Heather Mikesell

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,...

Blue Ridge Bliss

The Spa at Primland (Meadows of Dan, VA)
Embracing the spirit of the land that surrounds it, a family-owned resort and spa in Virginia draws on Native American wisdom to help guests achieve harmony both inside and out.
Set in southern Virginia’s spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland (Meadows of Dan), a sporting retreat and idyllic getaway, is a true family affair. The property’s 12,000 acres are owned by the Primat family, once headed by French-Swiss billionaire Didier Primat. He bought the property in 1978, and it is said he was so taken with it that he gave his...

Hillside Hideaway

Spa at Casa Madrona (Sausalito, CA)
A charming Bay area hotel and spa reinvents itself once again to tempt guests with ocean-inspired bliss.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Sausalito, CA, Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa is perched on a lush hill overlooking Richardson Bay and offers picturesque views of the waterfront. A longtime resident of the upscale Bay Area community, the property was built in 1885 by William Barrett, secretary-treasurer for the San Francisco Gas and Electric Company, and his wife,...