American Leisure Bringing “Lifestyle” to the Orion

Orion Chronicles | Summer 2014

A questionnaire polling owner and resident interest in amenities, including the gym, common rooms and activities, was distributed by email and hard copy in the week of May 5. From our 550 apartments in the Orion, there were 70 responses left at the front desk or sent to Halstead. The first 30 to respond were invited to attend a focus group in the Horizon Room on May 14. Of those invited, 17 showed up to voice their preferences for amenities, improvements on the facilities and complaints about matters from general building management to gym and concierge functions to social event interests — like breakfast. Board member Rick Hibberd introduced the key players in the renovations of our amenity spaces and new managers of the gym, pool, spa and common rooms. Gail Hamilton, Vice President of American Leisure, was on hand to lead the discussion. American Leisure is the firm hired to replace La Palestra and manage the full complement of facilities, including the gym, pool and spa, to create and run the social, educational and entertainment…

Plaza Athenee NYC Voted World’s Best Spa

Elle | October, 2013

American Leisure’s Valmont at the Plaza Athenee Spa was featured in the October issue of ELLE (circulation: 1,135,737) in an “Elle-Approved Getaway” story as one of the world’s best spas!

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York City Take a breather from shopping Madison Avenue at the V35 Club, the only stateside getaway to offer luxe treatments from Swiss Alps-based Valmont.  TOP TREATMENT: Gotham grime begone. Combine the cellulite-nixing Peaks of slimness treatment with the Precieux L’Elixir des Glaciers facial to feel like a vacationer at a salubrious ski lodge.

American Leisure’s Moroccan Hamman at the Setai Featured in Daily Candy

DailyCandy | October 2, 2013


On any given day, we’d rather be in Morocco. But instead of bemoaning a lack of time/money/adventurous friends, we book an appointment with Manny Ramirez at The Setai spa in downtown Manhattan. As treatment director, Ramirez conceptualized a 90-minute luxurious body detox based on what you’d experience in a traditional hammam, or Turkish bath. And trust us: It transports both body and mind.

If Marrakesh - or NYC - still seems a world away, take these tips for re-creating the retreat in your own bathroom.

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Amanda Wells Gives Spa Tips on PopSugar Beauty

Bella Sugar | October 10, 2013

Nothing is more indulgent, relaxing, and restoring than a trip to the spa. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a spa regular, we asked Amanda Wells, the spa director at The Setai Spa Wall Street, to give us tips to making the most of your spa experience. Learn when to eat before and after, how to prolong your state of bliss, and more when you read on.
Before: Eat an hour before: “When it comes to eating, you don’t want to be extremely full, otherwise being on your stomach would just be uncomfortable,” Wells explains. “It’s OK to snack lightly right before your massage, and eating a light meal 60 to 90 minutes before your service is ideal.”
Arrive early: “We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early in order to change into a robe and slippers,” Wells says. “But we encourage our guests to arrive 30 to 45 minutes early to use the jacuzzi, sauna, and aromatherapy steam amenities.” Be sure to ask what amenities are available at your local spa.
Use the heat amenities: “Using the heat…