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Villa Del Arco in Cabo San Lucas Introduces
Peace of Mind Spa Package

I’ve only been to Cabo once. It was while on a cruise with my dad. Unfortunately, our time there was limited to a single afternoon spent drinking on a pirate ship and snorkeling in the surrounding waters. Someday soon, I hope to return to the popular destination. Other spa-loving travelers might start packing their bags even sooner thanks to the Spa Experience: Peace of Mind Package ($550 per night) at Villa Del Arco. Valid until Dec. 19, the package includes four nights in a one-bedroom ocean view suite, six spa services, a welcome bottle of wine, one romantic bath complete with flowers and aromatic candles, daily spa turn-down service, a handmade beach bag, L’Occitane amenities, daily yoga classes and complimentary use of the Desert Spa facilities, daily breakfast, and more. It’s the perfect way to experience the 31,000-square-foot spa, the largest in Baja California.

The Atlantic Resort & Spa is Calling All Surf Goddesses

Years ago, I visited the Loews Coronado Bay Resort (CA) on a spa trip with one of my best friends. While there, we took an introductory surfing lesson and found ourselves instantly hooked. It wasn’t long before we had planned a surf trip to El Salvadore, where we promptly found ourselves in over our heads. Although we weren’t quite ready for El Salvadore’s waves, it didn’t diminish our love of the sport. A few years later, I talked my dad into going surfing with me while visiting the Ancient Cedars Spa at The Wickaninnish Inn (Tofino, Canada). For me, spas and surfing have always been a natural fit, and it appears that the folks at The Atlantic Resort & Spa (Fort Lauderdale, FL) would agree. The ocean-inspired Spa Atlantic is making waves with its Surf Goddess package, a two-to-four-day bespoke program that offers surf lessons from Hang Loose Surf School, healthy cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatments, and luxurious accommodations. This is one package I’d dive into headfirst.

Finding a Taste of Adventure at Primland Resort

Last week, I headed south to visit Primland resort (Meadows of Dan, VA), set upon 21,000 acres in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While the spa was my primary reason for visiting, the resort’s numerous outdoor activities proved just as enticing. Donning my favorite ExOfficio gear, I was dressed for adventure, which is exactly what I got with an unforgettable ATV trail ride and a walk in the woods along the original Appalachian Trail. I also took aim at some sporting clays, surprising even myself when I proved to be a rather decent shot. When I finally retired to the spa after the day’s exploits, I found a menu of tempting treatments that offered up another adventure all their own.

Signing Off: Cancer

Cancers are stepping out of the shadows and taking on more challenges. As encouraging as this newly found lifestyle may be, they still need time to indulge and to be pampered. Cancers may get a promising professional opportunity.

Kamma Bothe has a degree from the Thalamus Institute for Psychology and Holistic Medicine in Berlin, Germany. She later continued her education in astrological studies with various well-known experts and has been working for 30 years as an astrological counselor and reader. Bothe ran her own clinic in Germany and is still known there as one of the pre-eminent readers. Now living in Sedona, AZ, she does readings at Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment Resort. You can contact her at or visit

Las Ventanas al Paraiso Introduces
An Exclusive Book Club

Having spent more than a decade working in publishing, I’ve acquired a fair number of writer friends who often give me a sneak peak at their works in progress. Now, thanks to a new program at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, guests can get their hands on advance copies of novels by best-selling authors. The “Hot Type” program is made possible through an exclusive arrangement with top publishing houses. Between six weeks to six months from being released for sale, the Hot Type books can be read poolside, the perfect way to relax after a treatment at The Spa at Las Ventanas. The following advance novels are currently available:

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

A Year and Six Seconds by Isabel Gillies

In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks

The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Spa Week Announces Dates for its Fall 2011 Event

Spa enthusiasts on a budget or who just enjoy a great deal should mark their calendars. This fall, Spa Week, which involves hundreds of spas and wellness facilities across North America offering two to three of their signature services for just $50, will take place October 10 through 16. To take advantage of the event, consumers should register on for exclusive information on participating spas. Because spas typically book up quickly, it is recommended that spa-goers sign up in advance and book their appointments immediately.

Three New Board Members Join Green Spa Network

The Green Spa Network, a five-year-old association of spas, wellness resorts, and spa leaders dedicated to embracing and promoting the connection among personal well-being, economic sustainability, and environmentalism, will now benefit from the expertise of the following new board members:

Darren Hickman is the president of Szep Elet, the exclusive distributor of ilike organic skin care and Puree Spa Organics. Hickman is also part owner and director of Engeenuity, a company developing all-natural antibacterial and preservation technologies for the water and food industries.

Kim Marshall is owner of The Marshall Plan, a dynamic public relations and branding firm established in 1995 in Los Angeles. It was the first in the U.S. to specialize in spas. Today, the firm’s clients include brand leaders in the areas of lifestyle, hospitality, and wellness industries.

Rianna Riego is the principal and founder of Global SpaVantage, which is poised to be a primary resource in the spa industry by providing leadership for day spas, resort spa, medical spas, wellness centers, and resource partners to help manage and grow their businesses.

These three new members join GSN president Roberto Arjona, general manager and CEO of Rancho La Puerto (Tecate, Mexico); Jim Chenevey, co-owner and CEO of Earthlite and Living Earth Crafts; Cici Coffee, founder of Natural Body Spa & Shop (Atlanta); Lara Davidson, spa director at The Spa at Pebble Beach; Tara Grodjesk, founder and president of Tara Spa Therapy; and GSN founding board member Michael Stusser, founder of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary (Freestone, CA). Together, they will work to provide access to a community of spas and resources that is committed to sustainability, offer a Greening Toolkit as a first step to greening a spa’s operations, provide access to advisory forums on green design and development, and more. What is your spa doing to become more green?

Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean and Mexico Resorts Offer Free Pedicures to its Facebook Fans

Come summer, I love a pretty pedicure. What’s even better is a complimentary one. Fortunately, Facebook fans of Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean and Mexico Resorts can enjoy just that thanks to some of the folks there. They’re invited to enjoy a day of free pedicures and massages this Thursday, June 23, from 11am to 6pm, at 25th St. and Fifth Ave (adjacent to Madison Square Park). Those who are interested can print an invitation at What better way to step into summer?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposes New Sunscreen Regulations to go into Effect Next Year

Choosing a sunscreen used to be easy. You’d simply look at the SPF and call it a day. Now we know that not all sunscreens are created equal. Products that protect against ultraviolet B (UVB), the rays primarily responsible for causing sunburn, will not necessarily protect you and your clients from skin cancer or premature aging. Fortunately, the FDA is shedding light on the situation to clear up any confusion related to the effectiveness of sunscreen products and ensure that they’re both labeled and manufactured properly. One of the proposed regulations is that sunscreen products with SPF values higher than 50 will simply be labeled SPF 50+. This is on account of the fact that the FDA doesn’t have adequate data proving that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide any additional protection than SPF 50 products. What do you look for in the sunscreens you choose for your clients? For more information on the proposed regulations, click here. Also, be sure to check out “Here Comes the Sun” in our latest issue.

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