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Wordless Wine Wednesday Bastille Day

14 Jul

Your private relaxation room in your hotel suite

While a Bastille is NOT a retreat we want to go to.  How about the Hotel Royal Garden on the Champs Elysee?  From the flower & macaroon welcome to breakfasting under a glass dome. . .here’s a place we can pause the world for a while!

SpaHome Tip:  Wouldn’t these dusty & dark grays and blues add a calming spa vibe to any office?

Spa Treat:

The back facial.  Leave it to the French to make sure every inch of your body is relaxed.  This treatment incorporates a self heating marine mud mask followed by a half hour of massage.  Backless dresses?  Bring ’em!

Wine Pairing:

Salut Paris!  The spa brings a bottle of champagne to your room every evening. YUM!

Spa wishes, Candy

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World Cup Wordless Wine Wednesday (whew!)

7 Jul

OK Sports Fans.  Spain v. Germany today so lets pit spa vs. spa too.  Who’s your favorite in the Spa World Cup?  Vote below for which spa you’d rather visit –

Hotel Valdepalacios Gourmet Hotel in Gredos Mountains, Spain (30 min. from Madrid)

Treatment:  Foeniculum (Fennel) Body peel

Neroli, ginger oils  and algae mixed w/ fennel seeds drives elimination of toxins for luminous skin

Wine:  A sangria please

Fennel Peel

OR

Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt Germany

Treatment:  Hawaiian Pohaku Massage

The Hawaiian Pohaku massage uses heated Hawaiian lava stones, taking you centuries back in time with this ancient way of healing, releasing tension and improving your bodies’ functions. Soothe your aches and pains with hot stones and Lomi Lomi massage

Wine: Any white from the Rheingau Wine Festival (in Sept.)

Hawaiian Pohaku Massage

Spa Wishes, Candy

Wordless Wine Wednesday 6/30

1 Jul

The Ultimate Spa Shower - Open Air!

Spa Treat

The Calistoga Ranch is located on over 140 acres in Napa Valley California – where mud and mineral springs form the basis for some of the most popular spa treatments in the world.  I suggest their signature treatment:

The Calistoga Cure

Invigorate and exfoliate with a therapeutic mineral salt body scrub followed by a private outdoor mud or mineral salt bath. Rest quietly while receiving the Classic Ranch massage.

Wine Pairing

Well Calistoga is in Napa – the heart of California wine country – so the resort is definitely wine focused. May I suggest the Wine Blending class to create your own vintage?

Spa wishes, Candy

Wordless Wine Wednesday June 16

16 Jun

The Four Seasons Shanghai Relaxation Room

Spa Treat

How’d you like to be Shanghaied?  The Four Seasons Shanghai has an amazing spa with other 37 treatments focusing on Chinese medicine.  My pick- acupuncture!  It’s an awesome way to relax – really.

Wine Pairing

Check out the daily selection at Enoteca Wine Boutique – Shanghai’s hottest wine bar.

Spa wishes, Candy

Wordless Wine Wednesday 6/9/2010

9 Jun

Body hugging chaises - Oh la la

Spa Treat

Though the Cannes Film Festival was a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist sharing this grand damme of Canne’s spas.  The Spa at the Hotel Martinez is beauty centric, they use only French lines such as Sothys and Lancaster. Since I’ve been staring at the computer a lot lately, I’d love the

Magnetic Eye & Lip Therapy:

Plumps, smoothes and revitalizes the eye and lip area.   Take a break while your eyes and lips are cleansed, moisturized and energized – during which a carefully selected pair of energizing stones with refresh your eyes.

Wine Pairing

Afterwards, head to the uber chic Factory Cafe for a Boutielle Millesemee AOC

Spa Wishes, Candy

Wordless Wine Wednesday 6/2/2010

2 Jun

Ahhhh, Vermont in Summer still as cozy as a Christmas card - the Relaxation Room

Spa Treat

New England is one of my favorite summer escapes, Vermont especially.  The best spa I know there is the Equinox Resort & Spa.  It’s gorgeous but laid back at once.  Where else could you learn how to handle & fly a real Harris Hawk at the British School of Falconry then rejuvenate your limbs with their signature White Clay Body Mask.  This spa has truly gone to the birds!

Wine Pairing

Try Putney Mountain Winery’s Apple, Maple & Rhubarb Blush Wine – voted best wine in Vermont!

Spa wishes, Candy

Wordless Wine Wednesday 5/26/2010

26 May

A cool vichy shower for your sizzling summer kickoff weekend

Spa Treat:

With summer just around the corner, I’m already thinking of ways to cool off.  How about escaping to the other side of the world?  At Daydream Island Resort & Spa in Australia – you can cool off in the Great Barrier Reef & then enjoy the view of the Reef as you indulge in a massaging Vichy shower!

Wine Pairing

Daydream is in Queensland, which has loads of small wineries.  WineDiva, the resource for everything australian wine lists Moonrise Estate as a destination. Try their Fortified Shiraz.

Spa wishes & Cheers, Candy

Wordless Wine Wednesday 5/12/10

12 May

Chocolate Mint Body Treatment - Calorie Free Indulgence!

Spa Treat

So many of my friends are dieting in prep for bathing suit season – I thought you may enjoy a bikini friendly chocolate spa experience.  The Chocolate Spa at the Hotel Hershey is set in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania dairy country.  And their treatments smell as good as they feel – no eating please.  For instance, the Chocolate Mint Body Wrap above which combines a massage, a scrub with a cocoa bean husks & a moisturizing mint body mask – Peppermint Patties? who needs them?

Wine Pairing

Chocolate & wine are delish together – especially the richness of a deep cabernet.  The Hotel Hershey has wine and chocolate pairing evenings to guarantee you choose the optimal combination.

Spa Wishes, Candy

Wordless Wine Wednesday Cinco De Mayo Edition

5 May

Chase away chilly Spring evenings around the floating fireplace

Spa Treat

Located at the top of the mountain that was blessed by Tenzin Gyatzo, fourteenth Dalai Lama and a group of Tibetan monks (& 2 hours from Mexico City), El Santuario literally means The Sanctuary and that it is.  This is the ideal place to take your significant other for some horseback riding & parasailing. . . then chill out together with a couple’s massage!

Wine Selection

Mexico has loads of great wineries. . .but given that today is Cinco de Mayo why not make your own Spa Sangria?  In a pitcher mix equal amounts of Red Wine, Pomegranate Juice, Pineapple Juice & Diet Tonic Water. Add sliced oranges & lemons – squeeze the slices lightly as you add them.    Fill glasses with frozen grapes to cool and accent & enjoy!

Spa Wishes, Candy

Wordless Wine Wednesday 4/28/10

28 Apr

Your Morning Swim Awaits!

Spa Treat

What better spot for a spa than Paradise Valley, Arizona?  Sanctuary Camelback Mountain shuts out reality at it’s sky high locale. The watsu (water massage in a special heated votive surrounded pool) will leave you wordless.

Wine Pairing

Su Vino Winery in nearby Scottsdale, offers a huge array of wine & even a create your own option. Try their Signature Red Wine Blend in the Special Edition Artist’s Series. Each quarter Su Vino features art from a local artist on the label!

Spa Wishes, Candy