Archive for February 3rd, 2011
One of the best resorts I’ve stayed at in Europe is undoubtedly the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland. And two of the most memorable things were Cinq Mondes Spa, where I experienced amazing treatments, and the delicious food, which I ate a lot of during my stay. Now, both are combined with the introduction of the spa’s Chrononutrition program, which works by mapping out the particular enzymes and hormones the body produces at various times of the day, allowing guests to eat the foods they enjoy but still lose weight. With the exception of lactose-containing foods like milk and yogurt, no food is off limits. Spa-goers simply book a consultation with the nutritionist to learn what to eat and when, then just sit back and enjoy their favorite meals, along with the incomparable views of the Alps from the comfort of one of the most beautiful hotels in the country.
This year, I’m circumventing the usual fuss that surrounds Valentine’s Day and heading to Antarctica on a 10-day cruise. While that may sound extreme, it certainly takes the pressure off of planning something extravagant. However, if I wasn’t headed to the one region of the world without any spas, then I’d certainly take advantage of the many romantic spa escapes offered this coming Valentine’s Day. According to the ISPA 2010 Industry Study, 64 percent of spas reported offering couples’ massages. Another 44 percent offered a special package for couples. “Time spent relaxing and reconnecting with your loved one at the spa is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day,” says International SPA Association Lynne McNees. “Instead of the usual flowers and chocolates, why not focus on improving your Valentine’s overall health at the spa. The benefits of a spa experience will last well beyond February 14.” If you want to do something truly special for your clients this year, take a hint from the following spas:
- The Lodge at Woodloch (Hawley, PA) is offering a Chocolate Manicure ($65, 50 minutes) or Pedicure ($85, 50 minutes) as a way for clients to treat their significant others.
- Guests can enjoy the Side-By-Side Massage ($230, 60 minutes) with the one that they love at Oasis Day Spa (New York City).
- At The Spa at Terranea (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA), couples can opt for the Loving Touch in-room spa package ($250, 75 minutes). It teaches massage techniques that can be practiced at home and includes a rose petal bubble bath and champagne.