Archive for November 6th, 2010

Scenes from IECSC Florida

There’s a chill in the air here in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, thanks to a cool front sweeping through the East Coast. But spa lovers are staying warm in the Broward Country Convention Center as they flock to the International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa (IECSC) event. I just returned from day one of the show, and the aisles are packed, the classrooms are full, and business is being done. Here, take a look at some scenes from the show.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow, where I’ll be moderating a panel discussion, “Running a Successful Luxury Spa.” If you are in the area, be sure to come to the show and join spa directors from several acclaimed area spas to find out how they have risen to the top in one of the country’s most competitive marketplaces. This interactive panel will touch on current trends in the high-end spa market as well as successful marketing, operations and retail strategies.  Panelists include Lexay Reina, Spa Director, Lago Mar Resort and Club;  Michael Wilson, Spa Director/General Manager, Bliss Spa; and Movita Hernandez, Spa Director, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale.  Admission to this panel discussion, plus 35 other classes in the Spa Business Conference, are free with your $45 daily admission ticket!

For more information on IECSC Florida or to register to attend, visit or call (800) 498-6984. And stay tuned for more photos from the show!

Stoweflake Offers Big Winter Spa Savings

In the colds months I tend to be like a bear hibernating in my apartment from the cold and harsh winter, but I can still manage to get to the spa for some pampering. For those of you who prefer the thrill of winter activities, but still love to be pampered with spa treatments, Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa has the perfect offer for you. Located in the quaint town of Stowe, VT, this luxury retreat is offering its Spa and Stay promotion with 50 percent off of accommodations. From now until Dec. 16, deluxe room rates start from $99 per night and luxury rooms, which include fireplaces, start at $129 per night. From Monday to Thursday guests can also enjoy 20 percent off of relaxing spa treatments including the Maple Facial, the Hot Stone Massage, and the Eucalyptus Herbal Wrap and Massage. Guests will also enjoy 20 percent off of their dining experience at Charlie B’s Pub & restaurant. For more information, visit

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