Heather Mikesell

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. Celebrates Spring with New Cherry-Themed Package and Treatment Special

Discover How One Spa is Springing Into the New Season
This past weekend, I couldn't help but notice the cherry blossoms in my Brooklyn neighborhood. Although it's a bit earlier than usual, I look forward to watching them bloom each spring. Today marks the advent of the spring season and with it comes a new Cherry Blossom Centennial package (starting at $395) from the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. The package...

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa Goes to the Dogs

Pamper Your Pup With a Spa Visit
Giving new meaning to the idea of ruffing it, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa (San Antonio) recently introduced a new canine program, which allows guests to bring along their four-legged friends. The hotel has designated a specific number of rooms with "barking lot" access as "Pups on Vacation" rooms. Guests will find treats, bowls, and doggie bags...

Gurney's in Montauk Introduces a Spring Wellness Retreat

An Editor Celebrates Another Year With a Visit to Gurney's
This past weekend, I celebrated my birthday at Gurney's Inn Resort Spa & Conference Center (Montauk, NY). As one of the country's only thalassotherapy spas, it offers a host of nourishing sea water treatments. While there, I experienced the Marine Kur Therapy ($265, 90 minutes), which involved a gentle exfoliation, a seawater hydrotherapy massage, a mineral-rich seaweed body wrap, and...

Marathon Specials Give Runners Another Reason to Celebrate

Discover How Some Spas Are Rewarding Runners Who Go the Distance
Although it has been several years since I ran the ING New York City Marathon , I can't help but think that I'll some day run another. The experience was such a positive one that I'd love to repeat it. Needless to say, there were many highlights, the main one being when I crossed the finish line in tandem with...

A Recipe for a More Balanced Life

Anyone who works in a spa knows that it's not nearly as relaxing as it sounds. However, it is important to practice what the industry preaches. Living a life of balance is an important step to staying both healthy and happy. Lifestyle coach and founder of Forward Options , Karen Elizaga has created a menu to achieve balance, energy, and...

Do You Know What Is In Your Product Lines?

Discover What Organic and Natural Really Mean.
Last month, the FDA found lead in 400 leading brands of lipstick. This got me to thinking about what else might be found in the skincare products we use everyday. Although there is a definite trend toward using natural and organic ingredients, it can be beyond confusing deciphering what the terms organic and natural even mean these days. Fortunately, we've...

Ocean House Introduces Wellness Weekends

Find Out How to Recharge Your Batteries in a Single Weekend.
While I've already shared my love of a tough boot camp , I also appreciate a great wellness weekend. Make the location a beautiful Victorian-era seaside resort and I'm sold. That's what spa-goers can look forward to at the Ocean House (Watch Hill, RI) next month and throughout the year. The resort is launching its signature Wellness Weekends (starting at...

Show Them the Love

When raises and bonuses aren’t in the budget, discover four affordable ways to keep your employees happy, loyal, and motivated.
Although the economy seems to be improving, chances are you’re probably still feeling cautious when it comes to spending. Asking employees to do more with less is de rigueur these days. Not surprisingly, some of your staff may be feeling a bit under-appreciated right about now, especially considering the fact that raises and bonuses are in short supply. Fortunately, cash isn’t the only thing to bring a smile to their faces. “People will never admit it, but money is not...

Portofino Paradise

A newly renovated spa on the Italian Riviera offers guests a taste of la dolce vita.
Perched high amid woodlands overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the bay of Portofino sits the expansive four-story Hotel Splendido. Once the site of a monastery in the 16th century and then a family summer home in the 19th century, it became a hotel in 1901 and quickly attracted the rich and famous, including the Duke of Windsor, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey...

Sphatika Helps Spa-goers Celebrate Their Birthdays

Find out how one spa encourages pampering during a birthday month.
Earlier today, I received a call from someone at Sphatika (New York City) wishing me an early happy birthday. Although my birthday isn't for another couple of weeks, the call was to let me know that I'm eligible for 20 percent off all treatments and products throughout March, my birthday month. It was a welcome surprise, as I don't even...

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