March 3, 2010 |
A salon for couples' massages with private shower. Life-coaching sessions in low-lit rooms with cushy chairs. A lineup of services to make clients' skin appear younger and their bodies thinner. This isn't a retreat resort. It's the new face of luxury at the nonprofit Virtua Health system's recently opened Health and Wellness Center, on Hurffville-Cross Keys Road in Washington Township. Designers of the center's $3.5 million spa, called vir t?, "spared nothing," said Ralph Cioffi, general manager of the spa, a joint venture of the hospital system and the Star Group marketing firm.
December 24, 2008 |
Lisa Leeper was not hard at work. Instead, the admissions coordinator at a long-term rehab center relaxed in a comfy swivel chair at Bernard's Salon & Day Spa in Marlton while a hairstylist straightened her black locks with a hot iron. Then, she moved a couple of stations over for a French manicure. Not a bad way for Leeper, 39, to spend a workday afternoon. After all, the Mount Laurel woman deserved to be pampered. For a year of work well done, this was her bonus: a few hours of being fussed over.
September 5, 2008 |
Settle in and have your achy muscles caressed. Breathe fragrant aromas of eucalyptus, lavender, sandalwood or grapefruit. Listen to Bach, Beethoven or cool jazz, and melt away stress in a steam shower. You know you want to pamper yourself, and now there's no need to travel to an exotic location. You can create a luxe bath/personal spa right at home. Just as thread counts determine a bed sheet's degree of luxury, the number of jets and nozzles have become the deciding factors in upgrading shower and tub features.
August 22, 2008 |
You're sitting on the edge of a swimming pool so blue, you imagine you're in the Caribbean. The vivid flowers and aquatic plantings surrounding this pool are so spectacular, they rival those found near Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Now, you close your eyes and savor a meal so satisfying you'd swear you were in Paris. All this after a pedicure so perfect, a facial so cleansing and a massage so soothing, you think maybe you've just died and gone to . . . Atlantic City?
June 29, 2008 |
Wallace Township doesn't have a grocery store, a gas station, or even a traffic signal. A semi-rural outpost wedged between Routes 100 and 322, the area used to be a haven for mill workers, manor houses and gentlemen farmers. In recent years, the township in Northwest Chester County has remained an island of relative calm in the midst of the development boom affecting its neighbors in Upper Uwchlan and East Brandywine. From 2000 to 2006, Wallace's population grew from 3,245 to 3,432 according to the US Census, a change of six percent.
July 27, 2007 |
It's a Yanni kind of place, that new Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at Harrah's Atlantic City, back on the marina. The new spa opened Memorial Day weekend, a calming adjunct to the raucous, monster-domed Pool, the new hot attraction in the expanding, nongaming emphasis the casinos seem to be hanging on these days. While the Pool, with its themed club nights during the week, has been packing in a slightly younger crowd - primarily those in their 30s - the Elizabeth Arden Spa is aimed like a candle-scented arrow at what spokesman Christopher Jonic said is Harrah's main demographic, the 45- to 65-year-old upscale gambler.
March 21, 2007 |
This month brings one of the first spring breaks that my daughter and I won't spend together. She graduated from college in November and, sadly, her job does not allow for spring break. Naturally, our spring breaks together were fairly sedate affairs, usually spent in sunny climes - pretty much the opposite of Girls Gone Wild. But the most sedate of all our trips, and the most memorable, upon reflection, was one a few years ago when we both got the flu. We had chosen a family-oriented tennis resort with a fitness center and spa, nestled near South Mountain Park in Phoenix.
February 28, 2007 |
LINDSAY LOHAN, Kate Moss, Miss USA Tara Conner? When I went to rehab (on June 29, 1989) there weren't so many hot women. Or any. Actually, my roommate was a 6-foot-7 African-American crackhead with cystic acne who slept with Noxzema on his face and - I kid you not - a Confederate flag do-rag around his head. Emmett, by the way, was absolutely the nicest guy to have ever sold his plasma for a rock of cocaine. In those days, residential drug rehab was reserved for people with real problems.
June 2, 2006 |
How do you define "end-of-the-day indulgence?" For some, it's consuming a pizza on the couch while watching CSI. But others might tell you it's taking refuge in a bath, away from the chaos of the workaday world. Bathroom-fixture manufacturers are banking on the latter view these days, offering an array of at-home indulgences designed to simulate what you find at a spa. High-style, high-end products such as the Robert Kuo-designed Wavelet hammered-copper tub from Ann Sacks ($36,000)
January 1, 2006 |
The good news in travel is that the Great Escape does not require gargantuan spending. Can't afford to lease a private island villa? Book an oceanfront apartment at a fraction of the cost. Is an African safari too haute for your herd? Get a thriftier taste of wild Africa on American turf. Want to de-stress at a spa without the distress of a stratospheric tab? Calm yourself with an affordable alternative that is (almost) as enticing. Here are three very different vacations, each with choices - the island, the spa and the safari.