Julie Keller Callaghan

Deborah Szekely to Celebrate 90th Birthday in May

The visionary founder of Rancho La Puerta and Golden Door shares her thoughts on 90 inspiring years of life.
I am an enormous fan of Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. In fact, I have visited this incredible healing haven several times, and after each visit, I am completely inspired. As such, I think Deborah Szekely, The Ranch’s co-founder and the founder of Golden Door , is one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. She is an...

Spa Guru Launches Handy Swimsuit Bath

Darcie DeBartelo teams with a top swimwear designer to help keep suits looking spiffy.
Ask anyone who has been on vacation with me, and they will tell you I have a bit of an obsession with swimwear. Seriously, I generally pack 5-10 suits per warm-weather trip, even if it’s just a weekend at the beach. I love my suits, and I'm always bummed out when I have to pitch one that has become a...

Eat Healthier in 2012

Harvard nutrition experts offer tips for breaking bad dietary habits.
I don’t know about you, but December 2011 was abysmal for my healthy eating routines. I honestly can say that I must have gained 10 pounds alone from the cookies, festive drinks, and decadent meals I enjoyed in the spirit of the seasons. And I would wager to guess that the same could be said of many of your clients...

New Blog Celebrates How Beauty Changes Lives

Discover how beauty professionals are changing the world for the better.
Lao Tzu once said, “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” Taking this philosphy to heart, a new blog bring together the deeds, big and spa, of beauty professionals in the hopes of encouraging positive change. It showcases the ways that beauty can benefit individuals, communities, and even the world at large. The blog, located at www.beautychangeslives.org , is...

Sanctuary On Camelback Celebrates 10 Years

An acclaimed Scottsdale resort and spa makes it's anniversary exciting for guests.
I’m a big fan of birthdays and anniversaries. I believe that major milestones should be celebrated in major ways. Just check out the 2011 issues of American Spa , where we toasted our 15 th anniversary all year long as an example. So when I heard about the Sanctuary On Camelback ’s plans for celebrating 10 years, I had to...

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...

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