Archive for November, 2010

One More Reason to Kick Butts

You would have to be living under a rock to not know by now all of the damage smoking cigarettes causes. In addition to the obvious health risks, smoking also wreaks havoc on the skin, causing wrinkles, a dull complexion, and dehydration. And now, a recent study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reveals that smoking cigarettes is also linked to comedonal postadolescent acne (CPAA), a type of acne most common in adult females. The study determined that nearly 73 percent of the adult women with CPAA who participated were smokers. Writes the authors, “According to our results, CPAA appears as the most frequent clinical form of postadolescent acne and seems to be strictly correlated with cigarette smoking.”

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami Gets a Makeover

Several years ago, I visited The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, and was impressed by its treatments, its therapists, its location, and its look. Now, following a magnificent makeover, the spa has even more to offer discerning guests. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the spa has completed a significant refurbishment with the redesign of its public and private spaces. The new design blends gold, blue, and brown hues within a peaceful spa environment. “Through design, we’ve created an experiential journey that is designed to awaken the senses,” says spa director Osa Mallo. “The new design complements the 11 private treatment rooms and six VIP Spa Suites and provides a spectacular setting for spa guests to enjoy a range of delightful treatments.”

Designed by Robert D. Henry Architects, the spa’s public areas are now bright and lively and include a spa welcome reception and new retail boutique. A gold beaded circular backdrop, resembling a golden blanket, welcomes and envelops guests at reception. In the retail boutique, products are showcased in retail displays set into rich zebrawood millwork that are reminiscent of the varying trunks of trees. Soft sandalwood scents fill the air providing a journey for both the eyes and the mind.

To celebrate this update, guests can partake in the 10th Anniversary Spa package ($640, 5 hours), which includes a Contour & Firm body treatment, a Time Reversal facial, an Anti-Aging Manicure, a Reviving Pedicure, and a Bento Box lunch served poolside.

Congrats to The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami! I can’t wait to see the update in person.

Arizona Biltmore Offers Spa Specials for the Holiday

Spa-goers can pamper themselves this season with 20 percent off of holiday treatments at the Arizona Biltmore. Guests can take a break from the stresses of the season with the spa’s special menu of treatments, including the Vanilla or Cinnamon Spice Stone Massage ($195, 80 minutes) ($150, 50 minutes; $210 for 80 minutes), the Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice Body Scrub and Massage, the Harvest Facial ($135, 50 minutes), and Candy Cane Stone Manicure or Pedicure ($85, 50 minutes). It’s the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season—and save a few bucks as well.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis is Set to
Re-Open in Time for the Holidays

We here at American Spa are big fans of luxury resorts in exotic locales. So we were delighted to learn that The Four Seasons Resort Nevis, which has been closed for the past two years due damage from Hurricane Omar, is slated to re-open December 15th. The 196-room resort will feature a number of first-class amenities, but we are especially excited about the updated gardens at Spa at Four Seasons, where vacationers can relax, rejuvenate, and rejoice that this magnificent property has been restored.

Oasis Day Spa Builds Business by Going Off-Site

‘Tis the season for pop-up stores. Capitalizing on that idea, Oasis Day Spa (New York City and Westchester) is boosting business by taking its services outside of the spa. It provides estheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, and hair and makeup artists for private parties, in-store promotions, sales meetings, and more across the country. One of its off-site clients even refers to it as “Re-Fresh Direct.” With the holidays upon us, it’s the perfect opportunity to take your spa to those who are too busy to make it there on their own.

Taj Boston Offers ‘Your Choice’ Customized Packages

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, it is always comforting to have a variety of choices at your fingertips when it comes to your hotel stay. The Taj Boston is offering guests the opportunity to customize their visit with the ‘Your Choice” package, a unique way of personalizing your trip. From now until March 31, 2011 guests can select from a list of accommodations and services, for one all inclusive price starting at $349.

Choose from one of three accommodations:

Deluxe guestroom: With views of the public garden, a 42 inch flat screen TV, luxury bedding and a marble bath.

Premiere guestroom: A more spacious version of the deluxe guestroom with views of Newbury Street or the Public Garden.

Fireplace Suite: Featuring a wood-burning fireplace with your very own fireplace butler who will prepare a wood fire of your choice from the firewood menu and a separate bedroom with an addition flat screen TV.

Choose from one of three services:

Spa Treatment: Enjoy a signature treatment at the Exhale Spa with your choice of a 60-minute massage, a True Facial or the spa’s Pure Manicure and Pedicure.

Transportation: Roundtrip transportation between Boston’s Logan Airport and the Taj Boston in a luxury sedan.

Dinner: A three course dinner for two including wine we be served at The Café, the Taj’s AAA 4-Diamond rated restaurant.

For an additional $100 per night guests can have Taj Club access, which includes key card access for two to the private Taj Club Lounge with breathtaking views from the 15th floor, a food and beverage presentation five times per day, free WiFi, and  service from the Taj concierge staff.

The American Spa Staff Heads to D.C.
for a Team-Building Experience

Last week, the American Spa crew took a road trip to D.C. for the annual ISPA Conference. There, we caught up with old friends; made some new ones; discovered interesting new products; attended various industry parties, including bashes by Clarisonic, Éminence Organic Skin Care, and Universal Companies; and bonded with a group run through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. Best of all was the opportunity to spend time with our fellow American Spa teammates who are scattered throughout the country and beyond. As we parted ways, it was with a renewed sense of purpose to continue giving our best to bring you a must-read spa publication that reflects the people and places that make this industry truly special. Offers Prada Wallet Sweepstakes

I love to toss my hat into the ring when it comes to giveaways, especially if it’s for a fabulous prize. Now, a premier online fashion retailer, is hosting a giveaway of it’s own that will not disappoint even the most discriminating fashionista. Simply complete a short survey with feedback on BeFlurt and/or sign up for their newsletter and you will automatically be entered to win a black lambskin wallet ($425 value) from the famed house of Prada. Choose any or all three of the following options to enter:

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All entries must be completed by Dec. 1. BeFlurt will only accept one entry per method with a maximum of three entries per person. A winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. For more information regarding the contest please go to the BeFlurt blog at Good luck!

Mandarin Oriental Launches Global Gift Cards

Looking for the perfect holiday present for friends and loved ones? Give the gift of luxury travel with the help of a global Gift Card from Mandarin Oriental. A brand-new offering from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the Mandarin Oriental Gift Card is available in denominations ranging from $50 to $10,000 and can be redeemed for hotel accommodation, indulgent spa treatments, Michelin-starred dining, and more.

The new Gift Card is the gift that keeps on giving year-round. The cards can be purchased all year online and at all Mandarin Oriental hotels worldwide. There is no expiration date, and the cards can be used at any participating Mandarin Oriental hotel, regardless of the place of purchase. All cards are stylishly presented in an attractive gift folio and can also be delivered with a special personalized message to any location around the world.

“We are delighted to have been able to create the opportunity for our guests to offer the ‘gift’ of Mandarin Oriental globally, and hope the cards will be a treat to both give and to receive,” says Michael Hobson, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Mandarin Oriental Gift Cards are a natural extension of our luxury brand, offering flexibility and a range of delightful experiences in which to indulge worldwide.”

To give the gift of Mandarin Oriental, visit, or visit any Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Kohler Waters Spa Celebrates 10 Years
With Retro Pricing & Fun Packages

Kohler Waters Spa (Kohler, WI), which was featured in our November issue, is offering an array of treatments to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. Guests are invited to discover the healing and replenishing powers of the Waters Spa with special anniversary retro pricing.  With it, they can celebrate jthe holiday season, while saving money with some great values on services. Here are some of the options:

New Seasonal Treatment: ($95, 50 minutes) From now through Dec. 31, guests can enjoy the Sea Foam Back Pack, a treatment that restores the mind and body with an emphasis on the back. Starting with the trigger point head massage and sea foam mud pack, this treatment is topped off by a full body moisturizer application that relieves stress.

Frankincense and Myrrh Pedicure Seasonal Treatment: ($85, 50-minutes) From now through Dec. 31, guests can relax with a foot soak infused with frankincense essential oil followed by a chamomile scrub that exfoliates the feet and legs and an application of myrrh oil to the feet. The treatment is then followed by a cooling foot mask using fus balm lotion then wrapped in warm booties. If that weren’t enough, a drop of myrrh oil is massaged into the hand and nails, while a soothing foot and leg massage completes the treatment.

The Deer Season ‘Widow’ Package: From Nov. 18- to Nov. 28, ladies with partners who are busy hunting can indulge in this unique package that includes an overnight stay (standard rooms start at $108 per person), a $30 gift certificate for The Shops at Woodlake, an in-room bottle of red or white wine, and a 30 percent discount on any service at Kohler Waters Spa.

It’s the anniversary gift that keeps on giving.

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