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December 5, 2007

The Spa at the Breakers: A destination for tropical pampering and renewal

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla


PALM BEACH, FL – Many discerning guests who travel to The Breakers Palm Beach crave the chance to disconnect from the demands of a stressful routine, and they count on The Spa at The Breakers as a destination for rejuvenation. The theme of ‘revitalization as necessity’ is not only present among the resort’s leisure travelers, who range from couples and friends on the getaway, to multigenerational families; but also evident among colleagues who escape from their offices to convene for organizational renewal.

Recognized as one of the top-five hotel/resort spas in North America, The Spa at The Breakers offers a luxurious haven for pampering and renewal that is complemented by its prized-oceanfront location. It is the proud recipient of the 2007 Mobil Four-Star Award and recognized as one of America’s Best Hotel and Resort Spas by Mobile Travel Guide, reflecting the resort’s commitment to deliver the best spa experience to its customers with services of the highest quality.

Situated adjacent to the resort’s Mediterranean-style Beach Club, the 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor spa exudes a relaxed feel of residential elegance that was recently enhanced with a complete refurbishment. There are 17 treatment rooms, including several Spa Suites that accommodate a series of services in one indulgent experience. Massages can also be enjoyed in outdoor settings such as private, day-use bungalows with views of the ocean, for an additional fee.

Many treatments incorporate sea and citrus ingredients indigenous to Florida, with the benefits of their purifying properties. The Breakers also established a successful partnership with Guerlain; The Spa at The Breakers was the first free-standing spa outside of Paris to offer the exclusive Guerlain Institut de Beauté facial and the Orchidée Impériale Facial, utilizing Guerlain’s highly effective skincare products and facial techniques. The menu of services is regularly updated with new and interesting signature treatments that focus on personalization. According to Mark Mantegna, Spa Director at The Breakers, “Each is a masterful interpretation of the spa ‘classics’ –
whether massage, facial or one-on-one fitness – that pampers and revitalizes with an extraordinary sense of caring, while tailored to each guest’s particular needs and preferences.”

Signature treatments now include:

Personal Retreat Massage
Completely customized to incorporate various therapeutic techniques tailored to one’s individual needs. Whether the intention is to be pampered or to de-stress, the guest simply advises how much time is available and the master therapist will deliver a highly personalized massage experience.

Orchidée Impériale Facial
An indulgent experience that capitalizes on the rejuvenating, strengthening and anti-aging properties of the orchid flower, found in Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale Cream and
simultaneous masks. This treatment reshapes, smooths and brightens the skin, and incorporates a hand, scalp and foot massage and optional facial waxing.

A Walk On The Beach Pedicure
This luxurious and completely organic, “facial for the feet”, incorporates natural elements from the sea to exfoliate and invigorate the skin.

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Fitness Assessment
Performed by a certified personal trainer. Includes a full body examination that tests endurance, strength and flexibility; as well as a complete body composition analysis using the Spa’s Bod Pod®. Upon conclusion of this assessment, guests are provided with all results and a program for at home use.

One of the biggest distinctions of The Breakers Spa experience however, is the warmth of its environment, propelled by the inviting manner of its well-trained, highly skilled staff. It is the quintessential, therapist-driven spa. Consistent with the standards of this legendary Five Diamond resort, spa employees are assessed for their dedication and passion for guest comfort, to create an ambiance that is welcoming and calming, as much as they are evaluated for their technical expertise and skill in providing spa services. Over half of The Spa’s team members have been working there since it first opened in 1999, and they bring to each service an extraordinary amount of experience and sense of caring. “We know that our associates directly fuel guest satisfaction, and in turn, that is what makes our Spa the lucrative operation that it is,” said Mark Mantegna, Director of The Spa at The Breakers.

At check-in, guests are escorted to a locker area with steam and sauna (separate facilities for men and women) and receive a robe and slippers. Guests customize their treatments by selecting a male or female therapist as well as their preference for lighting and conversation levels. One can relax between treatments in a luxuriously appointed lounge or a tropically-landscaped outdoor courtyard with views of the Atlantic Ocean

A comprehensive menu of spa services features:

·Five (5) spa packages, including the Regal Experience, Palm Beacher, Prenatal Bliss, Island Escape and Yours Truly ranging from 3 to 5 ½ hours of luxurious services.

·Eight (8) different massage offerings, including the signature Personal Retreat, Thai, Shiatsu, Harmony, Simplicity, Couples, Prenatal, and the Ocean Breeze, an alfresco massage on the Ocean Terrace or in a private Beach Bungalow.

·Four (4) Guerlain facial and skincare treatments, including the signature Orchidée Impériale Facial, Classic Facial, Cellular Enzyme Peel and Purifying Back Treatment.

·Seven (7) Body Treatments, plus three (3) Rejuvenating Bathing Rituals:

-Five (5) body scrubs include Sea Salt, Pomegranate Salt, Kiwi-Coconut Salt, Honey-Papaya Smoothing Scrub and Aromatherapy Scrub

-Two (2) body wraps to eliminate toxins and nourish the skin include Marine Algae and Sedona Mud.

-Three (3) bathing rituals consisting of a relaxing bath and a 25-minute Stress Buster Massage. Baths include Aromatherapy, Dead Sea Salt, and Seaweed Bubble Bath.

The Salon at The Breakers

·Specialty hand therapies include gentle exfoliation, hand massage and traditional manicure services, plus an aromatherapy de-stressing indulgence. The Citrus Sorbet renews and hydrates stressed hands with an anti-aging treatment infused with a refreshing blend of citrus extracts; the Solar Treatment provides an intense moisture therapy for dry, dehydrated hands, utilizing sweet almond oil and Dead Sea salt.

·Aromatic rejuvenating foot therapies include foot massage and traditional pedicure services. The signature pedicure, A Walk on the Beach, incorporates marine-inspired products to exfoliate and invigorate skin, and the Solar Treatment, is an intense therapy for dry, dehydrated feet.

·Daytime and evening-specific make-up applications; for eyes only, bridal make-up and individualized make-up lessons by professional stylists.

·Hair services including cutting, styling, straightening and color processing.

Oceanview Fitness Center
A 1,400 square-foot oceanfront facility features 14-foot high windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, TechnoGym cardiovascular equipment and Body Master weight equipment. Personalized fitness services including the signature Fitness Assessment, Personal Training, Training For Two and Bod Pod® Analysis. Fitness classes including yoga Pilates, and aqua-aerobics classes, which are conducted in the adjacent 25-meter three-lane lap pool.

Founded in 1896 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Breakers Palm Beach is one of America’s legendary resort destinations. The 560-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach. With the commitment of its original ownership, The Breakers has invested $250 million over the past 15 years in its ongoing revitalization and enhancement of its multi-faceted amenities — most recently, the dramatic transformation of shoreline into a luxurious beachfront experience. The resort’s timeless atmosphere has been renewed in a style of residential elegance, from its magnificent interiors to its artfully designed landscape. Highly personalized service indulges couples on a romantic getaway as much as it energizes multi-generational travelers with a family-minded philosophy. Capital expenditures averaging $25 million a year will continue to be reinvested in the property for the long term, to ensure it remains appealing to future guests for decades to come.

The resort features 36 holes of championship golf, including the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones Course; 10 tennis courts, a 20,000 square foot luxury spa; a breathtaking oceanfront featuring luxurious beach bungalows for daytime rental and Mediterranean-style beach club with a half-mile of private beach; a comprehensive Family Entertainment Center, an extensive program of family and children’s activities, and a variety of water sports. The Breakers also features a broad selection of distinctive restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, as well as an array of on-site boutiques – all wholly owned and managed by the resort. The Breakers is recognized as a AAA Five Diamond property. For reservations or more information, contact the resort toll-free at 1-888-BREAKERS (273-2537), (561) 655-6611, visit, or contact your travel professional.

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