Spa News Stories

CANYON RANCH LIVING UNVEILED IN MIAMI BEACH

Canyon Ranch introduced its first healthy living residential community: Canyon Ranch Living, a seven-acre oceanfront property featuring 151 condo-hotel suites and 467 condominium residences. A 60,000-square-foot Spa & Fitness Center is planned for Canyon Ranch Living. "Canyon Ranch Living is the natural evolution of the Canyon Ranch experience," said Zuckerman. "The project is the fulfillment of Canyon Ranch's longtime mission of providing a community where residents can embrace the joy of healthy living." Canyon Ranch Living follows a pattern towards upscale timeshare development. In the past few years, a number of upscale hotel companies, including Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts,...

COSMETICS PIONEER ESTEE LAUNDER DIES AT AGE 97

Estée Lauder, purveyor "jars of hope", died on April 24th at her home in Manhattan. She was 97. 'The pursuit of beauty is honorable,' Mrs. Lauder used to say. Lauder, the of the Estee Lauder's founding chairwoman built an empire with 21,500 employees and an estimated worth of about $10 billion. Its products are sold in more than 130 countries across five continents. Estée Lauder Companies was not formally established until 1946, but its roots go back to the 1920's. In all, Lauder marketed some 2,000 individual shades and items produced by five Lauder companies: Estée Lauder, Clinique, Origins, Prescriptives...

RED MOUNTAIN OFFERS UNIQUE PARENT/TEEN PROGRAMS

Red Mountain and SpaKid International are partnering to offer Red Mountain's Parent/Teen Spa & Sport Adventure June 16-19 and August 4-7. The retreats offer unique programs such as 'Phat Tire Fun' (mountain biking), 'Star Party' (astronomy in the evening), 'Walk a Mile in My Doc Martins' (parent and teens getting to know the worlds each other lives in, 'Yo Baby Yoga' (parent/teen yoga class), The Skin You're In (facial and skin care classes), 'Phat Food' (culinary class) and Hip Hop Dance Class. Heather Lee, founder of SpaKid International, designed the four-day program. "Heather Lee is one of the most experienced...

SPA INDUSTRY GRIEVES LOSS OF VISIONARY EDWIN NEILL

Edwin Neill II , founder and CEO of the Neill Corporation, passed away Saturday morning February 28th from complications from cancer. He was 64. "Edwin was a visionary, an entrepreneur, a husband, a father, a friend," said wife Debra. "His life was dedicated to creating opportunity for others and helping people reach their full potential. His legacy is the vision that will live on through each one of us.' Neill Corporation consists of 11 separate companies spanning salons, day spas, products and equipment, technology, and, above all, education. The company employs more than 600 people and incorporates Aveda Concept Distribution;...

INAUGURAL SPA & RESORT AND MEDICAL SPA SHOW IN LA BUZZING

If the attendance at the recent spa conference in Los Angeles is any indication, the spa industry is alive and well. Nearly 3,000 spa and medical professionals crowded The Spa & Resort and Medical Spa Expo and Conference at the L.A. Convention Center, Feb. 15-16. The inaugural even was produced by Reed Exhibitions, the world's largest organizer of business-to-business events. On opening day, Feb. 15, world-renowned physician, teacher and author, Deepak Chopra, M.D., spoke to a standing room only crowd in a keynote session on interconnection of mind, body. The speaker line-up was first rate, but the heart of the...

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? GOOD STRATEGIES FOR STAYING CONNECTED FROM START TO FINISH

SpaTrade Expert Bart Foreman delivered an excellent speech at the LA Spa & Resort Expo in LA. Foreman is founder and president of Group3 Marketing, a relationship marketing company that provides strategic planning, concept development and program execution for customer focused, database driven relationship marketing programs for specialty retailers and the professional beauty and industries. Foreman reminded the audience that, in a world where mall traffic is down and Internet traffic is up, the use of technology to analyze your business is crucial. 'Having the right software to completely understand your clients is critical to the implementation of relevant marketing...

KSL RECREATION SOLD TO FLA.-BASED REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST

An Orlando, Fla.-based real estate investment trust said it signed a contract to buy La Quinta-based KSL Recreation Corp., a company that owns and operates upscale destination resorts. The deal includes six properties and 100 percent of KSL's outstanding stock. CNL also agreed to acquire KSL's long-term debt of $794 million. The acquisition is expected to close in April and is subject to the customary closing conditions. Thomas J. Hutchison III, chief executive of CNL, said he believes the travel industry is recovering from the downturn that began in 2001, making now the perfect time to purchase destination resorts that...

NEW CDC STUDY SHOWS AMERICANS CLING TO UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLES

The latest government figures offer more proof that many people are leading unhealthy lifestyles. The majority of U.S. adults are overweight and nearly one in five is a daily smoker, according to the government's national health survey. 'It's almost as if the elements are conspiring against us to lead unhealthy lifestyles,' said Dan Blumenthal, chairman of community health and preventive medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. 'We are faced with a constant barrage of advertising on television about fast food. We live in a world where we are encouraged to drive more and walk less and spend more time in...

<b><i>RELUCTANT SPA DIRECTOR</b></i> FUN DAY SPA DEVELOPMENT JOURNEY

SpaTrade expert Skip Williams's informational novel The Reluctant Spa Director and the Mission Dream is helping potential spa directors nation-wide The story weaves spa development advice into a story of two siblings on different paths that merge. Maggie and John Tyler are brother and sister living worlds apart, she is an esthetician living in California and he is a Wall Street power broker in New York. A single 'dream' would reunite them in a 'mission' to build a beautiful and successful spa. Little did they know, how tragedy, and fate would soon change both their lives. This enjoyable, exciting and...

STARWOOD ACQUIRES BLISS TO SHOWCASE IN W HOTELS

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that it has acquired Bliss from luxury goods group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. As part of the acquisition, Starwood plans to launch Bliss spas in its W Hotels. The first Bliss spa designed for W Hotels is expected to debut at the W New York late this year, followed by spas in the W New York - Times Square, the W Los Angeles - Westwood, W San Francisco, the W Chicago - Lakeshore and the W Chicago - City Center. Additional Bliss Spas in the U.S. and abroad will be rolled out...

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