November/December  2005 



Orlando’s Resorts Offer Luxurious Spa and Golf Packages



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Though millions of visitors know Orlando best for its theme parks, the resorts in the area are offering spa or spa and golf packages to attract visitors who don’t necessarily want to hang out with Mickey or Goofy. Unless otherwise specified, these packages are valid year-round and the starting price will vary according to the date.

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort is offering the “Spa Package,” starting at $352 per room, per night. It includes: one-night accommodation, a 50-minute aromatherapy facial and one 50-minute Swedish massage. Also offered is the “His ‘N Her Golf & Spa Package,” starting at $319 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. It includes: one-night, deluxe accommodation, one round of golf on Hawk’s Landing Golf Course, 50-minute Swedish massage, and breakfast for two.

For more information, call 800-99-World or visit The offer is valid through Jan. 4, 2006.

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes has the “Escape Spa Package,” which starts at $317 per room per night and includes: one-night accommodation, one 50-minute treatment of choice and breakfast. For more information, call 800-576-5750 or visit:


Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes





The Ritz-Carlton Signature Spa Package, starting at $476 per room, per night, includes: one-night deluxe accommodation, The Ritz-Carlton Massage for two, breakfast for two and overnight valet parking. The “Spa Indulgence Package,” starting at $353 per room, per night, includes: one-night accommodation, choice of one of the following:  50-minute Swedish Massage, Ritz-Carlton Signature Facial or Citrus Indulgence Manicure and Pedicure Combo and one souvenir Ritz-Carlton Spa bathrobe. For more information, call 800-576-5760 or visit

Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. The “Girlfriends Golf & Spa Getaway Package,” which starts at $1,116 at the Ritz-Carlton and $1,022 at the JW Marriott includes: two-night accommodation, two rounds of golf with a Caddie Concierge, two one-hour golf lessons, two Arnica-Friction Massages, breakfast buffet for two and a $50 credit toward purchases at the resort’s Golf Shop. For more information, call 800-576-5760 or visit:



Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa



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Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort is offering the “Spa Package,” starting at $185 per room, per night. It includes: two-nights accommodation, mineral water and fruit basket upon arrival, daily breakfast for two, two 50-minute spa treatments per stay (choice of massage or facial), use of spa facilities including: steam room, Sauna, locker room and private lap pool with fitness center. A two-night minimum stay is required. For more information, call 800-WYNDHAM, or visit The offer is valid through Dec. 14, 2005.



The Phoenician Adds New Packages and Programs for Fall and Winter



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Fall packages offered by the Phoenician are valid through December 31st; the winter packages are valid from January 1, 2006 through May 31, 2006. All packages include tax and gratuity.

“Resort Rituals” Golf & Spa Package includes: Deluxe guestroom accommodations; full breakfast served in the room or resort restaurants; unlimited golf and use of practice facilities; one 50-minute spa treatment at the Centre for Well-Being.

Fall Package is $700/night, single occupancy; $995/night double occupancy.
Winter Package is $750/night, single occupancy; $1,050/night double occupancy.

“Poolside Paradise” Vacation Package includes: Deluxe guestroom accommodations; full breakfast and lunch served in room or resort restaurants; private poolside cabana with all amenities (including two reserved lounge chairs, phone & computer hook-up, daily newspaper, welcome fruit basket, afternoon confection, two liter bottles of Evian, dining table for four, robes & towels).

Fall Package is $535/night, single occupancy; $585/night, double occupancy.
Winter Package is $595/night, single occupancy; $650/night, double occupancy.

“Well-being Retreat” Spa Package includes: Deluxe guestroom accommodations; full breakfast served in room or resort restaurants; choice of two 50-minute spa treatments.

Fall Package is $720/night, single occupancy; $1,050/night double occupancy.
Winter Package is $785/night, single occupancy; $1,110/night double occupancy.

The Phoenician, a 654-room AAA Five-Diamond resort, is located on 250 acres of lush desert terrain at the base of Camelback Mountain. It is owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as part of The Luxury Collection.  For more information call 480-941-200 or visit



Hacienda Xcanatun Offers 4 Day/3Night Girlfriends’ Renewal Package




For women who are overwhelmed by the job, mommy duties and care-giving, Hacienda Xcanatun has a 4 day/3 night “Girlfriends Renewal Program” priced at $745 per person, double occupancy through April 30, 2006 (holiday blackout dates apply).

The package includes a welcome cocktail, accommodations for 3 nights in a garden-view Deluxe Suite with a private terrace slung with hammocks and an outdoor hydrotherapy tub; daily continental breakfast, and a gourmet three-course dinner with wine at the Hacienda’s award winning restaurant. Also included are two Maya Spa treatments that use ingredients such as enriched local clay, organic honey, ointments and balms extracted from local flowers and plants, or sacred stones from a Maya ceremonial site.  Participants also receive a personal rock crystal to counteract negative energy. Roundtrip Merida airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges (amounting to 22%) are part of the Getaway package.

Formerly one of the area’s largest 18th century sisal plantations, today Xcanatun has the warm hacienda ambience of colonial Mexico, combined with the contemporary style of a boutique property. The manor house and estate sit on nine acres of lush gardens surrounded by tall protective walls, sheltered from the buzz of civilization, yet close to Merida and its attractions.

For reservations and information call toll-free 1-888-883-3633 or visit:; E-mail is



Kelly's Spa at The Mission Inn Features Unique Holiday Spa Treatments





Kelly’s Spa at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California offers a respite from the pre-holiday hustle and stress with some unique spa treatments.

The Cranberry Cheer Facial (50 minutes) is an energizing treatment that uses a cranberry enzyme to exfoliate the skin and create a natural glow. The facial reduces the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, poor elasticity, and enlarged pores

The Pumpkin Spice Facial (50 minutes) is packed with antioxidants, minerals and
vitamins. The natural enzymes in pumpkin promote a natural skin exfoliation without abrasives elements. The high concentration of antioxidants gently breaks down dead skin cells, leaving a glowing complexion that’s baby soft to the touch.

Cinnamon and Spice Holiday Duo: Sugar and spice make everything nice during this 75-minute treatment that includes a full body Herbal Spice Rub and a Cinnamon Facial. The first 25 minutes of this treatment include a full body exfoliation with an Herbal Spice Scrub that hydrates and nourishes the skin. The next 50 minutes consist of a Cinnamon Facial, which uses enzyme-based products to improve the health of the skin.

The Peppermint Glycolic Pedicure uses a glycolic treatment to help break down and loosen rough, dead skin. The feet are then massaged with a natural peppermint cream to hydrate and moisturize. The finale of this 55-minute treatment: a professional nail treatment that ends with an application of a festive holiday color

Opened in May 2004, the 6,000 square foot Kelly's Spa at the Mission Inn offers a variety of pampering, restorative and wellness treatments. For more information, visit:



Seasonal Sensation at Kohler Waters Spa



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To celebrate the holidays, the Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin offers the “Seasonal Sensation” (50 minutes, $135).  Water and seasonal scents highlight this sensory body treatment. A fragrant scrub enhances the sense of season; the full-body exfoliation wakes up all the senses. After receiving a Scotch Hose water treatment tracing the meridian lines of the body from feet to neck, guests enter the waterfall of the BodySpa for a luxurious shower. Total refreshment is achieved with the final application of the seasonally scented body butter. Seasonal scents used: Fall is Milk and Honey; Winter is Pomegranate and Cranberry.

A new service at Kohler is the “Good-as-Gold Wrap” (75 minutes, $165 or $200 when provided in a Carriage House Immersion Suite), designed to leave guests shining like a Christmas star. It includes: exfoliation, body mask, shower, body moisturizer and gold dusting. This comprehensive treatment drenches the skin in shimmering, luminous flowers and minerals for beauty and balance. Moisturizing passionflower oil and artemisia flower extract naturally protect and detoxify the skin. Re-mineralizing mica is used for the body scrub and a gold body gel mask. An application of bronze oil and dusting of gold powder leaves the skin not only fragrant but also sparkling. Kohler recommends this treatment before a special day or evening event.

For more information, call 800-344-2838 or visit:



Cyprus Spa Refresher



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Last spring the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort opened in Cyprus, introducing
five-star resort facilities to this ancient cultural treasure. Spa-lovers can re-charge in style with the resort’s three-night Cyprus Spa Refresher (valid through December), which includes one seaweed body peel, one Vichy shower, one Swedish massage, one Hydrobath therapy, one Fit for Moor wrap, daily access to the Thermae, use of fitness facilities, breakfast daily, early check-in, late check-out and a special welcome gift. Rates
start at $1510, based on double occupancy.

The resort has 290 rooms and suites with 17 private pools and six Jacuzzi suites; it offers panoramic views of Aphrodite’s Rock and the Mediterranean Sea. Facilities include an 18-hole golf course and academy, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Wilson tennis academy and a 24-hour health club featuring state-of-the-art fitness equipment, as well as a full-service spa known as The Retreat and the Mediterranean Sea.

For information or reservations, call 800-327-0200 or visit:



Phantom Horse Spa Introduces Special Treatment for Winter



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Phantom Horse Spa at Pointe South Mountain Resort, a AAA Four Diamond resort in Phoenix, has introduced a special treatment for winter. The “Spice it Up Holiday Facial” ($100) is a revitalizing treatment featuring spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and paprika, depending on the client's skin type and beauty goals.

Phantom Horse Spa has recently completed a major renovation and expansion, doubling in size and adding indoor and outdoor meditation areas. The full-service spa now features 15 treatment rooms and was redesigned to create a more tranquil environment, including a new relaxation “sanctuary.”

For more information on the spa's services, visit:





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