Editors' Perspective

A Spa Weekend to Remember

Discover a quick escape from Manhattan that will have spa enthusiasts reconnecting with nature in no time
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the Poconos , a short getaway from New York City. Staying at the historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort (Shawnee on the Delaware, PA). I was able to get to know the charming property and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. From a scenic hike in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation...

A Germaphobe's Greatest Nightmare

Discover the top eight places you'll find germs
Those who know me well know that I am a germaphobe, which is why I couldn't pass up the chance to share eight of the germiest places, as reported by Healing Lifestyles & Spas in 8 Germiest Places : 1. Soap Dispensers 2. Bathroom Door Handles 3. Restaurant Menus 4. Condiment Dispensers 5. Grocery Carts 6. Airplane Bathrooms 7. Doctor's...

The Great Debate

Discover one editor's take on online discount sites
Although Groupon and other discount sites sometimes get a bad rap among spa owners, others swear by them. As a consumer, I must admit I'm a fan, having benefited from numerous online deals over the years. In fact, just today I came across one from TravelZoo offering a regularly priced $70 Hot Stone Mani and Pedi with wine for just...

Minx Introduces Easter and St. Patrick's Day Nail Designs

Prepare for the upcoming holidays with these inspired nail designs
With St. Patrick's Day and Easter fast approaching, there is no better time to get you and your clients in the spirit. One easy way to do that is with Minx Nail designs. The company recently released its 2013 designs for each occasion. In honor of March 17th, spa-goers can decorate their digits with shamrocks or the invitation, "Kiss Me...

The BodyHoliday Offers an Olympic-Inspired Boot Camp

Learn how one spa is challenging guests to be all they can be.
A self-confessed boot-camp lover, I recently learned of The BodyHoliday 's upcoming Well Fit Retreats , which serve as a mini version of an Olympic Training Camp. Set to take place March 18-22 and March 25-29, the program, designed by twice Olympic gold medalist Daley Thompson, sounds right up my alley. In additon to being set on St. Lucia, one...

Hot Oscar Trend? Manly Stubble

Are you offering men’s grooming treatments at your spa?
Though women tend to be the headline makers at the Academy Awards, the guys got into the act for the 2013 Oscars. The hottest trend? Sexy stubble. From George Clooney to Ben Affleck to Bradley Cooper to Hugh Jackman, some of Hollywood’s hottest actors were sporting beards of various lengths. But even though these guys were not clean shaven, I...

American Spa Goes Spa-ing in Colombia

Discover why this South American country is making headlines
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Colombia, a destination that has in the past gotten a rather bad rap. Recently, however, it has emerged as a hot destination for adventurous jetsetters. With a flavor all its own, the country offers charming boutique hotels, fabulous restaurants, and fascinating tourist attractions, such as the spectacular Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and...

A New Pearl-Based Luxury Skincare Line Launches for Mothers and Babies

Find out why it's never too early to benefit from pearls
Although I don't have children of my own, I can certainly appreciate the fact that it's never too early to start protecting their baby-soft skin. That's the idea behind Perfect Pearl , a luxurious pearl-based skincare line for both mothers and babies. Recently launched, the line is just one of a growing number of maternity-related skincare lines. This one, however,...

Spa Pioneer Sheila Cluff Shares Her Story in an Autobiography

Learn more about the founder of The Oaks at Ojai and her role in the industry
Late last year, I had the opportunity to catch up with Sheila Cluff, founder of The Oaks at Ojai (CA), when she was visiting New York City. A pioneer in the industry and a wellness visionary, she is now sharing her story in an autobiography titled, Living Your Dream (Storyzon). Available on www.oaksspa.com and soon as an ebook on Amazon...

Be An American Spa Insider

Share your spa's insights in the 2013 Industry Insider survey.
It’s time once again for American Spa ’s Industry Insider Survey. We need your help—and your input. Help us fulfill our mission of providing you with valuable information about running your business, and take our annual poll. We want your input on •Marketing •Purchasing •Treatment Trends •Employee Issues •And more The results of this survey, which will be printed in...

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