Archive for August 3rd, 2010

Highlights from Repêchage’s
12th International Congress

When I was first starting out in the industry, I attended numerous conferences and trade shows. It was a great way to get my feet wet, so to speak. Yesterday, at Repêchage’s 12th International Congress at the Park Place Hotel in New York City, I was once again reminded that I still have plenty to learn. The event featured a host of speakers, including Repêchage founder Lydia Sarfati, who started off the event with her very own top 10 list of trends for 2010. From spa-goers wanting multiple treatments at one time to the growing importance of the millennial generation (those born between 1982 and 2002), she advised spa owners to avoid discounting, know their clients, and ultimately, love what they do. Deedee Crosette, founder of the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology, also elaborated on the new millennial generation and what you need to know to make them a part of your staff. According to her, this group of prospective employees is looking for a balance between work and life, a flexible schedule, purpose, defined goals, rewards for their hard work, constant feedback, and a fun work environment. Shiri Sarfati, vice president of sales and marketing, spoke on marketing your spa for the future. One idea that was news to me was a new social media application called Foursquare that helps members explore their city with local deals and such. All in all, it was a productive day in which I realized that I have plenty yet to learn.

Migraine Sufferers Hope Botox Isn’t Just For Beauty

As a person who suffers from occasional migraines, I am always on the lookout for some sort of relief that I haven’t yet found. I’ve tried every migraine medicine on the market, acupuncture, herbs, and supplements, all to no avail. To date, my only remedy involves lying down in a quiet, dark room praying for relief. So when I recently heard the buzz about Botox possibly gaining FDA-approval as migraine therapy, I was skeptical. But yesterday, Allergan (the maker of Botox) announced that the FDA extended by three months a review of Botox as migraine therapy, which means that Allergan most likely won’t need to conduct more trials to win approval of the anti-wrinkle injectable for migraine relief. In fact, the FDA’s decision is expected in October. If approved, migraine sufferers can find relief with the added bonus of erasing lines and wrinkles—another headache altogether.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Welcomes ABC’s The Bachelorette

When dealing with addiction, the first step is to admit that you have a problem. Well, I’m addicted to ABC’s The Bachelorette—and, let’s be real, to The Bachelor, as well. I tuned in all season to watch Ali Fedotowsky travel around the world (Iceland, Turkey, Portugal, oh my!) before she ended up in beautiful Tahiti where she ultimately chose Roberto Martinez to be her betrothed.

Forget the flowy dress, the Neil Lane diamond, and the drama (!), what really caught my attention was the setting of last night’s episode—the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, which I was lucky enough to visit last year. From its stunning setting to the double-decker overwater bungalows (I wrote about them here), the property is truly a sight to see.

One of the best places to take in the scene at the resort is from the hilltop Hina Spa, which boasts panoramic views of the lagoon. The spa’s menu features locally inspired services, such as a Polynesian flower-laden Coconut Milk Bath and a Hydrating Black Pearl Facial. Spa-goers can forego their individual treatment rooms and enjoy a fantasy-like al fresco service in a palapa that is perched on one of the highest points on property. The “One Million Dollar View” Experience (price tag is only about $363!), includes a body polish with bamboo shoots and Tahitian vanilla, followed by an hour-long massage with warm honey monoï oil. This is one sweet way to soak in the beauty of the islands. And, with services such as this, you’re guaranteed to find true love in Bora Bora—even if it is with the spa.

For more on the seductive spa scene in Bora Bora, click here.

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