Editors' Perspective

Spas Banned in the Maldives Over Prostitution Claim

Will A Political Standoff in the Maldives Render the Country Spa-less?
Two years ago, I had the good fortune to visit several spas in the Maldives. I feel especially lucky to have gone when I did after hearing the recent news about the government's move to close numerous luxury resort spas. The order came after protests by an Islamist party claiming the spas were a front for prostitution. Although Sim Ibrahim,...

The Spa at the Grand Del Mar Introduces a Series of Health and Wellness Retreats

Learn How A Series of Health and Wellness Retreats Can Help Spa-goers Keep Their Resolutions
With the new year upon us, I can't help but think what I'd like to do differently next year. Usually, my resolutions involve traveling more and to specific destinations. Of course, I always resolve to be healthier, as I think most people tend to do. For those who need a bit of encouragement or want to be accountable in that...

VH Spa for Vitality + Health Gives Back to Holiday Shoppers

Discover How VH Spa is Making Gift-Giving a Joy for All
Proving it's better to both give and receive, VH Spa for Vitality + Health at Hotel Valley Ho (Scottsdale, AZ) is making gift-giving even more appealing with a new promotion that gives a complimentary 30-minute spa treatment to those who purchase a $150 gift card before December 25. While it may seem a bit selfish to treat yourself too, I...

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...

La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa Debuts its $1,000 White Caviar Illuminating Facial

Will a $1,000 facial leave your clients looking like a million dollar bucks?
Covering the spa beat for more than a decade now, I've experienced my share of Champagne facials and caviar creams. It wasn't until recently, however, that I experienced a treatment that topped the $1,000 mark. This January, La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa (New York City) will debut its White Caviar Illuminating Facial ($1,000, 90 minutes). I got a sneak...

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...

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...

Overcoming Tress Distress

Discover How One Editor Finally Said Goodbye to Bad Hair Days
Several weeks ago, I was scheduled to experience a signature RESTORE treatment and a blowout from the talented Julien Farel , whose namesake salons and products attract quite a following. Unfortunately, the day of my appointment turned out to be a rainy and windy mess, not exactly conducive to a fabulous blowout. Luckily, I was able to reschedule and book...

Experiencing a Wealth of Wellness Options on St. Lucia

Discover How St. Lucia is Embracing Health and Wellness
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Soufriere Health and Wellness Retreat in St. Lucia. Slated to become an annual event, the four-day retreat involved lectures on feng shui, photography, wellness, and more with leading experts. In addition, I was able to participate in yoga classes and experience all that the lush island has...

Preserving the Planet Tips: Reduce Food Waste During the Holidays

Just in time for Turkey Day, get some advice for making the season less wasteful.
I find the spa industry to be a pretty conscious bunch. So, with Turkey Day coming up in just a few short days (woo-hoo!), I thought you would all appreciate this list of 10 simple steps from Worldwatch ’s Nourishing the Planet Project that we can all take to make the season less wasteful and more plentiful. According to the...

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