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Overlook Niagara Falls while relaxing at Serenity Spa by the Falls

Let your worries and stress float away with the thundering waters of Niagara Falls at the Serenity Spa by the Falls.

The majestic falls will provide the backdrop as you slip into deep relaxation and romantic bliss at Serenity, located in the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa. Unique and signature treatments at Serenity will ensure your body, mind and soul are refreshed and reenergized. It is the ultimate spa experience in the ultimate location.

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Serenity Spa

“Niagara Falls and the Serenity Spa is a magical combination that quite literally takes you to another world,” says Anthony Annunziata, Vice-President of Marketing at the Marriott Fallsview, the closest hotel to the brink of the world-famous Niagara Falls. “Serenity Spa has the advantage of a natural setting beside the falls, creating an authentic environment where you can relax, refresh and revive. The spa’s range of services, that include water and mineral treatments, will make your vacation a truly memorable one.” Continue Reading

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Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa embarks on full-scale transformation of upscale ocean-side resort

The AAA Four Diamond Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa is nearing completion of its full-scale, multi-million dollar renovation that will transform the venerable ocean-side resort and provide guests with a new take on California casual elegance. Located midway between San Diego and Los Angeles along the California Coast, Dana Point is considered one of the most romantic spots on the West Coast, and the epitome of the California dream.

The ambitious project includes enhancements to the interior design, exterior structure and amenities of the resort. Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa will unveil completely refurbished guest rooms, 20,000 square feet of expanded indoor meeting and banquet facilities, a new porte cochère entrance and marble lobby with waterfall, a new pool and Splash Zone activity area for families and new, lush, eco-friendly landscaping including plants that are not only beautiful but also require little or no watering.

“Our vision is to maintain and expand Laguna Cliffs’ place as the quintessential contemporary California ocean-side resort,” said Jim Samuels, General Manager of Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa. “As we enter a new decade, we will present an encompassing array of renovations and enhancements that will blend casual sophistication with luxury and adventure to capture the essence of our guests’ California dreams.” Continue Reading

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Get Fit And Fabulous This Summer With Sanctuary Spa Holidays

Dark days, cold weather and winter sloth can all take their toll on even the most committed beauty and fitness regimes, which is why Sanctuary Spa Holidays offers tailor-made fitness and spa packages to help boost motivation and blitz the body to ensure that everyone has the best possible chance of feeling fabulous this summer. Packages include:

Spring Clean At LaSource In Grenada

Set in forty acres of tropical grounds next to the beautiful Pink Gin Beach on Grenada’s south west coast, LaSource offers a luxury spa centre with one complimentary treatment each day, plenty of activities and sports facilities and great dining. The award-winning Oasis spa offers a personalized schedule of treatments issued including wraps, massages and facials. In addition, the resort offers a range of holistic activities including yoga, t’ai chi and meditation.

Sanctuary Spa Holidays is offering seven nights on an all-inclusive basis at LaSource in Grenada from £1,499 per person. Valid for departures from 1 May to 30 June, the price includes flights from London Gatwick with Monarch, a selection of complimentary spa treatments, all taxes, surcharges and resort transfers. Continue Reading

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Nisbet Plantation Beach Club Strikes again – Number One in Service in Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas

It’s all about service — that’s what Nisbet Plantation Beach Club demonstrates again as it continues to receive worldwide recognition from travel experts and independent travelers alike. Nisbet has just been named the top hotel for service in all of the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in the January issue on newsstands now.

This independent, boutique Caribbean hotel of only 36 accommodations welcomes guests like family to their beachside historic plantation inn. It’s that personal service that has landed Nisbet at the top:

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club

Number one for service in all of the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas on the 2009 Gold List of the World’s Best Places to Stay, culled by the Condé Nast editors from the results of their 2008 Readers’ Survey.

Best Luxury Hotel in all of the Caribbean and Latin America in the 2008 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

AAA 4-Diamond ratings, times two, again in 2008 for the resort and the Great House dining room. The Great House offers exquisite dining in an elegant air-conditioned setting, one of only two on the entire island of Nevis. Continue Reading

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The Farm in San Benito wins in Asia Spa Awards 2008

The Farm in San Benito, Barangay Tipakan, Batangas won Spa Retreat of the Year, besting 15 other nominees, in the recently concluded Asia Spa Awards 2008 held in the Salon of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

Presented by AsiaSpa magazine, the region’s most recognized spa and wellness publication, Asia Spa Awards gave out commendations in 26 categories, including spa personalities, events, associations and resorts that set the benchmarks in the region. The winners were voted on by 29 independent judges. Over 400 industry stakeholders from all over the region were in attendance.

Ace Durano, Secretary of Tourism, said, “Winning among the world’s best serves as an inspiration for the Philippine spa industry and to the entire tourism force. We congratulate The Farm and the rest of the country’s nominees.” Continue Reading

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Mandarin Oriental Spa in Hong Kong to launch Sleep Ritual Treatment

In January, the Mandarin Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is to launch a special Sleep Ritual treatment for guests needing a little help relaxing properly. Priced at HK$1,400 for a 90-minute treatment, the ritual is designed to induce sleep through the use of music, scents and massage, thereby relaxing the mind and body simultaneously.

“It’s a fact of modern life that most people don’t get enough sleep,” said Spa Director Lynsey Hughes. “We all know that chronic sleep problems have been associated with a wide range of serious health consequences, and people who suffer from lack of sleep are less productive and more likely to suffer an injury or accident. Everyone can benefit from better sleep, and this treatment has been designed to instill peace and tranquility for a restful night.”

The Sleep Ritual consists of a Deep Relax Aromatherapy Massage with soothing vetiver, sandalwood and chamomile oils. Aromatherapy-style massage techniques help to promote the flow of energy throughout the body, while Swedish massage, particularly effleurage and other slow stroking movements, provide a sedating effect. Continue Reading

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Traditional Chinese medical therapy adds to Austrian hotel’s popularity

Larimar, a four-star spa hotel sitting atop a small hill in the southern Austrian town of Stegerbach, has been very popular since it started operation more than one year ago.

The hotel does not owe its success to luxury, neither comfort, nor competitive prices, for it can hardly compete with nearby rival five-star hotels, villa spa hotels or the cheaper public spahotels in these regards.

Yet, Larimar has managed to achieve almost daily full booking since September. Its secret, said manager Johann Haberl, lies in introducing traditional Chinese medical therapy to its services.

The hotel invited two kungfu (an ancient Chinese fighting art) masters from China to teach the guests Qigong (a system of deep breathing exercises) and Taiji boxing and perform traditional Chinese medical massage. Continue Reading

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The Philippines Hosts Region’s Largest Health and Wellness Summit

The Philippines’ Department of Tourism will hold a health and wellness tourism summit entitled “Embracing Health and Wellness in the Heart of Asia” on October 22 – 25, 2008 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in celebration of the Philippines’ Health and Wellness Tourism Month. The summit brings together leading experts in evidence-based medicine, alternative medicine, wellness and spa industries, and the retirement sector.

The 4-day summit “Embracing Health and Wellness in the Heart of Asia” is a must-attend event for those interested in learning about the latest, cutting –edge treatments and therapies from medical experts and research scientists and getting advice on living a healthy lifestyle from international, best-selling wellness gurus. Continue Reading

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Casino Goers Loosen Up Between Winning Hands with Relaxing Massage

Gaming enthusiasts visiting Sonesta Maho Beach Resort&Casino in St. Maarten need no longer suffer from stiff, aching muscles after long hours at the Casino Royale.
The new “Royale Relief Massage” by Maho’s Good Life Spa offers players pure relaxation, sending them back to the casino floor re-charged and ready to win big!

The “Royale Relief Massage” is priced at $49.50 for 25 minutes. Therapists focus on neck, arms and hands, areas sure to be sore from extended sessions of cards and slots. The Good Life Spa recommends guests book their treatments in advance to ensure availability.

The Vegas-style Casino Royale at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort&Casino offers more than 300 slot machines, four Roulette tables, two Craps tables, seven Poker stations, Blackjack for high rollers and more. Casino Royale Theater provides live night entertainment, in addition to frequent street carnivals.
Casino Royale plays host to major Caribbean Poker and Blackjack tournaments and offers complimentary lessons to resort guests. Continue Reading

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo launches Oriental Wisdom Treatment

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is now offering a new proprietary half-day wellness programme titled ‘Oriental Wisdom’ which is available to hotel guests and day visitors alike. Bringing together an array of distinctive Asian treatments, the programme reflects Mandarin Oriental’s spa philosophy of merging ancient life-enhancing traditions and techniques from many cultures into potent therapies for optimal wellness in today’s busy world. Guests will also receive guidance for continuing some of the practices at home and incorporating them into daily life.

The four-hour, half-day wellness programme begins with a Personal Wellness Consultation to determine individual needs, and combines breathing techniques and meditation to enhance overall well-being by restoring equilibrium, detoxifying and balancing the body’s natural ‘chi’ or energy flow. After a Tibetan gong is struck to purify the space, a Welcome Ritual ensues whereby guests select one of four moonlight-cleansed power stones (amethyst, crystal, tiger’s eye and rose quartz) while also experiencing a soothing foot bath to balance and re-energise.

This is followed by the Breathing Ritual — using breathing techniques and the power of aroma to assist in tuning out the external world and reconnecting with the inner self, as well as preparing the body for the subsequent exercises and treatment. Continue Reading

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Yoga Group Workshops at Zen Resort Bali an Integrated Holistic Wellness Deal for Yoga Teachers

Zen Resort launches an integrated wellness deal for yoga group leaders and teachers to hold their training workshops in combination with the resort’s programs of pranayama, meditation, ayurveda and cultural and recreational activities for living in harmony with one’s inner self as well as the outer world of society and nature.

Zen Resort is a luxury boutique hotel and holistic wellness destination Spa, situated in a peaceful location, surrounded by rice fields, vineyards and natural forest and with wide open sea views in north Bali. The holistic design of the resort, blending in a beautiful natural and landscaped environment, and the integrated wellness facilities to practice yoga, experience ayurvedic treatments, reside in luxury accommodation with Zen simplicity, consume healthy food and participate in a wide range of cultural and eco-recreational activities all amount to an ideal environment not only to relax and rejuvenate from the stresses and stains of modern lifestyles but also to think of the changes in one’s way of life for a healthier, sustainable, satisfying and happy future. Continue Reading

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Angkor Palace Resort & Spa launches Nick Faldo Golf Promotion

The Angkor Palace Resort & Spa is offering a package celebrating the opening of a new championship golf course designed by Nick Faldo.

The 5-star resort in Siem Reap, famed for the legendary Angkor Wat temple complex, is offering a two-night ‘Golf @The Palace’ package priced at US$479 for two, including a round of golf at the new Angkor Golf Course.

Valid until September 30th, the package also includes daily breakfast, one dinner and two-way transfers from the hotel between both the airport and golf course.

Golf legend Nick Faldo, who captains the 2008 European Ryder Cup, recently opened the new Angkor Golf Resort course, saying, “I’m certain this golf course will become world renowned. The first signature designed golf course in Cambodia challenges golfers of all standards, from casual weekend players to seasoned professionals.” Continue Reading

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