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Spas & Retreats

This section features in-depth reviews of all the great resort spas, day spas, medical spas and destination spas. You will also find inspiring interviews of the top spa directors around the world and fascinating details on the design process behind some of the finest spas.

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Elevate the Body Mind and Spirit at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa With fireplaces and Eucalyptus-infused steam in each of their fourteen treatment rooms… indulge in the warmth, elegance and comfort of the award- winning Mirbeau Inn and Spa at The Pinehills just south of Boston off of route 3 in Plymouth.  Mirbeau, loosely translated as “reflected beauty,” is inspired in part by the soft light, warm colors and introspective character found in the paintings of renowned French Impressionist Claude … [Read more...]

The Secrets of Internal Skincare

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An Interview with Renowned Skin and Health Care Expert Dr. Howard Murad  By Zoë Kors Beauty is only skin deep. Or is it? Visionary dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad has gone way below the surface to establish that truly beautiful skin is connected to the health of the whole body. Through pioneering research and clinical studies into what he calls the “science of cellular water,” he has changed the way we look at skincare and aging. A board-certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist, and … [Read more...]

Fall Spa Treatments ~ Herbs & Spice & Everything Nice

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The end of the year heralds all things festive and indulgent. Fall in step with the season -- spruce up with treatments rich in aromatic herbs and spices to prep for the holiday celebrations ahead. By Felicia Tomasko, Zoe Kors, and Marina Chetner Expert Beauty Facial Le Spa at Sofitel Beverly Hills Arrive early and recline in the dimly lit, dark-wall-chic of the Serenity lounge to indulge on mint tea and sweet dates before your treatment. The Expert Beauty Facial starts with a … [Read more...]

Mr. C Beverly Hills Opens an Intimate Spa

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Los Angeles has gained a beautiful and serene spa space at Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani’s distinguished Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel. The mosaic-tiled underground haven is as much a luxurious amenity for guests as it is a sweet retreat for Angelenos and travelers. Its 1,000-square-foot sanctuary is a display of masterful design and comfortably fits two teak-walled massage and beauty treatment rooms, a curtained-off manicure/pedicure area, a relaxation zone, and two private locker rooms featuring … [Read more...]

Spa Director Profile: Damien Craft ~ The Spa at Four Seasons Westlake Village

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Interview by Marina Chetner   Damien Craft has an impressive resume. He’s carved a niche for himself, having worked at some of the largest resort spas including Bacara Resort and Spa, Grand Wailea in Hawaii, and now Four Seasons Westlake Village, where he serves as Spa Director.  Passionate about the industry, there’s no stopping him… except, of course, when summoned for a massage.   FIND BLISS How did you get started or decide you wanted to become a resort Spa Director?   I started as a … [Read more...]

Healing Waters ~ Beverly Hot Springs’ mineral waters bring ancient practices to a modern city.

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Words by Felicia Tomasko Photography by David Young-Wolff More than two thousand feet beneath the bedrock of the City of Angels, is a hot spring whose mineral-rich water is pumped to the surface on a continual basis, where it feeds the soaking pools of Beverly Hot Springs. While we may travel far while searching for the healing powers of warm mineral water, we may not dream that LA has its own source, accessible by merely a turn or two off of Beverly Boulevard just east of Western … [Read more...]

Summer Soothers ~ Seasonal Spa Treatments

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  Good times under the sun’s rays can get the better of us sometimes, which calls for some TLC during the summer season. These treatments soothe and heal, and remind us to take extra care of ourselves. By Marina Chetner, Vanessa Harris, and Felicia Tomasko Beauty Balance Scalp Treatment Ona Spa Los Angeles If all signs of tension caused by traffic gridlock don’t dissipate upon entering the calm of this Balinese-inspired space, they will during Ona Spa’s Beauty Balance Scalp Treatment. … [Read more...]

Going with the Flow ~ Escape to The Langham Huntington Spa, Pasadena

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  Set on magnificent grounds, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena feels a world away from the stresses of the city. The hotel’s proximity to Los Angeles’ downtown makes for a perfect day spa getaway. Words by Marina Chetner Photography by David Young-Wolff Over a century old, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is a palatial property set on more than 23 acres. One end of the property is flush with lush green lawns and gardens; the other side is home to Chuan Body + Soul, a spa offering … [Read more...]

Featured Spa – Burke Williams

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Spa Pioneer Burke Williams Day Spa Owner Bill Armour Shares his Inspiration. by Erynne Elkins “There are days when I wake up and think, ‘This is how it should have played out.’  And then there are days I wake up and I am humbled that 1,500 people would choose of their own volition to work for Burke Williams,” says the spa’s owner Bill Armour. He adds with a laugh, “There are also days when I think, ‘Gosh, I don’t really belong here…”  Entrepreneur, father, grandfather, and husband as … [Read more...]

Cool Calm and Collected – June Seasonal Treatments

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Cool, Calm, and Collected Water: It cleanses, hydrates, and reinvigorates us.  For these reasons, many spas incorporate the water element as a pre-spa ritual, a transition between treatments, an add-on to enhance relaxation, or the centerpiece of a spa experience. Celebrate water – plunge in and cool off in the warmer summer months. By Felicia Tomasko, Vanessa Harris, and Marina Chetner Step Into Spring Body Glen Ivy Hot Springs  Corona Stepping into the lush grounds of Glen … [Read more...]

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