Archive for May 18th, 2010

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya Offers an OM Away From Home

Mexican beach vacations aren’t all about indulging in margaritas and suntans. Thanks to the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico, yoga-lovers can enjoy a four-day holistic program taught by a skilled team of in-house yoga instructors. Starting at $2,155 for single occupancy, the three-night Wellness Yoga Retreat package includes luxury accommodations, daily yoga classes for both beginner and experienced yoga students, daily guided meditations, three meals per day created by the spa’s culinary and wellness teams, use of the Heat and Water Therapies (including the steam, sauna, and vitality pools), and choice of one spa treatment. This healthy getaway will have guests running south of the border to say si to wellness.

Programs are scheduled for the following dates:
•June 24-27
•August 26-29
•September 23-26
•October 21-24

Also, group programs can be arranged throughout the year for four or more individuals. For more information, please call (866) 585-8575.

What Plans Do You Have For the Spa
For the Upcoming Summer Season?

By Guest Blogger | May 18, 2010

“We all know about the protection we need from the sun, so this summer season we will be highlighting summer-long specials on facials. We’ll offer a gift with purchase that includes a cosmetic bag, a sun hat, and sunscreen products from Eminence Organic Skin Care and Skinceuticals. Midweek discounts on facials and seasonal makeup specials will also be a part of the lineup. Our team is ready to help our guests look and feel their best while providing them with a brief escape from the busy summer we know they have planned. We’ll also include special offers on our website, so guests can plan accordingly. At The Spa at Saybrook Point Inn, it’s all about celebrating summer.”—Marie Baumuller, spa & wellness director, The Spa at Saybrook Point Inn (Old Saybrook, CT)

The Healing Power of Arnica

George, the adorable culprit of my latest injuries, which were cured by arnica oil.

It’s no secret that I am somewhat of a klutz, but two weeks ago I took one of my worst spills. I was sitting on my sister’s deck reading a magazine and lazily holding the retractable leash of her boxer, George, when all of a sudden a cat strolled by, sending George into a tizzy and causing me to be pulled a few hundred yards behind him. The cat escaped unscathed, but unfortunately I wasn’t as lucky. After a trip to the emergency room, I was the proud owner of three torn ligaments in my right arm, a severely sprained wrist, and a lot of pain. Over the next couple of days, the swelling and bruising became so severe that I was actually scaring small children on the subway, and my family started referring to me (jokingly, but not really) as “Club Arm.” Realizing that ice just wasn’t cutting it, I remembered an article I had written last June about arnica, which is well known for its anti-inflammatory and muscle relieving properties. So I scoured my office beauty closet and found Dr. Hauschka’s Birch Arnica Body Oil, which I immediately began slathering on my arm. After applying it consistently, three days later not only had the bruising almost disappeared but the swelling was reduced dramatically. I was so impressed by the results that I actually ventured to wear short sleeves today for the first time since the incident! Going forward (and knowing my history), I plan to keep this miracle oil on hand at all times. To read more about the healing benefits of arnica, check out my article here.

Scenes from Global Spa Summit

While there have already been some truly exciting pre-event activities here in Istanbul, the Global Spa Summit officially kicked off Monday night. But the day included a number of exciting Pre-Summit Bridge Building Sessions. I sat in on a session called Leveraging Technology for Greater Market Share, led by Lopo Champalimaud, co-founder of Wahanda. It was an interesting hour filled with tips and trends from several industry movers and shakers. My favorite cool idea to help build your spa’s world-of-mouth reputation? Invest in a PC and set it up near your reception desk. As guests depart, invite them to put a post about their experience on consumer review sites like or Potential clients are always trolling the web for spa reviews and recommendations, and this is a great way to get your spa to the top.

Post-session, I headed to the Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski, the event’s host hotel. As you can tell by the photos, a wonderful time was had by all. Check back often. I’ll be blogging more about the amazing experience I’m having at this year’s event.

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