of a day to relax, unwind and indulge.”
Today is National Carrot Day! Carrots are packed with vitamins A, B, C, D, and E to help boost immunity, improve wrinkles, and heal wounds. Celebrate this skin-saving vegetable by offering clients a carrot-inspired treatment or product at your spa.
Here’s a look at some great carrot treatments:
- Carrot and Sesame Body Buff at Bliss Spas (various locations): This treatment features a carrot mulch and hot oil rubdown, a warm milk and honey drizzle, a skin-softening wrap, a sesame seed and sea salt scrub, and a Vichy shower.
- Coconut and Carrot Body Glow at the Spa at Six Senses Hideaway Hua Hin, Thailand: Freshly grated coconut is mixed with turmeric and carrot to create a cleansing mixture that is gently rubbed over the body to reveal softer and smoother skin.
Here’s a look at some carrot-enriched products:
- Elemis Vitamin-Rich Body Lotion contains extracts of skin-conditioning carrot seed, sweet almond oil, and wheat germ to moisturize dehydrated skin
- Éminence Organic Skin Care Carrot Vitamin Masque revitalizes, moisturizes, and nourishes skin.
- Ilike Organic Skin Care Rich Carrot Mask rejuvenates the face, neck, and eye areas. It can be used in winter to reverse damage from the cold and wind and in the summer to soothe sunburned skin.
I’m turning into quite the snow bunny, if I do say so myself. After an awesome trip to Lake Tahoe to check out the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Highlands last month (be sure to look out for our February cover story!), I was lucky enough to head to Park City, UT, last week for what has become an annual ski trip during the Sundance Film Festival. I arrived to town a little early so that I would be able to check out the Golden Door Spa at the beautiful Dakota Mountain Lodge, located within The Canyons Resort, and I was not disappointed.
Opened in July, the Dakota is the first Waldorf Astoria property in Utah and the first ski resort in the prestigious collection of properties. A perfect complement to the luxe label, Golden Door Spa is a glam 15-treatment-room, 16,000-square-foot hideaway for relaxation seekers. Paying homage to its home, which is nicknamed The Beehive State, the spa offers locally inspired treatments, such as the 80-minute My Dakota Honey signature facial, featuring a honey oatmeal almond scrub and mask that were developed exclusively for the spa. Designed as the ideal après-ski activity, the Mountain Salvation Massage brings muscles back to life by incorporating a combo of menthol, Ilex gel, and a special High-Altitude blend of essential oils.
For more on this alpine oasis, keep your eyes peeled for coverage in an upcoming issue of American Spa.
“In business, relationships and thinking outside the box are your two strongest allies. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the recession, I needed to move my spa. With that, came the name and phone number change. Luckily for social networking, it has been easy for my clients to find us on Twitter and Facebook. With all these drastic changes during a very difficult economic time, a little humility goes a long way. We send out email blasts to our current clients with spa deals and upgrades. We connect with local businesses and give their patrons added value services. With all the media attention we receive, our fabulous new location and word-of-mouth referrals, we still had to think outside the box. We were introduced to Groupon.com. To gain a fresh new audience, we offered a massage deal on Groupon.com, which exploded! We sold more than 1,750 massages in one day, which made everyone happy. The staff and the clients are so appreciative. It makes for a very positive 2010. As a spa owner, you have to roll with the times and be flexible. The ultimate survival mechanism is a strong mind, a viable business, and happy clients.”—Jillian Wright, owner, Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa (New York City)
To the delight of many L.A. moms, today marks the grand opening of Plush Beauty Bar for Moms, a unique nail and waxing salon that provides beauty treatments in a child-friendly atmosphere. The salon features a dedicated children’s lounge, a video monitor in the waxing area that allows mothers to see their children at play, a portable baby swing that can be placed near mom during her treatments, and comfy armchairs for nursing breaks, as well as affordable prices (treatments start at $25). “Plush is a place where women can bring their babies, get a little pampering, and connect with other women,” says co-founder and head esthetician Jennifer Paige. “We do whatever it takes to make mom and baby feel comfortable.”