Eight Over The Top Spa Treatments

By: Beth Landman for City Unlisted. Full article here.

Few things scream indulgence like having caviar slathered on your face, bathing in Champagne or lounging while being painted with gold. Spas are dedicated to the relief of life’s stresses and the sense of being pampered, and nobody does it better than the retreats of Palm Beach county.

Sparkle With Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphires and Gold on Your Skin

At the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, soak in essential oils and therapeutic teas in the garden of your own private villa, then relax with a Lumina Facial, during which crushed rubies, emeralds, sapphires and gold are massaged into the skin. Gems apparently have anti-aging properties, and gold is hydrating—plus they leave a radiant shimmer on the skin. The spa itself is wonderful—wishing wells are adorned with floating candles and cushioned hammocks float over a pool.

A Facial Fit for a King

You’ll feel like royalty at Spa Palazzo at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. That’s because it was modeled after Spain’s Alhambra Palace. Don’t miss the Sevruga Caviar Facial: those eggs, it turns out, are more beneficial to spread on the face than on toast points (word is this is one of Mick Jagger’s beauty secrets). The treatment includes a hand and foot massage, followed by a ritual bath where they feed you sorbet as you relax in a marble tub.

Massage With Marble

At the Four Seasons Palm Beach, warm basalt and cool marble are used as tools to de-stress in the Rejuvenating Stone Massage at this intimate spa, which is small enough to allow for very personal service. There is a separate area dedicated to men. Warm whipped shaving cream anyone?

Four Hours of Treatment Bliss

Four hands are better than two at The Seagate Spa—especially when it comes to massage, as you will find if you take the $750, four hour “Deep Sea Journey” here. It takes place in a private spa suite and includes a head to toe wrap with detoxifying seaweed—hand-harvested of course.

Orchids to Brighten Your Visage

At The Breakers, orchids are used to rejuvenate, strengthen and brighten the skin in the $305 Orchidée Impériale Facial, which uses Guerlain’s costly creams and comes with a hand, scalp and foot massage. The resort famously sits on the water, and if you want to get closer to the waves, opt for a massage in the spa’s ocean sanctuary.

The Best of Both Worlds

Why choose between Swedish massage and Thai (the stretching method otherwise known as “lazy man’s yoga”), when you can have both with Jupiter Beach’s Swe-Thai massage? Or go the ayurvedic route and opt for an Abhyanga Massage: it finishes with an herb-infused oil drip over your third eye.

Treatments Good Enough to Eat

A dark Belgian chocolate fountain is just one of the hedonistic touches at Marriott Delray Beach where the spa boasts China blue walls and crystal chandeliers. Try the scrub with sugar and warm coconut milk; then follow it up with a scalp massage using heated oil.

Mineral Baths From Around the World

Would you prefer to bathe in minerals from the Dead Sea or the Pyrenees? Romp through the waters of the world at the PGA Spa, which contains six different pools containing minerals from across the globe. Finish your day with a Seawater Pearl Ritual, which hydrates and restores skin. When the pearls break, liquid calcium is released. The session ends with two masks, one to plump, another to firm.

Meeting Planner Bootcamp

More than 30 meeting planners from across the U.S. spent three days at the PGA National Resort & Spa in The Palm Beaches this week, for in-depth industry training sessions led by industry experts with CONTACT Planning, the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the county’s top hotel and tourism representatives.

The group, which comprised of senior meeting planners and event managers, member service directors, executive assistants, and agency management group CEOs, to name only a few, received the most current industry insight on destination and accommodation selection,  contract negotiations, food and beverage planning and more.  Topics discussed in each sessions, led by CONTACT Planning President Tom Pasha, included:  understanding the selling process from the hotels perspective, providing planners with best practice tips for working with hotel management and creating a clear and detailed proposal worth competing for; an in-depth look on contract negotiations and overview of critical clauses and options; and a review of top five negotiation techniques in planning a successful, “on-budget” event.

Although the focus was on the business of planning, several Palm Beach County hotels also had the opportunity to provide an overview of their property and its customized services and offerings for meeting and convention business. The planners heard from the Seagate Hotel & Spa, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, and Marriott and Hilton Singer Island hotels, and even participated in a culinary competition and dinner one evening at the Marriott West Palm Beach.  Additionally, host hotel PGA National Resort & Spa led an educational session specific to planning golf tournaments as part of an event schedule, provided insight on selecting the best course, creating tournament rules, and formatting and selling sponsorships, to name a few.


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