I just wanted to send kudos to my friend Anitra Brown, writer of Spas.about.com, for her piece about the recent issue of Travel + Leisure that promised elite spa coverage but offered little actual content. I think she came to an accurate conclusion. Here are her words under the headline “T + L’s Favorite Spas”:
“Headlines are meant to get people to buy magazines, but sometimes they overpromise. Take, for instance, the June issue of Travel + Leisure. It has “T + L Editors’ Picks: Our favorite hotels, spas, concierges, bars, views and more.” Favorite spas! That worked with me! But when I turned to page 134 there were just four quirky entries under spas — the Pilates facilities at the spa at the Landmark Mandarin Hong Kong, the new 42,000 square foot spa at the Peninsula in Beverly Hills, open-air couples treatments at the Datai in Langkawai, Malaysia, and great views of Lisbon from the running track on the roof of the Four Seasons Ritz, Lisbon. This whole article is basically random tidbits that struck the editors and their trusted contributors. Don’t expect much of a resource. I found it interesting that there were more restaurants in the article than spas, but restaurants didn’t get a mention on the cover. It looks like spas sell magazines these days, but the editors are spending more of their time dining out in fine restaurants.”
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