Archive for March 12th, 2010

Highlands Spa at Ritz-Carlton Tahoe Helps Guests Get Their Beauty Sleep

On the heels of Heather Mikesell’s blog entry a few days ago about National Sleep Awareness Week, which ends today, I was thinking about a remarkable sleep treatment I had in December. I was going through a particularly stressful time in my life at the end of last year and was having trouble sleeping. Yes, I had broken into the Ambien and it was the only thing that allowed me to get some decent shuteye. I was in dire straits by the time I flew to Tahoe mid-month for opening weekend of The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe (here’s my story!).

While being quietly tucked away in the mountains did wonders for my stress level, the Drift to Sleep ($300, 2 hours) service at the spa really helped me get back on a reasonable sleep schedule. Developed in house, this service took place in a beautiful treatment room that offered views of the mountain. (Actually, the same room that ran on our cover.) I took a warm soak in a copper tub and watched the snowfall while I sipped a special blend of tea, which promotes relaxation. Following my bath, I had a stellar head-to-toe massage that really left me in a sublime state. The best part was that I didn’t have to rush out of the treatment room after my massage was finished—I had 30 minutes to myself to doze off and recuperate from weeks of insomnia. The treatment—and my weekend in Tahoe—helped me get back on track with sleep and sent me straight to Cloud 9!

For more on sleep-related treatments at the spa, click here.

Holly Doss Helps Brides Become Wedding Belles

While I think it is very sweet that my fiancé sends me a wedding countdown every day through text message, each message is a daily reminder that there isn’t much time left to start that diet, fitness plan, and skincare regimen I hoped to be far along with by now but haven’t even started thinking about yet! That is why I was extremely excited to come across LA-based makeup artist Holly Doss’ new Blushing Bride: A Bride’s Guide to Looking Her Most Radiant book. This beauty bible provides brides-to-be with a wealth of information and her proven step-by-step process to becoming a radiant bride, including a skincare diet and regimen for every skin type, a fitness plan to tighten and tone within a few weeks, tips on disaster-proofing the “look”, products made for grooming and controlling mishaps, and creating makeup looks based on the bride’s wedding type. With only 36 days to go, according to today’s text message, I better start reading!

NYC Spa-Goers To Experience the
Luck O’ the Irish at Just Calm Down Spa

In New York City, it’s not easy to ignore St. Patrick’s Day, which is less than a week away. On March 17, the city will be awash in a sea of green, complete with parades, Irish pub crawls, green beer, corned beef and cabbage specials, and…spa treatments. Thanks to Just Calm Down Spa, spa-goers who sign up for treatments on St. Paddy’s Day receive a free pint of beer, as well as discounts on some of the spa’s most popular services. Massage aficionados score a 20-percent savings on the Great Ginger Escape Deep Heat Therapy Massage, the Morocckin’ on the Marrakesh Express Massage, and the 007 Will Send You to Heaven Dirty Martini Massage. Sweet Shop Manicures Pedicures will be discounted by 20 percent, or guests can opt for a free paraffin treatment instead. Meanwhile, the Signature Swedish Massage and the Jewelicious Deep Cleansing Facial are being offered for 15 percent off. For Irish-minded serenity seekers, it’s a pot ‘o spa gold at the end of the relaxation rainbow.

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