Travel Tuesday: Aboard The Queen Mary for the Royal Spa Treatment

"I AM a boat!"

I’m on a boat! We’ve heard of some pretty unique spa experiences, but a historic floating hotel tops the list. We’re excited to welcome The Queen Mary ship to the Spa Week Gift Card Program! The ship was named after one of the Queens of Britain (can you guess which one?) and offers an experience like no other for spa go-ers. Step back into time when you board this fully restored historic 1930s cruise liner. The Queen Mary used to carry high-society elite passengers all over the world. But alas she had to lay down her anchors and retire. Now she is permanently docked in the harbor of sunny Long Beach, California. Let’s take a look at her in all her glory!

There are 314 rooms – 305 standard staterooms and 9 suites. No two rooms are alike as they each feature retro Art Deco inspired design and decor. Accommodations include 11 dining options – 3 signature restaurants, 4 casual eateries, and 4 bars. Proving there’s something for everybody – there is a main hall filled with over a dozen shops for you to browse.

And what ship would be complete without a spa? The Queen Mary Spa offers a wide range of  services and treatments. These include facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing and chiropractic services. The ship also provides a beautiful backdrop, and weddings are permitted on board. Why not visit the spa for special occasion hair and make-up on your big day? You may use your Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week to enjoy these packages:

The Queen’s Royal Secret – A combination of the two most popular individual services into one irresistibly wonderful experience. It includes a one hour massage of your choice and the European Nobility Facial. Spend two hours with our specialized therapists and find the secret to relaxation and beauty.

Princesses Royal Day of Beauty – Features a one hour massage, European Nobility Facial, Royal Body Polish, and Royal Bath. This three-hour spa body package is designed for the busy Princess looking for the finer things in life.

Queen For a Day – A five hour glamour experience, which includes a 1 1/2 hour massage, the European Nobility Facial, Royal Body Polish, the Queen’s Royal Bath, and special occasion make-up and hair up-do.

There are even spa packages for your prince!

Ever want to get a massage with a ghost? Well fun fact, the Queen Mary is considered one of the most haunted sites in all of the US. They’ve fully embraced the paranormal and offer haunted tours. Go ahead, we dare ya!

Queen Mary Spa
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach , CA 90802
562.499.1754

Travel Tuesday: Feeling Jet Lagged? The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Can Help

Our ability to be across the country in less than six hours is quite extraordinary. Whether we are visiting relatives or taking a dip in a mud bath in South America – we are traveling more than ever. There are some downsides: TSA’s 3 fluid ounce liquid restrictions, security lines, the strip-searching of unsuspecting elderly women, and jet lag. Switching time zones can really throw off your sleeping routine. The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has  introduced new eco-conscious signature treatments that have just the cure. These treatments include H. Gillerman Organic products. Hope Gillerman is a leading holistic practitioner and aromatic healer.

The four massages are intended to specifically address health problems brought on by a stressful lifestyle, such as jet lag and flu symptoms. Enjoy all these treatments with spa’s oceanfront views that are sure to relax anyone, even after driving in LA traffic.

The spa’s four organic aromatherapy massages include:

Pure Breathing: Helps you ward off cold and flu symptoms with a Sinus Remedy (eucalyptus, orange, petitgrain), which clears breathing passageways, decongests, and relieves swollen glands. The Chest Remedy (spruce, fir, cardamom) reduces aches and pains, allergies and fatigue.

True Relaxation: Induces deep muscle relaxation and eases stress  with a Stress Remedy (lavender, tangerine, sandalwood), which soothes the nerves, while the Muscle Remedy (basil, birch, vetiver) relieves muscle pain and chronic tension.

Natural Rest: Helps you get back into your regular sleep routine. The Travel Remedy (litsea, cedarwood, palmarosa) relieves jet lag and helps the body adjust to seasonal shifts. The Sleep Remedy (bitter orange, clary sage, lavender) helps with sleep quality and insomnia.

Clear Mind: Improves mental focus (so toss out that Smart Water!). The Tension Remedy (peppermint, lavender) relieves headaches and revives mental focus and alertness. Jaw Clenching Remedy (chamomile, vetiver, patchouli) calms mental activity, allowing one to slow down and shift gears to help alleviate tense facial muscles and night grinding.

The eight H. Gillerman Organics exclusive formulas  are made from the highest concentrations of the finest quality, unprocessed, undiluted, unaltered, organic essential oils from around the world. They help in aiding the natural healing process by acting as probiotics and eliminating toxins. The entire H. Gillerman Organics line is produced and use environmentally-friendly packaging.

Take these products home with you after your treatment with their line of retail products. All eight remedies are packaged into two options: 100% essential oils applied to prescribed points on the body throughout the day; or a roll-on body oil blend applied directly to areas of discomfort. Both  can double as personal scents or even can be used as soothing bath oils.

Spa Week and Keri Glassman want to send you to enjoy this luxurious resort – ENTER TO WIN 4 NIGHTS HERE plus spa treatments and more!

20 Spa Deals to Get Your Skin Winter Ready

Winter is coming! We all loath what the brutal cold winters can do to our skin… ‘alligator skin’ anyone? It’s time to start prepping to give your skin a chance. We don’t want you to hide from your skin this winter. Let it be free and beautiful. And these great December spa deals can help:

1. Verabella Skin Therapy in Beverly Hills, California has a 90 Minute Fall on Your Face Facial Special: $82.50, normally $165.

2. Newport Beach MedSpa in Newport Beach, California has your choice of a Signature Facial, Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel, Velashape Cellulite Treatment for One Area or Laser Hair Removal for choice of Underarms, Lip and Chin, or Bikini Lines. Special: $50 Each.

3. How bout a 60 Minute Microdermabrasion Elite Facial including 20 Minute Upper Body Massage for $69 at Facelogic Spa – Encinitas in California.

4. The Catamaran Spa in San Diego, California has your choice of a 50 Minute Cucumber Green Tea Cold Stone Facial or 50 Min Reflexology Treatment. Special: $95 Each; Originally: $115.

5. mySpa at InterContinental Miami has your choice of a 50 Minute True Transformation Facial or My Massage, 60 Minute Anti-Cellulite Body Wrap or 95 Minute Journey Manicure and Pedicure with choice of Lavender or Ginger. Special: $50 Each.

6. Receive 50% off at Bella Medspa & Boutique in Atlanta, Georgia on a Refresh Laser Facial, normally $250, Ultimate Collagen Facial, normally $175, Laser Hair Removal Packages, normally $499+, or Medical Microdermabrasion, normally $150.

7. Aniko Salon & Spa in Chicago, Illinois has your choice of Facial with Microdermabrasion for $60, normally $120, or Facial with Chemical Peel for $70, normally $140.

8. Elizabeth Adam Salon And Day Spa in Chicago has your choice of a 90 Minute Anti-Acne Facial or 50 Min Therapeutic Massage with Hot Pack. Special: $69 Each; Originally: $95 – $115.

9. Try an Ultrasonic Facial with Decollete Firming Treatment at Ardan MedSpa + Salon in Wellesley, Massachusetts for $100, normally $160.

10. Essential Skin Electrology & Day Spa in Newton, Massachusetts has a 60 Minute Dermalogica Deep Pore Cleansing Facial with Manicure and Pedicure for $99.

11. Flawless MedSpa in Stoneham, Massachusetts has a Microderm with Customized Mini-Facial for $89.

12. Receive 25% off a 90 Minute Signature Facial at Serenity in the City Salon and Spa in Medford, Massachusetts, which includes a small Dermalogica Cleanser to take home, or purchase a Classic Manicure and Pedicure for $40.

13. Annapolis Day Spa in Annapolis, Maryland has a Jet Clear Exfoliation and Oxygen Infused Peel. Pressurized air accelerates a mixture of oxygen and liquid at high speed that opens micro channels in the epidermis to rejuvenate the skin. Ideal for sensitive skin, rosaccea, acne, and couperous conditions. Reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Special: $75; Originally: $125.

14. Magdalen’s Pure Skincare in Rockville, Maryland has a 60 Minute Signature Facial for $60, normally $120.

15. New Reflections AVEDA Lifestyle Spa Salon in Plymouth, Minnesota has your choice of 50 Minute Customized Facial or 50 Min Customized Massage. Special: $50 Each.

16. Try a 60 Minute Skin Hydrating Facial at Pleasant Road Spa in Hoboken, New Jersey, which includes Microdermabrasion and Oatmeal Mask for $110, normally $145.

17. Monty Beauty Spa in Brooklyn, New York has your choice of a 60 Minute Deep Cleansing Facial, 30 Minute Aromatherapy Massage and 30 Minute Body Polish for $109, normally $135.

18. VITA Ageless Medical Aesthetics in Roslyn, New York has your choice of a Facial with Microdermabrasion or Customized Facial with Vivite Rejuvenating Peel for $99, normally $160 – $175, Gentleman’s Facial for $60, normally $100.

19. Enjoy an Acne Facial or Oxygen Facial Rejuvenation at Serena Spa in New York.  Special: $59 Each; Originally: $120.

20. Ascend Day Spa in Kew Gardens, New York has a 60 Minute Coconut Cream Facial for all skin types for $65, normally $85.

Click here to see all December Spa Deals.

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De-Stress For the Holidays With December Spa Deals

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone but some of us still haven’t even begun our holiday shopping yet. We totally get it. But while you are busy getting (or thinking about getting) gifts for every one else on your list, what about you?  We have a little gift of our own to pass along: December spa deals! These massages, facials and scrubs should help you unwind after a long day of  shopping… or shopping procrastination.

And if you never quite make it to the stores, that’s okay too – Spa & Wellness Gift Cards make the perfect gift for anyone, are on sale through December 31st, and you don’t even have to get off your couch. :)

Body by Melisa in Oakland, California has a 2 Hour Exhausted Shoppers Package: includes Skin Bella Facial Treatment and your choice of Dermasonic Cellulite Treatment, Organic Harvest Sugar Scrub or Healing Massage with Aromatherapy. May be shared with a friend. Special: $140; Originally: $275.

CloudMover Day Spa in Huntington Beach, California has your choice of a Cinnamon Sugar Back Polish and Swedish Massage, HB Facial with Diamond Peel, or Pro-Brazilian Wax. Special: $50 Each.

The New Well Weight Loss & Wellness Center in San Diego, California has a Serenity Facial. Special: $45; Originally: $95.

U-topia Spa in Naples, Florida has your choice of a 60 Minute Bliss Massage or Glisten Body Polish. Special: $70 Each.

Magdalen’s Pure Skincare in Rockville, Maryland has your choice of 60 Minute  Signature Facial for $60, normally $120, 60 Minute Slimming Body Wrap for $87.50, normally $175, or Brazilian Bikini Wax for $48, normally $60.

Epiphany Day Spa in Hempstead, New York has a 90 Minute Epiphany Sugar Scrub and Aromatherapy Oil Wrap designed to open the pores and moisturize the body. Special: $75.

Ettia Holistic Day Spa in New York has a Mini-Escape Package: includes 60 Minute Melt Away Massage and Busy Bee Facial. Special: $140; Originally: $200.

California Sun Spa in Toronto, Canada has your choice of A Shocking Lifting Package: includes Virtual Surgery Facial, Manicure and Pedicure for $159, normally $209, A Footsie, Tootsie, and a Little More Package: includes Spa Manicure, Pedicure and Eyebrow Shaping for $74, normally $85, or A Little Piece of Heaven Package: includes Yonka Facial, Manicure and Pedicure for $109, normally $134.

NeoSole Nail Lounge in Flossmoor, Illinois says that winter is not an excuse to neglect your feet. Indulge in our invigorating Peppermint Treatment. Includes Peppermint Scrub, Mask, Peppermint Butter Massage and Peppermint Tea. Also includes OPI Gel Color upgrade for a smudge-free polish. Special: $50; Originally: $75.

L’Institut Sothys New York has a Holiday Cheer Package: includes Seasonal Facial and Mini-Massage. Special: $99; Originally: $135.

Hidden Door Medspa in  Roanoke, Texas has your choice of a 80 Minute Hydrating Paraffin Facial and Paraffin Hand Treatment, or 80 Minute Hot Stone Massage with Peppermint or Cranberry Foot Scrub for $80, or Series of Six IPL or Microderm with Peel and complimentary Product Package for $99.

Happy spaaahlidays!

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Travel Tuesday: The Madonna Inn is a World of Pure Imagination

“Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of… pure imagination.” Willy Wonka dreamed it with a land of chocolate. But Madonna Inn created it with a 110 suite hotel. It features individually themed rooms that will transport you to far away destinations or to a crazy land you couldn’t even possibly imagine. Located just north of Santa Barbara, it offers the great scenes of southern California over the cliffs. You may remember that Hugh Hefner and his playmate girlfriends visited during Season 5 of The Girls Next Door and had a blast. The whimsical inn is great for those seeking a memorable night because you won’t forget it!

The inn includes three buildings besides the suites: a spa, fitness center and a pool. Each of the 110 suites has a different theme and the decor is sure to suit any material girl. You can be transported to Italy, Portugal, Switzerland or even to the ’50s.

Here are some of our favorite rooms:

Caveman

Cabin Still

Love Nest

Madonna Suite

Old Mexico

Golfer’s Room

Just Heaven

Jungle Rock

Old Mill

Safari Room

Swiss Belle

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