Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Celebrates 175 Years Of Thermal Water With Blue Gold Package

January 30, 2015 on 10:37 am | In Spa Resorts, Switzerland | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowAward-winning Swiss resort launches unusual water healing experience and commemorative

175 Years-175 Rooms-175 Swiss Francs special

This year, Europe’s leading wellbeing and medical health resort, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, is proud to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of piping the natural healing waters from Switzerland’s famous Tamina Gorge directly to the resort. To celebrate this milestone occasion, Bad Ragaz has created a bespoke Blue Gold package which includes a new, invigorating Thermal Water Massage based around the excellent healing powers of this warm water. The award-winning resort will also be offering a fantastic offer to all guests in light of the 175 year Anniversary: 175 rooms priced at 175 Swiss Francs per room, available online from 2nd February 2015.

First discovered by Benedictine monks in 1242, people in the mountain town of Bad Ragaz and further afield have harnessed the naturally warm water of the Tamina Gorge for centuries. The first pipeline of clean fresh spring water, directly running from the Tamina Gorge to Grand Resort Bad Ragaz originated on the 31st May 1840, and 175 years later still provides guests and locals alike with unrivalled access to pure, fresh mountain spring water.

Recognising how the healing waters of the Tamina Gorge play a crucial role in the everyday functioning of both the resort and the surrounding town of Bad Ragaz, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is delighted to launch a new pampering Blue Gold package. Designed to honour the resort’s unique relationship to the Tamina Gorge, guests can experience a radical new Thermal Water Massage treatment as part of this new package, which has been carefully created by the forward thinking spa therapists at Bad Ragaz.

The Thermal Water Massage treatment begins with massaging and washing of guests’ feet, where they are encouraged to leave behind everyday worries and soothe themselves with the sounds of trickling water, before enjoying a full 50 minute body massage using replenishing, warm herbal oils. Guests are encouraged to use this time to reflect and let their bodies fully rejuvenate.

The Tamina Gorge fresh water can be enjoyed by the resort’s guests in the luxurious surroundings of the 36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa area, as well as the Tamina Therme, an impressive thermal spa which is also open to the public. Guests staying in the resort’s exclusive Spa Suites can even benefit from having thermal water pumped directly through every tap in their bathroom, sauna and steam room.

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz prides itself on its longstanding connection to the natural phenomena that is the Tamina Gorge and is delighted to mark this by launching both the new Blue Gold package and the 175 Years – 175 Rooms – 175 Swiss Francs special. Enjoyed by guests and locals alike, the high quality spring water can be used for drinking and bathing purposes, as well as for relaxation, therapeutic and health reasons, and as a result this award-winning resort continues to draw in guests from all over the world.

The 175 Years – 175 Rooms – 175 Swiss Francs special includes:

-1 night including generous buffet breakfast (maximum 2 nights stay)

-36.5° Wellbeing package

-Priced at CHF 175 / £127 per person per night in a double room; CHF 275/ £200 in a single room

Available from 2nd February 2015 at

The Blue Gold package includes:

-3 nights including generous buffet breakfast

-36.5° Wellbeing package

-Thermal water welcome drink

-Daily 4-course lunch or dinner

-1 Thermal Water Massage (50 minutes)

-1 thermal water farewell gift

-Priced at CHF 327/ £235 per person per night in a double room

Nightly rates at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz start from CHF 490/£330* staying in a double room. Rates include breakfast, welcome aperitif, use of the 36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa area and Tamina Therme, fresh fruit and Ragaz water each day and daily fitness and relaxation lessons as well as VAT.

*Prices in Pound Sterling are according to today’s exchange rate.

For further information and reservations please contact Grand Resort Bad Ragaz on +41 81 303 30 30 or visit

About the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz:

Nestling amid mountain scenery, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is situated in the Heidiland holiday region of Eastern Switzerland, just an hour’s drive from Zurich. It is regarded as Europe’s Leading Wellbeing & Medical Health Resort and was awarded the accolade of “Winner Best Medi Spa” in 2013 by the Spa Guide published by the prestigious travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller (UK). The resort, which dates back to 1242 when a body-temperature thermal source was discovered and has been honoured as “Switzerland’s Best Wellness Hotel” (SonntagsZeitung 2014), offers an extraordinary and authentic spa experience in the 36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa. With a total of 58 GaultMillau points and 1 Michelin star, the seven restaurants provide first-rate culinary delights. In addition to 267 rooms and suites, the resort also offers two golf courses, the Kursaal Business & Events Center, a broad range of cultural activities, the public Tamina Therme thermal spa and its own casino. Complementing the wellbeing and recreational facilities is the internationally renowned Medical Health Center, a byword for diagnostics, preventive care and rehabilitation of the highest order, as well as the Swiss Olympic Medical Center. In 2014, the outpatient medical facilities will be expanded to include an inpatient rehabilitation clinic. Fly on

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Now Open | La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa‏

January 21, 2015 on 10:39 am | In France, Paris, Spa Resorts, Switzerland | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLa Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa opens today, joining La Réserve Apartments* as the group’s first metropolitan outpost. The 40-room hotel was designed by Jacques Garcia, marking the third successful collaboration between Michel Reybier and the renowned decorator (La Réserve Genève in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Château La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux, France). The new hotel and spa occupies a Haussmannian mansion previously owned by the designer, Pierre Cardin, off the Champs-Elysées at 42 Avenue Gabriel, tucked away in the 8th Arrondissement – a stone’s throw from the Palais d’Elysée and Place de la Concorde – with views of the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Pantheon, and Luxor Obelisk.

La Réserve Paris is a serene escape from the bruit de fond of France’s capital city. Interiors of the 26 spacious suites (including four Presidential Suites) and 14 rooms that pays homage to the chic style of the Belle Époque. The large rooms feature period antique furniture, rich fabrics, regal colors, and muted lighting.

The particularly refined spaces, beyond the rooms and suites include facilities like a private lounge, bar, courtyard, smoking parlor, library, and the seasonal French restaurant Le Gabriel, helmed by Jérôme Banctel, former Chef du Cuisine of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Senderens. Suites will include personal butler service, and in-room wine coolers.

The spa consists of three treatment rooms, gym, sauna, and a 52 foot indoor pool.

The treatment menu features world-renowned Swiss anti-aging science, Nescens.

Rooms start at $1,300 /nightly

Michel Reybier Hospitality Collection

Conceived by Michel Reybier to express his passion for fine living, wellness, and high design, La Réserve Hospitality Collection offers an understated, sophisticated standard of luxury designed to make guests feel more at home than in a hotel. Besides the new Paris property,

La Réserve has hotels in Geneva and Ramatuelle, just outside St. Tropez.

Reybier also owns La Chartreuse, Château Cos d’Estournel, one of Bordeaux’s top wines and Tokaj Hetszolo, one of Hungary’s most beautiful vineyards.

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Anantara Resorts Hanging in the Balance

January 19, 2015 on 12:18 pm | In Asia, Beachbooker, Spa Resorts, Thailand | Comments Off

Booking.comAnantara motivates each guest to pursue their personal passions and goals through bespoke and inspirational experiences. As a natural extension of this philosophy and Anantara Spa’s award-winning expertise, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas launches ‘Balance’ – an innovative new wellness concept.

People are becoming more and more savvy about their health and there is growing demand to seek professional guidance on how best to achieve the right balance in life. Yet for so many of us in the stressful modern world, holiday time is precious and the idea of spending a well-deserved vacation at a health retreat or boot camp often seems too restrictive. The Balance wellness concept is refreshingly different as it offers total flexibility. An inspirational variety of health, wellbeing and healing elements can be incorporated into a luxury Anantara holiday, along with the freedom to relax and indulge to suit each guest’s personal preferences and time.

Balance offers a wide range of different wellness elements for guests to choose from, supported by expert guidance and personalised programmes.

Wellness cuisine offers delicious, nutritional options.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowCooking classes with interesting themes such as “food as medicine” and “healthy dietary alternatives” teach new skills to take back home. Fitness classes help to burn off excess weight, tone the body and de-stress the mind, accompanied by energy enhancing holistic exercise. Anantara Spa treatments range from indigenous rituals and products to revered ancient traditions and advanced western techniques. In a mentoring approach, educational seminars create a deeper awareness of health and wellbeing, giving guests the knowledge and practical life coaching skills to implement a more balanced lifestyle into their daily routine. While a “Masters of Wellness” visiting practitioner calendar offers holistic healing therapies by trusted experts that have been hand selected by Anantara.

Drawing on these diverse wellness elements, Anantara offers Balance experiences that are tailored to each guest’s unique needs. In a private consultation with the Anantara Spa Director and/or Wellness Practitioner, personal goals and lifestyle are taken into consideration to create the ideal balanced journey, with endless possibilities.

Balance experiences can focus on weight loss and body toning, detoxing and anti-ageing, de-stressing or holistic healing, or simply the satisfaction of returning from holiday looking and feeling great. A guest can enjoy wellness meals and drinks by day, splurge on a steak and wine dinner at night, and choose whether to sign up for a Balance cooking class so that they can incorporate healthier eating habits when they return home.

Those who are new to holistic exercise can try a yoga or tai chi class, with the option of having a tailored package of classes created for them afterwards. The flexible approach allows holidaymakers to split their vacation time, perhaps choosing one week of comprehensive wellness activities and the second free to spoil themselves. Those in need of healing can benefit from holistic modalities to address imbalances, blockages or unhealthy patterns, with the option of trying just one session to see how they feel about it at first, or making good use of the space and time that a holiday affords by booking a series of healing sessions for maximum results.

Anantara guests can look forward to finding their own personal balance in some of the world’s most exotic destinations. In line with Anantara’s philosophy of offering authentic indigenous experiences, a programme of visiting practitioners specialising in Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) is now available at four of Anantara’s signature properties – Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa and Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in northern Thailand, as well as Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa and Anantara Phuket Villas on the tropical island of Phuket. TTM focuses on rebalancing each person’s natural composition of elements to prevent disease and promote health and rehabilitation through traditional Thai treatments and herbal medicines, as well as diet and exercises for the body and mind.

To find out more about Anantara’s new Balance wellness concept, please contact the individual resorts via

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Hawaii: New hotel villa developments

January 15, 2015 on 2:02 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Spa Resorts, Sports Travel, Spring Break, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Home General 160 600Situated on North Kaanapali Beach, Maui, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas completed its multi-million dollar renewal project of its guestrooms in December 2014. The extensive renovations across the 26-acre resort included exterior painting, new carpeting in hallways and guestrooms, black-out drapes and sheers, lighting fixtures, dining tables and chairs, televisions, sleeper sofa, interior lounger, bar stools and more.

The new Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Oahu’s North Shore is currently being built adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. Expected to open mid-2015, the 144-room hotel will feature an upscale pool, a bistro, and meeting space. The two and three-floor hotel is part of a vision to revitalize and sustain the Koolau Loa region.

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay introduced new radio-frequency identification (RFID) wristbands for room access. Although the resort will still provide old fashioned key cards, the sleek high-tech wristbands are ideal for outdoor activities on the island, including snorkeling, surfing, SNUBA, hiking, horseback riding, golfing, and swimming. The bands currently operate for key entry only, but food and beverage, spa, and other retail charging privileges are on the horizon.

Undergoing its largest renovation since opening nearly half a century ago, the Kauai Museum in Lihue will add a second level office building complete with an elevator and open-air walkways to connect all three buildings. The new developments will help to create easier access to the museum’s upper levels and provide additional space for educational and research components. Additionally, the museum will incorporate indigenous plants into the surrounding landscape and complete a total re-design of the permanent exhibits to better portray “The Story of Kauai.”

Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest outdoor shopping center, is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion project to redevelop the Ewa (west) wing of the center into an expanded three-level retail space, totaling 650,000 square feet. Located on Oahu, the expansion project will include a 167,000 square-foot Bloomingdale’s department store, large format retailers, dining, entertainment, 200,000 square feet of inline retailers, and more than 1,000 parking stalls in the mauka (inland) Ewa parking structure.

Starting construction this year, West Oahu will welcome Ka Makana Alii, a 1.4 million-square-foot regional mall managed by DeBartolo Development.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe mixed-used center will include some of the world’s largest fashion retailers such as Macy’s, H&M, Forever 21, and three of Gap Inc. brands Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic, as well as Hawaii’s first Hampton Inn & Suites. The new mall will also feature more than 150 shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings, a department store, and LEED-certified office space. Phase one of Ka Makana Alii is scheduled to open in 2016.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa introduced its newest restaurant, Black Rock Kitchen designed for family and friends to gather, share great food, and talk story. Emphasizing the importance of ohana (family) and aina (meal), the locally inspired menu selections at Black Rock Kitchen incorporate these concepts into every dish. Additionally, the restaurant features a craft cocktail, beer and wine menu highlighting local spirits and island flavors.

Cupcake and sandwich shop by day turned lively bar at night, Bethel Street Tap Room opened in downtown Honolulu, serving up drinks, provisions, and sweets. The tasty menu includes sandwiches like the bacon cheeseburger dip, a thick, hot dip of melty cheese and ground beef topped with crispy bacon and served with both French bread and potato chips, as well as hearty appetizers, cupcakes, and inventive cocktails and brews. Patrons can also munch on homemade pickles and complimentary bacon during happy hour.

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New Year, New You – Great German Spa Experiences‏

January 15, 2015 on 10:54 am | In Adventure Travel, Germany, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

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Stunning natural landscapes, iconic landmarks and luxe spa hotels make Bavaria a great choice for your next wellness escape. Choose the Bavarian Alps to recharge in beautiful mountain scenery, and with a stay at 5-star Hotel Schloss Elmau, which is welcoming its sister property, Schloss Elmau Retreat in March and will host the G7 summit in June.

While in the area, don’t miss a visit to the fairytale castle Schloss Neuschwanstein. Or, head to the nearby Berchtesgadener Land which is part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve and offers such unusual treatments as a hay or whey baths and warm mud treatments.

North Sea

Located in Northern Germany’s Wadden National Park, St. Peter-Ording has been a leading spa resort for over 150 years. Take a long walk on the beach to soak up the pure, salty air, or explore the extensive pine wood forests that were laid out over a century ago. Then, spend a relaxing and romantic evening at Restaurant and Bar “54,” which is located in the North Sea, connected to the mainland by a walkway.

To round it off with the right overnight stay, stay at the upscale Aalernhuis Hotel & Spa, which uses products with natural, local ingredients such as amber and algae for its stress relieving treatments.*




Glamorous Baden-Baden has been a favorite destination for vacations that combine wellness, culture and luxury since the Belle Époque. Stay at hotel “Der Kleine Prinz,” a cozy, romantic property dating back to 1890 or opt for a suite overlooking the park at Brenners Park-Hotel and Spa, whose restaurant Brenners-Park Restaurant was just awarded a Michelin Star.

Many hotels offer their own spa facility, alternatively you may visit one of the public thermal baths, such as the Roman-Irish Friedrichsbad, which opened in 1877 and guides visitors through its 17 stages to well-being.

Baltic Sea

The islands and the mainland around the Baltic Sea offer the perfect combination of seaside resorts, a healthy climate, and plenty of wellness facilities. Beautiful small cities with romantic spa hotels such as Schlossgut Schloss Schwansee (a beautiful countryside manor with a spa located in the former horse stables), or the Neptun Spa and Hotel in Rostock, featuring an expansive, 25,000 square foot spa including a pool with fresh Baltic sea water, are more reasons to visit the region.


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The region in and around the Thuringian Forest in Eastern Germany welcomes R&R-seeking visitors to towns such as Bad Salzungen, where SOLE (salt) treatments have a long history due to the natural saltwater springs, making it one of Germany’s oldest saltwater spas.

Located on a peaceful fresh water reservoir, Bio-Seehotel Zeulenroda is Germany’s first organic resort offering a variety of treatments as part of the guests’ carbon-neutral stay.

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Nob Hill Spa Celebrates its 15 Year Anniversary Throwback Pricing‏

January 14, 2015 on 10:39 am | In California, San Francisco, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

A Thank You to its Longtime Guests, Nob Hill Spa Offers Specials on Signature Treatments and Series Packages

SAN FRANCISCO – Singapore-based luxury hotel group Grace International is pleased to announce that San Francisco’s beloved Nob Hill Spa at The Scarlet Huntington is celebrating its 15 year anniversary on January 15, 2015. Since 2000, Nob Hill Spa has been a tranquil sanctuary perched atop the city’s prestigious Nob Hill, which has regularly been named a favorite destination of local residents and visitors alike. Offering a complete spa retreat carefully arranged according to the ancient theories of feng shui, guests enjoy unique massages, facials, nail services and body treatments that reflect rich healing traditions.

In celebration of its 15 year anniversary, Nob Hill Spa will flashback to its inaugural year and honor original pricing on all-time favorite services such as the Longevity Relaxation Massage ($110), Organic Lavender Sugar Scrub ($110), and European Facial ($120) for one day only. Throughout the month of January, Nob Hill Spa is offering spa series packages at a special promotional price of $1,100 in the following combinations – ten 50 minute massages, ten 50 minute facials, and ten mixed treatments (five massages, three facials, and two body treatments), allowing guests to focus on a “new you” in the new year.

Goddess Swimwear from Today Show“Nob Hill Spa invites guests to join the celebration and commemorate a special milestone,” said Ania Mankowska-Allard, spa director of Nob Hill Spa. “Our anniversary is a way for us to say thank you to valued guests who have loyally supported us over the years and welcome first-time visitors to experience Nob Hill Spa’s indulgent treatments – designed to rejuvenate and refresh the body, mind and soul.”

A haven within the bustling city, Nob Hill Spa welcomes guests to an alluring sanctuary of indulgence and pampering, personalized service, rejuvenating treatments and captivating city views from its outdoor terrace. The award-winning 10,000 square foot facilities feature an indoor infinity relaxation pool, Zen Room, whirlpool and fireside lounge area. Since 2000, Nob Hill Spa has received numerous accolades including: Conde Nast Traveler’s “2014 Top 50 Hotel Spas” and Gayot’s “Top 10 Spas in San Francisco.

Nob Hill Spa also invites guests and clients to share their favorite memories and stories of the acclaimed spa during the month of January to commemorate its 15 year milestone. The most striking story will win a special Beauty Package to be enjoyed at the spa. Share stories and memories with Nob Hill Spa by submitting to:

Luggage ProsTo book appointments, please call the spa reception desk at 415-345-2888. Please note January anniversary promotions are not applicable with other promotions, packages, or Spafinder/SpaWish gift certificates.

About Grace International

Grace International is a Singapore-based luxury hotel group that manages the acquisition, conceptualization and development of award-winning boutique hotels, backed by a team of highly dedicated professionals of foresight and creativity.

About The Scarlet Huntington

Unveiled in May 2014, The Scarlet Huntington beckons with avant-garde chic atop Nob Hill, influenced by the city’s rich heritage and woven together with an international couture. Formerly The Huntington Hotel, The Scarlet Huntington by Singapore-based Grace International builds upon the property’s original charm, graciousness and exceptionally high standards while introducing locals and visitors to well-dressed and modern sensibilities. Unexpected yet welcoming, each of the 134 spacious guestrooms and suites, public and function spaces, and relaxation areas is designed to indulge amidst a setting of elegant, contemporary luxury. The Scarlet Huntington is home to Nob Hill Spa, a favorite urban escape with ten treatment rooms, an indoor infinity pool, and an expansive terrace overlooking the city. An iconic institution in San Francisco, Big 4 Restaurant at The Scarlet Huntington will present modern twists on classic dishes and cocktails in the storied dining room and celebrated bar. The Scarlet Huntington is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Small Luxury Hotels of the World. For more information, visit


January 12, 2015 on 4:06 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Spa Resorts, Weddings Honeymoons | Comments Off

LAS VEGAS – Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa, a AAA Four Diamond resort, will offer a variety of options to celebrate Valentine’s Day with specialty menus at four signature restaurants, several intimate spa and hotel packages, and a concert by award-winning jazz band, The Rippingtons, all from Friday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 15.


Aliante’s signature steakhouse, MRKT Sea & Land, will feature a four-course meal priced at $85 per person. The meal will begin with a lover’s tomato bisque en croute, followed by a sliced strawberry, bleu cheese and candied walnut salad with strawberry vinaigrette. The entrée course will offer a petite filet with stuffed lobster tail, concluding with a decadent chocolate mousse for dessert.

The Salted Lime will serve a three-course holiday meal priced at $25 per person featuring Mexican chopped salad, beef and shrimp skewers with cilantro rice and mixed vegetables, and a coconut flan for dessert.

Bistro 57 will offer a three-course menu, priced at $35 per person, beginning with an antipasto plate featuring figs stuffed with gorgonzola cheese served with prosciutto. Two entrée options will be available with the choice of fettuccine pasta with Langoustines shrimp and a cherry tomato sauce; or thin medallions of filet mignon alla Toscana with roasted potatoes and asparagus. A strawberry fruit tart will be served for dessert.

FARM 24-7, a 24-hour farm-to-table café, will offer red velvet pancakes as a $6 breakfast special along with an assortment of themed baked goods. On Valentine’s Day, guests will also have the option to enjoy assorted red desserts, strawberries and whipped cream, “val-donuts” and cookies at Medley Buffet.


Lovers looking for an intimate Valentine’s Day experience will enjoy several packages offered at re:lax spa beginning Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15. Couples will receive complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in private rooms with the option of three different romantic treatments, including:

· Love: A 50-minute Swedish massage and any express treatment for $125.

· Amour: A-50 minute Swedish massage, 50-minute signature facial and an express manicure or pedicure for $225.

· Romance: A choice of two 50-minute massages in VIP couples room for $200.

Advanced reservations are required for all Valentine’s Day spa specials by calling 702.692.7378 or visiting

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Couples eager to celebrate the holiday with a ‘staycation’ may enjoy specialty hotel packages featuring a two-night stay, a $50 dining credit, two movie tickets and a romantic turn-down amenity on Valentine’s Day. Guests may choose between staying Friday and Saturday for $350 or Saturday and Sunday for $250 total. Valentine’s Day packages must be reserved with the code ‘PKGLOVE’ to confirm the special.


GRAMMY-nominated contemporary jazz band, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, will set the mood with a performance beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, inside Access Showroom. Tickets will start at $32.50 each and include a complimentary glass of champagne.

About Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa

Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa is situated on more than 40 pristine acres within the Aliante master-planned community at Aliante Parkway and Interstate 215. The AAA Four Diamond resort was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014 and features more than 200 hotel rooms and suites, four signature restaurants, a 650-seat showroom, more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space, a resort-style saltwater pool and a new 3,500-square-foot spa. More information and reservation details can be found by calling 702.692.7777 or visiting Follow Aliante on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @AlianteCasinoHotel for special promotions, entertainment updates, exclusive giveaways and more.

‘Men’S Spa Treatment Of The Year’ Presented To Spa Village Pangkor Laut

January 9, 2015 on 3:56 pm | In Asia, Malaysia, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowKuala Lumpur, Malaysia – November 2014: YTL Hotels’ Spa Village brand was recently bestowed yet another prestigious accolade, this time for the second year running at the AsiaSpa Awards 2014 for Spa Village Pangkor Laut’s signature Bukit Gantang Warrior experience as the ‘Men’s Spa Treatment of the Year’. This is a premier indulgence at the brand’s flagship four-acre Spa Village Pangkor Laut, opened in September 2002 by maestro Luciano Pavarotti.

“On behalf of Spa Village, I am delighted and honoured we have been recognised by AsiaSpa – you inspire us! In true spirit, we will continue to offer authentic healing experiences to our guests through the nurturing hearts and hands of our wonderful team,” says YTL Hotels Vice President of Spa Division, Ms Chik Lai Ping. The Spa Village brand that she leads has experienced phenomenal growth over the years and received immense support from the community and guests alike.

Presented at the Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay, the spectacular “Sakura Dreams”-themed event welcomed key industry players, nominees and distinguished guests in a rewarding evening for 22 top establishments, brands and products across Asia. Spa Village Pangkor Laut accepted this award alongside notable spas such as Maia Spa, Fusion Maia Da Nang in Vietnam and Aman Spa at Amanfayun in Hangzhou, China.

Every Spa Village experience begins with a soothing introduction designed to immerse guests into the healing practices of the region. On the private island paradise, Pangkor Laut’s renowned ‘Bath House Experience’ incorporates a 45-minute journey through a series of cleansing rituals, beginning with an invigorating Chinese foot pounding. Guests are then led through a rejuvenating Malay bath, moving on to the Japanese Bath House with a goshi-goshi exfoliation, followed by a soak in the heated outdoor rotenburu. This pre-treatment ritual then culminates withan invigorating Shanghai Scrub.

Suitably relaxed, guests are then guided from the Bath Houses through the tranquil spa village to one of eight treatment pavilions. Here, the Bukit Gantang Warrior experience begins. First, Urutan Panglima, a deep tissue massage is performed, its long strokes warming the tissues and muscles, increasing blood circulation and promoting regained vitality, structural alignment and flexibility. Next, a simple herbal hair wash called Ikal-Ikal follows. To tone, restore and enliven the muscles, the Boros Akar, a scrub consisting of a combination of galangal and turmeric roots, is then applied with deep scrubbing strokes. The experience continues with the Mandian Rempah Ratus, a herbal spice bath infused with kaffir lime and fenugreek, to calm and restore body strength. This is complemented with the Mandi Wap Minyak Herba, a steam bath that penetrates the pores, lifting the spirit to complete relaxation.

The Bukit Gantang Warrior Treatment then concludes with Akar Periok, a herbal root tonic renowned for its anti-aging properties; and each gentleman ends his journey feeling relaxed and renewed, ready to further indulge in the facilities within the four-acre Spa Village Pangkor Laut – be it to snooze within one of the three nap gazebos, take a refreshing dip in the infinity pool, dine on a healthy Japanese meal at Jamu Bar or enjoy a therapeutic session with the visiting Guest Artist.

Plan your relaxing holiday at Pangkor Laut Resort with the Extended Escapade to enjoy a 15% off spa treatments at the award-winning Spa Village Pangkor Laut. Book online, call the YTL Travel Centre at +603 2783 1000 or email

About AsiaSpa magazine

AsiaSpa magazine is a luxury lifestyle and travel publication dedicated to the pursuit of complete well-being. Highlighting the latest destinations, wellness sanctuaries, spa treatments, retreats, fashion and beauty, AsiaSpa keeps up with the trends of the growing spa and wellness industry, offering its well-travelled readers an essential guide to pampering and vacationing the luxe way.

As the region’s well-being bible, AsiaSpa articles go behind the scenes at destination resorts and urban day spas, look into treatments, brands and accessories, interview the people who are shaping the luxury industry and keep the consumers in the know. Highlighting destinations to dream of, AsiaSpa’s stylishly glossy magazine, digital version and up-to-date website are the region’s premier wellness, beauty and travel references.

About Spa Village

Since the 2002 inception of the flagship spa in Pangkor Laut Resort, the Spa Village brand has grown to encompass seven Spa Villages across Asia and the luxury Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali. The brand expanded its presence to Borneo in 2012 with the opening of Gaya Island Resort, then China with the opening of Spa Village Hangzhou. Its first creative offshoot was born in the form of Majestic Spa at the heritage Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

The Spa Village brand has individually and collectively won various awards for its concept, design and warm, consistent service. Some publications and associations which it has received commendation from are AsiaSpa Awards, Spa Asia Crystal Awards, The Sunday Telegraph UK, Conde Nast Traveler UK, Tatler and Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Peruse testimonials, awards and obtain insight into the philosophy at the heart of Spa Village through Detailed descriptions of signature treatments together with downloadable spa menus help demystify both the origins and benefits of the therapies and help match every guest to the most suitable Spa Village experience.

About Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Laut Resort is situated on a private island off the west coast of Malaysia. This piece of paradise is surrounded by secluded bays and pristine beaches, which house 140 villas and suites and the award-winning Spa Village Pangkor Laut. Only a fraction of the island’s 300 acres have been developed, leaving most of its two million year-old rainforest untouched. This YTL Luxury Resort has received numerous international accolades including ‘Number One in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveller UK.

About YTL Hotels

YTL Hotels owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-winning resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, France and the UK, including Pangkor Laut Resort, voted the world’s best resort in 2003 by Condé Nast Traveller UK. The group also co-owns the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train.

In 2012, the company added Gaya Island Resort – a luxury resort on the exotic tropical island of Borneo, and The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur – the second heritage jewel in the group’s Classic Hotels collection to the fold. In February 2014, the group revealed its fully refreshed Vistana Hotels.

In July 2014, the group announced KASARA, its new brand of luxury accommodations offering bespoke, one-of-a-kind experiences in exotic locations.

With each new experience that it presents, the company strives to embrace and highlight the natural essence of culture, character and tradition of its surroundings. YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of YTL Corporation Berhad.

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Raffles Spa Comes to Istanbul

January 9, 2015 on 3:20 pm | In Middle East, Spa Resorts, Turkey | Comments Off

The launch of Raffles Istanbul heralds a new era in luxurious indulgence with its signature Raffles Spa, one of the most comprehensive luxury spas in Istanbul with a choice of pools, saunas, hammams, steam rooms, seven treatment rooms, personal trainers, VIP spa suites and a sumptuous design by The Gallery HBA which beautifully weaves together exotic elements of the Occidental and Oriental worlds.

Like the hotels in which they sit, each Raffles Spa is a tranquil oasis, embodied by the lotus flower, a symbol of calm, as it blooms amid watery chaos. So too, every Raffles Spa is serene space allowing guests to be themselves. Careful emphasis is placed on the choice of spa products for each location of Raffles’ spas around the world. For Istanbul, there are two lines of products and treatments; from The Organic Pharmacy and Gazelli Skincare.

The Organic Pharmacy specialises in creating health and beauty products based on organic, natural cosmeceuticals, medicinal plant extracts and high tech natural molecules. Made in London, the quality of the products is ensured from start to finish. Raffles Istanbul is the first hotel and spa in the Raffles Hotels & Resorts portfolio to use The Organic Pharmacy, chosen by Andrew Gibson, Vice President Spa & Wellness for FRHI Hotels & Resorts, who explains:

“The Organic Pharmacy takes great care about the production methods and sourcing of materials for their products. They remain exclusive and will not be found in too many locations – just like Raffles. Raffles Spas are managed by Raffles, but The Organic Pharmacy is aligned with the Raffles philosophy.”

Exclusive to Raffles Istanbul is the new Organic Pharmacy Rose, Honey and Sugar Hammam Experience (60 minutes). This exclusive signature treatment was designed by Margo Marrone, Co-founder The Organic Pharmacy who explains:

“Turkey is the home of rose and honey. This treatment epitomises the luxury of this fusion of old and new, bound up an in age-old ritual.”

A range of Organic Pharmacy’s luxurious and much-loved treatments are available at Raffles Istanbul, including the Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial and the Seaweed Cleansing Ritual, along with new additions, such as the Men’s, Teen and Acne Skin Solutions Facial.

Gazelli Skincare offers professional skincare with over 40 years of development and unique, powerful formulations at its core. At the heart of every Gazelli treatment is the company’s unique, patented ingredient: the Gazelli White Oil™. Found only in Azerbaijan and not available in any other product in the world, this stimulating ingredient works to regenerate skin cells and deeply nourish, hydrate and protect the skin for instant and lasting results. Gazelli founder, Jamila Askarova believes this exciting partnership “will bring a new dimension to both the international and local audience of Raffles Istanbul, educating them about their skin with every visit through luxurious, results-driven treatments and straightforward homecare advice”.

The Gazelli Menu for Raffles Istanbul features both facial treatments and body rituals, including the targeted anti-aging Ultimate Firming Facial and the exceptional two and a half hour Gazelli White Oil™ Experience for full mind and body rejuvenation and relaxation. In the UK Gazelli Treatments are available at Harrods and at the Josh Wood Atelier in Holland Park.

Together Gazelli and The Organic Pharmacy have created a comprehensive menu of treatments and therapies for the Raffles Spa in Istanbul.

Asli Sakizli has been appointed as Director of Spa. Asli has worked with some of the most well-known names in the spa business. She joins from The Istanbul Edition, where she was Director of Spa for the hotel’s ESPA Spa.

Raffles Spa in Istanbul offers a choice of pools, saunas, steam rooms and hammams. Seven treatment rooms and two VIP spa suites provide privacy for personal treatments. The fitness centre and gym are supported by a personal trainer.

The Gallery HBA’s design cleverly draws on Istanbul’s richly layered history and the waters of the Bosphorus, the lifeblood and soul of the city that weaves together the Occidental and Oriental worlds. Throughout the spa the concept of flowing water creates a harmonious ambiance: whether it’s a chandelier made from swirls of glass that emulate currents of the Bosphorus; pendant “bubble” lights hung from the ceiling like droplets of water; or a water sculpture featuring lotus plants as a link to the lotus flower, the Raffles Spa icon, each one is a symbol of the space and serenity of the spa.

Together with the legendary Raffles Butler service and the Long Bar, subtly adapted to each location, Raffles Spas are part of the anatomy of every Raffles hotel. Raffles Istanbul will be the perfect embodiment of the ‘new’ face of Istanbul: cutting-edge, eclectic and energetic. It sits at the heart of the Zorlu Center, a next-generation bazaar, where fashion, performance and art converge on the European shore in Beşiktaş – overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princes Islands and the historic peninsula.

~ Raffles Istanbul – a new perspective on a timeless city ~

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Raffles Istanbul offers a new perspective on a timeless city, at the heart of the new Zorlu Center, a next-generation bazaar where high fashion, performance, fine food and the arts converge. On the European side of Istanbul, the hotel has sweeping views over the Bosphorus and the Prince Islands. The 181 rooms and suites – some of the largest in the city – all have floor to ceiling windows and private balconies. The sleek modern interiors are embellished with a large collection of contemporary art, much of it specially-commissioned from local artists. The authentic Raffles touch is personified by the legendary Raffles Butler Service, which currently extends from Singapore to the company’s eleven hotels around the world. The extensive Raffles Spa offers signature treatments by Organic Pharmacy and the rooftop pool has unforgettable views over the Istanbul skyline. The hotel has two fabulous restaurants – Arola by Michelin starred chef Sergi Arola and Rocca with Mediterranean dishes and a Turkish influence – and three glamorous bars – the Writers Bar, the Champagne Room and a new take on the Long Bar, an Istanbul twist on its Singapore original, the place to be seen.

This is a new destination overlooking this ancient metropolis, above the Bosphorus, where modern luxury sits alongside heritage and culture. A modern oasis welcoming the well-travelled to the most timeless of cities.

About Raffles Hotels & Resorts: Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, luxury international hotel company with a history dating back to 1887 with the opening of Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The portfolio currently comprises eleven luxurious properties, from secluded resorts to city hotels in key locations around the world: in Singapore, Cambodia, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, the Philippines, Paris and Istanbul, each one is an oasis of calm and charm. The company is embarking on a new phase of expansion, with openings in key destinations scheduled over the next two years. With a compelling mix of cultures and styles, every hotel in the Raffles family has its own individual personality, with its own story to tell and its own sense of place. However, each one is proud to draw on the timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful, personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests. Raffles Hotels & Resorts is part of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with more than 110 hotels and resorts worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.



Raffles Istanbul Rose, Honey and Sugar Hammam EXPERIeNCE | 60 MINs

The perfect harmony between tradition and modern, this exquisite treatment takes you through a journey of an age-old ritual. Nourish and condition the skin using salt, sugar and rose petals infused with rose oil to create a feeling of luxury and nurturing. Follow with a beautiful Rose and Jasmine infused massage and of course the Hammam.


All facials begin with a thorough consultation and in-depth analysis to identify each person’s specific needs.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Crystal Lymphatic FACIAL | 90 mins

This regenerating facial begins with antioxidant rich Carrot Butter Cleanser to soften and decongest the skin, followed by complexion brightening Flower Petal exfoliation. Three therapeutic masks of Seaweed, Honey & Jasmine and Collagen Boost lift and tone the face, neck and décolleté. The lymphatic system is decongested using rose crystals, while acupressure massage firms facial muscles. Enjoy a relaxing massage of the hands, arms, feet and scalp. This treatment leaves your skin energized, dewy and glowing.


Renew your skin to its natural perfection with our radiance boosting and skin regenerating treatment using our latest high potency mask. It targets age spots, pigmentation and uneven skin tone focusing on the face, neck and décolleté – reduces the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improves skin tone. Using natural active ingredients of hibiscus, Vitamin C, Papaya and Plant acids, this result driven peel reveals

Brighter, re-oxygenated, nourished, lifted and exceptionally smooth and flawless skin for a visibly younger complexion.

The Organic Pharmacy Acne Skin Solutions FACIAL | 60 mins

A fabulous facial designed just for you using the techniques and products that suit your skin perfectly. Double cleanse, exfoliation, steam & extraction (if needed), specialised mask, serums and complexes are used to achieve optimal results. Massage techniques are used to suit your skin’s needs and your own personal prescribed home treatment to keep your skin looking fantastic between facials.

The Organic Pharmacy PURIFYING URBAN FACIAL | 60 mins

An instant pick me up for dull tired skin, this facial works hard in just 45 minutes to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and leave the skin looking fresh, bright and revitalised.

The Organic Pharmacy TEEN FACIAL | 60 mins

Teen skin for boys and girls need delicate care to look its best. This facial not only cleanses and calms the skin but also teaches teens to look after their skin at home for beautiful clear skin that they can be confident of. Suitable from ages 12-18.

The Organic Pharmacy MENS FACIAL | 60 mins

A deep cleansing and revitalising facial to ease away stress and tension and help revitalise both the mind and the skin.

Body therapies

RENEW ROSE BODY RITUAL | 2 HOURS (Anti-ageing Rose Polish and Wrap)

Tap into your own reservoir of youth. A rejuvenating treatment that envelopes the body with the nourishing essences of Rose & Jasmine for the perfect balance. The treatment begins with full body Rose and Sugar exfoliation, followed by a deep nourishing rose mud wrap and a full body massage with Rose and Jasmine infused Oil.


An intensive full body deep cleansing and purifying treatment to energise the mind and body. This Cleansing ritual begins with a Seaweed and sugar exfoliation to buff an polish the skin followed by a deep cleansing Seaweed and Fucus infused mud wrap to tone and boost metabolism and a full body massage. You will feel light, refreshed and fully energized.


At the heart of every Gazelli Triple Youth treatment is our unique, patented ingredient the Gazelli White Oil™. Found only in Azerbaijan, and not available in any other product in the world, this healing ingredient works to deeply nourish, hydrate and protect the skin.



This extremely relaxing and indulgent treatment combines Gazelli White Oil™ with targeted, unique facial massage techniques designed to tone and firm the skin, and smooth out fine lines. For the ultimate relaxation, youthful radiance and instant visible results to skin elasticity, tone and strength.


This highly specialised treatment uses lymphatic drainage and a powerful Enzyme Peel to restore and regenerate the skin. Gazelli White Oil™ deeply nourishes the skin at a cellular level to protect the skin and target and prevent the signs of ageing. For a smooth, fresh and even skin tone.



This Volcanic Mud experience cleanses and rebalances the entire body, inside and out. An invigorating scrub is followed by a Volcanic Mud Body Wrap, and reflexology massage techniques to stimulate the body’s natural cleansing process. The wrap is rinsed off for a shiatsu inspired full body massage focusing on stretching and soothing muscles. The Volcanic Mud Facial follows, leaving skin, muscles and body refreshed and revived from head to toe.


This ultimate pampering face and body ritual promises full mind and body relaxation and rejuvenation. The body treatment includes an exfoliating body brush, followed by a nourishing wrap and a relaxing full body massage. Then a luxurious hour-long Gazelli White Oil™ facial tailored to your skin’s needs leaves you healthy, glowing and youthful from head to toe.





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“South Pacific Splendor” Leisure Package in Fiji

December 29, 2014 on 11:22 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Fiji Islands, Pacific Islands, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFIJI ISLANDS – The epitome ofSouth Pacific luxury, the 17-room Qamea Resort and Spa Fiji, where service is key and rest and relaxation reign supreme, was recently named “Leading Spa Resort In Fiji” at the recent 21 Annual World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2014 held in New Delhi, India.

World Travel Awards (WTA) was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Accepting the Award on behalf of the award-winning Fiji Resort was Owner & Director Bryce Earwaker.

“We are delighted to be honored with this prestigious award for a second time as we strive to provide our guests with the highest standards of luxurious service and excellence,” says Earwaker.

In recognition of the recent award, Qamea Resort and Spa Fiji, is celebrating their recent “win” with the debut of a special new “South Pacific Splendor,” leisure package, now on sale through December 31, 2014 (must be booked by this date) for travel through May 15,

This “South Pacific Splendor” package is priced from USD $293.00 per night per couple, double occupancy, a 50% savings from regular rates (Booking Code: QAM – WTAS), based on space availability.

The package includes accommodations, welcome arrival drink, Continental breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and coffee, daily housekeeping and turn down. In addition the daily tariff includes a myriad of water sport activities, including sea canoeing, kayaking, scheduled snorkeling trips with gear, a Kava ceremony (ceremonial drink of Fiji), Meke, (Fijian dance and storytelling), Sunday Church services, hosted wine tasting, nightly entertainment and a Qamea sports water bottle with free refills of Pure Qamea purified drinking water.

For those couples booking a minimum of five nights (new bookings) by December 31, 2014 for travel through May 15, 2015, they receive a luxurious and romantic 1 hour free “Qamea Signature Couples Massage” (Relaxation or Deep Tissue), the perfect complement for any Qamea stay, giving guests a taste of why The Qamea Jungle Spa has been awarded “The Best Luxury Spa in Fiji.”


Qamea Resort and Spa is an exclusive tropical destination for discerning travelers seeking a truly authentic Fijian experience without sacrificing luxury or service. The resort fronts onto a private white sand beach of just under a kilometer in length and accommodates up to 34 adult guests in 17 spacious bures and exclusive Royal Beach Houses with private swimming pools and Jacuzzi Spas, all facing the beach and positioned for maximum privacy. In addition to Qamea Resort and Spa Fiji being named “The Leading Spa Resort In Fiji” by World Travel Awards, the Resort has received numerous awards and accolades including the following:

2014: Hotel Awards – Best Romantic Retreats
2014: Seven Star Global Luxury Award Winner
2014: Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards – Top Luxury Hotels in Fiji
2014:Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards – Top Small Hotels in Fiji
2014: Best of Luxury – Winner Pacific Hotels & Resorts
2013: Conde Nast Johansens -Winner Most Excellent Eco Resort

For more information about Qamea Resort and Spa Fiji, visit, e-mail the Reservations Department at or call 011 649360-0858.


Qamea Resort and Spa is located in the Fiji island group, about 10 hours non-stop flight from LAX into Nadi airport. Qamea is accessible by air, and is roughly an 80 minute flight from Nadi International Airport to the Tavenui Airport, followed by a short scenic ride via private transfer and 10 minute boat trip to Qamea Island. Visitors to Fiji can board one of Fiji Airways new, three re-branded state-of-the-art airbuses A330-200s offering direct flights to Fiji (approximately ten hours) departing nightly from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) . Information/reservations:

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