Before this past weekend, I never would have thought I would rate a ski resort spa like the St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa (SRDVRS) in Park City, Utah as one of my top 5 luxury spas of all time. I mean come on, I detest the cold, and I’m certainly no skier (zero coordination). But I must tell you, after this visit, I may have to reconsider this whole ski bunny concept. (Of course my version does not involve any skiing. Semantics.)
As soon as I arrived I was told by the bellman to take the funicular (it’s a fancy word for tram) to the top of the mountain. The ride to the top was spectacular, giving me a stunning view of the mountains and Park City. After disembarking the tram, I found myself in the fanciest of ski lodge surroundings. The various lobbies, sitting areas, bars, and restaurants had the typical ski lodge vibe with rustic wood and fireplaces, but all with a modern, classy flair that just screamed, “big shots and celebrities stay here.”
I found my way to the dimly lit, spacious spa, checked in with the friendly staff, and made my way to the locker room. Oooh how I love amenities and this spa’s locker room and relaxation lounge are filled with them! Let me start by saying that I loved that the hotel was smart enough to dedicate two floors and 14,000 square feet to this spa wonderland. Nothing irks me more than when a luxury hotel wedges a spa into a tiny space (I hate mentioning names, but the ZaZa in Dallas and Four Seasons in Chicago are two offenders that left a scar). The locker room area includes a steam, sauna, jacuzzi, multiple showers, and amenities like skincare and toothbrush/toothpaste kits. The relaxation lounge boasts a big fireplace and… <<wait for it, wait for it>>> handmade truffles and candies. My one complaint — they went for a minimal display with the candies and truffles, spacing out 10 on a huge platter. I felt like such an oinker taking more than one (they were tiny, so I obviously did!), but I noticed an attendant quickly replenished after my binge.
After popping a few (perhaps more than a few) delicious truffles in my mouth and enjoying a warm chamomile tea (I didn’t recognize the brand, but the bags were made of silk and the teas were lovely and fragrant), my esthetician Christianna Brown, picked me up and took me to our treatment room, down a spiral staircase past a reflecting pool that extends to a heated outdoor terrace.
Since I was in sky-high (7,000 – 9,000 feet) altitude, I opted for the 90-minute Deer Valley Regenerating Facial, featuring my favorite oxygen line in the world, IntraCeuticals. I love a good oxygen facial, but most facials use a standard machine that just give you a spray, whereas IntraCeuticals facials use pressurized oxygen infused with targeted serums to plump and give you a ridiculous glow. (See left pic of me with my adorable friend Molly after my facial. I’m the brunette.)
Here is a summary of the treatment:
– Paraffin on hands and feet
– Cleansed and analyzed (I instructed no extractions since I was going out that night) my skin
– Gentle exfoliation with Skin Resonance Peeling by Comfort Zone
– Mask application: Herbal Lavender Mask by Elemis
– Oxygen machine with Atoxelene infusion (described by Christianna as No-tox Botox)
– Oxygen machine with Rejuvenation serum infusion
– Application of Intraceuticals Hydration Gel and Eye Contour Gel
– The service ended with an oxygen inhalation, while Christianna massaged lotion into my hands and feet
I’m telling you, if this was a 2 hour treatment, the Mauna Lani “Fire and Ice” would have serious competition. For now, the SRDVRS‘s 90 minute Rejuvenation Facial easily takes the #2 spot as my favorite spa service in the universe. My only regret? Not dragging my husband to experience the ultra-deluxe couples suites, which include fireplaces, soaking tubs, and heated al fresco patios. There’s always next year…Posted by janna Tags Elemis, Facials, Intraceuticals, Luxury Facial, Spa Slut, St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa
I don’t have much time to write, but how could I not update you on yesterday’s beauty binge blitz??? Check out the bottom right photo to see the beauty booty I scored yesterday. As soon as I got home, I sat on my bed with my legs-crossed, dumped my bag of goodies, and carefully examined and delighted in every item. I’m telling you, it put my childhood Halloween experiences to shame.
Thanks to my friend Molly, we started the day at Mountain Body, the Shangri-la of beauty product boutiques. Molly has been a long-time online customer since her first Mountain Body experience at Sundance a couple years ago. She knew I would fall in love with their products and that I would want to spend some time playing with the products, so she was sure to make it our first stop. Mountain Body carries other organic brands like Eminence (which we all know I love), but their own brand is the highlight of this boutique. Their gorgeous products are handmade with local ingredients like minerals, muds, and lake bed salts. They even have an Herbal Cosmetic Deli, featuring fresh masks and cleansers in chilled gelato tubs. My salesperson, Veronika, was nice enough to give me a deluxe sample of their cold cream, which took my makeup off easily and had a cooling, healing affect. Veronika even gave me a luxurious 4-step hand treatment that left my hands coated with an invisible moisture forcefield.
These products are too delicious to not devote a separate post. Expect my review of my favorite Mountain Body products by the end of the week. Their scrubs, creams, and balms are perfect for the harsh, cold weather!
After Mountain Body, we headed to the Lumene Lounge, where I got a fabulous mini-facial (see above left photo) and walked away with a generous gift bag full of products I will actually use. (They were also offering makeup applications from makeup artists, but I didn’t want to ruin my facial!) Then we headed to Chic Suite by EMWPR and stocked up on Tocca Beauty, Everyday Minerals, and I scored an adorable pair of knee-high socks and a hat for my handsome husband.
Before I knew it, I had to jump in a taxi and head to the Deer Valley St. Regis Remede Spa for a 90
minute Intraceuticals facial that gave the “Fire and Ice” at the Mauna Lani serious competition.
This is just a teaser! I must jump in the shower and sample some of yesterday’s spoils!
Posted by janna Tags Eminence, Lumene, Mountain Body, St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa, Tocca
Hello, Bingers! I am en route to the 2012 Sundance Festival, ready to give you guys a blow-by-blowout on the festivities. Don’t be expecting Roger Ebert-like coverage, I mean come on, how am I supposed to focus on the movies when there are swag suites like the Chic Suite by EMWPR, where I can go on a binging blitz, and then get my skin plumped with an oxygen facial at the St. Regis Remede Spa? Let’s get our priorities in line here!
I over-packed (yes, I see the shock in your face), and when I say “over-packed” I’m talking checking a large duffle bag for a three-day trip. Of course I probably forgot essential wardrobe items, and I already know I forgot to bring “going out” bags. Want worse? If you could see the amount of beauty products and tools I brought, you would think I was either moving to a new house or a traveling makeup artist. Let’s not forget I get a little manic in high-elevation… There is so just much to consider for a trip like this:
- Dry air and Cold Weather: For my face, I brought the spectrum of hydrating products from FAB 5-in-1 to La Mer (and when I say “the spectrum”, picture at least 20 other products in-between, including serums, masks, toners, SPF, etc). For my body I brought a deluxe sample of Bliss Orange and White Pepper Body Scrub since my skin is going to need a good buffing, and this scrub is gentle enough I can use it every time I shower (and it smells delicious!). I also created a little deluxe sample for myself of Jo Malone Blue Wild Bluebell Creme. This creme smells like you are strolling through wild flowers after a storm (thank you to my lovely mother-in-law, Jeanne, who spoiled me this past holiday season with this luxurious cream and other delicious splurges. Love you, Jeanne! ) and it has a thick, non-sticky consistency that hydrates all day long. For the lips, I brought Aquaphor, the salve of champions, along with Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 for a hint of color, and of course my entire rainbow of hydrating lipsticks.
- Hair Gotchas: I got my hair colored by Meghan last night, which means I have a kick-ass blowout. I’m obviously going to milk this baby as long as I can. But let’s not forget the Bumble and Bumble Black Hair Powder debacle… The blowout can only stretch so far under harsh conditions like hat head (it is going to be COLD!) and a hydrating facial (obviously this was my first priority in booking the trip.). If the blowout doesn’t prevail, I will have to take matters into my own hands by either blowing it out myself or wearing it curly. You can’t imagine (or probably you can…) how many products and tools are involved in packing for these two scenarios.
Tomorrow, after I exhaust myself in the Chic Suite stocking up on goodies from brands like Tocca Beauty, Everyday Minerals, and NCLA Nail Lacquer, I am heading to the St. Regis Deer Valley Remède Spa where I will plump and hydrate my battled, parched skin with a Deer Valley Regenerating Facial. How do I choose from the myriad of luxury spas? The first thing I did the second our tickets were booked, was google “oxygen facial” and “Park City”. Not many choices, but the St. Regis Deer Valley Remède Spa was the obvious one when I saw the luxury amenities and facilities.
I was just playing before when I said I wasn’t focused on the movies… I’m really just focused on one… I can’t wait for Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” premiere on Sunday! Josh wrote, directed, and stars in his second Sundance feature, which features the adorable yet chic new it-girl Elizabeth Olsen.
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Photo via Xjanniex
Posted by janna Tags Bliss, First Aid Beauty, Fresh, Jo Malone, La Mer, St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa, Sundance Festival