resort spa

InterContinental Montelucia Resort sold to KSL Capital Partners

Denver private-equity firm KSL Capital Partners LLC has purchased the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, a 293-room luxury property in Scottsdale, Ariz., near Phoenix. A statement Monday from KSL did not indicated the seller or the purchase price. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that KSL paid $115 million to five banks, led by Germany's Eurohypo AG, that foreclosed on the property two years ago, shortly after it opened in late 2008. The Spanish-style resort cost $270 million to build, the Journal's Kris Hudson reports. He said the development project was plagued by cost overruns, construction delays and unlucky timing,...

Steiner Leisure Limited Announces Agreement to Operate a New Spa at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli, North Male Atoll, Maldives

Steiner Leisure Limited today announced the commencement of operations under its newest Mandara brand, Chavana Spa, at the spa at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli hotel, in the North Male Atoll in the Maldives. A full brand conversion to Chavana Spa is anticipated to be completed in October 2010. The term of the agreement to operate this spa is ten years. In connection with this agreement, Steiner Leisure has contributed a cash investment of $550,000. This spa features unique signature treatments by Chavana Spa and offers both local and Balinese treatments. Adding to the ambiance are dedicated reception and retail areas,...

San Diego North Positioned as Health and Wellness Destination

San Diego North’s year-round temperate climate and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities make the resort region a great destination for health and wellness. Visitors can get a whole body work out while having fun and stimulating the mind during a getaway that encompasses all aspects of total fitness: cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, mental and nutritional. Below are some examples of the many wellness activities found in the San Diego North region. Unusual Health and Wellness Offerings Visitors can experience activities that encompass health and wellness components characteristic of the San Diego North region, encourage healthy lifestyle choices and promote relaxation...

Mandarin Oriental Launches Oriental Essence Spa Treatment At The Group's Luxury Spas Worldwide

The award-winning Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will introduce a new bespoke Oriental Essence spa therapy, together with additional homecare products at many of its luxury hotel spas worldwide, from May 2010. The one-hour signature Oriental Essence massage has been devised to introduce guests to a simple, effective and authentic spa experience in a short period of time. Oriental Essence consists of a powerful, hands-on body massage ritual that combines the potent effects of oriental meridian massage with the therapeutic benefits of Mandarin Oriental’s signature ‘Quintessence’ custom-blended essential oil. Each treatment begins with a short back diagnostic consultation in order to...

MetWest appoints Terra Resort Group for Madrona Hotel & Spa

Terra Resort Group, the Jackson Hole, WY-based hotel management company, announces today that will assume management of Sausalito, California's Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, which was recently acquired by MetWest SIMA Real Estate Fund I, an affiliate of MetWest Realty Advisors ('MetWest') of Los Angeles, California. Located in the heart of Sausalito, Casa Madrona includes 62 rooms, a 3,000-square-foot spa and 5,000 square feet of event space. A vibrant centerpiece set on the Sausalito hillside, Casa Madrona was originally constructed in 1885 as a mansion for the Barrett Family of San Francisco. At the turn of the century, the home...

How Luxury Marketers Can Effectively Use Social Media

Affluents are more likely to use social media to look at brands, rather than to commit to a relationship with them. New Unity Marketing report shows marketers ways to make the connection. Marketers are abuzz with the possibilities of social networking. In a new survey among 1,614 affluent luxury consumers (avg. income $239.3k), some 78 percent of affluent consumers have at least one social networking profile (usually on Facebook). From the marketers' point of view, social networking sites seem the logical place to close sales. However, expecting to generate sales with a Facebook page is a misunderstanding of how affluents...

Sea Island Resort Awash in Debt

The once-vaunted Sea Island Co. is awash in debt. The company’s downward spiral is a stunning tale of over-borrowing and over-expansion that collided with the recession Some of Sea Island’s vast family-owned land holdings have already been split up, and the ripple effects of the company’s downfall will be felt along the entire Georgia coast. The company still employs more than a thousand people, and the money it generates funds everyone from fishermen to florists in this resort-fueled economy. “Everyone, whether you live in Brunswick or St. Simons or Jekyll Island, will feel the impact if we lose the Sea...

Trump SoHo- New York Scheduled to Open in April 2010

Trump® Hotel Collection announced that the Trump SoHo™ New York, the hotel in Downtown New York, will open its doors on April 9, 2010. Located at 246 Spring Street, the 46-story silver-glass building has incredible views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. With just 12 rooms per floor, Trump SoHo has the ambiance of an intimate hotel. Trump SoHo will offer such Trump Hotel Collection hallmarks as world-class dining at Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, The Spa at Trump® with New York's only authentic luxury hammam, the signature services of the Trump Attache®, and the Trump® Kids...

Luxury hotel spas feel recession's pinch

Luxury spa participants in the Spa STAR performance report continued to show declining performance metrics through the third quarter of 2009, according to data released by STR. Through September year-to-date, the Average Treatment Rate (ATR) for the participating spas was US$146, a decline of 10 percent from the first nine months of 2008. For the same time frame the Average Daily Rate (ADR) for luxury hotels tracked by STR decreased 17 percent to US$240. "As spa and hotel operators in the upper end of the market are looking for the next winning formula and are trying to attract a more...