Hello fellow spa-goers and estheticians and anyone else following my blog. As I mentioned a year ago, I am not on here often and if you want regular updates, you should "Like" the Facebook pages I mention in this post. For the estheticians and spa-goers and anyone working in the spa industry, visit the Spa & Esthetics Defined Facebook
page as well as the Santa Barbara City College Esthetics Clinic page
This has actually been a really interesting and challenging year --I'll give ya the scoop. Also, I've visited many spas this past year including Ojai Valley Inn
(a regular favorite), Bacara Resort and Spa
, Korean Spa in L.A.
and Spring Creek Ranch
and Snake River Spa and Resort
Here's a snapshot of my visits:
Ojai Valley Inn
-- I went there with two of my best gal pals -- it was a celebration of another year. We did the Kuyam
which is a Chumash Native American Indian word meaning “a place to rest together.” This treatment combines the therapeutic effects of cleansing desert clays infused with essential oils, dry heat, inhalation therapy. At first, I was a little hesitant sitting in a small space with naked women, two I didn't know, but as usual, I eventually just let it go, as any spa treatment prompts you to do. Besides, I wasn't naked after I slathered by body with mud head to toe. I like to do this treatment 1-2 times a year. The best part of the day was not the gorgeous scenic trip to Ojai from Santa Barbara, nor was it the aromatherapy and hot clay ... it was being with two very lovely and totally hilarious friends. Oh, and my skin felt amazing after the treatment!
Bacara Resort and Spa
--new leadership there means even better than before new and improved spa! The property is oceanfront and is so rejuvenating simply sitting Indian-style in the sand, closing your eyes, listening to the waves crash and smelling the ocean air. Who needs a spa treatment when you're at the Bacara? Well, I do ... because I'm spoiled. Anywho, I've had two of the facials with the new product lines at Bacara -- one with Babor
and one with Osea
. I liked both, but I have to admit that I can't get enough of Osea
products and treatments. My skin LOVES the ingredients and the Undaria oil ... ahhhh, my skin just drinks it up. I loved the hydrating ampoules
too I took home from Babor
; not only do the smell lovely, but I tapped the liquid ampoule into a wrinkle and it plumped it right up. I stayed the night at Bacara too and felt so pampered with the view of the pools and the ocean.
I took a stressful drive into LA with another great gal pal so that we could experience the infamous Korean spa. We were happily naked all day amongst other birthday suit women. First we tried this pool and then that pool. This sort of ritual is where spa started -- water treatments. It was inexpensive, relaxing and fun to experience something new. Afterward, we had the ultimate indulgence at the famous Diddy Riese
My travels then took me to Snake River Lodge
in Teton Village in Jackson Hole Wyoming. I was there with girlfriends again (they really do make everything better, don't they!) and we liked the accommodations, but we loved the scenery more -- pastures of horses just outside. The room was ... okay/noisy ... the customer service was ... okay, but we loved our spa treatments -- all of us got massages. I was disappointed that the lounge/relaxation room was cold ... as all clients were in their robes ... the fireplace was not on and the hot tub in the ladies room was not in working condition. Hmmm, but ... saved by the most amazing grotto pools and hot tubs in the hotel --definitely a highlight! We left with a pretty big scratch left on my car which was not there before valet had it. We contacted the hotel and ... still no answer. Nevertheless, we were off to our next destination!
For more scoop on 2013, check out the Facebook pages!
Labels: bacara, diddy riese, girlfriends, jackson hole, korean spa, ojai valley inn, santa barbara, snake river lodge, wyoming