In a 2008 press conference ahead of launching the Trump International Hotel in Chicago, Ivanka Trump took credit for her hand in the Spa at Trump. Ivanka said she curated unique spa treatments, oversaw the creation of the spa’s proprietary services, and “entered a strategic alliance with Kate Somerville,” a Los Angeles-based beauty brand now owned by Unilever, in which Somerville created a line of treatments for Trump spas. Fast-forward nearly a decade later, and Ivanka has moved on from speaking about her involvement with hotel spas to stamping her name on them.
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Fast facts: The Blue Lagoon was created in 1976 in the middle of a lava field. This promise of fresh water, along with Iceland’s strict hygiene code and the chance to relax before hopping on my flight to Greenland, got me out of the airport and into a bathing suit during a snowstorm.
Morocco would be one of the last countries where I’d have expected to end up in a room full of almost naked women. Nudity or toplessness is the norm in a Moroccan hammam, and little foreign me would have to embrace it. Isn’t Morocco a Muslim country, where people are quite conservative?
King David took refuge there, Herod the Great made it the first spa in the world, and Sodom and Gomorrah were said to have been located on its shores. Almost everyone passing through Jordan and Israel goes to “take the waters,” and I’ve always envied the pictures of people floating along, looking like they haven’t a care in the world. According to locals, the Dead Sea — so named because with 34.2 percent salinity, nothing can live in it — is like the Gold Bond ointment of lakes.
When your energy has been depleted by stress, seek out a healthy way to decompress in the comfort of a destination spa resort. Spa treatments, fitness classes, and health coaching can revive your spirits and reclaim your energy — and many of these activities are included in the cost. So power down your cell phone and power up on a retreat that will help you reconnect with your well-being.
Looking for a hot tub that will transport you back in time like the characters inHot Tub Time Machine? Santa Monica might be a good place to start. According to a study by Zumper.com , Santa Monica is the hot tub capital of America, with one in 20 rental properties sporting the bubbly feature.
It is a tradition that’s as old as ancient Rome, and it’s a great way for a seasoned traveler — or spa-goer — to experience authentic local flavor. Relax in a candle-lit sauna in Peru. Inside the lush grounds of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel sits the Unu Spa, where you can relax after a long day of touring the ancient Incan ruins with an Andean stone massage or a ceremony led by a local shaman.
The Geisha Facial at Shizuka New York Day Spa in midtown Manhattan mixes the powder with rice bran so it smells like toasted oats or peanut butter. At Hyatt Regency Kyoto’s Riraku Spa in Japan, every treatment begins with a ritual footbath and scrub. Instead of infusing aromatic herbs into your footbath to calm you, this spa uses another muscle relaxant: alcohol.
At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.
The yoga holiday, once considered “woo-woo,” is more mainstream today. While all yoga retreats include daily physical practices paired with healthy cuisine, there is no one-size-fits-all yoga resort. Be a barefoot warrior at this oceanfront resort along Mexico’s Riviera Maya, where you’ll stay in a cute cabana nestled in a tropical forest. Complement daily yoga classes with Mayan-inspired massages or a Temazcal (“sweat lodge”) ceremony hosted by a local shaman.
Fitness mecca SoulCycle is expanding to D.C. and Boston, and already had spots in L.A. and San Francisco. To meet this need, workout meccas like Tracey Anderson and SoulCycle — as well as juicing oases like Suja and Blueprint — are extending their reach across the country. Meanwhile, hotels are cooking up wellness-related programs to keep folks healthy when far from home.
After encouragement from family and friends, the author (not pictured here) decided to board a plane with baby on board. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Does the thought of a diet retreat conjure up images of a sweat lodge and starvation diets? Fear not; fat farms are a thing of the past, with today’s weight-loss travel resembling a restorative spa-like experience. Think luxury vacation with a healthy dose of exercise, sans the binge eating. Some even serve booze, so you can really relax.
People often dream of leaving it all behind and finding a job in the travel industry. Nigel Franklyn did it — he's now the Spa Whisperer (it’s a thing!).
According to the InterContinental Hotels Group, which conducted a study of 21st-century travelers, wellness is now key to the travel experience, especially as it relates to the need for more personalization when we’re on the road.
Fortunately, there are a number of getaways aimed specifically at jump-starting your health, whether you’re looking for a weight-loss camp or a meditation retreat. On a barrier off the coast of South Carolina is Hilton Head Island, home to one of the country’s leading health spas. Hilton Head Health Spa (H3) is known for its weight-loss programs in a secluded environment.