May/June 2006  



Topnotch Resort & Spa Kicks up the Glamour



Though it already has brought elegance to the postcard-pretty town of Stowe, Vermont, Topnotch Resort & Spa has raised the bar by launching the second phase of an ambitious renovation program that will transform the resort into a true five-star property in the next two years.

Already complete are a multimillion-dollar guest room renovation and a multimillion-dollar spa expansion that made Topnotch Vermont's largest and most comprehensive spa.

To be completed in June 2006 are two new outdoor swimming pools, anchored by a new, patio style casual dining restaurant. Easily accessible to spa users as well, Norma’s will feature an open kitchen, outdoor seating in warm weather and glassed-in warmth with spectacular mountain views in other seasons.

By 2007, the hotel will double in size and many new facilities, services and amenities will be added. In 2005, a cosmetic treatment facility was introduced at the spa, thus completing its conversion to a true full-service spa matching contemporary standards.

This spring and summer—May 5-7; June 2-4 and July 7-9--Topnotch will offer “Retreats for Couples” workshops led by husband and wife psychologist team Marc and Judith Mann. Private retreats will also be available.

The “Retreat for Couples” Spa Package includes eight hours of relationship workshops with Marc and Judith Mann, accommodations for two nights, a full breakfast each morning, lunch, and a choice of a casual or elegant dinner each night, $400 Spa voucher, and access to the Spa’s private lounges, sauna, steam, whirlpool, indoor pool and free time to reflect, shop and participate in additional spa services. Per couple prices start at $3,038 for group classes; private retreats start at $3,938 per couple. To book the package or for more information, call 800-451-8686.

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Spa Sanctuary Opens at Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel



Rocco Forte’s newly refurbished Brown’s Hotel in the heart of London’s Mayfair has a new spa featuring health and beauty treatments for men and women, using such top skin care lines as Dr. Sebagh, Carita, Chantecaille and Aromatherapy Associates. In-house guests and non-residents alike may use The Spa.

The signature treatment is a Hot Milk and Honey Foot Facial (£75 for 90 minutes). This luxury pedicure combines a sugar and honey exfoliation prior to a hot milk foot soak, followed by a relaxing pressure point foot massage and then an aromatic foot wrap, which is guaranteed to leave the toughest of feet super smooth.

The Spa also offers a selection of beauty and grooming treatments for unwinding after a shopping trip in WoBo (the area known as “West of Bond” Street), for relaxing before an evening out or as an antidote to stressful business life.

Red Carpet, a head-to-toe pampering experience, includes a rebalancing warm stone therapy, facial, manicure and pedicure, hairdressing and make up, Champagne and light meal. Prices start from £454 for 360 minutes of treatments.

Brown’s Detox, 165 minutes of treatments, includes a full body polish, detox body wrap, re-mineralising massage, re-balancing facial and a home detox kit to keep up the routine at home, as well as overnight accommodation in a classic king or twin bedroom and an energy tonic breakfast. The package is priced from £430+VAT per person per night, Monday to Thursday, from £415+VAT per person per night, Friday to Sunday.

The Spa at Brown’s has three private therapy rooms, one luxury suite for two and a fully-equipped fitness centre featuring the latest cardiovascular equipment.

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The James Hotel Debuts in Chicago



The latest hotel addition to the Windy City is The James Chicao, located steps away from Michigan Avenue. The hotel facilities include David Burke’s Primehouse, J Bar, The Gym, The Spa and The James Club.

The partners behind the hotel--Stephen Hanson, CEO of B.R. Guest Restaurants, Danny Errico, former CEO and founder of the Equinox Fitness Clubs and Brad Wilson, most recently V.P. of Operations and a founding member of W Hotels--plan to expand The James brand throughout major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

The James has 191 Guestrooms and 52 Studios featuring a streamlined layout, sleek, functional furniture and such high tech amenities as plasma screen TVs, iPod/MP3 docking stations and spacious slate-tiled and marbled bathrooms. Guestrooms start at $250 and Suites are priced up to $2,000.

The 2,500 square foot full service fitness center features state-of-the-art weight and aerobic equipment, personal trainers and spa treatments. The Spa has three treatment rooms where professional therapists provide a wide array of services, from facials to massage therapy. In-room treatments are also available upon request.

For more information, call 877-JAMES-55 or visit:



Luxury Spas Coming to French Lick, Indiana



Two historic southern Indiana properties, French Lick Springs Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel, are in the midst of a $350 million renovation which will revitalize an area that once drew the rich and famous to “take the waters” in French Lick.

The French Lick Springs Resort will have a new 20,000-sq.-ft. spa with 24 treatment rooms and open in December 2006. The West Baden Springs Hotel, which will open in June 2007, will house its own 14-treatment-room spa.

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Full Service Spa Opens at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport



Three years ago the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine began offering an array of in-room spa services, from massages to butler-drawn baths. Now the inn has added new full service Spa Treatment Suites. Each is outfitted with a private bath with shower, dressing area and a private treatment room. Some of the suites have a fireplace as well as a Swiss shower and soaking tub.

The installation of the new Spa Treatment Suites is part of a broader enhancement of the historic property, including newly refurbished sitting rooms and porch. All of the White Barn Inn's new Spa Treatment Suites are located in the Main Inn, and are designed to complement the inn, with details such as local hardwood floors, custom granite-topped walnut cabinetry, and state-of-the-art equipment for facial treatments, wet wraps, water treatments, and more.

Built in the 1860's in seaside Kennebunkport, Maine, and in operation since 1973, the White Barn Inn has 29 rooms, suites, waterfront cottages, a swimming pool and convenient access to the shops and art galleries of Kennebunkport. The Inn is a member of Relais & Chateau, and its restaurant is a Relais Gourmand. For more information visit: or call 207-967-2321.



Mohonk Mountain House Embraces Nature With New Spa



Mohonk Mountain House, a “Victorian castle” destination resort set in the Shawangunk Mountains 90 miles north of New York City has opened a 30,000-square-foot Spa which blends modern, environmentally-conscious design and services with a historic past.

Owned by the Smiley family since it opened 137 years ago, Mohonk was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. The recent Spa addition was designed to complement the hotel’s distinctive architecture; it has more than 200 windows overlooking 2200 acres of majestic surroundings.

Complementing the Spa’s menu of more than 50 therapeutic services, are such signature treatments as the “Mohonk Red” Massage, which uses indigenous Mohonk Red witch hazel and a variety of massage modalities for relaxation and renewal. Taking elements from nature, the “Shawangunk Grit” treatment uses fine quartz grains quarried from the surrounding cliffs in a gentle exfoliation, complemented with a soothing hydro-therapy bath. Couples’ massage is performed in a private suite with a fireplace. Men’s and teens’ treatments, as well as hair and nail services, round out the menu, which also features a number of packages.

The spa has sixteen treatment rooms, a heated outdoor mineral pool, and a full-service beauty salon, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center and motion room, which features Precor cardio, strength and free-weight equipment. Aerobics, yoga, meditation, Qi Gong and Pilates® classes are led by certified professionals.

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