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,...

Juiced to Spa

While juice detoxes are nothing new, the way in which consumers are embracing cold-pressed juices has certainly gone mainstream. Spas have jumped on the juice bandwagon and are offering their own blends or teaming up with juice companies to provide spa-goers with a host of detoxifying beverages. “The pairing of these two items—juice and spa—is a fresh take on spa cuisine, which has been an element of spas and hotels for more than a decade,” says Shannon Mariani, spa director...

Deep Sleep

Although sleep is essential to health and wellbeing, nearly 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. Recognizing the severity of the issue, spas are offering creative solutions like never before to help spa-goers get a better night’s rest. While destination spas were the first to tackle this ongoing problem with on-site sleep experts, resort and day spas are now addressing it with a variety of sleep-themed offerings. In fact, Woodhouse Day Spas (multiple locations) is debuting a collection of...

Nurturing Night Owls

Wanting to attract time-pressed spa-goers and create a memorable experience for others, many spas are expanding their hours and offering a host of nighttime treatments and packages. Nitespa (Los Angeles), one of the first spas to adopt later hours, is no longer the novelty it once was, as more spas recognize the need to be flexible and accommodating when it comes to spa-goers’ busy schedules. “Being one of the first spas open at night was definitely a risk,” says owner...

DNA Skincare

One of the hottest terms in skincare today is DNA. It’s either being incorporated into innovative anti-aging products and treatments or being targeted by DNA-repairing enzymes to improve the look of skin. While the ethics of using human stem cells derived from embryos in skincare is still highly controversial, that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from tapping into other sources. For example, Valmont incorporates DNA from Canadian salmon milt to provide antioxidants and moisture to the skin. “The Sockeye Salmon, found only...

Subscription for Wellness

Curated experiences have long been coveted by those who want to reap the benefits of those in the know. It should come as no surprise then that subscription services are thriving, as clients crave affordable, effective, and trendy beauty and wellness solutions curated by a variety of experts. Beauty Bar Sample Society ($15 a month), for example, features five deluxe-sized beauty samples delivered each month. The mix of skin, hair, makeup, and fragrance products are chosen by Allure’s beauty editors...

Surfside Salvation

A new wave of wellness hits the North Shore with the debut of a recently renovated resort spa.
Situated on Oahu’s North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort (HI) has been given a new lease on life thanks to a recent $45 million renovation that included the debut of the Nalu Kinetic Spa. The spa plays a significant role in the property’s plan to rebrand itself as an experiential destination. The spa’s name reflects the new direction the resort is...

Catskill Charmer

This Hudson Valley treasure keeps its eye on the prize by helping harried New Yorkers feel worlds away from their daily stresses.
Serving as a tranquil oasis in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, The Emerson Spa at Emerson Resort and Spa (Mount Tremper, NY) provides the perfect getaway for those looking to escape New York City. Located just outside of Manhattan, the resort provides easy access to the legendary Catskill Mountains. Although a fire destroyed the original inn in 2005, the property got a new lease on life not long after with new accommodations, an expanded meeting and conference space,...

Going to Extremes

Arctic Ingredients
It probably comes as no surprise to learn that many spa-goers would travel to the ends of the earth to achieve healthy and radiant skin. Interestingly enough, it turns out that many skincare companies are doing just that to reap the benefits of plants found in the Arctic, a polar region near the North Pole that can include parts of Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, the U.S. (Alaska), and the Arctic Ocean. While the Arctic may seem...

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...

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