Heather Mikesell

Farm-to-Treatment-Table Trend Takes Hold of the Industry

What New Trend is Sweeping the Industry?
Although I'm often asked about spa trends, I've found it difficult, lately, to pinpoint any that are truly original. One, however, that has been gaining momentum recently is the farm-to-treatment-table trend. A variation on the farm-to-table concept found at restaurants, it fits well with the industry's efforts to be greener. The Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods,...

What is Your Most Creative Holiday Promotion?

Holiday Promotions
“The spa’s most creative promotion would be our Chocolate and Peppermint Body Treatment paired with our Chocolate and Peppermint Facial or Pedicure. Guests can delight in the aromatic fragrance of relaxing peppermint all while enjoying the hydrating and moisturizing benefits of chocolate. They can also choose from a chocolate and peppermint martini or peppermint hot chocolate.”—Jennifer Kwiatkowski-Herzog, spa director, The Forest Spa at The Lodge at Glendorn (Bradford, PA) “Kids need to ‘sparkle’ during the holiday season, too. Kids’ parties...

East Meets West

A cherished historic hotel introduces a spa featuring treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine and modern innovation.
An iconic landmark, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena (CA) recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Opened in 1914 as the Huntington Hotel, the property, located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, has continued to evolve and reinvent itself over the years. This past June, the hotel gave spa enthusiasts a new reason to visit with the debut of Chuan...

Turkish Transformation

A destination spa in Turkey is poised to reignite a wellness revolution.
Situated on the shores of Lake Sapanca, Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa is the first and only destination spa in Turkey. It is one of several Richmond properties owned by the Aksoy Group, which was founded by the Aksoy family in 1982. Spreading the idea of healthy living, the spa recently hosted Wellness Day, an annual event conceived by owner Belgin Aksoy...

Starlit Serenity

Discover spa-induced romance under the stars
Spa-goers who want to reconnect with their significant others can now indulge in the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore’s Escape Under the Stars Package, which is part of a new worldwide collection of Four Seasons Extraordinary Experiences. Available through September 30th, the special evening includes twilight treatments in an outdoor Moroccan-inspired spa sanctuary. The private cabana overlooking Baltimore’s historic Inner Harbor...

Flying High

XpresSpa (multiple locations)
Commemorating its 10th anniversary this year, XpresSpa (multiple locations) has much to celebrate. The full-service spa provider features locations in major airports worldwide. Launching the first XpresSpa in 2003 at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, founders Marisol and Moreton Binn have since expanded the brand to more than 45 locations in 22 major airports and have 11 new locations in the works. “We have always measured our success by our healthy growth over the past several years,”...

Balkan Bliss

A dazzling seaside spa in Montenegro seduces spa-goers with its spectacular setting and herb-based treatments.
Considered by some to be a hidden gem in the Mediterranean, Montenegro captivates visitors with its snow-capped mountains, ancient forests, and breathtaking beaches. The island of Sveti Stefan, home to a cluster of stone cottages and churches for more than 600 years, has been transformed and now serves as the idyllic setting for the Aman Sveti Stefan. Across the bay...

Adventures in Spa

Capturing a sense of its captivating setting, this Santa Fe resort spa reawakens the senses with tantalizing treatments that show a reverence for the surrounding region.
Set among the Sangre de Cristo foothills, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is the company’s first and only resort in New Mexico. Previously operated as an Auberge Resort, the newly branded property has undergone a number of updates, including the debut of its new Adventure Center earlier this year, to improve the overall guest experience. Managed by Adventure...

Blurring Gender Lines

Men
If you’ve noticed more men lounging in your spa’s relaxation room or browsing its retail shelves, then you can consider your spa to be right on trend, as according to the International Spa Association (ISPA) Foundation, men are visiting spas more than ever before. In fact, a recent Consumer Snapshot Initiative conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers revealed that men now represent almost half, or rather 47 percent, of the spa-going population. Who is the average male spa-goer, you may be wondering? Well,...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Waxing
Thanks to the growing popularity of Brazilian and Hollywood waxes, manscaping, and the desire for smooth hair-free skin, wax-specific spas are carving out a prominent niche within the industry. Waxing, once considered painful, is now being made fun by today’s on-trend waxing studios, which entice clients with inviting decor, cheekily named services, and creative marketing ideas that inspire the imagination and push the envelope. What many of these specialty wax shops have in common is a refreshing take on hair...

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