May/June 2006  



Girlfriends’ Getaway at JW Marriott in Vegas



Girlfriend getaways have become increasingly popular and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort presents a new Girlfriends Getaway Package priced at $444 for two people. It includes one night’s accommodation, a 50-minute spa treatment at the Aquae Sulis Spa, and breakfast at Ceres. Girlfriends will share a 560 square foot room featuring two triple-sheeted queen beds and a bathroom with a whirlpool bath, a rainforest shower and a robe for each guest. (The four-person getaway at $969 includes a two-bedroom suite.)

Inspired by an ancient Roman temple bath, the 40,000 square foot Aquae Sulis Spa combines the healing power of water with modern-day massage therapy. With “The Sampler” treatment, guests choose from the following: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Desert Stone, Reflexology, Scalp, Foot or Aromatherapy. (Reservations should be made through Aquae Sulis directly at 706-869-7807.)

A group of friends may also sample the “Martinis & Manicures Monday” program, where each guest receives a professional manicure while enjoying a favorite martini.

The availability of the Girlfriends Getaway Package is limited and based on double occupancy. Located in the master-planned community of Summerlin, the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is just 15 minutes northwest of The Strip. For more information, call (toll-free) 877-869-8777 or visit:


Third Annual Ke Kumu ‘O Mauna Lani Celebration Welcomes Masters in the Healing Arts



The third annual Ke Kumu 'O Mauna Lani celebration, which takes place June 8th-12th in the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, welcomes the return of Hawaiian cultural masters and recognized health and wellness experts from across the country. These respected kumu, healers and craftsmen will gather at Mauna Lani to share their thoughts during a four-day retreat that honors personal well-being, healing and renewal of mind, body and spirit.

Ke Kumu 'O Mauna Lani is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary lifestyle seminars, interactive workshops and wellness-inspired activities where participants will have an opportunity to join intimate presentations by respected innovators in lifestyle and well-being. Confirmed participants include: Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., an elder shaman and spiritual teacher in several cultures; Roger Gabrile, a teacher of meditation and Ayurveda; Dr. Jeffry S. Life, a practicing physician at the Cenegenics Medical Institute; Master Hong Liu, a Grandmaster of Qi Gong; Danny Kaniela Akaka, the resident
 Hawaiian historian and director of cultural affairs at Mauna Lani; Auntie Margaret Machado, a respected teacher in the art of lomi lomi; Raylene Ha’alelea Kawaiae’a, a kumu (teacher) of the art of storytelling; kaualoku Aiu, a kumu who shares hula as a way of life; Ulu Garmon, who offers spiritual strength in connection with preserving the land, plants, animals and mankind; John Kaimikaua, a native expert on Hawaiian traditions and a master of chants and hula; Sam Kama, a master weaver and storyteller.

Throughout history, the spirit of Kalahuipua'a, now known as Mauna Lani, has been revered and cherished as a place of healing and renewal by Hawaii's ali'i (royalty). In times past, one could only come to this land by invitation from the ali'i. Now, Mauna Lani invites guests to honor this legacy and join in its spirit of health and renewal.

Special Ke Kumu room and event packages include four nights’ ocean view accommodations at Mauna Lani Bay, starting from $1,780 (double occupancy) plus applicable taxes. In addition to accommodations, the Ke Kumu room package includes: Welcome and opening reception, daily workshops and final night garden party dinner.

For reservations or information, visit: or call 800-367-2323 or 1-808-885-6622 in Hawaii.



The Club at Hammock Beach in Florida Offers Girlfriends Getaway



The “Girlfriends Getaway” at the Club at Hammock Beach is a three-day, two-night package priced at $399, plus applicable resort charges and taxes. The package for four includes: accommodations in a three-bedroom ocean-view suite (quad occupancy); a $100 spa gift certificate for each person, valid during stay; chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne in suite upon arrival; breakfast daily at Seaside Grille and complimentary use of bicycles and oceanfront putting green.

This $150 million destination resort is located on the last major tract of virgin oceanfront on Florida’s east coast. The Club has 148 luxury three- and four-bedroom suites and 126 one-bedroom suites, all with ocean and golf views. Resort amenities includes a nine-hole putting course (golf courses are nearby); a multi-level water and swim pavilion; direct beach access; a 22,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; the Seaside Grille fine dining restaurant; the outdoor Ocean Bar; Loggerheads Lounge, an upscale Sushi Bar and a cappuccino and espresso bar in the Grand Lobby.

For more information on The Club, visit




Jamaica’s Grand Lido Offers Free Spa Treatments



With every five-night minimum booking through December 25th at Jamaica’s Grand Lido Resort & Spas, guests are guaranteed a $150 spa credit, per room. Credits up to $350 per room are given to seven-night bookings for beachfront suites or higher room categories. These credits can be used at the on-site full-service spas at both Grand Lido Negril and Grand Lido Braco.

Each spa uses a combination of island ingredients to rejuvenate and pamper. Treatments range from the Caribbean Peppermint Scrub of island mints drawn and blended with essential oils, and sea salts used to invigorate the circulatory system while exfoliating the skin; to the Tropical Body Polish, a recipe of natural products used to rid the body of impurities while restoring the skin’s natural glow; to the Island in the Sun Aloe Wrap, recommended for sun lovers to calm and re-moisturize sun-soaked skin.

Starting nightly rates (based on double occupancy) at the Grand Lido Resorts & Spas are $258 per person from May 1st through June 30th and $186 per person from July 1st through December 25th.

Every SuperClubs holiday is Super-Inclusive: accommodations; all meals, SuperSnacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes--with absolutely no tipping allowed.

For more information or reservations, contact your travel agent or call 800-GO-SUPER or visit: Request code SPA06 when booking.



Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy Opens in Frankfurt, Germany



Rocco Forte’s new 163-bedroom Villa Kennedy is located on Kennedyallee, just off the south bank of the River Main in Frankfurt. Guest rooms were designed by London-based Martin Brudnizki and feature such high-tech features as flat-screen televisions and functional workstations; bathrooms have separate showers, limestone vanity tops, glass panelling and mosaic floors.

The hotel’s spa area is split over three levels and includes a 161-foot indoor pool with raised relaxation area, sauna, Turkish steam room, yoga studio, gym and eight treatment rooms.

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Seaside Location Inspires New Spa Treatment



New for the 2006 season at Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogonquit, Maine are spa treatments inspired by its location atop Bald Head Cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

SeaShell Therapy, a three-part body treatment to improve circulation and lymphatic function, begins with a natural bristle, dry brush exfoliation followed by an application of seaweed and mud to reach deeper into the skin. A massage of warmed cone, scallop and fan shaped seashells follows. The seashell massage is based on an ancient Hawaiian therapy. A choice of rosemary, citrus or lavender oils accompanies the massage. The final part of the therapy is a full body hydration with Shea Butter, a natural derivative of the West African Karite tree mixed with a blend of herbal extracts.

Other treatments inspired by the resort’s seaside location include a stone massage with basalt stones gathered from the millennia-old Bald Head Cliff, a body buff with salts from the Dead Sea and a facial with a mask made of wild, organic Maine blueberries.

Says Spa Director Julie Morse-Patuleia, “Our therapies incorporate indigenous rocks and plants for healing, relaxing, balancing and energizing.” The Cliff House Resort & Spa has not only a one-of-a-kind location but one-of-a-kind spa treatments.”

The 2006 season will mark the 134th year of Cliff House’s operation. The spa facilities are handicapped accessible and feature a vanishing pool trailing off into the Atlantic, a fitness mezzanine with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a 75-foot lap pool and 36 guest rooms with ocean views.

For more information, visit: or phone 207-361-1000.



Hanalei Day Spa Offers a Private Ladies’ Spa Party



Hanalei Day Spa, located in Ha’ena on Kauai’s north shore, is featuring a new Ladies’ Spa Party that provides private use of the spa facilities for treatments and refreshments.

“This was designed for bridal parties who want to have exclusive use of the spa facility for a few hours of pampering,” says Darci Frankel, owner of Hanalei Day Spa. “But any small group of ladies would enjoy this package—sisters, mothers and daughters, friends, birthday parties or showers. It’s a great opportunity for the girls to spend some time together in a relaxing and nurturing environment.”

The Ladies’ Spa Party is available for groups of at least five women, with a minimum booking of $200 in treatments per person. Private use of the facility will be available for the duration of the treatments, which must be consecutive. For an additional fee, refreshments such as a tropical fruit and cheese platter and herbal teas can be provided in the reception area of the spa. Hanalei Day Spa is located in a cottage on the grounds of Hanalei Colony Resort and has three private treatment rooms, two bathrooms with showers and an outdoor oceanfront massage hale, a traditional Hawaiian thatched-roof hut.

In addition to massages, the spa offers body scrubs using aromatic and exotic ingredients such as lavender, mandarin orange and ylang ylang; body wraps including algae and mud wraps designed to detoxify, nourish the skin or target cellulite; facials; body waxing; scalp treatments; manicures and pedicures.

For more information, call 808-826-6621 or visit:



La Fontaine Aesthetics Opens in Denver



In a city rich with day spas, La Fontaine Aesthetics described itself as a “fusion” spa and positioned itself as a one-stop shop for non-surgical aesthetics like Botox, Restylane or Sculptra, Cosmetic Dentistry Services, a wellness and nutrition program, as well as traditional relaxing spa therapies with a Thai philosophy and theme.

La Fontaine is owned and operated by longtime friends Dr. Ken Oleszek, a board certified physician and the spa’s medical director, and Dr. John Quigley, director and cosmetic dentist. Said Dr. Quigley, “Several years ago, I saw the growing trend in medical and dental aesthetics and thought that it made sense to bring the two together into a spa environment. Then, after visiting Thailand I was completely inspired and wanted to bring the Thai spa traditions and wellness elements into this project. The result was the fusion spa concept.”

“We wanted to set ourselves apart by providing a comfortable environment for sometimes uncomfortable services. So many ‘medi-spas’ seem cold and impersonal. We’ve actually created something that really feels like a spa in the traditional sense but delivers the results of a doctor’s office,” added Dr. Ken Oleszek. Oleszek is also one of the few Colorado doctors to perform Mesotherapy, a French technique that uses a mixture of vitamins, nutrients and medicines to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

In addition to innovative Thai spa therapies, La Fontaine also offers complete wellness programs to slow the aging process and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

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Capella Lodge Brings Luxury to Lord Howe Island



On the UNESCO World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island, visitors are limited to 400 and the maximum speed limit is 25km per hour. Following an AUD$2M refurbishment, the Capella Lodge has brought a touch of luxury to Australia’s New South Wales’ Lord Howe Island.

The 9-suite Capella Lodge is located at the south end of the island above Lover’s Bay; it’s the only resort on the island Lord Howe Island that offers ocean and mountain views from all public areas, as well as its guest suites. The premium Lidgbird Suite has a large wrap-around verandah with a plunge-spa and 270-degree lagoon views.

Capella Spa has a signature menu of rejuvenating and relaxation treatments that use Li’Tya spa products and embrace the island’s endemic kentia palms and marine environment.

Rates at Capella Lodge start from AUD$450 per person double occupancy and include full breakfast, sunset drinks, canapés, 3-course dinner with change of menu daily, most non-alcoholic beverages and mountain bikes. (Valid until November 30th)

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