Turned On by a Woman at the ESPA, Riga

ESPA Riga, Latvia

I’m no stranger to massages. I’ve had more than a handful in the last two years. Normally, I lay on the table wondering if I should have established a safe word. The answer is usually “yes.” No need this time; she knew exactly the way I like it… maybe even a little too much. Admittedly, I was turned on by the female masseuse at ESPA, Riga. I left thinking if this is what massages are suppose to feel like, Darren is not allowed to go anymore.  Continue reading

Couples Retreat – La Mer Spa, Marriott Grand Cayman

Marriott Grand Cayman La Mer Spa

Our wedding anniversary was a few weeks ago but with everything going on, travel, work, selling the house, the holidays, daily life, we didn’t stop to breathe, let alone celebrate. Besides, we had bigger fish in our sights – our trip to Marriott Grand Cayman. We’re more about celebrating life rather than specific days anyway. We opted for a more romantic vacation than our typical go, go, go adventures and planned an entire relaxing day together. We booked a couples massage at La Mer Spa followed by a Jacuzzi bath and we learned that sometimes, even if life as close to perfect as you can imagine, you just need to breathe.  Continue reading

Casa de Campo Spa: Tropical Tranquility

Casa de Campo Spa

After three days of skeet shooting, horseback riding, water sports, and golf lessons, a morning at the spa was a heavenly treat. Casa de Campo Spa pampers guests with complete Caribbean tranquility. A sanctuary offering soothing, sensual experiences, indigenous spa treatments pay homage to the Dominican Republic’s native lands and culture incorporating tropical fruits, bamboo cane, sugar cane, peppermint, and coffee-mint into treatments. My tailored massage lifted away tension and focused on the golfer’s and marksmen’s problem areas. I left feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. It was the ideal ending to my sporting life experience.   Continue reading

Journey to Bliss – Old Edwards Inn & Spa

I’ve never been to a spa before and quite frankly I couldn’t begin to imagine what was the Old Edwards Inn & Spa big deal. The thought of someone, other than my husband, rhythmically massaging my body while I listened to calming music seemed… off; especially if it was a man… no especially if it was a woman.  How about replenishing my skin with an anti-oxidant detoxifying mud masque? Ummm… no thanks! I played in the mud enough as a child. Maybe a manicure or pedicure was more up my alley. No, wait! Why bother polish or buff my nails when I can’t even type with them long and I’m happy cutting them myself. It just didn’t seem like my thing. Heck, I don’t even go to a hair salon more than once or twice ever 5 or so years. But after hearing about the journey to bliss that is a “spa day”, I thought I had to finally debunk my ideas about spas and give one a try for myself; and what better place to do that than Old Edwards Inn & Spa? They are known for their signature spa experiences and they have a full spectrum of wellness, rejuvenation, and natural beauty enhancement. I was sure there had to be one experience that would change my negative tone about spas.  Continue reading

Namasté Sara! You Can Cross Spa Day off your Bucket List

Everyone has a different version of what they’d like to accomplish, try, or experience in their life. While I enjoy extreme adventures, sports, outdoor activities and anything to do with the ocean, others like retreats, relaxing, and finding peace of mind. Sara of New Brunswick, Canada had “spend a day at the spa” as her number one bucket list item. As soon as I read her list, I knew there was at least one thing I could arrange for her. With the support of Namaste Spa, Bucket List Publications helped Sara cross an item off of her list. Continue reading