Waldorf Salad Gommage is one of the signature treatments at the new Plus
One Spa, which opened June 15 at New York's prestigious Waldorf-Astoria. Based on the trademark dish invented
there in 1896, the treatment consists of full-body exfoliation and massage using ground black walnuts blended with apple extract.
Award-winning Cap Juluca on the Caribbean island of Anguilla,
which has always been on the cutting edge of luxury, is now leading the way with its one-week expanded wellness program. The
Mind, Body and Spirit program, highlighted by Diana Bourel's "Coming Home" transpersonal work, was initiated in 2002. It has
now grown to include three other practitioners and a unique menu of signature treatments that include spiritual astrology,
shamanic work, psychospiritual work, yoga, intuitive healing and energetics.
Program dates are Nov. 15-22 and Dec. 6-13,
2003; Jan. 24-31, Feb. 5-12, March 6-13, April 17-24, July 17-24, Aug. 14-21, Nov. 13-20 and Dec. 4-11, 2004. Private and
group yoga will be offered at the hotel year-round.
The spacious new Pleiades Massage and Spa recently opened
in Canada's Radium Hot Springs heritage classified pool facility. Pleiades features a restoration of historic spa services
as well as an introduction of the most modern ways to rejuvenate one's body and spirit. With more than 4,000 square feet of
space, Pleiades offers naturally lit treatment rooms for various massage therapies, a jetted pool plunge, steam room, two
wet treatment rooms and private change rooms. Spas just aren't for stressed-out moms
anymore. At Holiday Inn Family Suites in Orlando, Sugar & Spice Kids Spa recently
opened to offer teens manicures, pedicures, light makeup, temporary tattoos, colored hair gel, and the pirate look. Glamour
photos of the finished product are also available.
In May 2003, the new Spa opened at King Pacific Lodge, Canada's premier floating wilderness lodge and
the smallest property in the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts collection. Surrounded by North Vancouver's rain forest and ocean,
and echoing the sophistication of its Japanese heritage, the Spa at King Pacific Lodge offers a menu of spa treatments to
indulge and rejuvenate its discerning guests. Built of fir with driftwood accents and rich mossy green hues for the walls,
the spa reflects the tranquility of the surrounding landscape while capturing the energy of the ocean. The Spa at King Pacific
Lodge expands the massage options at the Lodge to include seaweed wraps, mud wraps, exfoliating body care, salt glows and
rice bran body scrub. Together with the existing sauna, steam bath, plunge pool and Jacuzzi, the spa offers a welcome addition
for its 25 guests.In its second year, the summer family program at Pritikin Center in
Miami reports great results and enthusiasm from the kids who learn about nutrition and fitness while having fun at the beach
and on the property's recreational facilities. Daily activities include cooking workshops, lectures, and outdoor recreation.
The mission of the program: "to give parents the tools and knowledge to introduce ongoing healthy lifestyle changes for the
whole family while empowering children to grow into lean, healthy adults. The program encourages optimal sports nutrition
and performance and focuses on achieving the optimal Body Mass Index (appropriate weight/height distribution) for active,
The new Girlfriends Getaway Package at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa,
near St. Petersburg, Florida, throws in a pair of signature pajamas for guests who take advantage of the accommodations-spa
package. Also included: daily breakfast, a pizza party, and an in-room movie. Packages are available April through September
and October through December of 2003. The historic spa's treatments are based on the resort's five mineral springs, each attributed
to specific healthful properties: Beauty Springs, Stomach Springs, Liver Springs, Kidney Springs, and Pure Water Springs.
Fort Myers Beach's classic Pink Shell Beach Resort in Florida is undergoing a $70 million
transformation that will result in, among other upgrades, Aquagene, a deluxe 6,000 square foot health and beauty spa with
12 treatment rooms and a full menu of treatments featuring top-of-the-line spa products and therapists. Completion is slated
for December, 2003, when the resort will also debut its whimsical pink shell-themed Octopool.
Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Florida recently reopened its spa focusing on its archaeological
past as site of a native Calusa village. New facilities include a couples suite, flexibility studio for yoga and Pilates training,
Relaxation Bistro for light lunches, and re-designed fitness area. New treatments use essential sea nutrients and hot stone
massage. "The Caloosa Experience" allows couples and groups to perform their own facial and body wrap treatments in a special
steam chamber under therapist supervision. Spa-goers are invited to add their "wishing shell" to a living shell mound outside
Kiaweh Island Resort in South Carolina opens a full-service spa in spring 2004. It's the first resort spa in the Charleston
area. The resort also owns and manages the Jefferson Hotel In Richmond, Virginia, and The Hermitage in Nashville, TN. In October,
2002, The Charleston Health Institute opened at the resort. The Institute is a unique medical retreat offering executive health,
wellness, and weight loss programs through an association with the Medical University of South Carolina. Participants experience
cutting-edge health services in a relaxing atmosphere at the oceanfront Kiawah Island Inn, which has installed a new fitness
center specifically for the Institute. Programs are designed for those who are serious about living better and living longer.
Grande Lakes Resort, Orlando: A new Ritz-Carlton will be part of this $600-million, 500-acre complex which debuts July,
2003. The 40,000-square-foot spa will carry trademark Ritz services based on the resorts citrus theme, such as an orange blossom
soak. (Management has even hired a full-time citrus consultant, the only resort to boast such.) It will include a 584-room
Ritz, a 1,000-room Marriott, and a kitchen run by one of Miami's foremost trend-setting chefs, Norman Aken.
The new Mandarin Oriental in Miami recently debuted theThai Massage Academy with certification courses
conducted in its Chi Studio. Also new is a Beach Club on nearby Key Biscayne, complete with beach butlers and frozen fruit.
Only a year after its opening, the Mandarin became the first hotel in the metropolitan since 1994 to receive the AAA's Five-Diamond
Guests who spend five nights or more at Jamaicas all-inclusive Royal Plantation Spa & Golf Resort now receive
a spa credit valued at $550 per room. The credit will buy products and services, including the spa's signature Sunrise Sea
'n Scrub Experience, which uses the island's crushed almonds, honey, brown sugar, sunrise, and a sea dip.
Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has opened its Wilderness Adventure Spa, which takes advantage of location
and outdoor activity. Treatment packages include Reiki on horseback and hot stone massage, and winter dogsledding followed
by a mud wrap and sage body hydration.
At the Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort in Miami, a grotto-style pool, a splendid fitness center, sea kayaking,
and access to miles of pure-white beach enhance the spa experience. It opened in January with 390 rooms and its unusual American
Classics Car Exhibit.
The Northwest's only mountain retreat with a full-service spa, the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie, Washington,
announces a distinctly Northwest menu of therapies including: the Touch for Two using a special tummy cradle to nurture mother
and child, rejuvenate the skin, improve elasticity and decrease edema; the Earth Cocoon in the "Rain Room" where warm mineral
rich mud is applied from neck to toe while gently wrapped for detoxification and nutrient absorption; and a Private Guided
Massage where a therapist leads a couple through a 50-minute massage enhancing their own healing powers through human touch
with a loved one.