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Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai | Bucket List Destinations

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
12 votes, 4.58 avg. rating (91% score)

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and plays a vital role in its conservation.

Guest Suites and Villas at Al Maha blend gently into the desert and offer unsurpassed luxury. Beautifully furnished with a unique collection of authentic Arabian artifacts and antiquities, all suites offer spectacular views of the Dubai Desert Reserve. Many suites include private swimming pools, and the resort offers a Guest Pool as well. Guests watch indigenous Arabian wildlife from these temperature-controlled pools or sun deck seating areas outside of their personal desert villas. (more…)

11/06/2014 |

Primland Virginia | Bucket List Destinations

Primland
33 votes, 4.97 avg. rating (99% score)

Primland, a pristine Blue Ridge Mountain spa resort in Virginia, offers 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Eco-conscious and thoughtfully developed, Primland is the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, spa treatments, refined dining and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty. (more…)

10/23/2014 |

Best Spas in Baltimore

Best Spas in Baltimore
15 votes, 4.80 avg. rating (95% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Baltimore. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Baltimore and Spas in Maryland to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Baltimore based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, which are followed by visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com team members and partners, and occasionally input from local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

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10/12/2014 |

7 Super Foods to Combat Stress

orange segments
16 votes, 4.69 avg. rating (93% score)
Life has a way of getting the best of us some days. Whether it’s working too many hours, being tethered to too many digital devices that never seem to let you “turn off”, shuffling your children all over town for their activities, taking care of your household, or dealing with personal or family matters, stress can take its toll on you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. There are simple steps you can take to combat stress, starting with the foods you eat.  (more…)
10/09/2014 |

Lash Extensions … are they for you?

Lash L’Amour of Boston
6 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (90% score)

With today’s hectic lifestyles, most women don’t have the time to apply fake eye lashes every morning, yet we still want those long, lush lashes that make our eyes pop! So, it’s no surprise that eyelash extensions have become the most recent beauty rage.  Eyelash extensions are enhancements applied to the natural eyelashes to increase volume and length in an effort to emphasize the eyes.

Here are some things to keep in mind when exploring lash extensions.

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09/29/2014 |

Family Weight Loss Retreat in San Antonio

La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio
5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts are among the world’s leading experts in helping young people lose weight and get fitter at our Camp Shane kids camps – the longest running childrens’ weight loss camps since 1968.    Now, the team is helping adults and families embrace a healthy weight, at programs in New York and Texas. Shane’s programs have been featured in national media, including NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, 20/20, Dr. Phil, MTV, Family Circle and more. (more…)

09/23/2014 |

St Regis Princeville Kauai | Bucket List Destinations

St Regis Princeville Kauai
27 votes, 4.96 avg. rating (98% score)

The St. Regis Princeville Resort is the first of this resort brands locations in Hawai’i, and this island destination introduces an unparalleled level of sophistication and serene luxury to one of the most remarkable destinations in the world. Located in the 9,000 acre resort community of Princeville at Hanalei, this luxury resort on Kauai resides on the northern shore of the “Garden Island” — considered to be one of the most beautiful of all the islands. (more…)

09/22/2014 |

Balneotherapy: The Science of a Good Soak

Hot Springs, Thermae and Healing Waters
6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

Hot Springs and Mineral Springs Spas offer an on-site source of natural mineral, thermal or seawater used in hydrotherapy treatments.  The resulting benefits are the backbone of “balneotherapy”, defined as “the branch of medical science concerned with the therapeutic value of baths, especially those taken with natural mineral waters”.

Balneotherapy as a field of study is truly ancient and has been an accepted part of education in medical schools worldwide, particularly in Europe and Asia. The practice has thrived most in regions where ample water sources exist.

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09/21/2014 |

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa | Bucket List Destinations

Heritage Suite
26 votes, 4.96 avg. rating (98% score)

A scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, the Wolgan Valley region in New South Wales Australia is located on Australia’s Great Dividing Range between two national parks – the Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park – in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.   

Visitors to the valley with a destination bucket list will want a stay at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.  The resort forms the centerpiece for unique experiences and insights into Australia’s wildlife, history and cultural heritage. (more…)

07/29/2014 |

6 Signs of a Great Hotel Spa

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

“Hotels have been very keen on spas in recent years–whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn’t mean its spa is. We’ll be taking a closer look at hotel spas in the coming weeks, starting with what makes for a really great hotel spa.

It’s surprising how many great hotels are let down by their spa. And while we won’t name names, we will give you six signs of a very, very, very good spa.” – Hotel Chatter

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07/17/2014 |

Is my diet causing acne breakouts?

skincare
6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (95% score)

The phrase “you are what you eat” has both religious and dietary origins, dating back to as early as  biblical times — Roman Catholics believe that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are changed into the body and blood of Jesus — or the 1800s when Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French lawyer, politician, epicure and gastronome, wrote “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are].

The common use of the phrase today holds that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food.

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07/09/2014 |

Post Ranch Inn | Bucket List Destinations

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
25 votes, 4.96 avg. rating (98% score)

Big Sur is a beautiful coastal region on California’s Central Coast, just south of the of the Monterey Peninsula.  The winding highway hugs the coastline and takes visitors through spectacular forested vistas and a dramatic coastline.  The region has long been home to artists and writers who find inspiration in the rugged landscape and welcoming community.

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07/07/2014 |

Living Hair System by the Body Deli

Body Deli
4 votes, 3.75 avg. rating (78% score)

Chemical laden swimming pools, Jacuzzi tubs, salt water, sun, sand, and more, can wreak havoc on your locks.   The Body Deli, based in Palm Desert, California, but with a website to cater to all its long distance clientele, has a line of products that will help retain hair luster. (more…)

06/28/2014 |

Oyster Box Hotel & Spa | Bucket List Destinations

Pool
19 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

Durban is a popular tourist destination city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, known for the busiest port in South Africa and Africa, its warm climate, extensive beaches, and Rocktail Bay, famed for stunning sands, excellent scuba diving and snorkelling, sea life, and more.  Durban is also home to famed botanical gardens and the St Lucia Wetlands,  South Africa’s first Natural World Heritage Site.

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06/11/2014 |

Best Spas in Memphis

Best Spas in  Memphis
9 votes, 4.89 avg. rating (97% score)

Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee.   Memphis area communities, also known as Memphis Metro in the Mid-South area, include Bartlett, Southaven, Collierville, Germantown, Olive Branch, West Memphis, Horn Lake, Covington, Hernando, Holly Springs, Lakeland, Marion (Arkansas), Millington, Senatobia, Forrest City (Arkansas), and Arlington.  Nicknames or aliases include Birthplace of the Blues, Bluff City, and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll.

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Memphis 2014. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in the Memphis and Spas in Tennessee to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best Spas in Memphis 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

05/21/2014 |

Blantyre in the Berkshires | Bucket List Destinations

Blantyre in the Berkshires
16 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

The Berkshires region in Massachusetts is one of the more beautiful East Coast destinations.  Travelers embracing nature hike its numerous trails, including part of the reknowned Appalachian Trail, traverse its open wilderness,  tour the  Berkshire Botanical Garden and Hebert Arboretum, and relish the feeling of rest and relaxation, the same feeling experienced by generations of  those who visited the region’s historic turn of the century summer camps.  Each July and August, music fills the air — Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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05/12/2014 |

Fly In Spa Resorts

Nemacolin Resort
21 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (93% score)

Private pilots have long used the phrase “$100 Hamburger” to refer to the expense of flying one’s own plane to small airports and air strips in rural areas for a diner hamburger, which, when factoring the cost of fuel and airplane expense, was an expensive but adventurous lunch.

The phrase was coined decades ago and now flying enthusiasts are finding destinations with more to offer than a burger.

Drop down out of the clouds to these Fly In Spa Resorts which have or are near private airstrips, helipads, or have marinas with access to seaplanes

Forget the hamburger — try a fly-in massage before lifting off to your next destination.

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05/05/2014 |

Cinco de Mayo Spa Celebrations: Best All Inclusive Spa Resorts in Mexico

Grand Velas Riviera Maya
13 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

Raise your lime spritzer to a culture celebrating its heritage and pride today.  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us. We’re sharing our tips for the best Mexican spa getaways and inspired dishes to make at home. As much fun as it is to celebrate this holiday close to home, nothing tops a vacation in beautiful Mexico. (more…)

05/05/2014 |

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile | Bucket List Destinations

Tierra Patagonia Hotel - Chile
12 votes, 4.92 avg. rating (97% score)

Patagonia is a spectacularly beautiful region located at the southern end of South America, south of the Andes mountain range, and including deserts, steppes and grasslands.  The Patagonia crosses both Argentina and Chile.   In Chile, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa sits on a bluff on the bank of Lake Sarmiento in the  Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO protected reserve.  The hotel’s award-winning design pays homage and respect to its environs with unique architecture which lets the building emerge from a hillside and complement and flow with the geology of the region.

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04/30/2014 |

Fun, Fabulous, Fit and Fresh: Four Spa Destinations Fit the Bill

Ripe!
8 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

You want to spend your vacation at a spa destination, you want your family to enjoy it, you want to come away feeling better than when you arrived, but you confess you want to do something fun, something fabulous, something different than using a treadmill, weighing in, or using a pool noodle, and something fresh.

We know what you mean— so here are four spa resort destinations for a different kind of spa adventure.

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04/11/2014 |

Guide to Essential Oils

Spa Index Essential Oils Guide
14 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

For the benefit of our visitors who are considering a spa treatment which calls for ingredients in a mask or wrap which are unfamiliar, “read below before you go.”   This Guide to Essential Oils provides some basic information, but it’s also helpful for selecting a new or different combination of oils based on a profile that piques your interest.
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03/30/2014 |

Zen Spaces

Meditation Tea House
7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

Our favorite zen spaces exude calm and rest for the mind body and spirit.  These are a collection of our favorite spaces, created by spas, landscape designers, businesses, home owners, and Mother Nature.

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03/19/2014 |

Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso – Portugal | Bucket List Destinations

Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel
8 votes, 4.38 avg. rating (87% score)

Mountains, the sea, pine trees, fine dining, wellness, spa services, and a privileged location in Quinta da Marinha, one of the most emblematic places on the Portuguese coast. The scent of the sea mixes with the fragrances of the Mountain of Sintra, and the silence is only broken by the breeze blowing through the pine trees.  Here, you’ll find an exquisite wellness escape:  Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso Portugal.

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03/17/2014 |

Mayflower Grace Retreat | Bucket List Destinations

Mayflower Grace
9 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

Located in the idyllic town of Washington in Connecticut, The Mayflower Grace is an exquisite country retreat, nestled in 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland. Just two hours’ drive from New York City, it is renowned as one of northeast America’s most distinguished luxury hideaways, offering the perfect accommodation for those looking for a boutique hotel in Connecticut as well as one of the finest spas in New England.

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03/13/2014 |

Hotel Marques de Riscal Elciego Spain | Bucket List Destinations

Hotel Marques de Riscal
10 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

Since its unveiling in 2006 this masterpiece created by Frank Gehry to house the Hotel Marqués de Riscal has become a highly sought after contemporary, luxury vinotherapy spa retreat. Design, art, gastronomy, wine, wellness, and the lush landscape all combine to create a memorable sojourn.  The hotel is set in The City of Wine, an area of great natural beauty, and exploring its surroundings is easy on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles.  The hotel’s luxurious interior bears the unmistakable stamp of Gehry’s design. Tilted walls, zigzag windows, cathedral-height ceilings and a host of bespoke details create the impression of accommodation as a work of art in its 43 rooms & suites.

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03/11/2014 |

Bulgari Resort Bali | Bucket List Destinations

Bulgari Resort Bali View
9 votes, 4.89 avg. rating (97% score)

The Bulgari Resort Bali is located in one of the most exclusive destinations in the world, a veritable emblem of the tropical exoticism of the Orient, combining the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled nature with a sophisticated contemporary design born from the encounter between traditional Balinese forms and high Italian style. The quality of the services along with the views of the Indian Ocean offered by its magnificent position 150 meters over the sea are stellar.

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03/10/2014 |

Best Spas in Phoenix

BEST SPAS IN PHOENIX, AZ
7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

Phoenix is the capital of and largest city in ArizonaGreater Phoenix is very large — it is one of the largest cities (by land area) in the United States.  It is in Maricopa County.   Greater Phoenix includes Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Chandler, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, and Youngtown.  Phoenix also has a variety of commonly referred-to regions and districts, such as Downtown, Midtown, West Phoenix, North Phoenix, South Phoenix, Biltmore, Arcadia, and Sunnyslope.

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Phoenix 2014.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Phoenix 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

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03/07/2014 |

MOR Marshmallow Bath and Body Products in time for Marshmallow Day

mor marshmallow
5 votes, 4.80 avg. rating (95% score)

In Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the February 14 Valentine’s Day holiday is closely followed by White Day, celebrated on March 14.

On Valentine’s Day, the custom is for women to give gifts of chocolate to men, and not just to sweethearts, but co-workers as well!  The chocolate gifts are known as giri-choco (giri = obligation; choco = chocolate).

In order to level the playing field, a savvy marshmallow manufacturer conceived of Marshmallow Day in 1965, calling for a gesture of thanks by the men. His idea bloomed and on March 14, men who receive chocolate on Valentine’s Day return the favor and give sweet gifts — usually with marshmallow — to women. The holiday is called Marshmallow Day or White Day, as well, and gifts now include marshmallow, candy, chocolate, perfume, and lingerie.

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02/26/2014 |

Best Spas in Washington DC

BEST SPAS IN WASHINGTON, DC
12 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (96% score)

Washington DC is the capital city of the United States.  It was formally known as the District of Columbia, but is now commonly referred to as Washington, “the District”, or simply D.C.   This district is comprised of geographic areas taken from both Maryland and Virginia.  Consequently, Washington DC can be considered a “multi-cities” area.

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Washington DC.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Washington DC 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

02/25/2014 |

Eslor Skincare Review

Eslor Skin Care
11 votes, 4.73 avg. rating (94% score)

We send people to spas, we visit spas ourselves, and we consult with many spa vendors manufacturing and offering skin care products, equipment and services. We know a thing or two about spas and the spa lifestyle.   Still, if you had asked three months ago what our staff members consider their a go-to skin care line, we’d all answer “it’s kind of a nightmare — it changes all the time because it has to.”

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02/08/2014 |

How to Host Spa Parties

Houstonian Spa Bridal Party
8 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

Admit it. You’ve attended enough bridal shower parties with corny games and cheesy prizes to last a life time. You secretly wilt at the thought of one more interminable afternoon slumped back in lumpy furniture watching the guest of honor open her gifts of tea towels, cake stands, and storage containers. You despair at the thought ingesting one more spoonful of the omnipresent marshmallow and mandarin orange gelatin salad or something with the name “Trash” in the name, followed by the “fruit punch” chaser, which looks alarmingly nuclear in origin and consists of a rapidly melting brick of pastel colored sherbet floating in ginger ale.

Fortunately for everyone involved, it’s your turn to host this gig and no one is eating Warehouse Store salads on your watch. You vow to plan something creative, fresh, tasty, and FUN, and we are here to help you do just that. (more…)

02/08/2014 |

Best Spas in Chicago

Best Spas in Chicago
9 votes, 4.78 avg. rating (95% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Chicago. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Chicago and Spas in Illinois to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Chicago based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

02/05/2014 |

Best Spas in Detroit

Best Spas in Detroit
10 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (91% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in the Detroit Area. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to Spas in Michigan to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.   These spas are considered the Best of the Detroit Area 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

01/28/2014 |

Best Spas in Fort Lauderdale

Best Spas in Fort Lauderdale
6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Fort Lauderdale 2014. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Ft Lauderdale and Spas in Florida to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Fort Lauderdale 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

01/23/2014 |

Best Spas in San Diego

Best Spas in San Diego
9 votes, 4.78 avg. rating (95% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in San Diego 2014. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in the San Diego Area and Spas in California to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of San Diego 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

01/16/2014 |

Best Spas in Portland

Best Spas in Portland
8 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Portland. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to Spas in Oregon to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Portland 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

01/13/2014 |

Best Spas in Sacramento

Best Spas in Sacramento
9 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Sacramento. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Sacramento and Spas in California to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Sacramento the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

12/31/2013 |

Best Spas in Jacksonville

Best Spas in Jacksonville Florida
8 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Jacksonville. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to Spas in Florida to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.   These spas are considered the Best of Jacksonville 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

12/31/2013 |

Best Spas in Pittsburgh

Best Spas in Pittsburgh
9 votes, 4.44 avg. rating (89% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Pittsburgh. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to Spas in Pennsylvania to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Pittsburgh 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

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12/24/2013 |

Best Spas in Seattle

Best Spas in Seattle
9 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Seattle. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Seattle and Spas in Washington to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Seattle and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

12/15/2013 |

Best Spas in Miami

Best Spas in Miami
7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Miami 2014. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in the Miami Metro Area and Spas in Florida to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Miami 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

12/10/2013 |

Best Spas in Denver

Best Spas in Denver
13 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Denver 2014. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in the Denver and Spas in Colorado to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Denver 2014 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

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12/03/2013 |

Best Spas in Atlanta

Best Spas in Atlanta
7 votes, 4.86 avg. rating (96% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Atlanta. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Atlanta and Spas in Georgia to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Atlanta the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

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12/03/2013 |

Best Spas in Milwaukee

Best Spas in Milwaukee
6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (95% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in the Milwaukee Area 2013. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in the Milwaukee Area and Spas in Wisconsin to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Milwaukee 2013 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

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11/19/2013 |

Best Spas in San Jose

BEST SPAS IN SAN JOSE, CA
8 votes, 4.88 avg. rating (96% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in San Jose 2013. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in San Jose and Spas in California to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of San Jose 2013 and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com staff and secret spa reviewers, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

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11/12/2013 |

Embracing a Healthy Menopause with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

TCM and Menopause
6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (95% score)

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are based on the concept of Yin and Yang, two forces that must be balanced in the body.  The concept resembles the western notion of homeostasis.  Yin is associated with coolness in the body, and Yang is responsible for warmth.  During menopause, Yin declines and so there is a relative excess of Yang in the body.  This manifests as hot flashes and night sweats, two complaints frequently reported by menopausal women.

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11/06/2013 |

Best Spas in Houston

Best Spas in Houston Texas
8 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Houston. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Houston and Spas in Texas to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Houston and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

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10/29/2013 |

Best Spas in Raleigh

BEST SPAS IN RALEIGH, NC
7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Raleigh and The Triangle. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Raleigh and Spas in North Carolina to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Raleigh and the surrounding areas based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.


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10/24/2013 |

Best Spas in Boston

Best Spas in Boston
9 votes, 4.44 avg. rating (89% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Boston. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Boston and Spas in Massachusetts to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Boston based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals.

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09/24/2013 |

Georgia Seeking to Bring Back the Soviet Era Spa Experience

Tskaltubo sanatorium resort ruins
6 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (81% score)

Known for its pristine mountain air and curative waters, the South Caucasus country of Georgia used to be closely associated during the Soviet era with doctor-prescribed rest and relaxation.

The tumult of two decades of independence eroded the country’s reputation as a place to relax and rejuvenate. But these days, policymakers and some investors are eyeing the country’s aging spas as an opportunity to gain a share of the $2-trillion global spa-and-wellness market. (more…)

09/21/2013 |

Best Spas in Columbus

Best Spas in Columbus
10 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (91% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Columbus. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Columbus and Spas in Ohio to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.  These day spas offer skincare, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Columbus based on polls and ratings from our readers and spa enthusiasts, visits and reviews by SpaIndex.com, local radio, print and digital media, and spa industry professionals. (more…)

09/10/2013 |

How do I handle tipping for spa treatments?

Spa 74 700 sim
6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (95% score)

How do I know which of the day spa staff personnel to tip, and how much do I tip each of them? Spa treatments are a luxury I must budget for myself; I don’t want to go home with an empty wallet, but I don’t want to embarrass myself by slighting anyone, either. Speaking of which, do you have to carry around cash discretely and hand it out immediately after you are attended to by each staff person?  It seems so awkward, but I don’t see any standard practices.– Mary B., Fort Lauderdale, FL

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08/29/2013 |

What are Meditation Labyrinths?

Walking the Meditation Labyrinth at Golden Door Spa, Boulders, Arizona
6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

Meditation Labyrinths provide a meditative experience thought to reduces stress, renew energy levels and create inner balance within the walker. Unlike a maze, which is intended to confuse, block, and misdirect the walker, a labyrinth is meant to relax by giving the walker time to meditate, think, or muse as he or she follows a “leisurely path to center.”

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06/17/2013 |

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology Path
6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

This ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique targets specific pressure points (usually on the feet, but also on the hands and ears) which are massaged in order to re-establish the flow of energy throughout the body. For many enthusiasts, it relieves stress and releases energy and pressure throughout the body.

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06/17/2013 |

Ionic Detox Foot Baths: Scam or Science?

FootBath
27 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (93% score)

This post is a reprint of one of our most heavily read and shared SpaCast blog posts, dated February 4, 2008.   The issue of whether ionic detox foot baths (and now, detox foot patches) offer any real benefit was one of the most hotly debated subjects ever printed on our spa lifestyle network.

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06/01/2013 |

Tipping Spa Attendants

Jacuzzi Tub
6 votes, 4.17 avg. rating (84% score)

Q: My boyfriend and I went to a day spa to enjoy a package which included a 30 minute hot tub soak, and a side by side European massage. This was a couples package. We tipped the massage therapist for two massages.  Were we suppose to tip for the hot tub?  No one performed anything while we were in there, they just opened the door and set a timer. What would be the appropriate manner of tipping in such a situation? Thanks. — Pei H.

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05/17/2013 |

What Kind of Facial Should I Get?

Teen Skincare
6 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (87% score)

I am 22 and having trouble deciding on what kind of a facial treatment — my first — to get from a Day Spa on my vacation.   I have read the brochures and talked to my friends, and when I read and hear about an aromatherapy facial, that’s what I want.  Then I read about a mud mask and then that’s what I want. Then I read about a vitamin facial, and that sounds good too. My skin is pretty normal most of the time, but at other times has pretty bad acne breakouts. Help!!!” — Angel R.

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05/01/2013 |

Roman Spa Hot Springs Getaway

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5 votes, 4.80 avg. rating (95% score)

Sign up for a chance every month to win a “romantic getaway package” at the Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort in Calistoga, California. By signing up, you will receive occasional emails with exciting giveaways, latest promotions, discount specials, and unique spa packages, plus the latest information on Napa Valley happenings.

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03/01/2013 |

A Former Ferry Becomes the Bota Bota Floating Spa in Montreal

Bota Bota Montreal
3 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (87% score)

Recycle to reinvent; the motto of Bota Bota, the project where a 57-year-old ferryboat was transformed into a floating Scandinavian spa by Sid Lee Architects, right in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port.  Bota Bota is the new name given to the ferry boat that used to link two cities in Quebec in the 1950s, built in 1951 and measuring 170 feet and 600 tons, the Arthur Cardin plied the waters between these two cities for ten years. — Yatzer.com

 

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01/15/2013 |

Acupuncture or Acupressure? What’s the Difference?

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

Acupuncture or Acupressure?

Acupuncture or Acupressure

Acupuncture uses needles and Acupressure does not.  Both are ancient forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Acupuncture is a system of healing based on inserting small needles into energy points throughout the body. This dissolves obstructions in the flow of energy and correct imbalances.  The needle are extremely fine and thin and the insertion is painless.  Many patients fall asleep during the procedure.

Acupressure is healing based on apply finger pressure and massage to energy points which releases muscle tension.   An Acupressure Facial uses finger massage to acupressure points in the facial area, to obtain deep relaxation and prevent stress wrinkles.

photo credit: Megan Mallen


 

11/14/2012 |

Donation Requests

SIM Displays
3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)

Participating Spas and Resorts

Please consider these participating destinations for your fund-raising goals. These sponsors have published and known donation policies. You should contact these spas and hotels directly, using the Donation Policies Links provided.

Spa Index Media does not directly participate in fund-raising requests because we do not sell products, gift cards, or make booking arrangements on behalf of our listed spas.  For that reason, we have no products or tangible goods suitable to donate for these endeavors.  We do, however, maintain a list of spas and resorts which consider donation requests.      Participating sponsors may ask to be included or excluded from this list by using our contact form. (more…)

06/23/2012 |

Thalassotherapy Spas in the USA

thalasso.lomadelmar
7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

Hi, I am looking for a thalassotherapy facility in the US. Could you help me to find? Thank you.”  G.B.

Some “Thalassotherapy Spas” —  mostly in the United States, describe thalassotherapy simply as “the use of sea products to detoxify, exfoliate, balance the skin’s pH, and hydrate.”   That should give you pause because true thalassotherapy is an ancient form of wellbeing; using sea water and marine based products for health and beauty.

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04/22/2006 |

Arkansas for the Modern Spa Enthusiast

Eureka Springs
5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)

I love to travel to new and different destinations, and can almost always find something and someplace to recommend in out of the way places. Part of this enthusiasm for different cultures, food, architecture, activities, is the result of my being raised in one of the most culturally diverse of areas of the United States — Berkeley and San Francisco, California.

Still, one of the areas of my own country I have not visited much is the South. I can’t identify any particular reason, other than the misguided idea, perhaps, that returning to the slow pace of the South wasn’t progressive.  Nothing had changed except its association with the Clinton presidency. Then, this year, Arkansas tourism guides called.

Come tour our spa region” they asked. “We think you’ll be surprised.” (more…)

06/15/2005 |

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