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I really enjoy massages and fully understand their benefits, but the idea of spending an afternoon in mid-December doing that…. well that seemed nothing short of ludicrous! Let me clarify: I am busy and a Type A, which means I have lots of ideas, all of the time and I have the need to explore most of them, all of the time. Stopping and surrendering for a few hours in the midst of what many consider the busiest time of year was not one of them! Having reached a big milestone birthday this year, … [Read more...]

Ciel Spa at SLS Beverly Hills


From the freeways to the inner freedom A spa oasis in the midst of the city The corner of South La Cienega Boulevard and San Vicente. What may be one of the busiest intersections in Los Angeles is also home to one of the city’s hidden oases of rejuvenation—Ciel Spa at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. While the elegant boutique property may be known in part for hosting events and parties, there is the presence of a profound silence within the hotel’s walls—particularly when entering the … [Read more...]

Get a Spa Bathroom in 3 Easy Steps


Why wait for your next spa visit to relax and unwind? Instead, create a spa in your bathroom with these easy tips. And no, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a spa-like experience every single day! 1) Change your Showerhead It’s something we use every day, but rarely pay much attention to: the showerhead. If you’re using the plain old showerhead that came with your home, you just don’t know what you’re missing! Invest in a spa-like showerhead that is tailored to you. Maybe you like a … [Read more...]

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Situated with picturesque views of both Paradise Valley and the legendary Camelback Mountain, the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers guests a unique blend of desert elegance and Zen living. Environment The Asian-inspired property instantly calms the senses (and cools the body) from the moment you walk into the reception area. After checking in, head to the Jade Bar for a cocktail. Then gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer sweeping views of the Paradise Valley. For dinner, head … [Read more...]

Exhale Spa

Environment When in need of a serious dose of serenity, sometimes a honed spa, ironed of all the kinks and inconsistencies, is the most efficient mode to attain tranquility. One of the most perfected day spas has finally descended upon this frenetic "city of angels." Los Angeles has been holding its breath awaiting the opening of one of New York's hottest spas; Exhale (there are also locations in Boston, Chicago, and soon opening in Dallas). The 15,000-square-foot center for mind and body … [Read more...]

Spa Director Karen Shawn

spa director - karen shawn Name of current spa: Miraval Life In Balance What year you started there: 2006 Previous experience that you want to share: I've been working in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years. For the past seven years, I've been employed by three top hotel companies internationally - in Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. This incredible experience has given me an amazing insight into what it is like to work with different cultures in diverse environments. My … [Read more...]

The Findbliss Guide to Spa Etiquette

We all know that the best spas are designed for people to find bliss and rejuvenation (or maybe just a fab pedicure). But spas can also be intimate theatres of human behavior, where therapists, technicians and certain types of equipment have the power to heal you, hurt you, or leave you otherwise disappointed. After a decade of reporting on spas for such magazines as InStyle, Spa magazine and Healing Lifestyles & Spas, I've formulated several do's and don'ts for ensuring the best possible … [Read more...]

Iceland Spas

iceland spas: geo-thermal gourmet bathing Steaming with pristine geothermal pools in snowy landscapes under azure blue skies, Iceland is arguably the only country on earth that qualifies as one giant spa. Where else in the world can you relax year-round in natural geothermal lagoons surrounded by lava fields and black sandy beaches watching marine birds winging their way out to sea? For the gourmet spa bather, Iceland is especially enchanting given that it’s situated in the empire of the … [Read more...]

santa fe spa guide

Along with its soothing Southwestern vibe, pinon-scented pure air and rugged mountain views, Santa Fe, New Mexico is also a spa-goer's paradise. Featuring top-of-the-line day and destination spas to satisfy all tastes and budgets, Santa Fe is a superb spot for a spa vacation. Because of its high altitude, however, definitely allow a day or two for your body to acclimate before jumping into a Jacuzzi or going for a sauna. Here is an overview of our favorites places to spa in this gem of a resort … [Read more...]

The Family Spa Vacation

written by kyle roderick Puzzling over where to take your family on vacation? Why not combine traveling with a sojourn in a spa that caters especially to families seeking bliss and balance? The family-friendly spa options listed below offer deep renewal, diverse activities and therapeutic treatments that can nurture and bond family members. Should you decide to go ahead and schedule a trip at one of these properties, be sure to book spa treatments well in advance of your visit. … [Read more...]

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