THE SPA MARKET
using the company’s Baborganic organic skin care range as well
as Doctor Babor (its luxury cosmeceutical brand) and Babor Men.
Having hosted more than a quarter of a million guests
since its opening in 1995, Miraval, Tucson, AZ, has become a
top-rated destination spa in the US. Unveiled in mid-2012,
the spa’s new“Life in Balance Spa with Clarins” is designed to
transform guests“both physically and emotionally using nurture, rest and renewal.” The menu of exclusive Clarins treatments feature the brand’s Pro Formula products.
“The guests at Miraval are savvy spa consumers seeking
the highest quality treatments in the unique environment.
Clarins’ collaboration with Miraval honors our spa heritage,
unique massage techniques and innovative products. It is a
partnership of excellence between two companies who share
the same philosophy of total well-being and unparalleled service,” Christian Courtin-Clarins, chairman of Clarins Group
Supervisory Board, said in a press statement when the new
spa opened its doors.
At Jurlique Flagship spas (New York, Santa Monica and San
Francisco), guests can pick the Signature Revitalizing Facial,
which features the brand’s new Herbal Recovery Advanced
Serum. Evolved from the original Herbal Recovery Gel—a
cult-favorite formula launched 20 years ago—the serum re-
vitalizes, recovers and protects to leave skin more radiant,
smooth and healthy via a potent blend of fortifying, youth-de-
fending herbal extracts. Specifically, it relies on Naturadiance
PB18, which combines 15 botanicals with three“breakthrough”
natural ingredients: Persian silk tree to strengthen skin cell ca-
pacity and shield against environmental stress; Whu-Zhu-Yu
to boost microcirculation and smooth skin; and peach leaf to
recover skin vitality and promote cellular regeneration.
While many top spas are destinations, Virgin Atlantic offers
spa services for travelers who are still en-route. The spa at the
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at JFK Airport in New York—a first
for a Virgin clubhouse stateside—offers travelers treatments
from Dr. Hauschka-trained therapists, as well as blowouts and
hair styling using Bumble & bumble salon products.
Keeping It Local
In addition to well-known brand name products, spa operators
are taking a cue from the farm to table movement. Many have
developed treatments and experiences that tap into the flora of
The Aspira Spa at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI offers treatments that incorporate flowers that grow throughout
the property. Guests staying at the Sorrel River Ranch & Spa can
book the Garden Glow Facial Massage, a treatment made up of
extra virgin olive oil infused with basil and chamomile harvested
from the ranch’s own garden in Utah. And Maine sea salt exfoliates the skin during the mineral wrap treatment at the White
Barn Inn in Kennebunnk, ME.
At the Spa at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY—
which was carved into a natural glacier-formed stone bluff
overlooking Lake Mohonk—guests can book the signature
“Shawangunk Grit” Mineral Body Treatment, which uses fine
quartz grains quarried from the surrounding cliffs.
Another service with local flair is the“Mohonk Red” Massage,
A luxury spa
treatment at Miraval.
Mohonk’s Attainable Sleep Treatment uses essential oil blends
coupled with a massage and sea salt bath soak.
(Photo: Jim Smith Photography)