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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Spa Slut: St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa

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)

– PHYTO Hair Treatment (included with any 90 minute treatment): Phytopolleine (massaged into scalp), Huile D’Ales (treatment for ends). Lastly, the Phytocitrus Mask  (which I bought for at-home use)

– 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…

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