Author Archives: Milana Knowles

Quickie Spa

Travel & Play

Spanundrum: Spa for the Soul

I recently signed up for a Practical Philosophy class, and have been enjoying the series much more than I thought I would. It is a wonderful mixture of lessons on finding the wisdom within, pausing to live in the moment, and learning how to deal with everyday dilemmas.


Travel & Play

Spa-nundrum: Good-bye, Unnecessary Frills. Hello, Value

Remember when the word luxury was the only term you heard in the spa world? It wasn’t too long ago. But in the last year or so, the meaning of luxury has changed for all of us. What is luxury? In today’s economic climate, luxury no longer just means “opulence” and unnecessary frills have become silly. Smart spas are focusing on giving spa goers two operative words: quality and value.



Spa-nundrum: On Happiness

At a recent launch party I attended for Avène’s new body care line my dear friend, Karen Oliver, their public relations director, invited Deepak Chopra, M.D., her close friend and world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, to speak on health and happiness. I hadn’t met Dr. Chopra before but was of course aware of his books and wellness concepts, and was very much looking forward to hearing him speak on the subject of happiness.

Beauty and mud treatment at the day spa

Beauty & Grooming

The One Treatment No One Should Live Without

People who know I work in the beauty and spa industry often ask me for recommendations when it comes to products and treatments. I love to share my experiences and the tips I learned from aestheticians and dermatologists all around the world. And if you ask me to single out that one treatment that is so great and so important and can actually create a measurable difference in the way your skin looks and ages,

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Arden Global Retail Boutique and Red Door Spa

Travel & Play

Spafordable= Spatacular

Spafordable= Spatacular

I recently had the opportunity to experience the new, affordable Red Door spa brand, Simply Face and Body.

The verdict: Simply excellent! $49 a pop for a massage or a facial. Finally, someone has struck the perfect balance between affordability and quality.

Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza

Beauty & Grooming

A Votre Santé

A Votre santé

I love France for many reasons, the food, the wine, the beauty approach and yes…the fashion. They really get it. Recently the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza Hotel opened In New York. A glass of wine after a luxurious, fragrant and youth reviving treatment…. Now in my book, that is a recipe for perfection.

Spa-ing After Flying

Spa 101

What a Brilliant Idea!

I profoundly dislike flying for many reasons: the security lines, recycled, smelly airplane air, airplane food (or lack of it), miniature bathrooms, and turbulence. Oh, gosh, do I dislike turbulence.