Cristina De Oliveira

Shea it Best

Get to the nut of it with your clients, and share the many benefits of nutrient-rich shea butter.
We all know that hydration is crucial and that drinking plenty of water optimizes the functions of the body. What some people forget is that the body needs not only to be hydrated from the inside but also from the outside. With the summer sun sapping moisture from your clients' skin, 'tis the perfect season to introduce ultra-moisturizing shea butter treatments into your spa. Shea butter comes from karite trees, which are only found in the wild in the savannah...

Making a Splash

The architect Morris Lapidus once said, "If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone who enters will play their part." In 1954, the Fontainebleau Hotel, Lapidus's postmodern masterpiece, opened its iconic doors on the shore of Miami Beach, and a grand stage it was. Not only was the Fontainebleau lauded because of its stellar accommodations and sheer size,...

The Aloha Spirit

As soon as guests reach Maui, they will find it quite simple to slip into the island groove. Whether it stems from fashioning a fresh lei around their necks, being welcomed by a smiling face saying "Aloha," or seeing the sapphire Pacific waters for the first time, a calming force takes over and allows visitors to kick back and enjoy...

The Italian Way

Italians are known for enjoying la dolce vita —the sweet life. While it may sound like an excuse to be lackadaisical, it's actually a very proactive way of appreciating the simple joys that can be found every day. Deep in the heart of Tuscany, visitors can find Adler Thermae Spa Resort , a destination spa that allows its guests to...

Into the Blue

Visitors can discover a veritable fountain of youth in Iceland, either while becoming one with nature at the Blue Lagoon, or diving into wellness at its sister property in the world's northernmost capital city.
It is safe to say that there is definitely something in the water in Iceland. This would be the easiest explanation as to why Icelanders are often touted as being the happiest people on earth or why their average life expectancy is among the highest in the world. While a direct correlation can't be assumed, we do know something about...

Trump Card

Famously a family affair, the Trump Organization has left an indelible impression on the Chicago spa scene where customization—and a touch of sophistication—is key.
The ritzy stretch of North Michigan Avenue dubbed "The Magnificent Mile" is the epicenter of all things luxe in the Windy City. Just a stone's throw away from the finest stores and hotels, the eponymous Trump Hotel and Tower Chicago opened its doors in January and is proving to be a perfect fit in the neighborhood. If retail therapy is...

Pacific Coast Hideaway

This O.C. gem invites guests to luxuriate and unwind by the sea with California-style care.
There is more to Orange County than what is seen on television. Pop culture has painted a picture of Southern California that is teeming with blondes, Bentleys, Botox, and brats. In reality, what welcomes visitors is a stylish and sophisticated seaside paradise that lends itself to lavish getaways. Perched high on a bluff that spills into the ocean, the St...

Sharing the Limelight

Spa and fitness set the stage for a comprehensive wellness experience at these two L.A.-area health havens.
WITH SUN-DRENCHED DAYS AND GLITTERATI-FILLED NIGHTS, Los Angeles has the tendency to come across as picture perfect. While it may seem that all of L.A. is a stage, and bronzed blonde beauties with svelte physiques are mere players, it's important for the average person to remember that looking good takes time and dedication. Forget the silver screen; Equinox Fitness Clubs...

A World Away

CONSIDERING THE FRENETIC PACE OF LIFE IN MANHATTAN, it's hard to believe that a halcyon escape is only a few hours away. Whether city slickers are on the hunt for ski slopes, fall foliage, hiking trails, or just a breath of fresh air, the Hudson River Valley of New York state, just north of New York City, is a popular...

A Revolutionary Idea

History buffs and relaxation seekers unite at this southern Virginia spa, which pays homage to its colonial heritage.
Williamsburg, VA, locals are quite familiar with providing out-of-towners with the royal treatment. As an open-air museum (also known as living history), Virginia's 18th-century colonial capital appears to be frozen in time and is teeming with families and history enthusiasts all year. This May, even Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, visited town to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first...

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