The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years.
I’ve driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but let me be honest, I never really gave it a second thought based on the outside. I guess you could say, I judged a book by its cover.
Utopia Salon & Day Spa is located on the busy highway of Route 6 in Hawley, it’s also right by an intersection for Wallenpaupack school district and Turkey Hill (where all of those tourists going on Lake Wallenpaupack are gassing up their boats.)
When one of my favorite spas was totally booked, I decided to do a quick search of others in the area. Utopia was the first to pop up. I looked at their menu and saw that they were completely affordable and when they said they could get me in next day, I was stoked.
It was when I pulled into the parking lot that I realized there was a lot more to the building than you could see from the road. When I entered the back of the building, I was taken back by how beautiful it was inside with its local flare of wood floors, stone fireplace and wood beam ceilings. Read more
Oh the summer skin care woes. From sunburn to body acne to sun parched skin, we’ve gathered expert tips for how to avoid them from the start.
Perspiration, body acne
Expert Tip: “To prevent breakouts in the summer, use oil-free moisturizer. During the hotter months skin’s natural oil combined with oil-free moisturizer is enough to keep skin well-hydrated. This trick will also help prevent skin from looking too shiny in the summer.” –Alina Cimpoeru, lead esthetician at The Guerlain Spa Read more
If you’re looking to get your skin Summer-ready, read on for tips from spas that give some skin advice you’ll want to start using ASAP.
Inflammation, Environmental Irritant Damage
Tip: The wound healing herb, Calendula, is traditionally known to reduce inflammation and soothe irritation. Create an at-home face mist, combine dried Calendula flowers and oats in a French press, letting it steep in boiled distilled water for 10 minutes. Once cool, pour into spray bottle and spritz face liberally for soft and hydrated skin. – Barbara Close, Founder at Naturopathica Chelsea Healing Arts Center & Spa Read more
If you are looking for delicious smoothie recipes from some of the best spas, we’ve compiled a list for you!
So get ready to indulge your tastebuds without expanding your waistline with these vitamin and mineral rich smoothies!
Potassium Punch: Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort fuses tropical fruits from Costa Rica in its SIBO Smoothie. Crafting a potassium-packed concoction, the smoothie features papaya, banana, pineapple, spinach, beets and orange juice.
1 Tbs Pineapple
3/8 cup Banana
1 Tbs Papaya
1 Tbs Spinach
¼ cup Beets
6 oz Orange Juice
1 scoop ice Read more
Your aching back, your swollen cankles, your sore shoulders… if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, I’m sure you can relate.
There’s so many things to look forward to with your impending arrival, but feeling like your body is falling apart is not one of them. As someone who absolutely loves her spa massages, pre-natal massage was something I was curious about since massage during pregnancy can have some unwanted side effects (especially if you are considered high risk, like myself.)
Before heading to your local spa to indulge in a pre-natal massage, make sure that the therapist is trained in pre-natal. There’s pressure points, etc. that are to be avoided during pregnancy because they can trigger contractions (some even say pre-term labor.) And there are certain essential oils you should stay away from. You should also get the all clear with your doctor/mid-wife first, as well. Read more
March marks National Nutrition Month, and a great time to ramp-up healthy eating (and drinking!) habits. Stephen Coe, executive chef at Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills (Plymouth, Mass.) has whipped up five delicious detox smoothie recipes to help sneak in superfoods, even when strapped for time.
2 cups spinach
1 cup coconut water
1 ripe pear
½ cup frozen mango
2 tbsp. hemp hearts
1tsp. acai powder
1tsp. camu powder
1 banana, frozen
1 tbsp., chopped cilantro, fresh Read more
The Carlsbad Plaza Hotel is a jewel in the center of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, one of the most famous spa cities in central Europe. In this well-known spa and wellness hotel, treatments in one of their many luxurious medical spa suites aim to heal gastrointestinal diseases, metabolic disorders, diabetes, obesity, locomotor system diseases, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and biliary tract diseases, neurological disorders and many more.
The Carlsbad Plaza is a five star hotel and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. It offers all all you can desire under one roof. From the time of your arrival in a limousine of your choice to the luxurious well-appointed accomodations, you’ll feel pampered and relaxed during your stay. Hungry? Try Sorrento with its international cuisine or La Bohème, which offers exclusive and delicious French dishes. If you only crave something small, you can enjoy a snack in one of the many different hotel bars. Looking for entertainment? Grab a seat at the hotel’s Old Times bar where you can enjoy a glass of sparkle accompanied by the tunes of live music, or maybe enjoy a litte adrenaline rush at the Carlsbad Casino. Read more
The Spa Director at The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa in Miami Beach has shared with us an at-home beauty treatment that we think you will love! At renew the spa they have a wonderful Oat and Coconut treatment, perfect for restoring your skin’s PH levels, and Spa Director Vivian Villamizar has shared how to make this at-home:
1.) To begin, mix Epsom salt with pure virgin coconut oil to exfoliate any dry itchy areas on the body. The combination of the Epsom salt with the coconut oil replenishes the skin with trace minerals while hydrating it at the same time. This exfoliation can be done gently or vigorously. Read more
Time is a priceless commodity these days. When you’re trying to squeeze in some me time, it can seem almost impossible.
I recently had the opportunity to try a new scheduling app called MyTime that you can book salon and spa (and many other services) directly from your phone or via the web. I’ll be honest, I usually do all the legwork myself from searching area spas and salons, to looking up their menu’s and pricing to researching reviews. Sometimes I’ll begin the process only to get distracted among all those steps and then put it off another day. Then that haircut that I needed at week 6 suddenly becomes week 10. (I get distracted really easily.) I was willing to give MyTime a shot to see how it all worked. Read more
To take advantage of the tropical weather in South Florida, co-founder of the Caribbean Spa Association, Florida’s Spa Superhero and Viceroy Miami’s Spa Director, Alena Stavnjak, likes to use ingredients that are indigenous to the area in her homemade sugar scrubs.
One of Alena’s favorite DIY spa treatments is a citrus-infused coconut oil sugar scrub that leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft. We adore citrus at A Girl’s Gotta Spa! for its energizing fragrance that is sure to boost your mood year round. Coconut oil is high in vitamin E, penetrates the skin better than any other oil and is also good for nails and hair. Best of all, this citrus-infused coconut oil sugar body scrub is simple to make at home!
Here is the recipe: Read more