Julie Keller Callaghan

Passport to Peace

The on-site spa at a Balinese-inspired villa in Jamaica transports guests to a world of relaxation.
The word amanoka means “peaceful home” in Sanskrit, and those who vacation at Jamaica’s Amanoka villa quickly discover the property has been aptly named. Located in the island’s tranquil Discovery Bay, this seven-bedroom haven is the perfect retreat for discerning vacationers looking for a peaceful escape. “The owners wanted Amanoka to be a place where they and all visitors felt...

Overcome Back-To-Work Overload

Get some terrific tips for tackling your 2012 to-do lists as you return to work.
I just returned to the office after a lovely December, during which time I had about three week off between my wedding, honeymoon, and the holidays. Needless to say, I’m looking at an inbox filled with about 2,000 messages, unending voicemail messages, piles of mail to open, and I’m completely overwhelmed. Thankfully, one of the first emails I opened today...

My Destination Wellness Contest Helps Resolutions Stick

Fitness vacation provider helps wellness goals work beyond Jan. 1.
Want to help your clients keep their New Year’s resolutions beyond January 2? Take a hint from My Destination Wellness, a fitness vacation provider affiliated with Funjet Vacations. They recently announced the “Great American Resolution” contest, a series of weekly health challenges aimed at creating a “social resolution” to help participants stick with New Year’s resolutions. The contest runs from...

NoMI Spa Debuts Holiday Treatments

Chicago spa offers inspired seasonal services
This past summer, I got the chance to visit NoMI Spa at the Park Hyatt Chicago. While there, I experienced a wonderfully refreshing service that offered me a perfect retreat from the heat. (Check out American Spa’s October 2011 feature on the spa here .) After meeting director Rachael E. McCrory, I was certain she would be driven to come...

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York Goes High Tech

An editor checks out the spa’s latest state-of-the-art skincare offerings.
I’ve always been a fan of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York , and the all-natural skincare services I have received there have consistently been topnotch. So when I heard that the spa was going to start going high-tech with its facials, I was excited to see how the serene atmosphere would blend with the latest in cutting-edge skincare...

Atlantic City Spas Present SpaTacular

Las Vegas spa offers a creative charity promotion that also boosts sales.
While Atlantic City may be best known for its casinos, it’s also gaining an excellent reputation as the site of some pretty spectacular spas. This month, the blissful buzz will be even greater, thanks to SpaTacular, a promotion presented under the Total Atlantic City umbrella of Caesars, Harrah's Resort, Bally's and Showboat. From Friday, December 9 to Friday, December 23,...

Aquae Sulis Debuts 12 Days of Giving

Las Vegas spa offers a creative charity promotion that also boosts sales.
One of my favorite holiday songs is the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” So when I heard about a cool fundraiser by Aquae Sulis as the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa that combines, spa, charity, and my favorite tune, I thought it was an inspired idea. This year, the spa is hosting “12 Days of Giving,” a holiday fundraiser...

OPI’s Holland Collection Kicks Up the Creativity

American Spa’s editors are intrigued by OPI's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
Here at American Spa , we get pretty excited when we encounter inspired creativity. So when we received a press release about OPI’s Holland Collection, which will be released in Spring/Summer 2012, we fell in love with the new polish names. I’ve known for years that OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann is a wonder when it comes...

Surf’s Up

Guests can catch a wave of relaxation at a high-end spa resort in southern California.
Though Orange County, CA, has gotten its fair share of questionable press in recent years due to the popularity of such reality shows as Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and MTV’s “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” aficionados of the charming region will attest to the fact that there is much more to it than crazy catfights and...

Trendspotting 2012: Grooming & Personal Care Trends

Get the scoop on the next year’s hottest grooming trends.
As a spa owner, I think it’s important to keep your finger on the pulse of industry trends. That’s why I’m excited to give you an inside look at next year’s top trends when it comes to grooming and personal care, courtesy of the global integrated marketing communications agency Euro RSCG Worldwide . “Given the graying of the global population,...

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