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Making Waves

Mary Bemis March 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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While water therapies are at the core of the spa experience, they’ve taken a back seat to other types of treatments at spas in the United States as the industry has grown and defined itself. There was a time, not so long ago, when spa-goers shied away from hydrotherapies—but not anymore. State-of-the-art hydrotherapy tubs and showers, along with water as a design element, are making waves in the spa industry. Elaborate water circuits are being built at resort spas as never before. Here are a few good examples of this trend.

The Spa at The Coeur d’Alene Resort

Duane Hagadone, owner of The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho, doesn’t do anything lightly. So it’s no surprise that when he decided to build a new spa to celebrate his resort’s 20th anniversary, he hired one of the industry’s best: Tag Galyean of The TAG Studio in Lewisberg, West Virginia. Galyean is noted for his spa designs at The Greenbrier, The Hotel Hershey, The Broadmoor and Turnberry Isle Resort, among others. The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s spa, which officially opened for business this past June, cost $11 million and put Coeur d’Alene on the resort spa map.

“I wanted to have one of the top resort spas in the country,” Hagadone says. “Tag’s name kept resurfacing, so I called him. We’ve been in the top 10 with two of the leading golf magazines for our golf course, and I wanted to parallel that with our spa.”

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Water Therapies: On the Menu

A sampling of the hydrotherapy treatments at the new water-themed spas.


Location: The Spa at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Time & Cost: 10 minutes, $25

One of five signature baths in the state-of-the-art TAG Signature FlowThru Tubs, this one relies on the fragrant scents of spruce and cedar, indigenous to the area and used through the centuries for their antiseptic and soothing qualities.


Location: Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Time & Cost: 30 minutes, $90

This exfoliating treatment is performed under the Vichy. First, a light salt scrub is applied, and then “we’ve orchestrated a water dance, using the Vichy,” says spa director Jennifer Lynn, who adds, “This treatment is more about the water dance and less about the product.” It ends with the application of a light moisturizer.


Location: Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Time & Cost: 50 minutes, $155

A creamy scrub is used to exfoliate the body in this traditional Vichy treatment, which also includes a scalp treatment using fragrant frangipani oil and a massage.


Location: Allegria Spa at The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Time & Cost: 135 minutes, $325

One of the most luxurious treatments on the menu, lavender compresses are used to soothe the nervous system before custom rose oil and a herbal wildflower body scrub is used to exfoliate the skin. It also includes a chamomile bath with fresh flower petals, followed by a full-body massage with a geranium-rose body butter. The experience ends with a calming wrap and a foot and scalp massage.

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