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Trendspotting 2012: Grooming & Personal Care Trends

Get the scoop on the next year’s hottest grooming trends.
As a spa owner, I think it’s important to keep your finger on the pulse of industry trends. That’s why I’m excited to give you an inside look at next year’s top trends when it comes to grooming and personal care, courtesy of the global integrated marketing communications agency Euro RSCG Worldwide . “Given the graying of the global population,...

Movember Is Coming to a Close

A month-long campaign raises awareness for men's cancers.
So, although I just recently learned about "Movember" from a friend of mine when I questioned why he was sporting a mustache a few weeks ago, apparently the campaign is well known in our industry. In fact, seven employees at Hotel Valley Ho have been growing moustaches this month to help raise money for men's health and posting the progress...

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...

TREND ALERT: SpaFinder Releases State of Spa Travel Stats

Ge the scoop on the latest trends in spa travel.
Some of the most popular requests I receive as editor of American Spa are those for stats and surveys related to our industry. So, I'm happy to pass along my most recent finding— SpaFinder 's fifth-annual State of Spa Travel survey. Released this week, the report from a survey of travel agents shows that travel to hotel, resort, and destination...

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...

The Groupon Experiment Continues...

Noreen updates us on her ongoing experiences with Groupon.
It has been another Groupon kind of week. To refresh your memory I want to update you on my continued journey with a special offer to bring in newbies on Groupon since our offer ran in January. Over the summer, I thought more clients would call and book their appointment but it was lighter bookings than I expected. Now, into...

Preserving the Planet Tips: Reduce Food Waste During the Holidays

Just in time for Turkey Day, get some advice for making the season less wasteful.
I find the spa industry to be a pretty conscious bunch. So, with Turkey Day coming up in just a few short days (woo-hoo!), I thought you would all appreciate this list of 10 simple steps from Worldwatch ’s Nourishing the Planet Project that we can all take to make the season less wasteful and more plentiful. According to the...

The Whiteface Lodge Salutes Military Personnel

Discounts on lodging, food, and spa treatments are offered to those who serve our country.
Like most Americans, I am a huge supporter of our military personnel and grateful for all they do for our country. And, because my best friend since fifth grade served in the Navy (including a stint in the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Boxer) for years, I have an even deeper appreciation and a better understanding of how tough military...

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...

Discovery Fit & Health Channel Offers Reality Show with a Heart

An original series follows the recovery of victims who have suffered acts of violence and crime.
I've recently ventured higher up than I normally do on my remote control one evening while trying to find the new Oprah Winfrey Network, and that's when I came across the Discovery Fit & Health channel. As a huge fan of the Discovery Channel to begin with, plus a girl who likes to learn about fitness and health, this quickly...