Heather Mikesell

Maldives Repeals Spa Ban

It's Still a Spa-Goers Dream in the Island Nation.
No sooner had the ban that would close resort spas in the Maldives taken effect than it was reversed. The stand-off this past week over Islam's role in governing the country is nothing if not dramatic. Fortunately, it looks like it will be business as usual for the spas there. For all those who have yet to experience the Maldive's...

Spas Banned in the Maldives Over Prostitution Claim

Will A Political Standoff in the Maldives Render the Country Spa-less?
Two years ago, I had the good fortune to visit several spas in the Maldives. I feel especially lucky to have gone when I did after hearing the recent news about the government's move to close numerous luxury resort spas. The order came after protests by an Islamist party claiming the spas were a front for prostitution. Although Sim Ibrahim,...

Beauty Boost

Help your clients fight the signs of aging with products and treatments that help increase the production of collagen and elastin.
Evolving from its reputation for 1980s-era exaggerated lip injections, collagen and its dynamic partner elastin have advanced into becoming the go-to duo for restoring skin to its plumpest and healthiest state. Essential collagen provides substance to the deeper level of the skin (the dermis), while elastin fibers are responsible for the skin’s elasticity, says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D., Ph.D., a New York City-based dermatologist. “Healthy skin has thick, abundant collagen fibers, which make up the vast majority of the dermal skin...

Well-Rounded Respite

A spa in Del Mar, CA, enriches the neighborhood with an integrated approach to health and wellness.
Located in a charming seaside village, Place360 Health + Spa (Del Mar, CA) goes beyond the offerings of a typical day spa to offer clients the type of wellness support expected at a true destination spa. Under one roof, spa-goers can take advantage of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, and more. “We provide integrated health and wellness support in...

The Spa at the Grand Del Mar Introduces a Series of Health and Wellness Retreats

Learn How A Series of Health and Wellness Retreats Can Help Spa-goers Keep Their Resolutions
With the new year upon us, I can't help but think what I'd like to do differently next year. Usually, my resolutions involve traveling more and to specific destinations. Of course, I always resolve to be healthier, as I think most people tend to do. For those who need a bit of encouragement or want to be accountable in that...

VH Spa for Vitality + Health Gives Back to Holiday Shoppers

Discover How VH Spa is Making Gift-Giving a Joy for All
Proving it's better to both give and receive, VH Spa for Vitality + Health at Hotel Valley Ho (Scottsdale, AZ) is making gift-giving even more appealing with a new promotion that gives a complimentary 30-minute spa treatment to those who purchase a $150 gift card before December 25. While it may seem a bit selfish to treat yourself too, I...

La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa Debuts its $1,000 White Caviar Illuminating Facial

Will a $1,000 facial leave your clients looking like a million dollar bucks?
Covering the spa beat for more than a decade now, I've experienced my share of Champagne facials and caviar creams. It wasn't until recently, however, that I experienced a treatment that topped the $1,000 mark. This January, La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa (New York City) will debut its White Caviar Illuminating Facial ($1,000, 90 minutes). I got a sneak...

Ringing Up Retail

Discover How to Boost Holiday Sales
'Tis the season to maximize your spa's retail sales. However, with many consumers still struggling with a depressed economy, you may find making your sales numbers more challenging than ever. In Software Advice , ERP Analyst Michael Koploy offers strategies to increase traffic and revenue in " Five Strategies to Boost Holiday Retail Sales ." Here, he shares a few...

Spas Provide Holiday Cheer with a Host of Inspired Treatments

Get In the Spirit With Holiday-Themed Treatments
Spa-goers should have no trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year thanks to the many themed treatments available. The Aquae Sulis Spa at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is spicing up the season with a Gingerbread Man-icure ($65), which involves a butter brulee whole milk hydration wrap, a brown sugar polish, and a warmed, spicy caramel milk...

Massage Envy Introduces a New Take on the 12 Days of Christmas

Wanting to help alleviate some of the stress brought on by the hectic holiday season, Massage Envy has launched its 12 Days of ME Facebook Holiday Contest.
Wanting to help alleviate some of the stress brought on by the hectic holiday season, Massage Envy has launched its 12 Days of ME Facebook Holiday Contest. To participate, fans must post a picture of themselves and their favorite holiday activity, such as decorating the tree or baking cookies. The public will then vote on their favorite images starting Dec...

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