Daios Cove, Crete Introduces Anne Sémonin To Its State of the Art Spa‏

April 22, 2014 on 11:53 am | In Beachbooker, Greece, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

The privately owned 5 star luxury beach resort Daios Cove in Crete is delighted to announce a brand new beauty brand to its leading spa; global skin and body care specialist, Anne Sémonin.

The Daios Cove Spa now offers luxurious treatments using the niche spa and beauty brand Anne Sémonin, specialising in customised beauty by carefully developing products and treatments to cater for the demands of every skin moment. Guests will receive the brand’s unsurpassed personalised care for skin radiance and beauty confidence in sumptuous and relaxing surroundings. The Spa offers a range of new treatments with revitalising and purifying products that have been created by the specialists, including Oenotherapy treatments, produced with the red grapes used in French red wine, famed for their anti-oxidant elements, and a bespoke gentleman’s collection.

Located a stone’s throw from Agios Nikolaos and situated on a hillside, Daios Cove’s 2,500 square metre spa is a zen-like sanctuary with soothing aromas and soft, relaxing music. The superb facilities include a fully equipped Technogym, 8 treatment rooms, 2 facial studios, 3 body treatment rooms, 2 double suites, a Thai massage studio and a beauty salon. All of the private studios at Daios Cove have in-room iPod docking stations allowing guests to play their own music or select individual playlists to perfectly suit their mood.

If the sun gets a little too much, retreat to the spa’s indoor infinity pool or experience the hydro massage and counter current pool. Relax in the spa’s Finnish or soft sauna and refresh in the ‘Mediteraneo Experience’ shower where sauna and experience different types of water pressures and temperatures (rain-storm-hydro-massage) to invigorate and benefit the skin, blood pressure and inner organs including the heart and lungs.

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Let the body unwind with a heavenly anti-stress face and body experience (€215) found in the Anne Sémonin Signature Collection. A synergy of heat and cold is the essence of this truly exceptional experience combing a relaxing back therapy and anti-ageing facial. The creamy, rich mixture of self-heating clay and algae melts away deep-seated tension throughout the back of the body while the feet and legs are massaged. The senses are further stimulated with an advanced cryotherapy facial, using the Anne Semonin Express Radiance ice cubes infused with powerful ingredients to support the skin at a cellular level. Alternatively, those wanting to return home feeling completely refreshed and stimulated should experience the Vital Detox (from €116) from the Exquisite Massage Collection. The synergy of lemongrass and peppermint is applied to the body using specialized lymphatic techniques to effectively release toxins and stimulate circulation.

Oenotherapy (or healing with wine) has been the secret of wine producing regions for thousands of years. No anti-oxidant is stronger than the polyphenols contained in the seeds, skin and leaves of the humble red grape! Containing 20 times more anti-oxidants than Vitamin C and 50 times more than Vitamin E, these polyphenol-compounds in the red grape prevent the rapid decay of cells, energising and detoxifying the skin.

The Anne Sémonin Oenotherapy Collection treatment menu at Daios Cove spa includes Le Vintage (48 EUROS), an energising grape seed body polish leaving skin delightfully soft, smooth and nourished to perfection and La Selection du Sommelier (euros112), an invigorating body scrub followed by a nourishing and anti-ageing body mask while guests experience a soothing scalp massage. The natural anti-oxidant benefits of this treatment will enhance body drainage, maximise hydration, plump and smooth to perfection, while nurturing the body in a cloud of well-being.

After guests’ spa experience, a simple Anne Semonin regime is carefully prescribed, in which the therapist will recommend how to customize products to create perfect blends for optimum efficiency. This can then be carried out at home on a daily basis.

Daios Cove offers guests a Deluxe Sea View Room with 42sqm with individual pool from €175 (£144) per person on B&B basis. To book call +30 28410 6260 or visit www.daioscove.com  for more details and reservations.

andBeyond’s New South African Sea and Safari Circuit‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:39 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, South Africa, Spa Resorts | Comments Off


The June 2014 introduction of a direct flight between South African regional hub Nelspruit and Mozambique’s Vilanculos will allow &Beyond guests to experience the perfect itinerary linking some of South Africa’s best known wildlife reserves with the exotic beaches of &Beyond Benguerra Island, removing the inconvenience of connecting via Johannesburg.

Situated within easy reach of Nelspruit, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is renowned for its intimate wildlife sightings, including breeding herds of elephant, large lion prides and vast numbers of buffalo, as well as encounters with the rare African wild dog. The intimate and romantic &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp and the charming, family-friendly &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge offer a warm, authentic welcome, and the unique brand of hospitality for which &Beyond is renowned.

Boasting even closer access to Nelspruit, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is known for some of the best Big Five game viewing in Africa. With no restricting fences between the reserve and the massive Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand is home to a diverse range of animals and is particularly well known for its leopard sightings. Normally notoriously elusive, the Sabi Sand leopards have grown accustomed to safari vehicles, thereby permitting close-up encounters and extraordinary photographic opportunities. &Beyond’s lodges in the Sabi Sand include the thatched riverside suites of &Beyond Exeter River Lodge, as well as gracious and colonial &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp, which is ideal for families.

Flying twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, the new flight makes it easy to combine either of these game reserves with the golden beaches of Mozambique, including &Beyond Benguerra Island.

Scenically located in a protected marine conservation area in the Bazaruto Archipelago, &Beyond Benguerra Island is the ideal destination for those who prefer to round off their wildlife safari with pure relaxation on some of Africa’s most beautiful beaches. With its exceptional setting looking out onto the Indian Ocean waters, &Beyond Benguerra Island offers a variety of activities, from diving on unspoilt coral reefs to outstanding deep sea fishing, horse riding, island expeditions and a wide range of water sports. Accommodation is in simple yet elegant casitas and cabanas tucked into a shady forest right on the edge of the golden sands.

Designed to offer a week of ultimate relaxation, the Classic Safari and Jewel of the Indian Ocean itinerary flies guests from Johannesburg to the Sabi Sand, with a choice of three nights at &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp or &Beyond Exeter River Lodge. Similarly, the Scenes of Wildlife and Indian Ocean itinerary provides guests with the option of three nights at either &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp, or &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge. Both of these epic Big Five game viewing adventures are followed by a flight from Nelspruit to Vilanculos, from where it is just a short hop by helicopter to a three-night getaway at &Beyond Benguerra Island.

These exceptional adventures are available to book from June 19 to December 31, 2014 with the Classic Safari and Jewel of the Indian Ocean itinerary starting at a price from USD $3,527 per person sharing, and the Scenes of Wildlife and Indian Ocean itinerary from USD $4,220 per person sharing.

To find out more or to book your sea and safari adventure contact &Beyond at www.andBeyond.com  or on +27 11 809 4441 or speak to your preferred travel partner.

The Spa At Coworth Park Launches ‘Perfect Peace’

April 18, 2014 on 10:54 am | In London, Spa Resorts, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Find ‘Perfect Peace’ just 45 minutes from London at The Spa at Coworth Park. Surrounded by Royal Berkshire Parkland, the luxury spa at Dorchester Collection’s country house hotel Coworth Park is offering a tranquil mid-week escape from city life.

The minimalist two-level spa is created exclusively from UK-sourced materials and British-made furnishings, including original works from contemporary British artists. On arrival, refresh with a swim in the indoor pool with underwater music, relax in the steam room and experience shower with five waterflow settings, or re-energise at the gym equipped with top-of-the-range Technogym equipment, and afterwards recline outside the pool. For the ultimate escape, enjoy a picnic in the wildflower meadow and explore the stunning grounds which inspired John Lennon to write ‘Imagine’.

The new Perfect Peace mid-week getaway from The Spa at Coworth Park includes:

Luxury accommodation for two at Coworth Park
Country breakfast for two
Two classic Massages (50 minutes), with the option of a couples treatment room
Exclusive use of the small relaxation room
Two fruit smoothies and a pot of estate grown Meadow Tea served in the Spatisserie
‘Digital Detox’ – guests can hand in mobile phones and iPads for the duration of the stay
From £415 including VAT per night. Package valid Sunday to Thursday until 31 December, 2014

Editor’s Notes

Coworth Park is a 70-room luxury country house hotel and spa set in 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland just 45 minutes from central London and 20 minutes from Heathrow airport. Its location, unrivalled in the UK for the ease and convenience of its transport links, is also enhanced by its own helipad. The estate includes an eco-luxury Spa with indoor pool and three restaurants including the Spatisserie, relaxed dining in The Barn and fine-dining in the Mansion House. The only UK hotel to feature its own polo fields as well as an exceptional equestrian centre, current facilities include stabling for 30 horses together with self-contained accommodation for grooms and a full programme of polo tournaments. High resolution images can be downloaded from:leonardo.com/dorchestercollection

Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.

The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Eden, Rome, Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; and Le Richemond, Geneva. www.dorchestercollection.com

Soul Adventures Presents… ‘Vibrate At Your Highest Frequency’ Kundalini Yoga & Healing Retreat

April 16, 2014 on 11:41 am | In Beachbooker, Spa Resorts, Spain, Webbandstand | Comments Off

We are pleased to announce the second ‘VIBRATE AT YOUR HIGHEST FREQUENCY’ kundalini yoga and healing retreat of 2014, held in Ibiza from 3rd – 10th May, presented by Trish Whelan of Soul Adventures.

Trish specialises in helping people re-connect to their bliss and this 7 day immersion is a totally transformational retreat which relaxes, restores and rejuvenates so you will reach your highest vibration on all levels – and therefore feel your best.

The main focus of the week is working on a chakra (energy centre) a day with 2 Kundalini Yoga and Meditation sessions morning and evening and also supported by sessions of Reiki and Shamanic Healing.

The wellness experience is further enhanced with each day’s macrobiotic influenced menu designed around the chakra of that day and using the finest organic and local produce to create super tasty and nutritious vegetarian meals.

The exquisite Soul Adventures Retreat House is a truly luxurious retreat space ideally located on the island surrounded by 7 acres of private forest and lots of space to relax and really enjoy the process as you start to feel more vital, brighter and more radiant.

Held throughout the year from March to October, these powerful transformational retreats will fast track you to reaching your highest vibration and touching your bliss.

“Make yourself so happy so that when others see you they become happy too”
Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga

“I have been to a few yoga retreats before but never to a kundalini yoga one. Without doubt this has been the best retreat I have been to because there was a great mix of yoga, meditation and down time. The food was divine and I walked away feeling spiritually enlightened and content. I would highly recommend Trish’s retreat to others. Thank you Trish and to the rest of the group for a very special week. Waheguru Satnam!” Sabi Phagura, Fitlass/LuxuriousMagazine/MSN

2for1 Horse Riding, Yoga And Photography Holiday In Greece

April 16, 2014 on 8:57 am | In Adventure Travel, Greece, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

Divine Retreats are offering an exceptional launch deal at the Horse Riding Centre Kamatriades, on the stunning island of Evia, Greece, to launch their very own Yoga centre (Yoga and horse riding centre Kamatriades).

A week of horse riding, yoga and photography explorations, over May Bank Holiday (28th April – 4th May):
Bring your friend for free! 2 for the price of one, for two friends sharing a room.

And for who wants to have time for self, we are offering a massively reduced single rate of £ 495 (down from £795).
This offer includes daily horse riding, yoga, photography sessions, yoga or photography one2ones, accommodation, breakfast and dinner (or lunch, depending on the day’s programme).

This is an easy-going, relaxed retreat/holiday , ideal for beginners, but all levels are welcome.

The programme will be tailored to the group’s needs and wishes.

Please go to http://www.yogaandhorseridingingreece.com/yoga-weeks.html  for more info.

Loews Hotels and Exhale to Launch New Miami Spa

April 15, 2014 on 8:56 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

Just in time for summer, Loews Miami Beach Hotel is proud to announce the launch of a luxurious new spa with exhale on 1 May 2014, which will bring award-winning treatments and therapies to the heart of MiamiSouthBeach.

Located in the hotel’s beloved 790-room historic St. Moritz tower, the spa will be exhale’s third location within a Loews Hotel (after Loews Atlanta and Loews Hollywood), and its 23rd location overall.

The new spa will feature 16 spa therapy rooms, large changing rooms with a steam room and whirlpool, a mani-pedi lounge and an expansive gym with a ‘mind body’ studio where guests can experience award-winning Core Fusion programmes for the ultimate full body workout. Focusing on core strength, Core Fusion is a heart-pumping, energy-inducing fitness programme allowing participants to strengthen and lengthen their bodies, while refocusing the mind. Breath and movement are integrated in exhale’s signature Flow yoga class, an uplifting yoga experience.

To get travellers bikini ready for the summer, exhale will also host weekly outdoor classes on the beach. One of the latest therapies, a slimming and toning body therapy called Deep Detox is also available to those looking to trim off the last few inches before hitting the beach.

A full menu of spa therapies on offer at the new spa includes signature restorative massages, award-winning and rejuvenating facials, nail care, waxing and Eastern healing therapies. For those enjoying the sun at Loews Miami Beach, exhale will perform cabana and poolside therapies and can tailor select facials and massages for post-sun relief.

“The opening of exhale South Beach gives guests the opportunity to further enhance their resort experience, whether part of a group programme agenda, a vacation indulgence or a local resident coming to take a class,” said Alex Tonarelli, Managing Director of Loews Miami Beach Hotel. “We’re pleased to welcome exhale as our spa partner and look forward to introducing their renowned mind and body programmes to our guests.”

To find out more about Loews Miami Beach Hotel and the new exhale South Beach, visit www.loewshotels.com/Miami

About Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Located in the heart of SouthBeach, the iconic Loews Miami Beach Hotel boasts 790 recently renovated luxury guestrooms, situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel features a palm tree lined promenade, oceanfront sparkling pool, the St-Tropez inspired, state-of-the-art SOAK Cabana Deck featuring private rooftop terraces, the new exhale Spa and 65,000 square feet of meeting and function space. Guests can indulge in seven restaurants and bars including Sushi SoBe, Preston’s and Scoops, in addition to the hotel’s newest dining concept – the first outpost of New YorkCity’s beloved Lure Fishbar – located in the hotel’s historic St. Moritz building. Additional amenities include SoBe Kids’s Camp, a fitness center and premium shopping at Splash and Splish retail boutiques.

About exhale

Founded in 2002, exhale has earned a position as the leading lifestyle brand in the spa and wellbeing sector through award-winning mind body fitness classes, and best in class spa and healing therapies. Guests transform both mind and body with exhale’s exclusive yoga and Core Fusion programs including Core Fusion Barre, Barre+Cardio, Boot Camp, Cardio, Extreme, Sport or Yoga. A suite of 11 Core Fusion DVD’s allow guests to experience the power of exhale while they are at home or on the road.

Read Loews’ “Wish You Were Here” Blog at www.loewshotelsblog.com

To find out more about Loews Hotels & Resorts, visit www.loewshotels.com

Sparty’s Summer Season starts 19th April at the Széchenyi Baths

April 15, 2014 on 8:47 am | In Hungary, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

Budapest’s popular party nights or ‘sparty’s as they are known, have been taking place in the city’s historical thermal baths for 16 years. This year they are launching their summer series of sparty’s early, on 19th April in the spacious Széchenyi Baths in the City Park. The weekly sparty kicks off at 10.30pm and includes special DJ-sets, mind-blowing laser and smoke-formations, bars full of liquid and edible delicacies, and an international crowd of sparty-goers.

The dress code is swim-suit and flip-flops and tickets can be booked in advance, online (www.spartybooking.com) or personally (in Café Hütte or cash desks of Széchenyi Baths), or on the door. Single ticket price is €25

Refurbishment of the Aquaticum Thermal Spa in Debrecen is complete

April 15, 2014 on 8:45 am | In Hungary, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

The Aquaticum thermal spa complex, located in Debrecen and part of the four star Aquaticum Debrecen Thermal and Wellness Hotel, has just undergone a refurbishment programme to its indoor thermal spa facilities. There are three medicinal water pools of different temperatures, a swimming pool, a contrast bath and steam chambers in the domed pool hall. There is also an open-air pool with medicinal waters that operates year-round. The indoor and outdoor pools are equipped with water massages and mushroom showers can be used to complement the medical treatments with medicinal water massage.

There is direct access from the thermal baths to the Mediterranean Pleasure Baths via a glass-walled corridor. This area, complete with tropical plants, is great for families and includes a wave pool, children and baby pool, 12 slides, a climbing wall, slow-river corridors, water massage jets, mushroom and neck showers, cave pools, pleasure paths and water choppers. At the complex there is also a Mediterranean Restaurant, Thai Massage Centre, as well as a Sauna Centre equipped with a Finnish sauna and steam chambers. For more information visit www.aquaticum.hu

Debrecen, in the east of Hungary is easily accessible by WizzAir flights from Luton Airport, 7 times a week. For more information visit www.wizzair.com

Health and Wellness Travel in Hangzhou, China‏

April 14, 2014 on 1:25 pm | In Asia, China, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

Relax the Mind, Restore the Body and Revive the Spirit with
Health and Wellness Travel in Hangzhou, China

Travel Agents and Tour Operators Embrace Travelers’ Desire for Wellness-Themed Vacations

Hangzhou, China — The path to enlightenment has been paved with the picturesque lakes, luxurious spas and ancient temples of Hangzhou, home to some of the top health and wellness retreats in China.

Described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and splendid city in the world” for its ancient temples and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed West Lake, Hangzhou is one of the oldest capital cities in China with a rich history dating back 5,000 years.

With more than two-thirds of North Americans wanting a health and wellness-themed vacation, travel agents and tour operators are increasingly adding Hangzhou to tourist’s China travel itineraries. The destination has options for travelers in search of a physical and spiritual escape to the pagodas and gardens around the city’s lakes, the spas and springs of its luxury hotels and the teachings of its diverse temples.

Below are the best ways to a healthy mind, body and spirit in Hangzhou:



West Lake: With a mixture of islands, pavilions, villas, courtyards, arched bridges, monasteries, lagoons and tea plantations, West Lake Scenic Area is bound to quench a traveler’s thirst for pure relaxation and transcendent contemplation. Combining sublime natural beauty with ancient Chinese culture, a visitor will feel immersed in nature, and at the same time feel like they have left the current century and gone back in time hundreds of years. Put simply, a walk around West Lake or a nap on the banks of a secluded inlet can clear the mind of most anything.

Tianmu Mountain National Nature Reserve: Travelers looking to experience mindfulness and enlightenment as Buddha once did can walk Tianmu Mountain, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The mountain boasts a sub-tropical climate surrounded by negative oxygen ions that are said to positively stimulate the nervous system and blood flow. The mountain is also home to 39 endangered animal species, over 2,000 plant species, the 87-foot “Giant Tree King,” a Japanese Cedar named by the emperor of the Qing dynasty, bamboo shoots, waterfalls and ancient temples.

Baishui Gully: Dotted with 108 lakes, cascading waterfalls and a stunning primeval forest, the gully is sure to create an out-of-body experience for all travelers. The gully’s annual Spring Bamboo Shoot Festival offers the option of digging up bamboo shoots and sampling prepared dishes of the healthy veggie known for medicinal benefits.



Amanfayun: Mirrored as an ancient Chinese village, there are a myriad of sites within this resort in which to restore the mind, body and soul. The Aman Spa consists of five separate buildings surrounded by bamboo groves, tea bushes and Magnolia trees, tThe Reception and Reflexology House offers traditional foot and hand reflexology and the Bath House contains treatment rooms equipped with a circular wooden soaking tub, a rain shower, a steam room and double-seated showers. Other locations offer anything from Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, pedicures, massages, aromatherapy and Asian healing therapies.

Banyan Tree Spa: Guests can experience the tranquil Banyan Tree Hangzhou, a resort located at the edge of Xixi National Wetland Park. Offered are Gui Shi Hot Stones massages, said to promote the flow of qi, and the Oriental Bath Experience, which offers a choice of yin (cold) or yang (warm) body scrubs derived from indigenous materials such as longjing tea.

Tuankou Radon Hot Spring: While residents were aware of the hot springs hundreds of years ago, they have only recently become a popular site for locals and visitors alike. Radon, a colorless, odorless element is meant to stimulate cell tissue for a revitalizing experience. Tuankou Radon Hot Spring is the biggest spring in East China, covering 18,000 square meters and with a capacity to hold over 1,700 people.

Xin’an River Sulfur Hot Spring: This is the only hot spring in Zhejiang Province that naturally contains sulfur, which is reputed to protect against toxins. The spring was discovered in 1987 by oil exploration workers. They didn’t find oil but they struck the sulfur-rich spring 700 meters below the surface. In 2009, Xin’an River Hot Spring bubbled to life as a tourist attraction. Some of the smaller springs include Chinese herbs, rice wine or coffee, each offering varying therapeutic effects.



Lingyin Temple: This “Monastery of Soul’s Retreat” stands out as one of the largest and most influential Chan monasteries in China. Travelers can meditate, pray, or simply soak up the temple’s serenity to achieve Nirvana, a transcendent state free from suffering and from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth. As one of the top 10 Buddhist temples in China, temple has been welcoming souls for over 1,700 years.

Baopu Taoist Temple: Situated on Geling Hill, Baopu Taoist Temple is, without question, the best place to savor Taoism in Hangzhou. Because its off-the-beaten-track and relatively hidden amid a dense forest, this is a place for quiet observance of spirit. The temple is named after an alchemist who lived on Geling Hill – his life’s work was to create the elixir of life.

Hangzhou’s Yoga Summit: A Qing-style building at the top of Wu Hill, this yoga center overlooks West Lake for ultimate serenity. The center offers morning, evening and full-day sessions of all types of yoga. The mindset of the summit is that the location itself is “heaven” overlooking West Lake. Visitors can become one with themselves and with nature through the practice and harmony of yoga.

For more information, visit www.gotohz.com

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About Hangzhou

Hangzhou is one of the six oldest capitals in China and an integral part of the world’s sixth largest economic center – the Yangtze River Delta. Offering 5,000 years of rich culture, it was established as an important city in Chinese civilization by 221 BC. When Marco Polo visited 800 years ago, he declared it “the finest and most splendid city in the world.”

The city is located on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grand Canal, the world’s oldest and longest man-made canal, begins at Hangzhou and ends at Beijing and incorporates 132 heritage sites (seven of which are in Hangzhou). The city has a well-known heritage in the production of fine porcelain, silk and tea, and tourists may visit museums dedicated to each and learn how these skills have impacted civilization generally.

Hangzhou is at the centre of stunning natural landscape with the West Lake encompassed on three sides by hills. The lake, a fusion of culture and nature, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. Ten scenic sites have been given poetic names such as Autumn Moon, Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds, etc. There are two causeways and three islands with picturesque pagodas, pavilions, lush gardens and historic temples. Hangzhou is the political, historical and cultural center of Zhejiang Province on the southeast coast of China, only 45 minutes from Shanghai on the bullet train. To facilitate connectivity within the city, use of bicycles is encouraged as a means of transportation and may be rented by the hour.

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas Opens Spa in Hyatt Times Square New York

April 10, 2014 on 8:56 am | In New York City, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

Marilyn Monroe’s glamorous legacy provides the inspiration to transform the spa experience

New York, NY – – Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, the company bringing a fresh new approach to resort spas, day spas and nail boutiques under the iconic Marilyn Monroe brand, today announced the opening of Timeless, a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa in Hyatt Times Square.

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas is infusing the iconic star’s glamorous legacy and engaging personality into new, modern spa concepts that will set new standards for service, environment, product quality and overall value in the resort and day spa industry. The guest experience is vibrant, playful and social, delivered by an engaging staff providing unmatched levels of service. Marilyn Monroe’s statement: “I just want to be wonderful” defines the company’s standard for how guests should feel after every visit.

In New York, Marilyn Monroe™ Spa’s menu of services will include indulgent massages, body treatments and facials as well as manicures and pedicures. Featured services include Marilyn’s Signature Fassage™, an effective lifting and relaxing facial massage, and Marilyn’s Must-Have featuring Steamy Wonderful™. Additional glamour services, such as hair styling and makeup, will be added in the coming months.

“We are delighted to bring Hyatt guests, area residents and visitors to New York a new and different spa experience that has been many years in the making and will transform the spa industry” said Gordon Tareta, Chief Operating Officer – Hotels and Resorts for Marilyn Monroe™ Spas. “We believe our guests will immediately feel the difference in atmosphere, service, products and overall value – feeling wonderful with each and every visit.”

“It’s fitting that we have brought a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa to New York – one of Marilyn’s favorite cities, “ said Marco Palta, General Manager of Timeless, a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa at Hyatt Times Square. “Much like New York, she is legendary and, certainly, timeless.”

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas’ exclusive line of signature products that include body care, facial care, hair care, nail care, makeup, and spa lifestyle products are available at the Marilyn Monroe™ Spa in New York and at www.MarilynMonroeSpas.com  Wherever possible, Marilyn Monroe™ Spas’ products are made with the finest, certified natural organic ingredients available. Others, such as nail polishes are vegan and free of Formaldehyde, DBP and toluene. Marilyn Monroe™ Spas facial and body care products undergo rigorous third-party testing, support global fair trade farming and sustainability practices, and are cruelty-free.

Timeless, a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa is located in Hyatt Times Square, 135 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036-4004 and is open Monday – Friday 9am to 9pm and from 9 am until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 646-640-3830 or by visiting www.MarilynMonroeSpas.com  The Spa’s general manager is Marco Palta.

In addition to Timeless, the company has also opened a Marilyn Monroe™ Spa in Monterey, California and Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Boutiques in Orlando and Miami, Florida. Over the next several months Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Boutiques, Glamour Rooms and Spas will be opening in Maui, Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Diego, with other cities to be added later in 2014 and beyond.

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas exclusive use of the Marilyn Monroe name to operate in the spa, salon, nail and health and wellness categories is through a licensing agreement with Authentic Brands Group, a leading intellectual property licensing corporation representing the estate of Marilyn Monroe.

About Marilyn Monroe™ Spas
Marilyn Monroe™ Spas’ is working to transform resort and day spas and revolutionize nail boutiques worldwide under the iconic Marilyn Monroe brand by providing an experience superior to current standards of service, products, customer environment and value. Marilyn Monroe™ Spas consistently fulfills its clients’ desire to “be wonderful” in a fun, social and glamorous environment through its Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, Marilyn Monroe™ Glamour Rooms, Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Boutiques, and Marilyn Monroe™ Spas’ exclusive line of beauty products. For more information about Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, to book an appointment at one of our locations or to purchase Marilyn Monroe™ Spas beauty products, please visit www.MarilynMonroeSpas.com

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas is led by Niki Bryan, CEO and Founder, and Al Weiss, Executive Chairman. Niki Bryan has spent over 30 years as an active leader in the spa, beauty and fitness industries, consistently driving higher standards and innovations in the spa facility design and services. Through Niki Bryan Spas, she re-introduced and elevated the definition of Resort Spas and Health Clubs in the 1980s with companies such as Ritz-Carlton, Walt Disney World, Marriott and Hilton Resorts. Al Weiss is recognized among the resort and hospitality industry’s most successful leaders, who prior to joining Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, spent 40 years with Disney. Under his tenure as President of Worldwide Operations, Al oversaw $12 billion+/95,000 employee Walt Disney Parks and Resorts business, including the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Resort Paris, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and “Adventures by Disney.”

About Authentic Brands Group, LLC
Authentic Brands Group, in partnership with Leonard Green & Partners, is an intellectual property corporation with a mandate to acquire, manage and build long-term value in prominent consumer brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG’s mission is to further enhance brand equity through partnering with best-in-class licensees and retailers. ABG brands include Marilyn Monroe® , Muhammad Ali® , Elvis Presley®, Juicy Couture®, Judith Leiber®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Taryn Rose®, Misook®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Palm Beach®, Bobby Jones®, Spyder®, Prince®, Ektelon®, Viking®, TapouT® and Sportcraft®.

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