Archive for December 14th, 2010

Qua Baths & Spa Offers Clients Joy,
Peace, And Harmony for the Holidays

As a native Jersey Girl, I have spent my fair share of time in Atlantic City over the years. And, although I am not much of a gambler, I still love lying on the beach, taking a stroll on the boardwalk, and enjoying the rapidly growing spa scene.  This holiday season, Qua Baths &  Spa at Caesars Atlantic City is giving gamblers added incentive to check out the spa themselves with the limited-time Joy, Peace, and Harmony treatments. From now until January 31st, spa-goers can choose from the following options:

Joy Intensif Facial ($180, $75): Ideal for dry skin, this facial is designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize the skin with a frangipani sugar scrub. It also includes a paraffin treatment for the hands.

Peace Back and Foot Ritual ($180, 75 minutes): This treatments helps clients who have spent too much time on the go this holiday season. It includes a ginger, rosemary, and lemongrass foot exfoliation and reflex massage for the feet, as well as a back exfoliation and Swedish massage.

Harmony Back and Scalp Ritual ($180, 75 minutes): Created to release tension, this service begins with a nourishing milk blend drizzled on the forehead to saturate the hair and scalp prior to the scalp massage. Then clients are treated to an arnica and shea butter back exfoliation followed by a marine hot oil stone massage for the neck, shoulders, and back.

With enticing options such as these, I’m betting spa-goers are going to feel like they hit the jackpot without even having to enter a casino.

UC Irvine Extension Webinar to
Focus on 2011’s Top Spa Trends

In the ever-growing spa world, it is vital for professionals to have their finger on the pulse of the industry. With that in mind, UC Irvine Extension’s Spa & Hospitality Management program will present the eighth-annual “Top 10 Spa Trends To Watch” webinar. The free one-hour online event is being presented by Susie Ellis, an advisory board member of the program and president of SpaFinder. In the webinar, Ellis will discuss what is ahead in the spa industry for 2011 and will address topics including:

  • The spa trends to watch for in 2011
  • How spas are fairing in tough economic times
  • The benefits of continuing education in the spa industry

The webinar takes place on Wednesday, Jan.12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PST). For registration information, visit

A New RockResort Debuts In Miami
and Hits all the Right Notes

As the thermostat dips to precarious temperatures in New York City, I find myself longing to return to the new Tempo Miami, A RockResort. The weekend before last, I spent a couple of days in the stylish and hip hotel located in downtown Miami. It was the perfect home base from which to explore all that Miami has to offer. That particular weekend, there was plenty to see and do with Art Basel, the popular contemporary art exhibition, taking place. In addition, Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza could be found right across the street. Add in some former American Spa colleagues who just happened to be in town with a Camaro convertible and it had all the makings of an ideal getaway. Of course, the real treat for this spa editor was indulging in an 80-minute Swedish massage at the 8,000-square-foot RockResorts Spa. It was just what my body craved after pounding the pavement on a much-needed run. Next time, however, I’m opting for one of the spa’s signature treatments, all of which tie into the hotel’s name and are designed to reflect both the pace and tone of various musical movements. I was especially intrigued by the Sonata (4 hours 30 minutes), which involves a 50-minute Swedish Massage, a 50-minute Lime and Ginger Salt Scrub, and a specially designed Fennel Body Mask. As I prepare to bundle up before heading out and facing the brutal cold, I’m reminded that there is a warmer retreat tempting me with its siren’s song.

Guinot, Parrot Cay Unveil a Luxurious Getaway Contest

I love the to bask in the sun whenever I have the chance, but spending too much time soaking up the rays can cause a bit of sunburn, not to mention a need to apologize to my dermatologist, a problem sun lovers who head to the Caribbean often encounter. To help them soothe their over-exposed skin, Guinot Paris has exclusively introduced its signature Guinot Sun Soothing Treatment at Parrot Cay COMO Shambhala Retreat, a private island resort in Turks and Caicos. The 75-minute treatment includes a invigorating foot bath using Guinot’s aromatic energy essential oils, a therapeutic massage using after sun intensive recovery lotion, and a facial that will moisturize and cleanse the skin.

In celebration of this partnership between Guinot and Parrot Cay COMO Shambhala Retreat, one lucky spa-goer will win a three-night trip for two. Guests will enjoy all expense paid accommodations that include:

  • Two roundtrip economy airline tickets from within the U.S. (excluding Hawaii)
  • Three nights stay in a garden room
  • Champagne upon arrival
  • Guinot signature treatment for two
  • A guided snorkeling lesson and a private yoga class for two
  • Healthy meals through out your stay.

The promotion runs from Feb.1 to March 31, 2011. Log on to for a chance to win.

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