Sink into the Guerlain Spa

The Guerlain skincare brand is famous for its innovations in beauty. The Guerlain Spa’s third location in the United States opened at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans in 2009.

It offers facial and body therapies, hand and foot therapies, hair removal services, makeup application, harmonizing massages and customized therapies for men. A full-service hair salon is also located in the spa. One of the spa’s specials is called the Waldorf Impériale, a two-hour treatment offered to all hotel patrons. It focuses on sensory renewal combined with an intense massage and a facial using Guerlain’s age-defying Orchidée Impériale skincare.

Guerlain Spa has 10 private treatment rooms, a couple’s therapy suite, a VIP treatment room, a relaxation lounge and a retail section. The retail section sells skincare, makeup and fragrance assortments of Guerlain Paris.

The Guerlain Spa is open to the public as well as hotel guests Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Complimentary valet parking is available with each appointment.

Information, 335-3190; 123 Baronne St.

– Natalia Le

Luxury on the Alabama coast

Guests of The Beach Club Resort and Spa, in Gulf Shore, Ala., can swim at one of five outdoor pools or challenge friends to a game of volleyball on Sand Island. They can take in views of the Gulf of Mexico while dining at the Southbeach Bar & Grill then top off the evening at The Palm Bar with some cocktails. Lakeside cottages are available with private swimming pools and hot tubes.

At Caribe, in nearby Orange Beach, the Resort’s 23-acre waterfront property, three towers offer guests a wide range of activities. Facilities include a fitness center, tennis courts, a lazy river and restaurants, to name a few. “Caribe The Resort is perfect for the couple who enjoys the outdoors,” public relations director Eva Faircloth says.

“Located on the bayside, the resort features unique multi-level swimming pools with slides, as well as a putting green.”

The tallest towers on Orange Beach belong to the Turquoise Place. Each unit has state-of-the-art accommodations including Sub Zero and Wolf appliances and Jacuzzi bathtubs. Every balcony has an outdoor kitchen and private hot tub.

Aside from each resort, there are plenty of activities to do in the area. Local attractions include the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Waterville USA, Alligator Alley, shops at the Tanger Outlet Center, more than 200 golf holes and chartered fishing boats.

Call or check the website for monthly specials on all three resorts.

Information, The Beach Club, 925 Beach Club Trail, Gulf Shores, Ala.; Turquoise Place, 26302 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, Ala.; Caribe The Resort, 28103 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, Ala.; (800) 808-9073,

– Samantha Hyde

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