Heather Mikesell

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,...

Groupon Deals That Sound Too Good to Be True

When Is a Deal Not a Deal?
Earlier this year, I moderated a panel discussing the pros and cons of Groupon at the IECSC New York show. I’m especially interested in the topic, as I frequently rely on Groupon and other discount-related to sites to check out restaurants in my neighborhood. The consensus of the panel was that Groupon could be a useful tool to generate business...

The Spa at Trump Finds a Reason to Celebrate

Discover How 11-11-11 Is Giving The Spa at Trump A Reason to Celebrate
I’m a sucker for a well marketed spa package. That’s why The Spa at Trump ’s new promotion celebrating the upcoming date of 11-11-11 with specially $111 treatments immediately caught my attention. At Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and Trump SoHo New York , guests may add a 60-minute Trump Classic Massage or Kate Somerville Universal Glow Facial for...

Borgata Offers the Ultimate Excuse to Spa

Want an Excuse to Visit Atlantic City Next Week?
As much as I love to travel to the ends of the earth, I’ve also discovered that there are many great getaways in my own backyard. One that recently caught my attention was the Borgata Spa Experience in Atlantic City October 23 through 28. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is celebrating wellness, rejuvenation, and relaxation by offering a weeklog...