ila Announces Partnership With Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Cornwall‏

October 23, 2014 on 8:59 am | In London, Scotland, Spa Resorts, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



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October 2014…// Luxury ‘beyond organic’ wellness brand ila is delighted to announce its latest spa partnership with Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, a quirky multi award-winning cliff-side retreat above north Cornwall’s Mawgan Porth Beach. United in their passion for natural wellbeing and holistic therapies, the two brands have worked together to create an inspiring spa experience in one of Cornwall’s most iconic natural beauty spots.

Cherished by the same family for 50 years, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa is an unashamedly different restorative retreat. Vibrant colours, funky design and local artworks adorn the welcoming interiors, where wild-foraged cocktails, seasonal Cornish produce and sublime sea views place the emphasis firmly on the celebration of the natural world.

The spa is an eclectic seaside sanctuary where deep hydro pool, cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam room, lavender caldarium, holistic treatments and healing hands combine in brightly lit spaces with dramatic ocean vistas.

This year, the Bedruthan Spa embarked on its own journey of discovery, consciously considering what its spa goers were seeking, and scrutinising the very essence of its therapeutic backbone. In doing so, it found that ila was the perfect partner to elevate the spa’s menu to offer guests more time, greater expertise and deeper relaxation.

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Highlights of the new spa menu include:

ila Marine Flora Face Therapy – A deeply cleansing facial that focuses on lymphatic drainage to improve the circulation, vitality and tone of the skin. A detoxifying combination of plankton-based bio plasma serum and a sea lavender marine mask leave the skin feeling deeply cleansed and rehydrated. £90 (90 minutes)

ila Junior Facial – A rose oil facial, which is designed especially for teenage skin, uses gentle marma massage followed by a refreshing mask to improve circulation to the skin whilst reducing inflammation and hormonal imbalances. £30 (30 minutes)

ila Chakra Wellbeing – Using ila’s exquisite chakra wellbeing therapy to calm the mind and restore body balance, this bespoke body treatment is based around seven blends of chakra-balancing essential oils. Relax tense muscles, de-stress the nervous system, improve lymphatic drainage, heal and rebalance body chakras. £110 (120 minutes)

ila Couple’s Wellbeing – Specially designed for couples to experience together, this treatment uses a combination of rose, orange blossom and jasmine oils. ila’s Couple Wellbeing treatment is a beautiful connection of mind, body and spirit that focuses on three chakras – sacral, heart and crown – to re-balance energy flows and stimulate the feel-good hormone oxytocin. £110 (120 minutes)

ila Pregnancy Scrub & Massage – ila’s mother-to-be treatment uses herbal extracts of lavender, rose and geranium blended with argan and rosehip seed oils – all renowned for their gentle healing energy and fabulous skin-strengthening qualities. A nourishing scrub and oil blend to exfoliate skin and stimulate the lymphatic system is applied followed by a full body massage to safely nourish and nurture during pregnancy. £90 (90 minutes)

“ila values holistic authenticity and integrity in much the same way that Bedruthan does,” comments Denise Leicester, ila’s Founder. “It’s a natural and astonishingly synergetic partnership. We’ve worked together to generate something exceptional, distinctive and unique, setting the benchmark for the future of holistic spa.”

“Knowing that beauty and wellbeing come from within, the therapies and ila treatments we now offer aim to balance body and mind, leaving you nourished and connected,” comments Rebecca Whittington, Director at Bedruthan Hotel. “Using ila products is a joy – and knowing they are sourced and created with integrity and the highest standards is vital for Bedruthan Spa. Both Bedruthan and ila share a deep seated passion for natural wellbeing founded on a belief that one’s health and happiness comes from within.”

Evolution of ila

ila products and treatments go ‘beyond organic’, using only the finest natural plant and mineral ingredients, wild-harvested in remote untainted regions by artisan produces using ancient traditions and sustainable practices. The result is the highest natural purity and integrity in a skincare and spa treatment range that is as ethical as it is effective.

ila products are available to purchase at a range of leading retail outlets and online at www.ila-spa.com

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Calabash Cove Resort & Spa’s Carefree Package Preferred

October 22, 2014 on 11:07 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Spa Resorts, St. Lucia | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIntimate island oasis in sultry Saint Lucia offers exclusive package featuring 7-night accommodations in a charming Waters Edge Cottage and heartwarming amenities that include a luxurious couples massage, a beach-side candlelit dinner and more. Book by December 31, 2014 for travel between January 3 – April 13, 2015.

St. Lucia, West Indies — Reconnect and refuel the flames after the hectic holiday season with the new winter romance package at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, an beachfront island oasis in sultry Saint Lucia.

The Carefree Romance Preferred Package includes:

* 7 night’s accommodations in a Water’s Edge Cottage right on the beach.

* Relaxing, side-by-side couple’s massage at the resort’s Ti-Spa.

* Romantic beach-side candlelit dinner for two, with soothing waves providing the soundtrack.

* Room set up with flowers, champagne & chocolate.

* Welcome fruit & wine in room upon arrival.and Calabash Cove’s Carefree All-Inclusive dining plan throughout your stay.

* Roundtrip Luxury Transfers to/from Hewanorra airport

Nestled on a lush, tropical hillside sloping gently toward the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Calabash Cove radiates romance with stunning ocean vistas, exquisite ambiance, and an exceptional staff that anticipates every need and desire so guests can truly focus on each other. The boutique resort’s secluded white sand beach and a custom-designed boardwalk are perfect for a candlelit dinner or romantic sunset stroll. Calabash Cove also features an infinity-edge designer pool and swim-up bar, and the full-service Ti Spa, combining European technique with Saint Lucia’s rich tradition of plant- and fruit-based curatives to relax and rejuvenate body and mind.

Calabash Cove’s Waters Edge Cottages, handcrafted teak and mahogany hideaways just steps from the warm Caribbean water, feature beautifully decorated living areas designed to capture the warm Caribbean breeze and luxurious amenities such as private plunge pools, outdoor rain showers and cozy patio hammocks. Your nightly backdrop is the dramatic view across the sparkling bay with its radiant Caribbean sunsets giving way to star-studded night skies and the twinkling lights of Castries, the island’s capital.

The resort is home to renowned Windsong Restaurant, with sweeping ocean vistas and seasonally inspired dishes made from the freshest local ingredients. Complementing Windsong’s elegant milieu is the convivial C-bar, which serves international cocktails and fine wines from the Calabash Cove Cellars amid festive island music. Calabash Cove’s Carefree All Inclusive dining plan is one of the best, most hassle-free in the Caribbean, covering three meals a day at Windsong with absolutely no restrictions on food items on the menu, an all-day beach club menu, and room service at no extra charge. It also includes all beverages–including premium brand liquor and fine wines by the bottle during meal times-and an in-room bar with full-size bottles of liquor of the guests’ choice.

Calabash Cove’s concierge service offers numerous recreational excursions to discover Saint Lucia together. Hike to the summit of its landmark Pitons, side-by-side volcanic summits that are designated a World Heritage Site. Snorkel or sail the Caribbean’s translucent blue, soak in natural hot springs and mineral baths, cool off under a tropical waterfall, soar through a lush, rainforest canopy on a zip-line or aerial tram, stroll hand-in-hand through a quaint fishing village, view exotic wildlife like giant turtles, search for ancient petroglyphs, explore the world’s only drive-in volcano … the list goes on and on with activities to suit every desire.

The Carefree Romance Preferred Package is priced at $8,000 USD per couple, — a 10% savings off standard rates. It must be booked by December 31, 2014 for travel between January 3 – April 13, 2015. This promotion is available on new bookings only using Promo Code: Winter Love.

For more information, call 1-800-917-COVE (2683), contact your preferred travel agent or e-mail reservations@calabashcove.com

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Grasmere Hotel Wins UK’s Best Spa Award

October 22, 2014 on 7:34 am | In London, Scotland, Spa Resorts, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe Daffodil Hotel & Spa in Grasmere in the Lake District has today (2 October 2014) been announced as having the UK’s Best Spa 2014.

The Spa, inside one of the Lake District’s newest 4-star luxury hotels overlooking Grasmere Lake, was voted the ‘Best Spa’ in the UK in Laterooms.com ‘Best Kept Secret Awards 2014′.

Finalists in the awards were shortlisted from nominations from members of the public before a specialist judging panel made up of industry experts chose the overall winners. The Daffodil Hotel & Spa triumphed over Cotswold House Hotel & Spa in the Cotswolds and the Celtic Manor resort in South Wales.

Judges said: “The tranquil décor, the picturesque views and the bespoke treatments on offer made this spa a standout entry. It has the plush feel of a luxury spa, but unique facilities such as the thermal pool, tepidarium and mud rasul therapy make for a truly pampering experience.”

The Germaine De Capuccini Spa at the Daffodil Hotel boasts a thermal hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and tepidarium. There are three treatment rooms where guests can experience a choice of top of the range therapies from the European skin care specialists including the unique Mud Rasul Ritual, originating from the Middle East.

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa is the only place in the Lake District to offer this therapy, which improves the tone and texture of the skin whilst providing a completely private relaxation experience.

Signature treatments also include Lakeside Surrender, Cumbria Sparkle and Waterside Escape, the latter featuring the Kobido massage, which originated from Japan and was once reserved for royalty.

Gosia Tabaka, Spa Manager at the Daffodil Hotel & Spa, said: “We are delighted to have been voted ‘Best Spa 2014′ in this year’s Best Kept Secret Awards.

“Since opening our Spa, we have aimed to bring a unique yet contemporary Spa experience to the Lake District and I’m so pleased that our combination of Germaine De Capuccini therapies and luxurious facilities has been so popular.”

For more information on the awards, visit http://www.bestkeptsecretawards.com  and for more information on the Germaine De Capuccini Spa at the Daffodil Hotel, visit http://www.daffodilhotel.co.uk/spa

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La Jolla – A Rejuvenating Spa Getaway

October 21, 2014 on 4:04 pm | In Beachbooker, California, San Diego, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWith an alluring seaside setting of sparkling beaches and warm ocean breezes, San Diego’s La Jolla is a paradise for rekindling the soul and pampering the body. La Jolla boasts a world-class collection of spas with top-of-the-line treatments, first-class services and indulgent amenities. These luxurious retreats can be found throughout the region from La Jolla Shores and the dramatic Torrey Pines coastline to the charming La Jolla Village.

The following are a few of the splendid spa experiences guests can find in La Jolla to soothe their senses and invigorate their spirit.

SEASIDE SANCTUARIES

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is home to the 9,500 square-foot Spa at Torrey Pines, ranked a “Four-Star” spa by Forbes Magazine (2013). Many of its therapeutic treatments utilize marine and botanical-based products like the signature Coastal Sage Scrub, reflecting the resort’s seaside location next to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The spa also offers an extensive menu of massages, facials, rituals, body wraps, hydrotherapy, manicures and pedicures, as well as facilities for dry saunas, herbal-infused steam baths and aromatherapy inhalation.

Located near the coastal cliffs of La Jolla and inspired by its serene natural surroundings, the 7,000 square-foot Spa at Estancia in Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is a garden oasis where California flair combines with Mediterranean and Asian influences. Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top spas in the world (2012), the spa’s signature treatments include botanical body treatments, Hanakasumi Body Ritual inspired by Japanese traditions, a SeaCreation Facial utilizing exclusive extracts of deep sea microorganisms and green algae, and a Couple’s Bungalow Escape and massage in a private bungalow complete with a deck, fireplace and whirlpool. Additional spa amenities include an outdoor relaxation area, meditation garden, saltwater whirlpools and soothing eucalyptus steam rooms.

The in-house body and skin care specialists at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines’ Pure Body Spa offer a tranquil spa experience for guests, including individual and couple’s massages and facials. Treatments are offered poolside, in the privacy of a guestroom or in the hotel’s spa treatment room.

With the calming sound of ocean waves outside, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club offers rejuvenating massage services in two on-site treatment rooms. Signature massages include the Jewel Massage, combining techniques from Eastern and Western traditions, a sports massage and pregnancy massage for mothers-to-be. Other specialized treatments include a reviving facial massage, deep conditioning scalp massage and popular foot massage. The Club recently won a gold medal for Best Massage by the La Jolla Village News Readers Choice Awards.

GUESTROOM OASES

The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla Village creates spa experiences for guests in the comfort and privacy of their room with aromatherapy, calming music and heavenly massages. Featured massages include Swedish, hot stone and shiatsu, plus packages combining massage, aromatherapy, body scrub, wrap, hand and foot reflexology, and cupping therapy with heated glass cups applied to the skin to stimulate circulation.

The landmark La Valencia Hotel offers guestroom massage services in an idyllic Mediterranean-like setting. The sound of gentle ocean waves and flower-scented breezes blend beautifully to create a sense of well-being. La Valencia’s Fusion Experience combines a relaxing choice of bodywork, including Swedish, deep tissue/neuromuscular, acupressure or shiatsu massage, tailored to a guest’s individual needs.

The guestroom can also become a relaxing oasis at La Jolla Shores Hotel where massage treatments similar to La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club – its sister property – are offered to guests in-room. Signature massages include The Jewel and sports massage, with specialized treatments such as the face and foot massages.

DAY SPA RETREATS

Several day spas in La Jolla Village offer visitors blissful beauty and bodywork treatments to enhance their vacation stay.

Nautilus Wellness , known for its natural approach to beauty, specializes in nutritional care, cupping therapies, natural face-lift, body contouring and a variety of massage and reflexology treatments enhanced by signature touches such as Ayurvedic blended oils, aromatherapy, fresh herbs and ocean air.

Providing a relaxing medical spa environment, DermaUtopia features personal service from head to toe including hair, nails, waxing, microdermabrasion, peels, Tai Chi and Zen meditation.

The Secret, a specialty clinic for medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of problematic veins, also offers aesthetic services such as facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

The award-winning La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic individually designs a variety of skin care programs including facials, peels, microdermabrasion, body contouring, skin rejuvenation and wrinkle correction with a particular expertise in the delicate areas of the face and eyes.

For relaxation, Equanimity Massage offer guests an extensive selection of massages including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, sports and facial.

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on La Jolla, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org/lajolla  or call 619-236-1212.

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Spafinder Wellness 365 Welcomes New Spa Partner, Aqua Bathhouse & Spa At Mondrian London

October 21, 2014 on 11:18 am | In Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowSpafinder Wellness 365 ™ has announced the latest in a series of new spa partnerships including Morgans Hotel Group, which has recently revealed agua Bathhouse & Spa set within Mondrian London at Sea Containers. This intimate bathhouse, which opened on 30 September, embraces the Hollywood glamour and charm associated with the aspirational Mondrian brand, while offering personalised treatments, a diverse range of therapies and an original selection of skincare.

The treatment menu has been created with young spa visitors in mind, offering affordable treatments that have been specially designed for every age and gender. Introducing its new concept, the Spa Playground, agua at Mondrian London promotes a social, multi-sensory experience that encourages both individual treatments and fun with friends, inspired by the spirit of Roman spa communities. The spa will serve guests Champagne, freshly prepared drinks and cuisine including a guilt-free raw menu, or indulgent vintage style deserts.

John Bevan, Managing Director of Spafinder said, “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the Morgans Hotel Group and have eagerly await the opening of agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London. The spa is beautifully designed with a fantastic forward thinking concept and I believe this will be a huge hit with our customers, both from within London and further afield.”

Renowned designer Tom Dixon, has created agua Bathhouse & Spa, embracing the theme of underwater tranquillity with water projections and lighting effects. With six treatment suites, spa and glamour lounges and steam baths, agua pays homage to the senses. The spa is home to a Tom Dixon commissioned nude ‘Renaissance Man’ sculpture, based on a Neo Classical Roman bust, exploring agua’s new ‘rebellious’ playground concept.

Exclusive collaborations include Soveral, Dr Jacksons Natural Product, Estelle & Thilde, Glamglow, Natura Bisse and Ciate. agua at Mondrian London also boasts a Glamour Room, a sophisticated space in which guests can choose from a variety of girly packages, putting the fun back into the spa experience. Treatments include GLAMGLOW Mud parties© for up to eight guests, and the Stiletto Smoother, a booster that combines Soveral foot massage techniques to release tension, warm the muscles and increase circulation with a CIATE pedicure.

Jacqueline Kneebone, Regional Director of Spa and Retail at Morgans Hotel Group says: “We’re so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with such a range of experts on this project, from design to brand collaborations, and we are really looking forward to the public reception of our spa playground concept.”

Spafinder Wellness currently offers the only spa and wellness gift vouchers on sale in over 7,500 retail outlets in the UK, including WH Smiths, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Boots and 70,000 outlets worldwide. The vouchers are also available online and are featured in numerous corporate incentive and rewards programme. As well as accepting the Spafinder Wellness gift vouchers, spa and wellness partners also get a profile on the spafinder.co.uk website, which acts as a comprehensive resource for wellness products and services in both the UK and worldwide.

For more information about Spafinder Wellness 365, please visit http://www.spafinder.co.uk / or call 0870 121 6066.

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The Post-Christmas Juice Detox Plan By Simply Healing

October 20, 2014 on 2:47 pm | In London, Spa Resorts, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today Show“Start The New Year As You Mean To Go On, Feeling Really Positive And Looking Great!”

Simply Healing, one of the UK’s leading Detox Retreats, is delighted to announce details of their Post-Christmas Juice Detox Plan.

Proving that you don’t need to travel abroad to find an expert detox programme, the retreat will take place at Simply Healing’s detox centre in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, just an hour’s drive from London.

The programme runs from 27th – 31st December 2014, a time of year when the body and mind often need a boost after the excesses of the Festive Season. The programme promises to help the body re-energise and build vitality for the year ahead, whilst giving the mind a chance to unwind and relax, as well as producing serious benefits in terms of long term health.

Treatments such as the Holistic Massage are used to help the body recover from the often overwhelming pressures of modern life. The warm organic oils used during the massage are designed to keep colds and flu at bay, whilst the specially chosen combination of exotic juices containing figs, pomegranates and spices, help kick start the metabolism. In addition, guests are able to enhance the benefits of their detox and further personalise their experience by choosing from a range of extra treatment ‘bundles’; all of these are specially designed to complement their individual detox programme whether it be to lose weight, tackle bloating, improve energy levels or address on-going unexplained health issues.

“There’s no better time than the present to do a detox,”, says owner-operator Vivien Kay. “However, we know that for many of our guests, Christmas represents a really good opportunity to take time off. A serious detox offers a valuable reason, if not excuse, to also carve out some much needed personal space during a time that for many can be incredibly demanding both mentally, physically and emotionally. We say, just relax, get yourself into tip top condition, both inside and out, and start the new year as you mean to go on, feeling really positive and looking great!“

With prices starting from £1350 (inclusive of VAT) per person, based on two people sharing, The Simply Healing Five-Day Essential Juice Detox Plan includes:

5 nights luxury accommodation in a beautiful Manor House
1 Colonic Hydrotherapy Treatment
1 Colon Massage
1 Deluxe Detox Foot Treatment
1 Full Body Salt Scrub
1 Thai Foot Massage to stimulate energy levels (all treatments are approx. one hour)
Freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices throughout the day, specialised detox soups and potassium broth
Colon Cleansing Herbs and supporting suppliments
Bentonite Clay and Psyllium Husk
Caffeine free detox teas, freshly made herbal teas and mineral water
One hour guided country walk, subject to weather conditions
Full use of the house and extensive grounds
Meditation and relaxation sessions
Nutritional Group Talk
Chi Machine – Use of Toning Plate
All rooms with CD, TV and DVD players
Dressing gowns/towels/hairdryers provided

Guests can then add on ‘bundles’ from a menu of treatments including Lymphatic Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Detox Fitness Wrap, Phyto-cell Facial, Holistic Manicure & Pedicure and Hypnotherapy to name just a few.

For further information and rates, please call Simply Healing on 01403 822117 or visit www.simplyhealingcentre.com

Notes to Editor:

Simply Healing specialises in delivering personalised detox programmes which focus on improving the health of the whole person, and has dedicated weight-loss, fertility, and menopause detox programmes.

Simply Healing is owned by Vivien Kay, a renowned healer with years of health and wellbeing experience, and an early advocate of detox in this country. Vivien is as passionate today about Detox and natural health as she was when she first started welcoming guests over 13 years ago.

Situated in eighteen acres of land in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the ten-bedroom, 19th century manor house, overlooks the South Downs in West Sussex and is surrounded by woodland walks. Nearby there is an area of great historic interest which dates back to Norman times.

Holistic in approach, Simply Healing prides itself on providing guests an enjoyable, warm and nurturing space where they receive the highest quality treatments offered by caring, experienced therapists.

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Spa Treats Good Enough to Eat! Breeze Spa introduces special honey treatments

October 20, 2014 on 8:40 am | In Asia, Beachbooker, Qatar, Spa Resorts, Thailand | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowBuzzing into Breeze Spa this fall are two new treatments incorporating the very first Plan BEE honey harvest. Infused with Plan BEE’s organic raw honey, these invigorating guilt-free treatments can be enjoyed at all Breeze Spa locations in Thailand. Guests can now indulge in the luscious Almond Milk Honey Body Scrub and the scrumptious Oat Honey Cookie Body Mask.

Packed full of natural goodness, Plan BEE honey contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes from the nectar gathered by bees from the region’s wildflowers. These natural components enhance each treatment with nourishing properties. Combined with honey, the Almond Milk Honey Body Scrub works to cleanse and moisturise, with almond milk being smoothly applied across the skin. This is followed with a sprinkling of crushed almonds and rice to create a scrub, which leaves the skin feeling soft and renewed. Praised for its healing properties, the oats in the Oat Honey Cookie Body Mask will help to revive the skin after being exposed to the harsh summer sun. Applied over the body, the blend of oatmeal, honey, brown sugar, safflower oil and yogurt will give the skin a healthy glow with a delicious fragrance of honey.

Plan BEE is a part of ONXY Hospitality Group’s CSR initiative focusing on the preservation of local biodiversity through the protection of the Asian honeybee, which is under threat of extinction. Introduced in 2013, the project established a rural bee farm in the southern seaside province of Krabi, where the local community in Baan Kao Kram was given specialised training from an experienced beekeeper and the start-up tools for beekeeping. Surrounded by the lush natural forests of the region, the bees will help promote local biodiversity whilst providing the local community with an additional source of income.

The Plan BEE Breeze Spa treatments are available from today onwards with prices starting at 1,650 THB. Breeze Spa Thailand locations can be found in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi and Koh Samui. For more information, please visit www.breeze-spa.com.

About Breeze

Taken from the premise that happiness is a key foundation for wellness, Breeze is the spa that puts a bounce into guests’ steps and smiles on guests’ faces. Determined to be positive, friendly, caring and fun, Breeze always provides guests with a comfortable and approachable experience and the energy boost that will prepare them to take on the world when they leave. Breeze is currently available in seven locations throughout Thailand and also in Doha, Qatar. Visit www.breeze-spa.com

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Hotel Galvez & Spa in Galveston, TX At-A-Glance

October 20, 2014 on 8:32 am | In Beachbooker, Spa Resorts, Texas | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe Galvez Experience

The Queen of the Gulf (1911)

A group of businessmen pooled their resources after the 1900 hurricane and opened the Hotel Galvez in 1911 as a symbol that Galveston Island had not only withstood the devastation of the Great 1900 Storm, but had returned to its pre-hurricane glory. This elegant beachfront hotel was immediately proclaimed “Queen of the Gulf” and deemed the “best arranged and most richly furnished seaside hotel in America” by Hotel Monthly. The hotel has undergone several restorations including a $900,000 renovation to its lobby, bar and restaurant completed in May 2013 and $11 million makeover for the hotel’s centennial celebration in 2011. It remains the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast and is rated four diamonds by AAA. Hotel Galvez & Spa®, a Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family and part of Mitchell Historic Properties.

The 224-room historic hotel includes six suites. All suites and sleeping rooms flaunt views of the Gulf of Mexico or the historic city. Guest rooms offer a modern feel while the lobby maintains the classic feel of historic hotel. All meeting rooms have been renovated and feature Wyndham ClearAir™ allergy-friendly air purification system. The hotel’s tranquil pool features a saline conditioning system and offers a swim-up bar and hot tub providing the perfect escape for relaxing, sunbathing or enjoying cocktails. The Spa at Hotel Galvez is a nearly 10,000 square foot, multi-million dollar luxury spa with accompanying salon and fitness center that offers a number of luxurious services.

In celebration of its centennial, the hotel added a permanent Hall of History display on the lower level of the hotel. The exhibit features informative panels as well as unique items such as dishes and collectibles displayed in three cases. The Hall of History is open to the public. The hotel also offers a history and ghost audio tour which is available through an iPhone and Android App.

Hotel History

For nearly a century, this elegant hotel has been the choice of notable guests including Howard Hughes, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. It served as a temporary White House for the staff of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his 10-day fishing trip to the island, and was the site for his first meeting with newly elected Congressman and future president, Lyndon B. Johnson. President Dwight D. Eisenhower also attended a reception at the hotel. The hotel functioned as a working facility for the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, and in 1944 the hotel was awarded an “honorable discharge” from its duties.

In the early 1920s, families across the country began flocking to Galveston’s original beachfront hotel. “Moving in” to Hotel Galvez for the summer was a common trend among wealthy families, many of whom spent from six weeks to six months in the hotel, paying two dollars a day for luxurious accommodations.

The hotel provided such amenities as a barbershop, laundry, writing room, and tailor, as well as easy access to the bathhouses and entertainment along the beachfront.

Between 1920 and 1932 Hotel Galvez served as headquarters for the Pageants of Pulchritude, the beauty pageants that were predecessors to the Miss Universe Pageant. This tradition now continues through the Galveston Island Beach Revue held annually in May and now sponsored by Hotel Galvez & Spa®.

The hotel was also the venue for many debutante balls, as well as social activities for the University of Texas Medical Branch fraternities throughout the 20s, 30s and 40s. Through the years, various entertainers who performed at the famed Balinese Room were frequent guests of the hotel.

Ghost of Hotel Galvez

The colorful and sometimes tragic history of Galveston Islandmakes it the permanent home of many ghosts and Hotel Galvez has its own ghost stories to add to the mystic. Several hotel guests have personal stories of encounters of the ghostly kind. Legend has it that the fiancé of a seaman checked in to Room 501 while her love was away at sea. While awaiting his return to marry her, she discovered that his ship had sunk. Legend has it she was so grief-stricken, she took her own life in desperation and her spirit haunts Hotel Galvez to this day. It is believed that her ghost and others roams the halls at night. The hotel concierge conducts ghost tours by appointment. The hotel also offers public ghost tour dinners during the month of October.

Engaging Accommodations

224 Rooms, Including Six Suites

The 224 rooms, including six suites, serve guests with a combination of modern day luxuries and the grace and charm of yesteryear. As part of its centennial in 2011, all of the guest rooms were updated with a more modern feel while the public areas continue to reflect a historic ambiance.

Grand Suites

Suites on the seventh and eighth floors feature two 46–inch, high definition, flat-screen televisions, Italian bedding, Simmons® HealthSmart™ mattresses, and soothing colors.The hotel’s private party entertainment area on the seventh floor, available exclusively to suite guests, features travertine floors, wet bar, pool table and lounge with a 46-inch, flat-screen television, small library and sound system. Rooms are stocked with spa robes and iHome radios compatible with iPodTM players.

Spa Inspired Suites on Sixth Floor

Hotel Galvez unveiled spa-inspired sleeping rooms on the sixth floor in February 2010. These rooms are Wyndham ClearAir™ allergy friendly rooms. Following a system designed by New York-based PURE Solutions NA, the rooms undergo a multistep cleaning process designed to remove up to 98 percent of allergens. These spa inspired rooms feature a rain shower, Simmons® HealthSmart™ mattresses, Italian bedding, 46-inch, high-definition, flat-screen television, and a personal refrigerator. Rooms are stocked with spa robes and iHome radios compatible with iPodTM players.

Standard Guest Rooms

In conjunction with the hotel’s centennial in 2011, hotel owners George Mitchell and the Mitchell family completed an $11 million renovation updating all the guest rooms with a new décor. Standard guest rooms feature a soothing neutral palette, plush carpeting, Simmons® HealthSmart™ mattresses, 40” high definition, flat screen televisions, custom headboards and contemporary lighting. All rooms feature nature inspired aluminum prints by Kayla Mitchell, granddaughter of the late George Mitchell. The hotel also replaced its Gulf facing windows with new divided light windows reminiscent of the hotel’s original design. All rooms are stocked with Wolfgang Puck® Coffee and Teas and Gilchrist & Soames® Bath Products.

Complimentary Amenities

Hotel Galvez & Spa offers several complimentary added amenities for guests. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in their rooms and in the lobby area and complimentary bicycles with helmets for cruising on the island. The hotel also has a courtesy shuttle that is available to transport guests to The Tremont House located in the historic Strand District and to Harbor House located at Pier 21. Hotel Galvez also offers a free multimedia tour app for iPhone® and Android® smartphones. The free Hotel Galvez app provides a 25-minute history tour and a 20-minute ghost tour with scrollable images, numeric keypad entry and a keyword search function.

Gulf Coast Cuisine

Galvez Bar & Grill offers casual dining with regional Texas fare for lunch and dinner, featuring local Gulf seafood, steaks, burgers, salads and a children’s menu with complimentary selections for children 12 and younger. Appetizers and bar food items include gourmet tenderloin sliders, shrimp sliders and buffalo chicken sliders as well as flatbread pizzas and Campechana (Mexican seafood cocktail). The grill section of the menu offers Angus steaks, fresh seafood, and grilled vegetables. The restaurant features daily Galveston Fresh Fish Special bought locally from Pier 19 fish markets.

Memorable Meetings

13,231 Sq. Ft. of Function Space

A multitude of services make the hotel the optimum site for holding meetings and gatherings. State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, catering capabilities and full-service meeting and catering staff allow for successful events in a historic setting.

* Music Hall (4,550 sq. ft.)

With welcoming grand arches and high ceilings, this open space can host receptions for up to 500 guests.

* Terrace Ballroom (2,501 sq. ft.)/Veranda (2,500 sq. ft.)

The Terrace Ballroom opens up through French doors to a beautiful Veranda overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and the hotel’s Oleander Garden and pool. This combined space can host receptions of up to 500 guests.

* East & West Parlors (2,624 sq. ft. total)

Ornate moldings make these rooms the perfect space for accommodating more intimate gatherings, each seating 60 guests.

The hotel offers a total of nine meeting rooms ranging from 300 to 4,550 square feet for hosting various sized events, the. Each of the meeting rooms is wired for high-speed Internet access.

Weddings

Hotel Galvez has a long-standing reputation as the premier wedding hotel in Galveston. Brides and grooms from the finest Texas families have celebrated their special days at the Galvez’s fine facilities. The “Queen of the Gulf” invites couples to say “I do” on the beach or standing on the Veranda overlooking the Gulf, exotic pool and gardens. Guests can also select a specially created outdoor wedding in the Oleander Garden, complete with water wall, lush flowers and vegetations to complement any wedding décor. The hotel’s Centennial Green is 9,328 sq. ft. venue that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. The space has a classic pergola on the far end and is bordered by four small fountains. When it’s not in use for special events, the park’s Adirondack chairs give guests a beautiful spot for morning coffee or wine during sunset. Receptions for 50 or 500 guests come to life in the hotel’s charming outdoor venues. Catering, including staff, is available on site.

Cruising

Hotel Galvez offers a convenient choice for cruise ship passengers. The hotel’s Park and Cruise Package offers free valet parking and round-trip transportation to the cruise ship terminal. Guests booking through a third-party website, such as Expedia or Travelocity, can pay a one-time $15 valet fee and receive courtesy round-trip transportation.

Gracious Galveston

Galveston Island, Texas

Tucked away off the southeast corner of Texas, this island city is named after Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish Colonial governor who ordered the first survey of the Texas Gulf Coast in 1786.

Galveston Island is the No. 2 tourism attraction in Texas for in-state and out-of-state travelers. Galveston is a historic beach town located just 50 miles south from Houston, Texas – the fourth largest city in the U.S.

A diverse cultural town, Galveston Island is a unique destination offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions and resorts, one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country and Texas’ premiere cruise port.

The Port of Galveston and cotton brought the city its early prominence and wealth. In September 1900, a hurricane that still reigns as the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, struck the island, killing more than 6,000 people in Galveston alone and destroying many of the buildings in town. Following the tragedy, citizens showed courage, determination and an indomitable spirit of survival as they set about to rebuild their island. Nearly every structure left standing in the city was raised and sand filled in beneath them raising the grade of the entire city. In addition, a 17-foot seawall was built to protect the island from future tidal surges.

Area Diversions

32 miles of sparkling Gulf Coast beaches, public beach is across the street

The Historic Downtown Strand District for shopping and dining, 1.3 miles from hotel

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 4 blocks from hotel

Schlitterbahn Water Park, 5.5 miles from hotel

Pier 21, 1.4 miles from hotel

Texas Seaport Museum, home to the famous 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, 1.4 miles from hotel

Galveston Harbor Tours aboard the Seagull II, 1.4 miles from hotel

Postoffice Street Arts and Entertainment District, 1.1 miles from hotel

Four Historic House Museums

Lone Star Flight Museum, 5.5 miles from hotel

The Grand 1894 Opera House, the Official Opera House of Texas, 1.1 miles from hotel

Galveston Railroad Museum, 1.7 miles from hotel

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, 1.4 miles from hotel

Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast and Haunted Mayfield Manor, 1.4 miles from hotel

Moody Gardens, 5.5 miles from hotel

Tanger Outlets, 21.7 miles from hotel

Year-round birding sites

Temperatures

Average annual high80-89˚F (summer averages)

Average annual low 50-58˚F (winter averages)

Getting Here

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), 45 Minutes Away

Daily service via AirTran, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Branson AirExpress and Southwest. Private airport shuttle service begins at $35 per person.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), 75 Minutes Away

Daily service via AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Frontier, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, TACA Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and VivaAerobus

Reservations

Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77550

(409) 765-7721/(800) WYNDHAM

www.WyndhamHotelGalvez.com

www.Facebook.com/HotelGalvez, www.Twitter.com/HotelGalvez , Hotel Galvez Video

The Spa at the Hotel Galvez

(409) 515-2100, www.TheSpaAtTheHotelGalvez.com

www.Facebook.com/GalvezSpa

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MONASTERO SANTA ROSA HOTEL & SPA TURNS UP TURN DOWN

October 17, 2014 on 8:18 am | In Italy, Rome, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLike all the luxury amenities at the fabulous Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa (MSR) on the Amalfi Coast, the turn down is not your cookie cutter turn down of rose petals or chocolate. Each night guests receive a different, useful bedtime goodie.

The first night it’s a sun visor, appropriate to shield heads and faces from the rays of the Italian sun.

The second night it’s a magnet – a mini memory of languid days spent at MSR.

The third night is a package of a brand-new pasta shaped like a snowman or a shmoo (or other bottom-heavy creature or top heavy if you want to look at it flipped over). It comes with a recipe created by MSR’s executive chef Christoph Bob, “Campotti with Shrimps, Spinach and Lemon-Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil”. It’s easy to make and even easier to eat.

The new pasta shape is the creation of food designer Mauro Olivieri and was commissioned by Pastificio dei Campi (the factory not far from MSR in Gragnano that produces the pasta). Chef Christoph Bob is the exclusive ambassador of this pasta shape. No wonder – he was the first chef to make recipes with it and the first to start incorporating it into signature dishes at the Monastero Santa Rosa Restaurant.

Pasta from Gragnano is unique in flavor, texture and aroma. It is made of the best Italian durum wheat, remains “al dente” after cooking, and is the first to be completely traceable from the fields to the table. The symbol of Gragnano is Via Roma, a street purposely created for drying pasta because it’s favored by the sun and by breezes from the Gulf of Naples. Vintage photos from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s show the street full of poles holding spaghetti out to air dry!

Guests who make the Campotti when they return back to the States can keep their memories of Monastero Santa Rosa fresh and flavorful.

Contact: flavioc@monasterosantarosa.com; or Visit: www.monasterosantarosa.com

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Ila Launches First Ila Only Spa At Raas Jodhpur, India‏

October 15, 2014 on 6:51 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, India, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowBeyond Organic British beauty expert ila is delighted to unveil its new brand of ‘ila only’ spas with the launch of ila only Spa Raas Jodhpur – an inspiring blueprint for the heartfelt, healing havens to follow.

Evolved from years of experience creating, growing and supporting some of the world’s most inspiring spa success stories, ila only spas are extraordinary soulful spaces where therapists trained in mindfulness and heart consciousness pave the way for transformative healing. Resonating excellence at every level, they help guests to reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them – combining the purest of intentions with the highest levels of natural and ethical integrity to create success both commercially and authentically.

“We have long wanted to develop a range of bespoke spa environments that remain true to their surroundings, hold the essence of wellbeing, and deliver way beyond guest expectations,” explains ila’s Founder, Denise Leicester. “ila only Spa Raas Jodhpur couldn’t be a more energising start to that story.”

Raas Jodhpur is a luxury boutique hotel located within Jodhpur’s ancient city walls, in the direct gaze of the 500-year-old Mehrangarh Fort. Restored with 21st century verve, its heritage buildings embrace a contemporary approach that remains true to ethics and authenticity. Intelligent design-led interiors fuse antiquity, innovation and sustainability. Outside, the Blue City twirls in a kaleidoscope of colour and creativity, music and dance, literature and love, inspiring ila only Spa Raas Jodhpur’s altogether different artistic immersion: into India’s healing arts.

Within the spa, marma massage, yogic healing and energy work combine with the region’s most profound natural products: blissfully nurturing Rajasthani damascena rose otto; sensual raat ki raani (tuberose) from Himachal; sacred sandalwood from Mysore; balancing Keralan Jasmine; and the healing energy of Himalayan salt crystals – the remains of an ocean trapped over 250 million years ago.

The heavenly Raas Rose Bliss signature treatment captures the romantic exoticism of Jodhpur, combining nurturing Indian damascena rose otto with the sweet headiness of jasmine in a scrub, massage and facial. Intensely soothing and moisturising, it helps balance the hormones, alleviate stress and promote feelings of deep calm.

“ila only Spa Raas Jodhpur is an blissful haven in the most unexpected and enthralling setting,” continues ila’s Founder, Denise Leicester. “To have this lovely little spa nestled just a stone’s throw beneath one of India’s largest fortresses, drawing off all the raw energy that it exudes, yet cocooned in the city’s most intriguing luxury boutique hotel, is about as exciting an alignment as we could have envisioned for our first ilaonly Spa.”

Raas’s charismatic co-owner, Nikhilendra Singh, echoed the sentiments in his summary: “I feel ila’s roots are in India so I see our partnership as ila ‘coming home’; I’m delighted that the first ila only spa will be housed at RAAS.”

Ila Only Spa treatments at Raas Jodhpur start from £28 / 2,800 INR

Nightly rates at Raas Jodhpur are available from £205/ 20,500 INR per room per night for two people sharing including breakfast. For further information please refer to www.raasjodhpur.com

*Prices in Pounds Sterling correct to today’s exchange rate

ila products are available to purchase at a range of leading retail outlets and online at

www.ila-spa.com


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