About the author

Rona Berg

Longtime journalist, author and current editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, and she has contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. She co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty (Workman Publishing), and is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television and at conferences around the globe.


Taste of the Tropics: Mexican and Caribbean Cuisine

By Rona Berg / April 7, 2015

With the weather warming up north, it’s finally time for lighter caribbean cuisine, which means a taste of the tropics. These delicious recipes—from beautiful resorts with easy climates—will bring a bit of spice to your table. Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico At Casa Velas, a luxurious boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Mexican fusion menu […]


Healthy Easter Brunch Recipes

By Rona Berg / April 3, 2015

Now that spring has finally sprung, you are probably ready for lighter foods. Here are some healthy suggestions that caught our eye, from a stack of cookbooks that recently came into the office. Easy to prepare, and pleasing to the eye and palate, if you are having friends and family over this weekend, you’ll want to start […]


The Jefferson’s Monticello Mocktail

By Rona Berg / March 25, 2015

Along the power corridors in Washington, D.C., there are many private rooms in public places where politicos conduct their business quietly, over a discreet meal or drinks. The historic Jefferson hotel, named after Thomas Jefferson and inspired by Monticello, his home in Virginia, and his travels abroad, offers one such special room off the bar, […]


Green Paradise: Caneel Bay’s Eco Friendly Resort

By Rona Berg / March 20, 2015

Caneel Bay Resort in St. John is set entirely within the lush Virgin Islands National Park, featuring seven of the prettiest, most pristine beaches in the world. Hawksnest Beach, in particular, is a great place to spot sea turtles, if you keep an eye on dark patches of seagrass, where the turtles feed. You’ll also […]



By Rona Berg / March 18, 2015

From Eat Clean Live Well, by Terry Walters (Sterling Epicure) A rich source of minerals and cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, these are three easy recipes, which add taste and healing power to your diet. Makes two tablespoons. TOASTED NORI AND GARLIC 2 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds ½ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 1 pinch of […]


Clean Eating Healthy Living

By Rona Berg / March 18, 2015

Terry Walters, best-selling author of Clean Food, and Clean Start, just came out with a new book, Eat Clean Live Well (Sterling Epicure), featuring 175 delicious, nutritious recipes for clean, healthy food that the entire family will love. Walters also serves up a food philosophy that is easy to digest. “There are no rigid guidelines […]


New Spring Colors

By Rona Berg / March 13, 2015

It’s spring, when the world seems brighter and we’re drawn to color. We asked makeup artist and natural beauty expert Rebecca Casciano to give us the scoop on spring color trends. What are some of your favorite looks this spring? I’m loving the graphic, ‘60s-inspired eyeliner looks and of course, more color! I think a […]


Sustainable Cambodia

By Rona Berg / March 4, 2015

Song Saa, the soulful private island sanctuary on the Koh Rong archipelago, takes “luxury that treads lightly” to heart It sounds like a fairy tale, and in a way, it is. A young Australian couple, Rory and Melita Hunter, were living in Phnom Penh, where he ran an ad agency. She was an organic stylist and […]


Color Play

By Rona Berg / February 26, 2015

Karim Orange is an Emmy-nominated makeup artist who has created looks for famous faces like Amel Larrieux, Rosario Dawson and Meredith Vieira. She is a contributor to About.com, Huffington Post and—full-disclosure!—Organic Spa Magazine. Orange is also an accomplished horticulturalist and urban gardener, who is completing her second year of Farm School in New York City. We spoke with […]


Global Wellness Leader

By Rona Berg / February 25, 2015

Susie Ellis takes it to a whole new level Wellness is everywhere. Spas are creating “Wellness Retreats” and “Wellness Weekends,” doctors are integrating wellness into preventive treatments, while architects—and real estate companies—are building with elements of wellness in mind. But if you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “Just what, exactly, is wellness?,” Susie Ellis is the […]


Restoration Therapy

By Rona Berg / February 24, 2015

Give those sore muscles some relief After a strenuous workout, nothing relieves tired muscles like a healing massage oil or a warm bath peppered with therapeutic mineral salts and oils. The salts remineralize sore muscles, and the aromatherapy oils will help you de-stress, detox and calm your mind. Here are a few to try: Kneipp […]


Escapes: Seeing Red

By Rona Berg / February 20, 2015

The setting is incomparable, a rugged landscape marked with sharp cliffs and deep canyons. But anyone who has visited Red Mountain, the resort and spa in Utah’s red rock country, knows that the offerings are so much richer than what you see on the surface, gorgeous though that may be. With Zion and Bryce Canyon […]


Reflect—The Spirit of Angkor Wat

By Rona Berg / February 18, 2015

When you arrive at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, you are welcomed like an old friend. The 15-acre property, set across from the Royal Palace, hits three high notes: It is elegant, luxurious and extremely comfortable. The first hotel in Siem Reap, Raffles was built in 1932 to accommodate the wave of Western tourists […]


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

By Rona Berg / February 17, 2015

Power Ponytails at Tracy Reese In the midst of yet another polar vortex in NYC, when the cold is like a knife that slices right through you, Fashion Week is unstoppable. At the Tracy Reese show, held at a reconstituted art gallery on Manhattan’s West Side on Sunday, the day after Valentine’s Day, attendance was […]

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