Archive for July 14th, 2010

Sparkling Hill Shines in Canada

The saying goes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’ve learned that crystals can also leave a girl feeling good inside and out. I learned this on a recent trip to Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, British Columbia. Utilizing 1.9 million Swarovski crystals throughout the property, the resort is truly a dazzling site. Located on the edge of a granite ridge overlooking the Monashee Mountains and Lake Okanagan, the resort offers some of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen. I was able to explore much of the surrounding area during my trip–I hiked the property, rode a mountain bike across train trestles on the Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley Railway, and visited four local wineries. I loved all the outdoor activities I partook in, but afterward I was happy to enjoy the breathtaking views while relaxing indoors at Sparkling Hill’s beautiful 40,000-square-foot KurSpa. Stay tuned for more about the new hotel and spa in an upcoming edition of American Spa.

GlobalFit Helps Promote Healthy Living

Living in New York City, it is sometimes quicker to walk places than it is to take a cab or the subway, which I realized is quite beneficial after reading an email from GlobalFit, an online provider of benefits for healthy living. The report listed a variety of popular foods, along with the number of steps it takes to burn off the calories, based on an average calorie burn for a 150-lb person, and the results were surprising to me Here is a sampling:

• One serving of mashed potatoes: 1,540 steps
• One serving of chocolate ice cream: 1,980 steps
• Large French fries: 6,000 steps
• A slice of pepperoni pizza: 4,560 steps
• A Cheeseburger: 3,840 steps
• 16 potato chips: 1,800 steps
• A mug of beer: 1,680 steps
• A chocolate chip cookie: 2,520 steps

Even foods that are considered healthy require a considerable amount of steps to burn off calories, such as:

• A banana: 1,068 steps
• A navel orange: 828 steps
• A hardboiled egg: 936 steps
• 14 baby carrots: 672 steps

Luckily, GlobalFit offers online visitors a variety of options to help them stay healthy and keep the calories offer through education, community support, and incentives, but the benefits are not available to the general public. An employer or insurance provider must belong to the network. If you are interested in offering your staff an added incentive to stay healthy, your company can become a GlobalFit sponsor by clicking here.

Poolside Treatments Entice Las Vegas Spa-Goers

Las Vegas spa-goers can now experience poolside pampering with seasonal specials inspired to restore guests and offer respite from the hot summer sun at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace and The Spa at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Spa-goers at Qua Baths & Spa can indulge in:

  • Tops and Tails ($70, 20 minutes), which features a coconut or mango sugar scrub followed with a hand and foot massage
  • Restore ($75, 20 minutes), which is ideal for those seeking a remedy for sunburned skin and incorporates a dilo gel combined with exotic nut oil and pure aloe to cool and regenerate dehydrated skin
  • Cabana Massage ($140, 50 minutes), which features a full-body massage using Swedish techniques and Epicurean oil
  • Spa-goers short on time can take part in the spa’s Chair/Table Relaxation ($25, 10 minutes) that incorporates therapeutic massage techniques to relieve tension

Spa-goers at the Spa at Flamingo Las Vegas can enjoy poolside pleasures, as well, with services, such as:

  • Cabana Classic ($110, 50 minutes), which is a relaxing Swedish massage
  • Two-Pair ($220, 50 minutes) allows guests to enjoy their massage next to their partner in a cooled, open-air cabana
  • Chill Out ($85, 25 minutes), which is ideal for those looking for an antidote to stiffness, includes a head, neck, and shoulder massage using cooling gels to work tired muscles and dissolve aches and pains.

These new indulgent offerings are sure to make a splash with even the most discerning spa-goers.

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