Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge Offers New Taino Steam Baths and Custom Packages

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge
Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge

The popularity of a relaxing spa treatment continues around the world.  Many people believe these soothing and detoxifing treatments offer various health, physical and spiritual purifications.

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge, nestled in the Dominican Republic’s pristine southwestern Bahoruco Forest and one of the Dominican Republic’s most eco-friendly boutique hotels, is offering brand new Taino Steam Baths and Temazcal therapies at its renowned Tanama Eco Spa.

These soothing and purifing new treatments are tailored for those seeking a green indulgence.  Enjoy a mystical treatment designed to cleanse the body, invigorate the mind, and awaken the senses.  Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge can create a custom eco-friendly spa package perfect for travelers and spa enthusiasts seeking a relaxing escape into ancient prehispanic cultural traditions.  Whether a mother daughter bonding trip or a bridal getaway, you will enjoy a spa package designed especially for you.

Located in a serene jungle oasis and made of rustic natural materials, the spa’s new Temazcal igloo shaped structure symbolizes the womb of mother earth. Within the structure, the cleansing ceremony combines the four elements – earth, air, water and fire – to purify and harmonize the mind, body and spirit in line with techniques going back to prehistoric times.

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge
Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge

During the ceremony, copal incense and herbs are placed on vibrant red volcanic rock.  Inside the Temazcal, participants in the ceremony sit in a circle where the herbal steam from the hot rock begins a process of purification through perspiration. At the conclusion of each treatment, guests emerge renewed with the Temazcal eliminating uric, lactic and alkaline acid from the blood stream and balancing the body’s PH levels.

Tanama Eco Spa is offering spa enthusiasts to an all-encompassing jungle experience at the Dominican Republic’s top organic spa.  Casa Bonita’s two new Taino Steam Bath treatments being offered will pamper and spoil guests with treatments meant to transport the guest into the heart of mother earth.

Taino Relaxing Bath

This soothing treatment begins with an aroma therapy session inside the steaming Temazcal. Seasonal local herbs such as Rosemary, lemon, noni leaves, orange leaves, basil and guayuyo leaves are placed on the volcanic stones, infusing the air as you enjoy a relaxing massage and scalp treatment.

Duration: 60 minutes / Cost: $75

Taino Detox Bath

Organic ingredients such as coffee and cacao enrich the Temazcal steam with rich antioxidants and nutritional benefits during this cleansing therapy. The treatment culminates with a clay massage, which hydrates the skin as the sound of the river lulls the guest to a state of pure relaxation.

Duration: 90 minutes / Price: $110

Visit Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge website at www.casabonitadr.com or call (800) 961-5133 for further information.

Vinotherapy Treatments – SOMMA Wine Spa at Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos

SOMMA Wine Spa at Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos

Get pampered with one-of-a-kind vinotherapy treatments at the SOMMA Wine Spa, located at the luxurious Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos.

It’s the perfect combination of natural healing and the truly rejuvenating power of grapes from Baja California’s up-and-coming wine country – the Valle de Guadalupe.

The 249-room Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort offers guests a luxurious getaway featuring panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez. The luxurious accommodations provide oceanfront views and for golf lovers, you get exclusive access to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean and Cabo del Sol Desert golf courses.

Guests at Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos can experience a relaxing vinotherapy treatment using wine-infused products and post-massage wine pairings to relax and unwind from our busy lives.

red wine glass

SOMMA Wine Spa cleverly infuses wine into all aspects of its spa treatment and massage therapy, from soothing merlot and chardonnay creams to a post-massage wine pairing.

SOMMA is proud to be the first spa in Mexico to introduce this unique concept of vinotherapy, by utilizing the healing and rejuvenating power of wine. Research on the grape has found excellent exfoliating properties and powerful antioxidants within its skin, seven times richer in phenols than vitamin E, which
forms the basis for the development of the chardonnay and merlot amenity lines of spa treatment products.

Wine Spa coordinator Francisco Gutierrez was quotes, “Wine is a symbol of celebration and we want our spa concept to speak to that same idea.”

The SOMMA Wine Spa’s vinotherapy treatments were created to seamlessly integrates both the health and celebratory traits of wine. The result is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos luxury resort hotel
Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos resort’s signature spa specializes in a relaxing mind & body spa experience. Each treatment cleverly pairs a glass of wine not only for its antioxidants, but for the wine’s ability to produce feelings of both relaxation and youthfulness.

For an authentic experience, SOMMA Wine Spa employs a select group of sommeliers to assist guests in selecting the best treatment for their skin needs and therapy preferences. As an extension of their treatment, the spa provides private pairing sessions for its patrons that offer special selections from the resort’s expansive wine list matched along with a variety of delicious gourmet appetizers.

For additional information or booking a reservation at Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos in Mexico or experiencing a vinotherapy treatment at SOMMA Wine Spa, please contact us at:

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    Indulge in Autumn-Inspired Treatments at the Best Las Vegas Spas

    MGM Grand Las Vegas
    MGM Grand

    As summer winds down, fall is just around the corner.  The hot temps in Las Vegas diminish but Sin City is still the place to be for all sorts of non-stop action.

    If you’re looking for a pampered vacation getaway, then consider indulging in one of the many luxury spa packages offered at Las Vegas’ top resorts.

    These autumn-inspired treatments at your favorite Las Vegas MGM Resorts spas allow you to breathe in the comforting aromas of coffee, ginger and pumpkin while relaxing with soothing massages, cleansing body scrubs, beauty facials and much more.

    Las Vegas spa treatment

    * Ginger Cocoa Body Contour, MGM Grand Spa
    $295 for 75 minutes
    Warm cocoa is synonymous with fall, and the Ginger Cocoa Body Contour embraces its finest qualities. Personalized to aid against fatty deposits, reduce appearance of cellulite, and increase firmness in skin, this dual-action treatment aims to maintain and restore a harmonious figure (just in time for holiday parties!).

    * Autumn Biscotti Massage, Spa Mandalay
    $135 for 50 minutes
    Settle down for a long nap with the Autumn Biscotti Massage. This treatment uses the warm scent of fresh baked almond biscotti and will leave guests with increased circulation, soothed muscles and overall sense of relaxation.

    * Milk and Honey Body Wrap with Mini Facial, Spa Bellagio
    $210 for 50 minutes
    Leave skin silky smooth with this enticing Milk and Honey Body Wrap performed in a warm Vichy shower. Skin is exfoliated with warm milk and sugar, and then wrapped in a milk and honey mask. This treatment is paired with a hydrating mini-facial, designed to pamper guests from head to toe.

    * Green Tea Eye Treatment, The Spa at ARIA
    $25 enhancement to any massage
    Get a fresh look for fall with the Green Tea Eye Treatment designed to soothe tired or strained eyes with green tea compresses rich in antioxidants. Enjoy a relaxing face massage with cool marble stones to complete the experience.

    * Seasonal Body Treatments, Spa & Salon Vdara
    $80 for 25 minutes
    Treat the body like a temple with one of Spa & Salon Vdara’s seasonal body treatments, highlighting fresh fall flavors during the months of September and October. Options include the Cactus & Agave Nectar Toning Body Wrap, Honey Oat Purifying Body Mask or Caramel & Bourbon Body Polish.

    * Autumn Harvest, Luxor’s Nuture Spa
    $180 for 75 minutes
    Bask in the scent of the season – pumpkin – during three treatments that will leave guests feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Guests will enjoy a 25-minute body scrub, 25-minute massage and 25-minute facial while breathing in aromas of pumpkin, spice and everything nice.

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      New Luxury Spa Experiences at Turnberry Isle Miami Resort

      Turnberry Isle Miami Resort - pool
      Turnberry Isle Miami Resort

      The luxurious Turnberry Isle Miami Resort is located in South Florida. This incredible 300-tropical acre resort and private membership club is a Mediterranean-style retreat that offers the best in luxury amenities.

      Turnberry Isle Miami features 408 spacious guest rooms and suites and has long been recognized as one of the best resorts anywhere. It was most recently awarded for its excellence and ranked among Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best.”

      Turnberry has introduced several new wellness- and results-driven spa treatments. Guests can experience a true “spa voyage” during their stay Miami during August through Miami Spa Month.

      Here are the Turnberry Isle Miami spa experience package details:

      Breathe Easy Massage – 60 minutes ($149)
      Inhale the freshness and natural anti-bacterial powers of Eucalyptus, Tea-Tree and Pine to maintain a healthy breathing. This upper body treatment focuses on back, chest, neck, shoulders and face using inhalation and pressure point massage to open up airways and maximize effective breathing and a sound immune system. Designed to strengthen and fortify body, mind and spirit, the treatment ensures an invigorating and revitalizing ride!

      Therapist begins with a 20-minute back massage, while also focusing on the neck and shoulders. Next, the inhalation of a drop of Support Breath Essence coincides with a Ayurvedic scalp massage, which is followed by a massage of the face and forehead to drain the sinuses. The experience concludes with a focus on the chest, neck and shoulders to de-stress muscles with Support Breath Body Massage Oil.

      Detox & Revive Massage – 60-minutes ($149)
      Perfect for those feeling sluggish or tired, this new 60-minute body scrub, scalp and foot massage combines zesty citrus oils to leave you feeling invigorated and full of energy. The Detox & Revive Massage helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and is also recommended for those on a detox or cleansing diet that reduces one’s energy levels. Key ingredients include, Rosemary, Pink Grapefruit and Juniper Berry. Featured products include Revive Body Wash, Natural Exfoliating Grains, Revive Body Gel and Revive Morning Body Massage Oil.

      The treatment begins with an exfoliation using Revive Body Wash and the Natural Exfoliating Grains followed by a cleanse using warm, wet towels. Therapist then applies Revive Body Massage Oil and envelops the client in a wrap. The Ayurvedic Scalp Massage serves as a prerequisite to a Foot Reflex Massage reaching the liver, kidney and digestive system points.

      Miami Spa Month, – July1 – August 31

      The Forbes Four Star Spa at Turnberry Isle Miami is celebrating Miami spa month by offering relaxation-seekers the choice of an indulgent 90-minute Customized Deep Cleansing Facial, 90-minute Relaxation Massage, 60-minute Relaxation Massage plus a 30-minute Aromatherapy Scrub or a 60-minute Aromatherapy Wrap plus a 30-minute Relaxation Massage for only $99 – a savings of 50%. This offer is available six days a week, excluding Saturday.

      Turnberry Isle Miami Resort
      Turnberry Isle Miami Resort

      In addition, enjoy the variety of other luxury experiences at the Turnberry Isle Miami resort such as two championship golf courses redesigned by Raymond Floyd, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s award-winning Bourbon Steak restaurant.

      There’s also the three-story Spa & Fitness Center, the elite Cañas Tennis, three relaxing pools, 40,000 square feet of meetings space, beach club on the Atlantic and engaging kids camps.

      Summer Pampering at The Spa & Salon at ARIA in Las Vegas

      The Spa & Salon at ARIA
      The Spa & Salon at ARIA

      Who doesn’t love a little TLC.  We’re all tired and stressed fighting the daily grind. Why not indulge yourself and get pampered – Sin City style!

      Your body deserves a break and desires rejuvenation.  The Spa & Salon at ARIA is offering several new summer treatments designed just for you this summer season.

      Available Monday – Thursday until August 31, guests at the luxurious ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas can prep for the pool with ARIA’s Summer Spa Specials or give tired bodies a morning wake-up call from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a selection of Sunrise Spa Services.

      The Spa & Salon at ARIA is now offering a variety of spa treatments such as a relaxing massage, hair treatment or manicure / pedicure.

      The below services at The Spa & Salon at ARIA are available on the limited-time summer menus.

      * Pure Fiji Coconut Body Scrub offers the body much-needed scrub-love with smoothing sugar cane crystals, giving parched summer skin the exfoliation it needs while coconut oil nourishes and hydrates.
      (30 minutes, $75)

      * Vegas Makeover Experience begins with a de-puffing eye dews mask followed by a transforming makeup application that includes airbrushed foundation for a flawless look and a Swarovski crystal eyelash application. (45 minutes, $175)

      * Signature Exotic Pedicure restores softness as feet are soaked, filed, exfoliated, detoxified, moisturized, massaged and topped off with an eye-catching coat of polish or Shellac. (50 minutes, $125)

      * Revitalizing Facial incorporates specialized pampering customized for all skin types that will plump, smooth and soften fine lines, as well as increase hydration. This facial is a soothing solution to the desert dryness and indoor congestion. (50 minute, $150)

      * Resurfacing Conditioning Treatment provides hair with the ultimate repair, exfoliating harsh summer dryness and restoring hair’s natural luster and gloss. (45 minutes, $150)

      * The Harmony Massage is a hot and cold stone massage that eases the mind and awakens the spirit with a Green Tea Eye Treatment and alternating warm and cool stones. (70 minutes, $290)

      Aria Resort Casino - Las Vegas
      Aria Resort Casino – Las Vegas

      Spas on Monterey Bay

      Monterey Bay spas - Vista Blue Spa
      Vista Blue Spa: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

      After spending a day experiencing the beauty of world famous Monterey Bay, one must unwind, relax and rejuvenate the body.

      Monterey Bay has a number of world-class luxury spas that will surely pamper you and treat you like royalty.

      Two of our favorite Monterey Bay luxury spas are Vista Blue Spa and Energia Spa.

      Vista Blue Spa:
      Chocolate Bliss, Pumpkin Spice, Espresso Limon, Old World Salt and Peppermint. No, these aren’t ingredients for a gourmet meal; they’re sumptuous spa treatments offered at Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.

      The 75-minute Espresso Limon Slimming Body Treatment is a detoxifying, firming treatment beginning with a citrus herbal body brushing followed by an application of Espresso Limon Slimming Oil, and  then a warm wrap. Your skin’s thirst is quenched by a perfect blend of South American coffee oil, Italian lemons and Madagascan cinnamon. Who knew coffee could be so relaxing?

      Energia Spa:
      Another spa offering food-inspired treatments is Energia Spa at InterContinental The Clement Monterey.

      Indulge in a rich Chocolate Champagne Facial, an Anti-Oxidant Grape Seed Scrub or the Vino Therapy Spa Pedicure. The combination of Ghirardelli chocolate, herbs and Champagne in the Chocolate Champagne Facial helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and invigorates the skin and senses.

      Mayan-Themed Spa Treatments at Hotelera Posadas Resorts

      Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún
      Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún

      Hotelera Posadas is commemorating this year’s Mayan Calendar celebration with healing spa treatments at the adult-only Live Aqua Cancún All-Inclusive, the five star Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Cancún Beach Resort & Spa, and the all-inclusive Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún.

      For more than four decades, Hotelera Posadas operates 114 luxury properties and more than 20,000 guestrooms in 50 beach and city destinations in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

      The healing spa treatments now being offered at various Hotelera Posadas hotels & resorts offer customers a unique treatment that blends authentic traditions with modern amenities – from the ancient tradition of Temazcal to a therapeutic Mayan Gods Ritual.

      Live Aqua Cancún All-Inclusive:
      Live Aqua’s Spa Aqua prompts guests to channel their emotions to a memorable inner experience and enter a world of sensations where the surreal and the sublime welcome. The Aqua Spa is paying homage to the Mayans by offering a Temazcal treatment. The origins of Temazcal begin in center of Mexico and the Yucatan region. It’s a pure expression of Mayan and Aztec medicinal traditions. The ancient ritual is conducted by a Mayan shaman and has been used for centuries to achieve space physical, emotional, mental and spiritual purification. This 90-minute rejuvenation is $90 per person.

      Live Aqua Cancún is revolutionizing the luxury getaway experience with a heavy focus on the inclusion and treatment of all five senses. With fresh and unique design elements such as sensuous in-room aromatherapy menus, savory international cuisine, a world fusion spa and fitness center, an in-house DJ and stunning panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, a Live Aqua vacation is much more than a trip to the beach.

      Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Cancún Beach Resort & Spa:
      Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach’s Gem Spa features an entire selection of treatments inspired by Mayan healing remedies. The spa’s atmosphere was designed to entrances all the senses. The rich natural textures of wood, black granite, sand, marble, onyx and Venetian mosaic add a touch of great luxury to the spa experience, aimed to reward each guest with relaxation and beauty. Gem Spa’s newest treatment, the Mayan Gods Ritual lasts 120 minutes and begins with a copal exfoliation and body wrap. Copal resin, used by ancient Mayans in their spiritual ceremonies, is known for revitalizing the spirit. After, a restorative facial incorporates Jade and Tiger’s Eye, inspiring clarity and power. This hydrating and invigorating treatment is $376.

      Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach offers the best of both worlds with award-winning luxury that transports the soul to pure relaxation, yet equally stimulates with its proximity to the area’s vibrant culture and entertainment.

      Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún All-Inclusive:
      Cancún’s Miiluma Spa pampers each guest with personalized attention and indulgent spa treatments. Experience the latest in natural spa treatments incorporating Mexican products, relax and rejuvenate in the steam room, go for a swim in the immersion pool, or work up a sweat in our unique gym featuring the latest-generation equipment on the open-air terrace. Miiluma Spa’s Mayan Mud Massage was inspired by the Mayan story of creation that reads the gods created man from mud. The treatment nourishes the body with photo-enzymes and trace elements originally discovered by the Mayans to revitalize the body.

      Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún is an all-inclusive resort that features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof “palapas” in the destination. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and soak up the Mayan culture, enjoy the Caribbean sunshine and groove to the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

      Fore additional information about the spa treatments or the Hotelera Posadas resorts, please visit http://posadas.com.

      Valmont Spa at Pan Dei Palais in Saint-Tropez

      Pan Dei Palais – Saint-Tropez

      Pan Dei Palais is a 12-room historic mansion turned luxury boutique hotel that’s located in the heart of Saint-Tropez.

      The spectacular mansion was originally built in 1835 by French General Allard for his wife Princess Bannu Pan Deï.

      Offering 12 individually appointed guestrooms, the Pan Dei Palais also features an interior garden, pool, Valmont Spa, Turkish bath and world-renowned restaurant.

      Pan Dei Palais also features the luxurious Valmont Spa. This elegant spa allows its guests to indulge with a body treatment in the luxurious on-site treatment room, or in their private guestroom.

      This spa gem found on the sunny Côte d’Azur, where tanning was made fashionable by the likes of Coco Chanel, has the solution to maintaining a healthy glow AND truly healthy skin.

      Known as the Valmont Spa’s signature offering, the VALMONT Princess Pan Dei Treatment features Intensive Sun Repair (60 min, 275 EU).

      The Princess Pan Deï Treatment begins with a cleansing and gentle enzyme exfoliation to optimize penetration of the active ingredients and to boost the skin’s glow.

      The aim of the Princess Pan Deï treatment is to moisturize and repair harmful sun damage including sunburn, skin dehydration, breakdown of collagen and elastine fibers, pigmentation and freckles.

      For reservations please visit, www.pandei.com or ring 33 (0) 4-94-17-71-71.

      Spa Luana – Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, Hawaii

      Spa Luana – Turtle Bay Resort

      Close your eyes and listen … the pounding of waves is probably the first thing you’ll notice. Now, open your eyes and look out at the ocean. That’s easy to do, as the resort faces Turtle Bay on one side and Kulilima Cove on the other, which has a protected beach with a swimming and snorkel area.

      If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, take the drive to the other side of heaven. 5 1/2 miles of pristine beaches and 12 miles of ocean trails for strolls along the ocean, await you on 880 acres. If you take a stroll along the bay, you will probably have the opportunity to see the many turtles that make their home here. There are seven color-coded trails to follow.

      There is something for everyone here. Tennis (10 courts), two championship golf courses (36 holes of Arnold Palmer and George Fazio Courses), horse-back riding stables (a wide variety of choices for beginners to advanced riders, including evening and horse-drawn carriage rides). They also have helicopter tours right on site, and much more!

      The property can accommodate groups of up to 1,000 for meetings and has hosted concerts of up to 5,000. There was a wedding gong on during my stay and besides seeing guests all dressed up in their “Hawaii best”, one wouldn’t even know it was going on.

      While I was working out in the fitness center, I was speaking with a nice gal. She was working out while her husband was taking advantage of the surfing school that they have on property. That makes sense as this is where the surfers live. Turtle Bay Resort is surrounded by little surfing towns, which lends to the very casual atmosphere at the resort. My new friend then left her work-out to join the yoga class, which was starting just outside on the patio. Another lady that I spoke with said that she and her family have been coming back to the resort every year since her two boys were young. One had just graduated from Cordon Bleu School and had even chosen to do his internship here.

      The Turtle Bay Resort went through a $60 million renovation of the property. The rooms are spacious (ranging from 478 to 2000 square feet in size) and they also have cottages set away from the main hotel. They have Kallista (deep-soak) tubs, and you can enjoy your own exclusive butler (ho’okipa) service. Rub elbows with the locals as they make their way to the restaurants and partake in the yoga classes, golf and other activities at the resort. It lends itself to a very friendly atmosphere. If you like spinach and bacon, go to Lei Lei’s, their casual golf club dining restaurant and get their spinach salad with warm bacon dressing (it’s great, and loaded with bacon pieces!) and poke (marinated raw ahi tuna). Their poke is very popular, so get there early to get yours.

      Spa Luana takes its meaning from the spirit of relaxation. ancient practices of healing and relaxation that incorporate mind, body and spirit. The Na Ho’ola’s (many healers) used Hawaiian plants, fruits, flowers, and the natural healing properties from the Honua (earth) and the Moana (ocean) to care for the islanders. Experience the collection of Hawaiian indigenous spa treatments that reflect the spirit of Malama (to care, serve and honor).

      I arrived at the hotel after a long day in airports and airplanes, and then the 45-minute drive to the hotel. The drive is easy and easy on the eyes, as there are pineapple plantations (Dole) and many other farms and greenery. I checked in, opened the lanai (balcony) and heard beautiful island music playing. There was a function being held outside of my room, but if I hadn’t looked over, I would never have known they were all there, enjoying their early dinner. I just got to enjoy the relaxing music that was filling the air. I then headed down to the spa to get the last treatment of the day.

      Signature Treatements:

      Hawaiian Ti-Leave Body Wrap
      I was greeted by my therapist, Sonia and led to the wet therapy room. I laid down on the treatment bed and she spread an application of fresh coconut pulp all over my body and then followed it by patting my body with a warm pure kukui nut oil. She then wrapped me in a cocoon of ti-leaves on my underside and mylar wrap over my body. During the relaxation period, she placed soothing ti-leafs, held on with small cooled stones eye pillows, and an aromatic essential oil of your choice. During the wrap, Sonia rubbed my head and neck with her great, strong hands, and then massaged my feet. Once complete, she then rinsed my body down with a long overhead Vichy Rain Shower bar. After the rinse, she rolled the sheets and towels out from under me, to provide a clean surface to work from so that she could then apply a natural body moisturizer made with pure, hydrating Aloe Vera gel and coconut juice. She recommended that I let it soak into my body overnight. This treatment alternated from cool to warm and then cool again. They say that this treatment is meant to cool burned skin, prevents peeling and is the ideal spa treatment for those who spent a little too much time in the sun.

      Spa massage treatments range from hot stone therapy to Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massages. The Lomi-Lomi originally known as lomi ka’ ala hoku, “massage journey to the stars”, is an ancient Hawaiian Massage system. It has been passed down from one generation to the next. Native Hawaiians believed that all nature is replete with the same energy or spirit which they called aloha ‘aina. This system of massage was kept secret from the West until the 1970’s.

      It is meant to revive the body, to move blood and lymph, release muscle spasms, and facilitate waste product removal from muscle and connective tissue. The concepts of unconditional love, grace, beauty and spirituality are inherent in Lomi.

      The most distinctive movement of Lomi is a kneading motion done toward the heart. However, a full range of massage strokes are also used. Special attention is paid to the na ‘au, the lower abdomen, which ancient Hawaiian philosophy considers the center of all emotion and power.

      The practitioner will predominantly use the soft part of the forearm coupled with a dancing motion to create the long, gliding strokes intrinsic to Lomi. Finger tips, hands, knuckles and elbow may also be used.

      I spoke with two different women who had this massage and both were extremely relaxed and pleased with their treatments.

      Pineapple Pedicure
      For lack of time, I was not able to experience this luxurious treatment, but I was able to speak with a lady having it done.

      First, this treatment is performed out on the patio, facing the pounding waves. This was also just before sunset so the atmosphere was enhanced by the sun setting. She said that she was loving the total experience and her pedicurist was a delightful young lady, also.

      A truly pampering tropical foot treatment that began with a warmed coconut milk footbath soak, filled with fresh orchids, followed by a Hawaiian Sea Salt exfoliation and lava rock buff. Next her feet were wrapped with a mask of crushed pineapple and island honey for deep conditioning. During that period, she enjoyed a soothing kukui nut oil hand massage. Then she had an invigorating foot massage, and ended with a moisturizing application of kukui oil.

      The locker room and spa itself is small, with a steam room, a couple of showers and limited amenities, but the trip to your room is short. They even have a spa floor, on the second floor above the spa. The elevator misses the ground floor traffic, so you won’t be running into lobby guests. For larger groups, they convert suites into treatment rooms. Guests can enjoy the sound of the waves from these private suites. The Jacuzzi is located just outside the spa doors

      Needs improvement:
      The sitting area was very well lit, with only one large comfy chair and another two-person backless bench.

      All in all, everyone that I spoke with truly enjoyed the property and the spa. If you’re looking to get away from it all and relax, on Oahu, this is the place.

      Review by: Sherrie Strausfogel “Hawaii’s Spa Experience”

      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

      Qua Baths and Spa – Caesars Palace

      Qua Baths and Spa - Caesars Palace
      Caesars Palace

      The non-stop action in Las Vegas can be tiring. Everybody needs to take a break now and then, and do something for themselves. Looking for a place to be pampered and treated like royalty?

      The spa at Caesars Palace, Qua, is a therapeutic wonderland with 51 treatment rooms. There are deluxe couple’s studios, facial rooms, wet rooms with Vichy showers, and personal hydrotherapy tubs. Various massages techniques, exfoliation processes, and baths are available.

      The spa also offers a complete fitness center with weight-training and aerobic sections. A tea sommelier is onsite to counsel guests on the therapeutic values of herbal teas.

      A unique spa experience awaits you at Caesars Palace’s new Qua Baths and Spa.

      Qua Baths and Spa is a luxurious retreat that taps into the natural, healing powers of water to bring you a one-of-a-kind experience.

      Bathed in natural light, accented by smooth stone flooring, dark woods and cascading waterfalls, Qua is the ideal atmosphere for relaxed “Social Spa-ing” (a new concept in the spa world) as well as individual experiences.

      This tranquil environment uses the natural properties of water to soothe away stress and tension from the every day.

      Our Signature Roman Rituals are at the heart of the Qua experience, bringing the traditions of the glorious baths of ancient Rome to modern times. Our Roman Baths consist of three distinct pools varying in both temperature and size.

      Guests are welcome to come with family and friends to mingle as they unwind and relax.

      Additional Roman Rituals include the Laconium Room (an ultra-heated room), an Arctic Ice Room with snow falling from above and a peaceful tea room, where our in-house Tea Sommelier will pair teas with your particular treatment. These are all included with any treatment at the spa.

      Qua Baths & Spa
      Caesars Palace
      3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
      Las Vegas, NV 89109