Archive for October 21st, 2010

Shanghai Is Set to Impress Savvy Spa-goers

Earlier this week, I returned from a whirlwind trip to Shanghai in which I experienced a taste of the city’s emerging spa scene. Staying at The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, I felt as if I had been transported back to the glamorous 1930’s Shanghai. The hotel once featured The Yangtze Dance Hall, with one of the first spring dance floors. Despite wanting to soak it all in, I made a hasty retreat to the hotel’s Chuan Spa within hours of my arrival. The spa’s Harmony Massage proved to be the perfect antidote to the 15-hour flight that it took to get there. I also had an opportunity to stay at the legendary Fairmont Peace Hotel, which just recently re-opened after an extensive renovation. Located on the Bund, the hotel is ideally situated for an early morning walk or Tai Chi session with impressive views of Pudong, an emerging hotspot and area of development on the east bank of the Huangpu River, in the background. Although the new Willow Stream Spa has yet to open. I did get a chance to tour the lavish facilities. It should be up and running by late November.  Stay tuned for more on Chuan Spa and the soon-to-open Willow Stream Spa in an upcoming issue.

One&Only Ocean Club Partners with Physique 57

In addition to amazing views of the ocean on one of the most gorgeous beaches in the Caribbean, guests of One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas can now opt for one of two exclusive fitness retreats to get them in top shape during their stay. In conjunction with Physique 57, which is a workout system deigned to rapidly transform the body through a proven cardiovascular program that combines isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches to improve the look and tone of legs, arms, and the abdomen, the resort will be offering two Physique 57 Retreats taking place Jan. 13-17 and May 12-16. Each weekend retreat, which starts at $1,450 per person based on double occupancy, includes:

• four night’s accommodation

• two daily Physique 57 classes on the outdoor beachfront pavilion

• $300 food and beverage credit

• Welcome barbaque catered by chef Jean-Georges

• Welcome gift bag with Physique 57 DVD set

• Return transfers to and from the airport

The rate also includes such perks as personalized butler service, daily fruit bowl, afternoon champagne and strawberries, and more. For more info or for reservations, click here.

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