All posts by Irvina Lew

Author and freelance food and travel writer, Irvina Lew, is a member of American Society of Journalists and Authors and Society of American Travel Writers. For more than 20 years, her domestic and foreign travel articles have specialized in what she most loves: spas. The Long Island native credits most of what she’s learned about the wellness lifestyle – from anti-aging and biofeedback through beauty products, massage, nutrition, organic, and sexuality all the way to yoga and zen – to the many experts she’s met at more than a hundred spas worldwide. Her spa articles have appeared in Michelin, Mobil, and Fodor guidebooks, magazines from Conde Nast Traveler to Spa Magazine, and online.
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Hotel Bel Air Resize

Los Angeles offers more than glitz, glamour, and celebrity spotting. With its 75-mile-long coastline, temperate climes, and scenic canyons, spa-goers can also experience top-notch spa pampering with a view, with price tags ranging from the affordable to the astronomical. Read on for our three top picks: Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and... Read More

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Living Room Lo Res Resized

December is a particularly joyful time to visit The Lodge at Woodloch, a destination spa resort situated in the rural Pocono Mountains region of eastern Pennsylvania. Spa Weekend readers can retreat here to work out, curl up by the fire, read in the library, or to hike or snowshoe.... Read More

Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort

As the New Year approaches, one resolution prevails: It’s time to jump-start a wellness campaign and get fit! Here are three delightful, family-founded destinations where you can spa like a pro at a guilt-free price-tag. Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort Adler Thermae sits atop a verdant hillside in picturesque olive... Read More

Mandarin Oriental Miami

One windy October day in New York and two conversations with snow birds brought to mind warmth and the waterfront vistas at three memorable Miami spas that I visited last winter: The Mandarin Oriental Miami sits on Brickell Key, a tiny peninsula that juts into Biscayne Bay, and whenever I... Read More

The Chedi Muscat

News of the just-opened spa at The Chedi Muscat tempts me to spend a winter’s week spa-ing amidst sea and sand in Oman, a 105,000-square-mile country located on the Arabian Peninsula. Oman may be known for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, markets, museums, and wadis (dry riverbeds), as well... Read More