On the eve of Spa Week Spring 2011—the calm before the calmer—we were toasting to the upcoming week of $50 indulgences at one of our spa hotspots, the Spa at Trump SoHo in NYC, which just nabbed a coveted spot on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List for 2011.

Hosted by me on behalf of Spa Week and Shauna Mei, the founder of AHAlife, the intimate spa soiree was designed as a get-together for the curators of AHAlife.com, an eclectic group of influencers from around the world who choose the unique products featured in AHAlife’s gallery-like daily online store. Some of the guests included Home Cook Superstar Sarah Simmons, Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai, Armani US Retail Director Alessandro Valenti, and bloggers James Andrew, Kimmie Smith and Kristin Booker.  As a curator myself, it was great to bring together such a wonderfully diverse group of people.

The Spa at Trump SoHo, curated by Ivanka Trump, has been wildly embraced by the media, including a feature in VOGUE, and right here on Spa Week Daily. Read about Trump’s Turkish Hammam bathing ritual, one of the most traditional Hammam experiences in the US.

At the end of this post, enter to win that same Trump Hammam experience (2 winners), or a Kate Somerville Skincare Gift Set!

First check out the soiree highlights:

During Yamuna Foot Fitness, a little-known fitness trend, everyone learned the importance of stretching their feet, from heel to pinky toe. It helps with flexibility, circulation and strength. It’s especially great exercise for women who walk in high heels often, but also for people who walk, period. Learn more about it here.

The Spa at Trump refreshed each guests’ skin with an Oxygen Facial Blast with Mineral Veil, a quick mini-facial treatment.

Henna got super glam that evening—ladies loved the Henna Body Art with glitter and crystals, one of the upcoming treatments to look forward to at the Spa at Trump.

Foot soaks and shoulder massages in the Hammam setting gave guests a glimmer of the peaceful, other-world Hammam experience.

Guests mingling, sipping on wine and champagne, and enjoying the spread of meats, cheeses and crudite while indulging in the mini spa services.

Gaga was on. We couldn’t help ourselves!


To win The Spa at Trump Hammam experience – ONLY ENTER if you are able to be in NYC for the treatment – (2 WINNERS)

Answer this question in the comments below: Why do YOU most want to experience a Turkish Hammam?


Winner #1 Someone who really needs some pampering… Jennifer SparI have experienced a rough year with some setbacks. I had lost my job and undergone a surgery. I am a spa enthusiast and love to try new spa treatments.”

Winner #2 Someone who we hope will report back and let us know! Deniz KustuBecause I am from Turkey and I need to test it to see if they are doing it properly:)”

To win A Kate Somerville Skincare Gift Set – (1 WINNER)

Answer this question in the comments below: What is the most important thing you learned about skin care in the past year?

Winner: Someone who made us smile with her truthful, simple logic: Linda Slayton: The most important thing I learned about skin care in the past year is that I really have to be friends with my skin. Skin is not the same for everyone. In order to decide what products are most beneficial, I need to really know what my skin likes and needs. Just like a good friendship requires work, so does my relationship with my skin. And a little pampering helps too!

You can enter both contests with two separate comments. Contests end Sunday, April 24th at midnight, EST. Please link your name to a valid email address or Facebook profile. Winner will be announced on this blog post and notified, and you must claim your prize within 48 hours.

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