Julie Keller Callaghan

A Feast for the Senses

Discover how the creative core values of this worldwide spa brand result in impressive and unforgettable experiences for guests.
With a global collection of exotic spas, Six Senses continually makes headlines and wins awards for its authentic, immersive retreats and its equally inspiring spas. From pristine island hideaways to incomparable urban oases, the spas in its portfolio provide guests with transformative wellness experiences they won’t soon forget. Here, Anna Bjurstam, vice president of Six Senses Spas, shares some of the strategies that have helped create such a successful, thriving brand. What is your company’s spa mission statement? A. Our...

SoCal Soothing

A beloved San Diego-area inn debuts a renovation and a charming new spa.
Southern Californians are no strangers to facelifts, but a recent multi-million-dollar update to The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe (CA) ushered in a makeover that will cause even the most jaded beauty lovers to do a double take. The 21-acre property recently underwent a $12 million upgrade that involved renovations to The Inn’s guest rooms, public areas, meeting facilities, fitness...

On Course for Success

Since its debut in March 2002, The Spa at Pinehurst (NC), located on the grounds of the historic Pinehurst Resort, has been a mecca for both sports aficionados needing rejuvenation following a day on the famous greens and those who simply have a penchant for pampering. “Our menu of services was created with both spa connoisseurs and athletes in mind and includes several massage services designed to help with athletic recovery,” explains spa director Jennifer Reid. Thankfully, there is plenty...

Ocean Inspired

The treasures of the sea help this buzzworthy spa make a splash in South Beach.
Taking inspiration from the ocean, Renew the Spa at The James Royal Palm (Miami) is quickly proving to be worth its salt. Integral to the menu, amenities, and other elements of the spa is salt, which has been proven to heal and reinvigorate the body. “Salt is the ultimate natural ingredient for balance and holistic living,” says nutritionist Oz Garcia,...

Elements of Relaxation

The latest addition to the Langham spa portfolio helps Chicago spa-goers discover their Zen.
In Chinese, the word chuan means “flowing water,” and as the source of life, water represents rebirth and rebalancing. For these reasons and more, Langham Hotel Group chose this name to brand its spas, the latest of which has flowed seamlessly into the Chicago spa scene. Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago is the latest addition to the brand’s relaxation...

A Clear Vision

Discover how an innovative acne-focused skincare clinic is bringing clear skin to Manhattanites.
When Eric Schweiger, M.D., opened his dermatology clinic, Schweiger Dermatology, four years ago in New York City, he quickly noticed a skincare niche that wasn’t necessarily being addressed—the management of acne. “I realized about half my patients were acne patients, and there were no other dermatologists focusing on acne—everyone was doing cosmetic and anti-aging,” says Schweiger. “I wanted to focus on acne scarring, offer laser and lights, and take insurance to help my acne and acne-scar patients really improve their...

Green in Action

Learn about the creative way a California spa completed a green update
The Spa at Laguna Cliffs (CA) has made green aspirations a reality with a green-o-vation of its facilities and an updated menu using organic products. Rather than gutting the spa and starting over when it was time for an update, designer George Bernal of George Bernal Custom Made (Santa Ana, CA) led a cosmetic remodel that involved up-cycling and repurposing...

Ingredients to Watch

Hot Ingredients
Brilliant Brighteners “Madonna lily regulates skin pigmentation to overcome un-uniform skintone due to aging or excessive UV exposure. This plant stem cell helps prevent and decrease dark spots, allowing skin to look more radiant, lighter, and younger.”—Sam Dhatt, CEO, DermaQuest ( www.dermaquestinc.com ) “Arctostaphylos uva-ursi leaf extract (bearberry leaf extract) and mitracarpus scaber extract soften and fade pigment spots, pigment accumulations, and skin roughness without aggressive bleaching while preventing the formation of freckles, brown spots, and dark skin areas with...

A Shot of Beauty

With the help of improved techniques and tools, doctors are finding new ways to tackle aging with injectables.

Urban Renewal

The iconic Red Door brand opens a hip outpost in Manhattan’s Union Square.
For more than 100 years, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa on Fifth Avenue in New York City has been known as a mecca for some of the city’s most indomitable doyennes (though it did move to a posh new location in January 2012). Now, the well-established brand is modernizing yet again with the debut of The Red Door–Union Square ,...