Archive for June 29th, 2010
Although Earth Day comes around only once a year, that’s no excuse to forego making an effort every day to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Spa Gregorie’s (Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Del Mar, CA), a founding member of the Green Spa Network, makes such eco-friendly pursuits a part of each and every day. From using recycled paper and soy ink for all printed paper materials and using unbleached paper towels for treatments to donating all towels to various non-profit organizations and recycling all bottles, cans, and products used in services, the spa and its staff is focused on thinking green. Here are some tips the staff shares with its spa-goers to help them do their part:
- Reduce waste by buying refill bottles for your favorite product. If your favorite brand doesn’t have a refill system, consider switching to one that does. Otherwise, be sure to recycle the bottles.
- Stop blowdrying your hair. Instead, roll your hair with Velcro rollers and let it air dry. This not only reduces energy, it also helps preserve the health of your hair.
- Take shorter showers. A five-minute shower can use between 15 and 25 gallons of water. Also, give up hot showers, which use more energy, and substitute a lukewarm rinse.
- Use natural light to apply makeup. Not only does it save energy, it can also give you better results.
- Take advantage of mini freebies available at most hotels. You can also collect them in a basket for houseguests to use.
Mexico has always been one of my favorite destinations, and a few years ago I had the opportunity to visit the amazing Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos. Like the entire resort, The Spa at Las Ventanas is second-to-none when it comes to the level of personalized service. Recently, with the addition of a Music Menu and an Incense Menu, guests can fully immerse themselves in a customized sensory experience.
The Music Menu offers five categories for spa-goers to choose from, including Gregorian Chants, Sounds of Mother Earth, Celtic Music, House Music, and Ancestral Music. For each category, the menu offers treatment recommendations that work best with that particular music choice. For example, guests who choose Ancestral Music will experience an awakening of emotions that unite them with their ancestors, which would be ideal for treatments based on ancient practices such as the Spiritual Chilam Ritual.
Because the spa’s treatment menu offers services based on one of the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, the Incense Menu offers guests an ideal way to engage their olfactory senses to complement their chosen treatment. For example, the Earth Element Incense choices include sandalwood and copal scents, while that Air Element Incense options are eucalyptus and lavender. With these two new menu options, guests can engage all of their senses while experiencing a bit of Mexican magic.