Heather Mikesell

The Adrenaline Antidote

Eforea: Spa at Hilton (Queenstown, New Zealand)
A global spa concept comes to adventure-fueled Queenstown and proves to be a perfect fit.
Situated on the stunning shore of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic mountains, the Hilton Queenstown (New Zealand) is home to Eforea: Spa at Hilton, the first resort location for the company’s rapidly expanding spa brand. With 11 locations open to date and more than 90 in the pipeline, the spa is proving to be a formidable contender in the...

Industry Challenges

Find Out What Obstacles Might Be In Your Spa's Way
Earlier this year, a new study, "Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps" was released at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS). It brought to light the difficulties the industry faces in hiring qualified spa managers and directors. While delving deeper into the topic for an upcoming story, I was struck by the far-reaching implications this issue could...

Bourbon-Inspired Concoctions Give Seasonal Spa Menus a Kick

Discover How Spas Are Helping Guests Warm Up This Season
As the weather turns colder, certain treatments take on new appeal. One that sounds perfect for the fall and winter months is The Hot Toddy Aromatherapy Massage ($59, 30 minutes; $99, 60 minutes) at The Spa at Desert Springs at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa (Palm Desert, CA). Available through January, the treatment relies on products from FarmHouse...

Spa Scoop Makes Best Blog List

Discover What Makes Bloggers Blissful
It's not often that we get to sing our own praises, but this week we learned that our blog, Spa Scoop, has made the list for the 100 Best Blogs and Businesses in Hospitality . The list, which is grouped by type and not rank, is published by HospitalityManagementDegree.net . It is meant to inspire students interested in pursuing careers...

Book Clubs Find a Happy Home in Today's Spas

Find Out Why Oprah Isn't the Only One Who Can Recommend a Good Book
This week, The New York Times published Sit Back, Relax and Turn the Page , an article in which I was asked to contribute my two cents worth on the growing popularity of spa book clubs. I first wrote about the topic a couple of years ago when the Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods, NH) became...

Spa Week Media Group and WaySpa Services Team Up to Spread the Joy of Spa

What Country Will Soon Have Its Own Spa Week?
While spa treatments are not within everyone's means, Spa Week has made them more affordable for a limited time each year. This week (Oct. 15-21) marks the 17th installment of Spa Week , when spas and wellness centers throughout the country offer full-service treatments at a discounted price of $50. Next spring, Canadians, too, will be able to enjoy the...

The BodyHoliday Helps Guests Achieve a New High

A Caribbean Spa Helps Guests Fight the Winter Blues
While I love a good spin class, I don't particularly care for the gloomy spin studios in which they're generally found. Dim the lights, and pedal to your heart's content. That seems to be the routine. However, The BodyHoliday (Saint Lucia) is taking its spin classes to new heights with the debut of a new tree-top Spin Studio. With floor-to-ceiling...

Bhutan Proves to be an Enticing Retreat for Spa-Goers

Discover a Place Where Health and Happiness Go Hand in Hand
Of all the places in the world that I long to visit, Bhutan ranks number one on the list. Of course, who wouldn't want to visit the remote Himalayan kingdom? It is, after all, the country that first came up with the idea of measuring its progress by relying on its Gross National Happiness index rather than its Gross Domestic...

i-Lipo Offers Spa-Goers an Effective Body Contouring Treatment

Offer Clients a Pain-Free Way to Lose Inches Fast
While I'm often skeptical of quick fixes that sound too good to be true, I have to admit I was intrigued when I heard of i-Lipo by Chromogenex, a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The slimming treatment relies on low-level lasers to trigger a chemical signal in fat cells that breaks triglycerides down into free fatty acids and glycerol, which can...

The Spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles Goes Pink

Discover How One Spa is Paying it Forward
As in years past, I'm often overwhelmed by the generosity the spa industry displays come each October. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles and SpaRitual are encouraging guests to take advantage of pink manicures and pedicures. For a limited time, guests who book a 60 minutes or longer spa treatment will receive...

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