Spa Week Daily’s Friday Favorites

Check out our Friday Favorites to see what we’re loving this week! 

Friday FavoritesClockwise from Left: Dark Amber Kitten Cat Eye Sunglasses available at chicwish.com, Pinned by Sandra Young via tumblr.com, Weaver Finch Sandals available at anthropologie.com, Pinned by Danielle Maxson via flickr.com, Rose Love Balm available at jurlique.com,  5-Minute Abs (Proven in a Lab!) via self.com, Pinned by Brandy Leann via tumblr.com, Pinned by Jessica Lea Dunn via jossandmain.com, Pinned by Spa Week via yogainspiration.co

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

The Secret is Out: Spa Week is Almost Here!

Have you seen the news? Details about Spa Week have leaked everywhere—and this amazing event is coming to a city near you in just a couple of days!

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Alright, we’re exaggerating a bit there. Spa Week was never intended to be kept a secret—we’ve been sending you emails, shouting it all over our social media channels and on our blog, and have even gone so far as to alert the media. Sometimes all of the attention makes us blush a bit—but we do it all for you, so that you NEVER miss out on a Spa Week Event!

First, Marie Claire chose Spa Week as one of their favorite things about April (smart ladies!):

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Floridians know where to get their $50 of relaxation thanks to a shout-out from the Sun Sentinel:

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In Touch loves the spa so much they’re giving 10 readers $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Cards to splurge with:

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What’s On Las Vegas is making sure that travelers and locals alike take a break from Sin City for some seriously soothing services:

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The fine folks at Fox & Friends know the best way to spend your tax returns includes a hot steam:

Allure’s beauty blog also got in on the scoop, dishing on the best spas in NYC, Chicago and San Diego:

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The Asbury Park Press made sure that Jersey doesn’t miss out on spring rejuvenation:

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Time Out New York was even kind enough to lay out the PERFECT Spa Week, seven whole days of bliss:

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Why Chocolate Is Healthier Than You Thought

New research shows chocolate is more healthy than we thought, giving us another excuse to indulge!

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As self-proclaimed choc-a-holics, we here at Spa Week seize just about any opportunity to indulge in the tasty treat. So when we discovered new research that shows chocolate has even more health benefits than we initially thought, we knew we had to share them with you, stat!

While many of us know that dark chocolate is a heart-healthy treat, there are some pretty unusual benefits that you probably never knew. And thanks to this new info, you don’t have to feel any guilt when you take a bite into your chocolate of choice.

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One of our favorite ways to get our fix is chocolate covered strawberries because they’re always enjoyable regardless of the time of day. Apparently Godiva agrees with us, because juicy strawberries of the utmost ripeness coated with a rich layer of their famous chocolate are now available whenever your craving strikes.

Just stop by a Godiva boutique near you, and you can enjoy these luxe treats individually or as a gift box of six. And, since you can reap the surprising benefits of chocolate, (as outlined below) you now have the perfect excuse to spring for the whole box!

  1. Fights Tooth Decay – A study by Tulane University shows that an extract of cocoa powder might more effective than fluoride in preventing cavities.
  2. Moisturizes Skin – While different in color, cocoa butter is derived from chocolate, and it literally feeds your skin with moisture for a flawless glow.
  3. Boosts Your Mood – One study found that chocolate has the same euphoric effects as kissing, but the benefits last four times longer!
  4. Makes You More Awake – Dark chocolate has been shown to increase circulation in the brain, which makes you more alert and fights mental fatigue.

We saved our favorite benefit for last. Chocolate is a major beauty booster thanks to high levels of antioxidants. Head over to SpaWeek.com to book a $50 treatment featuring the delectable ingredient.

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

10 Tropical Treatments To Try During Spa Week

If you’ve been daydreaming of a beachy vaca, we’ve got you covered with these tropical treatments!

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When it comes to vacations, nothing beats a beachfront escape filled with sun, sand and slow sips of our favorite fruity beverage. With the waves steadily crashing and the wind gently blowing, it’s nearly impossible not to reach a state of divine relaxation. While we wish we could take more trips to our favorite tropical destinations, our beach days are limited – but during Spa Week we have a solution!

From April 21-27, you can get a taste of paradise by indulging in a beach-themed Spa Week treatment for only $50. There are tons of spas across the country offering luxurious services that bring promise the rest and rejuvenation that you enjoy near the sea.

And if you’re lucky enough to have some spare time for a real tropical retreat, than we’ve really got you covered! At CheapOair.com, you can snag last-minute flights at unbeatable prices, and even plan vacations for a fraction of the cost. To celebrate Spa Week, CheapOair is gifting one lucky winner with airfare to visit Sanctuary on Camelback in Arizona. Get all the decadent details here!

1. Sea Escape Pedicure with Classic Manicure at Contour Day Spa in Plantation, FL

2. Thermal Sea Mineral Hair Mask with Blow-Out at Hearts New York Salon & Yukie Beauty Spa in New York, NY

3. De-Aging Tropical Wrap at Spa Botanica at Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO

4. Catamaran Island Facial with Antioxidants and Botanicals at Catamaran Spa in San Diego, CA

5. Sea Glow Body Polish with Dry Brushing Exfoliation, Steam Shower and Rich Crème Application at Heavenly Massage in Chicago, IL

6. Aveda Caribbean Therapy Body Treatment at Soleil Salon & Spa in Windham, NH

7. Ocean Facial with Light T-Zone Extractions and Mask at Spa 66 at Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

8. Dead Sea Salt Jewel Body Scrub at Ettia Holistic Day Spa in New York, NY

9. Oceanic Salt Scrub Pedicure with Passion Fruit Hand Treatment at Serenity in the City Salon & Spa in Medford, MA

10. Sea Salt Scrub with Slenderizing Body Wrap at Renew in Houston, TX

Have you booked your Spa Week treatment yet? Head over to spaweek.com to find a spa in a city near you!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Travel Tuesday: Adventures in Agadir

Find out why adventure lovers are flocking to Agadir, Morocco for surf, sand and so much more!

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Although Agadir is renowned as the largest seaside resort in Morocco, the awe-inspiring coastal city offers far more than lazy days spent relaxing on the shore. In fact, Agadir, which has seen a steady increase in tourism thanks to organized roadways, a vibrant nightlife and modern marina, is quickly becoming a hotspot for adventure-seeking visitors in pursuit of a much more exciting experience.

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Which is what brought and me and my fellow travel companions to Taghazout, a small fishing village just 12 miles north of Agadir. Famous for its world-class waves, this charming town boasts surf shacks at every corner flanked with festive signs offering everything from lessons to longboard rentals. Clearly designed with the surfer in mind, the city is situated on the shore, and most apartments, like the one we rented (pictured below) are outfitted with terraces that deliver the surf report, daily.

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Looking out at the perfect sets coming in almost as rhythmically as a second hand of a clock, we decided to take to the waves and try out surfing. Although I was joined by an experienced surfer who could show me the ropes, it did little to quell my nerves when I saw the huge swells surging at Anchor Point. What did serve as a small dose of reassurance, however, were the scores of beginner surfers who were still going through the motions on dry land.

After squeezing into a too-small wet suit, (not recommended!) we took to the waves for hours on end, with a series of small setbacks, and the sweetest successes. What was most memorable about my surfing experience? The irresistible combination of rigor and relaxation. Paddling through powerful breaks, at times my arms felt as if they were made of mush. Yet, balancing atop my board while scanning the horizon for the perfect wave, I felt a surge of serenity that was unparalleled.

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And then it was on to the next adventure – a day of four-wheeling to be exact. On the outskirts of Agadir, along the road that lines the coast, we saw several stands advertising beach and mountain adventures via the off-roading vehicles. With an infectious smile and honest eyes, we settled on the first tour guide we met, excited for a day filled with adrenaline.

We eased in to the four-wheeling excursion with a course on the beach outfitted with twists and turns to get us acclimated with the stiff steering. After getting settled in behind the wheel, our guide took us down the beach, at times driving right through waves as they crashed on the shore. Aside from some splattered mud (definitely don’t dress in your finest) the beach ride was mostly smooth, which proved to be a stark contrast to what was in store.

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As we climbed the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains, we bumped and jumped over rocks and ravines with barely a break. Although this was the most challenging part of our ATV experience, it was undoubtedly the most thrilling and boosted our confidence, and in turn abilities, as we raced to the top with lightning speed. Too soon we reached a panoramic plateau, where we were invited into a Berber’s home for a cup of soothing Moroccan mint tea.

Ultimately, our four-wheeling adventure proved to be similar to surfing – intimidating at first, but unbelievably rewarding.  What’s more is that four-wheeling, much like surfing, somehow provided a heart-racing, yet relaxing experience. As we sped down the seashore, and scaled the monstrous mountains, we were constantly surrounded by exquisite scenes that surpassed all prior notions of beauty. And, after all, isn’t that what we all hope to take away from the very best adventures?

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.