July/August 2004  






In the Kittatinny Mountains of Northwestern New Jersey, just 47 miles from Manhattan, the new Elements Spa offers both the convenience of “day” spa services and “stay” spa packages at the new Minerals Resort Hotel. Located in Vernon, NJ at the base of Mountain Creek (the ski resort formerly known as Great Gorge-Vernon Valley), the new hotel and spa are part of Crystal Springs Golf & Spa Resort. Crystal Springs boasts four highly-rated championship eighteen-hole courses— Ballyowen, Black Bear, Crystal Springs and Wild Turkey— as well as the nine-hole Minerals Course designed by Robert Trent Jones. Black Bear is home to the nationally-known David Glenz Golf Academy.

Minerals takes its name from the unique mineral wealth of the Kittatinny Mountains, a former mining area where an amazing 357 different types of minerals can be found, 34 of which are exclusive to the region. All 175 guestrooms at Minerals Resort & Spa are decorated in an upscale Aspen theme, and many oversized rooms feature stone fireplaces and mountain or pool views.

The Minerals Sports Club has seven indoor and outdoor heated nature pools, two poolside bars, three indoor tennis courts, an indoor running track, a basketball court, steam room, sauna, and a 6,000 square-foot fitness center with cardio- and weight-training.

Adjoining the Minerals Sports Club, the Elements Spa offers a retreat in a palette of copper and natural stone. Elements offers a full menu of massage, body treatments, facials, and salon services; different combinations make up a variety of full-day and half-day spa excursions, like the Day Dream, a therapeutic massage, spa potion facial, Element body polish, hand ritual, foot awakenings, shampoo, hair styling, and spa lunch. Elements features the Peter Thomas Roth line of clinical skin care products.

Elements Spa at Crystal Springs Golf Resort
Vernon, NJ






This summer young adults between the ages of 16 & 18 are invited to “Get Fresh” at Aquanox Spa at the Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort. Knowing how important it is to look and feel good, especially with a new school year ahead, the spa has developed a special teen package. It includes a choice of either a 25-minute Refresher Facial or a 25-minute massage; a classic manicure; and a Get Fresh Gift. The package is priced at only $89 and is available from July through September.

Aquanox Spa at the Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort
Miami/Sunny Isles Beach





As if a glass-walled fitness center and poolside private cabanas with panoramic views from the city to the ocean weren’t enough, the Spa at the St. Regis in Los Angeles offers 15 new reasons to fall in love this summer. Among the spa’s 15 new treatments: the Siddha Body Treatment, Trissage “Body Facial,” and The Själ Cold Fusion Facial. Derived from the ancient Indian healing practice called Siddha Vaidya, (“Knowledge of Life”) the Siddha Body Experience is designed to aid in the removal of toxins after a dry exfoliation. Muslin pouches filled with healing herbs, such as ginger, clove, allspice and eucalyptus are dipped in warm East Indian Sandalwood oil then gently massaged across the body. Finally the body is wrapped so the therapeutic aspects of the herbs can be deeply absorbed. This purifying treatment uses the powers of aromatherapy and herbs to detoxify and revive the skin and spirit. The 80- minute treatment, including day spa use, is $160.

The soothing Själ Cold Fusion Facial was developed specifically and exclusively for the Spa at the St. Regis. It’s designed to exfoliate, oxygenate, hydrate and firm the skin, using minerals, citric acids, enzymes and botanicals. The result of this aromatic and sensual experience: a clean, refreshed face. It’s known among celebrities as the “pre-event facial” because it leaves skin glowing and camera-ready. The 80-minute treatment, including day spa use, is $160. Celebrities like Heidi Klum, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs are fans of products from the Själ beauty line. The Spa at The St. Regis is the only hotel in the world to carry the line.

To prepare the body for those revealing summer clothes, the spa offers the Trissage “Body Facial.” This intensive treatment exfoliates and infuses the skin with antioxidants, vitamins, and herbs to both hydrate and firm. It begins with an application of alpha-hydroxy exfoliating cream and a combination of detoxifying Chinese herbs that are massaged into the skin. A warm and soothing wrap follows; the treatment is completed with a 25-minute full body massage with Trissage firming cream/oil. The price is $160 for the 80-minute treatment.

The Spa at The St. Regis Los Angeles is a luxurious, full-service day spa. Located on the 5th floor of the hotel, this urban sanctuary features a eucalyptus steam room, a dry sauna, and a relaxation room. Eight treatment rooms are available for facials and massages, including four rooms with private showers and two large rooms with stand alone bathtubs for body treatments, wraps and scrubs. The Spa also houses a glass-encased gymnasium with state of the art fitness equipment; with a panoramic view of a crystal blue heated swimming pool, whirlpool and large furnished shady cabanas. The outside deck overlooks the Westside of Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean.

The Spa at The St. Regis
St. Regis Drive and Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles






Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah, and SpaKid International have teamed up to create a unique wellness vacation program for kids and parents. Called Parent/Teen Spa & Sport Adventure and offered from August 4th through August 7th, this dynamic program is designed to inspire participants to become passionate about a lifestyle that fosters well-being.

Each day of this adventure is filled with activities that challenge and nurture body, mind, and spirit, as well as opportunities for parents and teens to learn about themselves and each other.

The activities include hiking, kayaking, spa treatments, fitness classes, yoga, journaling, rock climbing, massage instruction, and cooking classes.

The teen rate (age 12 and over) is $189 per person, per night.
Red Mountain Spa
St. George, Utah
1- 800-407-3002






To fans of thoroughbred horse racing, Saratoga Springs, New York, is known simply as “The Spa.” This summer visitors will discover renovations at both the historic Roosevelt Bathhouse and the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa, both situated within the 2,300-acre Saratoga Spa State Park. The smaller Lincoln Mineral Baths & Spa were renovated several years ago.

Built in 1930, the grand Georgian Revival-style Roosevelt Bathhouse closed in 1997 for its $5 million overhaul. It will now feature a full-service 13,000-square-foot spa, 42 private rooms with bathtubs, Vichy shower, retail shop, and fitness center. While a menu of spa services is available, visitors have long come to Saratoga for the healing effects of bathing in the mineral waters that run through the park. Heated to body temperature, the naturally effervescent spring water eases pain from arthritis and sore muscles.

The first phase of the Gideon Putnam’s $6 million facelift began with renovation of some of the hotel’s restaurants and conference center. The second phase entails complete renewal of all 120 guest rooms, including new bathrooms, carpet, and furnishings. The restoration of the 65 year-old murals in the Garden and Georgian Rooms is part of an effort to return to grand plans of the hotel’s original interior designer, Dorothy Tuckerman Draper.

A National Historic Landmark District, Saratoga Spa State Park also has eight clay tennis courts, two outdoor swimming pools, jogging trails, ice-skating, cross-country ski trails, horseback-riding, an 18-hole championship golf course and par 29 nine-hole executive golf course.  It is also home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York City Ballet and Opera companies.

The Gideon Putnam offers several packages, such as the two-night “Total Spa Retreat,” which includes one breakfast and one dinner for two, two mineral baths, and two one-hour massages. Priced at $317 per person, the package is not available during racing season (August). For more details and updates, check www.gideonputnam.com or call 800-732-1560.






For travelers to New York City, Affinia’s collection of all-suite hotels—the Affinia Dumont, the Beekman Tower Hotel, Eastgate Tower, Plaza Fifty, Shelburne Murray Hill, Southgate Tower, the Surrey Hotel, and The Benjamin—offers all the comforts of home. For patients recovering from plastic surgery, Lyden Gardens offers even more: the new Affinia AfterCare program, with all the facilities and services that doctors recommend for speedy healing.

Located at 215 East 64th Street, Lyden Gardens is convenient to many top hospitals and plastic surgeons’ offices, yet the atmosphere is quiet and discreet, as guests can even come and go through a back entrance, if they wish. All of the spacious suites have pullout sofa beds, so family members or private-duty nurses can stay over. Their ADA-compliant rooms have grab bars and shower chairs in the bathrooms, plus blackout draperies, white noise machines, and refrigerators capable of making and storing ice for plenty of fresh cold compresses.

In addition to the hotel’s regular concierge services, which include grocery shopping, the Affinia AfterCare program offers an array of personal service referrals: personal shopping, private-duty nurses specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and in-room spa treatments and wellness services. These range from private yoga or relaxation sessions to licensed massage therapists specializing in manual lymphatic drainage and other pre- and post-surgical massage. For further details, call 866-AFFINIA or go to www.affinia.com to take a virtual tour.






The Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town has recently launched their new world class spa, aptly named, The Sanctuary Spa. Located only a few meters from the Atlantic Ocean in an underground grotto on the slopes of Table Mountain, the Sanctuary Spa uses the energies of its surrounding environment and enhances them with world-class treatments and products. Clarins has chosen The Sanctuary as the first destination spa on the African coast to specialize in their new international spa line.

The spa is divided into two distinct areas: the Sanctuary and Upper Sanctuary. Sandblasted glass walkovers complete with light therapy lead into the grotto where the eye is drawn between rock pillars to a rest area. Here, an outside waterfall, safeguarded on either side by magnificent statues of Buddha, brings the surrounding natural environment inside and provides the ideal spot to quiet the soul, contemplate life and revitalize lost passions. Hot and cold-water plunge pools entice you from the walkover down a floating a staircase into the candlelit cave. Loungers placed amongst this natural energy offer idyllic relaxation while the concealed Brine flotation pool with starlit ceiling energizes and restores. Further on into the grotto is a sauna, as well as Cape Town's only Rasul Chamber, where clients are enveloped in mineralized mud from the Dead Sea and gently embraced by a soothing mist.

The Upper Sanctuary consists of seven treatment rooms equipped with sound and light therapy. Resin floors bring harmony from the rocks to the treatment areas creating a sleek transfer from the water element to the calm and seclusion of the treatment rooms. Five dry-therapy rooms house heated massage beds while the two water therapy rooms are adapted to include hydrotherapy and Vichy shower treatments. The spa boasts inter-leading rooms allowing couples to enjoy treatments together. Secluded African-styled outdoor gazebos allow guests the opportunity to experience therapies enhanced by the elements of the Atlantic Ocean, fresh air and the natural aromas of the surrounding Fynbos vegetation.






Alison Rightford, founder of the Image Institute, has created a line of treatments and products that use exclusively prepared indigenous products and oils from the Cape's purest plant extracts, combined with Clarins's superior product range.

Located at Camps Bay, The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel consisting of seventy bedrooms and suites, two restaurants, and conference facilities. The property is the African jewel in the crown of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

The Sanctuary Spa, (021) 437 0677, www.12apostleshotel.com.






Fresh from a stylish makeover, the 21-suite Grace Bay Club in Providenciales, Turks  & Caicos is offers three specially-priced luxury spa packages through December 19th.
Providing a comfortable "escape" for couples, the packages include accommodations in a one-bedroom oceanview suite with terrace, breakfast daily, champagne en suite, complimentary fitness club membership, on-property tennis, airport transfer, a fruit basket, and a traditional tropical greeting at check-in. Grace Bay Club features the European-style Serenity Spa, discounted green fees at the nearby 18-hole Provo Golf Club and a full array of water sports.

The four-night/five-day "Spa Ritual" features three soothing spa treatments per person, including a Lime & Ginger Salt Glow treatment, an Aroma Stone Therapy massage, and a Japanese Silk Booster facial, nightly candlelight dinner at Grace Bay Club's gourmet Anacaona restaurant, and is priced at $2,765 per couple.

The four-night/five-day "Romantic Reveries" includes two massages at the Serenity Spa, a private "Picnic in Paradise" boat excursion to a nearby uninhabited island, with a gourmet lunch basket from Anacaona restaurant, and candlelight dinner nightly. The package is priced at $2,610 per couple.

The seven-night/eight-day "Romance in Paradise" package features a sunset cruise for two, and an Aroma Stone Therapy massage for two at the Serenity Spa at Grace Bay Club.  Priced at $4,040 per couple, the package also includes a private "Picnic in Paradise" boat excursion to a nearby uninhabited island, with a gourmet lunch basket from Anacaona restaurant, and five candlelight dinners for two.

One of the Caribbean's most upscale resorts, the all-suite Grace Bay Club recently enhanced its services and amenities with upgraded Egyptian cotton linens and a new air-conditioned business center with free Internet access. All suites have water views and are newly outfitted with 27-inch flat screen televisions, DVD players and CD players.

A group of more than 40 islands and cays known for superb snorkeling and diving, the Turks & Caicos are accessible with nonstop flights from Miami, New York, Boston, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Toronto. For information and reservations, contact the resort at 1-800-946-5757 or by fax at 1-649-946-5758; visit online at www.gracebayclub.com.






Situated on an entire city block of the quaint Mission Inn District of Riverside, California, the Mission Inn stands as a historic landmark. Opened in 1902, the elegant hotel has counted American presidents, foreign royalty, politicians, celebrities, and the social elite among its visitors.

Bridging the past and the present, the Mission Inn opened the new world-class Kelly’s Spa in May 2004. The Tuscan-inspired spa tapped the talents of renowned spa consultant, Sylvia Sepielli to create a cozy 6,000 square foot facility with six treatment areas, including a nail salon and two outdoor villas. Kelly’s Spa features such treatments as a Neroli and Mandarin Body Scrub and a signature Tuscan Bliss body treatment. Many herbs and oils originating in Italy have been blended into the spa’s treatments. For more information, call 1-909-784-0300 or visit www.missioninn.com.






Gone are the days when snow-white skin was a trend; today it’s all about looking tawny and tan, but without the sun damage. As a healthy alternative to the sun, the Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa in Miami Beach is offering its brand new “Liquid Sun” tanning treatment.  It begins with a pre-tan exfoliation followed with an airbrush application technique to give an even golden glow that lasts up to 10 days.

The “Liquid Sun” treatment takes only 25 minutes and is offered at a special promotional price of $40. The resort is also offering "Adam & Eve's Escape To Eden Packages" for men and women. Adam's Escape to Eden includes a Deep Tissue Massage, Body Treatment, Men's Fitness Mini-Facial, and Haircut. Eve's Escape to Eden includes an Aromatherapy or Swedish Massage, Body Treatment, Mini Facial, and Manicure
and Pedicure.  Both include a Spa luncheon at the Aquatica Beach Bar & Grill
to top it all off and are priced at $310.00.

Located just minutes from South Beach’s celebrated Art Deco District, Eden Roc Miami Beach Renaissance Resort & Spa is situated on Millionaire's Row in Miami Beach at 4525 Collins Avenue, overlooking one of the world's most famous beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway. For reservations and information, please call a travel professional or the Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa at 1-305--531-0000 or toll-free at 888-EDENROC. Visit Eden Roc on the Internet at www.edenrocresort.com.






The luxury property of Biras Creek in Virgin Gorda, which opened their new Spa by the Sea in January, has just announced a unique menu of treatments with a local flair, using Aloe and Neem leaves grown right at Biras Creek.

Guests may also select body or face treatments utilizing the renowned Decleor product line.  Many of the treatments and therapies at Spa by the Sea are based in ancient East Indian ritual and traditions that embody a holistic approach, embracing mind, spirit and body to create total wellness and the purest form of beauty.

The newest services include the signature Island Cooler, Sunless Tanning, and Henna Body Art.  The Island Cooler blends the natural gifts of the island -- raw sea salt and fresh aloe -- to soothe sun-drenched skin and awaken the island spirit. The Pre-tan Decleor Treatment is a healthy way to achieve the sought-after golden glow without sun.
Henna Body Art allows you to take a piece of your island experience home
with you.
Biras Creek, an idyllic retreat accessible only by boat, is a Relaix & Chateaux property set on 140 pristine acres on Virgin Gorda. For reservations and more information, call 1-800-223-1108 or visit www.biras.com.






Tucked away on one of the Caribbean’s finest beaches, the Bucuti Beach Resort’s Tara Beach Spa in Aruba is offering a special for the entire month of July: $200 worth of spa services for $150. Choose from a variety of wraps and massages for men and women, starting at about $75; if you like, have your massage on the resort’s sandy white beach. Waxing, nail and foot care are also available.

Located on the most secluded part of Eagle Beach, Aruba, Bucuti Beach Resort is a short stroll from everything this famous destination has to offer: international shopping, dining for every taste, casinos, and world-class recreation.

Bucuti Beach Resort offers 58 spacious and well-furnished guest rooms and junior suites in addition to 37 new “Tara Wing” suites and four penthouses opened in March 2004. Bucuti Beach Resort has won numerous awards from the Caribbean Hotel Association, American Express and IHRA (International Hotel and Restaurant Association) for its environmentally responsible hotel operation over the last six years.
For more information or reservations please call 1-888-428-2884 or visit www.bucuti.com.






The excitement generated by the opening of a state-of-the-art spa at Eagle Ridge Resort has led United Golf Group, new owners of the 6,800-acre property in the Galena Territory in Northwest Illinois, to rename the entire property.

The newly-named Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa opened Stonedrift, a 6,000-square-foot spa offering a comprehensive menu of facilities and services, in May of this year. “Welcome to the 21st Century of resort facilities,” said Spa Director Vanessa Harris, describing the new services and amenities at the new facility. “We developed Stonedrift Spa to provide guests with a comfortable environment in which to enjoy treatments that heighten their overall well-being, relaxation and beauty,” says Harris.  “Our research shows that this is what our guests expect from a luxury-level resort, and we think they will like it.”

The new spa makes dramatic use of natural light and an interesting palate of soothing colors, as well as locally-quarried loess stone, which captures the beauty and historic significance of the Galena area’s glacial era origins. When guests enter the spa, they are greeted by a serene reception area with loess stone walls and skylights that wash the space in sunlight.

“The soothing environment is created with soft natural earth tones, including beiges, yellows and grays found in the glacial rock formations of the Galena Territory along with contrasting shades of cool blue,” said Marty Johnson of Straka Johnson Architects, whose firm designed the new spa. He says that his goal was to borrow elements of the natural setting that surrounds the resort and balance them with new and contemporary components.

Spa guests can enjoy a wide variety of services in one of 10 treatment rooms, each specially named and catering to specific treatments for the entire body. There is a selection of massage treatments that relieve tension, stress and rejuvenate the body from head to toe as well as heighten a sense of well being and provide increased circulation and muscle relief.”

One of the highlights of Stonedrift Spa is a “suite for two,” designed to offer the ultimate in face and body therapies for couples; it features two treatment tables, as well as a large soaking tub for two.

In the spa’s wet room, a Vichy shower soothes the body as multiple water jets stream recreate a gentle rain shower or tropical waterfall.  The room also contains a Tsunami shower offering a high-pressure water therapy massage from four showerheads. These rinses are usually performed after a body scrub or before one of the body wrap treatments.

A relaxation room serves as a lounge for both men and women before or after spa services.  It provides a comfortable gathering place where guests can enjoy tea, water, fresh fruit and specialty infused fruit waters created by the resort’s executive chef, Randy Hoppman. The chef also has designed a special spa related menu for guests; the resort’s room service menu is also available.

In addition to the Stonedrift Spa, Eagle Ridge offers 63 holes of golf, including The General, the No. 2-ranked public-access course in Illinois, according to Golfweek Magazine.  The resort, which was acquired by United Golf Group in January, 2003, also features 80 deluxe guest rooms and more than 400 condominiums, villas and executive homes.

For information on spa and golf packages call 1- 800-892-2269 or visit www.eagleridge.com.






Considered by many to be the St. Tropez of the Caribbean, Hotel St. Barth Isle de France on the Baie des Flamands provides a tranquil respite to discerning travelers seeking exclusivity and unspoiled surroundings. Combining as it does the sophistication of France with the charm of the Caribbean, St Barthélemy is small—only 8 square miles with 7,000 inhabitants. Yet it is rich in natural beauty, with panoramic views, sheltered inlets cooled by soft breezes, and more than 20 beaches. There are other attractions, too: chic boutiques filled with the latest resort fashions and French perfumes, numerous restaurants for elegant dining, and a host of outdoor activities, such as windsurfing, water skiing, diving, sailing, deep-sea fishing and horseback riding. The Hotel houses the island's only full service spa, a refuge within the hotel designed by U.K.-based Molton Brown.

From now through August 31st, the resort offers a 4-day, 3-night Spa Special beginning at 1655 Euros (for Tropical Garden Room). The package includes daily continental breakfast for two, 2 Serail Rain forest awakenings, 1 one-hour massage per person (Shiatsu or Earthstone massage), complimentary set menu dinner on arrival date (excluding drinks), complimentary cocktails (one each) every night (between 6 to 8 p.m., car rental with full insurance for 2 days (car is delivered the morning following arrival, subject to driver license approval), round trip airport transfers by hotel chauffeur, complimentary tennis and fitness facility.

For more information and reservations, call toll-free 1-800-810-4691, or contact
Crown International at 1-800-628-8929 or via e-mail at res@crownintmark.com; visit the hotel's website at www.isle-de-france.com.





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