Spa + Wellness
When it comes to beauty, the word “peel” has acquired a lot of negative connotations over the years. So naturally, when I was invited to test out BeautyRx’s new Peel Bar at the Butterfly Studio Salon, in NYC’s Flatiron District, I was somewhat hesitant, never having undergone a glycolic facial peel at the derm’s office. The result, I’m happy to report, deserves only positive associations.
Though Marrakesh continues to be a destination of interest, lately, we’ve been hearing more and more buzz about Fez—the central Moroccan city with an incredibly well-preservedmedieval medina. One of the main reasons to go: the Hotel Sahrai, which opened this summer, and is located between the medina and the French-built ville nouvelle.
The JW Marriott Downtown Houston recently unveiled the new Spa by JW concept—which will roll out to 20 more properties in the coming year. Designed for both the hesitant spa novice and the time-strapped guest, the idea is to “de-mystify the spa experience, make it more accessible, and make it easier for guests to enjoy on their own schedule,” explains Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Manager for JW Marriott.
Just a short drive from bustling downtown Los Angeles, Chuan Spa—the latest addition to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena—is bringing a new level of sophistication to the California suburbs. The luxury spa offers treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine, which incorporates herbal medicine, acupuncture, tai chi, and more.
The Setai Miami Beach’s latest spa treatments fit the hotel’s Asian-inspired aesthetic to a tea thanks to their partnership with Thémaé. The Paris-based cosmetics and spa brand is inspired by and named after the Japanese tea preparation ceremony. The Spa at The Setai by Thémaé was introduced earlier this year and features treatments that use exclusive products made from the extracts of red, white, green, and black teas—each of which has its own specific medicinal benefit.
It’s been a full fifteen years since Westin introduced the Heavenly bed—an icon so popular it’s since been adopted by Delta and sold to consumers worldwide. To mark the occasion, the brand is now introducing a sleep sensor lending program in collaboration with wearables company Lark Technologies—the latest in a series of wellness-related innovations by the Starwood brand.
U Spa Barrière Shiseido at the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière
In a world-class city like Paris, great hotels—and great hotel spas—are everywhere you turn. The hardest part is choosing which to visit first—a task that just got more challenging with the addition of U Spa Barrière Shiseido at the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, located on the posh avenue George V, in the 2nd arrondissement.
When they need to recover from stress, smog, or something stronger, West Coasters head for arid climes. A detox taxonomy.
Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs, California
The vibe: Ultra-private, 1920’s-era romantic weekender’s hideaway (first revealed to noncelebs in Robert Altman’s 1992 satire The Player). Everything has been recently redone, from the tree-shaded grotto to the yoga dome, gym, and glass-walled restaurant.
The draw: Midnight soaks in heated mineral pools; discreet bungalows with patios or yards.
In the adjacent mud bath: Famous friends of the Hollywood movie producer owners—not that you’d recognize them after their lithium-rich mud baths.
Between long security lines, delayed flights, and mind-numbing jet lag, it seems impossible to shake the anxiety that comes along with traveling. Thankfully, Plaza Premium Lounges offer a place to decompress before taking off—regardless of airline or traveler loyalty memberships. Their first European lounge recently opened at London Heathrow.
A trailblazing retreat at the foot of the Himalayas is reinventing the spa experience.
Set on 21 acres of lychee and mango orchards in the forests of India’s Uttarakhand state, 150 miles north of New Delhi, Vana Malsi Estate is the opposite of a tough-love boot camp. It’s a luxury ashram with an East-meets-West treatment menu, a farm-to-table ethos, and a sleek Modernist design, softened by the sounds of birds, rhesus monkeys, and melodious flute players.
Since it opened last spring, international jet-setters have been using Vana as a one-stop rejuvenation shop. After an initial consultation with a holistic doctor, guests receive a custom-tailored program that includes sessions across various disciplines. Therapists might draw on an ancient healing practice called Sowa Rigpa, from the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute; a Chinese-medicine doctor may read your tongue and face to pinpoint ailments. Flute vibrations elevate meditation classes, held in outdoor pavilions, and days end in a private Watsu pool at the spa.