A Champagne Shimmer Spa Treatment for Travel Tuesday

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How does a Champagne & Shimmer Body Treatment sound? You can try one of these and more in downtown Los Angeles’ only full-service luxury spa, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles, launches a redesigned menu this month featuring leading spa company ESPA’s line of synthetic-free products. I absolutely love all of Espa’s products! The Spa’s new services feature ESPA’s results-driven formulations and include a few of these below:

  • Ultimate Detox Treatment, beginning with a detoxifying salt scrub exfoliation applied with a combination of iced and warm mitts and paired with a deep massage to stimulate circulation
  • Expanded massage options, including the Naturally Nurtured Massage, ideal for expectant mothers after the first trimester; Stress Relief Massage for reviving fatigued muscles; and the Men’s Massage, a facial massage followed by a full body massage with heated stones and finished with a soothing scalp massage
  • Red Carpet Radiance Facial, comprised of a deep brush cleanse, skin radiance mask, age-defying crystal massage, professional lifting mask, and non-surgical sculpt and contour for immediate results

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The Spa will continue to offer its classic signature treatments, comprised of the Garden to Glamorous Seasonal Scrub utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients, Champagne & Shimmer Body Treatment, and the updated Romance of Hollywood, an awesome couples’ experience with a synchronized massage followed by a fragrant bubbling spa bath complete with Champagne. Sounds amazing, right?

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6 Reasons to Visit New Orleans This Winter

Why to Visit New Orleans This Winter

New Orleans is a city known for its celebrations, and winter is no exception. From unique holiday traditions and special deals on hotels, cocktails and cuisine, to playing host to citywide celebrations, New Orleans is sure to delight guests of all ages. Below are six reasons to experience New Orleans this winter:

1. Traditions
New Orleans is known for remaining true to its courtesies and traditions. This year, the city encourages visitors to start a new tradition of their own by inviting them to “Follow Your Joy.” From Caroling in Jackson Square, to the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi on Christmas Eve to light the way for “Papa Noel,” visitors are sure to experience the holidays in a way they never have before in New Orleans. Take the red streetcar down Canal Street to City Park where the centuries-old oak trees shine bright with twinkling lights as part of the park’s annual Celebration in the Oaks, through Jan.

2. New Year, New NOLA
There’s no better place to ring in the New Year than in the Big Easy! Don’t miss New Year’s Eve in New Orleans, where spectators watch a giant fleur de lis drop from its perch on top of Jax Brewery, followed by a magnificent fireworks show on the mighty Mississippi River. Then, start the party all over again as the city plays host to the Allstate Sugar Bowl where Ole Miss and Oklahoma State University will compete on New Year’s Day. And don’t miss the free and fun performances leading up to the big game at Fan Fest, December 30 – 31.

While in town, break the mold and try something new in New Orleans. From fresh food markets like St. Roch Market and Dryades Public Market, featuring up and coming chefs; to South Market District, home to Willa Jean, a contemporary bakery by John Besh; and other New Orleans mainstays like Company Burger and Magasin, guests are sure to experience the latest and greatest the city has to offer through their eyes and stomachs. While in the area, walk or take a short cab ride to The National WWII Museum to view their newest exhibit, Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, open December 12.

3. Greatest Party Ever
Don’t miss out on America’s greatest party! Fat Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras Day) falls on February 9, but the celebration starts more than four weeks out. Choose from a variety of parades in the French Quarter or Uptown, starting as early as January 6.

Take in the sights as a number of krewes, a term for Carnival organizations in New Orleans, amaze in beautifully decorated floats through the streets of Uptown and by foot in the Vieux Carré. Don’t miss the all-female Krewes of Muses and Nyx, known for throwing beautifully decorated shoes and ornamented purses, respectively. For the entire parade schedule, click here.

4. Romantic Getaway
Elegant hotels, gas lamp-lit streets and intimate restaurants make New Orleans a perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day. With history and charm around every corner, it won’t be difficult to find a place to steal a kiss from a Valentine, but just in case, here are some suggestions on 10 great places to kiss in New Orleans. After dinner, enjoy some of the best music around.

For a list of some of the city’s most romantic restaurants, cocktail bars, accommodations and attractions, click here. My favorite hotel at the moment for luxury and location is the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans.

5. Mild Climate to Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Recently voted in the top three best cities for outdoor enthusiasts, the Crescent City is home to the country’s largest urban wildlife refuge, Bayou Savage and one of the nation’s oldest urban parks, City Park. Plus, the mild winter weather in New Orleans makes outdoor fun enjoyable year-round.

For those looking to experience the real wild side of New Orleans, make a date with Canoe & Trail Adventures for an up close and personal look at the many surrounding swamps and bayous…and yes, real alligators!

Looking to explore the city in a different way? Known for its walkability, another mode of transportation that is a favorite among visitors and locals alike are the bike tours. Choose a tour based on neighborhoods, such as City Park, Mid-City, the Garden District and Vieux Carre, courtesy of Free Wheelin’ Bike Tours.

6. Budget Friendly
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit New Orleans, especially for travelers seeking value and fewer crowds. Each year, more than 50 hotels throughout the city offer rates up to 25 percent off through January, referred to as Papa Noel rates, named after the Cajun Santa Claus. So pack a bag and take advantage of the special rates while they last. A little secret, the best deals are usually found early to mid-week, Sunday through Thursday.

And no trip to New Orleans is complete without hopping on one of the city’s famous streetcars, decked out for the holiday season, of course! Catch the Canal Street, Riverfront or St. Charles Avenue lines, which will connect explorers to a number of the city’s beloved restaurants, neighborhoods, attractions and events for just $1.25 each way.

Six Hotels that are Thinking Pink

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It is almost October, and a new travel trend is that hotels are “thinking pink” this year by offering special programs and packages to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From spa discounts to lavish breast cancer and pink events, here are six hotels that are thinking pink:

The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The majestic Resort at Pedregal lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – a stunning site carved into a cliff on 24 mountainside and pristine oceanfront acres at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Resort at Pedregal, in partnership with Clase Azul, is offering three exclusive pink bottles of the special tequila selling for $500 a bottle and $30 a shot where all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation, the only property in Mexico to have this rare bottle. In addition, The resort is offering its signature Pink Kiss cocktail made with vodka, strawberries infused aperol, fresh pineapple juice, raspberry puree and homemade citrus syrup topped off with a lime wedge.

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On October 10th, The Palms Turks & Caicos will host its 7th annual “In the Pink” event to raise money for TCI’s Cancer Society. The “In the Pink” event is one of the hottest social events Turks and Caicos has seen. The Palms’ General Manager, Karen Whitt, (committee chairperson and creator of the unique event) helps organize the event for locals and guests alike, in which they host a shopping paradise and a lavish party on property with music, cocktails and giveaways. With donations from corporate businesses and individuals, the team will transform several of the guest suites into a (shopping paradise – need different word used this earlier) , allowing buyers to snag excellent bargains on a wide selection of new and gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and even some designer items. After the shopping zone closes, the fun continues with a superb after-party in the elegantly pink- decorated courtyard in front of the famed Parallel 23 restaurant. The after-party includes live music and charming guest bartenders serving up themed cocktails and raffle giveaways.

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Awili Spa and Salon at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort  Maui, Hawaii 

In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Awili Spa & Salon, the signature spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, will offer custom handmade pink soaps ($12) available in Vanilla Yuzu, Pikake Lavender and Pineapple Espresso. The spa will also be showcasing a special Pink Pedicure Package for $95 which includes the Awili Spa everyday hydration pedicure, hand-crafted pink scrub made by the apothecary consultants, a glass of Rosé sparkling wine, and a mini Pink Deborah Lippmann nail polish to take home. 10% of all proceeds will go to the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Aside from offering custom pink spa offerings, the property will also light their arrival bridge with bright pink lighting for the duration of October.

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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-winning all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property features 355 guest rooms; WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a three-chair/18-run ski and snowboard facility; 62,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants.

This October, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is partnering with ABCD — After Breast Cancer Diagnosis — to raise funds to help survivors. ABCD is a Milwaukee based organization led by survivors and dedicated to breast cancer support and information.

  • Grab Your Drive. Help a Survivor – Visit the Golf Shop to purchase a sleeve of pink golf balls for $10 and receive a complimentary bag of 50 pink tees. $5 of your purchase benefits ABCD
  • Support a Survivor with a Sweet Treat – Dine in Geneva ChopHouse or Ristorante Brissago and ask for the Pink Lemonade Cheesecake with house-made strawberry gelato for $8. $4 of your purchase benefits ABCD
  • A Reason to Relax — Visit the WELL Spa + Salon any Monday in October and choose the pedicure right for you. Need a reason to relax? 10% of the price of the service will benefit ABCD

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The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Rancho Mirage, California

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage will adorn the signature pink color into every facet of the arrival experience from shining pink lights on the the entrance of the resort and featuring beautiful shades of pink and cream flowers in the lobby. In addition, the ladies and gentleman of the staff will wear a hint of pink in their wardrobe throughout the month and greet guests with a variety of pink treats from the Concierge Candy Bar as well as offer scrumptious pink-frosting artisan cupcakes in the State Fare Bar + Kitchen for a donation of $1 to be given to charity. The Cure Cocktail will be added to the repertoire of cocktails as the speciality beverage of October, with $1 donated to the American Cancer Society for each drink purchased. To incorporate efforts to raise awareness and support into every aspect of the property, pink stones will be gifted to Spa guests for a fond farewell. Enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range offering striking panoramic views of the greater Palm Springs, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers 244 contemporary guest rooms that feature natural elements of stone, wood and fire, spacious patios, lavish amenities and incredible service to create a relaxing desert oasis.

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

The world’s most luxurious hotel, continues to show its support for Breast Cancer Awareness month Burj Al Arab Jumeirah by launching a pink-themed campaign and hosting an event to highlight the importance of this worthy cause. Starting from Thursday 1 October 2015, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will light its sail in pink and join a number of global landmarks participating in the worldwide illumination campaign. The hotel’s sail will continue to turn pink each Thursday throughout the month. For the first time, Burj Al Arab’s Royal Suite will blush pink on Thursday, 22 October, to play host to 20 breast cancer survivors from “Breast Friends” support group in Dubai.

A Great time to go to Casa De Campo is…

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A Great time to go to Casa De Campo is….soon! On September 7-13, 2015, Casa de Campo, the 7,000 acre luxury resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic, is hosting a Holistic Living & Yoga Retreat. Boasting its holistic reputation and a plethora of treatments and sessions waiting to be indulged in, Casa de Campo’s Community Detox invites guests to experience a week of ultimate relaxation and tranquility in the heart of the Caribbean. My husband has been there before to play golf and relax, and he has told me it’s one of his favorite resorts and destinations.

Starting at $315.57 per night (based on double occupancy, not including $130 mud and juice cleanse or $450 full detox fee), the week-long Holistic Living & Yoga Retreat will feature a variety of options for guest rejuvenation, including hip baths, meditation and yoga, detox massages, a bonfire dinner, and juice, herbal colon and mud cleanses. Check out the schedule below. It sounds awesome!

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Check out the schedule below:

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Culinary Cave at Ritz Carlton Bali

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Have you heard of a culinary cave? This new culinary trend can be found at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali  as they introduce Bejana, the resort’s signature Indonesian restaurant. Bejana, from the Indonesian word for a tradition culinary vessel, presents a unique mix of five-star-flair and relaxed ambience. Sure to be a top dining destination in Bali, Bejana features a variety of indoor and outdoor seating with dramatic views of the resort and the Indian Ocean. Located on the upper-cliff, the restaurant is open for dinner and is home to the ‘Culinary Cave,’ an exciting gourmet learning center which allows guests to discover Indonesian cooking through hands-on experiences with the Chef.

Bejana Outdoor View

“Indonesia has a very rich culinary heritage, and Bejana embraces this tradition. By serving our unique take on Indonesia’s most famous dishes and types of cuisine, we take our guests on a journey through the Archipelago,” says Karim Tayach, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Bali.

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Designed by Burega Farnell, the restaurant sits on three different levels. The upper-level houses the Culinary Cave, featuring an open kitchen with three state-of-the-art cooking stations for learning and demonstrations, as well as a large, wooden chef’s table. A step down, in the middle of the restaurant guests will find a private dining room for 12, as well as several intimate tables especially designed for couples with a romantic atmosphere complimented by a small garden and bar. The last level is set on an open-air wooden deck, featuring cozy lounges and casual outdoor seating. The intricate Balinese design was influenced by traditional elements from local craftsmen and creates an exceptionally elegant environment with a rustic edge.

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The menu presents dishes from different regions of Bali and Indonesia, such as Soto Pesmol, a spiced coconut and seafood soup originally from Jakarta, and Bebek Betutu, a Balinese roast duck in Banana Leaf. Local inspiration is also reflected in the bar where mixologists have re-imagined some of Indonesia’s most beloved traditional beverages into special libations for guests. Bajjigur is a unique aromatic warm beverage from West Java, usually enjoyed on cooler, rainy days and sold from traveling carts. Bejana’s spin captures the flavors and aromas of the original, with creamy coconut milk, sweet brown sugar, exotic warmth from ginger with hints of pandan leaf and lemongrass, but offers extra indulgence with the addition of Myers Rum and Malibu.

Joined by a highly skilled team, Chef Made Suriana has created a farm-to-table experience at the Culinary Cave. Beginning with an inspiring visit to nearby traditional markets in the morning, guests will join Chef Made as he sources the freshest local ingredients. With their bounty in hand, guests return to the resort and continue to pick and harvest the according herbs and spices from the resort`s Chef`s garden, and bring it to Bejana where Chef Made teaches them how to prepare traditional Indonesian food in the Culinary Cave. The exciting morning concludes with a festive lunch allowing the group to sample the dishes they have just created.

Ritz Carlton San Francisco Fundraiser for Nepal

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Looking for an amazing fundraiser for Nepal? If you’re in San Francisco, guests and locals are invited to enjoy a special five-course dinner benefitting Nepal at Parallel 37, the signature restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, on Thursday, July 9, 2015.  Proceeds from the fundraising dinner will go to support the American Himalayan Foundation and its Nepal Earthquake Disaster Recovery Fund.

“We’re excited to welcome guests to the hotel and Parallel 37 as we support the disaster relief efforts in Nepal,” said Chef de Cuisine Michael Rotondo. “Through our social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints, this epicurean experience further connects our hotel and the San Francisco community as we strive to make a difference in assisting the American Himalayan Foundation.”

Parallel 37

Beginning the evening in Parallel 37 at 6 p.m., guests will enjoy an elegant cocktail reception featuring expertly crafted cocktails from Mixologist Camber Lay. Following the reception, guests will indulge in an exquisite five-course menu. From a Tuna Poke with Sun Blissed Nectarine and an Heirloom Tomato Salad with Summer Squash with Lamb Bolognese to begin the culinary journey to a Beef Cheek Ravioli with Sweet Corn to complete the experience, guests will savor the culinary delights of Chef Rotondo. Each of the five courses will be complemented by a wine selections.

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Palisade Peach Festival Travel Tuesday

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Last week I was lucky enough to explore the beautiful city of Palisade, Colorado where Colorado wineries are fruitful, agriculture tourism is high, and where my son and I had some of the the best peaches we have ever tried! Where ever you go, out in the orchards and wineries or in and around Palisade, you hear about the buzz about the 2014 Palisade Peach Festival. The festival starts this week on August 14 thru the 17th.  All over the Valley and beyond, beginners and seasoned cooks are busy figuring out their Peach Recipe Contest entry.  Everyone is salivating over the sample sales after the contest. Local chefs are busy creating their dishes to present at the Peach cuisine with Colorado chefs.  Peach jams, jellies, cobblers, pies and vendor peach specials are being prepared.

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The Festival down at Riverbend Park Friday and Saturday joins all the activities going on all over town with the Peach Parade, Recipe Contest, Peach Pancake Breakfast and restaurant peach specials. Where ever you go in and around Palisade… peaches rule!

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Growers and valley chefs bring to you, “Feast in the Fields” where guests will enjoy a gourmet meal with local wines, among the peach trees at Z’s Orchards and Suncrest Orchard Alpacas.  When you’re in Palisade Peach Country during the festival, it’s all about the Power of the Peach with this years bumper crops of those juicy, sun kissed, high dessert, grown to perfection, peaches!  How sweet it is! Come join us!

Special note:  The Grand Junction Rockies join in the celebration with “Peach Night at the GJ Rockies” on the Wednesday night August 13th, the day before the festival starts,  Tim Ray, general manager for the GJ Rockies is pleased to help honor the best peaches in the world and those who grow them!  For more information call 464-7458 or go to www.palisadepeachfest.com

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 Schedule of Events

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST  13th

Peach night with GJ Rockies 7:05 PM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14th

Hisotrical Society documentary: Roller Dam 100 Yrs 5:00 PM

Ice Cream Social & Street Dance  5:30 PM

Peach Cake Stroll 6:00 PM

Town Grouch and Peach Queen & Court 6:30 Pm

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 th

Historical Walking tours 10:30AM & 12:30PM

Peach Festival in Riverbed Park 3PM – 9PM

Peach Cuisine w/ CO Chefs  3:00PM – 5:00PM

Peach Jammin Stage 5PM – 9PM

Feast in the Field Dinner at Z’s Orchard 6PM – 9PM

Feast in the Field Dinner at Suncrest Orchards 6PM – 9PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16th

Peach Recipe Contest 7:30AM

Peach Festival Parade 9AM

Lions Club Pancake breakfast 7AM – 10Am

Peach Festival @ Riverbend Park 9AM – 9PM

peach eating contest  12:00 pm

Peach Cuisine w/ CO Chefs  1:00PM – 5:00PM

peach plunge  4:00 pm

Guns vs hoses  tug of war  4:45 pm

Peach Jammin Stage 1 PM – 9PM

Feast in the Field Dinner at Z’s Orchard 6PM – 9PM

Fruit & wine byway agri tours

sunDAY, AUGUST 17th

Farmers Sunday market 10Am – 2PM

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Why to Travel to Travel Malia: Travel Tuesday

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Malia is one of the most popular destinations in Crete, and this charming town is situated at the base of Mount Selena. Malia holidays are all about having fun and partying in a beach setting. This part of the world is blessed with endless sunny days, perfect for summertime.

Beautiful beaches

Sun worshippers will find plenty of stunning beaches to choose from in Malia. The main beach is very close to the heart of the town, while several high end hotels and resorts also line the golden sand. Sun Beach is another popular stretch of sand that features plenty of amenities including a children’s pool. Other gorgeous stretches of sand in and around Malia include Potamos Beach and Tropical Beach.

 Historical attractions

Malia boasts a large number of interesting historical attractions that are just waiting to be discovered. The historical church of Agioi Pantes is set on and islet near the town and can be reached by boat from Malia’s main beach. Visiting this charming church is an experience that should not be missed, while the boat trip offers visitors the opportunity to see Malia in a different way.

The town also features a large archaeological site, which is situated near Potamos Beach. This ancient site features several collections of ancient artefacts as well as displays that offer an insight into the area’s rich history and culture. Old Town is packed with buildings that date back several centuries and wandering along the narrow lanes that wind their way through Old Town is an enchanting experience.

Vibrant nightlife

Visitors who really want to let their hair down after dark will find plenty of places to play in Malia. Traditional tavernas are great places to warm up at the start of the evening before heading to Dimokratias Street. This vibrant street is malia’s main nightlife hub and visitors will find a large selection of different types of venues here from trendy cafes to local bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Of course, this is just a small selection of what Malia has to offer. The setting here is extremely romantic, which makes Malia a popular destination among couples on their honeymoon. The area boasts several luxurious resorts where visitors can unwind in style.

(This post is in collaboration with Julie Brooks)

5 Unexpected Spa Experiences

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Looking for new spa experiences in your travels? Resorts are getting more creative and offering unique new spa menu items to promote healing, personal growth, relaxation, balance and even life challenges. From New York to Thailand, here are 5 unexpected spa treatments that will keep you wanting more than a massage or facial.

1. Cornelia Spa at The Surrey, New York, NY
The long and frigid winter has begun to weigh on our minds and bodies as we wait for Spring. Rise out of this seasonal blue spirit with energy healer Diane Goldner at Cornelia Spa at The Surrey. Goldner is part of the spa’s innovative Experts in Residence Program, bringing celebrated experts in varying field into the spa in early April. A master in her field and handpicked by Cornelia Spa, Goldner brings exclusive New York access to her highly regarded services to address issues associated with insomnia, chronic illness and life challenges which are commonly flared up during the colder seasons. Together with the guest, the healer will set an intention for healing and gently run healing energy into the body. Guests also have the option to add-on a Cornelia treatment to extend the healing experience with Goldner.

2. Regent Palms, Turks & Caicos
Regent Palms Turks & Caicos is home to an award winning Spa at Regent Palms, named World’s Best several years in a row, with 18 treatment bungalows and innovative East meets West inspired treatments. For spring, Regent Palms unveiled its new Bath Room. This never-before-used-room features a deep soaking tub with mood music and lighting that rhythmically dances alongside the music for a meditative experience. One new treatment in the Bath Room is the Detox Seaweed Leaf Bath: This seaweed bath utilizes organic hand-harvested seaweed by Voya to moisturize the skin, increase circulation and promote healing.

3. L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, AZ
In May 2014, L’Auberge de Sedona will be debuting L’Apothecary at the spa, a place for guests and Arizona visitors to draw upon the destination’s rich bounty of healing botanicals and fragrant herbs and flowers. L’Apothecary will offer the ingredients and supplies for guests to concoct and design their own bath salts, body scrubs, oils and masques with an abundant offering of elements found in Sedona, including rosemary, clay, piñon pine, juniper and more.

4. Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ
The Dehp ® Enrichment Spa Experience at Alvadora Spa is a unique spa treatment, which unlocks your bodies, own innate intelligence to process and integrate stored experiences, promotes a sense of deep well being, and assists you in your personal growth and development. The session is delivered in a luxury spa room/suite which includes the Dehp ® integrative technique, balancing massage and essential oils. The Dehp® Experience brings relaxation to a whole new level, allowing guests to reflect upon their experience in a luxury spa room/suite following their treatment, and will leave them will a sense of clarity and balance.

5 Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand
The Spa by PARESA in Kamala offers a heavenly sanctuary inspired by Thai ancient healing. The Paresa Spa features 5 double treatments suites with soothing baths and steam showers and after treatments, guests can spend time relaxing on their private balconies over looking the sunset on the Andaman Sea. As an alternative to the treatment table, former Buddhist Monk and celebrated wellness mentor Nikorn Banjerdlert offers the following services at The Spa by Paresa:

Reiki & Energy Healing – By combining the universal energy of Reiki Healing together with the intuitive skills and direct methods of energy healing, Nikorn channels a powerful healing effect into the energy bodies of your being. No discussion of symptoms or ailments is needed as the Reiki energy naturally flows to where it is needed, activating the body’s innate ability to self-heal. Through the simply laying-on of hands, Reiki Energy Healing will help to harmonize body, mind and spirit and is a powerful tool to allow our bodies time to tune in, relax and heal, leaving you with feelings of profound peace and well-being.

Meditation and Mind Detox – Nikorn will share his knowledge and experience of this secret which has existed for over 2,500 years from the foundation of Buddhism. With exercises and techniques which are applicable to everyone, from any religion and any cultural background, Nikorn will help you to go within in order to find ultimate truth and clarity.

“Fix Me” – Simply tell Nikorn how are you feeling and he will do the rest by combining all the therapies and tools he has learned over the years: meditation, reiki, energy healing, affirmations, visualization and self-help techniques.

Cool New Spa Treatments at Miraval

I am always looking for new trends in spa treatments, and Miraval Spa, in Tuscon, has some spectacular new experiences that are incredible healing emotionally and physically. Check out these 4 cool new spa treatments on my wish list:

Himalayan Sound Bath:

This new groundbreaking sound therapy treatment will tune your body into its natural state and create balance emotionally, mentally, and physically as the sound from these ancient healing bowls radiates profoundly through the water. This treatment will increase mental clarity, relieve stress, and decrease anxiety as you float effortlessly in the warm water of the therapeutic pool and surrender to the healing vibrations. You will feel more grounded and connected to the world around you.

Shuniya Sound Ceremony:

Shuniya Sound Healing Ceremony is a full body session that transforms your state of being emotionally, physically and spiritually. The ancient healing arts of Tibetan bowls, Kundulini yoga gong baths and tuning forks are masterfully combined with traditional Thai massage, Chi nei tsang and Shiatsu. Infused with sound and vibration, your body will become energetically balanced as the spirit is harmonically brought into a deep state of healing. This ceremony creates an anchor to the memory of well-being, initiating a deep inner stillness and reconnecting the mind, body and soul. This deeply centering experience will help you attain optimal health, clarity and serenity.

Tibetan Chakra Balancing:

This session will surround you with the healing sounds and vibrations of the Tibetan bowls and the cleansing power of the symphonic gongs. Master Practitioner, Pamela Lancaster, brings the ability to hold sacred space including a heightened level of consciousness and spiritual awareness of self. Through this experience, you learn to live with a deeper wisdom and reconnect with your true nature.

Floating Meditation:

Enjoy the pleasure of being suspended from the ceiling in a nurturing yoga hammock while your mind is gently guided into a relaxed state. Experience the calming benefits of induced meditation while you are gently rocked to the soothing vibrations of crystal bowls. Release your mind’s stress, tension or worry while you “float” weightlessly in a silk hammock. See more on Miraval. Phone number is (800) 232-3969.

Treatments are by Pam Lancaster who has over 18 years of experience in the fields of holistic healing, spiritual counseling, and integrative medicine to her practice. She brings forth a newfound sense of self-awareness in each client, empowering others to heal disconnections, traumas or blocks that are impeding the highest expression of their soul and personal well-being. This healing approach guides you to reclaim the truth of your body and awaken its innate healing abilities.