Spa Blog: Getaways, Features, Tips, Best of Lists, Recipes and More
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.
February 5, 2018 | Spa Index
Las Vegas is known primarily for its luxury casinos, gambling halls, shopping, fine dining and nightlife, but don’t overlook its many sites of natural beauty for outdoor fitness and adventure enthusiast.
January 31, 2018 | Spa Index
Canyon Ranch Kitchen Staff Cathy Garrard and Canyon Ranch Reviewer Lisa L. Powell, M.S., R.D.N. tell us to make sure our diet contains these Top 10 Body Cleansing Foods — nutritional superstars — to maximize your body’s natural detoxification abilities.
January 19, 2018 | Spa Index
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 can be challenging.
January 10, 2018 | Spa Index
Here are 7 mindfulness exercises that you can practice with eating, which will help you drop the weight quickly, happily, and with ease and grace.
January 6, 2018 | Spa Index
Spa Treatments and Wine were made for one another. Taste, aroma, sensation and a feeling of well-being all come into play, when drinking wine, eating cuisine cooked with wine, and enjoying spa treatments featuring vinotherapy — the healing properties of the grapes and seeds.
January 5, 2018 | Spa Index
We’ve selected a few of our favorite places to soak up the waters, both destinations for the simple pleasure of a mineral water hydrotherapy soak, as well as more advanced therapeutic waters used for balneotherapy.
January 5, 2018 | Spa Index
Forget the “$100 hamburger” — that phrase was coined decades ago and now flying enthusiasts are finding destinations with more to offer than just a good burger. Instead, try a fly-in massage before lifting off to your next destination. 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.
January 2, 2018 | Spa Index
Are you overloaded with information on what to do to lose or maintain a healthy weight? Here are 7 simple strategies for weight loss for the New Year.
January 2, 2018 | Spa Index
A rustic hot springs town in the Colorado mountains, an opulent palace on a lake in India, a stunning castle in Ireland, a watering hole in Mexico, an eco friendly retreat in New Zealand, a monastery in Italy. Each of these — and more spa hotels, resorts and wellness retreats — are on our editors’ and staff bucket lists for 2018.
January 1, 2018 | Spa Index
Bundle up the kids, tune up the bicycles, and book a vacation for the entire family at these family-friendly spa hotels and resorts. These spa resorts and retreats each have programs especially to help children and families build vacation memories
December 31, 2017 | Spa Index
Before those winter blues get you down prepare for this common mood monster and develop a strategy to beat the cold weather doldrums. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures get lower, some simple shifts in your behavior can help you avoid seeking comfort in food to get through the winter months.
December 21, 2017 | Spa Index
Embracing all 10 Essentials of the Pritikin Program is the secret to losing weight, feeling healthier, and, best of all, more fully enjoying your life.
December 15, 2017 | Spa Index
Browse our directory of the best Salt Spas, Salt Caves and Halotherapy Centers, from simple family-friendly studios to luxury sea salt rooms ideal for a quiet mini refuge.
December 2, 2017 | Spa Index
Does a Fatty, Sugary Diet Contribute to Holiday Blues? While the holidays are a time of joy and fellowship for some, they often lead to bouts of depression for others.
November 10, 2017 | Spa Index
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 pleasure trip, so why not supercharge that vacation with some yoga?
October 1, 2017 | Spa Index
Canada’s long running Grail Springs Retreat Centre shares these easy detox tips for helping your body jump start a detox process
September 16, 2017 | Spa Index
How couples handle a health and wellness crisis could make or break even the most loving relationship. Tips from Sheila Cluff of the Oaks of Ojai will help you find your way.
September 6, 2017 | Spa Index
San Antonio is a haven for spa, fitness, wellness and outdoor enthusiasts. Here are our Top 10 Places to Eat, Stay, Spa and Visit in San Antonio, Texas
September 2, 2017 | Spa Index
When you think of vacations in the California Desert, you probably think first about Palm Springs and its celebrity history, golf resorts, dazzling swimming pools, lounges, casinos, dance clubs and colorful street festivals, but has so much more to offer for the spa, fitness, outdoors and wellness enthusiast.
August 9, 2017 | Spa Index
Our partner, Structure House, a residential weight loss program in Durham, North Carolina, shares these warning signs, tips and advice for heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and how to prevent heat related illnesses.
July 20, 2017 | Spa Index
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.
July 14, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
Austin is a haven for spa, fitness, wellness and outdoor enthusiasts. Here are our Top 10 Places to Eat, Stay, Play, and Spa in Austin, Texas
July 8, 2017 | Spa Index
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.
July 7, 2017 | Spa Index
Finding it hard to make time for your fitness and wellness goals? Here are 5 tried and true ways to combine your fitness activities with kids’ time.
June 27, 2017 | Spa Index
If you’re a spa, fitness, outdoors and wellness enthusiast like us, here are our Top 10 Things to Do in Albuquerque.
June 7, 2017 | Spa Index
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.
May 1, 2017 | Spa Index
We tallied several thousand votes from our newsletter subscribers, our staff, our online readers and visitors, our panel of Secret Spa Reviewers, and our social media followers, and the 2017 results are in!
April 4, 2017 | Spa Index
Our most popular poll is back and the Third Annual Spa March Madness has begun! Our editorial staff, secret spa reviewers, readers, newsletter subscribers, spa partners, press contacts and more, all contributed to selecting 64 USA Spa Resorts in competition to be named Readers Favorite USA Spa Resort 2017.
April 2, 2017 | Spa Index
There are several super foods out there that provide you with the energy and nutrition your body needs to keep stress in check. Here are 7 Super Foods to Combat Stress, and recipes to make the best use of them.
March 25, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
Based on over 40 years of experience helping women make small, impactful changes in their lives, here are 10 tips to help you on your journey of making healthy, positive changes each day.
January 21, 2017 | Spa Index
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.
January 21, 2017 | Spa Index
If there’s one thing that seems to plague many of us, it’s the munchies leading to overeating 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?
January 4, 2017 | Spa Index
Many of us are our own worst enemies when it comes to our perception around what we have or have not achieved, as well as how we look. As women who live in a society that values body perfection, this “not enough” talk may manifest in the form of body loathing.
December 28, 2016 | Spa Index
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.
October 30, 2016 | Spa Index
These are the 5 Best Teas to Help You Rest. Tired People — Disconnect all electronics and let hot tea come to the rescue.
October 4, 2016 | Spa Index
Structure House, a residential weight loss program in Durham, North Carolina, shares these 5 tips to help us break free of mindless eating, get off auto-pilot, and put yourself back in control.
September 21, 2016 | Spa Index
Most people are aware that acupuncture can treat pain. But did you know that acupuncture can also treat emotional disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems, obstetrical concerns, and immunity problems?
September 12, 2016 | Spa Index
These easy tips will allow you to use the key points of Good Nutrition to help you reach your Summer goals or help you from overdoing it during these busy Summer months.
June 21, 2016 | Spa Index
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,…
June 14, 2016 | Spa Index
When Spring marches into Summer, you need protect your skin so it doesn’t pay the price for the brunt of the heat this season. These skin care tips will help keep your skin fresh and dewy, even when the mercury climbs high, and help you enjoy your summer!
June 12, 2016 | Spa Index
Guests of Movara Fitness Resort and similar destination spas are served a nutritious breakfast, but what about when you are traveling and staying in hotels which are increasingly offering a Free Continental Breakfast?
May 7, 2016 | Spa Index
Did you know there are easy ways to enjoy healthy family getaways without sacrificing fun? Here are 10 tips to help make your vacation more active and healthy,
May 1, 2016 | Spa Index
There are no magic formulas to lose weight and get fit, says wellness expert Charles Platkin, Ph.D, but there are five simple pieces of Tried and True Advice which together make for weight loss strategies of merit for everyone.
May 1, 2016 | Spa Index
We tallied several thousand votes from our newsletter subscribers, our staff, our online readers and visitors, our panel of Secret Spa Reviewers, and our social media followers, and the 2016 results are in!
April 6, 2016 | Spa Index
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 Annual Spa Index Readers’ Choice Favorite USA Spa Resort. #SpaMarchMadness
March 6, 2016 | Spa Index
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.
January 24, 2016 | Spa Index
Did you know there are 7 common types of eaters? Naturally some of the dietary habits that dictate a “type” overlap a bit, but many of us have a predominate type. Do you know which of these 7 types of eaters you are?
January 2, 2016 | Spa Index
This article is adapted from and courtesy of Sylvia Riley, and explores the world’s Top 6 Superfoods for ultimate age-defying beauty.
December 31, 2015 | Spa Index
To help stick with your clean eating (and sipping) goals this Holiday season, the Vita Vie Retreat in Florida has created a few cocktails and mocktails for the holidays for all of you to enjoy!
December 9, 2015 | Spa Index
Besides getting older and cold weather, too much holiday food and drink can wreak havoc on the skin. Here are five tips and product recommendations for a glowing complexion this holiday season.
November 27, 2015 | Spa Index
June 28, 2015 | Spa Index
Good Sleep Equals Good Health. Cal-A-Vie Health Spa tells us why sleep is essential, not only for cognitive performance, but also for optimal weight!
May 28, 2015 | Spa Index
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.
July 23, 2014 | Spa Index
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.
July 17, 2014 | Spa Index
Massage is now applied in different ways and forms for different purposes. Here is a list of the top rated massage techniques. Read on for one of them might be the right option for you.
March 12, 2014 | Spa Index
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.
November 6, 2013 | Spa Index