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Find World-Class Luxury at the St. Regis Atlanta

Embracing one of the world’s finest hotels was very easy for Atlantans clamoring for world-class luxury. So far, the St. Regis hasn’t disappointed. Tucked away near the heart of Buckhead, the St. Regis is both accessible and exclusive, so there’s a resort feel without the hassle of having to travel far to find things.

But why travel at all when Picture 15everything needed is right there? Work out anytime at the 24-hour fitness facility. Relax at Remède Spa where there’s no one service fits all policy. Instead, services are unique and customized to the guest. Therefore, no facial or massage is the same.

Envision high living on the Mediterranean at the sprawling pool piazza, with its tropical plants and cascading waterfall. Don’t lift a finger thanks to the private butler service, but do bring on the night with the traditional Champagne Sabering dating back to Napoleon Bonaparte’s era. And, of course, fine dining is a requirement at Paces 88. For serious unwinding, there’s the Wine Room or the even more popular St. Regis Bar.

With plush accommodations and such fabulous amenities, no wonder locals and travelers alike rave about the St. Regis Atlanta. All hotels are clearly not equal.

Get up to 24 hours of R&R at King Spa & Sauna

King Spa and Sauna isn’t your ordinary spa. It’s a Korean style spa (aka, a spa on steroids) complete with 11 spa and sauna rooms, including an oxygen room, an ice room, and an aroma room to purify your body and rid it of toxins. Admission is $20 for a full 24 hours of sweating, soaking, and relaxation. They even offer a $3 discount for “happy hour,” 6 am – 2 pm Monday through Thursday. King Spa also offers body scrubs and massages for an extra fee. In addition to the spa rooms, their facilities include computer rooms with wifi access, pools and even a food court serving traditional Korean specialties. If you’re planning on showing up in the wee hours of the morning, check their website or call ahead as some of their facilities close during the night for cleaning and maintenance. Also note that men and women spa separately.

Sweet Samba Spa

Sweet Samba is a hip lifestyle boutique & spa with an authentic vibe and most importantly a clean, professional environment where you can relax and unwind while enjoying the highest quality spa services. Whether you enjoy shopping the boutique, enjoying a signature Organic Facial or experiencing our award winning Brazilian waxing, Sweet Samba offers an innovative and rejuvenating experience.

Sweet Samba Spa has four locations:

Athens: 121 W. Washington St. Athens, GA 30601, Telephone: 706.543.0099

Buckhead: 3167 Peachtree Road Ste. E. Atlanta, GA 30305, Telephone: 404.869.8888

Vinings: 4600 West Village Place Suite 3001 Smyrna, GA 30080, Telephone: 770.435.5505

Midtown: 884 Monroe Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30308, Telephone: 404.347.5211

Visit sweetsamba.com for more information.

Drive and Stay (In Style) at The Madison Hotel

For your next trip to the nation’s capital, plan a simple yet elegant stay at The Madison Hotel known for its exceptional service and welcoming accommodations.  With over 350 cozy rooms, as well as 15 luxury suites, madisonhotelThe Madison is a great option for those looking to enjoy DC in comfort.

Take a load off and relax in the hotel’s 24 hour sauna and steam room after a stress releasing workout in the hotel’s fitness facility.  Finish off with a trip to the spa for a massage treatment to relax even the most stressed traveler.

Dine in or out at the Madison, with 24 hour in-room dining services and the modern, reputable Palette Restaurant & Bar, the hotel accommodates all tastes whether you’re up for a cozy night in or an elegant evening out.

Insider Tip: Take advantage of The Madison’s Drive and Stay Package – a year-round special that provides complimentary hotel parking (a $35+ value) to those road-trippers looking to sleep in style.

Zen-Like Accommodations at the Mandarin Oriental

Looking for a little relaxation in the District?  Look in to a stay at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, nestled off the beaten path in Southwest DC, overlooking the Tidal Basin with breathtaking views of the Jefferson and Washington Monuments.Picture 87

Known around the world for its Five Star accommodations, the Mandarin’s DC counterpart is no exception.  The hotel includes an ultra chic spa, yoga and fitness center, as well as an award-winning restaurant, CityZen, known for its exceptional Asian-inspired cuisine.

Exuding an apparent Zen-like quality and subtle Asian simplicity, the Mandarin is sure to please even the most discerning traveler.  Book one of the Premier Water View rooms, located on the corners of the hotel, overlooking the Washington Marina for a truly upgraded Washington stay.

Santa Monica Retreats at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel

Move over Canyon Ranch, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is Santa Monica’s answer to a mind and body retreat without going anywhere! The luxury hotel’s escapist, private feel is obvious by just driving into the enclosed grounds. World renown Exhale Spa offers premium body toning in Core Fusion classes. For post class unwinding, opt for MIR186_MiscellaneousExhale signature spa treatments like the TRUE Facial and Fusion Massage. Poolside bungalows are a tanning treat with tasty snacks prepared downstairs by FIG Restaurant chefs, who have made a name for themselves by escalating fresh California flavor into upscale dining with the serenity of an outdoor garden and waterfall.

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is also prime Los Angeles beach locale: walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Beach, 3rd Street Promenade and only a short drive to Main Street, Malibu and Venice. Rooms with an ocean view are worth the splurge, but either way the sinkable bed is hard to leave at The Fairmont Miramar.

Any Season’s a Good Season at The Four Seasons

Four Seasons poolThe name Four Seasons immediately conjures up images of a luxurious hotel filled with beautiful, well-to-do people, and the five-star Brickell Avenue Four Seasons does not disappoint. If anything, it exceeds those expectations with a fabulous location in the heart of everything that is pulsating in Miami, but offers the best of quiet serenity, too, making it the perfect place to stay for relaxing AND living it up.

Of course, in a subtropical climate like sunny South Florida, the pools (yes, there are two) are one of the main attractions. They are surrounded by gorgeous private cabanas for stylish and comfortable relaxation, and the hotel’s spa offers treatments in those cabanas as well as in-room service.

The guestrooms are luxuriously designed and feature city and bayviews, so the balconies are the perfect spot to begin or end the day. If splurging is an option, take it to the top and stay in the Presidential Suite, complete with dining and living rooms, impressive bayviews, a large soaking tub and oversized separate shower in the master bedrooms, and comfy lounging chairs throughout.

If you find the urge to get out of the hotel (although we don’t blame you if you don’t!), it’s easy to hit up one of Brickell’s many nearby hotspots for some dancing and cocktails to top off the night.

Breathtaking Bay Views at Mandarin Oriental Miami

Using the available waterfront in Miami is always a plus and the Mandarin Oriental is one spot where ocean views are put to perfect use. Built alongside Biscayne Bay and with rooms, suites, dining and amenities (it’s got the city’s only five-star spa) Picture 10to make other hotels envious, this place has it all…and more.

Filled with floor to ceiling windows along the lobby floor, the bay views are unbeatable and breathtaking. They’re visible from just about any vantage point. Head upstairs to the room floors and find luxurious suites that feature fully furnished living rooms with hardwood floors, area rugs and a city view visible through sliding glass doors that lead to a sprawling balcony. The spa suite has a spa tub that towers over the hardwood floors, and is perfectly named the Spa Serenity Room.

For great grub, grab a bite indoors or out at the casual Cafe Sambal or something fancier at the signature Azul Restaurant. For a bit of relaxation, swing on a hammock by the resort’s private beach and nearby Brickell offers all the nightlife necessary with bars and nightclubs everywhere.

Paradise Spa Escape at Four Seasons Westlake Village

For the ultimate spa day getaway The Four Seasons Spa in Picture 12Westlake Village is incredible. Just one spa treatment grants an all access pass to paradise.

For the perfect day, massages are just the beginning. Dive deeper into the zen with a stroll through the gardens, greenhouse, Asian inspired gazebo and koi pond. There’s no need to ditch the plush robe for uncomfortable day clothes as the spa has a private pool just for patrons. For lunch, enjoy smoothies and sandwiches served poolside, while catching up on your perfect LA tan or relaxing in the robe. The meals are deliciously upscale spa-y health food that leaves you satisfied, and not famished. Cap the day with a steam, sauna, and whirlpool dip before showering and heading home. Returning to reality is hard, but this relaxed rejuvenation is truly hard to forget.

Insider’s Tip: Book treatments when traffic is in your favor because it’s a 40 minute drive out of the city, but book early enough to maximize the day there.

Get Your Body and Mind Aligned at In-Symmetry

San Francisco is inundated with salon and spa storefronts- some pricey, some alternative and some for the gentleman traveler.  Yet who wants another mediocre massage when there’s In-Symmetry?  Hidden on the south side of Potrero Hill, this high quality day spa has a “members only” atmosphere and an “everyone’s welcome” price- just like Trader Joe’s.

Picture 20In-Symmetry Spa is as proud of its history of service for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, K.D. Lang, Ashton Kutcher, Pink, and Natalie Merchant as it is its deep-tissue massage services for the masses of locals who frequent here every week.  No matter who you are, this laid-back spa will treat you with the indulgence and respect you deserve after your long week at work.

Aside from a Zen Hot Stone Massage that will make your body melt on the table, and a healing Sports Massage, In-Symmetry provides specialized Pre-Natal massages that pamper mama-to-be and Facials that will tone and tighten your face without the surgery.  But be prepared, every service here will leave you floating on air with your head in the clouds, so planning your payment ahead of time might be wise.

Live Like a Star at Hotel ZaZa

Swimming pools and movie stars….no, this isn’t an episode of Beverly Hills, but a stay here can feel like that (without the drama, of course). Hotel ZaZa is a hotbed of glitPicture 8z and glamour that draws big names and big parties. When celebs come to town, ZaZa is a hands-down favorite, and for good reason: the exterior is modern with a French Chateau twist, the chic lobby is bathed in candlelight and crystal accents, and the hotel boasts the Magnificent Seven Suites, with themes like Crouching Tiger and Rock Star that can accommodate stylish dinner parties or become a sexy bridal suite. (Insider tip: Rock Star lives up to its name, being rumored to truly be a favorite of rock stars all over the world.)

The pool is another place you’ll find yourself feeling like the epitome of glamour. In the summer, it is full of greenery and cocktails for comfortably basking in the Texas heat. In the winter, the pool area is encased by a tent and candlelight, and becomes a plexiglass floor that guests can mix and mingle over.

With eclectic dining in Dragonfly, the hotel restaurant, and Za Spa, a relaxing oasis, you’ll begin to think you’ve been magically transported to Beverly Hills instead of Big D.

Rosewood Crescent is a Landmark of Luxury

It’s impossible to miss The Rosewood Crescent Hotel. Its eye-catching French windows and pristine white exterior beckon a peek inside the uptown landmark. Upon entering, the vaulted ceilings, marble floors and fresh flowers confirm what you already suspected: this is a first class hotel that doesn’t compromise on style or service.

For the health nut, the fitness center’s classes,Picture 13 like Pilates and kickboxing, are added perks. For those looking to relax during their stay, the spa offers over 77 treatments ranging from wraps, scrubs, massages and nail care.

When you want to venture out of your room that includes 480-threadcount Egyptian sheets and cuddly terry bathrobes, the Shops and Galleries of The Crescent are the perfect solution. The shops carry bath and beauty products, fine art, linens, home products, and you’ll also find dining that rivals the best restaurants in the city.

It isn’t uncommon to see a beautiful bride celebrating her day at this hotel as it boasts some of the most luxurious weddings and special events in Dallas. From the moment you arrive to the moment you check-out, The Rosewood Crescent lives up to its look and reputation, and instills the desire to return again soon.

The Viceroy Hotel’s Bold Biscayne Bay Statement

The importance of making a statement is evident at first glance of the Viceroy Miami. Bold statement pieces, like massive, Dali-esque face sculptures, greet both arriving guests and people driving along posh Brickell Avenue. The Viceroy is a unique boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Biscayne Bay- and takes full advantage of its prime location with fabulous amenities.

Picture 23There’s rooftop partying and dining on the 50th floor’s aptly named Club 50, which wraps around the hotel’s pool and where deejays play the hottest tracks during happy hour and for the night owls. The 28,000-square-foot spa bathes guests in relaxation and luxury with a floating library, reflecting pond, hot and cold plunge pools and floor to ceiling windows showcasing dramatic bay views as far as the eye can see.

The Viceroy Hotel is as unique, luxurious and bold as its decorative pieces.

Four Star Service at the Four Seasons

When you think of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, the words elegant and refined immediately come to mind. This beautiful hotel that has seen more weddings and Bat Mitzvahs than any church or synagogue is the ultimate destination for saying “I do” or “L’chaim.” Four Seasons Pic

The Four Seasons, filled with rolling greens and stunning gardens, is the perfect place to stay overnight or come just for the day. Though this isn’t the spot for a twenty-something looking for a club or bar, it is the perfect place to relax by the pool or hit the spa.

Speaking of which, The Spa at the Four Seasons is an absolute must for any tourist or L.A. native. Offering the finest services, massages and body treatments, your visit to the spa will make you feel A-list worthy in a matter of minutes. If you aren’t lucky enough to ever actually spend the night, the spa offers visitors a chance to lounge by the pool before or after a service to give you the ultimate Four Seasons experience.

Hotel Palomar – Luxury with a Twist

Picture 8After a long afternoon of flights, taxis and bustling streets, how do you feel about starting your stay with an in-room full body massage? The Hotel Palomar offers unique twists on the basic amenities most luxury hotels have to offer. For no extra change, you and your VIP (Very Important Pet, that is) can stay with you and also receive the pamper package via pet sitting, grooming, walking and massages.

Hotel Palomar is an eco-friendly hotel that up and down sets an example for a better environment. The hotel has been recognized for a multitude of green things, like design innovation, water and energy efficiency, and opening the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered restaurant in the city, Square 1682.

Puttin’ on the Ritz at Key Biscayne Hotel

Across the Rickenbacker Causeway bridge, flanked by a breathtaking view of Biscayne Bay, lies the posh island of Key Biscayne. There’s no better way to enjoy this land of luxury than at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Picture 7

This island is a virtual playground for the rich and famous with its luxury residences, world-famous tennis stars everywhere (a little thing called the Sony Ericsson Open is held there), and PGA golfers playing the premier course Links at Key Biscayne.

When all that activity is done, relaxing for a stay at the Ritz-Carlton isn’t a bad place to lay your head down. This hotel is a best of the best with one of the Top 10 beaches, best restaurants, and best spas in North America.

The resort’s ambiance is modeled after an island paradise, making it a difficult decision whether to enjoy the view from a swanky room or drift off to the ocean breezes on the beach or by the pool.

Say Goodbye to Winter Woes at Posh Spot

poshWinter brings dazzling lights, decadent treats and dreaded dry skin. The Posh Spot, located in the cozy Vinings area minutes from downtown, promises a luxurious and relaxing escape from the blistering cold. Services include a wide array of pampering selections for guests seeking a refuge from winter misery. An aromatherapy hand & foot treatment or even a fruit renewal manicure is the perfect end to a hectic holiday shopping weekend.

Ladies aren’t the only patrons that can enjoy themselves at the Posh Spot, the gentleman’s manicure and neck up scalp & facial treatment gives the guys a great excuse to stop by with or without their significant other. Check out their weekly promotions, aimed at divas on a dime who don’t clip coupons. Whether it be a manicure, facial or massage, Posh Spot invites you to make an appointment with the rejuvenating specialists that are highly skilled in defeating the winter woes.

Melt The Day Away at Kabuki Springs & Spa

With daily stressors that can wear and tear at your body (and every last nerve), it’s nice to have a place to get away from the grind.  Kabuki Springs and Spa in JaSFkabukipantown accommodates the pampering needs of all, from private, alternative wellness services to San Francisco’s only Japanese-style community baths.

Designed to promote harmony and relaxation, Kabuki specializes in the exotic Pan-Asian experience.  Just $20 at the door and you’re led through orchid and Buddha-lined hallways to a private dressing area, then through the steam curtains into the bath house.   Serene music plays in the background as you melt the stress away in the hot tub, warm and cold baths, sauna, or steam room.  There is no time limit on relaxation at Kabuki, so take a rest between each bath on cedar lounge chairs and hydrate with cucumber water or detoxifying tea.

Open seven days a week, Kabuki hosts men-only, women-only, or co-ed days, depending on your preference.  Talking is strongly discouraged (have fun banging the Thai-style gong if it gets too loud for you!) and intimacy is not allowed.  There’s no need for anyone to feel uncomfortable, since personal peace, space, and wellness are Kabuki’s top priority.

The Ellis Hotel, A Truly Unique Boutique Hotel

Picture 5The new and improved Ellis Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta is a piece of Atlanta’s history. From its luxurious modern guest rooms – fully equipped with iPod docking stations – to its elegant crystal chandeliers, there is no limit to the luxury at Ellis.

Its recent $28 million hotel renovation brought much more than a fresh paint job, Atlanta’s Ellis Hotel offers 21st century conveniences and amenities. Among them are sleek and sophisticated interior design and furniture, on-site event planning service, and WiFi access throughout the entire hotel.

But the new Ellis Hotel didn’t stop with luxury amenities, they also have an exclusive women’s only floor. It’s complete with necessities for the woman-on-the-go (i.e. snuggly slippers and curling irons).

After prepping in your luxurious room or on their exclusive floor, it’s time to dine at the fine Terrace on Peachtree Restaurant. This Atlanta restaurant offers its patrons recipes from local vendors, giving a simple escape to America’s finest. Be sure to try the Sweet Potato Ravioli, stuffed mushrooms or even the Chocolate Indulgence Brownie. Andrea, the restaurant manager, will ensure that your dining experience is that of royalty.

These features make The Ellis not just an Atlanta hotel with comfortable beds, but also a lavish retreat from the usual chain hotels. This truly unique boutique Atlanta hotel offers its clients options while relaxing in luxurious accommodations.

Luxury and Elegance at The Rittenhouse Hotel

There’s a reason that celebs like Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Willis call this their home away from home when staying in Philadelphia. The Rittenhouse Hotel is the #1 Hotel in Pennsylvania, as voted by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and boasts more amenities and perks than one could imagine.

For guests staying on the weekend, the hotel offers a complimePHIrittenhousehotelntary champagne reception on Friday and Saturday afternoons, with butler service and scrumptious treats that would make even the most skeptical person feel warm and welcome.

The Adolf Bieker Spa and Salon is located within the hotel and has a fantastic reputation. Employees of the spa recommend the “Aroma Glow” treatment and have absolutely perfected the basic Swedish massage.

The Mary Cassatt Tea Lounge is located on the first floor and looks out onto a beautiful outdoor garden; it’s a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. The Rittenhouse even has a hopping bar, Bar 210 at Lacroix, that overlooks Rittenhouse Park and serves handcrafted cocktails and hors d’oeurves.

There’s no question – the Rittenhouse Hotel will make every stay in Philadelphia as fabulous as you would hope, with elegance and style!

W Midtown Atlanta: Where Guests Do Much More Than Sleep

The W Atlanta Midtown is oneATLwmidtown of Atlanta’s coolest hotels where guests can indulge in a good night’s rest and then some. With weekly celebrity attended events, why would you want to sleep? This boutique hotel in Atlanta invites its guests to get pampered, get rejuvenated, and get away- all within Atlanta’s city limits.

Wanna see celebs? Many of the city’s elite are at this Atlanta hotel on any given night. The Real Housewives of Atlanta have been spotted here on various occasions, including during their OK Magazine photo shoot. Incorporating LA style with Southern hospitality, the Playboy Pajama Party was also held at this Atlanta luxury hotel.

This W Hotel is the first Atlanta destination for the ultra-modern, Bliss Spa. Here, guests may fulfill decadent desires including an oxygen blast facial, carrot & sesame body buff, and the “blissage” head-to-toe massage.

Opened in 2008, this hotel paradise in Midtown has 466 luxury guest rooms, a relaxing spa, and tons of special event space. So whether you want a girls night out or a sensual night in, the W Hotel Midtown has the sophistication & sex appeal to feed all your senses.

Award Winning Service at The Spa at MINT

This year, pencil in a little “me” time and treat yourself to some pre-holiday pampering at The Spa at MINT, a high end fitness center and spa, nestled in eclectic Adam’s Morgan.  This urban retreat, known for its quality services and zen-like atmosphere, features a variety of spa offerings to keep you looking and feeling your best amidst all the holiday rush.  MINT offers everything from acupuncture (for the brave!) to traditional bodywork, facials, and other aesthetic services – all under a calming pastel roof, situated just beyond bustling, iconic U Street.

Picture 25For a truly customized experience, be sure to take advantage of MINT’s seasonal, organic facials.  The current autumn concoction – a revitalizing blend of fresh cranberry, nutmeg, honey, rose and cornmeal – will leave you buffed and glowing, without breaking the bank ($60 for a 35-minute treatment).  For out-of-towners looking for total body & soul rejuvenation, check out MINT’s exclusive spa packages: The Weekender features a 50-minute facial or Swedish massage, paired with complimentary lunch and an all-access weekend pass to the coveted fitness club.

Insider Tip: Try MINT’s Tranquil Tuesdays facials and massages.  Each 30-minute service is only $49 (Voted Best On-the-Go Spa Service by the Washingtonian)!

W Chicago – City Center

The city is all around you at this hotel in the Chicago Loop near the Sears Tower and theaPicture 64ter district. Get some shut-eye on the hotel’s plush beds each equipped with pillow top mattresses and 350-thread-count sheets. For those who want to relax to the max, loosen up with a deep-tissue massage brought to you by the in-room spa service. Don’t you just love to lounge?

Hotel Allegro

Picture 13The second you step foot into Allegro Hotel, you’ll find yourself in the lap of luxury. Take advantage of personal assistant services, a state-of-the-art on-site fitness center, and a spa where you can relax and reboot. Located in the heart of Chicago’s theater district, you’ll have entertainment right outside your door.

Stellar Service at Andre Chreky Salon

With luxuries like grand piano music, cappuccino, espresso and fine Picture 6pastries, you may want to book a vacation at the Andre Chreky Salon instead of just a massage. This salon and day spa indulges everything from hair and nails to face and body.

Andre Chreky’s philosophy of stellar service for star clients can be seen any day of the week, with Mr. Chreky himself making an almost constant personal presence in the salon. The  Andre Chreky Salon offers express services, extended hours, fuss-free maitenance, discretion, and luxury so that each client leaves feeling like a VIP.

Try an herbal body wrap, complete with a highly concentrated aromatherapeutic serum to ensure hydration. Spoil yourself or someone you love with a package to relax, renew and rejuvenate the mind and body.