Am currently attending the ISPA conference in Orlando, Florida. It was an honor to be named their 2012 Visionary Award recipient. While I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare remarks since my trip to India ended on Saturday and ISPA began on Sunday, I did jot down some thoughts and shared them with [...]
On May 18, more than 150 guests gathered at the iconic Golden Door for an evening gala to celebrate spa pioneer Deborah Szekely’s 90th birthday ─ and this golden girl shows no signs of stopping!
With its impeccable service and inspired program, we know why the legendary Golden Door, tucked away in a coastal pocket of northern San Diego, continuously ranks among the top spas in North America. It’s a SpaFinder favorite, winning our own Readers’ Choice Awards, and it’s also beloved by Condé Nast Traveler’s subscribers, topping their Readers’ [...]
Rancho La Puerta, a fitness resort and wellness spa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, is hosting a two-day birthday gala and symposium, “The Sun, the Butterfly, the Dove,” in San Diego, California, this September 24-25th to celebrate its 70th. Proceeds from the gala will benefit Fundación La Puerta, a non-profit dedicated to the Tecate region and building a better future on the border through educational and ecological action, so join the fun and feel good about it at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
In Mexico, fresh corn is roasted or grilled until smoky-sweet and deliciously chewy. For this classic chowder, the corn is pan-roasted, then cooked to a golden velvet with leeks and aromatic vegetables.
Founder Deborah Szekely and Chef Jesus Gonzales like to give food a quick last touch as it is served. It might be as simple as a quick sauté of leeks, corn and peppers for this corn soup, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil over tomatoes and basil or a dash of fennel powder on grilled fish. That last touch always lifts each fish a notch, adding freshness and flavor, a hint of texture or temperature contrast and eye appeal.
Top Ten Sexiest SpasBy Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider Well, there are lists of sexiest bathrooms, beaches and hotels, so why not sexiest spas? I decided to ask my editor friends and a few spa experts around the world which spas they thought were the sexiest. Then we selected the spas with the most votes to [...]
Massage at a Spa Pet Peeve Susie Ellis SpaFinder Insider Is it just me or do other people have issues with this? I am at a spa in my robe and slippers heading to the massage room with my therapist. After reaching the treatment room, the massage therapist says “now I will step out of [...]
Spa Aside – It is Christmas Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider Email holiday greetings – like you, I receive more and more of them each year. I don’t know yet how I feel about them. On the one hand, it is nice to hear from people. On the other hand, knowing that I am part of [...]
That Famous Spa in Switzerland, Clinique La Prairie and the Product Line, La Prairie – Sorting it All Out
That Famous Spa in Switzerland, Clinique La Prairie and the Product Line, La Prairie – Sorting it All Outby Susie EllisSpaFinder Insider (Note, if you aren’t seeing any photos in this blog post, then please read the blog at http://www.blog.spafinder.com/ as the photos will be a big help in following this timeline!) By now I [...]
A “Plugged-In” Spa Visit to Thailand with Massage and Facial on Day One and a Pre-Flight Manicure and Pedicure
A “Plugged-In” Spa Visit To Thailand with Massage and Facial on Day One and a Pre-Flight Manicure and Pedicureby Susie Ellis Just got to Thailand after a 16 hour flight from New York to Bangkok aboard Thai Airways, a three hour layover at the Bangkok airport, a one hour flight to Phuket, a 1/2 hour [...]