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By Paige Donner
There is one spa that was voted The Best Spa In The World by Condé Nast readers in 2010. That spa is in France's Bordeaux region and sits serenely in the middle of a vast and prestigious AOC Graves vineyard. The spa? It is Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa.
Photo by Paige Donner c. 2011
On her parents' vineyard and just next to her sister's Small Luxury Hotel, Les Sources de Caudalie, in Bordeaux, Mathilde Thomas discovered a naturally occurring hot springs 540 feet below ground. This is the site on which she and her husband, Bertrand, built the signature Caudalie Spa based on the anti-oxidant, ant-aging properties they have patented from the seeds and skins of grapes.
Caudalie Vinotherapie beauty products are used exclusively at this idyllic spa in the Bordeaux countryside, in a vast wooden structure planted next to a pond with swans and indoor-outdoor swimming pools. Treatment rooms are both upstairs and downstairs and it is possible to walk from your hotel room in your robe to your spa treatment in the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa with only a few feet of exposure to the outside air.
Famous among their treatments are the Barrel Bath, the Honey and Wine Wrap, thePulp Friction Massage with fresh grapes and the Crushed Cabernet Scrub. At each of the relaxation stations are small dishes of fresh grapes alongside pitchers of fresh water. Portishead and other "lounge" music is piped in overhead from the sound system, unless you request classical or another genre.
You can also go for a simple Caudalie Grand Facial Treatment. This includes a full facial massage, gentle buffing cream made from a base of crushed grape seeds, a moisturizing (or purifying, as needed) mask and anti-ageing serum for eyes and lips. You also have the choice of a hand or foot massage. Afterwards you are welcome to linger downstairs in the lounge chairs that overlook the vineyards and dip into the pool that has strategic water jets fitted at just the perfect height to pulsate relaxing water onto your neck and shoulders.
There is also now a Caudalie Spa in NYC. Read More on Greening Beauty.
Los Angeles Convention Center hosted its third annual “Earth Aware… Doing Our Share” community event on April 27, 2011 from 8:00am to 11:30am at the Santee Education Complex. Roughly 300 biology and chemistry students attended the event and participated in educational earth-friendly activities in support of environmental awareness.
The morning kicked off with a ceremonial tree-planting with Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Jan Perry. Ms. Perry gave the students a brief but inspiring talk about her environmental initiatives and participated in the planting of a new shade tree on the school grounds. Los Angeles Convention Center’s Chief Engineer, Rey Castro, gave the students a brief lecture about the LEED certification process and the Center’s solar program.
Afterwards, students visited the various display booths. Convention Center staff set up booths focused on LEED certification and water conservation efforts. Aqua-Tech Water Management walked students through the water purification process. Spectrum Engineering and BC International talked about energy management. LADWP was on hand to educate students on water and power conservation.
Los Angeles Convention Center’s Executive Chef, Brett Lewis, prepared three types of salsa from organic fruits and vegetables for students to taste. The ingredients were generously donated by Fresh Point Organic Foods.
After receiving a stamp at each booth, the students received a commemorative Earth Aware t-shirt. Chuck Burdick, Assistant Principal/SLC Administrator, of Santee Education Complex stated, “Successful high school programs in 2011 are those that include key community sponsors like the Los Angeles Convention Center. Their Earth Aware 2011 was a big success, attended by all of the Chemistry and Biology students at Santee Education Complex. The event raised awareness about conservation and healthy living, in a kid-friendly and interactive learning environment.
Our Santee students attended the Earth Day event in 2010 at the Convention Center, and this year the Convention Center came to us! They mean what they say as far as wanting to sustain partnerships with the local schools.”
Pouria Abbassi, General Manager and CEO, and Assistant General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Phillip Hill, both of the Los Angeles Convention Center, addressed students about the importance of environmental initiatives and community involvement. They also participated in the dedication of the new tree, which was planted by student volunteers. Mr. Abbassi stated “The students of Santee Education Complex were enthusiastic, inquisitive, polite, and grateful for the interactive learning opportunity. Our staff and vendors were thrilled to teach them about environmental responsibility while answering questions about potential career paths.” The students signed a posterboard which will be displayed in the offices of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
About the Santee Education Complex Santee is a secondary school located at 1921 South Maple Avenue in South Los Angeles. It serves grades 9 through 12 and just over 3,000 students. The high school is revered for its innovative seven small learning communities. For more information, visit www.santeefalcons.org.
About the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC)
The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is one of the most technologically advanced convention and exhibition centers in the world. LACC attracts over 2.5 million visitors annually and is renowned internationally as a prime site for conventions, trade shows and exhibitions. An integral economic component to the Southern California area, total sales from client secondary spending tops $1.1 billion annually, generating and sustaining over 12,000 local jobs.
LACC is a model environmental-friendly facility, holding the prestigious USGBC LEED-EB GOLD Certification for existing buildings. LACC is also a Bronze Level recipient of the 2010 California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE), Eureka Award. For more information, visit www.lacclink.com.
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