Wellness & Spa
By Melanie Haiken on December 15, 2014
A specialized form of hydrotherapy popular in Europe, Greece, and the Middle East, thalassotherapy has come to Mexico at this high-end imported spa in Ixtapa.
By Melanie Haiken on November 20, 2014
Rancho La Puerto, the original wellness and fitness retreat, still offers an incomparable experience for those seeking the fountain of youth.
By Melanie Haiken on July 20, 2014
Long known for its relaxed atmosphere and gorgeous setting just outside of Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge has now added a wellness-themed spa to its list of luxuries.
By Melanie Haiken on May 23, 2014
I’m having a surreal moment. I’m standing, covered head to feet in slick, graphite-colored volcanic mud, when suddenly the deep guttural honk of a howler monkey reverberates almost directly overhead. I walk gingerly up the slatted wooden walkway that traverses the boiling hot river, craning my neck for a glimpse of the monkeys and at […]
By Melanie Haiken on January 24, 2014
Where else in the U.S. can you experience a Laconium? Futuristic in so many ways, Las Vegas now leads the way in spa design, with Asian and European treatments and concepts not seen elsewhere in the U.S.
By Melanie Haiken on October 21, 2013
Where does Jennifer Aniston sneak away to for some R&R with her best gal pals? Where are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchasing a private farm and eco-resort to take the brood away from the spotlight? Drew Barrymore was one of the first to discover this spot, now the hottest destination from A-list celebrities and […]
By Melanie Haiken on September 1, 2010
Shirodhara = stress relief September brings excitement, yes, but along with that brave-new-start feeling comes a wallop of stress. It’s easy to feel like there’s just way, way too much to do and not enough time, money, energy, and attention to get it all done. When you feel you’re about to lose it — or […]
By Melanie Haiken on May 19, 2010
Since arriving at El Silencio Lodge, an über-private nature retreat in Costa Rica’s high volcanic mountains, I’ve been contemplating the meaning of silence. Because silence, at least here in the jungle during the early days of the rainy season, is anything but quiet. Let’s start with the cicadas, which sound like buzz saws about ten […]
By Melanie Haiken on March 27, 2010
So pounding tequila shots at Cabo Wabo isn’t your style? Don’t make the mistake I made, thinking Cabo’s not for you just because you’re not the type to use “par-tay” as a verb. Take a page from celebs like George Clooney and Jennifer Anniston, who regularly sneak off to Hollywood hideaways Palmilla and Las Ventanas. […]
By Melanie Haiken on February 24, 2010
Imagine having a Native American healing based on traditions so secret and private that a panel of tribal elders had to approve the course of treatment ahead of time. That’s the lure of the Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, the only luxury resort in the U.S. located on an Indian reservation and […]