7 posts tagged "Spa"
Should upcoming travel plans involve a trip to the fine city of Dallas, consider checking in at the Joule. The recently opened boutique hotel is a pretty cool place to hang out—note the artwork by the Havana-based collective Los Carpinteros, the lifestyle shop curated by TenOverSix, the Taschen library, and the fine espresso from Seattle’s Victrola Coffee Roasters. But here on Beauty Counter, we’re all about the bi-level Espa Spa. Spanning 8,000 square feet (everything’s bigger in the Texas, right?), the space features a vitality pool, an ice fountain (for stimulating circulation), an amethyst-and-black-quartz-crystal steam room, a wood sauna, and “experience” showers with ambient lighting. Six treatment rooms offer an extensive menu of face and body services, two of which are unique to the hotel: The Joule, a rubdown with warmed volcanic and jade stones, and the Earth-Inspired, a deep-tissue massage designed to undo tension with ginger-root exfoliation. Those not in any hurry to leave such serene quarters should book the Espa Time: a multi-hour session involving a facial, a massage, body exfoliation, a manicure, and a spa bento-box lunch (depending on the length of time requested). With such a lavish—and, frankly, hard-to-top—setup, it’s no wonder the spa will serve as Espa’s flagship location in the U.S.
Espa Spa at the Joule, 1530 Main Street, Dallas, Texas, (214) 748-1300, www.thejouledallas.com.
As iconic New York spots go, few can rival the cachet of the Waldorf-Astoria, whose roster of notable tenants includes the likes of Cole Porter, Marilyn Monroe, and gangster Bugsy Siegel. Another reason to add the fabled hotel to your Big Apple itinerary? The Guerlain Spa, which, perched on the nineteenth floor, now holds a special spot in this jaded New Yorker’s heart. After successfully bypassing the ground-floor Guerlain boutique, I headed upstairs to be received in what is arguably one of the most opulent salon foyers in Manhattan, where guests can shop the brand’s skincare—though you’ll probably prefer to make your way to the Grand Salon, where a well-curated selection of glossies and Prosecco await. The labyrinthine spa offers all the intimacy and meticulous sense of detail of a well-hidden gem on a much larger scale (think fourteen-thousand square feet and fifteen treatment rooms). My indulgence of choice? The deeply nourishing, eighty-minute Abeille Royale Youth Facial, a new addition to the treatment menu. Its star player, royal jelly, has been prized since ancient times for its healing and renewing properties. Guerlain ups the ante of the time-honored ingredient with its Royale Jelly Concentrate, collected from the house’s signature bees (which are kept, dreamily enough, on the French island of Ouessant). In addition to no fewer than two masks, steam, light extractions, and a paraffin hand wrap, the facial’s apian theme continues with the recently launched Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil—a luxurious, amber-hued oil that firms and hydrates skin simultaneously. What could be sweeter?
$295, 100 E. 50th St., New York, (212) 872-7200; guerlainspas.com.
If heaven is a place on earth, then there is most definitely a slice of it at Spa Town—the spa at luxury ranch The Resort at Paws Up, which is nestled in the foothills on 37,000 acres of majestic Montana landscape. Created by husband-and-wife team Dave and Nadine Lipson, the resort is less Wild West adventure and more seven-star, woodland lodge experience. Guests can either stay in luxury tents, or two- and four-bedroom log cabin-esque homes—all boasting the perfect balance of comfort and opulence that one normally only finds in massive urban hotels or beachside retreats. And while horseback riding, white-water rafting, hiking, archery, mountain biking, and even pie making are all offered as activities, the resort’s spa is one of its most beautiful and unique features—as it’s entirely situated in the great outdoors.
The spa comprises six canvas tents—each outfitted with heated massage tables and fans, all opened to an outstanding (and private) view. In Spa Town, tranquility is the goal, so no music is played. Instead, the sounds of grass moving in the wind and birds calling fill the air. Treatments—which range from massages and facials to hand, feet, and body scrubs (all ideal after a few hours of horseback riding)—are also tailored to the environment, as many of the scrubs and oils are handmade with natural and indigenous ingredients found at the ranch. The Wild Scalp Oil, for example, contains lavender, mint, sage, rosemary, and huckleberries and is hand-mixed by spa director Laura Russell. “I spend time hiking and jogging the trails here at Paws Up, and the foliage gets my creative juices flowing,” she says. The spa also includes two outdoor showers with rainfall showerheads, where guests can rinse off under towering ponderosa pines. In other words, getting back in touch with nature has never been so blissful.
The Resort at Paws Up, 40060 Paws Up Road, Greenough, Montana, (406) 244-5200; www.pawsup.com.
One-stop beauty shops that offer a range of services—everything from haircuts and skin-rejuvenating facials to brow shaping and bikini waxes—aren’t exactly hard to find in major metropolitan areas such as Manhattan or L.A. But once you leave the city limits? It’s a whole different story. But those headed out East this summer won’t have to bounce around in search of such beauty essentials now that Salon Bar has officially opened in East Hampton. The 2,000-square-foot space—which is the brainchild of Christina Savescu, a cosmetologist whose career includes positions at Estée Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel—is open from May to September. The menu leaves almost no body zone untreated. For the perfect beachy bob, book a session with resident hairstylist Lois Broderick (whose clients include members of U2) or New York pro Thomas Heinz, who will be on hand Saturdays through August. For glowing skin, consider the 24-karat-gold and collagen face treatments designed to repair cellular damage (and leave a subtle shimmer), an energizing lemongrass face mist, a moisture-infusing oxygen blast, or a detoxifying seaweed body wrap. You can even skip a trip to the doctor’s office, as Savescu’s physician husband, Dr. Napoleon Savescu, offers all manner of injections (Botox, Juvéderm, Restylane) and body-contouring fixes from Europe, such as SlimVest, a cooling suit that’s worn on the body to boost your metabolism, and Endermologie, which targets cellulite. All that and a salty breeze on your way out.
The Salon Bar, 66 Newtown Lane, Suite 10, East Hampton, New York, (631) 604-5500.
Speaking of three shopping days left (see post below), Bliss is here to help those of you who’ve waited until the last minute to take care of everyone on your list. The venerable nationwide primping destination has virtual e-cards, so you can give the gift of spa—oxygen facial, enzyme peel, Brazilian bikini wax, full-body massage, etc.—without having to brave the lines that are now forming at insert-department-store-name-here. All your gift recipient needs to do to enjoy a host of services in person or to buy a bounty of products online is use the gift-card-redemption code sent in e-mail form. So, there you go. Cancel those afternoon shopping plans, throw away the MapQuest matrix you made to maximize time, click here, and exhale.