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Spa Trends to Look for in 2010

Friday, November 20th, 2009

The International SPA Association has just released their spa trends for 2010. As many people looking to 2010 (so that they can forget 2009), this report has been highly anticipated and will most likely change the way spas do business.

  • Social Media –Perhaps you’ve heard of a little website called Twitter? It’s helped to bust open the doors on a marketing revolution, and spas are leading the way. Now, it’s easier than ever for spas to offer up-to-the-minute deals by tweeting or posting a Facebook message. Cancellations are no longer a problem when you can re-book an appointment instantly.
  • Customer Service –Consumers are more aware of every penny spent, and with that comes higher expectations on the level of service they receive. Spas are responding by providing exceptional service and making each visit a customized experience for the guest. In fact, 87 percent of ISPA member spas are utilizing customer feedback mechanisms to ensure they’re exceeding consumers’ needs. And 48 percent of ISPA member spas have implemented customer loyalty programs, allowing them to offer discounts or rewards while incentivizing frequent visits to the spa.
    • Talk Spas-Customer Service for spas will also spread to social media. Many companies are already using social media (twitter) as an added option for customer service. The majority of users also prefer to use a social networking application for their customer service as well.
  • Spa Sampling Menu –Just like ordering tapas at a Spanish restaurant, now you can order up a sampling of spa treatments to try out. These mini services at lower price points are popular ways to get a taste of treatments offered at many spas. With 46 percent of ISPA member spas seeing an increase in shorter (30 minutes or less) treatment bookings, and 86 percent offering shorter treatments, it’s the perfect recipe for consumers seeking small treats to help lift their spirits.
    • Talk Spas- Smaller, shorter spa treatments have been taking off for years, and packaging these treatments together is a growing trend so you get more treatment in less time.
  • Preventive Care –Wouldn’t you rather go to a spa now to learn how to manage stress then end up in a doctor’s office a few years down the road? According to the World Health Organization, by 2020 the top five diseases will all have the underlying contributing factor of stress. Spa treatments like massage, acupuncture, and meditation have been proven to aid in stress reduction and recovery time for pre and post-op patients.
    • Talk Spas- This is another item we have written about as far as back pain is concerned. Keep an eye out for more spa related preventative health posts!
  • Spa Partnerships –Spas are becoming more accessible through partnerships with established franchises, hotels, and local businesses. Recent pairings like Murad Inc. and Massage Envy will allow consumers to enjoy the benefits of a total spa experience for an affordable price. Forty-six percent of ISPA day spa members partner with local businesses to incorporate spa into their workplace. Popular partnerships include: developing wellness programs at local hospitals, accommodating guests at local hotels without spa facilities, and service discount trades between spas and local business employees.
  • Cell Phone Applications –There’s definitely an app for that! Spa-ing is easier than ever with the convenience of doing it from your cell phone. The Four Seasons’ app allows you to browse spa services and check room availability for your next stay. The Hot Springs and Spa Finder – California app will guide you to road-side soaks, spiritual retreats, and commercial spas. Plan a spa vacation from anywhere with Tripology’s app. The Find a Spa app detects your location and displays search results for spas in your proximity.
  • Giving Back –Spas are offering promotions and free services to people who serve the community such as teachers, hospice workers, and military personnel. Some spas are teaming up with local hospitals and providing wellness education to help educate consumers on the spa lifestyle. Community outreach is a great way to generate business and show how easy it is to incorporate spa into your life.
  • The Millennials Take Over –This group now outnumbers the baby boomers, and they are flocking to the spa. They grew up in a culture where taking care of themselves, learning proper grooming techniques and leading a healthy lifestyle were not options, but the norm. Born during the exercise craze of the 1980s, they were the first generation to watch as their parents began turning to spas through the 1990s, when spas experienced significant growth. Spas are reaching Millennials through social media outlets and they are reaping the benefits.
    • Talk Spas- Don’t be shortsighted! We’ve also written about tweens and teens flocking to spas, so get ready for these new markets too and don’t overlook them.
  • Simplified Spa Menus – Everyone is cutting back and spa menus are no exception. You’ll notice fewer treatment options because spas are focusing on the core of their business—results-oriented treatments. No-frills treatments that offer a return on investment are what the consumer is demanding. The No. 1 spa treatment that people seek out worldwide is massage because of its healing and stress-reducing benefits. And the No. 1 reason people go to the spa is to relieve/reduce stress and relax.
    • Talk Spas- It’s better to do a few things great, then to do a bunch of things badly. Focus on your top treatments and cut the rest.
  • Beauty Rest – Catching some zzz’s has never been harder in our sleep-deprived society. The spa makes rest a priority by offering treatments targeted to get you some shut eye. You can actually book time to sleep at the spa or stay after a treatment to nap when you’re feeling relaxed.
    • Talk Spas- Some spas do well with a low price point, hurried approach. If you are not in that market then adding a sleeping treatment or a less hurried approach the way that Lydia Dicello has with her business.

Holiday Spa Specials

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Everyone likes to get a good deal during the holidays, and purchasing spa products and services are no exception. Here is a short list of great deals you can find this holiday season on some amazing spa products and services.

Jane Inc. has a luxury line of spa products. Many are made with organic ingredients. During the holidays prices will be slashed by 75+% for first-quality merchandise (most in original packaging).  Jane Inc. has soothing microwavable body wraps, neck wraps and spa booties that normally retail at around $40 but now will be available at the rock bottom prices of $6-$8. If you are looking for something else then they also have hand-knitted covers for hot water bottles (perfect for the cold weather) for $10, sleep pillows filled with lavender for only $6, and other miscellaneous spa merchandise ranging from $1-$20. If you own a spa, you can even get an amazing deal on fragrance oils and essential oils in 5-gallon cans that usually cost as much as $350, will now priced from $5 to $25.  www.janeincproducts.com

The Napa River Inn, in Napa, California is offering a Pumpkin Pie Thanksgiving Getaway. This deal includes a standard room for $189 a night (normally $210) between November 23rd to November 29th plus a free spa treatment at La Pelle Skin Spa & Boutique and a free pumpkin pie. Guests are required to book a two night stay, but if you are in the area and want to get away this Turkey-Day, then this mini-retreat might be perfect for you. For reservations call (877) 251-8500. www.napariverinn.com

The Oasis Day Spa is having a Black Friday sale on November 27th at their two locations in Manhattan and a grand new venue in Westchester New York. For one day only, the Black Friday Sale will be available both in the spa as well as on their website. Specials will include 15% off all gift card purchases (use the promo code BFBS15), a free $20 gift card with every $150 spa boutique purchase (use the promo code BFBS20), a free $50 gift card with every $300 spa boutique purchase (use the promo code BFBS%0), and a free $100 gift card with every $500 spa boutique purchase (use the promo code BFB100). If you are looking for an excellent gift, or just want to get a deal on spa treatments to pamper yourself with then this sale is perfect for you. www.oasisdayspanyc.com

The Chocolate Spa, a part of the Hershey Entertainment & Resort company is having a longer spa sale on their services at their location in Hershey Pennsylvania. Take your pick from either a Holiday Spa Day Package that will include an Incense-Infused Massage, Peppermint Pattie Salt Scrub & Chocolate Fondue Wrap, Peppermint Anti-Aging Facial plus a Lunch in The Oasis for $420. Total spa package length is 4 1/2 hours and is available until January 15th, 2010. You can also get a deal on a Holiday Season Sampler that is available until the end of the year and includes three treatments rolled into one 80 minute experience for $165. With this package you will get a Full Body Exfoliation, Hydrating Spice Wrap and Holiday Spice Massage.

SpaFinder’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

What a great year for spas 2009 has been! This year’s Spa Finder’s Readers’ Choice Award winners are comprised of a diverse group of spas that all have a special something about them that has helped them to stand out amongst the ever growing number of spas. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Visionary Award

SpaFinder’s annual Visionary Award is bestowed on an influential leader in the worlds of spa and wellness. This year’s winner is: Dr. Andrew Weil Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Director of Integrative Health and Healing at Miraval Arizona

Best for Accommodations

Bacara Resort & Spa (California, USA)
California Health & Longevity Institute at Four Four Seasons Westlake Village (California, USA)
The Cloister Spa & Fitness Center at Sea Island (Georgia, USA)
Crown Towers Melbourne (Victoria, Australia)
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo (Costa Rica)
Green Valley Spa & Wellness Center (Utah, USA)
Guerlain Spa at Waldorf Astoria (New York, USA)
The Mayflower Inn & Spa (Connecticut, USA)
The Peninsula Chicago Spa by ESPA (Illinois, USA)
The Peninsula New York Spa by ESPA (New York, USA)
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The Evolution of the Spa

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

 

Antient Bath House

Ancient Bath House

Circa 1700 B.C. – The first mention of a bath dates all the way back to the time of Greek mythology, when the King of Crete built his exquisite palace of Knossos. In this palace, large bathtubs were built, and are the first we see of the tub in history. The bath then became famous due to this myth because it is said that it ended up being the place where the King was killed when the daughter of Cocalus, king of Agrigentum, poured boiling water over him while he was taking a bath.

836 B.C. – A spring is said to be discovered by the British king Bladud in Bath, England. It is often thought that this is the first use of the word “Bath” and is most likely the first indication of a hot spring bath in history. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level.  The story of these baths was embellished to say that the spring had cured Bladud and his herd of pigs of leprosy through wallowing in the warm mud.

Circa 400 B.C. – It was during this time that in ancient Greece, a little city existed named Epidaurus. It was here that Asclepius, the most important healer god of antiquity, brought prosperity to the city, and with this prosperity large public baths were constructed, among other public monuments.

25 B.C – Emperor Agrippa opened  the first imperial thermae in Rome, with pools, steam rooms, grand halls and libraries.

737 A.D. – Japan’s first onsen (hot spring) complex opens near Izumo. It took centuries before this concept was combined with Japanese traditional inns called ryokan. Today there are more than 2,500 onsen sites that offer their visitors an escape from the daily stresses of life.

1000 A.D. – This was the first appearance of the Finnish Sauna, with saunas appearing along the Baltic, where it was said that pin tar, wine and saunas could cure any illness. Even today many Finns still subscribe to some version of this prescription.

1350 A.D. – It was during the bubonic plague that public baths were shut down throughout Europe to prevent spread of the plague.

 

Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

Interior of the Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul

1556 A.D. – The baths of Roxelana, the grandest of the Ottoman Empire, open a Hammam near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The Hammam contained huge domed steam rooms, private washing alcoves and a central massage platform, similar to a Roman bath, but designed to shut out the outside world. Photo Credit: http://www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr

1700’s – During the 1700’s Bath, England became “the premier resort of frivolity and fashion”. It was during the medieval times that Bath fell into disrepair, but during this time period the architect John Woods and his son completely made over the town as a grand Georgian showcase.

1830’s- 1950 – During the Victorian Age Saratoga Springs, New York uses their natural, carbonated mineral waters and luxe hotels to attract luminaries such as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe and President William Taft. Horse racing and gambling also arrive in Saratoga, and then in the early 1900’s the invention of the automobile allows the wealthy to venture to Saratoga to enjoy the spa town.

1910 – In the 10’s the concept of the day spa was introduced to American women by Elizabeth Arden when she unveiled the Red Door Salon on Fifth Avenue.

1918 – Budapest’s Gellert Baths open and the city becomes Europe’s spa capital. Though Budapest has more than 100 baths and pools, Gellert with it’s amazing Art Nouveau architecture and Turkish inspired thermal pools becomes the place to go.

 

Two Bunch Palms

Two Bunch Palms

1940 – It was around 1940 that destination spas begin to open up in part because of the opening of Rancho La Puerta by Deborah Szekely in Baja California, Mexico. In 1958 Szekely unveiled her Japanese inspired Golden Door Spa in California, which had a more personalized approach to weight loss and fitness, later introducing Jane Fonda to aerobics.

1940’s – The hot springs in the desert of Two Bunch Palms, California becomes a popular hangout for Al Capone who built a hideout here in the 1920’s.  The restaurant and spa become a front for a casino and brothel, and in the 60’s the spa becomes legitimate and lures in Hollywood types. Picture of Palm Springs present day. Photo credit from http://www.twobunchpalms.com/

1957 – Vitabath introduces Original Spring Green Gelee as the first premium, luxury product for the bath and shower.

1958 – In 1958 David Altman designed, built and installed the first minielectric steam bath for home use. The word spread slowly amongst the affluent about this new home amenity. ThermaSol, the company that was founded by David Altman is now the leading manufacturer of Steam Showers.

1970 – The Home Spa becomes more and more popular as Roy Jacuzzi builds on the success of his indoor Jacuzzi bath by unveiling his Whirlpool Spa.

1974 – The fitness spa becomes more popular as the Ashram, in the Santa Monica mountains becomes the first fitness spa designed to provide extremely strenuous exercise with yoga sessions and vegetarian cuisine.

1986 – Spafinder begins as a small travel agency specializing in booking spa vacations, which at the time was a small niche for a travel agency.

1995 – High-end hotels answer the call to add spas to their list of amenities.

 

Medical Spa

Medical Spa

1996 – Bliss helps the day spa phenomenon hit a peak, combining details like turkey feathers and Mongolia lamb’s wool ottomans with their excellent treatments.

1997 – As plastic surgery and botox becomes more popular, dermatologists, surgeons and facial specialists join up to provide Medical Spas.

1999 – This was the first year that the spa industry overtook the amount earned by the ski industry with $5.3 billion in spa services.

2000 – Simultaneous treatments are added to many spa menus so spa-goers can receive a facial and a pedicure/manicure at the same time to save time.

2001 – Interiors of spas become calm and soothing with minimalist designs. Spas begin to hide product, increase privacy and provide private showers.

Future of Spa – The future of spas is uncertain, but it appears that as home spas become more and more popular, the service of having the spas come to you will be the next big step in spas. Soon spas will come directly to your house, as we are seeing with more and more spas offering a “Home Spa Party” package, or in-house treatments. Another example of this can be seen in the plans by the Porta-Spa company, which builds spas for their clientele. Soon Porta-Spa will be offering a Roman decadenza, Japanese grotto or a prefab spa which will be delivered to your home, complete with an aesthetian who will provide your treatments for the day when you purchase a spa.

Six Luxury Swiss Spas From Around the Country

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

The six Swedish spas listed below are some of the nicest in the country according to Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. So if you’re traveling to Switzerland make a spa detour to one of these luxurious spas. Click on images for a larger version.

– Dodler Grand, Zurich – thedoldergrand.com– This spa is located in a castle in Zurich and features luxurious and modern interiors. The spa is broken down into two separate spas: a Ladies’ and a Gentleman’s’ spa. Each area offers a sauna, steam bath, kotatsu footbath, aroma pool, steampots, cold water basin and solarium. You will also find glass pebble filled baths in the swimming pool and the suna-buros for an added touch.

Dodler Grand Hotel, Zurich

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Cruise Ships with Luxury Spas

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

One thing I take a long hard look at when I’m choosing a cruise line for a vacation is the quality of the spa on the Cruise Ship. I look at what features and amenities the spas offer and over all what spa will fit me best and make me the most comfortable.

If you take my approach and really look over a spa before you choose your cruise line, keep in mind that even with an “All Inclusive” package, often the spas are not included and cost extra, so you should find out if any packages include spa treatments when you are trying to book your trip.

Here is a short list of the top Cruise Line Spas, the treatments they offer and other details you should know about each spa. You can click on any image for a larger version. All photo’s are provided by the cruise lines.

Carnival Cruise Lines– The Carnival Spas feature a health club with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a jogging track, and aerobics classes. They also feature a European-style spa and salon with a steam room and sauna. Some of the services offered include a variety of beauty treatments; specialized for men and women, including facials, acupuncture, massages, tooth whitening, detox wraps and slimming treatments, manicures, pedicures and hairstyling.  The new Carnival Splendor cruise ship, however, has a Cloud 9 SpaOne, which is one of the largest spas afloat with its 40,000 square foot, two-deck spa.

thalasso-pool-smCarnival Splendor’s Cloud 9 SpaOne Waterfall Pool

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Spa Industry Booming Despite Recession

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

DESPITE the recession, the spa and wellness sector is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth.

A boom in the development of hotel and inner city spas and salons across major cities, from Dubai to New York and London, has brought with it a renewed demand for skilled spa professionals, from therapists and beauticians up to spa managers, operators and developers.

With this demand for skills, comes great opportunities for those looking for a challenging new career… Excerpt taken from PressandJournal.co.uk.

Read more here.

Spa Week NYC 2009 Recap

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Spa Week was just held in New York City this past week (October 12-18) and was a great success. Many came out to treat themselves, or to get a break from the cold and damp weather that New York was receiving and others came out just to try something new.

If you didn’t make an appointment early, then you most likely missed out because everything was booked up weeks in advanced. The good news is that many of spas that were included in Spa Week, and even spas that were not in NYC are now extending the Spa Week $50 offers. If you still are looking to take advantage of these $50 deals then you should call one of the participating spas and you may be able to get the Spa Week deal. One such spa is the Crystal Resort & Spa in Thompsonville Michigan, where they have made all of their treatments $50. The Spa at Westwood in Westwood New Jersey has also extended the $50 deal to all massages and facials and if you’re in the Boston area you can visit the Adara Spa for $50 deals until the end of the month.

Some Spa Week highlights that were mentioned on Twitter include great treatments at a great price by Tribeca Beauty Spa and Haven, successful facials by The Red Door spa. Some people were wishing that every city in the country had a Spa Week while others were trying out new new treatments like eyelash extensions were tested out or going to the Hotel ZaZa for treatments with their girlfriends. Not all the talk was 100% positive as one reviewer tweeted that they had a nice facial but have had better in the past.

All in all it seems to have been a great Spa Week, as many enjoyed excellent treatments at great prices. We’ll be looking forward to the next Spa Week event!

5 Amazing Destination Spas in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Planning a trip this fall or winter? If so, you might want to look at the below list of destination spas and resorts to add to your vacationing plans. Here are just a few of our favorite luxury spas in the United States:

Spa Chakra

Spa Chakra

Formerly known as Cornelia Day Resort, the Spa Chakra on Fifth is located on the prestigious Fifth Avenue in New York City. This spa features 60 therapeutic treatments for the face and body at one of Manhattan’s finest hair salons. The spa’s design, decor and surroundings are magnificent and the treatments are amazing. They use products from the June Jacobs Collection which are all natural, while being paraben and preservative free. If you are looking for the best of the best when it comes to Age Defying Enhanced Facials, this is the place to get the best treatment that will leave you looking flawless and just ecstatic about the results from your treatment.

Eleven Spa

Eleven Spa

If you’re looking for more of a glitzy and glamorous spa then you HAVE to take a trip to the Eleven Spa in Las Vegas. As one of the top spas in Vegas, the unique design of the spa alone is worth going for. Like everything in Vegas, this luxury spa is big, boasting 20,000 square feet and located on the Vegas strip in the 1.5 million square foot lifestyle center known as the Town Square. The spa has amazing features such as a fantasy pool area with crystal chandeliers that drip into the water, twenty-eight treatment rooms, six makeup stations, a signature brow bar and more. This is definitely a spa experience you will never forget.

Element Spa

Element Spa

The Elements Spa in Vernon, New Jersey was rated the #1 spa in New Jersey and was among the top 30 spas in the US. This luxury spa is a very special Shangri la, where the healing powers of the earth have been incorporated into breathtaking design and rejuvenating services. The interior of Elements Spa brings the beauty of the outdoors in, with hand-painted earthscape walls sparkling with bits of mica, textured stone surfaces, illuminated rice paper artwork, hammered copper fixtures, natural fabrics and truly unique rainwalls, dripping with thousands of silver beads.  The spa offers special golfer-friendly massages and pedicures. The signature treatment is the “Elemental Journey,” a salt scrub followed by a lounge in a soaking tub with its own little waterfall which is big enough for two. The spa has all the amenities of a large resort, including a nearby fitness center and seven heated indoor and outdoor regular pools. The spa also offers consultations with plastic surgeons upon request.

Canyon Ranch Spa

Canyon Ranch Spa

The Canyon Ranch Spa in Las Vegas is another must visit spa. We love this spa and wrote about it earlier this year (Canyon Ranch Spa). There are two Canyon Ranch spas in Vegas, one at the Venetian and one at The Palazzo. The luxury of this calming retreat incorporates the philosophy of a premier health vacation resort with their rejuvenating facials, soothing body treatments, relaxing massages, energizing fitness classes and expert salon finishing touches.

Mayflower Spa

Mayflower Spa

The Mayflower Inn & Spa is located in Washington, Connecticut, only two hours from New York, and is perfect for those who prefer a cozy, traditional, New Englander feel to their spa.  Here you can choose several ways to access an experience that provides the finest in nourishing, energizing, purifying and restorative treatments as well as soul-enhancing rituals and a vast array of classes. Outside the hotel and spa the gardens and surrounding areas provide a beautiful setting, the perfect environment to enjoy a relaxing stroll or just some peace and quiet. Their large list of treatments includes facials, eye and lip treatments, Soul-Enhancing Rituals such as a Thermal Sanctuary Experience, Scrubs – Rubs and Soaks, Massages, Activities, Mind and Spirit treatments and more.

“The Biggest Loser” Opens Spa

Friday, October 9th, 2009

The television show “The Biggest Loser” backed by its franchise (NBC Studios) has opened their own resort and spa. The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge is a fitness spa in southern Utah that has partnered with the NBC franchise to provide services that promote weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Guests can pay up to $2,000 a week to experience what the contestants go through on “The Biggest Loser.”

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The guests are kept on a strict 1,200 calorie diet, and have to start their day at 6 a.m. and go to bed at 10 p.m.. Their days are filled with a number of activities and lesson plans such as: hiking, cooking, fitness and nutritional classes, and of course working out.

food

The resort and spa has a one week minimum stay, and is filled with plenty of tough trainers, (although the television show trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels will not be there). When Bob and Jillian were asked by the L.A. Times if “The Biggest Loser” experience could be reproduced at the resort and spa without them, Jillian motioned in Bob’s direction and said, “We are ‘The Biggest Loser’ experience.”

gym

The services at The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge include various types of massage. The massages include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Reflexology Rocks!, Hot Stone, Body Polish, Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, and LaStone Hot & Cold Stone Massage. The spa also has a salon that offers manicures, pedicures, waxing and more. Other spa treatments include facials and acupuncture. Take a Virtual Tour of the facilities by clicking this link.

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biggest-loser-gameFor those of us that are a little shy of the $2,000 per week fee to go to the new resort and spa, “The Biggest Loser” Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS fitness games are available for purchase.  The games feature workouts, cookbooks and much more. The games prompt you to choose a 4, 8 or 12 week program and the game will build a workout and nutrition plan for you based on your fitness goals. The game also features Bob and Jillian who can motivate and help you along the way.


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