Anitra Brown is a freelance writer who has specialized in spas, travel and beauty for 20 years. A New York State licensed esthetician, Anitra is one of the few spa writers to have actually worked in a spa as a therapist.
After years of writing about food and wine, Anitra got a dream assignment to find six overnight spas within two hours of Westchester County, which took her to Canyon Ranch Lenox. "I took a deep dive into spas and wellness, and never came up," she says. Because of her hands-on experience working as a spa therapist, she knows what goes on at the back of the house, what to watch out for, and how to find great therapists.
Anitra became About.com's Spas Expert in 2004, and visited Golden Door, Rancho La Puerta, Miraval, Canyon Ranch Lenox, Canyon Ranch Tucson, Lake Austin Spa Resort, Mii Amo and Red Mountain Spa Resort, among many other great spas around the world.
Noticing the huge difference in quality between therapists, she decide to become a spa therapist to learn what made some therapists great. She earned her esthetics license in 2006 and worked at some of the world's best spas, including The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York, Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms in Phoenix and The Spa at Emerson in Mt. Tremper, New York. Other credits include serving as a spa and wellness expert on the nominating panel for SpaFinder's Wellness Travel Awards, given to global properties that help travelers get and stay healthy.
She has contributed to many magazines, including Spa Magazine, American Spa, Gourmet, New York, Robb Report, Westchester and Hudson Valley. Anitra is also a contributor to The New York Times-bestselling travel books 1,000 Places To See Before You Die (Workman, 2011), 1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die (Workman, 2016), and the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die hanging wall calendar.
She currently serves as director of marketing for Rebecca Recommends, which represents such luxury properties as The Goring Hotel in London, Curtain Bluff in Antigua, Resplendent Ceylon in Sri Lanka, Blanket Bay in New Zealand, and Private Haciendas in the Yucatán, as well as luxury destination management companies Southern Crossings in Australia and New Zealand, Ventours in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, Catherwood Travels in the Yucatán, Decouvertes in France and Original Travel United Kingdom.
Anitra Brown holds a B.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma. She completed 600 hours of study at Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics in New York City before undergoing examination to become a New York state esthetician license. She is certified for Reiki Level 2 and has done post-graduate training at Atelier Esthetique Institute and The Dermal Institute in New York City. She is currently studying at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to become a chaplain.
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