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Reviews of spas at beaches and beach resorts around the world.

Mojito-Lime Massage At Miami’s Mayfair Hotel & Spa In Coconut Grove

Mint Leaves, Lemon And Lime Juice Part Of Unique Treatment

Mayfair Hotel’s Jurlique Spa
Mayfair Hotel’s Jurlique Spa has a soothing way to spend a spring day.


Spring has arrived at The Mayfair Hotel’s Jurlique Spa in Miami’s Coconut Grove area with specials, including the soothing-sounding Mojito-Lime massage.

The Mojito-Lime Massage experience begins with the application of a back scrub made up of a mix of mint leaves and lemon. The exfoliating body massage leaves the skin silky-smooth and soft. The mint leaves’ fragrant aroma soothes the senses with its pleasant therapeutic aromatherapy properties. The mint in the scrub mixture also aids in treating inflammations and loosening up dead skin cells.

Also part of the scrub blend is the lime juice, which cleanses the skin while acting as an oil reducer, antioxidant and antibiotic. The juices’ astringent properties assist in the tightening of skin pores, as well as act as an anti-itching agent for the skin.

The 60-minute Mojito-Lime massage is customizable in pressure modalities to soothe all types of aches and pains. The massage can be combined into any the following packages:

•  The Mayfair Experience – which includes a 60 minute Mojito-Lime Massage and a 60 minute Skin Brightening Facial for $219, gratuities not included.

• The Relax Experience – which includes a 60 minute Skin Brightening Facial and Express Mojito-Lime Manicure & Pedicure for $179, gratuities not include

“We are so proud to introduce such innovative spa services as our new Spring Mojito Madness Specials, featuring our custom made Mojito-Lime full body massage,” said Belkis Espinosa, Jurlique Spa director. “These packages are not just perfect to enjoy in the spring, but also a great way to usher in the warm temperatures of sunny Miami as we prepare our skin for the summer.”

Jurlique Spa’s Spring Mojito Madness Specials is available to hotel guests and the public alike and to make a reservation phone the concierge at (305) 779-5135 .

Jurlique Spa is located on the second floor of the Mayfair Hotel on 3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. It uses organic products to restore energy from within while revitalizing the skin, face and body. The  facilities include: seven private treatment rooms, couples suite for side-by-side therapies, relaxation lounge and a spa boutique, featuring our exclusive line of spa products.

LINK:

Website: www.mayfairhotelandspa.com

Get A Free Spa Visit At Refuge In Carmel Valley

April Special Is As Soothing For The Wallet As It Is To The Mind

Refuge Spa Carmel Valley
Refuge Spa is a place to relax the mind and body in Carmel Valley, CA


Now this is soothing.

Refuge Spa in Carmel Valley, CA, is offering a free visit.

All you have to do is go four time, and your fifth is free.

This is good through the month of April.

Refuge is a different kind of spa in that it’s not about laying down for facials and massages. It’s old-style European, like the bathhouses that were the retreat of kings, queens, diplomats and aristocracy.

The treatment has participants go through a steam room, then into an ice-cold pool (obviously you walk quickly through this step), then a Jazcuzzi, followed by relaxing by a poolside fireplace or lounge inside a room that plays therapeutic music.

Guests repeat this three, four or even five times.

Part of the pleasure is that it’s located in the the gorgeous Carmel Valley. Surfside Sam did it in the warmth of the daytime but it’s also open evenings. One day, I’ll do it and sit under the stars.

You get this for just $39, so it hardly breaks the band in what can be a bank-breaking place, Carmel. Add in a massage and it’s $99. The robe rental – not required but certainly recommended – is $12. You can also purchase the robe, which is thick and warm. Again, highly recommended!

Refuge is located at 27300 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel CA. Phone: (831) 620-7360

Links:

• Refuge Review

Refuge Website

Carmel’s Refuge Spa Offers Holiday Gift Pricing Special Rate

European-Style Spa In Monterey-Carmel Area Offering $30 Treatment Thru December

Refuge Spa Carmel
One way to relax during the Holidays is by going to Refuge Spa in Carmel.


Can’t decide what to get that wife, husband, sister, brother, mother, dad or even the boss (or perhaps the girl or guy you just started dating) for Christmas? Heck, maybe you’ll event want to give yourself a treat after all the stress of the Holidays.

Here’s something that’s not just memorable, but soothing on both the person and your wallet: An evening at Refuge Spa in Carmel.

And thru Dec. 31, Refuge is offering a special rate of $30 after 5 p.m. So it’s soak up the relaxation under the stars of the Carmel Valley. The normal rate is $39.

Refuge is a Euro-style spa experience with a hot-cold-relaxing therapy. You start out in a steam room or sauna, take a dip in a chilled pool, then relax by an outdoor firepit or lounge out in chairs with soothing music. You repeat this four of five times until your brain is filled with nothing but calm thoughts.

It takes about two hours to go through Fefuge, so even arriving as late as 8 p.m., allows for the full experience. In fact, it could be even more hypnotic under the stars instead of the sun.

Surfside Sam has been to Refuge; check out the full review here.

To get the $30 rate, you must call in advance and mention the holiday special.

Refuge is located at is 27300 Rancho San Carlos Road in Carmel
Phone: (831) 620-7360
Website: www.refuge.com

DIRECTIONS TO REFUGE
• Highway 1 to Carmel Valley Road
• Go 2.1 miles to San Carlos Road
• Refuge is .8 miles on the left

Refuge Spa in Carmel Offering $25 Nights Thru September

Relaxing Therapy Gets Even More Soothing With Fall After-Dark Special

The sauna is just one place to relax at Refuge Spa in Carmel.


 

The relaxing just got more relaxing for the wallet.

Refuge Spa, a soothing mental sensation located in Carmel Valley, CA, is taking off more than stress. It’s taking $19 off its admission price through September.

The admission is just $25 after 5 p.m. And since it’s open until 10 – 365 days a year – you’re not rushing through the place. The normal fee is $39.

Refuge provides a Euro-style spa experience with a hot-cold-relaxing therapy. You start out in a steam room or sauna, take a dip in a chilled pool, then relax by an outdoor firepit or lounge out in chairs with soothing music. You repeat this four of five times until your brain is filled with nothing but calm thoughts.

It takes about two hours to go through Fefuge, so even arriving as late as 8 p.m., allows for the full experience.  In fact, it could be even more hypnotic under the stars instead of the sun.

Surfside Sam has been to Refuge; check out the full review here.

Refuge is located at is 27300 Rancho San Carlos Road in Carmel
Phone: (831) 620-7360
Website: www.refuge.com

DIRECTIONS TO REFUGE
• Highway 1 to Carmel Valley Road
• Go 2.1 miles to San Carlos Road
• Refuge is .8 miles on the left

 

 

Seeking Refuge in Carmel? Then Visit This Unique Spa

Hydro-Thermal Therapy Clears The Mind With a Mental Sensory Underload In A Beautiful Setting

Taking the plunge at Refuge provides a refreshing and relaxing experience.


The gorgeous landscape of Carmel, Monterey, Big Sur and the entire Monterey Peninsula is not exactly a place you from which you need to seek refuge.

Unless, of course, you are at Refuge.

Refuge is a spa, but not in the traditional sense of the word. While it offers massages, it’s not about rubdowns. It’s more like relaxation therapy. A mind-clearing experience. Sensory underload, if you will.

If you go to Refuge, a co-ed relaxation spa on Carmel Valley Road, with any stress, you’re unlikely to leave with any. This place could relax the Kerdashian household.

My experience began with a welcome that was as warm as the Jacuzzis. Or, as they are known here, the “thermal waterfall pools.” If that description doesn’t get you in the mood for what’s to come, then you really need to get to this place for an attitude adjustment.

The staff hands you a robe if you like ($12 rental; you can certainly take your own or just use the provided towels) and explains the process.

Refuge's Step 1, heating up in a sauna.

 

Refuge is a four-step system: Heat up, cool down, heat up again, then relax. Some are things we’ve all done at the health club. Just not together. And certainly not with the other elements.

The first stop is either a sauna or steam room. The latter is hot but has scents such as eucalyptus, and a wall of changing mood lights. I went to Refuge with a very slight scratchy throat and by the time I left, that was in the rear-view mirror.

Refuge's Step 2: The icy plunge (emerging is incredibly refreshing, by the way).

 

The trick is to stay in there as long as you can take the heat; for me this was three or four minutes (five more more the sauna). Then you basically shock the body by getting into one of two super-chilled “plunge pools,” one that’s colder than even the temperature of Monterey Bay just a few miles away (and that’s cold!), and and one that’s even more chilly, the temperature of an icy Arctic river.

Basically, you just get in and walk around it; you’re in an out in less than 10 seconds. I was a bit hesitant at first, but eventually got to the point where I stopped and settled down into the water for brief moments.

It’s not unlike blanching your body, as chefs do to quickly stop the cooking process of food.

And let me tell you, it works. Once I emerged, I felt refreshed. Energized, even. Alive. The day was sunny and the air was warm – not unlike most days in the area a few miles in from the coast – and I just stood still for a few moments. When first hearing about the ice bath, I thought I would sprint to the Jacuzzis (okay, thermal waterfall pools), yet once I did it, I wanted the feeling to last as long as possible.

I then eased into the warmer water and headed straight for the cascading waterfall. It was like getting a massage.

Refuge's final step is relaxing by a fire pit in peaceful Carmel Valley

 

The final step is to then sit in wooden adirondack chair by a firepit and just relax. Or, go inside and lean back in lounge chairs that recline like business-class airline seats on transcontinental flights. I like this best; playing softly over speakers was “massage music,” those subtle soothing sounds you hear when getting massages. My mind drifted off into nowhere and if I didn’t know better, I would say my brain temporarily floated out of my body . Talk about losing your mind!

Refuge calls all this hydro thermal therapy and explains it this way: It “opens up the body’s vascular system and the cold water pools that enhance muscle recuperation by quickly building down lactic acid.” It’s been used for thousands of years across the pond, but is rare in the States.

The full experience involves repeating this process two or three more times. I did a total of four and spent about three hours of Refuge.

One of the most pleasant aspects about Refuge is that nobody hurries you along. Nobody taps you on the shoulder out of a slumber to say “it’s time to go now” and nobody bothers you. The staff is certainly there if you need them, but otherwise they are as invisible as LeBron James in the clutch.

There are full locker rooms with showers and a bathing suit dryer; they even provide the lock.

Admission is just $39 (a 50-minute massage is an additional $60), which is less than a bottle of wine at some area wineries and wine tasting rooms. It is open 365 days a year from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Refuge is located adjacent to Quail Lodge Gold Club, which seems appropriate considering golf can provide so many frustrating moments it’s good idea to have a place that clears the mind located next door. If I had that, heck i might walk out of Refuge and shoot 72 the next day.

The address of Refuge is  27300 Rancho San Carlos Road in Carmel
Phone: (831) 620-7360
Website: www.refuge.com

No cell phones or cameras are allowed beyond the locker room.

DIRECTIONS TO REFUGE
• Highway 1 to Carmel Valley Road
• Go 2.1 miles to San Carlos Road
• Refuge is .8 miles on the left