Archive for June, 2010
SpaBoom, provider of online marketing for spas, salons, and massage therapists, announced it has released a new online marketing suite that generates revenue instantly. This new offering streamlines online traffic generation, sharing the spa’s brand message locally, nationally, and virally. It helps build repeat clientele and more bookings. The online marketing suite includes easy management of a spa’s website content and graphics, email marketing, social media, SEO, online menus, branded Instant Gift Certificates, and special events, all within a single login. “People simply don’t have the time to handle all of their crucial online marketing functions under separate logins,” says Bill Bice, CEO of SpaBoom. “We’ve now simplified online marketing management and saved significant time for spas. Once entry and menus are updated, websites are updated, special events are activated, client email campaigns are created, Facebook and Twitter messages are generated, and clients can go back to the business of managing their spas, not their online efforts.”
While everyone know that girls just wanna have fun, groups of party-loving pals also sometimes need a license to chill. For them, the Girls Gone Mild package ($319 per room, per night) at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte (NC), is the perfect pampering solution. Available through Sept. 6 and for up to four guests per room, the package includes overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Room; a bottle of champagne, a $100 spa credit per room for treatments at the luxe, 13,000-square-foot Spa & Wellness Center; 10 percent savings on spa services, a late 4 p.m. checkout; and overnight valet parking. It’s the perfect pit-stop for party girls in need of a little pampering.
Although Earth Day comes around only once a year, that’s no excuse to forego making an effort every day to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Spa Gregorie’s (Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Del Mar, CA), a founding member of the Green Spa Network, makes such eco-friendly pursuits a part of each and every day. From using recycled paper and soy ink for all printed paper materials and using unbleached paper towels for treatments to donating all towels to various non-profit organizations and recycling all bottles, cans, and products used in services, the spa and its staff is focused on thinking green. Here are some tips the staff shares with its spa-goers to help them do their part:
- Reduce waste by buying refill bottles for your favorite product. If your favorite brand doesn’t have a refill system, consider switching to one that does. Otherwise, be sure to recycle the bottles.
- Stop blowdrying your hair. Instead, roll your hair with Velcro rollers and let it air dry. This not only reduces energy, it also helps preserve the health of your hair.
- Take shorter showers. A five-minute shower can use between 15 and 25 gallons of water. Also, give up hot showers, which use more energy, and substitute a lukewarm rinse.
- Use natural light to apply makeup. Not only does it save energy, it can also give you better results.
- Take advantage of mini freebies available at most hotels. You can also collect them in a basket for houseguests to use.
Mexico has always been one of my favorite destinations, and a few years ago I had the opportunity to visit the amazing Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos. Like the entire resort, The Spa at Las Ventanas is second-to-none when it comes to the level of personalized service. Recently, with the addition of a Music Menu and an Incense Menu, guests can fully immerse themselves in a customized sensory experience.
The Music Menu offers five categories for spa-goers to choose from, including Gregorian Chants, Sounds of Mother Earth, Celtic Music, House Music, and Ancestral Music. For each category, the menu offers treatment recommendations that work best with that particular music choice. For example, guests who choose Ancestral Music will experience an awakening of emotions that unite them with their ancestors, which would be ideal for treatments based on ancient practices such as the Spiritual Chilam Ritual.
Because the spa’s treatment menu offers services based on one of the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, the Incense Menu offers guests an ideal way to engage their olfactory senses to complement their chosen treatment. For example, the Earth Element Incense choices include sandalwood and copal scents, while that Air Element Incense options are eucalyptus and lavender. With these two new menu options, guests can engage all of their senses while experiencing a bit of Mexican magic.
For a divinely chic take at spa-ing, luxe-loving serenity seekers will soon be able to kick back and relax at the Six Senses Spa at Hotel Missoni, Kuwait. Slated to open October 2010, the 16,469 sq.-ft. serene oasis is set to be adjacent to the hotel’s pool, which will be tiled in Missoni’s signature bright-and-bold patterns. The contemporary design of the spa will honor its setting by incorporating Arabic touches with a modern twist. Local inspiration will also carry over to the treatment menu, which, in true Six Senses style, will also feature traditional Asian therapies that have made this world-renown brand as reputable as it is. The spa will offer a limited amount of exclusive memberships to local residents, which will give them access to the spa and fitness facilities, as well as to promotional packages and retail offers. Look for more about this stylish spot in an upcoming issue of American Spa.
Fitness fanatics and those seeking to slim down can now experience the shape up secrets of the much acclaimed reality weight loss show, “The Biggest Loser,” for themselves and lose weight alongside former contestants while having fun in the sun. This summer, two of the shows most notable contestants, twin brothers Bill and Jim Germanakos, have teamed up with the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa (Sedona, AZ) to bring participants a weight loss adventure of a lifetime through the Take a Hike program. This three-day weight loss program ($550 per person), which takes place Aug. 19-21, gives participants a chance to lose weight alongside the Germanakos brothers with Red Rock hikes, mountain biking, workouts, nutritional lectures, motivational talks, and social gatherings. The Germanako brothers have always listened to their father George’s advice, “The only way to get something done, is to get it started. Get it started, and you’re on your way!” For guests of Sedona Rouge, this powerful program can help them kick-start their wellness wishes and get on the path to better health.
All eyes are on South Africa these days thanks to World Cup fever. If the madness gets overwhelming at the stadiums, there are plenty of places—such as the spas below—to escape the bustle and vuvuzuelas and enjoy some quiet time in the lap of luxury.
Opened in April 2009, the One&Only Cape Town resort is a chic oasis in the heart of the capital city. Certainly a sight to see, the One&Only Spa Cape Town is situated on its own private island and is surrounded by lush vegetation. It boasts 12 locally inspired, yet contemporary, treatment rooms, two vitality pools, a scenic relaxation room, sauna, and steam facilities, as well as a full-service salon, including a Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez. Spa-goers can enjoy a comprehensive menu of holistic experiences, or they can break a sweat in the state-of-the-art fitness center.
Jiva Spa at the Taj Cape Town take note from the classic Indian approach to wellness. Designated as a Leading Spa by The Leading Hotels of the World, Jiva consists of four expansive single massage suites, a double massage suite with a soaking tub, two skincare-dedicated suites, an Ayurvedic consultation and treatment suite, and a relaxation room. It also boasts a wet area, complete with a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and hammam. Spa lovers can also tantalize the palate with healthy cuisine that blends modern gastronomy and traditional cooking techniques to create Asian-, Western-, and Indian-inspired fare.
Recognized by the Five Star Alliance as one of the World’s Best Hotels with a View, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has a lot to be proud of, including its Sanctuary Spa. Cut into the surrounding rocks, the spa features seven treatment rooms where guests can partake in services that feature Elemis products and are inspired by the regional fynbos, Afrikaans for “fine bush.” The hot and cold plunge pools are popular with spa-goers as is the rhassoul chamber, but, for those who would like to soak in the natural beauty of Cape Town while still relaxing, they should opt for a spa appointment in one of the two outdoor gazebos.
CND pampered 70 nurses from across the country with complimentary nail spa services and gift bags at the Health & Wellness Conference hosted by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. The conference was held at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego. CND nail professionals gave nurses relaxing hand and foot services with Citrus SpaManicures and Marine SpaPedicures, while the CND team educated nurses about nail and hand grooming options suitable for care providers. “Nurses are inspiring in their care of others,” says Jan Arnold, co-founder of CND. “We wanted to pamper them for a change and provide a memorable, relaxing sanctuary to help them take pause from the serious nature of their business.”
Brides and grooms getting hitched in the Windy City can now add flawless skin to their wedding wish lists, thanks to The Spa at Trump at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. The spa has created several specialty packages designed to make the bride, groom, and wedding party look and feel stunning. For brides seeking a wedding-day glow The Trump Red Carpet Facial Series customized by renowned celebrity esthetician Kate Somerville is the ideal choice. Potential prettifying treatments include The Ultimate Kate ($1,750, for six 90-minute sessions) to help achieve glowing skin, The DermalQuench ($1,250 for six 90-minute treatments) to calm and hydrate skin with an oxygen treatment, and The Trump Results ($1,110 for six 60-minute treatments) facial series to help maintain a youthful glow. Brides can also choose from packages that include massages, hand and foot treatments, manicures, pedicures, and makeup application to ensure they look and feel perfect on their big day. Grooms who want to glow at the altar have their choice of treatments, including The All About The Groom ($300, 2 hours) package, which begins with a 30-minute massage and goes on to the Men’s Elemental Experience, which combines a body mask, an invigorating scrub, and a massage, or the Essential Groom ($250, 90 minutes) package, which includes an express facial, a 30-minute therapeutic massage, and a classic manicure. Bridesmaids can look their best with their own special Wedding Belles packages (starting at $140 per person) that include a 30-minute back, neck, and shoulder massages; express facials; makeup applications; French manicures; and express pedicures. Picture-perfect wedding photos are virtually guaranteed.
I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoy reality television from time to time. There has been the occasional lazy Sunday where I will relax on my couch watching the Bravo TV channel, which often runs marathons of its most popular reality shows on weekends. That is how I became hooked on “The Millionaire Matchmaker.” If you’ve never seen it before, you are missing out. Third-generation matchmaker Patti Stanger and her staff hand-pick two wealthy clients to transform with the help of personal shoppers, dating coaches, therapists, and more, and then set them up on a date, complete with a list of Patti’s rules to follow in order to ensure a match. Earlier this week, Sanger and the crew visited Susan Ciminelli Day Spa & Salon (New York City), where they filmed one client receiving crystal healing therapy to channel out negative energy in order to help her find true love. Stay tuned for the episode, which airs this upcoming season, to see if it worked. Trust me, after watching the sharp-tongued Sanger in action, you won’t be able to turn the channel.