If the endless playground of runs and 300 days of sunshine aren’t enough, Mammoth Ski Resort is true to its name; gigantic in both size and satsifaction for any snowboarder. The best part is that many of these visitors hitting the snow are fellow women! Beginners, intermediate and advanced snowboarders with find plenty to ride between perfectly groomed mountain faces and powder filled tree runs. Those of you still looking to lay down some tricks, will find an endless array of rails, halfpipes and kickers to keep you busy. The Mammoth Inn, loacted accross from Main Lodge, serves as a perfect jump off point to begin and end one’s day, that features more than comfotable accomodation in a cozy wooden setting that features both a pool and jacuzzi (when the mountain chill sets in). After a day on the mountain, Tusks is the place to grab that icy beer and listen to some live music, before heading to the village for a bite to eat in one of the many options that Mammoth holds. GWS recommends checking out Sushi Siem, known for their sensational truffle infused sushi and great saki happy hour. Follow this up with a stop into Whiskey Creek and grab a local brew. Dont feel like flying with your equipment? No problem; Mammoth has a great selection of the latest demo/rental boards, boots and skis to suit all. Epic snow, epic views and a guarenteed epic vacation in California’s greatest ski resort. Get riding ladies! For more information or to book your trip go www.mammothmountain.com
If the stunning Arizona deserts are not enough, the Loews Ventana will impress any visitor to Tucson. Set up against the Catalina Mountains, this stunning natural retreat offers a variety of amenities, activities, and spa services. Rooms boast epic views of the city below or of the cactus-lined mountain peaks behind. Gaze out over the Seguaro National Park, at waterfalls and canyons that spill into the hotel’s pool and deck area. The decor of the hotel itself is fitting of the Arizona laid back style, with a chic minimalist touch; slate stone matches large, open fire places and marble detailing. The hotel clearly seeks to bring out the best of it’s natural surroundings. Take a hike into the canyon through hotel’s personal hiking trail, bike through the vegetation of the desert, dive into the the two heated pools or simply relax in the Ventana’s Spa. Find yourself well and truly in a unique kind of paradise; silence, peace and tranquilty can be yours. In the evening, one can dine at any of the hotel’s three restaurants, overlooking lush green landscape and coy filled ponds, including the ‘Flying V’ which features an array of tex-mex and seafood cuisine. Service is impeccable, and the rooms themselves more than comfortable. Take your glass of wine and gaze out over the canyon or simply relax out back by hotel’s fire pits to end your evening. It’s no wonder people travel far and wide to visit this resort. For more information or to make a reservation please see http://www.loewshotels.com/en/ventana-canyon-resort
No one loves a hairy fairy! That’s why this month I decided to venture over to Strip Salon to see what all the fuss was about. Was I found was a whole lot more than your standard waxing salon. Each room is specifically designed to suit the type of hot wax you choose (lavender room is features a lavender wax/ chocolate colored room, a chocolate wax.) As if the boudoir treatment rooms aren’t enough, the procedures themselves are almost pain free (thanks to the combination of shrink rap oils, hot to dry wax and a seriously well trained beauticians.) All in all, by far the most professional and long lasting wax I’ve had yet. My only complaint; I wish I got longer in those luxurious little chambers!
Renowned for creating some of the best polishes on the market, OPI IS still going strong. Perhaps less well known than the polish itself, is the OPI mail salon in Selfridges. Newly refurbished and tucked away next to Miss Selfridge, you will find a mini pit stop in your shopping day. Simple, modern, clean and express you will find one of the best mani/pedis you can get in town without dropping a weighty sum on your wallet. If that wasn’t enough, you also have every OPI color in the rainbow to choose from….then again this rainbow seems ever growing still (OPI is constantly coming up with new ways to wonder us!)
Better brows in 5 minutes flat. If you haven’t tried Blink already – go. The original trend-setters of threading, puts Blink brow bars at the best of the best when it comes to eyebrow maintenance and shaping. Painless (as much as the procedure can be) professional and practical, Blink is still my top choice of eyebrow salons. Take yourself to one of the many bars popping up in London, and see for yourself why Blink is still so popular. It really does change the whole shape of your face for the better.
THE ILLUMINATA SPA
Tucked into the busy Mayfair business district, one will find a spa to top all spas; The Illuminata. If the marbled classical interior and heavenly slippers aren’t enough, be transported to ancient relaxation in a decadent shapire tiled steam room. The ‘Jasmine Steam’ is an incredibly luxurious experience, which involves being bathed in lemon salts, before being left to ‘steam’ in a chamber of jasmine aromas. After a warm shower, one feels buttery soft and truly like a Goddess.
For a real treat, let yourself be escourted into a treatement room where one can choose from an array of different facials and massages. Recommended to me was the ‘Aromoplasty Decleor Facial;’ a 50 minute process of essential oils, masks and facial massaging that deeply purifies and nourishes the skin, whilst sweeping away sighns of winter fatigue. This facial in particular is fantastic for skin of all ages, being both anti aging and aging preventative. Moreover it does great justice to the Decleor range of skincare products available on the market such as Decleor’s ‘Neroli Essential Oil.’