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Girlfriend Getaways

January 5, 2009 By: Lindsay Lambert Luxury Travel Advisor
 

These four swanky spas set the stylish stage for bonding, beauty, health and wellness


Los
Angeles is an unabashedly glamorous backdrop for a posh girlfriends’
getaway. In the City of Angels, the stylish set head to the spa at
the Beverly Wilshire (
www.fourseasons.com/beverlywilshire) for a pick-me-up with
products by ESPA and celeb-favorite Kate Somerville. Although the spa
doesn’t presently have girlfriends-specific packages, luxury
travel advisors can contact Spa Director Daisy Tepper
(
daisy.tepper@fourseasons.com;
310-385-7023) to customize their clients’ own girlfriend
getaways or special ladies-only visit (think mani/pedis all around,
complete with a Champagne brunch, followed by a selection of body
treatments and beauty services). Tip: In keeping with the customized
theme, spa insiders suggest the “Personalized Time”
option, which means that spa therapists tailor services completely to
guests’ specific needs. Names to Know: Kate Somerville facials
are extremely popular, and we hear that Gillian is a star at
providing the service. For the ultimate Personalized Time treatment
sequence, request Sanam.

Fontainebleau-Miami-Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Have
clients who plan to make their getaway an all-night or weekend
affair? Ask Sales Manager Chris Rodgers
(
chris.rodgers@fourseasons.com;
310-858-2318) to book them into a two- or three-bedroom signature
suite, and specify Premier, Governor, Presidential or Penthouse.
Also, let Assistant Chef Concierge Charles Hawkins know that your
clients are coming; he can arrange for a number of oh-so-L.A. extras,
such as having a representative from Badgley Mischka drop by the
hotel to ensure that everyone’s wardrobes is L.A.-ready.

It’s
no coincidence that
Sex and the City’s fabulous foursome took to the
beaches of Mexico to mend Carrie Bradshaw’s broken heart in the
show’s movie adaptation. Mexico’s azure skies, tepid
waters and white-sand beaches inspire a whole different kind of
healing, be it of the body or mind. Accordingly, Marquis Los Cabos
(
www.marquisloscabos.com)
dedicates serious effort to creating amazing girlfriend getaways. We
say Marquis Los Cabos is best for adventurous gals, as the resort’s
It Girl package will have them touring the Baja Desert in a Hummer
and other outdoor activities. The five-day, four-night package also
includes a spa credit for each suite, meaning that your It Girls can
temper the day’s adrenalin rush with some seriously soothing
treatments. (We love the fact that treatments’ vitamin- and
mineral-rich ingredients come straight from the Sea of Cortez.) Spa
staffers tell us that the signature Quetzalcoatl Oxygenating
Experience is 105 minutes of pure bliss and can lessen the effects of
daily skin stressors, like smog, smoking and air-conditioning. When
booking the It Girl getaway (do so two months in advance, insiders
say), be sure to ask Sandra Toral (
storal@marquisloscabos.com)
and Frederique Naffrichoux (
frederique@marquisloscabos.com;
877-238-9399, ext. 6060) to assist with spa reservations, as the
facility is currently transitioning between directors.

In
Miami Beach, the fabled Fontainebleau hotel
(
www.fontainebleau.com)
recently made waves with the reveal of its $1 billion mega-redo, and
played host to the ultimate girlfriend getaway when an army of
Victoria’s Secret Angels descended on site to celebrate the
hotel’s rebirth and their annual sexy fashion show. Set your
own angels up with a getaway to the hotel’s heavenly two-story
Lapis spa, a 40,000-square-foot sanctuary that debuted in December.
With 30 treatment rooms, Lapis can accommodate both large and small
groups, and Spa Guest Service Supervisor Loraine Masters
(
lmasters@fontainebleau.com;
305-538-2000, ext. 3307) can make sure that plenty of space and time
is reserved. Suggest clients experience the spa’s specialty
thermal therapies, and don’t let them leave without a
Resculpting Facial and/or Body Treatment by celebrity skincare guru
Tracie Martyn (Lapis’s partnership with Martyn yielded the
facialist’s only other location outside her NYC salon). Tip: We
say the spa’s 5,800-square-foot gym will be a popular spot,
especially for guests heading to its co-ed pool, post-treatment.
Luxury travel advisors can contact Spa Director Josie Feria
(
jferia@fontainebleau.com;
305-538-2000) when sending spa clients who truly require VIP
treatment.

Tip:
The hotel’s billion-dollar makeover resulted in all-new room
options, so here’s some help deciphering: Even-numbered rooms
in the Chateau building are the largest, while Penthouse Suite No.
1401, Le Sabel, and No. 1501, Le Ciel, are touted among the top
offerings. Views vary by location, but we hear Chateau Room 1460
boasts the best views of the ocean and the entire resort. Upon
booking, keep Head Concierge Claudia Abma (
camba@fontainebleau.com;
305-538-2000, ext. 3419) clued in as to your clients’ arrival
and any special requests.

With
its myriad venues for dining, dancing, shopping and entertainment,
Las Vegas is a perfect choice for an all-girls getaway. And, since
the January 2008 opening of its own Canyon Ranch SpaClub (expanded
from the existing Venetian location), the Palazzo Las Vegas
(www.palazzolasvegas.com) can hardly be beat when it comes to
pampering deserving groups of girlfriends.

The
134,000-square-foot spa caters to ladies with its Girlfriends’
Spa Day Getaway package, which includes a 50-minute
massage, Total Elegance Facial or Manicure/Pedicure combination; use
of a private Salon Suite for three hours, complete with food service;
VIP service and use of the Women’s Relaxation Lounge for three
hours; and use of Aquavana—which is said to be North America’s
most complete suite of European-style thermal and aquatic
environments. Ladies can spice up their spa time with a steady supply
of mimosas, a bottle of wine, sparkling wine or cider and an
assortment of gourmet nibbles. For more substantial but still
healthful fare, they can sit down for breakfast and lunch at Canyon
Ranch Café in the Venetian SpaClub lobby, or Canyon Ranch
Grill, in the Palazzo SpaClub lobby, which serves up breakfast, lunch
and dinner. Tip: Tell clients to check out the Grill’s
exclusive list of organic wine and spirits.

Luxury
travel advisors can contact Danielle Hencey (702-220-2688, ext.
80913) to book the Girlfriends’ Spa Day Getaway package, which
is available Mondays through Thursdays. Tip: A minimum of four
participants is required, and insiders suggest making reservations up
to 30 days in advance.

To
complete your clients’ girlfriend getaway, book a Palazzo Bella
Suite; with 720 square feet and two queen beds, the suites are
perfect for a Sin City sleepover. Of course, nothing but the Chairman
and Presidential Suites will do for your most deserving clients, but
if those are booked, secure the 48th-floor, two-bedroom Lago Suite,
instead. We hear that the best way to book rooms and suites is by
contacting a representative in the leisure sales department
(702-414-4803). Pre- or post-spa, Tyra Bell-Holland
(
tyra.bell-holland@palazzolasvegas.com;
702-414-2114), executive director of concierge services, can see to
it that Las Vegas is your clients’ playground.


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