Indaba Spa_Sign_coverBreathing In New Life at Indaba – The Spa at Innisbrook

Earlier this week, I had a chance to spend some quality time at Indaba – The Spa at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, about 45 minutes northwest of Tampa. The invitation to indulge in a few spa treatments couldn’t have come at a better time, what with looming deadlines, and a busy travel schedule that hardly left time to breathe. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but was I ever ready to let go! Read more…


Beer Treatment ISPASay “Cheers!” at the Spa This St. Patrick’s Day!

Before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, or maybe after one too many pints, try one of these indulgent spa treatments at spas throughout the U.S. and in Europe, and raise a glass to your body! Read more…


Living Like a Queen in Denver

A glass of champagne welcomes guests to the Spa at The Brown Palace

I first visited Denver more than 15 years ago, for a work conference. We all know how those go – 18 hours in a hotel conference room with little time to explore the city which you’ve traveled to. When my team and I broke free of said conference room, we got out into the city to explore, if only a little bit. Through our wanderings, we happened upon The Brown Palace Hotel and I was instantly enamored with the historic hotel. I vowed on that very day that, the next time I was in Denver, I’d stay at the Brown Palace. Read more…



Miraj Hammam Spa: A Taste of the Middle East in Vancouver

first published in Healing Lifestyles Magazine, January/February 2008

When the doors to Miraj Hammam Spa opened in Vancouver, it was quickly discovered by visitors worldwide. Today, Miraj boasts a clientele from around the world, including the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, who come to indulge in the spa’s Hammam (or Turkish-style steam bath). Surinder Bains, founder and owner of Miraj, believes in keeping things simple and letting the hammam speak for itself. Clients are treated on an individual, private basis, though appointments are available in groups of two or more as well. Upon entering Miraj, guests are greeted by a Gommage attendant who presents a sarong to wear throughout the visit and serves as an escort to the shower. After the shower, it’s on to the hammam for fifteen minutes in the intense chamber—the heat releases the body’s toxins—and then to the low-mist chamber for Gommage, or exfoliation. Black Moroccan soap infused with eucalyptus oil is used for the treatment; the soap only works with the steam in the low-mist chamber. A full body massage follows. For more information visit