Heather Mikesell

The Countdown to Cyber Monday

Find Out How Miraval is Providing Spa-Goers With Another Reason to Give Thanks
While most people are busy giving thanks today, some intrepid shoppers are already anxiously anticipating the start of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. To thank its guests and mark the occasion, Miraval is offering an unprecedented online discount on Monday, Nov. 28, for 24 hours. Spa-goers can take advantage of 30 percent off the spa's regular all-inclusive rates. Requiring a...

Experiencing a Wealth of Wellness Options on St. Lucia

Discover How St. Lucia is Embracing Health and Wellness
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Soufriere Health and Wellness Retreat in St. Lucia. Slated to become an annual event, the four-day retreat involved lectures on feng shui, photography, wellness, and more with leading experts. In addition, I was able to participate in yoga classes and experience all that the lush island has...

Good Deeds Prove To Be Always In Season

Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season
Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, that doesn't mean the charitable contributions have stopped. After all, it is the season of giving. Turning a breast cancer awareness initiative into an ongoing program for cancer patients, Suki Skincare has extended its partnership with The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology (New York City). Originally, the partnership involved the cosmeceutical skincare company...

Spas Rely on Holiday Treatments to Spice Up Their Menus

Discover Holiday Treatments That Sound Good Enough to Eat
‘Tis the season to spa, thanks to a variety of holiday-themed services that will leave spa-goers feeling joyful this December. At The Spa at Ravella (Las Vegas), guests can enjoy the perfect escape ($25), which includes a mini treatment, cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, and spa gift each Thursday, from 6 to 8pm. Appletinis & Aromatherapy are on the menu Dec. 1...

Join Mariel Hemingway for a Wellness Week Webinar Today

Learn Marketing Tips From Mariel Hemingway That Will Help You Tap Into the Wellness Industry
This past week at ISPA, I had the opportunity to meet Mariel Hemingway, who is serving as official spokesperson for SpaFinder's Wellness Week 2012. Today, the Academy Award nominee, author, and healthy living advocate is sharing her journey to embracing a healthier lifestyle in a special Wellness Week webinar. She will also share marketing tips to help your business tap...

ISPA's New Snapshot Initiative Summary Reveals What Spa Consumers Really Think

Get a Sneak Peak of ISPA's Spa Consumer Snapshot Initiative Summary
This week, I was in Vegas at the annual ISPA Conference. Not surprisingly, I learned a tremendous amount of information in the short time I was there. From effective new ingredients to interesting potential story ideas, I’m looking forward to sharing it all in the year to come. I was particularly interested in some of the latest statistics ISPA had...

Tis the Season for Holiday Treatments

Want a Surefire Sign the Holidays Are Drawing Near?
With Halloween behind us and the recent east coast snowstorm, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. I've already come across a number of seasonally inspired services that are sure to get clients in the holiday mood. The limited-time only Candy Cane Ritual ($120) at Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas was...

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort Introduces a Lifestyle & Wellness Program

Winning a Ticket to Wellness
A few months ago, I won a drawing for a one-week getaway to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Fortuna, Costa Rica. Years ago, when I was roaming around the country on my own, I spent a memorable day at Tabacon enjoying its natural thermal hot springs. A friend had made me promise I'd visit the rainforest spa, as it...

Making a Splash

Industry insiders share some of the ways they promote their spa’s hydrotherapy offerings.
“Hydrotherapy treatments are the cornerstone of our menu of services. It is why they take prominence on the front of our brochure, as people look to Kohler for the latest in water experiences. We offer a feature or seasonal service several times a year in order to keep water at the forefront of our guests’ minds. We have included water treatments in our packages in the past. However, we have realized that people really want to pick and choose and...

Reaching New Heights

A popular Arizona destination spa relies on a philosophy that promotes mindfulness to stay the course.
Set against the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Sonoran Desert, Miraval Arizona (Tucson) was introduced in 1996 with the intent to help individuals lead healthier and more meaningful lives. In 2004, after experiencing the resort for himself, Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, became the majority owner of Miraval. Since then, Miraval has continued to grow with the addition of Miraval: The Villas, a development of 16 two-bedroom and three-bedroom ownership homes at Miraval Arizona, and the planned Miraval Costa Rica,...

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