Healthy, Beautiful Holidays Start at the Monteleone

Healthy, Beautiful Holidays Start at the Monteleone

Spa Aria, nestled inside the Hotel Monteleone, is a quiet respite for anyone looking to rejuvenate during the holiday season. Owners Sandy Blum and Cindy Cocke have dedicated their careers to making other people look and feel their best and during this holiday season, they’re offering some exceptional services—including the usual 10% discount on services purchased by locals and complimentary two-hour valet parking—that will make you or any person on your gift list feel fabulous. We sat down to scrumptious waffles and omelets at Criollo and discussed their packages for the fall and the upcoming Super Bowl.

Good health is key to a happy holiday

Owners Sandy Blum and Cindy Cocke
Owners Sandy Blum and Cindy Cocke

Although New Orleans is generally a warm environment, there still exists the transition to the fall season that can bring on environmental changes, triggering allergies and affecting our breathing, skin and sleep. If you or someone you know suffers from seasonal allergies, the Cold and Sinus Treatment is an essential procedure. “It’s based on using reflexology and essential oils in order to detoxify and open up the lymphatic system,” said Cocke. “You have to drink a lot of water during this treatment and you’ll feel better. There are so many bronchitis and respiratory issues now…it’s huge.”

Rushing around during these next few weeks, buying gifts and planning parties can also leave our bodies sore. Blum recommended incorporating the BioMat into a massage at Spa Aria as the ultimate remedy for aching muscles. The crystal-generated far infrared heat in this body-length mat relaxes your body as well as produces an overall sense of well-being. Most recently, Blum added the BioBelt, a smaller version of the BioMat that can fit comfortably around the abdomen that is effective in alleviating back pain, reducing stomach fat and tightening the abdomen—all of which are blessings considering the wear and tear our bodies endure at holiday parties.

That special glow is easy to obtain

You’ve bought the party dress and styled your hair and now it’s time to put the finishing touches on your look before your guests arrive. “The Beauty Revival package makes a great gift for anyone or someone hosting a holiday party,” said Sandy Blum. This package lasts for a leisurely two hours and includes a manicure, pedicure and aromatherapy body polish for an overall holiday glow. There’s also an option to add a 30-minute massage to even further enhance relaxation.

Wrap up a basket of exclusive spa products for someone special

Featured products at the spa
Featured products at the spa

Surely there are some people on your list who would love to indulge in some luxurious skin products but would never think of spending the money on themselves. Spa Aria carries some of the most hard-to-find product lines in the city, including exotically fragranced body products from Kai, Swedish hair care from Sachajuan, Ahava’s Dead Sea line and Jurlique, an incredible organic skincare line from Australia and sold only at Spa Aria in New Orleans.

Just call or visit the spa, pick your products and the staff will wrap it up beautifully. When your gift is ready, a staff member will meet you outside the hotel for a quick pick-up…you don’t even have to get out of your car.

Welcome gifts for your Super Bowl guests

Relaxing massage at Spa Aria
Relaxing massage at Spa Aria

According to Blum, the Hotel Monteleone will be hosting one of the participating teams as well as hosts from news and sports channels such as CBS, ESPN and USA, so it’s important to book your appointments now, especially if you’re expecting guests from out of town. Not only will celebrity sightings be plentiful, but you can take advantage of some unique packages. “We’ll have special manicures in specialized colors for the teams that are participating,” mentioned Blum who is, like any NoLa native, particularly partial to black and gold.

Blum also mentioned the Jet Lag Package that is perfect for friends flying in from far away. "Your guests will enjoy a head-to-toe sugar scrub with organic Malie products from Hawaii, an invigorating shakra shower and a 45-minute massage focusing on the back, neck and shoulders as well as paraffin foot reflexology and eye treatments." If you’re booking treatments for a group of four or more, you’ll also receive a complimentary bottle of champagne. Afterwards, they’ll be revived, relaxed and ready to enjoy the Super Bowl festivities.

Spa Aria is located on the mezzanine at the Hotel Monteleone on 214 Royal Street. They are open daily from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. For more information on services and rates, call 504-523-9990 or visit www.spaaria.com.