Julie Keller Callaghan

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...

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...

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