Editors' Perspective

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa Goes to the Dogs

Pamper Your Pup With a Spa Visit
Giving new meaning to the idea of ruffing it, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa (San Antonio) recently introduced a new canine program, which allows guests to bring along their four-legged friends. The hotel has designated a specific number of rooms with "barking lot" access as "Pups on Vacation" rooms. Guests will find treats, bowls, and doggie bags...

Gurney's in Montauk Introduces a Spring Wellness Retreat

An Editor Celebrates Another Year With a Visit to Gurney's
This past weekend, I celebrated my birthday at Gurney's Inn Resort Spa & Conference Center (Montauk, NY). As one of the country's only thalassotherapy spas, it offers a host of nourishing sea water treatments. While there, I experienced the Marine Kur Therapy ($265, 90 minutes), which involved a gentle exfoliation, a seawater hydrotherapy massage, a mineral-rich seaweed body wrap, and...

Marathon Specials Give Runners Another Reason to Celebrate

Discover How Some Spas Are Rewarding Runners Who Go the Distance
Although it has been several years since I ran the ING New York City Marathon , I can't help but think that I'll some day run another. The experience was such a positive one that I'd love to repeat it. Needless to say, there were many highlights, the main one being when I crossed the finish line in tandem with...

A Recipe for a More Balanced Life

Anyone who works in a spa knows that it's not nearly as relaxing as it sounds. However, it is important to practice what the industry preaches. Living a life of balance is an important step to staying both healthy and happy. Lifestyle coach and founder of Forward Options , Karen Elizaga has created a menu to achieve balance, energy, and...

Do You Know What Is In Your Product Lines?

Discover What Organic and Natural Really Mean.
Last month, the FDA found lead in 400 leading brands of lipstick. This got me to thinking about what else might be found in the skincare products we use everyday. Although there is a definite trend toward using natural and organic ingredients, it can be beyond confusing deciphering what the terms organic and natural even mean these days. Fortunately, we've...

Ocean House Introduces Wellness Weekends

Find Out How to Recharge Your Batteries in a Single Weekend.
While I've already shared my love of a tough boot camp , I also appreciate a great wellness weekend. Make the location a beautiful Victorian-era seaside resort and I'm sold. That's what spa-goers can look forward to at the Ocean House (Watch Hill, RI) next month and throughout the year. The resort is launching its signature Wellness Weekends (starting at...

Sphatika Helps Spa-goers Celebrate Their Birthdays

Find out how one spa encourages pampering during a birthday month.
Earlier today, I received a call from someone at Sphatika (New York City) wishing me an early happy birthday. Although my birthday isn't for another couple of weeks, the call was to let me know that I'm eligible for 20 percent off all treatments and products throughout March, my birthday month. It was a welcome surprise, as I don't even...

Buccament Bay Resort Tempts Spa-goers to Get in Shape With Luxury Boot Camp

Discover Where Boot Camp and Luxury Mix.
While boot camp is not for everyone, I’ve always been a fan. In fact, I used to regularly skip out on fun Friday lunches with the American Spa girls just so I could take part in a rather brutal boot camp class at my local gym. While there was nothing luxurious about it, I’m sure the Luxury Boot Camp just...

Good News! Spa Biz Rebounds in Q4 of 2011

New PBA report finally shows increases after three quarters of decline
I love to be the bearer of good news, particularly when it comes to the economy and spa. So, I'm thrilled to pass along a report from the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) regarding the fourth quarter of 2011 for the spa and salon industry. Guess what? We're finally showing a rebound! Driven by stronger sales and traffic levels and a...

A Heartfelt Reminder

What Spa, Treatment, or Product Gets Your Heart Beating?
While it’s easy to think of today as just another Hallmark holiday, there is no denying the fact that Valentine’s Day helps remind us to celebrate the love in our lives. For those of us involved in the spa industry, there is certainly plenty to love. From a favorite treatment to a beloved therapist, it’s not hard to find something...

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