May/June 2006  



Spring is in the Air at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Aviara



On the heels of being named the #1 Resort Spa in Southern California in the March 2006 issue of Condé Nast Traveler, The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Aviara has added a new signature treatment to celebrate the arrival of spring, the “Lavender Escape.”
A day at Four Seasons Resort Aviara begins with a detoxifying of the mind and soul in The Spa’s steam, sauna, and whirlpool facilities. Warm rays of sunlight bathe guests as they relax before their treatment in the co-ed solarium lounge. The Lavender Escape begins with a neck, back and shoulder massage accompanied by the floral fragrance of lavender. An “Essential Oil Cleansing Ritual” followed by a unique head and scalp lavender conditioning treatment concludes the treatment. The 50-minute experience, complete with a complimentary Lavender gift amenity is $145. Says spa director Kevin South, “With the new Lavender Escape, we touch all of the senses including sight, smell and touch. We even serve a special blend of lavender tea to complete the journey of the senses.”

For guests wishing to share the spa experience with a special someone, the Spring Couple’s Suite Package is the ideal choice. Two 50-minute massages in the surroundings of the romantic Couple’s Suite include chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne. Relax in the private den with fireplace and Swiss shower or enjoy the secluded outdoor courtyard with whirlpool. A personal attendant assists with any of your needs during this unforgettable experience. The two-hour spring Couple’s Suite package is $530.

For more information on The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Aviara, a luxury AAA five-diamond resort in Carlsbad, north of San Diego, call (760) 603-6902 or visit:



Sivory Punta Cana Opens Aquarea Spa



Sivory Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic’s newest five-star luxury hotel opened its wonderfully-appointed 4,300 square-foot Aquarea Spa & Wellness Center in January 2006. Just steps from a private, pristine beach which offers dazzling views of the turquoise Caribbean waters, the Sivory Punta Cana is a destination of complete serenity located on the Dominican Republic’s spectacular eastern coast, where the dense tropical vegetation of the Uvero Alto countryside creates an incredible sense of privacy and tranquility. With Caribbean and Polynesian influences, the Aquarea Spa reflects the Sivory designers’ core belief that true serenity is derived from a oneness with nature.

Structured around a central thermal pool, Aquarea features four different hydrotherapy treatments as well as a full array of massage therapies, body and facial treatments. Aquarea Spa’s Exclusive Luxury Treatment is a deluxe facial using premium ingredients—caviar, gold, maxitryl, and Noni tropical extract--to strengthen skin and reduce wrinkles. All of Aquarea’s facials incorporate products from Marie Galland of France. Aquarea Spa offers a variety packages tailored to men, women, brides and couples. In addition, the Aquarea Spa & Wellness Center offers a complete array of salon treatments for both men and women including waxing, styling, manicures and pedicures.

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Private Entrance Collection, the boutique, 55-suite Sivory Punta Cana opened in December, 2005. It features private plunge pools, 2 meeting rooms accommodating up to 150, wellness center, 3 gourmet restaurants, 2 casual dining bars, cigar bar, and an extensive wine cellar featuring the finest vintages from around the world. Services and amenities include butler service, pool and beach valet, parking valet, business center and Wi-Fi.

For reservations and information, call 809-552-0500 or visit:


The Lodge at Woodloch, a New $37-million Destination Spa, Opens in June



The Lodge at Woodloch, a new $37-million spa resort, will debut June 2006 as the newest full-service luxury destination spa in the Northeast. Founded and owned by John and Ginny Lopis of JGL, Inc., the new resort reflects the talents of spa luminaries who have created such facilities as Canyon Ranch, Bacara Resort & Spa and Doral Saturnia International Spa Resort in Miami. Set on 75 pristine wooded acres with a 15-acre private lake, The Lodge at Woodloch is the first new destination spa to open in the United States in over a decade. It is located in Hawley, in the Lake Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, a convenient two to three hour drive from the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.

With 58 well appointed guestrooms and suites, a 40,000-square-foot Spa, fine dining, complete fitness programs and educational forums, The Lodge at Woodloch will provide an oasis for personal reflection and relaxation, according to Ginny Lopis. “We chose this location because of its breathtaking natural beauty and opportunity for activities that truly take in the great outdoors,” says Lopis. “It is the idyllic backdrop for The Lodge, which will offer exceptional service and unpretentious luxury coupled with the most sophisticated spa facility of its kind.”

All guest rooms and suites have private verandas, oversized marble bathrooms, flat screen televisions with DVD stereo systems and high speed, wireless internet access.

The Spa aims to provide a sanctuary for the senses. Guests can relax at the coed Whisper Lounge or immerse themselves at the Aqua Garden, which features therapeutic soaking pools and hydro-massage Waterwalls surrounded by native boulders. There is also an indoor activity pool and an infinity-edge whirlpool, located on an outdoor porch overlooking the lake, as well as separate men’s and women’s locker rooms, fireplace lounges, sauna, steam room and whirlpool facilities with screened-in porches and private shower/changing suites.

Active indoor pursuits will take place in the windowed cardio/weight training studio, yoga/mediation studio and dance/fitness studios. Spa services will be offered in 27 treatment rooms and will focus on the use of natural ingredients, incorporating therapies from Europe and the Far East as well indigenous elements. The Lodge will also have a spa salon, retail shop and juice bars. Nutrition and lifestyle counseling, health and wellness classes and fitness training will be available.

The Spa Director will be Leslie Johnson, whose 25 years in the health and wellness fields includes stints at such top spas as Miraval, Omni Tucson National Golf resort and Spa, and Hilton El Conquistador. The Lodge at Woodloch will offer guided hikes, mountain biking, a one-mile recreational trail, bird-watching, kayaking, boating, tennis, and golf at an adjacent private club.

Tree, the signature gourmet restaurant, will feature fresh organic dishes; the menus will change regularly and offer choices to meet every dietary preference.

Stays will be inclusive of all meals, fitness activities and classes, lectures and events, use of spa and fitness facilities, and one 50-minute spa treatment daily. Day packages will also be available. For more information see:



Arizona Biltmore’s New Spa Menu for 2006 Offers 19 New Natural Therapies



The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is tapping nature’s benefits like never before, introducing 19 new treatments that unlock the benefits of different natural ingredients. New for 2006 are rejuvenating scrubs from cactus flowers and other desert flora, wraps that incorporate healing elements in local clay soils, facials that tap the benefits of desert herbs, and soaks that heal with milk and honey.

Among the new offerings are: Rose Quartz Wrap, a calming body treatment great for sunburn that incorporates natural rose oil, milk and China clay; Lemon Verveine Body Polish, featuring natural walnut grains to remove cellular debris and a healing and a soothing botanical infusion; Milk and Honey Manicure and Pedicure, highlighted by a milk and honey soak; and Hydrating Manicure with a coconut sugar scrub.

Natural ingredients have always been integral to the Biltmore spa experience, with a particular focus on ingredients found in the surrounding Sonoran Desert. The new spa menu expands the use of indigenous products with such new treatments as: Saguaro Blossom Salt Glow, featuring blossoms from the region’s best known cactus; Chaparral Clay Wrap, utilizing mineral- and trace-elements-rich desert clay and desert-sage infused moisturizers; and Desert Rain Body Treatment which adopts healing properties from a variety of desert herbs.

Also new for 2006 is a menu of Men’s Services, which includes a facial, massage, body scrub, and back, hand and foot treatments created especially for men.

The Arizona Biltmore’s 22,000-square-foot Spa comprises 17 indoor treatment rooms including two wet treatment rooms for herbal wraps; two outdoor treatment rooms; a hydrotherapy tub; three spa pools; steam rooms; saunas; locker and grooming facilities; and a full-service beauty salon and boutique showcasing a custom line of spa products for hair and skin. The Fitness center offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight training equipment as well as an aerobics room.

The historic Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa has 738 guest accommodations nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Phoenix’s legendary “Grand Dame” remains one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its distinctive architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, luxurious facilities, and storied history as a playground of the rich and famous.

For more information and reservations: 800-950-0086 or:



Four Seasons Hotel Boston Completes $43 Million Renovation



New guestrooms and corridors, virtually a new hotel inside the original structure await travelers to the Four Seasons Boston, a luxury AAA Five Diamond hotel overlooking the city’s famed Public Garden. The three-year, $43 million project is the most extensive renovation since the property opened in 1985. Design firm Babey Moulton Jue & Booth have created a new look for the hotel based on a modern New England home, incorporating contemporary design and technology along with Boston's old-world elements. It’s all very much in sync with the hotel’s surroundings, where the trendiest retailers have found a home in the heart of historic Boston.

The comforts of home played a large part in the guestroom design, with crisp white duvets, Rivolta linens, NXTV on-demand entertainment, comfortable sitting chairs and individual artwork in each room. Gone are the heavy draperies, quilted comforters and bulky armoires of old. Now, everything is lighter and sleeker, with marble-topped dressers and 42” plasma TVs with On-Command movies and games as well as iPod and MP3 connections.

At the hotel’s private spa and fitness center are a dry sauna, steam room, treatment room, a 44-foot lap pool and cardio equipment with personal TVs. Added to The Four Seasons already exceptional level of service is complimentary laundering for workout gear at the 24-hour fitness center.

In celebration of the new look, the Four Seasons Hotel Boston is offering several packages, including the Family Getaway, where parents receive a second room for the kids at half-price. For reservations call 617-338-4400 or visit:



Fairways and Facials at Wintergreen Resort



With the new “Putt and Pamper” package, Wintergreen Resort in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains gives female golfers the best of all worlds: a getaway at a premier golf destination and pampering galore at the remodeled Wintergarden Spa and Aquatics & Fitness Center.

Priced from $184 per person, per night, double occupancy, the package includes preferred lodging; one round of golf (and unlimited play Monday through Friday); a 60-minute semi-private lesson (with a woman teaching professional, based on availability); the choice between a full one-hour spa treatment, or two half-hour treatments in the spa or salon; the choice of any regularly scheduled group fitness session (including yoga, Nia and water aerobics); complete access to the sauna, steam room, whirlpool baths, indoor swimming pool and tennis courts. The getaway price decreases when groups book the resort’s larger multiple-bedroom condominiums and homes.

Wintergreen Resort is a year-round golf destination; the resort’s 27-hole valley layout was designed by renowned golf courts architect, Rees Jones. Wintergreen adds seasonal play at the highest course in Virginia, the Ellis Maples-designed Devil’s Knob, a mountaintop layout at 3,850 feet elevation known for cool summer temperatures and outstanding tee-to-green conditions.

For more information or reservations call 800-266-2444 or visit:



The Spa at Hotel Crescent Court Gives Mom a Break



With the demands that come with being a mother, a day of indulgence now and then seems no more than fair. The Spa at Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas is offering several Mother’s Day options for some much needed pampering and relaxation.

The Power Lunch spa package ($50) includes a 30-minute spa manicure, during which nails and cuticles are gently shaped and hands and arms are massaged and hydrated. The Recharge Lunch ($75) includes a 25-minute lunchtime massage, a deep tissue massage that uses pressure points to relieve tension through the neck, back and shoulder areas. The Mommy’s Time Out package ($105) includes the lunchtime massage and spa manicure for $105. Each lunchtime package includes a light and healthy three-course spa meal comprised of ginseng consommé, entrée options of Greek salad, spa tuna salad or chicken pita and fat-free frozen yogurt or gelato for dessert.

The lunchtime packages at The Spa at The Crescent are available Monday through Thursday. Each package lasts under an hour, and complimentary valet parking is available at Hotel Crescent Court. For reservations, call 214.871.3232. Gift certificates for the new packages are also offered. For more information, visit:



Kids Tee Off With Mom and Dad at the Boulders



For the golfing family, and just in time for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the Mommy and Daddy Shack program at the Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa can be a fine way for some bonding and fun. Parent and child get a one-hour lesson followed by nine holes of golf for $199 per parent/child couple; a chocolate milk-stocked golf cart is included. This program is offered the second Saturday of every month except for July and August. And if guests want to make a weekend of it, they can indulge in the Mommy & Daddy Shack Package that includes everything listed above as well as resort casita accommodations, breakfast each morning (up to $25 in value for each person), and complimentary access to the Golden Door Spa and fitness facility. This package is available for $418 per night. For more information visit: or call 800-553-1717.



Fonteverde in Tuscany Revives Ancient Egyptian Beauty Rituals



With the launch of their new “Mediterranean Natural Spa” treatments, Fonteverde seeks to combine modern science with the ancient health and beauty rituals of the ancient Egyptians. The new treatments use the essential elements of Tuscan olive oils and honey (the same “liquid gold” the Egyptians used to battle aging) in combination with Fonteverde’s own thermal muds and therapeutic waters to create a rejuvenating program that encourages skin regeneration. The natural treatments are rich in such properties as fatty acids, Vitamins E, D, K and other beneficial anti-oxidants.

“Mediterranean Natural Spa” products will also be added to Fonteverde’s own product line; an entire area of the spa will be dedicated to the use of these ancient beauty practices.

Fonteverde is currently offering a three-night or seven-night Mediterranean Natural Spa package, which includes accommodations, half-board and spa treatments. Details and dates can be found on the spa’s website at:

Fonteverde is located in the town of San Casciano Dei Bagni, in the heart of Tuscany. It has 80 rooms and suites and seven thermal pools. It is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and is one of their “Leading” spas.



Live La Dolce Vita -- and Drive a Ferrari -- with a Seadream Cruise



As if a seven-day sail aboard the ultra-luxury mega yacht SeaDream II weren’t enough, now it’s possible to kick up the cruise with a spa holiday, some world class shopping and four days behind the wheel of a Ferrari.

SeaDream Yacht Club voyages in the Mediterranean, beginning or ending in Rome this summer from July1 to September 3, will offer a pre- or post-sailing, four-day, three-night Ferrari adventure from Rome to Florence. Drive a Ferrari F430 Spider F1, an F360 Spider FI, perhaps a 575M Maranello F1—or try all three on those panoramic Tuscan roads.

There’s more: one night at the 17th Century Villa La Posta that overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea; two nights at the 17th century Tuscan resort, Fonteverde Spa and Hotel, several delectable Italian meals; the opportunity to “shop till you drop” in Rome and Florence; a local expert to accompany you and the Ferrari (he also washes and fuels your vehicle). Also included are sightseeing and transfers, gratuities and some baggage handling.

This “Tuscany by Ferrari” experience costs $5,590 per person based on double occupancy on one of the selected SeaDream II voyages; it is limited to six passengers on each voyage. For more details, visit:



Carlisle Bay’s Blue Spa in Antigua Offers Living Nature Spa Therapy



Located in a two-story pavilion with the Antiguan rainforest as its backdrop, Blue is one of the first spas in the world to introduce Living Nature Spa Therapy from New Zealand. This treatment range is blended from natural ingredients and is totally free of synthetic preservatives. To complement this line, Blue Spa also uses Aromatherapy Associates products and treatments, which use pure and natural plant oil with no added color or synthetic preservatives.

Blue Spa has four signature treatments: The Blue Spa Well Being Massage; ‘Soul Food’ from Living Nature (A body polish and body mask, finishing with a full body massage); Aromatherapy Associates Facial; The Tropical Fruit Scrub and Wrap using fresh pineapples, mangoes and papayas.

Blue has six treatment rooms including a couple’s massage room. Guests also have access to the Carlisle Bay gym, sauna and relaxation areas. Personal trainers are available to take guests on jogging trails through the nearby village of Old Road and into the rainforest. Daily yoga and Pilates classes are held in a covered open-air pavilion surrounded by the gardens of Carlisle Bay. Hairdressing and beauty treatments including classic manicures and pedicures are available.

Through November 3rd 2006, Carlisle Bay Hotel is featuring the Blue Spa package, which is priced from $5,030 per suite and includes: accommodations for seven nights; four spa treatments; breakfast, afternoon tea and three-course dinner daily. For more information, visit: and click on “special offers.”



Say “Pamper Me, Please” at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa in South Florida



This summer, the newly renovated Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa answers the call of relaxation-seekers with the its Pamper Me Please Package, priced from $269.and available from June 1st through September 30th. It includes: deluxe partial ocean-view accommodations; breakfast for two in Sinclair’s; a choice of two 50-minute Signature Package spa treatments (Swedish Massage, Gentleman’s Classic Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Oceanside Classical Facial, Classic Pedicure, and Tropical Sugar Rub).

Rates are per room, per night, double occupancy, based upon availability and do not include tax and gratuities. Upgraded accommodations are available upon request. The package is also available in the autumn (October 1 – December 14) from $379 per night.

Opened in the fall of 2005, the 7,500-square-foot spa includes five treatment rooms and one wet treatment room, as well as a full-service salon and new fitness facility. The Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean in northern Palm Beach County; the newly-renovated hotel offers 159 guestrooms and suites nestled along a secluded stretch of beach. For reservations or information on the Jupiter Beach Resort call 800-228-8810 or visit:



Los Cabos Tourism Board Announces Spa Vacation Deals



With more luxury spas than any other destination in Mexico, Los Cabos has a variety of vacation deals for summer and fall.

Through October 11th 2006, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort & Spa offers the “Take Life Easy Package.” With each two-night stay in a deluxe ocean-view guestroom, guests receive a complimentary 50-minute massage and 50-minute facial at the Cactus Spa, as well as a 10% discount on additional spa treatments purchased, daily buffet breakfast and unlimited use of the fitness center for two adults at a package price of $545 per room/per night based on double-occupancy. Taxes are included. For more information and reservations call 800-325-3535 or visit:

From May 1st through September 30th, stay three nights in a deluxe ocean-view accommodation at the award-winning Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort and receive a $300 spa credit for a pampering body treatment and a $150 spa credit for a therapeutic facial as well as daily breakfast and roundtrip airport transfers for $746 per person, based on double occupancy. Tax and service charges are additional. For more information and reservations call 800-HILTONS or visit:

The Marquis Los Cabos Beach, Golf, Spa & Casitas Resort has a five-night “Sense of Pampering” package in a junior ocean-view suite June 1st through October 10th for $2225 per person based on double-occupancy. Included in this package are roundtrip airport transfers; welcome drink upon arrival; daily breakfast buffet; five lunches and two dinners for two; guaranteed late check-out until 4 p.m.; and a three-day car rental from Budget (insurance and gasoline are additional). Spa amenities include a complimentary massage, manicure, pedicure, private health consultation and a spa gift, as well as a $50 credit per person/per day to be used toward the purchase of additional treatments. Guests also have unlimited access to the fitness center. For more information and reservations call 877-238-9399 or visit:

Reserve a 4-night “Baja Rejuvenator” package in an ocean-view suite at the Casa del Mar Beach, Golf and Spa Resort and receive roundtrip airport transfers; daily breakfast; dinner for two with a bottle of domestic wine at El Tapanco restaurant; a 30-minute Sea Salt Glow exfoliating treatment and a 50-minute massage; 25% discount on greens fees at Cabo Real Golf Courses at select tee times; and unlimited use of fitness center and tennis courts including equipment for two adults. Ladies will also receive a spa Manicure & Pedicure while gentlemen have a 50-minute facial. This package is available June 1st through October 31st and costs $579 per room, per night based on double-occupancy; tax and gratuities are included. For more information and reservations call 888-227-9621 or visit:



Learn to Spa at Willow Stream



If there’s anything better than a spa holiday, it would be the ability to extend the pampering and relaxation at home. For that reason, Willow Stream the Spas at Fairmont has introduced “Learn-to-Spa,” which provides guests with the tools they need to enjoy spa experiences at home. Willow Stream spa aestheticians offer an interactive, hands-on approach, from instructions on pedicure tips to long-lasting lip color to at-home spa treatment methods for parties of four to 10 people. Meant to entertain and educate, “Learn-to-Spa” encourages guests to take home more than memories of their spa vacation.

Established in 1884, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has 44 branded destinations in eight countries, including The Fairmont San Francisco, The Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Monte Carlo. For more information, call 800-441-1414 or visit:





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