Imagine receiving your spa treatment with Sedona’s Red Rocks in the background. Photo courtesy of Sedona Chamber of Commerce.
The vibe: Sedona, Arizona is known for its iconic Red Rocks–many of which are magnetically charged with energizing vortex points–that light up the town at dawn and dusk. Naturally, a trip to the spa at L’Auberge de Sedona offers up a chance to enhance your encounter with this breathtaking (and energizing) location.
Hidden away amongst the banks of Oak Creek and overlooking Snoopy Rock (yes, it really does resemble the well-known beagle), the prestigious spa has a casual appeal along with a few unexpectedly chic bonuses. Enjoy a visit to the steam room before your treatment with a glass of cucumber water, trail mix and seasonal fruit. Then, indulge in the spa’s rustic atmosphere with a stone fireplace and comfy lounge chairs before your treatment.
Discover the luxury of L’Auberge de Sedona’s Swedish massage right the jump…
Stepping out of the hustle and bustle of Mexico City and into the quiet luxury of Las Alcobas’ boutique lobby feels like coming home—only better.
Designed by Toronto-based superstar architects Yabu Pushelberg, this tasteful and comfortable hotel is a highlight of the swish Polanco neighbourhood. But don’t let yourself spend the whole day in the deluxe corner room that overlooks the neighbourhood (or in the all marble bathroom that’s lovely enough to bring a tear to your eye). Head downstairs to celeb chef Martha Ortiz’s resto Dulce Patria for some truly remarkable and refined takes on classic Mexican fare (interesting side note, most of the celeb chefs in Mexico are women. Who knew?)
Be warned though, Dulce Patria’s margaritas are as delicious as they are strong. You might just need to partake in a Purifying Chicxulub wrap—one of the many Mexican healing rituals offered at the Los Alcobas’ calming Aurora spa.
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Is your skin having a bad winter moment? Read on! Image courtesy of Leda & St. Jacques.
My skin is freaking out. It desperately wants summer’s lush humidity and warm temps to come back. It does not like this biting cold wind and harsh indoor heating. The result? Dry patches on my sensitive, combination skin (A.K.A a complete disaster), and it doesn’t have that plump, hydrated texture that it had just a few months ago. To spare you and your skin the pain of adjusting to winter, Jill Carlen, spa director at the Ritz Carlton Toronto, shares how to smoothly transition into winter (so you don’t end up with unhappy skin!).
“With the season changes, your skins needs will change too,” explains Carlen. “Just like you might need to wear those rain boots or leather jacket soon, think of wearing a ‘heavier’ jacket on your face. It’s the only part that will soon be exposed so to keep from looking like a craggy old mountain peak, you have to protect it.”
Here are Carlen’s top tips for winterizing your skin.
1. Sunscreen. “It may seem silly when it’s a bit gloomier out but this is your best defense against premature aging. And in a couple of months when you’re skiing this winter, it’s a must to fight the reflection from the snow.”
2. Switch to a creamier cleanser if you need to. “You don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils, just clean out the gunk from the day,” says Carlen. So opt for a luxe feeling, cream cleanser that will also be a huge help to those will sensitive skin.
Carlen is full of way more winter skin tips after the jump! Read more…