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Spa Gift Guide: Add Haven to Your Holidays!

3 Dec

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The #HolladayWishbook is your guide to giving the spa life this holiday season.  With a carefully curated Santa’s bag of spa living goodies that we loved so much we had to buy them ourselves!  We even included a few hints to make your season more haven and less harried.

Holladay Hint:  Click the image above to view the magazine on ISSUU, at the top of viewer there’s a little box with an arrow shooting out of it, use that to share the entire book or just an item – after all you might like to receive a few of these gems as well as give them!

PS:  We have more of these coming out, if you’d like to receive them via email, join our Spa Brunchers Club here

We hope you love what we found as much as we do!

Happy Holidays Y’all!

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Haunted Spas

1 Nov

Put the Boo! in beautiful at these spooky spas that have all been rumored to be haunted. Maybe the ghosts are looking for a little body work?

1. 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Sci Fi Channel’s Ghost Hunter show can’t be wrong! One of the most haunted hotels in the world, dark spots, floating visions and the ghost of a construction worker who fell to his death during the construction of the hotel.

But, who cares about a ghost when you can relax at the hotel’s New Moon Spa? Try the Pure Focus Facial Massage!

2. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa Safety Harbor Florida

Considered Florida’s first spa, Safety Harbor’s founder Dr. Baranoff’s presence has been said to felt during a massage.   Salt shakers have mysteriously disappeared from the restaurant (bad for the body you know!) Plus, 2 people said they were bitten by a dog statue. Via

Sleep right through those hauntings, try their Lavender Dreams spa duet – an Espiritu Springs Mineral Bath & Lavender Dreams Ultimate Experience

3. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii

HHV is the home of Mandara Spa, the largest spa in Waikiki. In 1959, an employee saw a woman in a red dress vanish before his eyes as he was escorting her to a room. Some say she is the ghost of a woman murdered in a tower room, while others say she is none other than the volcano goddess herself, Madame Pele.

Volcano Goddess or not, emerge as a goddess from Mandara, after indulging in their Hot Stone Therapy which incorporates volcanic Basalt stones in the massage!

4. Claremont Hotel & Spa Berkely, CA

A little girl who died in the hotel is said to haunt the fourth floor with her friendly apparition. via

Maybe she needs a spa day? Their Anti-Gravity facelift would be perfect!

5. The Langham Hotel & Spa, London

Though 5 ghosts have been seen here, the main one is the ghost of a doctor who committed suicide at the hotel after murdering his new wife on his honeymoon. via NatGeoAdventure

Visit the hotel’s Chuan Spa to balance the yin and yang out of that ghost. The spa opens in Jan. 2011.

Happy Halloween! Candy

Spooky SpaHome Decor – For All Year Round!

29 Oct

I ran across these goulish goodies the other day. Couldn’t resist sharing! They totally vibe Halloween but mix with subtle decor they add wow all year long!

The Skeleton Chair by Michael Aram Goulish Glam! Would make a sleek dining chair!

The other pieces are from Downtown – a modern furniture & accessories company that uses a lot of reclaimed materials in their designs.

Muirfield Bench – Very bat-like don’t you think?

Hand Carved Spider Table – What’s so scary about these beautiful sculpted delicate legs? And it’s available in any Benjamin Moore Paint color!

Plateau Torchiere – Subtly channels skeleton!

Happy Halloween and Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

Give Your Guy a Sweetest Day Spa at Home Treat!

13 Oct

Stuck for Sweetest Day ideas for the guy who has it all? How about a spa treatment? This ultimate masculine spa evening offers relaxation, indulgence and togetherness. Sweet!

The Invite

Mail your sweetheart an invitation to dinner (or slip it into his briefcase) Request an RSVP.

The Nibbles

Make sure food selections can be kept warm during spa time, so there is an uninterrupted flow to the evening. If you order in, ask the restaurant to bring food in heat safe containers.

Don’t forget beverages and fresh fruit as pre-spa starters. Drink choices include water infusions . . . but a bottle of wine or a pitcher of his fave cocktail or beer may help him relax.

The Present

Buy your guy a robe and slippers. Create and print a “Menu” listing spa treatments and dinner. Place the menu on top of the robe and slippers and wrap.

Set up the Spa

Prepare pitchers of drinks, gather candles (woodsy scents like pine lend masculine appeal) and music. 

Create a nook by moving living room chairs next to the sofa to create an L shape. Cushion the floor, layering blankets, quilts, sleeping bags and sheets. Lean pillows around the edge and on the floor for seating – bed pillows, throw pillows, sofa cushions, floor cushions work great.

Use a low coffee table or trays set to the side for treatment supplies, beverage, snacks and candles.

 Twenty minutes before his arrival warm the oil and water, dim the lights, set up the music and light candles.

Spa Treatment Ingredients
12 – 14 Smooth flat stones a bit bigger than a quarter (from outside or a craft store) soaking in a bowl of warmed apricot oil (warm in the microwave 10 secs at a time)(option – add 2 drops of pine or cedarwood essential oil)
Cotton pads
2 Bowls of warm water
Toner (use your own, just don’t tell him)
Moisturizing (non-hardening) face mask
a stack of hand towels

The Spa Treatments

When he arrives, give him his gift. Pour him a beverage. Surprise! It’s a spa night! Have him remove his shoes and socks and put on his slippers. Optional: Ask him to put on the robe. Proceed with selected treatments & food at your own pace. Here’s a mélange of DIY masculine indulgences:

Hands Down

Sit across from him, taking one of his hands palm up. Holding a pebble from the oil, rub the stone in circles radiating from the middle of the palm out, then stroking it along his fingers. Turn the palm over and rub with your fingertips in the same pattern. Place one pebble between the spaces of his fingers & wrap the hand in a towel. Repeat on the other hand. Let him relax for 10 minutes. Remove the towel and stones rubbing in excess oil.

Romance alert: While his hands are “tied” is an excellent time to feed him fruit or beverages.


Using the oil from your fingers to massage his scalp. Beginning at the hairline, vigorously knead as if you were making bread. Next, gently pull his hair to stimulate circulation. Finish by squeezing the edges of his ears from the lobe along the outer rim upwards.

Brave Face

Arrange the thickest cushions on the floor in a “bed” and have Mr.-Blissed-Out-By-Now lay face up. Wet a cotton pad with water and clean his face and neck. Rub a stone horizontally across his forehead. Then press your fingers along the bone that encircles the eyes (the orbital bone), stoke from his chin up the cheeks and press your palms against his cheeks, then stoke from his collarbone up the neck. Apply toner to his face and neck. Spread the mask over the face and neck, placing a damp cotton pad over eyes.


While the face mask sets, place the pebbles between his toes a la Hands Down above. Massage his calves and feet for 15-20 minutes. Whether he’s robed or not also makes a difference. When you’re finished, use a warm cotton pad to clean the face mask off.

The treatment series can take as long as you like, feel like extending the hand massage? Go for it! Have dinner & enjoy the rest of your Sweetest Day evening.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

Spa Fathers Day Picks

18 Jun

Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. . . lucky for us guys are getting into the spa groove more than ever – here are a few of our favorite gifts for their newest past time:

Stoneware Shaving Mug w/Olive Oil Soap and Brush from martisart on Etsy

Natural Spice Body Buff at the Four Seasons Austin – Many spas have treatments just for men and this one’s a doozy – A blend of almond, cinnamon and nutmeg is briskly applied all over the body, leaving the skin smooth, fresh and revitalised.

Monogram Signature Spa Robe from Restoration Hardware

Whiskey Cologne from Portland General Store on Etsy

Bedhead Cobalt Madras Pj’s from Bedhead

And, the grand finale, the Ultimate Guy’s Spa Day:   a swim in the beer pool at Bierschwimmbad in Tarrenz, Austria

Spa wishes, Candy

Where Would St. Patrick Spa?

17 Mar

Did you really think I’d forget to give St. Patrick a spa day?  I am half Irish after all!  Plus, the roots of St. Patrick’s Day are in indulging.  It’s origins are said to stem from a day to take a break from Lent, eat meat and rejoice!  And if there was a spa around, I’m sure more than one Irishman soaked his beer saturated body in the jacuzzi.

St. Patrick himself is somewhat of a mystery & it turns out the legend of him banishing snakes from Ireland is a hoax (more on that at  As the patron saint of a day of indulgence (which sounds an awful lot like a spa day to me!) I couldn’t resist giving him a spa itinerary.

County Kerry

Located in one of the most Irish counties in the Emerald Isle, County Kerry sits the Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa. One of Ireland’s most picturesque havens, County Kerry’s capital is Tralee home of the world renowned Rose of Tralee & the county itself if bordered by mountains on one side and lakes on the other – County Kerry is to St. Patrick like the North Pole is to Santa.  Where else would he relax?

The Killarney Plaza boasts Ireland’s only true concept Molton Brown spa which has special treats just for the lads perfect for St. P.  It was even voted the Best Hotel in Ireland in 2008.  Here’s what I’d recommend, after a stint in the sauna to sweat out all that alcohol, tend to those saintly hard working hands and feet with:

Desert plant conditioning hand groom

Vitalise your nails, hands and arms. Hands will be soaked, buffed and moisturised while your nails are given a trim, your cuticles are tidied and we treat your hands, palms and arms to a relaxing massage.

Your skin will feel smooth and hydrated and your nails will be in great shape.

* Pre-booking is advised for this therapy       1 hour  15 minutes  €70

Samphire vital foot groom

Recondition your feet, ankles and nails. Your soles and heels will be soaked and polished, while your nails and cuticles are given a shape and tidy. Then relax as you enjoy a hydrating and stress-relieving foot massage. Emerge with smooth, moisturised skin, immaculate cuticles and a revived mood.

Killarney Plaza wishes you a very happy and green St. Patrick’s Day with this animated card & Irish toast:

Link to animated Card:

Our Irish Toast to you…

Seo sláinte an tséitéara, an ghadaí, an trodaí, agus an óltóra!
Má dhéanann tu séitéireacht, go ndéana tú séitéireacht ar an mbás,
Má ghoideann tú, go ngoide tú croí mná;
Má throideann tú, go dtroide tú i leith do bhráthar,
Agus má ólann tú, go n-óla tú liom féin.

If you cheat, may you cheat death.
If you steal, may you steal a woman’s heart.
If you fight, may you fight for a brother.
And if you drink, may you drink with me.

Bring St. Patrick’s Spa Sojourn Home:

Do a femme fatale version of St. Paddy’s mani/pedi with one of the hot green nail polishes like Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Orbis Non Sufficit, Teal or Recycle.

Try this delicious version of Corned Beef & Cabbage from .

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day Spa Wishes, Candy

Valentine’s Day Spa Trip Where Would Saint Valentine Spa

14 Feb

According to wikipedia, Saint Valentine refers to twelve martyred Roman saints.  It’s even sketchy as to whether our holiday, celebrates one Saint’s feast or all twelve.  While we can’t pin one down the details of St. V specifically, we know he was at least religious and Roman.  SInce Romans were really into spas – the Romans practically invented the bath & those monk types said that “cleanliness is next to godliness” – we can assume he definitely was into the whole spa experience!

Now that we’ve established these men were “Spa Saints” if any of them were around today, where in Rome would they spa?  If I were a designated love advocate – I would want to go to a retreat with an atmosphere that’s like the church: welcoming, congenial and serene.   Now that I think of it, spas are similar to churches in that hospitality is key.  Well it just happens I have the perfect spa, the Hotel de Russie in Rome.

Located right up the street from the Piazza del Popolo, also known as the People’s Square, Hotel de Russie’s spa better known as the De Russie Wellness Zone strives to be an inviting place for Roman citizens to maintain their health.  So after his spa day, the Saint will have loads of people to counsel only a few minutes away.  Plus there’s lots of PR opps while he spas.

Piazza de Popolo

To begin his day, the Saint can take care of his bodily temple in the De Russie Wellness Zone with his very own personal trainer in a state of the art fitness center.   Plus many of the machines are “robe friendly” such as the treadmill,  After his workout, Saint V can relax in the Saltwater whirlpool bath or sauna.  Though the spa offers Carita based Gentleman’s Day of luxury relaxation & anti-aging treatments, I think the big V would definitely go for the wellness focused treatments for the second half of his day.  For instance:

Repast fit for a Saint at Hotel De Russie's Wellness Zone

A Purifying Facial with essential oils – to up the pious factor of his skin

A Purifying Back Treatment with essential oils – to be sure the devil’s not on his back

A Four Hands Massage to achieve the ultimate in spiritual bliss

Now that Saint Valentine is all spaahed up – I think a lot more matches will be made this Valentine’s Day.

See you at the spa, Candy

SpaCandy: Stylish Chocolate-Covered Valentine’s Day

9 Feb

So you’re running out to score some Valentine’s chocolate for your sweetheart? It’s a traditional gift, but also one that can scream last minute drugstore run. Chocolate as a present can also backfire on you if your sweetheart is on a diet – sabotage! How to avoid both?

1. Learn how to buy chocolate that is healthy. Look for lower sugar content below 9 grams; over 70% cocoa content and keep it simple – solid chocolate. Avoid the filled bonbons at all costs. New Tree even makes solid bars with herbal infusions. You can read more about buying high quality gourmet chocolate.

Some fave brands  New Tree,   Vosges, Lindt, & Godiva Dark.

2. Presentation presentation presentation. Don’t just buy some bars of chocolate or heart shaped chocolates and hand them over. Buy a heart shaped container and put smaller solid chocolates inside. A champagne glass filled with chocolates & accompanied by a bottle of champagne is a real eyecatcher.

My favorite thing to do is to buy several bars of chocolate and wrap each in plain paper. Do a theme like “A week of Love” would be 7 bars of chocolate each with a label on the front for each day of the week. Or how about a “How do I love thee” set – each bar has a card with something that drives you crazy re your sweetie.

Another idea is buy a square vase that’s similar to the width of the chocolate bars (like hershey bar sized) and stand the chocolate up in the vase on it’s small end – tie a ribbon around the vase – looks almost too pretty to eat!

Happy Valentine’s Day and see you at the spa, Candy

Superbowl Spa His Point of View

8 Feb

As attested to in this article on, football is a dangerous sport.

Whether your team won or lost the BIG game one thing is certain, the players are going to be sore! And this Apres Superbowl Monday has me thinking how some spa time would be, well super, for these footballers. Think these men are too macho for spa? Since most teams have physical therapists and massage therapists on staff I doubt it.

Here’s my prescription for an NFL Player’s Post SuperBowl Spa Day:

Second String Steam – start off with a long relax in the sauna or steamroom to loosen up those muscles

Field-Goal Yoga class to lengthen all those crunched up muscles and tendons

Tackle that Body Scrub – to get the dirt out of those pores

Touchdown Deep Tissue Sports Massage – to release the rest of the toxins & stress of the big game

Punter’s Pedicure – focusing on acupressure on those feet and ankles to get all limbered up for next season

Wide Receiver Man-icure – Glycolic acid with extra exfoliating to get rid of those football catching induced callouses

Anyone know any NFL execs? Feel free to pass along my recommendations. . . have other ideas for football spa treats ….let’s hear them below in the comments.

See you at the spa, Candy

SuperBowl Spa Her Point of View

5 Feb

Yep, that trip to Miami sounded pretty good in that snowstorm,eh?  Now you’re dreading having to sit through another boring football game.  Leave the stadium seating to the guys and have a ball at the spa!  Check out these spas in Miami offering specials (first two courtesy of Miami Spa Month – yes Miami has it’s own spa month – my kind of town!):

ESPA's waterfall welcomes you to SuperSpa Sunday!

ESPA at Acqualina
Offer: This offer includes a choice of a 50-minute nurturing full body massage, nurturing warm stone massage or nurturing facial, full use of the spa facilities and the thermal heat areas, complimentary valet parking, ESPA at Acqualina’s famous lemon lavender cookies to go. $125 plus 18% gratuity.
Reservation Tel: (305) 918-6844
Package Code: ESPA at Acqualina Special Nurture Offer

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
Offer: Berry Divine Body Cocktail – 50 minutes, $160. This body treatment is packed with anti-oxidants that help replenish dry, element ravaged skin. The indulgence begins with a Cranberry Sugar Scrub, followed by a Chocolate Truffle Body Wrap. A Blueberry Soy Massage Soufflé is the finishing touch, leaving both you and your skin rejuvenated, refreshed and berry beautiful. Select any TWO Berry Delights treatments and receive 10% off each treatment. Select any THREE and receive 15 % off each treatment. Select ALL FOUR and receive 20% off each treatment.
Reservation Tel: (305) 365-4157
Package Code: Berry Delights

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne Offer 2
Offer: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Pedicure Sundae. $100 (including tax & gratuity). Guests will be greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries as they step into a scrumptious chocolate-scented soak, where a blend of essential oils, minerals, and fragrances to soften the feet. After the soak, a Strawberry Kiwi Shower Sherbet cleanses and exfoliates while an Ice Cream Sandwich Pumice Stone ensures silky smooth skin. Topping off this delicious treatment is a creamy Chocolate Foot Mask to stimulate and firm the feet and legs, as a Strawberry Kiwi Body Icing is massaged into these hard-working limbs. A cherry red nail polish completes the indulgence.
Reservation Tel: (305) 365-4157
Package Code: Valentine’s Day Special Offer

MySpa:  Intercontinental Hotel

Offer: myMassage, mySKin Spa Package      Phone:  305-372-4444

They suggest 2 days – but I say combine it into one SuperSpa Day – First choose any massage from Aroma Harmony to Deep Sleep.  Then renew your skin with a True Transformation or Reveal Radiance treatment.  Includes access to Club Lounge (afternoon tea!)  & fitness facilities.

Any other Miami spas doing Football widow packages on Superbowl Sunday?  Let us know in comments below.

See you at the Spa, Candy