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,...

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...

Sunset Salutations

Discover how a New York City hotel is tempting New Yorkers to strike a pose.
It’s no secret that New Yorkers love their rooftop bars, but those who want to opt for a healthier option can now check out Z NYC Hotel’s new rooftop yoga series. Taught by yoga instructor Dina Ivas, the Vinyasa-style classes ($25), suitable for all levels, take place the first Tuesday of the month from June through September at 7:30pm. Located...

Primed to Perfection

Opening during a rather fragile economic time, Stript Wax Bar , a spa devoted to waxing and other related services, debuted its first location on Union Street in San Francisco in 2009. The company has since grown to seven locations in California and will soon be adding an eighth in San Francisco’s Noe Valley. Featuring a modern boudoir setting, the spas are all outfitted with custom-designed tufted furniture, chandeliers, and damask wallpaper. Each, however, reflects the distinct character of its...

Swiss Spectacular

A lavish new spa in a hotel and residential complex in the Alps is spoiling spa-goers in the lap of luxury.
When it comes to posh Swiss villages, most people usually think of Gstaad or St. Moritz. That may soon change, however, thanks to the recent debut of The Chedi Andermatt (Switzerland). This five-star contemporary hotel and apartment development in the Urseren Valley is bringing renewed interest to the timeless village. Designed to blend seamlessly with the stunning Alpine scenery, the...

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