Spa + Wellness
Nail salons across the country are putting a luxury shine on the typical no-frills manicure—and the women (and some men) of the style set can’t resist. Appointments are booked up two weeks in advance at New York’s Paintbox, where the sleek lacquered stations and a seasonal edit of designs reflect the hip SoHo location. British brand Nails Inc. recently unveiled its first stateside salon, inside Saks Fifth Avenue’s midtown Manhattan flagship. Options range from a simple polish change to a Swarovski-crystalembellished look. Olive & June, on an airy Beverly Hills block, has a Scandinavian feel and stocks cult-favorite brands like Treat Collection and Odacité. Miami’s understated Gloss Nail Bar specializes in eco-friendly products, including its own all-natural polish line.
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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.