Spa at Black Rock – Ultimate Luxury Pampering on Maui, Hawaii

Spa at Black Rock massage - Sheraton Maui

The Spa at Black Rock is the island of Maui’s newest and most luxurious day spa. The spa can be found at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, just off the white sand beach near famous Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach.

The Spa at Black Rock is without a doubt, Kaanapali Beach’s premier spa and salon experience. The spa offers a wide selection of full service spa treatments, skin treatments, and massage therapy.

Due to the tropical setting of its environmental surroundings, the Spa at Black Rock offers individuals, couples and families an intimate and renewing boutique spa experience.

The spa features a combination of indoor and outdoor treatment rooms. There are 10 total treatments rooms including 3 specialty indoor/outdoor lanai suites, where you can relax listening to the soothing sounds of the nearby Pacific Ocean.

From the moment you step into the lobby / reception, it’s obvious that the mission of The Spa at Black Rock is to relax, rejuvenate and allow patrons to experience the magical and natural healing powers of Hawaii. A comfortable Waiting Room begins your transition with a welcome and relaxing environment.

Spa at Black Rock - Sheraton Maui front

Massage Treatment:
There’s a Lehua Wet-Room for Lomi Lomi massage, wraps and a specialty Maui Mambo body scrub. The Hibiscus Lanai Suite offers his/hers Jacuzzi soak tubs, and the gardenia Lanai for a romantic couples massage.

Be sure to try their popular Aromatic Reprieve massage treatment an select from a variety of private-labe blend, aroma oils such as: Cocunut Lemongrass, and Mango Pomegranate. The Pu’u Keka’a Stone Massage is another must. Receive a nurturing experience with the energy of warm, smooth stones to relieve your body’s tension areas.

For honeymooners or couple in love, try the Couples Massage and experience the feeling of togetherness with a personalized massage in comfort and privacy of the spa’s indoor/outdoor couples room.

Skin Care
The Spa at Black Rock offers an array of natural skin enhancement treatments including an Enzymatic Age Definer, Aromatic Healing Facial, Refreshing Facial, Balancing Facial, Skin Enhancements and Hair Removal Services.

There are 6 full-service manicure / pedicure stations available. Select from a Seaside Manicure, Sole Smoothie, Black Rock Pedicure or Tropical Delight Manicure, which includes a warm mango scrub.

Spa at Black Rock services - Sheraton Maui

Body Selections
If you are looking for a full body treatment, then try either the Hydrating Maui Mambo, Island Surf and Sun Relief, or Ocean Pure which includes seaweed and deep ocean mud that heals the body from the inside out.

Bath Selections
Soak in the Jacuzzi soak tubs and choose from one of the following treatments: Couples Aromatherapy, Oligo Seawater Therapy, or Pampered Indulgence where you enjoy a “Me Bath Ice Cream” soak. Pick from your choice of Hawaiian Lei, Ripe Mango, Coconut Cove, Papaya or Lavender Lullaby bath treats.

To further unwind after your fabulous treatment, sit in one of the indoor and outdoor treatment gardens and enjoy the sounds of running water and lush tropical vegetation.

If you fall in love with one of wonderful treatment products, then browse the retail store and purchase them for your own use once you return home from Maui. Choose from an exclusive line of unique, all-natural Spa at Black Rock skin and body products.

Spa at Black Rock
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
2605 Kaanapalli Parkway
Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
(808) 667-9577

World’s First Wirelessly Controlled Massage Chair By Human Touch

The AcuTouch 9500/HT-Connect massage chair by Human Touch
Human Touch – Acutouch HT-9500

Human Touch(®) is the U.S. leader of massage chairs, Perfect Chair(®) Recliners and wellness solutions for more than three decades.

The world’s first wirelessly controlled massage chair – The AcuTouch(tm) 9500/HT-Connect(tm) – is now available for sale in the U.S.

Human Touch presents a revolutionary new massage chair that provides a fully personalized massage and wellness experience.

The new massage chair by Human Touch – The AcuTouch 9500/HT-Connect – works with the popular iPhone(®), iPad(®) or iPod(®) touch via Bluetooth.

Now you can wirelessly control the massage chair, offering “instant access” to a variety of resources, massage programs and expertise.

The AcuTouch 9500/HT-Connect massage chair by Human Touch
Human Touch – Acutouch HT-9500

The luxury Acutouch HT-9500 wirelessly controlled massage chair is now available for just $4,999.

Isn’t it time you improve your wellness and life?

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Spa By Mandara – Planet Hollywood

Spa by Mandara Planet Hollywood

The luxurious Spa By Mandara is located in the trendy Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It’s a full service salon that features both suites and private rooms.

Original antiques decorate the 32,000-square-foot Spa By Mandara, which has become an oasis for guests escaping the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip.

There are 30 treatment rooms with some rooms specifically for couples with Jacuzzi baths, a large relaxation area, and a separate hair and nail salon.

Treatments include facials, massage, body wraps and floats, salon services, nail care, waxing services, makeup artistry, and tooth whitening services.

Spa by Mandara Planet Hollywood

Spa By Mandara offers its customers – one-on-one Pilates sessions are available as well as personal training sessions, poolside Yoga (in-season only), stretching with core training sessions, and body composition analysis.

One of the spa’s signature treatments is the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial, a new clinically tested facial by Elemis which aids in increasing skin smoothness and surface texture. Complimentary consultations and refreshments are also available.  Source:

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Health Spa Pampering

Spa massage treatment

Make the most of your first luxury health spa experience by knowing exactly what to expect from a spa before you arrive. Perhaps you’ve heard a tale of decadent pampering and complete relaxation from one of your co-workers. Or maybe an acquaintance returned from a weekend away, possessing skin that glowed, and a more positive outlook on life. Or perhaps you’ve decided that you’re finally going to set aside some time to treat yourself like royalty. Regardless of what it was that inspired you to do so, you’re ready to book your first visit to a luxury spa.

Whether you’re getting away for several days, or just visiting a day spa, you’ll want to ensure that you make the most of your spa adventure. Even if you’ve never set foot in a luxury spa before, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed or intimidated. Here are some spa basics to help you prepare for a great spa experience.

The first step in having a positive spa experience is choosing a location that meets your needs. Can you only fit a single day away into your schedule, or are you looking for a full week of rest? Do you want an isolated, away-from-it-all location, or would you like to stay somewhere where you can leave the spa in the evening for entertainment or meals? Are you looking for a resort atmosphere, where the family can golf or play tennis while you recline in the steam room? Do you want to alternate your treatments with aggressive workouts in a fitness area, or are you looking for a place where you can indulge in spa treatments and read by the pool?

Once you’ve chosen the spa that best meets your needs, don’t be afraid to ask for more information. How many treatments are covered in your base fee? Do you need to book individual treatments well in advance, or can you decide on impulse that you’d like to squeeze in one last massage before you return home? Most spas are more than happy to send you an information packet that will provide you will all the pertinent details on their treatments and amenities.

Finding Your Way Around
Once you arrive and check in, it’s likely that you’ll be taken a quick tour (if not, don’t be afraid to ask for one). Here are some of the amenities that you may see:

Locker Room: Most spas will have a locker area for you to change out of your street clothes and into a robe and spa sandals. Some spas will hand you a key and let you handle your belongings; others have a spa attendant who is assigned to manage the locker area. Although locker rooms are rarely unisex, they are usually communal, and you should expect to be changing in front of others. Most spas expect you to be nude under your robe, so that your clothes aren’t ruined during a treatment. You’ll most likely find that nudity is the norm in the whirlpools, as well. If you’re uncomfortable with baring in it all, check with the spa in advance to establish whether swimsuits are fine for the whirlpools, or other types of clothing are appropriate for certain spa treatments.

Whirlpools & Baths: Many spas have communal whirlpools or Jacuzzis that are of varying temperatures. Some have private whirlpools for those individuals looking for rest and isolation; some spas offer baths in special ingredients, like warm milk, hot mud, or clay. While some spas will have a communal whirlpool room that’s focused on nothing but bathing, others will use their whirlpool room like an indoor pool. You may find comfy lounge chairs arranged around the whirlpools, making the whirlpool room the ideal place for reading or napping between spa treatments. So, you may want to tote reading materials along if your idea of relaxation involves going back and forth between roiling bubbles and a good book. A special note: some spa treatments (whirlpools included) are not recommended for pregnant women. If you are pregnant and planning a spa visit, be certain to consult with your physician to establish which treatments are right for you.

Steam Room: Steam rooms are usually small tile-lined rooms with tile benches. You’ll generally find hooks outside the steam room for hanging your robe, and towels outside the room to sit on, and to dry off with after you leave. These rooms are generally very warm and very wet, so tread carefully. While some spas will use pure steam, others will feature eucalyptus or some other type of therapeutic steam. Contact lens wearers may want to consider skipping the steam room or removing their lenses prior to stepping inside, as some people find that the steam irritates their lenses.

Sauna: Similar to the steam room, the sauna is a warm enclosure, but without the moisture. Saunas will generally have wooden benches, often composed of redwood. Like the steam room, there will usually be a spot outside for you to hang your robe, and a stack of fresh towels nearby. The sauna is a great place to spend a few moments following an oil massage. The dry heat will allow the oil to soak into your skin, and you’ll leave the room relaxed, with skin that feels incredibly soft.

Treatment Rooms: There will generally be rows of private treatment rooms, and a lounge area for you to rest while waiting for your appointment. Be certain to establish how many minutes prior to your treatment you should be sitting in the waiting room.

Salon Area: If the location offers hair and nail treatments, there will usually be a communal area that resembles a typical salon.

Showers and Vanity Area: Most spas will provide you will everything that you’ll need to shower and leave the spa looking great. If you have sensitive skin or problem hair, you may wish to bring in your own products, but the vanity amenities provided by many spas should cover most people’s basic needs. Also, some spas may ask that you shower prior to receiving a treatment. Be sure to find out if this is the case, and allow plenty of time for you to shower without sacrificing any time at your appointment.

Fitness Area: Many luxury spas also feature state-of-the-art exercise rooms. Some will provide you with workout clothes, but most will let you wear your own fitness attire. Don’t let unfamiliarity with the equipment keep you from getting some exercise; the spa staff should be able to answer any questions that you may have about the machines.

Snack Area: Most spas will provide you with light snacks to keep hunger at bay while you go from treatment to treatment. While this may be contained to certain areas, some spas will allow you to have a meal delivered to you while you rest poolside. If you have food allergies, you will want to find out prior to arrival if there will be snack options that won’t trigger a reaction.

The Treatments
Spas are adding new and exciting treatments to their menus every day, so it’s impossible to list every relaxing service that may be available to you. Here are some basic descriptions of the most commonly performed treatments.

Massage: Ask someone for their favorite spa treatment, and you’ll likely hear that a great massage is the one indulgence that everyone agrees can’t be skipped. The varieties offered are seemingly endless: Swedish, hot stone, Japanese shiatsu, reflexology, aromatherapy, deep tissue, and countless others. Typically, you’ll be brought into a private room, and the massage therapist will ask you to disrobe and give you a brief overview of the massage. The therapist will then leave the room, and you’ll slide between the fresh sheets that are draped over the massage table. Then the therapist will reenter the room, and begin your massage. Let the therapist know if there are any sore spots that need extra attention, or if there are any spots that you’d like them to avoid, due to injury or for any other reason. The therapist will generally keep any part of your body covered that isn’t currently being worked on, but let the therapist know if you become too warm or too cold, or are in any way uncomfortable.

Facials: Facials vary greatly from spa to spa, so consult with the spa staff to establish which type of facial is right for you. Usually, the facial will begin like a massage. You’ll disrobe and lie down on a table, between sheets. The aesthetician will most likely analyze your skin and ask you questions about your skin type. A facial will usually consist of some combination of cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, extraction, a mask, moisturizing or massage. You may have your hands or feet treated, as well. If there are any portions of the facial that you think may be irritating, be sure to communicate your concerns to the aesthetician. One other pointer…some people turn a bit pink immediately following a facial, due to the heat and contact. If you’re fair skinned, you may want to schedule your facial at a time when you’ll have a few hours to let your skin color return to normal.

Body Wraps & Scrubs: There are a multitude of different body wraps, designed to do everything for exfoliation to hydration to reducing inches. The types of wraps vary greatly, but usually, you’ll have a substance applied to your body, and then you’ll be wrapped in cotton, linen or film. If you schedule a body scrub, be certain to not shave within a few hours of your appointment, or you may end up with irritated skin.

Waxing: While most people don’t find waxing to be relaxing, it is a service usually offered at luxury spas. Waxing is usually performed in a dark room, with a bright moveable spotlight overhead so that the technician can do a thorough job. If you’re getting a bikini wax, you will most likely be given a paper undergarments to wear while you’re undergoing the treatment. If you’re having your brows waxed, you should be able to describe to the technician how you’d like your finished brows to look. The technician will usually apply the wax to the area you’re having treated, press a linen strip over the wax, and then quickly pull the strip away from your skin. Some people may experience redness and swelling for up to twenty four hours after a wax, so don’t plan to have your eyebrows waxed and head immediately out for a night on the town.

Manicures & Pedicures: Nail services will generally be similar to what you’d receive in a typical nail salon, but somewhat more luxurious. Spa staff will probably spend a bit more time soaking and massaging that you’ll get at a salon. If you’re an athlete or work on your feet, and are concerned about having too much of your protective rough skin removed be sure to communicate that to your technician.

Tipping: Spa staff will generally go out of their way to ensure that you’re feeling pampered and relaxed around the clock. Be certain to tip according. The standard tip for specialty technicians is 15% to 20%. Even though they may not give you the same personalized service that the service staff gives you, don’t forget to tip the spa attendants, as well.

A trip to a luxury spa should be a blissfully relaxing experience, and not a stressful occasion. With a bit of research and preparation, you can be certain that your first spa visit will be so enjoyable that you’ll be counting the days until your next spa getaway.

CHI, Shangri-La’s New Luxury Spa

Being pampered at one of the worl’d most luxurious spas is tops on most of our wish lists. CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La, has opened at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. CHI, The Spa is located on its very own private island,  within the resort’s luxury premises.

Designed as a secluded sanctuary inspired by the mystical legend of “Shangri-La” captured in Lost Horizon by James Hilton, CHI occupies its own private island, Pulau Bayu, which in Malay means “Island of the Breeze”.

The 4,161-square-metre spa features eight island villas, the largest in Kota Kinabalu. Each villa comes with the CHI signature “spa within a spa” concept, featuring private treatment rooms, lounging areas, steam rooms, outdoor gardens and bathing facilities. The villas are located within the island’s perimetres to ensure privacy as well as full sea views with access through its very own entrance lobby.

Three of the villas are designed for couples and measure 69 square metres with 88-square-metre private gardens, complete with outdoor bathing amenities.

The island spa also features a yoga pavilion with full views of the South China Sea and breathtaking sunsets, lush private gardens ideal for lounging or meditation, and a welcoming “sanctum” with a spa boutique.

The CHI concept was developed in collaboration with a team of recognised experts in traditional Chinese medicine and Himalayan healing philosophies. In traditional Chinese philosophy, chi represents the universal life force that governs individual well-being and personal vitality. Spa treatments and an exclusive product range have been designed based on the Chinese philosophy of the five elements, in which metal, water, wood, fire and earth are in balance with the positive yang and negative yin energy within the body.

CHI Spa’s extensive menu features signature therapies like the Himalayan Healing Stone Massage and the Mountain Tsampa Rub based on the ancient healing traditions of the mystical Himalayan region, while natural ingredients like Borneo volcanic mud, Sabah pearls and cocoa find their way into a number of exclusive therapies highlighting the local culture.

Since its debut in 2004, CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, has been recognised internationally as a world-class spa brand, garnering media and industry awards. CHI spas operate today in Bangkok, Cebu, Shanghai, Penang, Muscat and Guangzhou with a further 22 spas scheduled to open in premier city and resort locations over the next five years.
Article by: Asia Travel

Sonoma’s Luxury Hotels

In the heart of the world’s wine capital is Sonoma. It lies about 60 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Sonoma has about 60,000 rolling, vine-filled acres dotted with more than 250 incredible wineries. The Sonoma wines have long been outstanding and award winning. The top-notch restaurants are on every culinary tourists’ radar.  But Sonoma gets even better.

Often the step child to its better known rival – Napa, recent stays at three Sonoma sanctuaries convinced me that you don’t have to go to buttoned-down Napa for pampering. Sonoma has arrived with a variety of luxury hotels that rival others anywhere in the world. Does a champaign bath sound enticing?  Full article

Getting Pampered at a Man Spa

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