Mandarin Oriental

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A Hotel General Manager who Understands Spa

Had a lovely lunch with Rudy Tauscher, GM of the Mandarin Oriental, NY and Denise Vitiello who is their spa director extraordinaire. What a privilege to sit at one of the best tables in all of New York City overlooking Central Park on a beautiful fall day talking about my favorite topic – what else? []

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Spa Solutions to End Overeating

Spa Solutions to End Overeating Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider In my last post I raved about Dr. Kessler’s New York Times Best Seller’s book, The End of Overeating. A variety of people posted comments including Jeff Butterworth, Wellness Director for the Jumeriah brand and Deborah Szekely, founder of Rancho La Puerta and the Golden Door []

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Spa Industry Lemonade

Spa Industry Lemonadeby Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider I remember when my twin sister, Katrine, first got engaged. The guy proposed, promising that a ring would follow. Well, when weeks turned into months and there was one excuse after another and no ring, she sensed he was waffling and decided to call it off. What followed []

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A Long-Distance Anniversary

It’s my 21st wedding anniversary today – September 14th. Peter and I are not able to celebrate together, since he is in New York, and I am in the Philippines at the Turning Point Spa Conference, where I will give a speech tomorrow morning. Hugs to my hubby. I am reminded how everything in life []

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Suite and Spa in Dubai

Well, our first day in Dubai was quite an experience. Checking into the Burj al Arab, which is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, was in itself memorable. Rolls Royce pickup at the airport; ceremonial greeting at hotel entrance; escort to suite by tuxedo-clad manager; and a tour of our []

Burj Al Arab Hotel

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Hello, Dubai: A Spa Excursion

After a very pleasant 12-hour trip on Emirates Airlines from New York to Dubai, I’m at the airport awaiting my luggage. With me is my identical twin sister, Katrine, and we are both giddy with excitement to see what this scene is all about. I have tours of spas planned, plus I will be attending []

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Tap, Tap, Tapping Our Way to Health

Sallie and I are at Chiva-Som to conduct the first Spa Specialist Training Course for Virtuoso travel agents. We are joined by six top-notch travel agents for the few days we are here. (We decided to teach our first course at a spa, since there is no better way to learn about spas than being []