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A Time to Renew

By: Mary Bemis
Posted: June 6, 2008, from the January 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Green Mountain at Fox Run, a small destination spa in Ludlow, Vermont, said to have the oldest all-women’s weight and health lifestyle program in the United States, recently developed a special weeklong program titled Mis En Place: Putting Everything In Its Place. Instead of offering this in the new year, they featured it from November through December with the intent of teaching guests how to prepare and plan for a successful holiday. The spa has taken a “nondiet” approach to healthy weight management for the past 35 years, and, in addition to its nutrition and healthy cooking lessons, Mis En Place also provides an exercise plan.

Fitness and beyond

Las Ventanas al Paraiso, the award-winning luxury resort in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, just launched The Ultimate Fitness Program for those who wish to begin the year with a renewed commitment to health and fitness. The primary target is the fitness- and health-conscious baby boomer generation, which is active and interested in self-improvement. The program, which can be booked throughout four, seven, 11 or 14 nights, certainly lives up to its name. A superpersonalized improvement program, it’s booked in one of Las Ventanas’ new two-bedroom Spa Suites that are stocked with organic minibars and all sorts of health and wellness gizmos, as well as spa-inspired bathrooms. There are three suites that feature 4,000 square feet of luxury and come with a spa butler who also just happens to be a spa therapist. Guests partake in a Polar Body Age assessment, which determines the actual age of a person’s body versus its chronological age, as well as its potential age based on fitness and health improvements. Dozens of fitness classes—including yoga and Pilates, eight sports massages, two Visia Complexion Analyses and a Daily Herbal Remedy are offered. “We’ve evaluated the elements that create a total lifestyle—health, fitness, nutrition and beauty—and built our Spa Suite concept around them,” says Damian Viera, spa director. “We’re dedicated to helping guests initiate changes that will make a lasting impact on the quality of their lives.” The Ultimate Fitness Program comes with the ultimate cost: seven nights in low season for $23,875.

The enlightened path

The Spa at the Hotel St.-Barth Isle de France just introduced its new program, Tranquility Weeks, which is a six-night package. Designed for spa travelers who are in search of relaxation and a transformation, this program offers some very unique treatments, such as Coming Home, which seeks to honor the moments in life that distinguish themselves as vital rites of passage; The Tree of Life, a spine-specific treatment combining aromatherapy and massage; and Soul Awakening, a treatment that evolved from Absuchanka, an ancient mystical healing art. Also available are special sessions with Diana Bourel, a trained past life regression therapist, kinesiology facilitator and yoga instructor. Spa cuisine also is included in this new package, as is a Watsu session, among other services.

Renew and reconnect

Guests who book the ReNew Year Package at Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah, are treated to a 50-minute health or spa service, as well as three nutritious meals per day, healthy living classes and events, daily guided morning hikes, unlimited fitness classes, and full use of the spa facilities, walking trails and fitness center. The Sunday-through-Wednesday package is offered until the end of February, with special rates that begin at $229 per night, per person. Those who want a weekend escape can opt for the three-day, two-night Resolution Weekend package at The Sagamore, the private island Lake George resort in the Adirondack Mountains. Offered only once at the end of January, this package includes exercise and nutrition programs; fitness classes, such as aqua aerobics, Pilates and yoga; one detoxifying spa treatment; and a 25% discount on additional spa treatments. The program was designed by Linda Diehl-Perry, an American Council on Exercise (ACE)-certified personal trainer and lifestyle consultant, and Shawnee Abby, a wellness coordinator and intuitive counselor. The Sagamore’s chefs share their secrets on preparing healthy snacks at home. The Bachelor-Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton in Avon, Colorado, is home to the company’s only certified nutritionist, who conducts 30-minute nutrition and fitness consultations for guests who book The Reconnect Package: Nutrition Wellness Experience, offered from October through April.

Ringing in a New Year

Adapting some of these unique spa programs to fit your clients’ needs can help them to recharge and renew for a healthy new year.