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Industry Challenges

Find Out What Obstacles Might Be In Your Spa's Way
Earlier this year, a new study, "Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps" was released at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS). It brought to light the difficulties the industry faces in hiring qualified spa managers and directors. While delving deeper into the topic for an upcoming story, I was struck by the far-reaching implications this issue could...

Bourbon-Inspired Concoctions Give Seasonal Spa Menus a Kick

Discover How Spas Are Helping Guests Warm Up This Season
As the weather turns colder, certain treatments take on new appeal. One that sounds perfect for the fall and winter months is The Hot Toddy Aromatherapy Massage ($59, 30 minutes; $99, 60 minutes) at The Spa at Desert Springs at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa (Palm Desert, CA). Available through January, the treatment relies on products from FarmHouse...

Spa Scoop Makes Best Blog List

Discover What Makes Bloggers Blissful
It's not often that we get to sing our own praises, but this week we learned that our blog, Spa Scoop, has made the list for the 100 Best Blogs and Businesses in Hospitality . The list, which is grouped by type and not rank, is published by HospitalityManagementDegree.net . It is meant to inspire students interested in pursuing careers...

Book Clubs Find a Happy Home in Today's Spas

Find Out Why Oprah Isn't the Only One Who Can Recommend a Good Book
This week, The New York Times published Sit Back, Relax and Turn the Page , an article in which I was asked to contribute my two cents worth on the growing popularity of spa book clubs. I first wrote about the topic a couple of years ago when the Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods, NH) became...

Jane Iredale Goes Vogue

Cosmetics guru stars in stunning photo spread.
I just returned from ISPA, where I spent some time with Jane Iredale learning about her company’s new offerings and updates. While I’m always so impressed by her products (my makeup bag is full of them), I was equally inspired by her fabulous photo spread in the September issue of Vogue and just had to share. Check out this stunning...

Spa Week Media Group and WaySpa Services Team Up to Spread the Joy of Spa

What Country Will Soon Have Its Own Spa Week?
While spa treatments are not within everyone's means, Spa Week has made them more affordable for a limited time each year. This week (Oct. 15-21) marks the 17th installment of Spa Week , when spas and wellness centers throughout the country offer full-service treatments at a discounted price of $50. Next spring, Canadians, too, will be able to enjoy the...

Palms Aveda Spa Lets Guests Pocket the Perfect Polish

Fun new promotion gives clients the gift of free SpaRitual polish.
Clients always love freebies, so I think that spas that creatively incorporate special gifts are on to something clever. A fun new idea I recently heard about comes from The Palms Aveda Spa (Miami Beach, FL). The spa recently implemented a new value-added promotion called Pocket the Perfect Polish. Guests who book any of manicure-pedicure combination experiences will receive one...

The BodyHoliday Helps Guests Achieve a New High

A Caribbean Spa Helps Guests Fight the Winter Blues
While I love a good spin class, I don't particularly care for the gloomy spin studios in which they're generally found. Dim the lights, and pedal to your heart's content. That seems to be the routine. However, The BodyHoliday (Saint Lucia) is taking its spin classes to new heights with the debut of a new tree-top Spin Studio. With floor-to-ceiling...

Bhutan Proves to be an Enticing Retreat for Spa-Goers

Discover a Place Where Health and Happiness Go Hand in Hand
Of all the places in the world that I long to visit, Bhutan ranks number one on the list. Of course, who wouldn't want to visit the remote Himalayan kingdom? It is, after all, the country that first came up with the idea of measuring its progress by relying on its Gross National Happiness index rather than its Gross Domestic...

Anything Toes at Aji Spa

AZ spa offers a fun promotion in honor of an ASU Gammage performance of Anything Goes.
I’m a huge fan of musical theater. In fact, the American Spa staff recently took advantage of Broadway Week’s half-price tickets and enjoyed a group outing to Nice Work If You Can Get It , starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara. So when I heard of a fun promotion at Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort that...

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