Julie Keller Callaghan

The Mayan Mystique

Kayantá Spa (Cancun, Mexico)
An esteemed Cancun spa relies on its rich regional history.
More than 3,000 years ago, the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico was home to the Mayans, an inspiring people known for impressive architecture, sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems, and a magical connection to their gods and the Earth. There, imposing pyramids and temples, such as those found at Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum, were built as places where the Mayans...

Top 10 Hospitality Trends for 2012

Hotel guru Robert Rauch shares his predictions.
For most of us, 2012 is already proving to be more promising than 2011, and staying on top of trends is important to our success. Since many spas are located in hotels, it is important to keep an eye on what’s happening there, in addition to the spa market itself. As such, I'd like to present the Top 10 hospitality...

IECSC Kicks Off in NYC

The 10th anniversary show is proving to be one of the best yet.
Day one of IECSC New York , which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was one filled with packed aisles, busy booths, and happy attendees and exhibitors. Among the highlights are more than 200 exhibitors, free manufacturer classes, and a variety of business building classes, including the Spa Business Conference, CIDESCO, ASTECC & Advanced Business Seminars. The show continues...

Vie Collection’s 3-D Wrinkle Treatment Offers Surgery Alternative

Luxe new facial provides Botox-, filler-, and facelift-inspired effects
I am terrified of needles, so much so that I need to lie down prior to flu shots and bloodwork or I will immediately faint. Yes, I know I’m a big baby. But I also know that I have to take really good care of my skin, because the likelihood of me ever trying plastic surgery falls somewhere in the...

Spa at Trump Offers Relaxation After Taxation Special

Spa-goers can chill out following this stressful financial time.
Tomorrow is tax day. I don’t know about you, but this has been a particularly stressful year, perhaps because I waited until the last minute to file. I’m certain that I’m not alone, and so are the folks at The Spa at Trump at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas . Stressed out spa-goers can sign up for the discounted Relaxation...

Spa Product Demand Stays Strong, Evolves

A survey at the recent Live Love Spa event reveals purchasing behaviors.
In my opinion, an increased demand for spa products and a trend toward updating spa menus mean good things for the spa business and provide yet more evidence of recovery in our industry. So I was pleased to get the results of a survey conducted of decision makers from Las Vegas and Utah at at Live Love Spa’s recent event...

DFW Debuts Walking Path

Airport visitors can take a hike while waiting for flights.
I travel quite a bit. And while I always have the best of intentions when it comes to being healthy while en route to my destination, I tend to fall back into the unhealthy habit of grabbing fast food or candy and sitting at my gate playing Words With Friends on my phone prior to my flight. There just aren't...

April is Rosacea Awareness Month

Are you highlighting it at your spa?
Ask anyone who suffers from rosacea, and they'll tell you it can be a frustrating and painful disease. To alert the public to the warning signs of this chronic and often progressive condition now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans, the National Rosacea Society (NRS) has dubbed April Rosacea Awareness Month. According to the NRS, rosacea usually first...

Underground at Le Parker Meridien to Entice NYC

Cool new wellness concept is on the horizon.
I always love it when someone takes a unique approach to spa and wellness. So I was thrilled when I got the chance to check out the cool new space at Le Parker Meridien on 56 th Street in New York City. I love the idea—basically any fitness, beauty, and wellness goals can be achieved at this subterranean one-stop-shop. There,...

Tips for Pampering Discounts

Help your frugal clients save money at the spa with these handy tips.
Clearly, the past few years have seen the bad economy negatively impact the spa market. While things are looking up, clients have become accustomed to discounts and are looking to you for solutions. To help them out—and perhaps even fill some of the less-busy time slots at the spa—I thought I would pass along these tips from Andrea Woroch, a...

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