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Making Waves

By: Mary Bemis
Posted: July 22, 2008, from the March 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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The spa’s focal point is a dramatic waterfall that falls from the second story down to the first-floor reception area. It may be loud, but it makes a statement. There are abundant lake views, especially in the Quiet Room, a glass conservatory-style space with a fireplace, glass roof and floor-to-ceiling lake views, and state-of-the art hydrotherapy equipment. The spa invested in two of Galyean’s computer-controlled $100,000 SilverTAG showers. Each features varying water temperatures, up to 30 shower frequencies and 18 showerheads that work simultaneously on six zones of the body to address stress reduction, contouring and more. The result? A very precise and personalized hydrotherapy program. There are also four TAG Signature FlowThruTubs that Galyean designed in partnership with Sanijet. Guests are encouraged to precede massages with one of these experiences, and there are some creative packages that include sessions in each.

Indigenous spa treatments are tagged “Oh” on the spa menu, meaning “only here.” One of the stand-outs is the relaxing Cedar Waters journey, a three-part experience, beginning with a Pure Essence Shower in the aforementioned computer-controlled shower, followed by a Nourishing Waters Bath in one of the hydrotherapy tubs, and ending with a Waterfalls massage, a most unique massage. This is part Swedish, part lymphatic drainage and takes place under the warm Vichy. The therapist uses a hand-held cool shower, while warm water rains down, as well. Kerstin Florian massage oil is used, which beads nicely on the skin. There’s also a menu section dedicated to “Water Wellness Therapy,” including five TAG Signature bathing experiences, each based upon ancient traditions where mineral water from springs and the sea provided properties of healing.

Qua Baths & Spa

Located at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, this facility that boasts 51 treatment rooms opened in November and features the lavish and splashy Roman Baths and an Arctic Ice Room—a cooling retreat where one can unwind with ice chips after heat treatments.

“Being that this is Caesars Palace and wanting a unique concept for the spa, we went back to our Roman heritage,” states Jennifer Lynn, spa director, explaining the spa’s water theme. At Qua, which is Italian for “here” and meant to denote living in the moment, guests can experience the Roman Ritual, a water circuit of sorts that includes three separate temperature pools: the tepidarium with orchestrated jets and set at 98˚F; the calidarium, set at 104˚F; and the fridgidarium, set at 72˚F. Women and men each have their own Roman separate Rituals at 3,000 square-feet a piece, but share a Laconium—a relaxing room with contoured heated benches, which is one of two co-ed spaces. Those who do not book a treatment, but would like to experience the bathing ritual, can pay a day fee of $35, which also includes use of the Arctic Ice Room and fitness center. The spa also invested in two hydrotherapy tubs and three Vichy showers. (See On the Menu for a sampling of treatments.) Product lines used are Academie and Pure Fiji.

Allegria Spa

The heart of this newly renovated spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado, is Aqua Sanitas (“healing waters”), or what the spa refers to as its water sanctuary. Officially opened just this past December, the spa underwent $12 million in renovations, encompassing more than 40,000 square feet. The spa actually doubled in size, but only added three treatment rooms, explains Mary Gunderson, a spa consultant who worked on the renovation for a year and a half before the new spa’s opening. Space was dedicated to additional guest amenities such as separate and updated locker and fitness facilities for members and spa guests; separate men’s and women’s waiting areas; a new co-ed waiting area; and of course, the water sanctuary.