Despite rain and mud the Spa Soiree held at Glenda and Jerry Greenwald’s home the night before the Aspen Spa Day event was a lot of fun. Sallie Fraenkel, our COO, arranged a unique event twist for attendees to receive beautiful robes and slippers upon entry that they could wear for the evening. However, there was some hesitation about whether or not this would work with the sophisticated Aspen crowd who generally don the most amazing and expensive apparel to look “Aspen Casual” along with their huge baubles.
I will give the crowd credit for having a great sense of fun when they were willing to brave rain to drive up the windy road to the Greenwald’s mansion and take off their shoes to put on slippers. Thankfully the slippers were not the furry kind but plastic which in many cases saved $1,000 pair of shoes from the mud. Some also put on their robes. It probably helped that these Fernando Sanchez robes retail for $450 each and were drop dead gorgeous! There was spa food prepared by five of the world’s top spa chefs and mini spa treatments people could sample. Mandarin Oriental New York
, Montage Resort and Spa
, Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa
, Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
, and Chiva Som
in Thailand flew in their chefs for the event.
We all learned a few things. One is that if you put your pedicured toes in mud for a few hours, the polish will chip. Second, it was once again verified that Aspenites like to party but expect your party to end on the early side, they like to get up early to hike, bike, and do their yoga. Looking so fabulous does take a lot of work!
Right before I left for Rancho La Puerta last week, it was Harry Potter mania around here. The Barnes & Noble near my office had a line around the block with people (many in costume) waiting to get the first copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As I generally do, I wondered if the headlines would relate to spa in any way and wondered if there would be people at “the Ranch” reading the Harry Potter book.
Well, indeed there was a smattering of folks around the pool with their noses in the Potter book. My favorite encounter was with Marty and his daughter Isabel pictured here who each had a copy of the book. He was reading the British version and she was reading the American version. They had enjoyed all of the previous books together beginning with the ones he read to her when she was a child.
But it was Meredith Viera’s interview on the Today Show
with the book’s author J.K Rowling
and their discussion about the final three words at the end of the book which I found most fascinating and really tied the Harry Potter series and spa together for me.
Indeed, those precious three words were the same ones that moved me so during my visit to the Farm at San Benito in the Philippines. Every spa treatment begins with the three words that ended Harry Potter: “All is well.”