Blog, Snowmass

The Hotel Jerome, Spa Auberge; Snowmass, CO

In the midst of downtown Aspen, Colorado, sits the stately and impressive 1888 stone building, The Hotel Jerome. In the Gold Rush era, it was quite an elegant and upscale hotel. But, if the Jerome could talk, would it have wild tales to tell!

In the late 1880s, the Jerome was home to Wild West outlaws, Gold Rush miners, traders and early settlers. The Jerome was also host to more than a few unsavory characters and some of  questionable repute. The Jerome’s colorful and romantic history lends the Jerome an air of mystery, rumor and undeniable charm.

The Jerome has a classy, old elegance , so it is not surprising that the exclusive Auberge line of spas has taken residence there.  The Auberge Spa is well known it local such as Napa/Sonoma, .

The Auberge Spa suits the Jerome to a T. Weary and often overtaxed skiers, exhausted by their sport and acclimating to the altitude, or just looking to visit the trendy upscale spa, are rewarded with  sublime Auberge treatments. Signature treatents are delivered in classic Auberge style . Pampering and exquisite techniques prompt full relaxation and expert therapy. My appreciation of Auberge Spas is gauged by my unique methodology to measure all spas; the length of time it takes to fall asleep on the table. The Auberge Spa delivers! You must check it out when you visit Aspen!

Blog, Dubai

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – Dubai : The Most Luxurious Hotel in The World – Jumeirah

My “spa seeking” companion and I escaped Health Care City for our weekly jaunt in search of the perfect spa. This trip was in the city and close to my colleagues’ residence in the marina. After sharing a light brunch at the Standard we trekked over to the Burj.

Opulent is the best word to describe the self-titled “most luxurious hotel in the world.” From the street exposure to the bright intense and  colorful interior, the  over-the-top beautiful Burj was overwhelming. Styled in the blue and silver Dubai sail architectural motif, the relection off the silver gleams and glimmers, not only reflecting sun and water, but Dubai’s wealth and elegance.  And the interior of the hotel carries the theme to perfection. Oh, my …

Talise did not disappoint. From the first step into  The Burj Talise spa lobby, (uiyes, hotel sized lobby), and throughout most of the treatment rooms, it was one of the most awe-inspiring and expansive take-your-breath-away views. Instead of the usual dark, (though relaxing) spa experience, the light radiating from the glorious view bathed us in warm invigorating sunlight. It was ethereal, as close as I can imagine to a feeling of rebirth.  It was quite obvious this was not a typical spa find.

The treatments were out-of-this-world yet professional. The staff was responsive and eager to please. LaPrairie, an extavagant, (and expensive – but, heck, you only live once) was  the product used in the facial treatments. I didn’t splurge for the Caviar facial but my credit card felt like I did! The massage menu offered a variety of luscious treatments. Since the international time change, dryness of the climate and adjustment to working and living in a new culture left me a bit stressed, I tried the Ayurvedic Ahyanga massage (for the seriously overstressed) and it felt wonderful! When I was done , I felt like a new woman!

The only way to end the day was a lovely glass of champagne and my nice firm bed. If only I could find a place in the US to compare!