Spa News Stories

The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Uses Online Booking to Increase Revenue

The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club , FL, increased revenue by 25 percent by adding online booking for spa appointments. With SpaDirect online booking solution from the Ryatta Group integrated with the SpaSoft Spa Management System, the spa was able to capture business anytime, even outside of business hours. “The online booking is just as flexible as a reservations agent, and always on duty,” says spa manager Tara Shewey. “We felt like we were losing a lot of potential bookings because we didn’t have somebody 24 hours a day. Online booking with SpaDirect is really helping us capture...

Co-Founder of Vivant Skin Care Dies After Battle with Cancer

Vivant Skin Care co-founder and co-developer of Retin-A, James E. Fulton Jr., M.D., Ph.D., passed away earlier this summer after a long-term battle with colon cancer. Fulton developed dermatological products for the medical community, creating more than 50 skincare formulations and qualifying as a full fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Society of Liposuction Surgery, and Dermatology Foundation’s Leader Society. “Jim devoted his life to dermatology, and his passing will leave a void in the world of skincare,” says Vivant Skin Care president Sara Fulton. “He achieved much during his career, but his greatest contributions may have...

Comphy Launches Website

Microfiber Sheet Manufacturer, the Comphy Company , has unveiled a new interactive website ( www.comphy.com ) for spa, lodging and wellness professionals. With a new look, improved functionality, design, and navigation, the site aims to facilitate online ordering and allows spa professionals to build, choose, and design spa treatment rooms and spa tables, as well as access information about the company’s products. “This website was a year in the making,” says CEO and founder Mia Richardson. “The backbone of the new Comphy site is the Build a Bed feature. Website visitors can design their bedroom with microfiber sheets and bedding...

Travel+Leisure Names World’s Best Spas 2013

As part of its annual survey of the World’s Best Awards, Travel+Leisure named the World’s Best Spas of 2013. The spas were chosen by Travel+Leisure readers, who weighed in on categories such as rooms, location, service, and value. Below is a list of the hotel spa winners by region. Africa and the Middle East : One&Only Spa , One&Only Resort (Cape Town, South Africa) Asia : Terra Wellness Spa , Discovery Shores (Boracay, Philippines) Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific : Miri Miri Spa by Clarins , St. Regis Bora Bora Resort (French Polynesia) Canada : Spa My Blend by...

StoreVantage Offers Online Booking

StoreVantage , a web-based scheduling and customer relationship management system, announced its latest collaboration, with QuickBooks, to produce an integrated system that combines StoreVantage’s scheduling, customer management, and outreach tools. With the new system, clients can book appointments online from anywhere, at anytime, from a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Additionally, confirmation and reminder messages are delivered automatically via email and SMS text messages. StoreVantage is available worldwide to advisers, consultants, spas, salons, and trainers.

Sorme Cosmetics Announces Website Relaunch

SormeCosmetics has unveiled a new version of its website, www.sorme.com . Users now have access to a greater wealth of information, including online brochures, product information, tutorials, and how-to videos. “We are excited to show off our new look with new graphics and an easier-to-navigate website,” says marketing manager Erika Bosley. The site also features videos from professional makeup artists and information on Sorme’s academy certification program. */

OPI Launches A Neon Revolution with a New Limited-Edition Mini Pack

OPI , worldwide manufacturer of professional-quality hand and nailcare, is jumping on the summer neon trend with the new limited-edition OPI Neon Revolution mini pack. Featuring a neon white base coat and an OPI top coat for a high-gloss finish, the pack includes colors that are sure to get your customers excited for the summer. The polishes include Don’t Say It—Yellow It! (yellow), The Time Is Pow! (orange), Pink Outside the Box (hot pink), and Blue it Out of Proportion (cobalt blue). Available this month at many spas and salons, the neon nail trend continues to be a popular choice...

Houston Massage Heights Celebrates American Cancer Society's 100th Birthday

Houston Massage Heights Retreats is sponsoring a day-long celebration for the 100 year anniversary of the American Cancer Society. Massage Heights will be donating $10 from every massage or facial ($39.99, 1 hour), with the ultimate goal of raising $100,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society. "Nearly everybody is affected by cancer, whether they've been diagnosed or they know somebody that has been diagnosed, so I'm thrilled that Massage Heights is hosting this birthday celebration for the American Cancer Society," says CEO of Massage Heights, Glenn Franson. All 19 Retreat locations will be participating in the event, and in...

Dermalogica Develops New Acne Line for Teens

Dermalogica introduces Clear Start, a new skincare line for teens and young adults, developed to prevent and treat symptoms of mild to moderate acne. Clear Start now replaces Dermalogica’s previous product line in the teen category, which was called Clean Start. The new acne line addresses breakouts better with product reformulations. “Body and psyche are always intertwined, and this crossover feels especially intense during adolescence in particular," says Dermalogica founder Jane Wurwand. "Acne’s scars are deeply felt on the soul, as well as on the skin, so we developed Clear Start to intercept acne before the symptoms escalate and also...

Westin Resort Goes Solar

The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa is the first Westin resort to utilize solar panels to reduce energy consumption throughout the resort. Phase one of the solar photovoltaic system has been installed on the resort’s roof and includes 480 Suntech solar panels, with 1,200 solar panels scheduled to be installed by 2014. The resort’s owner, Columbia Sussex Corporation, enlisted the expertise of Anthony Prall Jr.’s Caribbean Energy Store to design a system to facilitate its 317 guest rooms, restaurants, restrooms, laundry facilities, and spa. The resort began taking advantage of the island’s abundance of sunshine in 2007...

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