5 Winter Skin Care Tips by Celebrity Esthetician Joanna Vargas

5 Winter Skin Care Tips by Celebrity Esthetician Joanna Vargas

Joanna Vargas NYC
128 votes, 4.01 avg. rating (80% score)

Joanna Vargas is recognized as a skin care guru relied upon by celebrities and news-makers for her results-oriented facials in her Midtown NYC Salon.  She shares her 5 tips for Winter Skin Care, including remedies you can make at home in your kitchen.  Read more about her Skin Care Spa right here on Spa Index.


11/21/2015 |

3 Reasons You Keep (Over) Eating at Night

Why we Over Eat at Night
8 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (94% score)

If there’s one thing that seems to plague many of us, it’s the munchies to eat at night.  Even after eating dinner, many of us find ourselves peering into the refrigerator each night, searching for something to satisfy.   Is it physical hunger that’s calling? Or emotional soothing that food is sometimes so good at providing?   Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD, President & Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a health and weight loss retreat for women in Vermont, shares her insight.


10/22/2015 |

Top 10 Things to Do in St Louis

Guide to St Louis Spas
42 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (80% score)

Hello from St Louis, Missouri! This Guide to St Louis Spas is courtesy of our field staff members George and Kathy, who live in Town and Country (East St Louis).  Our team is here to guide you to spas and spa hotels in the St Louis area, plus share a few bonus picks of their favorite things to do, places to shop, and things to eat, drink and savor in St Louis.


09/01/2015 |

Top 10 Things to Do in Sacramento

Sacramento Guide to Spas
35 votes, 4.97 avg. rating (99% score)

Hello from Sacramento, California! This Guide to Sacramento Spas is courtesy of our local staff members Kim, Julie and Robert, from Midtown, East Sacramento, and Natomas, respectively. Our team is here to guide you to spas and spa hotels in the Sacramento area, plus share a few bonus picks of their favorite things to do, places to shop, and things to eat, drink and savor in Sacramento.


08/16/2015 |

35 Best Family Friendly Spa Hotels and Resorts

Mountain View Grand Campfire
230 votes, 4.93 avg. rating (98% score)

Bundle up the kids, tune up your bicycles, hire a pet sitter, and book a vacation for the entire family at these family friendly spa hotels and resorts.

These family-favorite hotels each have active programs to help children and families build wonderful vacation memories while Mom and Dad get some needed R & R in the spa and wellness centers located at each of these properties.   Some of the spas have services for the young ones, too, so you can take the “kids will play while the parents relax” approach or you can visit a resort which offers a spa and wellness menu for the entire family.  


08/01/2015 |

14 Reasons to Join a Weight Loss Camp

One Fitness Weight Loss Camp
59 votes, 4.42 avg. rating (88% score)

There are endless methods out there for losing weight. However, they are not all created equal; some are much more effective than others. Perhaps the most successful method is staying at a weight loss camp for adults. Some people may think that “fat camps” are only for children, but these facilities are remarkably effective at promoting lasting weight loss. If you’re wondering whether or not a weight loss camp is right for you, look at some of the most common benefits of attending. (more…)

07/30/2015 |

11 Benefits of a Mud Bath

Roman Spa Mud Bath
15 votes, 4.07 avg. rating (81% score)

A therapeutic “mud bath” experience is a unique spa treatment you’ll certainly want to try.  But what is it exactly, and why should you try it?  In Calistoga, where the Roman Spa specializes in mud baths and massage, the “mud” is actually a mix of volcanic ash, natural peat and  warm geothermal mineral water from the spa’s own spring.  A deep soak tub is filled with lofty, aerated mixture, and your body is submerged up to your neck, but you don’t feel weighed down or trapped (a common fear). It’s more like the sensation of being in surrounded by thick, warm blanket.   Here are 11 reasons to try this unique experience.


06/14/2015 |

Best Spas in Sedona

Best Spas in Sedona
16 votes, 4.81 avg. rating (95% score)

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Sedona.   These day spas offer skin care, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.  These spas are considered the Best of Sedona 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…)

06/03/2015 |

25 Detox Tips by Grail Springs

Grail Springs Vegetable juice
18 votes, 4.28 avg. rating (85% score)

What exactly are toxins? Toxins are substances that have harmful effects on the body. They come from food, water, air, from chemicals used to grow and process food, coffee, sugar, pre-packaged foods and junk foods.   Normally, a person can process these toxins in the liver, kidneys and other organs and eliminate them in the feces, urine, and perspiration.


06/02/2015 |

6 Reasons to Take a Yoga Class While on Vacation (even if you’ve never tried Yoga)

Yoga on the Beach | SpaIndex.com Guide to Spas
122 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (85% score)

Yoga has a wonderful range of benefits that tie in really well with a vacation.    Some of the benefits are actually quite similar to the benefits we get from going on any kind of vacation – for example, the relaxation and health benefits, so why not supercharge that va read more

06/01/2015 |

25 Best Weight Loss Spas and Resorts

25 Top Weight Loss Spas
1472 votes, 4.95 avg. rating (99% score)

The first step in undertaking any goal of importance is simply taking a second step. When it comes to arriving at a healthy weight, knowing what you should do, need to do, and want to do, is not as hard as converting that knowledge to action. You’ve decided to enroll in a residential weight loss program at a destination spa or weight loss retreat — that’s taking action. Deciding which program is best for you, with so many variables, can be challenging. (more…)

05/25/2015 |

5 Teas for Tired People

mint tea
3 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (92% score)

If your life is like ours, traveling a lot or keeping long and erratic hours, there are days that seem as if they will never end, and everything which can go wrong, does go wrong.   Compound that with being in a strange hotel room (which isn’t always a nice spa resort), we find ourselves tossing and turning, tired, but unable to sleep peacefully.   Disconnect all electronics and let hot tea come to the rescue.  These are the 5 Teas for Tired People who need a rest.   (more…)

05/25/2015 |

7 Super Foods to Combat Stress

orange segments
25 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (91% 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…)
05/09/2015 |

15 Best Fly In Spa Resorts

Roche Harbor Marina, Washington
37 votes, 4.57 avg. rating (91% 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.


05/02/2015 |

30 Favorite Hot Springs and Mineral Springs

Hot Springs, Thermae and Healing Waters
21 votes, 4.95 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.


04/28/2015 |

15 Best Stop Smoking Retreats and Vacations

Stop Smoking Retreats and Vacations
503 votes, 4.90 avg. rating (97% score)

Whether you were searching for a stop smoking spa, retreat, local smoking cessation program, or a luxury stop smoking vacation, we’ll help you find the best destinations to choose from.    Spa Index first began curating this list in 2006 in response to reader demand, and we are always searching and adding retreats, spas and resorts offering stop smoking seminars and programs.  If your favorite region isn’t listed, check back again, or contact us for  assistance.  Here are some of the best nicotine addiction programs available at spas, hotels, resorts and retreats: (more…)

04/28/2015 |

THE WINNER! Spa March Madness – Favorite USA Spa Resorts

Gateway Canyons Resort - Favorite USA Spa Resort
2588 votes, 4.91 avg. rating (98% score)

It’s March, and in the USA, that means “fan”-tastic events are taking place for March Madness!  Each year, March Madness is one of the most popular fan participation events on the American sports calendar, but you’ll also see fun tournaments being played for everything from Best Brunch Spots to favorite television characters to this season of Dancing with the Stars

We think it’s also a fun way to vote for favorite Spa Resorts and Hotels in playoffs for the vaulted title as Spa Index Readers’ Choice Favorite USA Spa Resort.


04/08/2015 |

3 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

15 votes, 4.73 avg. rating (94% score)

It’s a new year, and like many of our readers, we too are setting goals for increased fitness and wellness habits.  While just about everyone is gung-ho with motivation and discipline soon after making  resolutions or setting goals, the customary period for breaking those resolutions or stumbling with new goals is now — almost a month in.  We just need a little bit of help to stay the course. (more…)

01/24/2015 |

7 Ways to Use Sea Salt in your Beauty Routine

sea salt
15 votes, 4.40 avg. rating (88% score)

The newest product of the Wakaya family of health and wellness products, produced on the island of Wakaya in Fiji, is Wakaya Perfection Fijian Kosher Sea Salt.   Obviously, everyone loves how sea salt flavors almost everything we cook, but did you know, sea salt is a beauty product you should add to your daily beauty routine?   Try out these favorite recipes and let us know which are your favorites.


07/23/2014 |

6 Signs of a Great Hotel Spa

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
8 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (94% 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


07/17/2014 |

Embracing a Healthy Menopause with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

TCM and Menopause
9 votes, 4.78 avg. rating (94% 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.


11/06/2013 |

7 Tips to Fix Sunburned Peeling Skin

Woman With Sunscrean
12 votes, 4.42 avg. rating (88% score)

Redness, pain and peeling skin are unmistakable signs that you have spent too much time in the sun.   Peeling after a sunburn is the body’s attempt to rid itself of sun-damaged cells and protect you from premature aging and skin cancer, according to the University of Heidelberg.   Unfortunately, peeling skin is also itchy and unsightly. While peeling cannot always be avoided, you can reduce the likelihood that your skin will peel by taking proper care of it immediately after sun exposure.

08/07/2013 |

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