December 4, 2013

Vintage Hotels Welcomes BABOR Skincare

Two of North America’s top spas,100 Fountain Spa at Pillar and Post and Secret Garden Spa at Prince of Wales in Niagara-on-the-Lake, have reaffirmed their commitment to excellence with an exciting new product line! Vintage Hotels is proud to announce the exclusive launch of BABOR skincare and spa treatments.

BABOR, the German beauty pioneer
has been transforming the secrets of nature into natural, high-tech products for over 55 years. The brand name is now synonymous with natural beauty care and draws on the expertise of a team of leading scientists and dermatologists to develop innovative beauty products.

Vanessa Tierney, Director of Spa Operations at Vintage Hotels is enthusiastic about the addition. "BABOR is a perfect fit to our philosophy; modern innovation, rich in heritage. With BABOR's unique positioning, we are able to reach a broad market, offering a premium skin care line in treatments and home care. In addition to the core line, BABOR also includes a men’s series and organic options; which we have seen an increasing demand for."

"We have all seen trends of foraging in the food world and we see this transitioning into spa guest needs. Consumers are becoming more educated; they want to know where ingredients are sourced, they care about their health and they care about the environment. Being a leading brand for over 50 years, we feel good about offering BABOR in our Spas." says Vanessa. "Our team of high-quality professionals, coupled with a premium product and the support offered by BABOR is a winning formula."

The Vintage Hotels spa team invites clientele to discover the BABOR difference.

100 Fountain Spa at Pillar and Post

Secret Garden Spa at Prince of Wales Hotel

November 19, 2013

Naturally Inspired ~ The Spa at the Grand Del Mar

Finding perfect harmony of both luxury and nature, the Spa at the Grand Del Mar earns its reputation as a five-star spa. Its Renaissance design is truly exquisite; housing eleven treatment rooms, four pools, two saunas, a fitness center and a movement studio that hosts complimentary fitness classes for guests. The spa is also home to one of the two Haim Ltd. Salons for professional hair and esthetic services. What truly sets the spa apart is its commitment to utilizing natural ingredients throughout the products, treatments and services it offers.

The spa is inspired by the resources of the area, namely the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve adjacent to the Grand Del Mar. The canyon contains the very same mud, stones, clay, minerals and flora that the spa derives for body therapies. Equally enticing is the organic, handmade product line for facials that is produced exclusively for the Grand Del Mar. The spa is dedicated to its vision of natural wellness, and offers daily fitness classes or a short hiking tour around the canyon as an addition to your spa experience.

From hair and makeup services to body wraps, classic massages and pedicures, one can easily spend an entire day restoring and pampering every part of the body. Breaking it up with a dip in the beautiful outdoor pool or a yoga class can ease you even further into a state of peaceful Zen. The unique menu combined with the use of natural elements in both design and treatments elevate the Spa at the Grand Del Mar to a level of elegant grandeur worthy of the high praise it receives.

The Spa at the Grand Del Mar

~ Genevieve McAlevy, Spas of America. When not traveling, Genevieve is a writer and Social Media maven, and can usually be found running the Vancouver seawall.

September 12, 2013

October Yoga Retreats at Ste. Anne's Spa

Ontario's Ste. Anne's Spa, voted one of Canada's leading Destination Spas, announced their first 2-Day Yoga Retreats this upcoming October 29th - 30th, 2013. During the retreat, participants - whether beginners or those more advanced - will experience four yoga wellness practices including: Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep), Yoga (vinyasana, asana, pranayama and sivanasana), Stretching (flexibility and range of motion) and Meditation (guided).

More than a spa experience, Ste. Anne's Spa Yoga Retreat will enable one to get in touch with their inner self and guide them in understanding the importance of a clear connection between body, mind and heart to live a truly healthy, sustainable and inspired life.

Featured Instructor - Jenn Hall

Jenn Hall is Ste. Annes' Wellness Coordinator and brings over 12 years experience in the health and fitness industry to our spa. Jenn is a certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Yoga Teacher, specializing in Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, and Gentle Yoga. Her personal teaching style is light-hearted, compassionate, full of options and fun, and encourages all students to explore their own bodies and needs as guided by their personal abilities. Jenn is thrilled to be offering Yoga Retreat packages at Ste. Anne's and hopes to provide an opportunity for guests to explore their own unique journey into yoga and meditation.

Ste. Anne's Yoga Retreats can now be booked for $795* per person and includes 2 nights deluxe accommodation, 3 group meals per day, snacks, 3 guided walks, $240 spa allowance, complete use of the facilities, reusable spa bag & slippers and use of Ste. Anne's signature robe. Yoga mats, blankets, yoga props, pillows and eye pillows will be provided for guests during the retreat's yoga classes.

* Plus HST based on double occupancy. Maximum number of participants per retreat is 15.
For more information on Ste. Anne's Yoga Retreat please visit:

or contact Wanda Hoehn at 905-349-3704 ext 2007 or by email at

July 23, 2013

Win a One Night Stay at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa!

Take in a massage treatment at the Spa-Essence of Life any weekday Monday through Thursday during the months of July & August and be entered to win a complimentary one night stay in a luxurious OceanSuite.

The winning draw includes, one night at Brentwood Bay Resort, breakfast in bed for two, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, free parking, wifi, long distance calling throughout North America and fresh baked cookies in your suite. Each spa massage counts towards a ballot, so the more times you book a massge treatment this summer, the better chances to win.

Please call 1.250-544-5111 to book your spa experience.  The lucky winner will be drawn September 1st

Unity Village, Missouri's Awaken Whole Life Center

Set to open in the Fall of 2013, in Unity Village, Missouri, the Awaken Whole Life Center is dedicated to gathering people from all walks of life to help improve their overall health and put them on the path to achieving optimal wellness.

The center will feature events and retreats, such as Yoga Rocks the Park, Creative Awakening Yoga Retreat, and Power Up Your Life/Twelve Powers Retreat. Guests who seek balance, harmony, and peace will experience restoration of the body, mind, and spirit, and learn how to connect with their deeper self.

For more information about Awaken Whole Life Center, visit:

July 15, 2013

The Oaks at Ojai welcomes Peter Bowen as new GM

The Oaks at Ojai has named Peter Bowen as general manager to oversee the daily operations, growth and success of the beloved destination spa. He comes to The Oaks from a 16-year tenure at the five-diamond Ojai Valley Inn where he held positions ranging from director of rooms, director of distribution and revenue and director of sales and marketing, and grew average daily rate and occupancy consistently.

Cathy Cluff, CEO and president of The Oaks at Ojai, states, “We are delighted to have Peter as part of The Oaks family. We have worked with him in the community for many years and his customer centric philosophy and passion for exceeding guest expectations are attributes that The Oaks values. He has enhanced every department he has led in his previous positions and that experience, in turn, will elevate the quality of The Oaks’ operation.”

Bowen, a resident of Ojai since 1995, and when notmoonlighting as an actor, is focused on making impactful and thoughtful changes to The Oaks, such as simplifying the reservations process, enhancing the arrival/departure experience and emphasizing The Oaks “Program” to ensure the guests’ goals are realized.

Bowen says, “With a relatively small staff, it’s so important for all of us to be working well together. The Oaks prides itself on being a family-run business and the personal attention that comes with being taken care of by a member of the family needs to be evident at every turn. My goal is to enhance that family environment for our staff and guests and introduce processes and standards that will allow the team to work efficiently and effectively in anticipating our guests’ needs.  Identifying the goal of the guest at the time of reservation will help guide their experience and allow us to provide the best opportunity to achieve their desired result. There are a plethora of special programs at The Oaks at Ojai featured throughout the year: theme weeks, special events and guest speakers all designed to assist our guests in achieving their goals.  We are also blessed to be located in the heart of the beautiful Ojai Valley which provides an ideal environment to enhance our health, wellness and nutrition."


July 12, 2013

New Life Hiking Spa Offers 30% Off Labor Day Weekend

Killington, Vermont's New Life Hiking Spa, one of North America’s top destination spas, is offering an all-inclusive Labor Day Weekend Special for two at a price of $999 a discount of $435 off regular rates.

New Life Hiking Spa is one of the oldest and most established destination spas in the country. Founded in 1978, New Life has been set in the Green Mountains for over three decades and is celebrating the 35th Anniversary this year.

Long regarded as one of the country’s most affordable destination spas, New Life is offering a tremendous value for Labor Day Weekend. The weekend starts with check-in on Friday afternoon, August 30th. The weekend includes three-nights’ accommodations for two, three healthy spa meals a day, healthy snacks, one massage for each guest, three professionally guided hikes, all fitness activities and evening lectures. The all-inclusive price for two is $999. Guests check out on Labor Day, September 2nd. Guests do not need to leave until 1:30 p.m. on Monday, so breakfast, a guided hike and lunch is included the day of check-out.

Additional summer and fall foliage discounts are available on many of the New Life Hiking Spa’s vacation packages and weight loss retreats for the remainder of the season and are listed on their website. New Life Hiking Spa is currently accepting reservations for the remainder of the 2013 season which runs until September 27, 2013.

New Life Hiking Spa

June 11, 2013

Niagara Wellness at The Spa at White Oaks, Ontario

The Spa at White Oaks, a centerpiece of the spectacular White Oaks Conference Resort, is one of the largest spas in Southern Ontario, offering 17 treatment rooms including a luxurious and very popular couples suite, along with two tranquil relaxation rooms. The White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa is ideally situated for both Canadian and American visitors, only 90 minutes south from Toronto, Ontario and 30 minutes north of Buffalo, New York.

'Beyond pure indulgence' is the Spa at White Oaks' philosophy. Through the combination of their unique treatments, the four diamond customer service experience and tranquil spa setting, the spa provides guests an environment to achieve complete well-being. Prepare to be pampered yes, but open your mind and senses, be still and embark on your journey to complete wellness: body, mind and soul.

Not to be missed is the Priori CoffeeBerry, which will help you look and feel good naturally, while reducing tension and stress levels. This 85-minute relaxing yet intense anti-aging treatment, will treat areas that show signs of aging most; face, neck, décolletage, and hands. It leaves skin feeling firm, lifted, youthful, radiant and just like a yoga session, you leave feeling relaxed and recharged. Oh, and it smells great too!

The White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa, is a modern and stylish Niagara oasis with Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara Wine Country, Casino Niagara, Niagara Falls and more are all within easy reach. The 13-acre resort delivers luxury hotel service and truly outstanding amenities. The hotel offers 220 beautifully appointed rooms and suites have been newly designed within the last 5 years that feature: robe service and flat screen TVs, smart fridges and safes, fabulous duvet-covered beds – even phones and TVs in the bathrooms. Enjoy a coffee at Starbucks, a midday meal at the chic PLAY Urban Café, and dinner at the award-winning LIV restaurant (featuring award-winning Niagara Wines).

The resort Sport Club is one of the most complete fitness facilities you will ever experience. Staffed by fitness experts and racquet professionals, the Sport Club offers racquet sports, cardio and strength training, one-on-one and group personal training, yoga, pilates, swimming, and much more. There truly is something here for everyone – including a women’s only fitness studio, child care options, and customized training sessions for individuals or groups.

The Spa at White Oaks, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

May 22, 2013

Midwest Wellness - The Biggest Loser Resort Chicago

Set upon the beautiful AAA Four Diamond-rated Eaglewood Resort & Spa, The Biggest Loser Chicago will inspire you to relax through its back-to-nature landscape of oak forests and meandering walking paths. Located minutes from O'Hare International Airport, and 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, the resort is located in Itasca, Illinois.

The resort features the Eaglewood Spa, who's salon professionals are committed to helping you relax after your fitness activity. Unwind with a body massage or treat yourself to even more treatments. Your therapist will personalize your massage by combining a variety of techniques, all geared toward relieving tension and restoring energy, balance and focus.

Not to be missed is the Eaglewood Signature Pedicure. This 60-minute classic pedicure for women and men starts with a soothing soak in the whirlpool foot bath, followed by an exfoliating scrub and foot/ half leg massage with a luxurious body butter. It is finished off with detailed nail work and flawless polish for women, or buffed to shine for men.

The Biggest Loser Chicago helps guests achieve the energizing results of a healthy lifestyle with a structured program of fitness activity, calorie-controlled spa cuisine, and education. Enjoy fun and exhilarating activities in the dedicated fitness, aerobic and workout facilities; enhance your experience with personal training; learn more about your body through state of the art metabolic and fitness testing; and partake in nutrition counseling sessions.

Activities and amenities include: amazing hiking trails in the Illinois countryside; a 6-lane bowling alley and access to a stunning championship golf course. Enjoy chef-created, delicious and calorie-controlled spa cuisine. Licensed professionals teach how to approach meal planning and recognize habits such as emotional and intuitive eating. Then, relax with wonderful spa treatments. The resort offers casually elegant guest rooms with all the modern conveniences.

The Biggest Loser Resort Chicago

May 21, 2013

Spas of Slovakia

With over 10 spa towns spread around Slovakia, the country’s historical wellness waters have quite a reputation.

Visitors come here not for their leisure only, but mainly for medical reasons. The facilities provide different treatments both therapeutic and medical professional depending on their agenda.

The medicinal springs have been well known since the Middle Ages. The most famous of these towns is Pieštany (pronounced pieshtany), located in the western region of the country and about an hour and half drive from the capital, Bratislava. It is the biggest spa town with some 40 hotels spread around the city.

Well-manicured grounds, mountains, the Vah River and dense forestry surround the town of Pieštany. Many thermal water facilities are spread throughout the grounds to provide a quaint and relaxing atmosphere for its visitors.

They come mainly from the EU and from Arab countries to enjoy the treatments this town can provide, and many visit Pieštany regularly.

The hotel staff members are trained practitioners of medical and physical therapy. Each spa resort specializes in the treatment of different medical conditions, or “indications.” Detailed brochures and pamphlets are available online to choose an appropriate treatment.

Each hotel has a typical European feel of simplicity to it. They are well equipped to provide a relaxing atmosphere while their spa schedules are designed to keep a visitor busy throughout the day.
At meal times an adequate diet is served, supervised by a dietician and recommended by the doctor at the hotel.

The “medicine spa” and the “preventive, relaxation and rehabilitation” stay are the most popular choices for visitors. The first aims to treat the musculoskeletal system and rheumatoid arthritis, prevention of osteoporosis, back pain problems, and cardiovascular diseases as well.

The second type of treatment is mostly nonmedical and focuses more on relaxation and ease of stress than anything else. There are anti-stress massage sessions, slimming treatments using heat therapies, massages and wraps targeted for patients that want to lose weight.

Many visitors that choose this type of spa retreat are diabetic or have weight issues that require a less invasive treatment than surgery.

Others hope to treat their state of health after injuries caused by accidents, disabilities after strokes, certain skin diseases and targeted muscle rehabilitation due to a medical condition.

Each stay requires a specific duration to insure effectiveness. Most treatments are between two to four weeks.

For over a century, Pieštany has developed proved methods to stimulate the body to achieve rapid pain reduction and early healing to many problems such as in the nervous system and post-injury conditions. The thermal water naturally springs from 2,000-meter-deep tectonic disruptions. Its temperature ranges from 67-69 °C at its source. The waters are mildly mineral, sodium disulfide, hypotonic and calcific. The thermal water and its natural mud are recognized for their healing effect on many mobility disorders and other ailments. The water is directly pumped into thermal baths or individual tubs (according to one’s preference) where it’s used for treatments. The mud is either applied to the body in the form of packs, or alternatively, build directly over the hot mud springs.
The waters are rich in minerals and warmed by the heat of the earth’s core to provide what is probably one of the most remarkable natural remedies known. Residents of the town and many other spa towns in Slovakia and Hungary visit the thermal baths on a weekly basis to unwind from the stresses and strains of modern life. It has become a habit for many and has become part of their tradition.

The usual minimum stay at one of the spa hotels is about a week, packages are provided according to the consultation of doctors at hand. Doctors at the spa conduct weekly checkups on the patients and initially record the progress of the treatments they suggested for sufficient results. Treatment plans are adjusted and are safe to follow as part of the spa services. Throughout the stay, doctors are always at hand to give necessary advice and guidance to ensure that the patient gets the most out of the facility.

At the end of each stay, the doctors conduct a final consultation to ensure that the treatments prescribed have gone according to plan. The doctors also give medical and lifestyle advice to help continue the improvement of health once the patient has left.

Thermia Palace Hotel located on Spa Island is one of the highest recommended. It is a historic Art Nouveau hotel of more than a 100 years old that accommodated many famous personalities. Together with the Irma Health Spa nearby, the hotel provides the ideal conditions for visitors to enjoy the accommodations throughout the year. The Balnea Esplanade Palace is also located on Spa Island and is associated with the Balneo rehabilitation center nearby where most of the curative treatments are held. Many more hotel spas are located around the town and can easily be found. All hotels provide many different international cuisines on the grounds as well as cafes and shopping passages for visitors to stroll along while enjoying the culture of Pieštany.

April 26, 2013

Aloha Spa ~ The Na Ho'ola Spa, Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
With all the excitement Waikiki has to offer, I was surprised to learn the most relaxing place I found was also at the centre of it. Like the bronze statue of Duke Kahnamoku, the Na Ho'ola Spa at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa welcomes you with open arms.

This was my first visit to the spa, and I was surprised to learn it wasn’t created as an afterthought or hidden in a quiet or dark part of the hotel as many hotel spas are. The Na Ho’ola Spa is featured front and center of the resort. It’s three floors up from the street and bathed in the sunshine, with panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, the swaying palm trees, the cresting waves and, yes, the statue of the Duke below ... who almost seems to say, “Relax, enjoy, go with the wave ...”

Upon entering the Na Ho’ola Spa at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, I was greeted with a display of brilliance with a clean, bright design, wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows and an abundance of southern window light. (I don’t remember ever before wearing my sunglasses into a spa.)

Greeted warmly by the spa’s staff, I completing my intake form, and received instructions to the men’s change room, where I found everything well-organized, well-stocked and clean. I planned my visit a little early, so as to enjoy the fabulous sauna, and hydrate with a couple of glasses of water. After showering and feeling wonderfully relaxed, I ventured to the large relaxation room (again with the view) and laid back on a comfortable lounge bed. Soon I was met by my therapist and whisked away.

A room with a view, Na Ho'ola Spa
Living in the Pacific Northwest, I’m not used to the Hawaiian sun (or much sun for that matter). Conscious of its effect on my face, I elected to have a Deluxe Lomi Lomi Facial - a Na Ho’ola signature treatment. My therapist took great care in talking to me about my skin, and helped select a blend of organic products designed to restore the essential elements of my skin. Nestled under the covers, I slowly began to drift off as my aesthetician went to work on me - cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing, including creating a customized mask. Icing the cake, my treatment was complemented by a wonderfully soothing neck and shoulder massage.

I was very impressed with my experience at the Na Ho'ola Spa. At over 10,000 square feet on two levels, including 16 treatment rooms, the spa is large, but not too big. Staff were friendly and professional, and the spa menu offers a wide variety of Hawaiian-inspired therapies. For your next visit to Oahu, the Na Ho’ola Spa, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa should be on your itinerary.

Na Ho’ola Spa, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

~ Craig Oliver, Editor-in-Chief, Spas of America

April 19, 2013

Taking the Waters at British Columbia's Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

My recent visit to Vancouver Island’s Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa surprised me. I knew this resort has a solid reputation and a loyal following from customers across Canada and the Pacific Northwest, but  sometimes going in with high expectations can leave you disappointed. I wasn’t.

After a one-hour scenic drive north from Nanaimo, I arrived at the resort, which was nestled like a seagull, overlooking the ocean, fenced to the north and south by towering Douglas Fir trees. My first impression was that it looked modest and unpretentious. Driving in, I was reminded of a private club. At check-in I was met with warm smiles and the friendly faces of the Kingfisher’s staff.

Opening the door to my room, the Orca Suite, I was immediately greeted by the ocean in front of me. True to its name, the Orca Suite was spacious, with a separate bedroom, en suite bathroom, fully stocked kitchen, and living and dining area with a natural gas fireplace. With all this space, in such a beautiful setting, one wishes they weren’t alone. But the sounds of the waves hitting the beach in front of me reminded me I wasn’t.

I soon ventured to the spa, where I was to experience the Kingfisher’s signature Pacific Mist
Hydrotherapy. Dressed in my swimsuit, robe and sandals, I was greeted by Danielle, who would be my guide for the next hour. I followed her downstairs, where the Pacific Mist Hydrotherapy occupied the entire lower floor in soft lighting, gentle music and the rush of water. Danielle explained how this wellness journey offers the benefits of hydrotherapy, including remineralization, detoxification and relaxation, in a setting evoking Vancouver Island’s natural seaside elements.

The treatment follows eight unique elements: Swiss Shower, Mineral Massage Pool, Waterfall Massage, Steam Cave, Glacial Waterfall, River Walk, Sea Mineral Soak, Tidal Baths ... and finally the relaxation lounge. Here you’re encouraged to cool down, catch your breath and rehydrate while taking in gorgeous views of the ocean, mountains and nearby islands.

Pacific Mist Hydrotherapy is one of the most unique spa experiences I’ve had - a true “taking of the waters.” I enjoyed it because it was so different from drifting away on a massage table. I felt present and relaxed - away from all the interruptions of life. Danielle was nothing short of wonderful - answering all of my questions, checking in on me, and topping up my ever-dwindling glass of water (I must have consumed about a dozen).

Feeling energized and relaxed (and a little hungry) after my treatment, I made my way to the Kingfisher’s signature restaurant, The Breakwater. Staying true to my British Columbia spa experience, I enjoyed a delicious plate of Saltspring Island Mussels in red curry, coconut milk, lemongrass and cilantro, complemented by a glass of BC’s Wild Goose Riesling.

I highly recommend visiting the Kingfisher and its signature Pacific Mist Hydrotherapy - either on your own or with friends, family or a romantic partner. But given a choice, I'd suggest taking someone with you. Life is better shared.

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

~ Craig Oliver, Editor-in-Chief, Spas of America

April 9, 2013

Hilton's eforea spa brand opens in Canada

Innovative global spa concept eforea: spa at Hilton expands into Canada at Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa. As the first location for eforea in the country and the fourth eforea spa in North America, the converted 5,000-square-foot spa features an exclusive treatment menu, innovative design features and carefully selected product partners appealing to today's global travelers.

"As the global expansion of eforea: spa at Hilton continues, we are delighted to bring this dynamic concept to Canada," said Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. "eforea is proving to be a strong solution for owners and is well received by our guests with 14 spas currently open and more than 90 in development."

eforea: spa at Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham

April 1, 2013

Sunriver, Oregon's Sage Springs Club Spa

Sage Springs Club Spa, Sunriver Resort, Oregon
A unique Northwest vacation destination for all seasons that creates togetherness and memories, Sunriver Resort provides unmatched activities and experiences in a serene, natural setting.

Set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Sunriver, Oregon lies 15 miles south of the city of Bend, offering a dry and temperate climate and a myriad of outdoor activities. Enthusiasts enjoy world-class golf, skiing and snowboarding, water sports, fishing, cycling and rock-climbing. The resort even boasts its own private airport - the only private airstrip in the Pacific Northwest.

The Sunriver Resort offers 63 holes of world-class golf, and was awarded Golf Magazine coveted Gold Medal, identifying this as one of America's best golf resorts. Carefully designed to preserve the natural beauty of the area, each golf course at Sunriver has a character all its own.

Guests looking to relax can take refuge in the Sage Springs Club & Spa. Offering a full range of massages, facials, body treatments, and salon services, this Pacific Northwest spa is the refuge of choice for relaxation seekers. Guests at Sage Springs have access to state of the fitness and weight room facilities, over 40 group fitness classes per week, indoor and outdoor tennis complex, indoor lap pool, hydro pools, and full service locker and steam rooms.

Sage Springs Club Spa, Sunriver, Oregon

March 20, 2013

Art + Spa, Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort in Napa Valley

The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. is launching its “Art of Relaxation” package. The packages invites guests not only to relax by enjoying the beautiful Napa Valley and two spa treatments at Spa Terra in the Estate Cave located directly behind the resort and under a hillside of vineyards, but gives them everything they need to paint their own “Meritage Masterpiece.” The package is being launched in coordination with Napa Valley’s Arts in April, but will be available beyond April as Napa is picturesque year round.

During the month of April guests can also book a three hour watercolor class with Jessel Miller, a local watercolor artist. The Saturday class (10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) is being offered to guests who book the package for $30 (standard price is $45).

Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort in Napa Valley

March 13, 2013

Vermont's New Life Hiking Spa in Killington Celebrates 35th Years

New Life Hiking Spa
Offering an award-winning weight loss retreat and hiking spa program, New Life Hiking Spa in Killington, Vermont, mark's their 35th anniversary this spring.

Each year approximately 700 guests from all over the world come to visit New Life in the Green Mountains of Vermont, which was founded in 1978 by Jimmy LeSage, M.S. and is celebrating its 35th anniversary this May.

New Life has been consistently picked as one of the top ten spas in the world by SpaFinder Wellness Reader’s Choice Awards for hiking, outdoor adventure, solo travel, weight loss, affordability and fitness classes over the past decade. In addition, founder and director Jimmy LeSage, M.S., was chosen as one of the world’s top ten best spa managers in 2011.  It was also recognized by SpaFinder Wellness as one of the 25 pioneer spas that have shaped the spa industry as it is today.

New Life Hiking Spa was chosen in Yankee Magazine as the 2012 Editor's Choice for "Best Place to Rejuvenate" and has been listed as New England's top spa by Spas of America in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  In January of 2013, MSN has selected it as one of the top ten spa and wellness retreats from around the world and Rand McNally listed it as the “#1 Soothing Spa Vacation”.

A member of the Destination Spa Association, New Life provides guests with a healthy vacation and tools to continue on the quest for a healthier lifestyle once returning home.

New Life Hiking Spa will be open for the 2013 season from May 16-September 27 and is now accepting reservations.

For more information visit:

New Life Hiking Spa

March 8, 2013

Calgary's Sky Spa ~ Santé Spa Hotel Le Germain

Santé Spa Hotel Le Germain
Arriving at the Hotel Le Germain, across from the Calgary Tower, our vehicle is whisked away by valet and we are speedily checked into a generously sized king room; it’s quiet, with modern furnishings and intense colors. The built-in wood cabinetry is oversized and luxurious. The green aspect of the hotel that stood out the most was the power-saving system of placing the room key card into a special receptacle in order for the lighting to remain on. It not only eliminates lighting empty rooms, but also provides the bonus of knowing where to look for the card when leaving the room. I particularly liked the oversized bathroom with an enormous rain showerhead, robes, high end products and thick, thirsty towels. The superbly comfortable bed, with a cozy knotted throw, made certain we had a great sleep. Deluxe continental breakfast the next morning was varied and attractively presented with a large number of specialty teas and coffees offered.

This Santé Spa location is a streamlined urban sanctuary located on the top story of the hotel, along with a fitness area, infrared saunas and showers. It was my first self-serve reception experience in a spa. Guests call or book treatments online, at which time they will be queried regarding any medical conditions as well as their preference for a male or female therapist and instructed what to do upon arrival.

When I got to the lounge, I helped myself to a small snack while I completed the questionnaire provided. The area was well lit without being too bright, with carefully chosen comfortable seating in neutral colors to complement the lines and concept of the building. No retail products in sight. At 3:30 p.m. sharp, my aesthetician, Carissa, led me to a cozy treatment room, where I donned a wrap and snuggled into a warm cocoon for the signature Revitalize facial. After a long road trip, the neck, shoulder and arm massage and the attention to my feet in addition to a thorough and caring facial treatment was heavenly, especially after the unaccustomed exposure to Calgary’s cold, dry mountain air. Carissa’s careful examination of my skin, exploratory questions and deft touch ensured my complete comfort and satisfaction from the first whiff of soothing aromatherapy through to the end, which always comes too soon.

Despite the edgy, modern feel of the hotel and spa, the cutting edge treatment I received was delivered using traditional and nurturing methods, a Santé trademark. Back in the lounge, a nibble of rich chocolate and a drink of refreshing citrus water completed the experience. My taut cheeks and softly glowing skin reflected exactly how I felt: relaxed, refreshed and revitalized ... just like the name says. For complete satisfaction, I recommend making advance reservations for treatment in this smaller, more intimate spa. Shoppers and downtown professionals, keep this escape in mind for a recharging respite or to prepare for those festive events.

Sante Spa Calgary

~ Dagmar White, Spas of America

March 1, 2013

Canada's Top 50 Spas of 2012

Le Nordik Spa, Quebec
Spas of America today announced their annual ranking of the Top 50 Canada Spas of 2012, based on consumer behavior on our website.

“Spas offering escape, rejuvenation and wellness in beautiful outdoor settings continue to prove popular with spa consumers,” says Craig Oliver, Spas of America president and editor-in-chief. “Our most popular Canadian spa experiences encompassed Country, Ocean, Mountain, Destination and Wine, while Urban spas provide a serene oasis for healthy-minded urbanites to relax and recharge in luxurious, sometimes exotic surroundings."

"Canada has an excellent international reputation in the spa industry from a global consumer perspective and also within the industry community itself. It is not only the physical beauty of our spas, but the skill and warmth of our people who design, manage and provide our services. I think it’s part of our spirit as Canadians” says Jack Morrison, past President of Leading Spas of Canada.

The Top 50 Canada Spas of 2012 includes: 21 spas from British Columbia; 8 Quebec spas; 14 Ontario spas; 5 Alberta spas; and two spas from Saskatchewan. Compared to 2011, the number of Ontario spas making the list increased by three, Alberta rose by two, Saskatchewan added one, and British Columbia stayed the same. The number of Quebec spas dropped by five.

Spas of America’s Top 50 Canada Spas of 2012 are ranked by unique page views generated by customers visiting the website throughout the year. Spas of America’s global audience is very targeted: 70% women; 80% USA/Canada; 25 to 65 years; $75k to $250k HHI; leisure and business travelers; and health, wellness and lifestyle oriented. In addition to the USA and Canada, Spas of America draws spa travel consumers from Europe, Asia and South America.

Spas of America’s Top 50 Canada Spas of 2012

  1. 100 Fountain Spa, Pillar & Post, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  2. Grotto Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia
  3. Drift Spa, Blackrock Oceanfront Resort & Spa, Ucluelet, British Columbia
  4. Miraj Spa by Caudalie Paris, Shangri-La Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  5. Secret Garden Spa, Prince of Wales, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  6. The Millcroft Inn & Spa, Alton, Ontario
  7. Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, Victoria, British Columbia
  8. Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, Blue Mountains, Ontario
  9. Balnea Spa, Bromont-sur-le-lac, Québec
  10. The Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile House, British Columbia
  11. Grail Springs, Bancroft, Ontario
  12. Miraj Hammam Spa, Vancouver, British Columbia
  13. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta
  14. Scandinave Spa, Whistler, British Columbia
  15. Five Lakes Spa AVEDA, Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa, Niagara Falls, Ontario
  16. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
  17. Serenity Spa by the Falls, Marriott Fallsview, Niagara Falls, Ontario
  18. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, British Columbia
  19. The Spa, InterContinental Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  20. Haven Spa, The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Sidney, British Columbia
  21. Temple Gardens Resort & Mineral Spa, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  22. Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal, Montréal, Québec
  23. Elements Spa Salon, Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls, Ontario
  24. Le Nordik Nature Spa, Old Chelsea, Quebec
  25. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta
  26. Mountain Trek Retreat, Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia
  27. Le Scandinave Spa, Mont-Tremblant, Québec
  28. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta
  29. Sante Spa Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
  30. The Spa at White Oaks, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  31. Hastings House Country House Hotel, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  32. Susurrus Spa at Poets Cove Resort, South Pender Island, British Columbia
  33. Amerispa, Sheraton Laval, Laval, Quebec
  34. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia
  35. Sora Spa at the Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, British Columbia
  36. Amerispa, Westin Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, Québec
  37. Spa Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Minett, Ontario
  38. Ancient Cedars Spa, Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia
  39. Stillwater Spa, Park Hyatt Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  40. KurSpa, Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon, British Columbia
  41. Au Naturel Spa, Brookstreet, Ottawa, Ontario
  42. Banff Upper Hot Springs, Banff, Alberta
  43. The L Spa & Wellness Centre, Grand Prairie, Alberta
  44. Ofuro Spa, Morin-Heights, Quebec
  45. Sonora Resort, Desolation Sound, British Columbia
  46. Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa, Watrous, Saskatchewan
  47. Sense, A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, British Columbia
  48. River Rock Casino, Absolute Spa, Richmond, British Columbia
  49. Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
  50. Amerispa, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, LaMalbaie, Québec

Source: Google Analytics, January 1 – December 31, 2012

A complete list of Canada Spas can be viewed at:

February 25, 2013

The Biggest Loser Resort Chicago Opens Spring 2013

The Biggest Loser Resort – Chicago will open in May 2013 in Itasca, Illinois and reside within the AAA Four Diamond rated Eaglewood Resort and Spa. Offering the same award-winning, results-oriented program that guests have come to expect and enjoy at the company’s other locations.

The Biggest Loser Resort - Chicago will be the first to feature “Four Diamond” accommodations, a championship golf course, and a breathtaking 75- foot indoor pool. This location addresses the repeated requests of guests from the midwest and Canada to locate a resort closer to home. Only minutes from O’Hare International Airport airport, the resort sits on 106 acres offering scenic views, oak forests, three beautiful lakes, and a championship golf course.

The Biggest Loser Resorts offer a minimum one-week wellness and weight loss program that combines morning hikes and an array of daily fitness classes, including kickboxing, yoga, spinning, biking, water aerobics, and others – all under the close supervision of certified personal trainers. In addition to expert fitness professionals, The Biggest Loser Resorts also feature onsite health practitioners, dietitians and seasoned nutrition experts, as well as executive chefs who prepare calorie-conscious, nutritionally balanced yet delicious spa cuisine meals. The Resorts offer award-winning, on-site spas with a robust menu of different massage options, aesthetics, acupuncture and other rejuvenating therapeutic treatments.

The Biggest Loser Resort Chicago

February 22, 2013

Miraj Hammam Spa, Ancient ritual in an urban oasis

Miraj Hammam Spa
On a late winter day, when the mountains beyond downtown Vancouver have been reduced to a memory behind mist and drizzle, I have entered a door to a much warmer place. In the lobby of Miraj Hammam Spa, I immediately catch the scent of citrus and spice that together with elegant arches and brick-colored tiles calls up the warmth of the Middle East. As I sit on an elegant carved wooden bench to wait for the treatment to begin, the calming burble of a fountain set in mosaic tiles cancels out the sound of traffic rushing to and from downtown Vancouver just on the other side of wrought iron-screened windows.

Set in the fashionable Granville Rise district, surrounded by art galleries, antique dealers, designer shopping, and some of Vancouver’s best restaurants and cafes, Miraj Hammam Spa offers a convenient yet exotic escape into the storied tradition of the Turkish bath.

My therapist for the day, Veronica, comes to fetch me and leads me the short distance to the change room, where I am invited to put my street clothes into a locker and don a printed sarong that has been laid out. She then takes me into the adjacent marbled chamber where the Hammam and Gommage treatment will take place.

First, the Hammam, or steam bath. Veronica leads me through the dark, steamy, candlelit room to an even hotter and steamier inner chamber. With a pitcher of cold water for hydration, my task for the next 15 minutes or so is simply to relax and sweat away my cares and toxins. Soon, the walls disappear in the mist and I stretch out on the marble bench, lulled by the intense heat and the sound of splashing water.

All too soon, Veronica comes to guide me back into the outer chamber for the Gommage. This is a full-body scrub and exfoliation with Moroccan black soap, followed by a cleansing rinse at just the perfect temperature and water pressure. I feel like an Egyptian goddess.

Afterward, I am cloaked in a soft spa robe and escorted down the hallway to the lounge. Plush with velvet couches and cushions, it is the perfect place to await an Orientale Massage to lengthen the bliss or to relax after the Hammam and Gommage. In this luxurious setting, I am served sweet cake and fragrant tea on a silver tray, and left simply to enjoy.

This compact spa only serves a handful of clients at a time, so it is wonderfully tranquil environment for relaxation, before heading back out into the city. Men are welcomed on Thursday evenings, or de-stress with your significant other on Sundays.

Miraj Hammam Spa

~ Christine Rowlands, Spas of America. When not discovering spas, Christine is a Vancouver-based writer and editor. Visit her website at:

January 29, 2013

Spa Industry Gets Back to Their “Roots”

Sundara Inn & Spa
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates March as National Nutrition Month, with 2013 marking the 40th anniversary of this educational campaign. As a long standing promoter of healthy living and wellness, spas are focusing on the healthful benefits of utilizing local and sustainable foods within their facilities.

“The number one reason globally that men and women go to a spa is to learn how to manage their stress. We know that in order to lead a life of wellness, one must incorporate a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, so it only makes sense that spas are encouraging a more well-rounded approach to a healthy lifestyle,” said International SPA Association President Lynne McNees.

Jessica Timberlake, spa director of Southern California's Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa, found farm to table treatments a missing element from high-end spas. “We are incorporating fresh ingredients sourced from VR Green Farms of San Clemente, Calif. into our seasonal body treatments and facials. We are also looking into some cross-branded retail items so our guests can take their spa experience home with them.”

Many spas feel that offering local and whole foods are a part of the mantra of their spa. “Paying tribute to the land and family farming supports our mission of wellness in all we do and setting an example of love and respect for the earth,” said Carla Minskey, communications manager at Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Raleigh, N.C. partners with a local, organic, fair trade, coffee company to provide three flavors of coffee to their guests, even creating a flavor named after the hotel.

McNees continued, “ISPA member spas are doing their part within their local communities and are partnering with farms to bring their clients nutrient-rich components as part of their experience and visit to the spa. This is such a natural fit for an industry that has spent decades promoting to the health-conscientious consumer.”

January 18, 2013

The Top Spas of 2012

Nordik Spa-Nature, Old Chelsea, Quebec
The leading spa travel website Spas of America today announced their annual ranking of the Top 100 Spas of 2012, based on consumer behavior on their website.

“Spas offering authentic and personalized rejuvenation and wellness in beautiful outdoor settings continue to prove popular with North American spa consumers,” says Spas of America president Craig Oliver. “Destination spa experiences continue to be popular for consumers looking to experience a week or more of wellness, while Country, Ocean, Beach and Wine spa experiences are attractive to spa connoisseurs with limited time to escape.”

The Top 100 Spas of 2012 includes 64 spas in the United States, 34 spas in Canada, and one spa each from Mexico and Nicaragua.

Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas of 2012

  1. Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, Ivins, Utah
  2. 100 Fountain Spa, Pillar & Post, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  3. Aspira Spa, The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
  4. Biggest Loser Resort Malibu, Malibu, California
  5. Relache Spa at Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tennessee
  6. The Heartland Spa, Gilman, Illinois
  7. eforea spa, Hilton Short Hills, Short Hills, New Jersey
  8. Grotto Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia
  9. Turtle Cove Spa, Mountain Harbor Resort, Mount Ida, Arkansas
  10. Drift Spa, Blackrock Oceanfront Resort & Spa, Ucluelet, British Columbia
  11. Halele‘a Spa, The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai, Hawaii
  12. The Westin Huntsville, Heavenly Spa by Westin, Huntsville, Alabama
  13. The Biggest Loser Niagara, Java Center, New York
  14. W Hoboken, Bliss Spa, Hoboken, New Jersey
  15. Miraj Spa by Caudalie Paris, Shangri-La Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  16. ESPA, Acqualina Resort, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
  17. Skana, The Spa at Turning Stone Resort, Verona, New York
  18. Secret Garden Spa, Prince of Wales, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  19. Wine & Roses, Lodi, California
  20. The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia
  21. New Life Hiking Spa, Killington, Vermont
  22. Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Pala, California
  23. Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, California
  24. Crystal Springs Resort, Vernon, New Jersey
  25. Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah
  26. Kohler Waters Spa, Burr Ridge, Illinois
  27. The Millcroft Inn & Spa, Alton, Ontario
  28. The Spa at Paradise Point, San Diego, California
  29. Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, Victoria, British Columbia
  30. Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, Blue Mountains, Ontario
  31. The Delano, Aqua Spa, Miami Beach, Florida
  32. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
  33. The Cloister Spa, Sea Island Resorts, Sea Island, Georgia
  34. Balnea Spa, Bromont-sur-le-lac, Quebec
  35. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York
  36. The Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile House, British Columbia
  37. Grail Springs, Bancroft, Ontario
  38. W Chicago Lakeshore, Bliss Spa, Chicago, Illinois
  39. Abhasa Spa, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
  40. Miraj Hammam Spa, Vancouver, British Columbia
  41. Arlington Hotel & Spa, Little Rock, Arkansas
  42. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta
  43. Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, Michigan
  44. Scandinave Spa, Whistler, British Columbia
  45. Evensong Spa, Heidel House Resort, Green Lake, Wisconsin
  46. Five Lakes Spa AVEDA, Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa, Niagara Falls, Ontario
  47. Health Spa Napa Valley, Inn at Southbridge, St. Helena, California
  48. The Spring Resort and Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California
  49. Spa Grand Traverse, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City, Michigan
  50. CHI the Spa at Shangri-La Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
  51. Agua Serena Spa, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Indian Wells, California
  52. Immerse Spa, MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
  53. Eau Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Florida
  54. Serenity Spa by the Falls, Marriott Fallsview, Niagara Falls, Ontario
  55. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, British Columbia
  56. Mii amo, a Destination Spa at Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona
  57. The Spa, InterContinental Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  58. Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
  59. Haven Spa, The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Sidney, British Columbia
  60. Temple Gardens Resort & Mineral Spa, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  61. Amara Resort & Spa, Sedona, Arizona
  62. Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona
  63. Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, Florence, Alabama
  64. Narande Spa at The Buttes Resort, Tempe, Arizona
  65. Carson Hot Mineral Springs Resort, Carson City, Nevada
  66. Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa, North Bonneville, Washington
  67. Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal, Montréal, Quebec
  68. Elements Spa Salon, Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  69. Le Nordik Nature Spa, Old Chelsea, Quebec
  70. Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona
  71. The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa, Vedic City, Iowa
  72. Golden Door, Escondido, California
  73. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta
  74. Mountain Trek Retreat, Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia
  75. Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, Pennsylvania
  76. Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, California
  77. Relache Spa, Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, Maryland
  78. Le Scandinave Spa, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
  79. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta
  80. Spa Terra, Meritage Resort at Napa, Napa, California
  81. Fisher Island & Spa Internazionale, Miami, Florida
  82. The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Carefree, Arizona
  83. Sante Spa Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
  84. White Oaks Resort, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  85. Hastings House Country House Hotel, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  86. The Woodlands Resort & Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas
  87. Adolf Biecker Spa, The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  88. Ballantyne Resort Hotel & Spa, Charlotte, North Carolina
  89. Ten Thousand Waves, Sante Fe, New Mexico
  90. Susurrus Spa at Poets Cove Resort, South Pender Island, British Columbia
  91. Alvadora Spa, Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona
  92. Spa Khakara, Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
  93. Amerispa, Sheraton Laval, Laval, Quebec
  94. Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, Miami, Florida
  95. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  96. Inn at Langley, Spa Essencia, Langley, Washington
  97. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia
  98. Aqua Wellness Resort, Tola, Nicaragua
  99. Mohegan Sun, Elemis Spa, Uncasville, Connecticut
  100. Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California
Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas of 2012 are ranked by unique page views generated by customers visiting the website throughout the year. Spas of America’s global audience is very targeted: 70% women; 80% USA/Canada; 25 to 65 years; $75k to $250k HHI; leisure and business travelers; and health, wellness and lifestyle oriented. In addition to the USA and Canada, Spas of America draws spa travel consumers from Europe, Asia and South America.

Source: Google Analytics, January 1 – December 31, 2012

January 9, 2013

Wellness Resolutions 2013, #9 - Achieve Your Goals

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes." —author unknown

To be successful you need to write down your goals—whatever they may be. Writing down makes your goals more concrete, it helps to set your plan in motion. Keep your goals visible, in your kitchen on your fridge, or better yet - on your bathroom mirror where its the first thing you see in the morning, and the last at night. 

In order to reach your goal, your goal needs to be something you truly want to achieve—a small desire will only bring small results. You ultimately will try harder if it something very important to you. The goal also needs to be planned out into smaller more manageable steps. For example, I will go to the gym one time the first week for 30 minutes, two times the second week for 45 minutes. This will give you small wins along the way and keep you motivated. It all seems very simple. You need to keep positive and you can accomplish any goal that you truly and absolutely want to achieve.

“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine. “
~ Brian Tracy

Compliments of: Prince of Wales Hotel, Secret Garden Spa, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

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January 8, 2013

Wellness Resolutions 2013, #8 - Practice the Art of Bathing

Bathing promotes relaxation, rest and recovery. In ancient traditions, bathing was considered a healing art known as “taking the waters.” The bath was named after the famous Spa in Bath, England. It is important to choose the right bath product, one that is not just fun and relaxing but also therapeutic and formulated to deliver its benefits to your body. You can choose different therapeutic bath products to increase circulation throughout the body; decrease joint pain; provide relief from muscle pain, muscle spasms and cramps; stimulate elimination of toxins from the cells into the bloodstream and through the skin; and stimulate the immune system. Herbal baths are wonderful too: eucalyptus increases clarity and boosts immunity -- good for colds, chamomile soothes dry skin and relaxes, and pine eases sore muscles and joints.

"Right now I'm just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath."
~ Richard Branson

Compliments of: Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

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January 7, 2013

Wellness Resolutions 2013, #7 - Spend Time Together

Women who spend more time together with the men in their lives help their men live longer, happier lives. Men who take their women away help their women feel appreciated. Quality time together without distractions is important and will only enhance both partners to live longer. For the love of the relationship, nurture each other daily and plan for time away from all the distractions of work and family. It will benefit everyone.

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."
~ David Viscott

Compliments of: The Couples Resort & Algonquin Spa, Ontario

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January 6, 2013

Wellness Resolutions 2013 - #6, Go Outside

Beautiful natural environments rejuvenate our bodies and souls, and it’s more fun to exercise outside. Mountain Trek, in the gorgeous mountains of British Columbia, Canada, suggests taking a half hour each day to get some fresh air, stock up on vitamin D (with sun on your skin) and move your limbs in a beautiful setting. Being outside reduces stress and gives perspective on life’s challenges.

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”

~ John Burroughs

Mountain Trek Health Spa and Fitness Retreat, British Columbia

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January 5, 2013

Wellness Resolutions 2013 - #5, Don't Forget You

Most of us put a great deal of energy into taking care of those around us – loved ones and others in need. But we sometimes do this at our own expense: physically, mentally and otherwise. It’s important to nurture and exercise your body, heart and mind. Southern California’s Pala Spa recommends finding the time each day to take a few deep breaths or indulging in an organically inspired massage every so often. Your spirit is restored as natural purified ingredients treat your skin and help preserve the world around us.
“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

Pala Spa, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Pala, California

January 4, 2013

Wellness Resolutions 2013, #4 - Random Acts of Kindness

This year plan to do some random acts of kindness or volunteer in your local community. The rewards of selfless acts are bountiful. They give you a deeper sense of meaning in your life, put things in perspective and increase your happiness and self-worth. A happy and peaceful state of mind also directly correlates with your physical health.

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sante Spa Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

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January 3, 2013

Wellness Resolutions 2013, #3 - Embrace Silence

Take a step back from the stresses of modern life and embrace the wonder of silence. For a few minutes each day, silence your cell phone and power down your laptop to reacquaint yourself with living in the moment. Take up a silent sport that’s easy on the environment, such as snowshoeing or bicycling. Try a yoga class. Wake up naturally without an alarm. Read, journal, meditate. Give yourself permission to enjoy silence in all its forms and you’ll be rewarded with stress reduction and clarity of mind and spirit.

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” ~ William Penn

Compliments of: Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

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January 2, 2013

Wellness Resolutions 2013, #2 - Daily Hike and Journaling

Nothing clears your head like a walk or hike. So often, when out in nature, moments of clarity come to us. The stress, anxiety and confusion (which often lead to unhealthy habits) of life in this busy, wired world tend to escape us while hiking outdoors. After a hike, make it a regular practice to take even five minutes to journal what was going through your mind: a wonderful quote, a prayer, a meditation or a list of what you are most grateful for. In addition to getting exercise for your body, you will find inner peace, which we all so desperately need.

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ~ Anais Nin

Compliments of: New Life Hiking Spa, Killington, Vermont

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January 1, 2013

Wellness Resolutions 2013, #1 - Nurture Your Relationships

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust

Compliments of:

Grotto Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Vancouver Island, BC

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