EnJOY Feeling Fit & Fab Giveaway

It just wouldn’t be Spa Week without an incredible giveaway. Since April Spa Week bookings begin today, so does our fantastic new giveaway: EnJOY Feeling Fit & Fab starring nutrition expert Joy Bauer and Golden Door Spa:

We think the info above does all the talking — after all, who wouldn’t want personalized nutrition coaching from Joy or a trip to the famed Golden Door Spa?! So let’s not delay! Head to our Facebook page to enter now. Not on Facebook? Enter on SpaWeek.com.

And Our Nutrition 911 Giveaway Winner Is…

In an attempt to stop New Year’s resolutions from dissolving into February air, we launched a health rescue mission led by Spa Week’s Food & Wellness Expert Dr. Wendy Bazilian. Dr. Wendy’s a nationally acclaimed nutrition expert, author, the Golden Door Spa Nutrition Advisor, and the perfect woman to take on the job of helping one lucky winner of the Nutrition 911 Giveaway get on the road to optimal health. Not only would the winner get Dr. Wendy to answer their health S.O.S, the winner will first take a luxurious and health-themed retreat to kick-start the plan. After all, relaxation is the one of the first steps to overall well-being.

After thousands of entries, we are happy to announce that the winner is…

Congratulations to Linda J. of Joanna, South Carolina!

Linda will get a four-night getaway for two at the prestigious Golden Door Spa in Escondido, California. This includes three private in-room massages, one herbal wrap, two skincare appointments, and a choice of a manicure or pedicure. Also included is a customized Golden Door fitness program with a personal fitness counselor and gourmet spa cuisine.

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After her retreat, Linda will be taking home everything she needs to continue on her journey to wellness. The home prize package includes a copy of Dr. Wendy’s bestselling book, The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients, a personalized nutritional counseling program designed by Dr. Wendy designed specifically for Linda and $100 in Spa & Wellness Gift Cards by Spa Week.

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Here is Linda’s message after we let her know the good news, and we couldn’t have picked a more worthy winner!

”"It is not only an honor to be the winner of the 2012 Spa Week 911 Nutrition Sweepstakes, it is also greatly appreciated for the health benefits this will award me. Most women who have experienced Menopause understand the extreme changes that take place in hormones and metabolism at this age. Despite efforts to address such issues with a tailored blood type diet over the past 3 years, I have continued to struggle with controlling weight gain. As a result I am very much looking forward to my personalized nutrition and exercise regimen that Dr. Brazilian has combined with this amazing spa retreat at the Golden Door Spa in Escondido, California.

As a Freelance Journalist in Natural Health and Spas, I am often researching and writing about the many benefits of exercise, nutrition and spa treatments, but as a rule rarely have the opportunity to afford myself such benefits. This spa retreat will be a welcome for myself on my journey to wellness, as well as a great joy to share it with my husband of 23+ years. This will be a first since our honeymoon, for us to get away together for four full nights alone. The knowledge that our journey will take us to one of the finest spa retreats in America just makes it all the more exciting.

We are genuinely looking forward to a time together of relaxation and rejuvenation in the serene environment that is a creative beauty at the Gold Door Spa.

We’re so happy to hear that our winner is a fellow writer of health and spa, but one who rarely gets to put her work to play!

To kick your own health into high gear you can also seek Dr. Wendy’s help. Click here to order her book. No excuses!

 

Travel Tuesday: Fall Madly In Love With Golden Door Spa

Behind every resort there’s a story, but Golden Door‘s is a tale we could tell over and over and over again. As America’s first-ever fitness spa and one of the nation’s historical wellness landmarks since 1959, the prestigious Golden Door Spa in Escondido, California is a place every spa enthusiast should visit in his or her lifetime. It is home to one of the most inspiring, innovative and high-energy fitness and weight loss programs in the spa world today.

Before we take you on a photo tour to make you fall head over heels for Golden Door Spa (again?), let me remind you to ENTER Spa Week’s Nutrition 911 Sweepstakes, where you can win a four-night getaway for two at Golden Door including three private in-room massages, one herbal wrap, two skincare appointments, a choice of a manicure or pedicure, a customized Golden Door fitness program with a personal fitness counselor, and gourmet spa cuisine including three meals and two snacks a day. The prize also include a customized at-home revival nutrition package from Dr. Wendy Bazilian and a $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week!

Now, let the photos do the real talking as we narrate your mini-tour of the fitness, spa, spirituality and scenery of Golden Door Spa:

One of the many fitness classes at Golden Door (there are over 25 offered each day) is their Boxing class, where guests have fun “sparring” with each other. It’s a really great workout.

Kiatsu Water Therapy – Kiatsu is a therapeutic bodywork in a warm water pool that combines water and shiatsu, creating a relaxing sensation of floating. Often called “Watsu”, they termed their signature sessions “Kiatsu”.

This is part of Golden Door’s Warm Honey Wrap & Orange Blossom Milk Soak. First, pure fresh honey is massaged on entire body and the guest is wrapped in thermal blankets and hot towels for skin softening while the feet are massaged. Then they go into the hydrotherapy tub to soak in a luxurious warm milk bath infused with fragrant orange blossom essential oil and finish with orange-blossom-scented lotion.

Guests enjoy their morning hikes at 6am through the 20 miles of private hiking trails. They are always accompanied by a Shepherd (one of their Fitness Specialists).

Hibiscus Sangria is a staple drink at Golden Door. It is made fresh in their kitchen and sweetened with oranges.

Traditional Japanese cuisine served at Golden Door Spa and usually containing fresh fish, cooked vegetables, rice and salad from their organic garden. Every dish is delicious and nutritious. Their Executive Chef, Curtis Cooke, chooses ripe vegetables and fruits from the organic garden and it’s always a creative, vibrant, delicious and satisfying meal.

Spa treatments are included in every visit, and one of their signature treatments is this Golden Door Pineapple Scrub. It’s applied with a silk mitt, followed by a soothing application of Pineapple Gel, Botanical Body Oil and Botanical Body Moisturizer.

Modeled after the Chartes Cathedral Labyrinth in France, this Labyrinth is part of their inner-focus where two guests are walking the 11-circuit path as an exercise for comtemplation and meditation.

Flowering plum trees like these grow all around the property.

Francine Hoffman is Golden Door’s Inner Focus Coordinator and Yoga Teacher. Here she is doing yoga on the mountain that resides along Golden Door Spa.

Golden Door has a variety of luxurious and therapeutic massage treatments to choose from. One of their popular requests, beside Japanese Shiatsu, is their Thai Massage.

All of their guestrooms have been newly renovated to continue reflecting their Japanese design while being more updated. They are cozy, quiet and reflective spaces with a moonviewing deck and optimal space for reading and seclusion.

Guests have beautiful views of their property and the Japanese gardens. Books are also hand-picked each week and placed on their desks.

In every guest room there is a meditative shrine called a Tokonama that holds a Japanese scroll and an Ikebana floral arrangement. This is depicted as a sacred space.

There are four areas of guest rooms on the property, centered around a particular Japanese garden: Azalea, Bell, Camellia & Garden. This picture shows their Camellia guest rooms, where the sunlight is hitting the garden. Many camellia flowers grow in this area.

Lastly this is the Evening Temple. In front of their beautiful dining room is a 300 yr old cast bronze bell from the Early Edo Period c. 1700 that was originally used to call the monks of the Josen-ji Buddhist temple to prayer. The ringing of the bell is now the nightly and eagerly anticipated call to dinner.

Want more of The Door? Check out our ever-growing Golden Door photo album on Facebook!

All photos and information courtesy of Golden Door Spa.

Nutrition 911 Giveaway! Resuscitate Your Resolution with Spa Week + Dr. Wendy Bazilian

With the over-indulgent holiday season and New Year’s festivities in our rear view mirrors, many of us are struggling to maintain – or totally given up on – our resolutions to get healthy and lose weight. To help you revive your health and wellness goals in 2012, Spa Week has joined forces with nationally acclaimed nutrition expert, author and Golden Door Spa Nutrition Advisor, (and Spa Week’s very own Food and Wellness ExpertDr. Wendy Bazilian, to resuscitate one lucky winner’s wavering weight-loss resolution by entering the Nutrition 911 Giveaway. The prize package includes two parts to help you achieve optimal health and well-being…

Part One: A Rescue Retreat to the Golden Door Spa

From February 1st to March 11th, you can enter for a chance to win a four-night getaway for two at the prestigious Golden Door Spa in Escondido, California. The winner and a guest will enjoy a four-night stay in private accommodations with three private in-room massages, one herbal wrap, two skincare appointments, a choice of a manicure or pedicure. Also included is a customized Golden Door fitness program with a personal fitness counselor and gourmet spa cuisine, including three meals and two snacks a day.

Golden Door was the first-ever fitness spa (click for vintage photos!) created for devotion to the balance of body, mind and spirit and is home to one of the most inspiring, innovative and high-energy fitness and weight loss programs in the spa world today. It has a rich history that started in 1959, when Deborah Szekely realized her dream of creating a transformational Zen-influenced spa, serving a small number of guests with a 4:1 guest-employee ratio. Each guest has the option of participating in daily fitness activities, hikes, massages, meditation, spa treatments and stretching created especially for their health, fitness and weight loss needs.

Part Two: At-Home Revival with Dr. Wendy Bazilian and Spa Week

After a refreshing, restoring and luxurious trip to Golden Door, Dr. Wendy and Spa Week are giving one lucky winner a prize package to continue their healthy weight-loss journey at home. The prize package includes a copy of Dr. Wendy’s bestselling book, The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients, a personalized nutritional counseling program designed by Dr. Wendy specifically for the winner and $100 in Spa & Wellness Gift Cards by Spa Week to relax body and mind at his/her choice of over 5,000 spas nationwide.

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Meet Dr. Wendy Bazilian

We are so happy to once again work with our Food and Wellness Expert, Dr. Wendy Bazilian. Dr. Wendy’s philosophy is a harmonious balance between food, fitness and healthy living behaviors. She believes foods can be an ally for helping us achieve our weight-loss and weight-management goals. Read all about Dr. Wendy and her Spa Wek Daily Challenge: The 2-Week Cinnamon Challenge, here.

Keeping Up With Spa Week: February Giveaways + Happenings

Join us in ushering in the shortest month of the year with this long list of giveaways, promos and happenings. Click through on the images for more info on each.

Hope you LOVE the month!

Nutrition 911 Giveaway

Win a 4-night vacation at the famous Golden Door Spa, plus a personalized nutrition plan from Dr. Wendy Bazilian! Giveaway runs Feb 1 – March 11.

Enter to Win a Trip to Elle Spa in Miami

Spa Destination of the month

Attention beauty buffs and spa lovers, Spa Week is pleased to announce a year-long partnership with ELLE Spa and Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach. We’re kicking it off wit the chance for you to win a three-night stay + spa treatments! Giveaway runs Feb 1 – March 11.

Valentine’s Day Gift Card Sale – 10% Off All Cards

Spa Gift Card Sale

Send your sweetie to the spa… and perhaps you go with! Spa & Wellness Gift Cards by Spa Week are redeemable at 5000 spas in North America. Sale runs Feb 1 – 15.

Like Us to Support the American Heart Association

Like Us For Heart

February is the month to educate yourself on heart health. For every new LIKE this February we’ll pay it forward in the form of LOVE (25¢) to the greatest heart health education resource there is. Runs the entire month of February.

Love Your Heart with Spa Week and POM Wonderful

Speaking of your heart, we’re celebrating American Heart Month with a giveaway ! Win a 1-year supply of POMWonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice + $300 Spa & Wellness Gift Card. Giveaway runs Feb 1 – 29.

Join Healthy Relationship Expert Andrea Syrtash’s LOVE Challenge

Did you know the average couple spends less than 15 minutes a day talking uninterrupted? Beat the odds with our Valentine’s Day challenge, hosted by author and Healthy Relationship Expert Andrea Syrtash. Challenge runs February 3-14.

And, as always, check out our monthly SPA DEALS and FREE SWAG!