2009 Spa Reviews by Julie Register
following are reviews of some of the spas Julie Register visited in 2009
started the year by visiting spas in Atlantic City. It seems appropriate that
I end the year by doing the same. This time I stayed at Caesars Atlantic City
to experience Qua Baths & Spa.
I enjoyed two of their special holiday treatments - the Peace Back and Foot Ritual
and Joy Intensif® Facial. I also enjoyed walking on the boardwalk and doing
a little last minute Christmas shopping in The Pier Shops across from Caesars.
However, there were a few opportunities for improvement. Read about my
visited Oasis Westchester
in Dobbs Ferry, New York to experience Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and a
Radiancy Facial using an LHE (Light and Heat Energy) Micro-Photo Therapy
laser device. It was the first time for both of these treatments for me. I also
chatted with owner Bruce Schoenberg. Read about my
flew into Austin to attend the ISPA Conference and Expo early so I could spend
the better part of a day at The Spa
at Barton Creek. I had a seasonal Pumpkin Enzyme Facial and a Mexican Chocolate
Cayenne Scrub. Both were excellent. The spa facilities were mid-renovation. Read
about my experience there.
This summer I visited Wintergreen
Resort, which located on 11,000 acres on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge
Mountains. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, there were spectacular views everywhere
including at the Wintergarden Spa. Read about my
had been a long time since I first experienced The
Spa at The Hotel Hershey. In the time that passed, the spa grew from 17,000
to 30,000 square feet. Read about my impression of the expanded facilities and
my Cocoa Facial Experience.
Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia was one of the first spas
I discovered online when I started my website over a dozen years ago. I finally
had an opportunity to experience the historic, award-winning resort and spa this
summer. Read about my experience
at The Greenbrier Spa - a soak in sulphur infused mineral water, Swiss shower,
Scotch hose, and a heavenly massage.
experienced my first microcurrent facial at Joanna
Vargas Skin Care, a discreet spa in New York City. Read about my
was in Atlanta again this Fourth of July. In addition to participating in the
Peachtree Road Race, I experienced a great facial by Daiva Jurgutis, owner of
Buckhead Grand European Spa.
Read about my experience at
this lovely day spa.
had the pleasure of visiting one of my favorite spas this summer - The
Spa at The Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville, North Carolina. I find it hard
to believe that seven years have passed since my
last visit. I was impressed then by the unique underground design, the wonderful
way it blended with the historic resort's Arts and Crafts style as well as the
quality of the services. I am impressed now with the improvements made since then
and the same excellent service. Read about my
experience at this subterranean spa.
Joya Spa at the Intercontinental Montelucia
Resort & Spa Scottsdale in Paradise Valley, Arizona delivers both exterior
and interior journeys. The spa's design makes you feel like your are in Andalucía,
Spain with Moorish architecture, whitewashed walls, billowing "tents,"
and hand-made Moroccan tiles. Joya Spa also provides a guide to an interior journey
throughout the spa experience with the Joy of Purification, the Joy of Insight,
the Joy of Intention and the Joy of Illumination. Read about my
experience at the newest luxury spa in Scottsdale.
am strolling on the wide beach in front of my room at Gurney's
Inn on the eastern tip of Long Island. The fog has almost burned off. The
sky is clear, the air is cool, and the sun is warm. My intention for a brisk walk
has evaporated. My attention is drawn to the many small, colorful stones that
have been perfectly polished by waves and sand and have been generously scattered
all over the beach. Like a little kid, I have to stop and look at each one. I
dawdle. The white, red, gold and black stones call me. I pick them up and brush
them off. I put them in my pocket to later add to my fountains and plant trays
at home. I will look at them and remember this beach, this time, this sun, this
sky, the wee trace of fog, the seawater spa treatments and the child within. Read
about my experience at the only thalasso
spa in the continental United States.
my most recent visit to Atlantic City, I stayed at The Water Club, a 43-story,
$400 million hotel connected to The Borgata. It has six retail shops and five
heated pools - 3 indoor and 2 outdoor. It doesn't have its own casino, but guests
can easily use The Borgata's. It does, however, have its own spa, Immersion
- and it's a very nice one I might add. I love the name. It sets an expectation
of the spa experience before you even enter the facility. Immersion met my expectations.
It was completely relaxing. Read about my
May, 2007, I received a press release announcing that Harrah's in Atlantic City
had opened a new pool complex ad and an Elizabeth Arden Red
Door Spa. At the time, I made a note to stop by. Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer
in the industry, and Red Door Spas were opening all over the country (there are
30 now). I had never been to one, and my only impression was from a short, most
likely inaccurate scene from the Whoopi Goldberg movie Jumpin' Jack Flash. Over
a year and a half after the press release, I found my way to Atlantic City and
finally experienced The Red Door Spa at Harrah's. Read about my
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Farm to Treatment Table Lavender Experience
This package is available Saturdays only, May 12 – July 14 (excluding June 8), must be booked one week in advance and requires 48 hours notice for cancellation.
Hill Country Lavender Farm tour,
a bottle of organic lavender massage oil made at the farm,
lunch at Replenish Spa Café with items featuring lavender, and a lavender-based spa treatment featuring the organic lavender massage oil from the Hill Country Lavender farm.
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