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Ultimate Dreamer Package in Indian Wells

20 Oct

Agua Serena SpaFor years we’ve been harnessing October to bring more awareness to Breast Cancer. As a nation we use organized walks, runs and different types of promotions to focus on the awful disease. We pay homage to those who have suffered from it, and educate others in hopes of preventing it. It’s a beautiful effort and giant strides are being made. But you know all this.

What I haven’t seen a lot of (or perhaps at all?) is something the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is doing in October. The hotel is inviting anyone to go on their Agua Serena Spa site and submit the name of a Breast Cancer survivor. The hotel spa will then email the survivor a credit of $35 to use toward the service of their choice. I love this!

Additionally one of these guests will be selected to win a full day of spa services and lunch. Prize awarded on November 5th.

Agua Serena lobbyIn related news, I had the pleasure of experiencing the Ultimate Dreamer Package at the 30,000 square-foot oasis called the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Agua Serena Spa. There is no one I wouldn’t recommend this head-to-toe indulgence for – everyone deserves such thorough pampering at least once in her life.

Writer’s note: I loved their robes. Spa robes are very important. Truly. Absent pockets or too small a fit can really damper the comfort of a spa day.

The package begins with a fragrant agave nectar oil and sea scrub exfoliation—of which you rinse off in a private outdoor rain shower. Next the technician massages Vitamin E oil onto your skin and follows it with a warm paraffin treatment. While the paraffin is working its magic, a neck and scalp massage are blissfully administered. Then you shower again.

I try hard not to fall asleep during spa treatments, but you almost have no choice in the matter here.

Stop two is when you are brought in for an 80-minute Opulence Facial. Lots of complexion inspection, lots of serums, lots of product-to-face immersion. In my hazy state, I recall talk of Vitamin C. Annnd then I passed out.

The last stop is for a Spa Bites Lunch, concluding with an Apple Blossom Manicure and Pedicure. The nail techs are wonderful, adding extra care and customization wherever possible. Treat someone this December who you want to celebrate, want to thank, owe a favor, or even just like a lot.

Hyatt Regency IWOne final note in closing about the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. This is a lovely property – it’s family-friendly, great for lovers, golfers, tennis enthusiasts, and so on. Having said that, the hotel itself probably wouldn’t make my Top 10 list. But the staff would. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited somewhere in Southern California where the staff went above and beyond to make your experience memorable. From dining to spa to the front desk – every person we spoke to showed genuine interest in perfecting our visit, and (even more rare!) seemed thrilled to be employed there.




Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

44600 Indian Wells Lane | Indian Wells, CA 92210



Spa Party at The Ritz DTLA, July 16th

2 Jul

Ritz-Carlton poolside yoga

Beauty enthusiasts take note. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles is bringing back the Summer Spa Soiree for one fab evening of head-to-toe indulgence on Thursday, July 16. And, it’s open to the public! Think: Complimentary poolside yoga, healthy treats, champagne, and a selection of random fun prizes.

Guests can also take advantage of personal hair and skincare consultants who will be on hand. Brand reps include Eminence Organics, African Botanics, BAR Skin and Body, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Clarisonic, NuFace (!!), Salon 11, and Jane Iredale Cosmetics.

Attendees can also book 15-30 minute mini spa treatments. Each one costs $25, but you can apply that toward any retail purchase over $75 – so that’s cool. During the event, also enjoy 15% off retail shopping.

The event is complimentary but reservations are suggested, so email the contact below. Hey lookit us thinking in advance…

Here’s the breakdown:
Summer Soiree event | Thursday, July 16th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Yoga | 5:00pm or 6:30pm
Valet parking | complimentary with spa validation

Mini treatment appointments available:
• Peach Bellini Hand Treatment
• Eminence Mini-Facial
• Chair Massage
• Dr. Dennis Gross Peel
• NuFace Contour & Lift Treatment
• African Botanics Marula Experience
• Nail Polish Change

RSVP to Spa Manager Kory Keith by July 9th:

The event itself is a tease for what’s yet to come in August. Ask about their Wellness Retreat coming up on Sunday, August 16 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It’ll be the first one of a new quarterly series!

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles | 900 West Olympic Blvd. | LA, 90015


Ritzy Pampering for Mom| No. 8

4 May

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 4.53.53 PMIf Mom can make it downtown, you can handle the rest! Here’s how. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles has launched a few special options to pamper Mom in May – my favorite being a sweet day package called The Sugar Mama. 

This is heaven for the woman who’s running around all day, from carpool to career. Indulge her from head to toe with over two hours of sweet spa sanctity. The decadent package includes The Ritz-Carlton signature Hot Chocolate Stone massage and Cream & Sugar Manicure/Pedicure. They even throw in a Cream & Sugar Scrub to-go so she can keep her skin glowing at home. You can not however take home the gorgeous hand blown glass chandeliers in the nail salon. I know, I asked.

Have her get there an hour early to experience the steam room and quiet sanctuary. Prosecco anyone?

The steam room is an experience in itself – complete with gorgeous tile lounge chairs, benches, and (my favorite!) a cold rinse shower that feels like a scene out of Flashdance when you pull the chord.

Whether you join Mom or send her solo for the day, there’s no chance of her not finding bliss at this full-service haven in downtown LA.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles

900 West Olympic Blvd. | Los Angeles, 90015 | (213) 743-8800

A Classic Day Spa: Burke Williams

28 May

With all the new spas and salons sprouting up in L.A., it’s easy to forget about some of the classics.

But when you want to just “check out” for half the day – like put in some good steam room time, get a thorough facial, or just take an uninterrupted shower—there really aren’t many day spas that compare to a Burke Williams escape.

It had been well over a year since I’d been to a Burke Williams so I was looking forward to my facial this weekend. Plus I’d never been to the West Hollywood location. Side note: There’s nothing like wrapping up a killer week with a spa visit.

From the time I arrived, every staff member I spoke to was beyond pleasant – and actually seemed happy to be there. Like Trader Joe’s, but with eucalyptus and oversized white robes. Everything you’d expect from an upscale spa.

As for my facial, I opted for the new Anti-Aging Facial. Of course I did. My esthetician was Carolina. I liked her immediately. She explained every step as she slathered, massaged and steamed. She was 100% focused on my complexion the whole time. Coming from one of those $25 foot massage places on Fairfax where the guy answered his phone twice mid-massage the week before, this felt special.

Carolina even told me that too much time in the steam room can be bad for your face, specifically your capillaries. Who knew?

The Anti-Aging Facial was done with a custom blend of stem cells and illuminating concentrate that would help my face look firmer, brighter and younger. A paraffin dip for your hands and foot massage made it feel like a heavenly head-to-toe experience.

The jury is still out on my facial results. But I do know that washing my face isn’t nearly as fun without all those peels and paraffin. I think I miss Carolina.

Savings BLISS this Weekend!

13 Sep

Hey BLISS fans, mark your calendars…

Bliss has partnered with Gilt Group to host exclusive multi-city online sales this weekend – offering treatments, packages and cult-fave products for up to 60% off.  

Log onto Gilt.com (http://gilt.com/bliss) this Thursday, September 16th at 9AM PT (12PM ET) through Saturday, September 19th at 9AM PT and take advantage of these gorgeous beauty deals.

Angelenos: If you haven’t experienced Bliss Los Angeles inside the W Westwood – this is the perfect opportunity to do so.  Treat yourself!

SALE Preview:  Choose from the popular Bliss Triple Oxygen Treatment, a three-step complexion-reviving facial; the Blissage 75, a heavenly full-body massage; and the Homme Improvement Facial for Spagoin’ Guy; Or, pick up some spa-quality treatments to bring home, like Peeling Groovy, a gentle exfoliator. 

…Because the only thing better than following your Bliss is following it at up to 60% off !