Heather Mikesell

Seaside Salvation

Thanks to an extensive makeover, spa-goers will want to go overboard at this Maryland resort spa, which draws inspiration from the nearby Chesapeake Bay.
Although the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina (Cambridge, MD) has long had a spa, it wasn’t until recently that it underwent a massive renovation to tap into its full potential. Previously known as Stillwater Spa, it has since been renamed Sago Spa & Salon after a deep-rooted underwater grass that has thrived for centuries in the Chesapeake Bay. “As a brand, Hyatt strives to develop spas that are unique and authentic in nature to the locales...

Looking For Mr. GoodSpa

Micheal Wilson, director of spa at Bliss Spa Fort Lauderdale, and Scott Brooks, general manager of W Fort Lauderdale (FL), share the innovative marketing idea they came up with to build brand awareness, reach a broader male clientele, and create buzz.
Want to bring more men into your spa? Then you might want to take a page from Bliss Spa Fort Lauderdale, which just celebrated its third annual Blissguy Fort Lauderdale Competition at the W Fort Lauderdale (FL). The goal was to find 10 to 20 well-groomed and well-spoken guys willing to compete to be the next face of Bliss Spa Fort Lauderdale and represent the best of health, wellness, and guy glamour for the next year. Highlights of this year’s...

Miami Momentum

A South Florida spa and salon relies on straightforward strategies and a big picture outlook to navigate an uncertain economy.
In Miami, Rik Rak Salon and Spa has attracted a veritable who’s who list of clients, including Beyoncé, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, and more. The beauty and haircare hotspot, owned by Ric and Raquel Watters, opened its doors in 1989 and has since expanded to include three distinguished locations throughout the city. Located on Brickell Avenue in Miami’s Financial District, Rik Rak’s 6,000-square-foot full-service spa and salon is the company’s crown jewel. Other locations can be found at The Sports...

Relaxation Riches

A highly anticipated new resort spa in Miami Beach transports spa-goers straight into the lap of luxury.
While the ritzy Miami neighborhood of Bal Harbour is best known as a shopping mecca for high-end fashion, spa enthusiasts will also find much to rave about thanks to the new Remède Spa at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (Miami Beach, FL). The lavish 11-treatment-room spa is a perfect addition to the affluent address and the perfect sanctuary to...

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...

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