Posts Tagged ‘California’

Riviera Resort & Spa offers Guests a Taste of Desert Indulgence

rivieraI’m currently sitting in the Palm Springs airport waiting for my flight back to New York City after enjoying an amazing weekend at the Riviera Resort & Spa. This was my first time in the desert, and I was immediately impressed by the breathtaking landscape, not to mention the gorgeous weather. After spending my days hiking in the San Jacinto mountains, eating indulgent meals, and enjoying time in a private cabana at the pool, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take my relaxation one step further at the spa. I experienced several amazing treatments, but the 80-minute signature Balinese massage was hands-down my favorite. After a wonderful weekend, I am headed back to the hustle and bustle of Manhattan fully rejuvenated and ready to plan my next trip to this decidedly decadent desert paradise.

Fairmont Sates the Need for Speed—and Spa

fairmontNot only does Sonoma County, CA, offer visitors a chance to slow down and savor the good life but it also allows them to gear up and reach adrenaline-pumping speeds. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa invites guests to enjoy its Speed Meets Spa Package with Jim Russell Racing School. Starting at $5,391 for a three-night stay, guests can enjoy the thrill of formula racing during two days of classes at the Infineon Raceway. After catching a glimpse into the life of a competitive racecar driver, guests can refuel in the lap of luxury at the resort’s 40,000 square foot spa. The package includes two 60-minute treatments, as well as dinner for two at Santé Restaurant and a wine tasting at Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves. This package allows guests to take the fast track to fun and relaxation.

For more spa happenings in Sonoma, keep an eye out for American Spa’s November issue.

The Italian Way

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Earlier this summer, I was able to explore a property I’ve heard a lot about—The Resort at Pelican Hill. After reading glowing reviews in Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Departures, my curiosity had definitely been piqued. My trip started off with a visit to T5 at JFK Airport, Jet Blue’s state-of-the-art terminal. After an easy flight—I was actually on time and able to watch Food Network the whole way—I landed in Long Beach, CA, and headed over to the resort. Saying that I’m an Italophile is an understatement, which is why I was thrilled to see the Italian-inspired resort with its colonnades, arches, and terracotta-capped buildings. Although the California rays were shining, I felt like I was under the Tuscan sun.

With a grandiose pool called The Coliseum, the creamiest risotto this side of the Atlantic, and a café that serves gelato worthy of a warm afternoon in Florence, the resort pays an elegant homage to its Italian roots throughout the entire property, including at the spa. The comprehensive treatment menu for the 23,000-square-foot spa includes Mediterranean-style services, such as the Olivo Pedicure ($80, 60 minutes), an olive-based pampering treat for feet, and the Body Gelato ($180, 60 minutes), a scrub and massage, which ends with a scoop of ice cream for further indulgence. While classical influences cannot be denied, the spa seamlessly incorporates high-tech equipment for maximum results. Thanks to the use of Ageless Aesthetic’s ULTRA machine and the expertise of a very experienced esthetician, I enjoyed a stellar Reveal Facial ($230, 60 minutes), which left my skin looking like porcelain. For more about The Spa at Pelican Hill, keep an eye out for American Spa’s December issue.

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