American Spa January 2012 : Page 50

spa radar The Taste of Beauty combines a visit to the spa (pictured) and a complementary culinary experience (inset). ANALYZE THIS The Charles Hotel in Cambridge’s Harvard Square has spent the last 25 years welcoming high-profi le guests. Yet, it wasn’t until this past September that the hotel fi nally intro-duced a spa. Corbu Spa , named after French architect Le Corbusier, who was known for his ability to create harmony and balance, seeks to evoke those same characteristics in its design and treatment offerings. Corbu is also embracing new technology to give guests better skincare results. It is the fi rst spa to launch the mySkin analysis program, which was the brainchild of Sava Marinkovich and Rahul Mehendale. General manager Alex Attia met the two entreprenu-ers at 2010’s ISPA Conference in Alexandria, VA. “They are Harvard Business School graduates, and we love to support local students and graduates whenever possible,” says spa director Pamela Adami. Impressed with what the software could do, the folks at Corbu decided to take a closer look. “We tested it and found it to be an amazingly sophisticated product with an incredible abil-ity to analyze and recommend fully custom-ized programs and products,” says Adami. “We felt it important to share with our clients and decided to offer it in both facial rooms, so that every client receiving a Corbu facial could benefi t from the science.” Although it may have taken more than two decades for The Charles Hotel to launch a spa, Corbu Spa has certainly wasted no time in taking the lead in cutting-edge skincare. —H.M. a delicious journey The spa’s design was inspired by Le Corbusier and his affi nity for harmony and balance. Spa-going foodies can combine their two passions at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, A Four Seasons Hotel (Beverly Hills, CA) with the launch of its new A Taste of Beauty (starting at $1,500 per person) experience. Natura Bissé has collaborated with the Beverly Wilshire to create a one-of-a-kind journey that brings together the beauty rituals created by the skincare line and the avant-garde cooking of the hotel’s executive chef Gilles Arzur. It starts in The Spa at Beverly Wilshire with a 90-minute treatment designed by Natura Bissé and continues in a private setting with a specially prepared seven-course culinary experience. A Taste of Beauty is available for six to eight people at one time. It’s a decadent treat that is sure to satiate guests’ minds, bodies, and souls, as well as their taste buds. —Nicole Altavilla 50 AMERICAN SPA • WWW.SPATRADE.COM • JANUAR Y 2012

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