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Spring Beauty Trends

March 07, 2014

What do you think of when you think of spring?

When I asked a coworker, she said: “Flowers”, another said: “Facials”. Well… I am combining the two. ESPA 50 minute Skin Radiance facial includes a triple cleanse, face massage & mask and a scalp massage. It is a perfect way to brighten your skin and to have a fresh new look. Combine the Optimal Skin ProSerum into the facial and you will smell the rich floral fragrance of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang & Frangipani. This very light, silky oil absorbs into the skin providing instant results.

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Spa treatments at home. Coffee and Honey Mask

February 07, 2014

Did you do a little overindulging this holiday season?  I know that my face and eyes are a definite giveaway with immoderation.  Tired and red eyes along with a puffy face are hard to hide.

Here is a home remedy that can help you with both.  Coffee is great for reducing swelling and puffiness.  Coffee and cocoa are filled with antioxidants.
• 2tbsp freshly ground coffee
• 2tbsp cocoa powder
• 3tbsp milk (heavy cream, yogurt will work)
• 1tbsp honey
Mix together, apply to face 15-20 minute, rinse off.

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Live stress free

January 15, 2014

3 Ways to restore your spirit over stress full times during the holiday season.

1. Go to the BEACH.  Just looking at the ocean can bring a sense of calm.  The smell of the sea, waves crashing and the amazing sea breeze, lessens the stress and allows you to forget the world around you.  The sound of the waves crashing can put you in a calmer and meditative state.  The minerals in the ocean’s water helps to relieve pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis and even depression.  So grab that book and enjoy a day at the beach.

2. Projects.  I can’t tell you the sense of accomplishment when I clean out my closet or reorganize my kitchen cabinets.  One of my favorite project’s to do is working in my garden. The feel of the earth in my hands planting my own organic food watching it grow brings a joy to my heart.  It can be very meditative and calming as you tend to put your energy into something good.  It can help you forget you troubles for at least that day.

3. Cooking. I love to cook. The process of choosing a recipe, going to the market, purchasing all the ingredients, wine, even music can be fun. I usually try a theme and combine it all together. Greek, Italian and Indian are my usual favorites I have even dabbled in Thai. Invite your friends and wow them with your culinary skills. It is amazing how cooking can take you and your mind to a far away place.

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Go green smoothie

September 20, 2013

We are delighted to share a green smoothie recipe from Acqualina Spa by ESPA’s Lead Therapist Kim Cooke! This incredible fruit and green smoothie, that tastes great, will boost your nutrition, energy levels and help you achieve your weight loss, detox and health goals.

Blend the below ingredients and enjoy!

1 handful of kale

1/2 cup of strawberries

1/2 cup of coconut water

1 tablespoon of chai seeds

1 peeled orange

1 cup of spinach

1/2 cup of brewed green tea

1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup of green grapes

1/2 cup of pineapple

1/2 cup of ice

 

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Fall inspired treatment: Balancing massage with volcanic stones.

September 13, 2013

This wonderful warming and relaxing treatment is great to warm the heart, body & soul.

It includes a welcoming foot ritual, body exfoliation to remove dry skin & prepare your body for the oil absorption, relaxing facial cleanse and an indulgent full body massage with warmed volcanic stones. This treatment is not only deeply relaxing and warming, but it will help to open and balance your chakras.

To make a reservation, call Acqualina Spa by ESPA Reception Desk at 305.918.6884

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Facials: luxury or necessity?

August 22, 2013

Many people consider spa facials being a luxury but not a necessity.

Nevertheless, facials are more impactful than you think.  The effects of a facial continue to actively work for 50 to 60 days from the day the treatment is performed. Being the ultimate anti-aging treatment, facials are great for general skin health as they repair environmental damage from sun and environmental pollution. They also give your skin that dewy healthy glow! Receiving facials once a month can potentially even save you from preforming plastic surgery in the future which is why it is recommended by the best in skincare to start young. So, are facials luxury or necessity…what are your thoughts?

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Achieving the Clean Shave for Men

June 07, 2013

Who needs a closer shave? Try these simple steps to help you get the best shave while actively protecting your skin.

 1. EXFOLIATE. Although this step is  commonly ignored by both men and women, exfoliation is a must and really should be a apart of every person’s facial and body skin regimen. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, reduces ingrown hairs and helps prevent the skin from razor burn and rashes. Exfoliation also allows for an ultra –deep cleanse by unclogging the pores. 2.) USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS. For a smooth and pain-free shave use ESPA’S Dual Action Shave Mud. The Dual Action Shave Mud for Men allows the closest shave possible and can be dually used as a soothing face mask pre-, post- or in between shaves. The Dual Action Shave Mud helps to hydrate the skin and even inhibits hair growth with cocoa extract as a main ingredient. 3.) COMPLETE THE PROCESS. Finish your regimen with ESPA’s Post Shave Rescue. The Post Shave Rescue instantly cools and soothes the skin, helps with razor burn prevention and uses Tea Tree as an antibacterial to the face.

 

For more information on the ESPA MEN’S  LINE, call the Spa Reception Desk at 305.918.6844.



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One Treatment Every Woman Should Try Before a Special Night

April 23, 2013

It seems like there are a plethora of trendy spa treatments being featured every week. However, a few spa treatments really set apart from the rest and should be tried by everyone like the ESPA Professional Enzyme Peel. Perfect for any night that you need to look extra fabulous!

This powerful and highly effective peel  dramatically smoothes, softens and evens skin tone. This intense peel containing botanical extract and Pumpkin Enzymes deeply exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While an Alpha Hydroxy Acid works on the top layer of the dermis (skin) increases cell regeneration, reduces the appearance of age spots and reduce hyper-pigmentation, improves skin texture and stimulates collagen production. This facial will leave your skin feeling smooth and firm and give an overall youthful radiance.

This Signature ESPA Professional Enzyme Peel is available at Acqualina Spa By ESPA. For details call the Spa Reception Desk at 305-918-6844.

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Tone and Firm Active Peel Facial

April 23, 2013

Spring is finally here and Miami is warming up quickly. With the sun scorching hot over the next few months, it’s important to protect our skin. Sometimes we forget to use our skin’s hero; sunblock. The sun also causes different skin pigmentation to surface or as we know it, sun spots.


Our 50 Minute Tone and Firm Active Peel Facial is designed to help the reduction of pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles for a more radiant skin. Our Leading Spa Therapists will help show the best part of your skin. The Facial incorporates a deep brush cleanse for the ESPA Professional Enzyme Peel which helps aids the removal of dead skin cells and boosts regeneration. With a deep facial massage and the application of the ESPA Professional Lifting and Soothing Mask the face will be moisturized and luminous at the end.

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Spring Break Do’s and Do’s

April 09, 2013

Let's face it, we are envious of the youth’s opportunity to take a break for a week from school, writing papers and reading textbooks. Even if they have a “staycation”, it’s still a break. We strongly believe that spring break isn’t just for our high school or college students anymore; we think everyone should have a spring break.

So when you do have a moment to step back from all the stress of your daily commute, paperwork and emails, here are three essential tips to make the week even better.


•    Try disconnecting completely- Yes, it is hard but we believe that taking a break from going through emails, texts and that project that’s due after you get back will definitely help you relax and refresh so you can jump back into it.
•    Pamper yourself- Enjoy a spa treatment. The best remedy to relax is easing up the tension with a massage.
•    Sleep- Sleep as much as you can and sleep to the fullest. It will help get you back to a solid routine of rest. It’s also extremely healthy too.

Sometimes you just need to break away from it all just to go back and continue on the journey of success.

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Spend a Day at the Spa

April 02, 2013

Every year we take time to treat the mothers in our lives to something special. It's one day out of the year to celebrate Mothers all day!

At Acqualina, we like to indulge Mothers to just about everything from a day at the Spa to a Seaside Lunch at Piazzetta to the All About Moms Vacation Package. This year, treat your Mom to a day at Miami Beach’s only Forbes Five Star spa with the gift of time, rejuvenation and disconnect from her everyday schedule with the following ultra-lux inclusions.

 

  • Pre-treatment thermal suite use
  • Welcome Tea from Tea Forte’s latest 2013 Spring Collection
  • Soothing Foot Ritual
  • 50 Minute Full Body Massage
  • 50 Minute Refining Facial
  • Healthy Spa Lunch
  • Pool side tea and cookies
  • ESPA product gift for homecare
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
For more information, pleas call the Spa Reception Desk at 305.918.6844 or 855.816.8117. 

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Smoothie Recipe of the Week

March 21, 2013

The weekly healthy smoothie recipe to get the spring season underway! 

Combine the below ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 2 handfuls of greens

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Spring is Here!

March 20, 2013

Spring is the time for rebirth and a great way to celebrate spring is by shedding the old and bringing in the new. 

Start the season with getting rid of dried dead skin. Start with this easy home salt scrub recipe for a healthy radiant glow. 

  • Combine a ½ cup of kosher salt and ¼ cup of table salt and mix well 
  • Add avocado or grapeseed oil, finely chopped fresh rosemary, and 5 drops of lavender oil and mix well 
  • Apply on a damp body, start at the feet work your way up in upward quick friction movements
  • Rinse and pat the body dry leaving the oil as a finishing product and your skin will glow.  

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Smoothie Recipe of the Week

March 14, 2013

To help you on your way to a healthy day, Acqualina Spa by ESPA's Lead Therapist is highlighting a smoothie once a week. 

Green Smoothie Recipe 

  • 1.2 cups water
  • ½ Head Romaine Lettuce
  • ½ Avocado
  • ½ Fuji Apple
  • 1 Banana

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Start the Spring with Radiance

March 13, 2013

The Winter season is passing and before we know it, Spring will be upon us. 

As we begin the annual spring cleaning, we encourage you to do the same for your body. During the winter, it is hard to keep a radiant and lively glow on the skin. However, Acqualina Spa by ESPA has a few tips to get you started.

  • start with a full body exfoliation in the shower using our Invigorating Body Reviver. 
  • Use Coconut as a natural foaming agent to lather and moisturize  the skin.  
  • Whilst the Bora Bora sand smoothes dry rough skin, you can even work into your hands & nail beds to soften the cuticles. 
  • As the steam is filling your shower, use the Refining Skin Polish to gently exfoliate your face. 
  • After showering apply the Skin Radiance face moisturizer to help revitalize and renew skin. 
  • Finish it off with the Silk Body Spray all over the body to leave a beautiful sheen & radiant glow on skin. 

Now you are ready for the new season. 

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Shine Like a Star Spa Experiences

March 06, 2013

In celebration of Acqualina Resort and Spa's 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award and Acqualina Spa by ESPA’s 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, Acqualina is thrilled to introduce the Shine Like a Star Spa Experiences. 

Shine Like a Star Facial Experience 

The 50-Minute Facial exfoliates and cleanses and is designed to firm and restore elasticity to the skin. A 24K Anti-wrinkle Gold Mask along with a skin analysis, steam and exfoliation, facial massage, lymphatic drainage and a nourishing Scalp Massage with ESPA's Pink Hair and Scalp Mud to finish.

Shine Like a Star Manicure Experience 

The 50-Minute Signature Manicure is designed to nourish hands and indulge you in luxury. A 24K Gold Mask will be applied to the hands along with nail filing, cuticle removal, hand exfoliation, hot stone hand massage and a Gold Polish application to finish. 

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ACQUALINA RESORT & SPA ON THE BEACH NAMED FIVE-STAR RESORT AND SPA BY FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE

February 26, 2013

In celebration of Acqualina Resort and Spa's 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award and Acqualina Spa by ESPA’s 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, Acqualina is thrilled to introduce the Shine Like a Star Facial Experience.

Acqualina Spa by ESPA introduces these two indulging and relaxing offers. 

SHINE LIKE A STAR FACIAL EXPERIENCE

The 50-Minute Facial exfoliates and cleanses and is designed to firm and restore elasticity to the skin. A 24K Anti-wrinkle Gold Mask along with a skin analysis, steam and exfoliation, facial massage, lymphatic drainage and a nourishing Scalp Massage with ESPA's Pink Hair and Scalp Mud to finish.

SHINE LIKE A STAR MANICURE EXPERIENCE

The 50-Minute Signature Manicure is designed to nourish hands and indulge you in luxury. A 24K Gold Mask will be applied to the hands along with nail filing, cuticle removal, hand exfoliation, hot stone hand massage and a Gold Polish application to finish. 

For more reservations, please click here.  


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Get to the Ultimate State of Relaxation

February 19, 2013

We know how tough it is to get away with your loved one, but we made it a little easier to do with the Ultimate Spa Package for Two. 

The Ultimate Spa Package will entice you to get away, or at least consider staying with us for a few days while you relax by the beach, have four 50-minute Spa Treatments, one Spa Lunch for Two and more. And of course, the luxury of being able to get away and relax at an Award-winning spa and resort like no other. 

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Taking Valentine's Day into Your Own Hands

February 14, 2013

The day of L-O-V-E. It's one of our favorite days at Acqualina and we LOVE to share the day with our guests. 

We are encouraging everyone to make this a month-long Special Occasion and to take Valentine's Day to a whole new level. This month, we are offering a Special Couple's Private Lesson.  Couples can enjoy a fun and relaxing class where they will learn an easy routine to ease their partner's back, neck, shoulder, and scalp tension. The journey begins with ESPA's Sensory Journey using an aroma oil of their choice, followed by an hour of private time in the Private Couples Suite, complete with a glass of Champagne, healthy spa lunch for two, and chocolate truffles. Couples will go home with a box of ESPA oils and the first ten couples to book the couples experience will receive a complimentary ESPA Twilight Tea Candle. 

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Inspire Romance at Home

February 05, 2013

February is the month of love. Here at Acqualina, we think everyday should be a day of love. 

In Japan they have a tea ceremony ritual that helps direct the heart and mind to peace and tranquility. Here at Acqualina Spa by ESPA, we believe in aromatherapy which simply means “smell therapy”. The Restorative Bath and Body oil is feels like a “Hug in the Bottle” and its aromas of sweet mandarin orange, rose geranium and lavender help quiet the mind and comfort the spirit. So we are providing you with some easy ways to create a ceremony of love at your home with your loved one using the senses and aromatherapy.

  • For a bath ritual simply draw a bath.
  • Add four capfulls of the Restorative Bath Oil Relax.
  • Apply the Restorative Body Oil and give each other a couples massage. 
  • If you don’t have a tub big enough for two a shower ritual with our Relaxing Salt & Oil Scrub simply wet your bodies under the water and start at your feet and work your way up long circular movements to entire body.

This certainly will inspire romance. If you are too shy or not ready to give each other a massage, we are offering a Couples' Massage throughout the month of February to get you on your way to romance.

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Therapist Highlight: Ingrid Parra

January 29, 2013

Acqualina Spa by ESPA prides itself in providing excellent service to every guest and it's done through our excellent and talented Therapists. 

The awards demonstrate the hard work of our Acqualina Spa by ESPA Therapists including the most recent Spas of America Top 100 Spas placing Acqualina Spa by ESPA at number 16. It isn't possible to achieve such feat without the amazing and talented Therapists.

So we've decided to dedicate the next few weeks to our Award-Winning Therapists starting with Ingrid Parra who has been at Acqualina for six wonderful years. 

What is your specialty? I pamper my guests and perform maternity treatment and facials. 

What do you love about working at Acqualina Spa by ESPA? The professionalism and luxury that the spa carries and it was what first attracted me to my career. 

What is your favorite ESPA Product? My favorite ESPA product is definitely the Refining Skin Polish. 

What are the benefits of this product? Some benefits of this product are that it leaves your skin refreshed, radiant and most importantly clean. 

What is your favorite hobby? I love to jog in the mornings with my daughter. It's a healthy and active activity and it's our time to bond and I cherish that time with her. 

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Keeping those Dark Circles Away

January 23, 2013

When stress and tension from work, family and well, life gets rough, some of us tend to deprive ourselves from sleep. 

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our health. It not only helps our diet and performance but it also helps our appearance and most importantly, our wellbeing. But not all of us get to sleep more than 7 hours a night, perhaps 4 if we're lucky. One of our Therapists' favorite ESPA Product is the Lift and Firm Eye Moisturizer for that same reason. It provides intensive hydration and moisturizer for the most delicate area of our face and helps with the puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles. It also helps to know that friends, partner and family won't see you "tired" the next day. 

 

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Celebrating YOU

January 16, 2013

Valentine's Day is less than a month away-for some people this is exciting news, for others, not so much. 

 

For those who are skeptical about the heart-shaped candy and red roses filled day, Acqualina Spa by ESPA created the Singular Sensational Spa Day just for singles. Whether you're celebrating your newly renewed singleness or just another reason to pamper yourself, the Singular Sensation Spa Day is a part of Acqualina's many February Special Offerings that will have you ready for that hot date or that party you and your friends have been looking forward to. Either way, you'll be celebrating "YOU"!


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Kick-Starting the New Year with an

January 08, 2013

The New Year chimes a fresh start, new hopes and dreams and at times, brings back the old infamous resolutions. 

Resolutions or not, our Acqualina Spa by ESPA has a few tips to get you started on your 2013 health kick with ESPA's Detoxifying Bath Oil and Smooth & Firm Body Butter. 

Draw a bath and add 3 cap full of the ESPA Detoxifying Bath Oil. While the tub is filling, use the body brush on a dry area and stroke from the ankle to the knee.Then, from knee to the thigh followed by a hand stroke always working up bringing the blood flow to the heart. This will help exfoliate dry skin and stimulate your lymphatic system to help flush out toxins and increase circulation.You can continue to use the brush on areas like dry elbows and heels in a circular motion to leave the skin smooth. Then soak in the tub for 20 minutes and rinse off with a cool shower after you dry off apply the ESPA Smooth & Firm Body Butter to the areas of concern such as the legs, thighs, derriere and abdomen. This intensely rich formula will help to tone and refine those specific areas and help get you on your way to great succes in 2013! 

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