Archive for February 22nd, 2011

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An Ideal Respite from Rough Seas

This past weekend, I passed through Buenos Aires on my way home from an epic trip to Antarctica. While there, I had an opportunity to spend a night at the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires and experience an Aromasoul Renewal ($150, 50 minutes) at Ahin Wellness & Spa. The menu paints an enticing picture of the treatment by describing the hands of the therapist as “dancing like the waves.” After several days of tossing and turning on the Chilean icebreaker the Antarctic Dream while crossing the Drake Passage, I was a bit leery of any sort of wave action. However, the Comfort Zone massage soon lulled me into a state of total relaxation. It was the perfect antidote to 10 days at sea.

Belava Introduces Pedicure Chair Contest

Springtime is the perfect time to prettify your spa with new furniture and equipment. Belava is offering you the chance to just do this for free with its No-Plumbing Pedicure Chair contest. The company is giving away a chair in the color of your choice (either black or beige/gold) to the entrant with the best essay about the brand. To enter, submit 300 words on one of two topics:

Topic 1: Why did you choose to use Belava Disposable Liners, the Belava Pedicure Tub, the Belava Heater/Massager, and/or the No-Plumbing Indulgence Pedicure Chair? How are Belava Pedicure Products helping you? In your professional opinion, what could be done to make Belava products even better?

Topic 2: For non-Belava users, how do you deal with your state board’s sanitation requirements when providing pedicure services?

The winner will receive the chair, which has a retail value of $1,088, as well as free shipping. The contest is opened to licensed nail technicians, students, and spa/salon/school owners. Proof of eligibility is required. The deadline for submissions is April 15.

See complete rules and enter at You can also mail your entry to Belava, LLC, P.O. Box 9068, Canoga Park, CA 91309. Be sure to include a telephone number so Belava can contact you.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London Helps Ladies Paint the Town Red

Fashionistas who like to kick up their perfectly attired—and perfectly primped—heels are flocking to The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, which has teamed with acclaimed shoe designer Christian Louboutin with the Paint the Town Red package (starting at $800 per night). It includes a manicure and pedicure for two at the award-winning spa, where guests select from a choice of rich red nail colors; a private appointment in the hidden Library Room of Christian Louboutin’s flagship London boutique; two Paint the Town Red cocktails in the Mandarin bar; and brunch at the hotel’s new restaurant, Bar Boulud, which includes a bottle of red wine or two Bloody Marys. After enjoying the pleasures of this exciting and elegant day, guests can strut through the hotel’s lobby wearing their signature red-soled heels.

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