Archive for September, 2010
I’ll be the first to admit that my job takes me to some amazing locales, but the best place I have ever visited hands-down was Monaco. Immediately upon my arrival, I fell in love with the principality and spent a few glorious days there enjoying the high-life that it is known for, drinking pink champagne, yachting on the Mediterranean, taking in the views while driving on the famous winding roads, and enjoying romantic dinners seaside. Now, with the introduction of a new package at Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Monte Carlo, spa-loving sweethearts can take the romance level up one more notch. Starting at $1,060 per night (Monaco is no place for frugal travelers!), the Willow Stream Spa Duo Exclusive Package includes accommodations, daily breakfast, a 90-minute couples’ massage, 30 minutes of relaxation time in a Jacuzzi, a 30-minute pedicure for two, and complimentary access to the new Willow Stream Fitness Center. With so much pampering, couples can get a taste of how it feels to be rich and famous like the residents of Monaco, if only for one night.
“Guests are greeted with a relaxing scent as they enter the spa, which stimulates their interest in the products we offer. Our products are then organized based on skin condition to allow clients to easily locate products that meet their needs. A soothing relaxing retail area with easy-to-locate products is the key to success.”—Krysna Hernandez, spa manager, Club Med Spa by Comfort Zone (Ixtapa, Mexico)
The University of California, Irvine Extension announced a new online course titled “Fundamentals of Green Spas, Hotels and Resorts,” which provides a comprehensive guide to incorporating sustainability in a spa environment. Starting on Nov. 1, the six-week intensive course is taught by Janice Gronvold, a UC Irvine Extension Spa and Hospitality Management advisory board member and founder of Spectrec, provider of business and marketing development services for the spa, hospitality and healthy lifestyle industries. Participants taking the course will gain insight on operational and management practices that serve as fundamentals for green spas, international greening trends in the spa industry, green business terminology, green building programs in the spa and hospitality industries, and green procurement. At the end of the course, students will understand the criteria and benefits for selecting building materials, furnishings, equipment products, waste management systems, and all aspects of operations and ongoing maintenance. “As the spa industry is constantly evolving, this course is perfect for spa, hotel and resort professionals tasked with implementing environmentally sensitive business practices,” says Gronvold. “Having the right knowledge and tools to develop green business models that improve the bottom line sets a company apart as a top-notch, forward thinking business.”
“When presenting our retail area to guests, we always use well-lit space. Whether a beautiful custom display case or a niche in a wall, we want the retail to really pop. We find lighting the products attracts attention, and we support the lighting by presenting colorful and unique packaging for our products. A bright and cheerful color stands out under the lighting and attracts guests to the displays. Lastly, we always have a featured product for the day, and guests are encouraged to sample it. Through combining these techniques, our retail space has become an excellent source of added revenue.”—Jaime Milanick, spa director, The Spa at Hammock Beach Resort (Palm Coast, FL)
Creative Spa Concepts is helping industry professionals better their biz skills with Get Spa Smart, an online education program for spa and hospitality professionals. It is full of valuable tools and advice on how to start a new business or help an existing one thrive.
“I am passionate about the wellness industry and believe in sharing that passion with my peers. Get Spa Smart is my way of paying knowledge forward,” says founder of Get Spa Smart Concepts and president of Creative Spa Mindy Terry. “It is my goal that Get Spa Smart will inspire and motivate spa and hospitality professionals toward success and wellness.”
This new online venue is divided into three sections:
Spa Inspired life, which provides the latest information on the industry to journalists, spa managers/directors, and hospitality professionals. It also holds diverse archives to pull content for articles.
Spa Operations & Management, which is a resource for those professionals who are seeking better business practices, including running a successful spa and wellness business.
Spa Development, which is a guide for those who want to start a spa business. It provides expert advice on understanding the entire process of spa development from designing and planning to recruiting and hiring.
To register, visit www.creativespaconcepts.com. Access is free until Jan. 1, 2011, when an annual subscription fee of $20 will be required for access to the resources. Get Spa Smart will give back to the industry by donating the fees to important causes in the spa and wellness industry.
Golden Door Spa at Naples Grande Beach Resort (Florida), part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, is offering guests the chance to experience four signature treatments for just $99 each through Dec. 15. Guests can choose from a 50-minute Swedish Massage, which promotes relaxation and eases muscle tension; a 50-minute Restorative Facial, which is designed to enhance a youthful appearance while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; a 75-minute Classic Manicure; or a 75-minute Classic Pedicure. In addition to the treatment, guests can utilize the spa’s outdoor whirlpool, sauna, and steam chambers as part of this special.
No matter what path we choose, most of us are all too familiar with the pressures and anxieties of finding a job upon graduation. Milady, a part of Cengage Learning, is making the job search easier for beauty and wellness students by introducing a one-of-a-kind resource. Beauty & Wellness Career Transitions is a new online tool that helps prepare graduating students for jobs in their industry. After completing a profile, users can build their resumes and cover letters and get expert tips on networking and the interview process. Additionally, they can apply for jobs and track their progress through the site, which also offers a wealth of information in the industry, such as continuing education, health and unemployment benefits, and how to get the most of your job search.
“Beauty & Wellness Career Transitions is a results-driven resource schools can use with their students to help them prepare for and secure employment,” says Dawn Gerrain, president of Milady. “This program is not only exclusive to students. Those who are already in the industry and looking to change or enhance their careers will benefit too.“
Access to Beauty & Wellness Career Transitions is $10 for 180 days, with availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access cards are sold through cengagebrain.com, are available at bookstores at beauty and wellness schools and can be bought as part of a package with Milady products. Happy job hunting!
Guests who choose to partake in the Via Yoga retreat, taking place Jan. 15-21, 2011, will be able to get more out of the trip than just a yoga and surfing retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. Through a partnership with Costa Verde, Mexico’s first eco-minded school, guests will have the opportunity to work with local children through volunteering in recycling projects, beach clean-up efforts, gardening, and educational programs. But it won’t all be hard work and no play. “Along with two daily open-air yoga sessions and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the jungle ecology and energy of Sayulita, guests will be learning to surf and have the opportunity to go whale watching and snorkeling, which always sparks a profound feeling to the importance and interconnections of our environment,” says Via Yoga instructor Andrea Arriaga, who lives and works in Sayulita.
If you’re planning to attend this year’s 20th anniversary ISPA Conference & Expo being held at The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (National Harbor, MD) Nov. 15-18, then you may want to download the new free app from the International SPA Association (ISPA). Available for Androids, Blackberrys, iPads, iPhones, and the iPod Touch, it will help you keep track of all the important details surrounding the upcoming conference, such as navigating the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, planning your Professional Development Sessions, familiarizing yourself with the speakers, planning your Expo route, and finding restaurants and more in D.C. To download the ISPA App, search ISPA or ISPA 2010 in the iPhone App Store or Android Marketplace. And be sure to check back frequently for updated info. If you haven’t yet registered for the 2010 ISPA Conference & Expo, log on to www.celebrateispa.com.
To kick off Talika’s “I Care for Talika” online contest, the company is hosting an all-day art event and street campaign tomorrow in various locations in Manhattan. Fans of Talika Paris can stop by any of the locations throughout the day for a chance to learn more about the contest and see artists in action. The winner will win a trip to Paris and design the new gift set packaging. What’s more, Talika products will be distributed to the first attendees at each location. For more information, visit www.talika.com.
The schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m. – The Today Show/Rockefeller Center
10:30 a.m. – Times Square
11:30 a.m. – Columbus Circle
1:00 p.m. – Union Square
2:00 p.m. – Washington Square
4:00 p.m. – The Apple Store (5th Ave)
6:30 p.m. – The Meatpacking District