April 28, 2009

Your Inner Javanese Princess - Mande Lular

The Mande Lular is a centuries-old, detoxifying and beautifying ritual during which Javanese princesses prepared for their wedding day. What does this have to do with you, neither a princess nor a bride-to-be (at least yet)? Well, Sanctuary, the fabulous U.K. spa based in Covent Garden, London draws inspiration from the Mande Lular for its latest collection of bath and body products.

The collection also includes a bath crème and a body soufflé, but our favourite is the Sensuous Body Scrub, a sweetly scented, gentle scrub that sloughs off dry skin cells with its combination of rice bran wax, turmeric and vitamin E.

It may not seem like it right now, but that leg-baring weather is coming soon, ladies. So go on, turn your bathroom into a spa and get glowing gams before you dare to bare. $19.99 at drug stores. Check out www.thesanctuary.co.uk.

The Globe & Mail

April 27, 2009

MGM Grand Detroit, Immerse Spa, Michigan

Just six months young, the Immerse Spa, at the MGM Grand Detriot is a spectacular 20,000-square-foot modern-day urban loft. The first U.S.-based spa for internationally acclaimed architecture firm tonychi and associates, Immerse is inspired by nature's most calming element: water.

Design elements are complemented by black-and-white photography of serene and natural landscapes by Detroit photographer Bill Schwab. The lavish, two-level space includes a full-service spa; six treatment bungalows; wet room with Vichy shower; first-class salon; state-of-the-art exercise room; relaxation lounges; separate vanity areas for men and women featuring a whirlpool and steam room; an infinity-edge pool; a spa boutique.

MGM Grand Detroit, Immerse Spa, Michigan

April 23, 2009

WildSpring Guest Habitat, Oregon

Overlooking Oregon’s spectacular southern coast, WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small eco-friendly resort offering luxurious accommodations in a naturally beautiful environment. Enjoy incredible natural beauty in comfortable luxury.

Relax in one of five stylish, elegantly comfortable cabins filed with art and antiques, with radiant-heated floors, vaulted ceilings and separate sleeping and living areas. Set apart from each other in a five-acre private forest, they offer all the comforts of home with none of the distractions.

WildSpring Guest Habitat

April 22, 2009

A Three Minute Escape to Verana - the Jungle Spa, Yelapa, Mexico

Find yourself in Mexico, and travel south from Puerto Vallarta, to Boca de Tomatlan — the last beach you can reach by car. From there a 30 minute boat ride takes you along the beautiful coast to Yelapa. Here you will find a hillside overlooking the ocean with a panoramic view of the mountains deep in the Valle del Sierra Madre Occidental. Carved out of the lush Mexican jungle, it is remote and secluded, but still offers all the amenities for a comfortable and relaxing stay...

Verana 2009 - The Houses from Heinz Legler on Vimeo.