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Beauty

A Taste of Spa-ing Luxury in Tuscany

Looking for a little bit of luxury? Leading Spas’ property Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, an ultimate Tuscan wellbeing destination spa celebrated for its sulfurous thermal waters, now offers a lot of luxe with its stylish Blackrose Spa.

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Falling in Love with CastaDiva

Just less than an hour north of Milan lies a stunning, historically rich, brand-new luxury resort and spa that played host to my recent whirlwind weekend adventure in early June. CastaDiva Resort is named for the famous opera soprano Giuditta Pasta (who was composer Bellini’s muse) and is located in Lake Como, Italy, a magical summer playground for great artists, celebrities, international soccer stars, and often lovingly nicknamed “Lake Clooney” for being home to debonair every-ladies man actor George Clooney. (Yes, I snuck a peek at his villa during a lake tour!)

Beauty

Spa Spotlight: Caviar Facial at La Prairie Spa at The Ritz

In the ever-advancing world of skincare I’m always fascinated by treatments that remain rooted in natural ingredients that you might be able to find in your refrigerator or pantry. While I don’t stockpile caviar in my fridge, when I hear “caviar facial,” I immediately imagine hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars of delicious fish eggs spread across my forehead and cheeks – and who wouldn’t be turned on by that?

Cowshed @ Soho House

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Summer Treatments: Cowshed @ Soho House

Remember the episode of Sex and the City when Samantha was so desperate to get into the Soho House that she stole a Brit’s pass to gain access to the ever-exclusive roof-deck pool? Well Samantha didn’t know that the real draw in the summer is the Soho House’s spa, Cowshed!

Travel & Play

Spa-nundrum: Good-bye, Unnecessary Frills. Hello, Value

Remember when the word luxury was the only term you heard in the spa world? It wasn’t too long ago. But in the last year or so, the meaning of luxury has changed for all of us. What is luxury? In today’s economic climate, luxury no longer just means “opulence” and unnecessary frills have become silly. Smart spas are focusing on giving spa goers two operative words: quality and value.

Relationships

Ask Susie: Tipping

I recently had a massage at a luxury hotel spa and knew beforehand that a 20% gratuity would be added to the bill. When settling my bill, I was asked if I would like to adjust the gratuity percentage. I felt that the 20% was a good tip and left it, however, I got the impression that they were disappointed that I didn’t increase the amount. Do high-end, luxury spas expect more than 20% tip?

Living Well

Top Tier Spas Still Viable

As I mentioned in my last blog, I visited the new Sense, a Rosewood Spa at the Carlyle for a spa treatment (90-minutes, $280) last Friday. While I was there to learn more about the brand and this spa in particular, I couldn’t help but notice that the spa appeared to be quite busy. Later []

Living Well

Marathoner from the Spa World

Marathoner from the Spa Worldby Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider 39,000 runners started the New York Marathon yesterday. Three ended up having heart attacks. One died. Apparently that’s par for the course so to speak – at least in terms of statistics. Anni Hood, group spa director and creator of Talise, the Jumeirah spa brand, flew []

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Spa Suggestions – To Share Them or Not?

I was very impressed with Gwinganna Health Retreat in Australia. But there are always ways in which a spa can improve. Since I have been to many spas around the world and have garnered a certain amount of expertise, I have developed a sensitivity to what’s working and what’s not working. I always wrestle with []

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A Father’s Day Surprise: Dads & Spas

A Father’s Day Surprise: Dads & Spasby Susie Ellis Quite a Father’s Day surprise. Yesterday I received an email from Steve Kane, who is a senior vice president at SpaFinder, with some extremely interesting data. Apparently Father’s Day gift card and gift certificate sales this year have increased quite dramatically. That means that most day []

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Reiki at a Spa. Real Energy Medicine or Bunk?

Reiki at a Spa. Real Energy Medicine or Bunk?by Susie Ellis Reiki. I have always found it mysterious. What is it exactly? Every explanation I have heard seems to be different. I have tried it a few times, however when faced with a choice between a wonderfully relaxing deep-tissue massage or a Reiki session, I []

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Sleep Health Insights

I have a button on my desk which says “Sleep: As Important as Diet and Exercise (Only Easier!)” It was given to me by Richard Gelula who is the CEO of the National Sleep Foundation in Washington DC. He was in town with a colleague and stopped by to see his niece, Melisse Gelula, who []

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Massage Oil Does Matter

Have you even noticed that after some massages the first thing you want to do is head to the shower to get rid of the itchy oil and after other massages you want to let the oil soak in? (not that it does) On the last night of our vacation Peter and I had the []

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The Luxury of Building a Spa Twice

Besides enjoying Ian Brewis’s British sense of humor, our dinner conversation was also insightful. First, I learned that the beautiful well known photograph of the first Shangri La Chi spa in Bangkok – the one with all the bold red colors, two massage tables, high quality woods, etc. – was not an actual spa suite []