ampr march 2018 update

April 10th, 2018

What’s New?

The Lowell’s ever-popular Pembroke Room, known for its chic Afternoon Tea and polished service, is relaunching in April 2018 – complete with a new outdoor terrace for alfresco brunching.

PONANT announces the first electric hybrid Icebreaker ship coming in 2021, which will safely cut through ice flow up to eight feet thick and travel to the true geographic North Pole (at 90 degrees North Latitude).

andBeyond Phinda Homestead in KwaZulu-Natal will reopen on September 1, 2018 after a complete rebuild. This standalone safari lodge allows travelers a completely private safari experience, ideal for family or group travel – no sharing safari vehicles and total control over the day’s schedule.

From March 1 through April 30, The Dupont Circle in Washington DC is celebrating the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a special ‘In Full Bloom’ package including a stay at the hotel, the chef’s cherry blossom themed welcome amenity, a $25 dining credit, and complimentary valet parking.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort has officially opened two of the five ultra-luxe Beachfront Collection residences. Images of the new homes – complete with infinity pools and floor-to-ceiling glass windows – are available for stays now.

Domaine de Manville in the heart of Provence received its first Michelin Star for its restaurant, l’Aupiho, helmed by Chef Matthieu Dupuis Baumal.

Vista Collina Resort in Napa is projected to open Summer 2018 and will feature 145 guestrooms. Adjacent to the property will be the Village, featuring nine tastings room, a food and wine center, and a 16,000 square foot lawn for concerts and events.

Jamaica’s GoldenEye launches veggie cocktails, featuring local produce from Pantrepant, the hotel’s farm. New elixirs include: the Cucumber Martini; Beetroot, Bourbon, and Scotch bonnet cocktail; and the Arugula and Celery Sour.

Royal Mansour Spa has unveiled a new series of bespoke hammam treatments where each step of the hammam process can be customized beginning with three types of body wraps, two types of kessa gloves, and a variety of Leonor Greyl shampoos for varying hair types.

Belmond has expanded its Italian portfolio with the acquisition of Castello di Casole, a historic castle hotel in the heart of rural Tuscany. The intimate 39-room hotel sits within 4,200 acres of farmland, vineyards, and olive groves – one of the largest private estates in Italy.

Travel to Brazil is easier than ever with a newly-launched e-visa system for American travelers To make the most of a Brazilian vacation, travelers can book Belmond’s ‘Grand Tour of Brazil’ – a five-night itinerary that includes the brand’s properties on Copacabana Beach and in Iguassu falls – or go off-the-beaten-path with a visit to UXUA on the remote shores of Trancoso.

Strawless and Flawless

Hotels are eschewing plastic straws for more sustainable options like paper or bamboo. According to The Last Plastic Straw project, 500 million straws are used and thrown away every day in the US, which is about 175 billion per year.

Nayara Springs, set on the fringes of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, only uses bamboo straws across the property’s restaurants and bars – mixologist Monica Gonzalez is on-hand to whip up poolside cocktails made with local fruits.

The Doyle Collection’s London hotels (The Marylebone, The Kensington, and The Bloomsbury) just officially became plastic-straw-free and are now moving to roll out this policy brand-wide, from Dublin to Cork to Washington DC.

andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp and the new andBeyond Bateleur Camp (reopening this month after a complete renovation), both on Kenya’s Masai Mara, have discontinued all plastic straw usage – falling into line with their ethos: care of the land, care of the wildlife, care of the people.

Go Global with Locals


andBeyond’s new philanthropic-focused itineraries in Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa give guests first-hand experiences with the locals in the community, like participating in school conservation lessons in Tanzania.

Guests of Nayara Springs can visit the source of the resort’s chocolate at a local farm. The owners will teach travelers the process of chocolate-making.

During PONANT’s voyages through the Northwest Passage, guests will have opportunity to meet with locals in charming Inuit villages to learn about the culture.

Majestic Hotel & Spa has an exclusive relationship with local marine biologist Anna Bozzano, the only tour guide approved to visit the Barcelona Fish Market where she teaches about the market’s innerworkings.

Connecting guests with the local community is elemental to every Belmond experience. Highlights include art lessons with Jose Luis Arias, a graduate of the local Instituto Allende, at the newly renovated Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, and a walking tour with a former prison guard of Nelson Mandela’s that begins at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.

Sugar Beach guests who hike the Gros Piton follow a guide from the local village up the two-hour climb.

Over-the-top Amenities

Guests at La Réserve Paris can create their ownbespoke scent with the help of a professional ‘nose.’

Thanks to Kinloch Anderson, kilt maker to Her Royal Highness the Queen, travelers on Belmond Royal Scotsman are swept to the showroom for a private fitting, and a fully customized kilt arrives at their doorstep 8-10 weeks later in the family tartan or a pattern from the train. During their journey, guests will find a complimentary set of Highland Dress (kilts for men, skirts for women) awaiting them in their train cabin.

One of the new Beachfront Collection residences available to buy or book for stay at St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach will have a waterslide connecting an infinity pool to a lower level hot tub and yoga deck.

Guests who book the top, three-bedroom suite at the White Elephant, White Elephant Village or The Wauwinet will receive the keys to a BMW for the duration of their stay.

At andBeyond Mnemba Island, instead of your typical tray of room service arriving in your room, the lodge will dig a custom “sand castle” dining room on the beach in front of your suite and serve freshly caught seafood surrounded by lantern light.

Located on the shores of Lac Léman, La Réserve Geneva has its very own Venetian Motoscafo boat that takes guests to go to and from the city center.

Majestic Hotel & Spa’s Royal Penthouse Suite – the largest suite in Barcelona – is home to a Bar Au Parfum stocked with five 200 ml bottles of Atelier Cologne, available for use throughout the stay. Guests can take home a complimentary leather case, engraved with their name and filled with 30ml sized bottles of each of the colognes.

Calendar

April

April 2018: Belmond La Residencia will unveil a new suite created by fashion designer Matthew Williamson.

April 2018: Belmond will add two new barges to its Belmond Afloat in France fleet. The two “floating hotels” will travel the rivers of Champagne and Alsace

April 2018: The Pembroke Room at The Lowell completes a renovation

April 7-17, 2018: andBeyond’s Eat, Pray and Love journey departs in India

April 28-29, 2018: Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Bermuda will serve as the official host hotel for the ITU World Triathlon, the first time it is held in Bermuda

May

May 4, 2018: In honor of its 100th anniversary, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona will serve a new pre-fixe dinner replicating the hotel’s original restaurant menus

May 19, 2018: The Royal Wedding will be screened all day at The Kensington in London

May 25, 2018: La Maison du Chocolat’s Bien Être collection is available in boutiques and online

June

June 10, 2018: Sterling Vineyard’s 2nd Annual RoseFest will feature 30+ Napa Valley rose tastings with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation

June 15-16, 2018: In honor of the Nantucket Boat Basin’s 50th anniversary, the marina will host its first-ever Father’s Day Fishing Tournament where teams will compete for the top title in categories such as heaviest fish and most fish caught

welcome fall with guinot – save tans, banish dry lips, and wake up fresh

September 5th, 2013

Labor Day has come and gone; summer whites are getting traded for earth tones; and the autumn season is looming. Guinot has the solutions for easing the transition and preventing fall’s potential skincare havoc.

 

Losing a tan

Instead of fading away as September rolls in, Guinot’s Hydra Bronze can prolong the life of the diligently earned summer sun tan. The gradual tanning lotion creates a natural-looking tan that will last through the gloomiest days of November (and beyond).

 

Dry Lips

Dried and cracked lips from salty ocean water and sun exposure do not mix well with the aubergine and burgundy hues of fall lipstick. To get lips healthy and ready for a smooth coat of color, one can use Baume Lèvres Confort lip balm to soothe and soften. Best of all, applied a few minutes before lipstick, it works as a perfect primer.

 

Wake up calls

It’s easy to hop out of bed in the summer; when the sun starts rising later and there’s a chill in the air it’s not so enticing to emerge from under the covers. Three minutes of Masque Dynamisant Anti-Fatigue not only gives tired faces a quick boost of radiance, but the cold essential oils give the skin a burst of energy, making anyone feel and look like a morning person.

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date-ready lips

March 4th, 2013

There’s enough to fret about on a first date (and second, and third), so take kissable lips off the worry list with this three-step, foolproof, pre-date regimen. The expert tips from Guinot’s Director of Education, Elizabeth Murchison, will leave lips soft, smooth, and just begging to be kissed.

 

Step 1: Cleanse the lips with the eye makeup remover and exfoliate with Gommage Biologique.

 

Step 2: Apply a thin layer or Mask Hydra Beauté for five minutes. Remove with a damp cotton pad.

 

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of Guinot’s new Lip Balm five minutes before you apply your lipstick.

 

(*Step 4: Pucker up!)

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guinot launches first lip balm

January 15th, 2013

Lips are sensuous and alluring, unless they’re chapped. Most people spend time caring for their face and eyes and neglect the fragile lips. With very thin skin and constant exposure to environmental irritants such as wind, cold, and sun, the lips are naturally less protected than the skin on the face. Guinot’s new lip balm has a solution to protect and comfort kissers keeping them poised to do exactly that.

 

Protect

Phytosterol-rich avocado extract protects the lips’ membrane against irritants while soothing the skin and Vitamin F Glycerides’ essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3) fight dryness and dehydration and reinforce the barrier between lips and the outside world.

 

Comfort

The buttery texture provides instant relief and nourishing shea butter soothes and softens. Pro-ceramides from sunflower oil regenerate the lips’ membrane by replenishing lipids in dry lips from the inside and allantoin softens, smoothes, and repairs by stimulating and mending tissue. Vitamin E finishes the job by combating skin aging with its anti-free radical and antioxidant properties.

 

Results

Lips are instantly smoother and more attractive, so pucker up!

 

To use

Apply evenly to lips using the bevelled tip. Re-apply as often as needed throughout the day.

 

*Insider Tip

This balm makes an excellent base for lipstick!

 

Cost: $18

 

Available at over 1,000 Guinot spas in the U.S.

 

guinot’s new 30-minute hydraclean facial

October 2nd, 2012

The new Guinot Hydraclean Facial uses the patented Thermoclean Electrode to offer spa enthusiasts glowing skin in 30 minutes.  Many trendy, “quickie” spa treatments promise to get clients in and out in under an hour.  These treatments are designed for time, not results – compromising their overall effectiveness.   Unlike the rest of the pack, Guinot’s Hydraclean Facial is not a just a shortened version of any existing treatment.  Over the past two years, Guinot has been developing the Thermoclean Electrode specifically for this treatment, delivering noticeable, long-lasting results in less than half the time of a standard facial.

Guinot’s Hydraclean Facial will cater to a diverse clientele, including  hurried professionals with barely a minute to spare, young spa goers looking for an introductory treatment, those looking for a skin refresher that won’t leave them red, puffy or makeup-less. The 30-minute facial is so perfectly designed for speed and efficacy that one’s eye makeup remains untouched – so it’s back to work in a jiffy, a quick visit between work and a Friday evening date or a little “me” time between soccer practice and the French tutor.

How it works

Regulated heat from the patented Thermoclean Electrode triggers hyper-secretion of the sweat and sebaceous glands to clean the pores and rid the skin of oil and toxins while individually prescribed gel is massaged into the face to deeply penetrate and treat.

The results

Skin is clearer, brighter, hydrated, able to breathe, and is more receptive to subsequently applied products.

The steps

  • Cleanse and exfoliate
  • Gel Application
  • Skin Massage with Thermoclean Electrode
  • Remove Gel
  • Extraction (if necessary)
  • Facial Massage
  • Moisturizer Application

The Electrode

Guinot created this patented Thermoclean heating electrode specifically for this treatment. Instead of using steam to soften the pores (that can dry out and damage skin and with which you cannot regulate the heat), this electrode is set to a specific temperature and can be adjusted to each person’s comfort level. While softening the pores, the heat from the electrode simultaneously penetrates the treatment gels deep into the skin.

The gels

There are two gels that were specifically created for this treatment – the Universal Cleansing Gel for all skin types and the Purifying Cleansing gel for oily skin. Both are soap-free and have Salicylic Acid to provide antimicrobial action and exfoliation and Lipacid to regulate excess oil. The Universal Gel also contains Allantoin to soften and sooth and Lactic Acid to moisturize, while the Purifying Gel contains Burdock to deeply cleans and purify.

The massage serum

The massage, done with a special serum made with Witch Hazel Extract and Allantoin, promotes tissue drainage, regulates sub-cutaneaous microcirculation, and relaxes facial features.

The prescription

All skin types: 1 treatment per month

Oily skin types: 1-2 treatments per month

Suggested price: $50

Available at Guinot spas around the country.

About Guinot

Known the world over as an industry leader, Guinot has consistently led the charge in everything from game-changing technology and techniques in skincare to maintaining the most stringent high standards in the development and manufacturing of their products. Today, Guinot’s meticulously honed collections of treatments and products are carried in over 1000 spas and salons within the US.  Guinot Institut Paris is distributed in the US exclusively by Lachman Imports, which has offices and a full-service Guinot training center on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Visit GuinotUSA.com for more information.

 

espa essential body moisturizer

October 1st, 2012

New ESPA skincare products are launching monthly following the brand’s reformulation, and October will see the release of their fabulous Essential Body Moisturizer. After working closely with a team of scientists, the ESPA range is now 99% natural and is free from synthetic color and fragrance, parabens, phthalates, DEA, TEA, mineral oil, SLS and SLES, silicone, propylene glycol, and petrolatum.

The perfect antidote to dryness and dehydration, this refreshing balm instantly treats and relieves parched skin. Ingredients such as moisturizing Macadamia and Bergamot hydrate and revitalize, while the purest high-altitude Lavender and Rose Geranium add a refreshing aroma, together helping to calm and soothe for soft, silken skin.

To use: Massage into the skin with light upward circular movements until fully absorbed. For best results, apply in the morning and evening after showering or bathing.

200ml, $54

 

 

back to (skin) school with espa and guinot

September 6th, 2012

Leaves will be turning and the kiddies are heading to school, so we thought we’d pass along some lessons in skincare to share in the back-to-school ethos. Experts Elizabeth Murchison from Guinot and Katrina Lynam from ESPA have answered some of our most pressing skin regimen questions, so whip out that trapper keeper and take notes!

How do you know if you should be using a mask?

When you feel your skin needs an extra boost of radiance or if the skin appears dull (especially during summer or winter months when sun and cold weather can dehydrate the skin), it’s time for a mask. A deep cleansing mask can balance and cleanse skin prone to blackheads and pimples.

Masks are a necessity for any age and all skin types. For instance, if you receive a deep cleansing treatment, part of the maintenance should be regular use of a mask, which should be purifying and will make pores appear smaller.

Prescription:

Guinot Pure Balance Mask will keep pores clean between facials.

ESPA Skin Radiance Mask will revitalize and renew dull, tired skin to visibly brighten and even skin tone.

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post-labor day reboot

August 27th, 2012

Summer is great. We spend our days sprawled out in the sun and our nights staying up past bedtimes to enjoy the good weather and al fresco parties. When September comes around, we have a sort of summer hangover. Skin may be a little burnt, sunscreen might still be lurking behind the ears, and we’re all exhausted from Labor Day parties. Here are some products to soothe the afflictions we face post-summer and get us ready to reboot for fall.

Exhausted before work?

Even if you’re waking up on the wrong side of the bed post-Labor Day, you’re still expected to show up bright and shiny at work Tuesday morning.

First thing, hop in the shower and scrub down with ESPA’s NEW Energizing Shower Gel. Made especially for morning use, the gentle and effective gel stimulates the body and awakens the mind with zesty aromas from peppermint and eucalyptus.

Then apply Guinot’s NEW Masque Dynamisant Anti-Fatigue Face Mask. This instant-radiance mask uses mint and eucalyptus oil to refresh the skin and restore sparkle and vitality while AHA complex eliminates dead skin cells and brings forward new cells to illuminate the complexion. After three minutes, no one will know how late you were out over the weekend!

Still look like you just stepped off the beach…not in a good way?

Maybe you’re not naturally olive. Instead, in September there are lingering red sunburns and sunscreen residue still hiding out all over. And that beachy hair may work for certain young Gossip Girl stars; your hair just looks frazzled. (more…)

eye makeup remover, sans greasy lids

July 24th, 2012

Grimy, greasy, sensitive – these are some of the most chronic complaints from women who often feel like their eyes had an oil bath after removing their makeup.  This should be a process that leaves a feeling of clean and nourished skin.  The new ESPA Bio-Active Eye Cleanser flawlessly removes makeup without the slick feeling.  It also conditions, hydrates, and protects delicate lids and lashes leaving eyes feeling clean (not greasy!) and fresh!

Bio-Active Eye Cleanser is great for all skin types.  It conditions without drying or irritation.  As with all ESPA products, Bio-Active Eye Cleanser is 99% natural. The nurturing cleanser uses Hyaluronic Acid, known for its anti-ageing and moisturizing benefits, to plump the skin and reduce fine lines while soothing and calming. The result? Beautifully cleansed and cared for eyes and lashes.

Why is this better than traditional eye makeup remover?

  • Gently yet thoroughly removes eye makeup
  • Conditions lashes
  • Leaves lids feeling clean and hydrated (not slick or slimy)
  • Suitable for sensitive skin around the eyes and contact lens wearers
  • Free from synthetic fragrance
  • More than 99% natural with no silicone

Key Ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid – Contains anti-aging and superior moisturising properties
  • Coconut Oil derivative – Aids removal of eye makeup for a non-greasy feel
  • Naturally derived Propanediol – Conditions skin and eyelashes
  • Moringa Oleifera Extract – Helps protect against pollutants
  • Lipopeptide – Helps calm and soothe skin to prevent sensitivity
  • Malachite Extract – Anti-oxidant properties to help protect the skin

Price: 3.38 oz bottle   $40

Available at us.espaonline.com

 

expert how-to: avoid sun damage and still get tan

July 19th, 2012

Yes, everyone looks better with a golden glow. The drawback is that spending hours in the sun takes a toll on skin. We asked Guinot’s Director of Education and keeper of myriad beauty secrets, Elizabeth Murchison, for her tips on how to protect your skin (and still look fabulous!).

What does sun exposure do to your skin?

Sun exposure causes pigmentation and uneven skin, ages the skin, and could cause serious problems such as skin cancer.

What’s the best way to fight sun damage? (Okay, this was an easy one!)

The best ways to fight sun damage is to apply an SPF of 15, 20, or 30 approximately 20 minutes before leaving your home (the actives need time to settle in the skin). If you are planning on being out for a day at the beach, running errands, or taking a fun walk in the neighborhood, you should apply your SPF every two hours as sun protection has minimized.

What is the best way to look tan without damaging your skin? (more…)

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