Sun, Sea and Spa at Shutters on the Beach LA

ShuttersThe Spa at Shutters on the Beach is all about the backdrop. The hotel opens out onto the world famous Santa Monica beach with its quintessential Californian blue ocean rollers, along with lifeguard towers and quirky boardwalk activity.  The Spa incorporates the relaxed LA vibe perfectly and inside its cosy interior, there is a fusion of shells and beach style furnishings making you feel like the spa and beach are one. Continue reading “Sun, Sea and Spa at Shutters on the Beach LA”

Mani & Pedi at the Dorchester Spa London

Dorchester SpaWith only 24 hours in London while on route to LA, I stopped off in the Dorchester Spa for an emergency mani & pedi having parked myself in the hotel for the night. The Dorchester located in the heart of Mayfair, is part of the luxurious Dorchester collection and includes many swish 5 star establishments like the Hotel Principe di Savoia, in Milan which readers you may recall I recently reviewed!

The  Dorchester Spa is chic and glamorous and offers a selection of treatments and an option for lunch at the Spatisserie if you want to make a day out of it. The entrance includes a shimmering chandelier with a mix of cream and silver furnishings for extra bling as well as enthusiastic and charming staff to assist.

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Dead Sea Spa at the Kempinski Ishtar Jordan

By Dearbhla Doyle, Guest writer for Unwind and let go.
JordanThe Kempinski Ishtar Hotel at the world famous Dead Sea was the perfect place to end a wonderful five day tour of Jordan. Having spent a dusty day in the Wadi-Rum desert, undergone the trauma of losing my luggage for more than three days, and spent two days hiking in blistering heat through the spectacular city of Petra in flip-flops (I kid you not), myself and my travel companion were in serious need of some rest and recuperation.

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International Orange Spa San Francisco

Golden Gate bridgeWhile in Switzerland last year, I was introduced to one of the worlds top Spa consultants and over an interesting exchange, he offered me several insider tips on city spas around the globe.  And so when I was last visiting San Francisco based on his recommendation, I took the opportunity to visit the International Orange Spa on Fillmore Street, located in Pacific Heights and close to Union Square.

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The Delamar Hotel Spa in Greenwich Connecticut

Delamar Hotel SpaAs part of a recent work assignment on location in Greenwich Connecticut, the schedule included (much to my joy!) a complimentary treatment at the Delamar Hotel spa. Located on the waterfront, the hotel overlooks a pretty marina with fancy sailboats and kind of reminds you of a laid back Summer postcard. Having flown long distance to get there,  I opted for a Swedish massage as my treatment du jour. Perfect for weary travelers but not too demanding for already jet lagged muscles.

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Exfoliation at the Bulgari Hotel Milan

Bulgari HotelAs part of my recent Detox program, I upped the ante on my regime by including a body exfoliation at the luxurious Bulgari Hotel when I was last visiting Milan. Located in one of the nicest parts of the city, the Bulgari Hotel overlooks beautiful botanical gardens and is reputed to be the most exclusive hotel in the city.  I visited it on a quiet Sunday afternoon and observed many elegant guests in the lobby and adjoining spa. I chose my treatment carefully from the extensive spa menu and settled on the creme dela mer inspired ‘La mer signature body treatment with exfoliation’ to apparently ‘renew, relax and restore’ my body.  I don’t normally use the La mer range of products, but with a diamond component, I was happily anticipating beautiful shimmery skin by the end of my treatment.

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Enjoying the new spa at Ashford Castle

By Natalie McGuinness, guest writer for Unwind and let go.

The spa at Ashford Castle was reviewed by The Irish Times shortly before I visited, so my anticipation levels were raised based on the glowing feedback. The spa is a cleverly designed glass annex like an orangery for cultivating beauty and relaxation, tucked away in the west of Ireland. My first visit to the Spa was for an emergency file and paint.

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