Category: Spas & Wellness

Luxury Evening Spa Experience

The spa inside the The Peninsula Beverly Hills was under construction for three weeks to elevate guests experiences and stand apart from the other spas in Beverly Hills. Not only did the spa add new products and services, but this summer they are offering unique spa experiences for this summer. Recently the Global Wellness Institute determined that the Spa economy was a $119 billion business and the global wellness industry grew by 6.4 percent annually from 2015–2017, from a $3.7 trillion to a $4.2 trillion market, nearly twice as fast as global economic growth. The newly enhanced multi-million dollar spa...

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Escape to the Luxe Andaz Scottsdale Resort

Two years ago the luxury Andaz Hotel by Hyatt took over the Cottonwoods Resort below the picturesque Camelback Mountains. They renovated each of the 185 adobe bungalows and suites, as well as built a colorful contemporary lobby and heated saltwater swimming pools. Driving up to the resort, a restored 1962 black convertible Cadillac, fondly named Nora, and complimentary Tesla house cars are parked in front of the lobby awaiting guests arrival. The friendly staff offers a glass of wine, beer or flavored water at check–in to kickoff the Andaz experience. Each of the bungalow-style adobe casitas feature stylish mid-century...

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Luxurious La Prairie Spa in Beverly Hills

Taking the elevator up to the second floor, the door opens to La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Recently this 5,000 sq. ft. spa was named a Five-Star Spa by Forbes Travel Guide. It’s the first spa at a Hilton property in North America to win the award, and only the second globally. Curious why this luxury spa received such a prestigious designation, I discovered the staff incorporates the Swiss skincare’s most luxurious products and experiences. Only at the Waldorf Astoria, do they offer a multitude of treatments and three exclusive experiences. The Ultimate Radiance Experience leaves locals...

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9 Ways to Take Your Workout to the Next Level

Getting into a regular routine of working out is both a blessing and a curse. While it’s nice to have a well-maintained schedule or exercise routine, it can also get tiring to do the same old thing and seeing little to no results. While it’s true that going through the motions of a workout is better than no workout at all, it can still be taxing on your brain and motivation to get stuck in a cycle of monotony. With these nine tips and tricks, you’ll be able to upgrade your workout to the next level. Dial up the...

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Soak Up the Ryokan Vibes at Ten Thousand Waves

It’s a bit embarrassing to wake up and find yourself drooling like a baby, especially when there’s someone else to witness this cringe-worthy moment. I laughed self-consciously, hoping to deflect the situation humorously. Thankfully, my massage therapist kindly helped me save face by explaining that this was a clear sign I had reached total relaxation during my deep stone treatment. I told her she was a wizard with hot rocks.   It was the prospect of a deep stone massage that drew me to Ten Thousand Waves. That and soaking in one of the tubs at this unique spa-centric...

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October Wellness Fest at Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort

This October, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, located on the beautiful coast of Kassandra in Halkidiki, Greece, has launched the new October Wellness Fest programme. Designed to detox, de-stress and promote relaxation in line with the resort’s wellness philosophy, throughout the month of October, guests of Miraggio will be granted free entrance and unlimited access to the Myrthia Thermal Spa and are invited to join the 5-day ‘Discover The Myrthia Thermal Spa’ programme. Miraggio’s Wellness Director, Victoria Yanakova, was kind enough to share with us the idea behind this month-long wellness celebration and some of the benefits of the thermal...

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Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa: A Celebrity Hideaway

According to the latest TomTom Traffic Index report, “Los Angeles is the most congested city in North America. On average, journey times there take 33 percent longer than when traffic in the city is flowing freely and 77 percent longer during evening rush hour. Rounding out the top 10 most congested cities are Vancouver, Miami, Seattle, Tampa, Fla., San Francisco, Washington, Houston, Toronto and Ottawa.” No wonder you want to flee the maddening crowds, including the hoards of international tourists dashing to the US for cheap deals on everything from hotels to haute fashion brands. Shopping in the US...

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Vive Cal A Vie! A Hilltop French Country Retreat

If you are seeking an escape to the French countryside but don’t want to travel overseas, this is the perfect petite retreat. Conveniently situated a couple of hours south of Los Angeles, this hideaway haven is only 40 miles from San Diego. In this era of ‘chaotic’ travel, it is stressful to fly across the country, and many are cautious to go anywhere overseas. However, if you are yearning for an authentic taste of Provence, without a passport, then this is your slice of heaven.

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Seeking Soul in Bali: A Balinese Purification Ceremony

By Karryn Miller We leave the Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud as the sun is still rising, before the heat of the day settles over Ubud, and while good spirits are lingering still in nearby temples. Holy beings, I gather, aren’t big on the heat or the sun. As we drive, shuttered shopfronts give way to rice paddies and traditional villages. The streets are empty but already there’s a buzz of activity by each local temple. Within 15 minutes we’re in Pejeng Village, to the east of Ubud. Gerhana, my driver and guide who has been at the Chedi...

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Beverly Hills’ Pretty Woman: The Beverly Wilshire Hotel And Spa

Remember the movie, Pretty Woman and its scenes from the world famous Rodeo Drive? Those same haute couture salons and ateliers are still just as fashionable and exclusive today as they were when the film was first released. And down the street in this mecca of wealth and glittering storefronts sits the swanky and  landmark Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) and its prestigious spa. This hotel is the epitome of class and refinement, with an old world design and feel. Many episodes of HBO’s Entourage have been filmed here, and fans of old Hollywood will love that Elvis...

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Omni La Costa Petal to Plate Specials

Checking into the Omni La Costa Spa, I met a friend for a Petal to Plate lunch at the Spa Cafe before my scheduled facial. The Petal to Plate Spa Day lunch menu offers healthy and light fare for guests to enjoy before and after their treatments. They also make signature Spa Bellinis and flavorful cocktails that includes a blood orange infused margarita to help one relax, unwind and enjoy their spa moment. While receiving a Rose and Neroli facial at the Omni La Costa Spa Day, my aesthetician applied all-natural skin care oils and products to reduce inflammation and...

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3 Things You Should Know Before Having Plastic Surgery

In 2017 17.5 million Americans had plastic surgery. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, nose job or another cosmetic procedure, you’re not alone. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released its annual survey that reveals how many people are undergoing plastic surgery and what kinds of procedures they are seeking. The report showed a 2 percent increase in the number of surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2017 as compared to 2016. “For some people plastic surgery probably still has a stigma attached to it, but millions more realize that improving yourself is okay and...

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