Editors' Perspective

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...

Good Deeds Prove To Be Always In Season

Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season
Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, that doesn't mean the charitable contributions have stopped. After all, it is the season of giving. Turning a breast cancer awareness initiative into an ongoing program for cancer patients, Suki Skincare has extended its partnership with The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology (New York City). Originally, the partnership involved the cosmeceutical skincare company...

Discovery Fit & Health Channel Offers Reality Show with a Heart

An original series follows the recovery of victims who have suffered acts of violence and crime.
I've recently ventured higher up than I normally do on my remote control one evening while trying to find the new Oprah Winfrey Network, and that's when I came across the Discovery Fit & Health channel. As a huge fan of the Discovery Channel to begin with, plus a girl who likes to learn about fitness and health, this quickly...

Tempt Clients with A Fun Flower Ritual

A visual test from Lotus Wei helps determine guests’ state of mind.
I’m a bit of a sucker for tests. Send me something that involves my selecting my favorite color, flower, scent, or style as a window into my soul, and I’m inevitably on board. So when I got an email from Lotus Wei Flower Essences asking me to select the flower to which I was most drawn from the above options,...

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