Julie Keller Callaghan

A Taste of the Orient

Discover how the spectacular spas of this award-winning brand honor their Asian Heritage while providing guests with incomparable wellness offerings.
With a storied history that began in Hong Kong in the 1960s, thanks to its flagship property, The Mandarin Oriental hotels have become synonymous with Asian-inspired luxury. Today, the brand has grown to include 45 properties, representing close to 11,000 rooms in 25 countries. Among the most notable elements of many of these outposts are The Spas at Mandarin Oriental , elegant havens for powerful healing. Here, Andrea Lomas-Gong, head of group spa operations at Mandarin Oriental, explains why well-heeled...

Specialty Solutions

When Blow opened in New York City in 2005 as one of the world’s first blow-dry bars, a phenomenon was quickly born. A spate of blow-dry bars soon followed suit, with clients embracing trendy havens where they could stop in for a stylish blowout. Other popular blow-dry outposts that have embraced the trend include Drybar, which boasts nearly 40 locations nationwide; Blo, a popular Canadian chain; DreamDry from celeb stylist Rachel Zoe; and more. Since then, speedy, specific services delivered...

Wedded to Wellness

Leading one of the most romantic trends of the year is Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico), which debuted a new wedding program in 2014. An enchanting destination spa renowned for its divine setting, temperate climate, charming accommodations, healthy food grown on-site, and a host of award-winning fitness and wellness offerings, the property is also now providing the ultimate nuptial solution for wellness-minded couples. Duos can tie the knot at La Cocina Que Canta culinary center and organic farm, which can...

Appealing Apothecaries

Personalization has long been a buzzword in spas, and one of the most enticing ways clients can customize their experiences is by concocting their own wellness potions as part of apothecary experiences that are popping up at spas. “With the craze of customized dining experiences like Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery, I could see that people love to have it their own way, and I thought, ‘Why couldn’t we apply this same concept to someone’s spa experience?’” says Paul Heslop,...

In-Room Therapies

From bath butlers to skincare kits, guests no longer need to leave their rooms to find a host of spa options. Beyond simple in-room massages, spas are bringing a wellness mentality directly to clients in this emerging trend. Some properties, such as Mirbeau Inn & Spa (Skaneateles, NY), involve a spa staff member. For the Bath Butler program ($52) there, a personal bath butler arrives in the guest’s room equipped with an array of Zents’ ultra-hydrating bodycare products, and the...

Keeping it Real

Keeping It Real
Though clients have always flocked to spa services using ingredients that are indigenous to the region, the trend today is taking authenticity up a notch. In fact, one of the major shifts identified at the recent Global Spa & Wellness Summit was dubbed, “Authenticity in Overdrive,” where clients are becoming insistent on discovering experiences they can’t receive elsewhere. “Increasingly, it’s not the destination that matters, it’s the experience,” says Peter Greenberg, CBS travel editor and a speaker at the Summit...

Rustic Retreat

A luxe new Tennessee spa cultivates wellness for its clients in a picturesque farm setting.
The spa menu for The Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN) features a quote from Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe that reads, “We must always change, renew, and rejuvenate ourselves.” Though the elegant property has been rejuvenating guests for decades by providing them with a bucolic escape amid a peaceful Smoky Mountain setting, the June debut of The Wellhouse marked a...

Pillars of Pampering

Spa by JW
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has long established itself as a popular luxury brand, with 67 properties in more than 25 countries. Recently, the company debuted a new wellness concept called Spa by JW to “further enhance the travel experience of guests while catering to their passion for wellbeing,” says Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. The brand kicked off in September with the first location opening at the JW Marriott Houston...

Green Glory

Learn how the world’s first LEED-certified spa continues to thrive a decade after its inception.
Ten years ago, Nusta Spa (Washington, D.C.) made headlines as the world’s first LEED-certified spa. A decade later, the 5,000-square-foot, nine-treatment-room spa is still enticing guests with its sustainable focus and advanced natural therapies. In fact, it boasts a history that includes more than 200,000 services provided to more than 150,000 guests over the past decade, a success due in large part to a team of dedicated professionals, 35 percent of whom have been with the spa for at least...

Desert Star

The Ritz-Carlton makes its long awaited debut in the California desert with a buzzworthy new spa.
For decades, Palm Springs (CA) has attracted a host of Holly-wood icons, serving as a hot spot for the likes of Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra, among many others. This past spring, a new star blazed into this funky desert town with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. Located upon a bluff overlooking Palm Springs and the...

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