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.

 

now open: park hyatt chennai

October 1st, 2012

Park Hyatt Chennai, Park Hyatt’s third hotel in India and the first Park Hyatt hotel in the “Gateway to southern India,” opened today. Located next to the prestigious Governor’s Residence and adjacent to the thriving green area of the Guindy National Park, the hotel is but a 15-minute drive from the city’s domestic and international airport.  It features 201 luxury rooms and suites, two restaurants, the Antahpura Spa, a fully-equipped fitness center, and The Apartment – the hotel’s state-of-the-art meeting facility.

The hotel offers an array of epicurean tastes and experiences with its two restaurants, The Dining Room, overlooking the beautiful lily pond, and The Flying Elephant, opening in early 2013. At the Dining Room, guests can enjoy convenient, all-day dining featuring traditional South Indian cuisine and European bistro favorites. The Flying Elephant will be the hotel’s speciality restaurant offering diners a selection of exotic cuisines in an awe-inspiring ambience.

Designed as a contemporary oasis of wellness and rejuvenation, each of the six treatment rooms overlooking the tranquil greenery of the Guindy at the Antahpura Spa offers a blissful refuge from the strains of modern life. Indulge in a treatment inspired by the legendary therapies from the illustrious lineage of Chettinad or a holistic spa experience, which have been recreated by indigenous herbs and primordial beauty and wellness practices. The hotel’s fully equipped fitness center, Sphere, features hot and cold plunge pools, steam and sauna facilities, a yoga studio, and separate cardio and strength training areas.

The hotel also showcases beautiful, custom-made art installations that have been curated around the concept of Indian textiles and heritage. The impressive series of installations have been set up to lend a distinct character to the spaces and to enhance and create an unparalleled guest experience that is synonymous with the Park Hyatt brand.

Park Hyatt Chennai embraces the serenity of the surrounding Guindy National Park with flowing landscapes and relaxing interiors, complemented by a graceful lily pond dotting the heart of the inner courtyard. The elegant and chic interiors create a unique and calming ambience, reflecting the quiet and refined side of Chennai. With the new developments of Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Sri Perumbudur, and the Guindy Industrial Estate all in close proximity, the hotel provides a serene and tranquil retreat for the astute business traveler in the bustling city of Chennai.

To learn more about Park Hyatt Chennai and the inspiration behind the hotel’s design, please visit http://bit.ly/OnLX4R.

About Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt provides discerning, affluent business and leisure guests with elegant and luxurious accommodations. Guests of Park Hyatt receive highly attentive personal service in an intimate environment. Located in several of the world’s premier destinations, each Park Hyatt is custom designed to combine sophistication with a distinctive regional character. Park Hyatt features well-appointed guestrooms, meeting and special event spaces for groups, critically acclaimed art, food and beverage programmes, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There are currently 30 Park Hyatt hotels in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Baku, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Canberra, Carlsbad, Chennai, Chicago, Dubai, Goa, Hamburg, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Maldives, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, Ningbo, Paris, Saigon, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington D.C., and Zurich.  parkhyatt.com.

 

new espa opens at d-hotel in maris, turkey

May 24th, 2012

NEW ESPA at D-Hotel, Maris, Turkey ESPA has opened its newest spa at the beautiful D-Hotel Maris, set on a hillside in the Datca Peninsula nature preserve in Turkey. Famous for having the third highest concentration level of oxygen in the world, the Datca Peninsula is said to have natural healing properties that date back to the 12th Century BC and was once a sacred place of pilgrimage to the legendary Aphrodite of Knidos.

The peaceful enclave is surrounded by pine forests, natural private beaches, small islands, and volcanic mountains with spectacular views of both the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. The hotel’s design combines the exotic elements of the East with the modernity of the West, and this is reflected throughout the ESPA spa at D-Hotel Maris.

An essential part of any trip to Turkey, the opulent world-class Hammam has private individual scrub rooms and a relaxation – a central feature of this ESPA spa. The natural healing properties of the surrounding area, coupled with ESPA Signature Treatments, seven spa rooms, private spa suite, and heat experiences (including a vitality pool, contemporary indoor pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounge) put this ESPA spa in a league of its own. (more…)

a seaside paradise nestled in a tranquil corner of vietnam

April 13th, 2012

Spring is here – time to start planning your summer travels! Check Vietnam off your bucket list, with many international air carriers now servicing select U.S. gateways with only one stop, Vietnam is now closer than you think. Check out Anantara’s first property in the country, Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa, located four hours outside of Ho Chi Minh City, for a visit to the rolling sand dunes and quaint fishing villages on the South China Sea coast.

The newly transformed Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa features 89 luxurious rooms, suites, and villas, five restaurants and bars, and fully-equipped fitness facilities. Located 120 miles from Ho Chi Minh City on the Southeast corner of Vietnam on the South China Sea, the resort offers a secluded escape in this coastal fishing village with a tropical landscape. The hotel’s design reflects its time and place in traditional Vietnamese style. Spectacular views of lush gardens, the infinity-edged swimming pool, freshwater lagoon, and the sea make this resort exceptionally peaceful and picturesque.

Known for its experiential approach to hospitality, Anantara offers guests opportunities to delve into the local culture both at the property and on excursions. Vietnamese culture is threaded throughout, from the locally-grown dragon fruit incorporated into spa treatments at the Anantara Spa to guests picking fresh vanilla from a local plantation to use in the resort’s cooking classes. Anantara’s signature private “Dining By Design” concept includes dinner for two prepared by a private chef on a traditional Thung fishing boat. During the day, guests can bask on pristine beaches lined with towering, desert-like sand dunes or venture out for a morning snorkel or sail. Golf lovers can practice their swings at the exclusive nearby Sea Links Golf and Country Club or at the Ocean Dunes Golf Club, named one of the “Best 500 Golf Holes in the World” by Golf Magazine.

The resort’s various dining options offer authentic Vietnamese cuisine as well as international favorites. Highlights include fresh seafood specialties, signature cocktails in locally-crafted Cham pottery mugs, and cool refreshments at the swim-up bar. At night, the bar evolves into a poolside torch-lit terrace complete with live entertainment.  Bespoke opportunities abound in the form of a degustation menu in the chic Wine Room, whose menus expertly pair fine wines with specialty cheeses and charcuteries.

Anantara is offering a special Mui Ne Discovery Package that provides a 20% discount on accommodation in either a Deluxe Room or Pool Villa. Rates begin at $184 for a single and $159 for a double, before taxes and service charges, and include daily buffet breakfast for two, complimentary in-room cable Internet access and public area WiFi, and a half-day tour of Mui Ne. A minimum two-night stay is required (three-night stay in March and April). All rates are subject to 5% service charge and applicable 10% government tax. Offer valid through December 25, 2012.

inn at the white elephant village to open in nantucket summer 2012

April 3rd, 2012

The Inn at the White Elephant Village will open summer 2012* with 20 units, including 14 deluxe suites and six guest rooms. Located on South Beach Street, the new Inn and existing White Elephant Residences will comprise the newly-created White Elephant Village, a natural extension of the award-winning White Elephant hotel that continues to be rated among the top hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines.

As part of the expansion, the Village will have its own lobby, including reception area, concierge, fireplace, gift shop, and business center. The lobby will serve morning coffee, pastries, all-day snacks, and late-afternoon port and cheese – creating a natural hub for guests. All guests of the White Elephant Village will continue to enjoy exclusive use of the Village’s heated pool and cabanas, fitness center, and complimentary bicycles.

Celebrated Nantucket interior designer Kathleen Hay will bring a warm, neutral palette to the Inn, providing a sophisticated and comfortable décor. Reflecting the ambiance of its island location, the Inn will feature oversized windows, allowing natural sunlight to illuminate the rooms, and quintessential Nantucket wainscoting detail throughout the lobby and corridors. Each of the suites and deluxe guest rooms will be replete with HD flat-screen TVs and miniature refrigerators as well as linens by Pratesi, plush turkish towels, bathrobes, and cozy slippers. Ideal for families, the 14 suites will offer sofa beds to accommodate couples traveling with children and four of the suites will feature fireplaces.

Managing Director of Nantucket Island Resorts Khaled Hashem sees this expansion as a positive sign that tourism in Nantucket is continuing to grow. “We are excited with the addition of the Inn that will further enable us to host families and groups in the award winning accommodations these travelers expect from the White Elephant.”

*The iconic White Elephant hotel and White Elephant Hotel Residences will open for the season on April 19. Guests can book now for suites and guest rooms this summer at the Inn at the White Elephant Village.

For more information visit www.nantucketislandresorts.com or call 800.475.2637.

 

About Nantucket Island Resorts

Nantucket Island Resorts is a collection of premier hotels on Nantucket that specialize in bringing the unique Nantucket lifestyle to all guests. From boating to fine dining to a large number of island festivals and events, Nantucket Island Resorts caters to its visitors and offers vacation planning that lets you get the most out of a Nantucket vacation while staying in a fantastic array of accommodations. Properties include The Wauwinet, ideal for romance with access and views of both bay and ocean beaches and home to the award-winning TOPPER’S restaurant, White Elephant, the iconic hotel located right on Nantucket Harbor that offers a lovely arrangements of rooms, suites, cottages, and a stunning loft as well as the Brant Point Grill, the White Elephant Village offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom Residences and the new Inn, Jared Coffin House, a historic and charming inn located in Nantucket Town, The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin, waterfront cottages with full kitchens located on three wharves jutting out into Nantucket Harbor and featuring 12 pet-friendly accommodations, and Nantucket Boat Basin, a 240 slip full-service award winning marina.

la réserve ramatuelle re-opens with expanded boot camp programs

February 24th, 2012

April 1 marks the re-opening of St. Tropez’s La Réserve Ramatuelle with expanded Boot Camp offerings. The cliffside hotel has some of the best views of the Mediterranean; the entire sea-facing exterior is made up of floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize exposure and fill rooms with natural light (Goodbye darkness before 5 PM!). The star is the 13-room spa that offers an exclusive La Mer treatment (the renowned beauty company designed a series of treatments for the hotel).

Shed that winter weight with the hotel’s signature Boot Camp – a five-night personalized program encompassing yoga, Nordic walks, invigorating spa treatments, and healthy, low calorie cuisine – perfect for getting in shape for the summer months to come.

Sample itinerary

6:30 AM               One-hour yoga session

7:30 AM               Breakfast

8:30 AM               Departure on a 3-4 hour countryside walk

1:00 PM                Lunch at the hotel

2:30 PM                Balneotherapy session (bathing healing treatment involving minerals)

3:00 PM                Body wrap

3:30 PM                Jet shower

4:00 PM                La Réserve Better Aging body treatment

6:30 PM                Relaxation session

8:00 PM                Dinner

The Boot Camps are offered in *April, May and June with rates starting at 2700 euros per person including accommodations. Minimum four persons per program.

For more information visit www.lareserve-ramatuelle.com. To book, call +33 4 94 44 94 44 or email inforamatuelle@lareserve.ch.

*Dates:

April: 2-7; 9-14; 16-21; 23-28

May: 14-19; 28 – June 2

June: 11-16

 

new espa life at gleneagles hotel, scotland

February 10th, 2012

The brand new Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, ESPA Life is the second ESPA Life to open, joining the flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia in London as a leading voice in the next generation of spa.

Set within the hotel’s 850-acre Perthshire estate, the spa offers a new approach to health and wellbeing whose experts seek to address the pressures and stresses of modern lifestyles. The award-winning spa is home to a hand-picked team of alternative health and fitness specialists, offering treatments and personal programs with one simple aim: to help guests feel their best, inside and out.

Spa professionals, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, herbalists, and personal trainers are all on hand. The highly-qualified and experienced team is led by a skilled naturopathic practitioner known as the ‘Gatekeeper’ who meets with each guest for a private consultation. The Gatekeeper recommends programs or treatments tailored to the specific needs of the individual. Personal lifestyle programs can be crafted to help guests meet individual goals or complementary and alternative therapies can be booked à la carte.

Special Launch Offer
From now until March 31, 2012, the spa will be offering ‘Taste of ESPA Life’ to introduce the new wellness concept. The offer includes breakfast and a private consultation with a Gatekeeper for each person. The Gatekeeper will address each client’s lifestyle concerns and create a customized spa experience, including one spa or
fitness treatment, suited to each person’s needs.
Rates: From £315 (approximately $500) based on two people sharing a classic room. Offer valid Sunday to Thursday until March 31.

a light show down under!

January 5th, 2012

Image courtesy of http://www.airlinesanddestinations.com.

Sydney, Australia, already voted one of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities at Night by TripAdvisor, becomes even more stunning this spring (or shall we say fall?). From May 25-June 11, Sydney Harbor will once again transform for Vivid Sydney, the largest celebration of light, music, and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. For these 17 days, the Sydney Opera House sails will be illuminated by more than 50 light-art sculptures and large-scale installations and projections.

Catch the best views of the event at the newly redesigned Park Hyatt Sydney in the Rocks District, reopening in February. With its incredible views of the Sydney Harbor, you can have the best seat in the house in your own room!

The festival will also feature contemporary music performances at Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House; international creative-industry conferences; and the new Vivid Ideas Exchange, a hub for creative ideas, discussion, and debate at the Museum of Contemporary Art. For more information on Vivid Sydney, visit www.vividsydney.com

For more information on Park Hyatt Sydney, click here.

mui ne? we just may!

May 31st, 2011

The coast of the South China Sea and its glorious beaches, picturesque peaks and rolling dunes is calling! Named after the Mui Ne fishing village, Anantara’s first Vietnamese property, Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa, is set to open this fall.

Only two hours northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne is a budding destination, new to the scene since 1995, when thousands flocked to the beaches to watch the solar eclipse.

The resort will evoke the traditional charm of a coastal village and will be comprised of 89 rooms, suites and villas, either set within lush tropical gardens or featuring views of the sea or lagoon.

where in the world is ESPA going next?

May 17th, 2011

International spa company ESPA is known for operating some of the world’s most impressive spas in over 55 countries around the globe.  While we’re all wondering where ESPA is headed next, here is a list of some of ESPA’s most recent and upcoming openings.

ESPA Life at Corinthia | Opening June 2011, London

ESPA Life at Corinthia spreads over four floors and boasts 3300 square meters.  ESPA Life, the spa brand’s newest spa concept, will offer fully integrative lifestyle solutions and luxury spa treatments.   Gender-specific heat experiences include relaxation areas with lounges and sleep pods, while the  thermal floor has an amphitheatre sauna and marble heated lounges.

Signature Treatments | The spa offers various treatment menus including ‘Rush Hour’, ‘Day Spa’, specific male and female treatment options, and the ESPA Life wellness menu offers complementary and alternative therapies as well as fitness and rehabilitation.

http://www.corinthia.com/en/London/ESPA-Life-at-Corinthia/

ESPA at The Istanbul EDITION | Opened May 2011

Occupying three floors, this 19,400 sq foot spa offers separate male and female hammam experiences with private scrub rooms, a snow cabin, a lavish mirrored glass tile swimming pool with brown fiberglass walls, as well as ten treatment rooms and a private spa suite.

Signature Treatment | The Turkish Indulgence is an invigorating body ritual that begins in the Hammam with warming steam followed by a stimulating body scrub using a traditional kese mitt and olive soap. A body mask of Oshadi Clay or restorative Marine Mud is then smoothed onto the skin and wrapped in linens, all followed by an aromatherapy massage.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA, Hong Kong | Opened March 29, 2011

This 9,247 sq feet spa is the world’s highest spa, located on the 116th floor of the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.  The spa has floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the city and Victoria Harbor from many of the nine treatment rooms, the two couples’ suites, and the eight relaxation lounges, as well as the indoor swimming pool with LED screen ceiling and outdoor whirlpool.

Signature Treatment | The Lava Shell Body Treatment uses heated lava shells to soothe tired feet prior to an indulgent full body massage using warmed aromatic oils and deep therapeutic strokes to melt away muscle stress.

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