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17 Apr 2014
Gross Barmen Hot Springs Resort refurbishment in Namibia is almost complete
Gross Barmen Hot Springs Resort refurbishment in Namibia is almost complete   The refurbishment of the Namibian Gross Barmen Hot Springs Resort – with an initial budget of N$200m (US$19m, €13.7m, £11m) – is nearing completion but the opening date is unknown. The state-owned resort has spent N$115m (US$10.9, €7.8m, £6.5m) on upgrades to hotel and retail facilities, according to local .... More>>
17 Apr 2014
New spa unveiled in Chicago's O’Hare Airport terminal redevelopment
New spa unveiled in Chicago's O’Hare Airport terminal redevelopment
  Chicago’s US$26m (£15.4m, €18.8m) overhaul of O’Hare Airport’s international terminal, unveiled last week, now features a number of new facilities including a spa. It’s the first redevelopment of the airport’s Terminal 5 since its construction in .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
Six Senses rolls out global yoga programmes in spas
Six Senses rolls out global yoga programmes in spas   Six Senses is launching a series of yogic programmes at all of its spa resorts and select partner spas using the skills of in-house yoga masters. Dorelal Singh, a leading yoga practitioner trained at the Bihar School of Yoga in India, is responsible for enhancing yoga techniques and practices across all Six .... More>>
16 Apr 2014
US$1,000 beauty school scholarship programme for spa students
US$1,000 beauty school scholarship programme for spa students   Four students deeply committed to the skincare industry at beauty schools across the US will be awarded an educational grant of up to $1,000 (€723, £597). This funding is designed to promote the advanced training necessary to become an .... More>>
15 Apr 2014
Belgium's tallest building to open Deep Nature spa in July
Belgium's tallest building to open Deep Nature spa in July   The Deep Nature spa in Belgium’s highest residential tower – the UP-site – is set to launch on 1 July this year in Brussels. Set within the 140m high 42-storey tower, the 600sq m (6,458sq m) spa features five treatment rooms including a double .... More>>
15 Apr 2014
Waldorf pipeline shows continued growth through to 2020
Waldorf pipeline shows continued growth through to 2020   Waldorf has continued ongoing expansion plans with the opening of one new hotel and the announcement of another. The most notable project has seen designs for the long-anticipated Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria revealed. Arriving in 2017, the .... More>>
15 Apr 2014
US$35m six-month upgrade project for Las Vegas' Red Rock Resort
US$35m six-month upgrade project for Las Vegas' Red Rock Resort   Red Rock Resort – owned by gaming company Station Casinos in the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, Nevada – is planning to spend US$35m (€25m, £20.9m) on a six-month expansion and upgrade .... More>>
15 Apr 2014
Ageing Chinese population could kickstart nation’s health and wellness sector
Ageing Chinese population could kickstart nation’s health and wellness sector
  A rapidly ageing Chinese society could be a new growth engine for health tourism in China, experts said at an international forum last week. Globally, medical tourism is booming. An estimated six million people travel internationally each year to .... More>>
14 Apr 2014
First European Peninsula Hotel and Spa to open in August
First European Peninsula Hotel and Spa to open in August   The Paris Peninsula Hotel and Spa is expected to open in August this year, only a few paces from the Champs Elysées and l’Arc de Triomphe. Construction of the first Peninsula hotel on European soil began in 2010 and upon completion, the .... More>>
14 Apr 2014
Sun Valley Resort adds three-storey spa to its site in Idaho
Sun Valley Resort adds three-storey spa to its site in Idaho   Preparations for the construction of a new three-storey 20,000sq ft (1,858sq m) spa at Sun Valley Resort have begun, adding to the existing Sun Valley Lodge in Idaho, US. According to .... More>>
14 Apr 2014
Plans for Jamaica's own Vegas with Montego casino and resort
Plans for Jamaica's own Vegas with Montego casino and resort   Plans have been unveiled for an ambitious integrated casino resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with the first phase of construction to include a 1,000-bedroom hotel with a health club and spa. Resort developer Bob Trotta is behind the plans for Jamaica’s first Vegas-style casino resort, provisionally named .... More>>
14 Apr 2014
Eden Hotel Collection invests £12m in waterfront hotel development
Eden Hotel Collection invests £12m in waterfront hotel development   Eden Hotel Collection has invested £12m (US$20m, €14.5m) in a luxury waterfront 50-bedroom development in south Devon, following the purchase of the site’s existing Tides Reach Hotel. The 35-bedroom Tides Reach Hotel was acquired by Eden Hotel .... More>>
14 Apr 2014
ESPA spa now open at Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
ESPA spa now open at Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal   The ESPA beachfront spa is now open for business at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. The 16-treatment room spa spans 21,500sq ft (1,997sq m) and consists of one hammam, two saunas, three steam rooms, four experience showers, two ice .... More>>
11 Apr 2014
Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site hotel to open in 2014
Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site hotel to open in 2014   Mountain Lodge, Adler Resorts’ fourth hotel, is set to open on 3 July this year in the heart of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site after more than 10 years of planning. Located way .... More>>
11 Apr 2014
Pub chain and breweries owner to transform school into mixed-use leisure complex
Pub chain and breweries owner to transform school into mixed-use leisure complex   Renowned for their redevelopment projects and breweries throughout northwest America, McMenamins brothers Mike and Brian are redeveloping a Washington school into a mixed-use leisure facility. Family-owned McMenamins Inc. – founded in 1983 – .... More>>
11 Apr 2014
Spabooker signs deals with Yelp and MapQuest
Spabooker signs deals with Yelp and MapQuest   Spa management software company Spabooker has announced two new strategic tie-ups with Yelp and MapQuest – both deals are designed to enable spa operators using the Spabooker system to be more ‘discoverable’ and bookable by consumers. .... More>>
10 Apr 2014
ACDL's Southern Vietnam resort complex open for business
ACDL's Southern Vietnam resort complex open for business   The Grand Ho Tram Strip Hotel in southern Vietnam is up and running after the first phase of the resort development – including a 1,650sq m (17,760sq ft) spa – was completed at the end of last year. Asian Coast Development (Canada) (ACDL) is the international development company behind this 400-acre integrated .... More>>
10 Apr 2014
Disused French thermal hospital to be converted into state-of-the-art spa facility
Disused French thermal hospital to be converted into state-of-the-art spa facility
  A collaboration led by architectural firm Francisco Mangado has been commissioned to convert an old hospital into a thermal bath facility in France following a design competition. Francisco Mangado, along with V2S architectes, Terrell, SACET, Alayrac, and GAMBA Acoustique Architecturale & Urbaine, will convert .... More>>
10 Apr 2014
Times Square Hyatt Hotel unveils Timeless Marilyn Monroe Spa
Times Square Hyatt Hotel unveils Timeless Marilyn Monroe Spa   Marilyn Monroe Spas opened its Timeless spa this week at the 487-bedroom, 54-storey Hyatt Hotel in Times Square, New York. The 4,200sq ft (390sq m) spa which comprises five treatment rooms – one of which is for couples – was designed by George .... More>>
10 Apr 2014
The Brando resort aiming to become world's first sustainable design certified resort
The Brando resort aiming to become world's first sustainable design certified resort   The Brando eco-resort, opening this July in French Polynesia, is planning to become the first resort in the world to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. Previously owned by Marlon Brando, the island .... More>>
10 Apr 2014
Colorado day spa chain Spavia targets expansion to 100 US locations
Colorado day spa chain Spavia targets expansion to 100 US locations   Spavia day spa franchise plans to soon open 10 new spas in Colorado as part of its ambitious expansion plans, with the longer-term goal of reaching 100 sites across the US. The spa chain is following the trend of rapid expansion demonstrated by .... More>>
09 Apr 2014
Seychelles opening new tourism academy with spa training facility
Seychelles opening new tourism academy with spa training facility   The Seychelles is opening a new government-backed tourism academy in Mahe with work on a fully fledged wellness and spa training facility starting at the end of this year. To be constructed in three phases, the first part of the build – aimed to .... More>>
09 Apr 2014
Greece not capitalising on its thermal spa tourism potential
Greece not capitalising on its thermal spa tourism potential 
  Greece’s hot springs – a medicinal resource in the country since its antiquity – remain a largely untapped tourism resource in the country, according to secretary general of the Union of Greek Spa Towns (UGST), Markos Danas. Greece today can .... More>>
09 Apr 2014
Minor adds three new Mozambique resorts to its portfolio with Rani Investment LLC
Minor adds three new Mozambique resorts to its portfolio with Rani Investment LLC   Minor Hotel Group (MHG) is expanding its global footprint with the addition of new hotel and spa properties in Mozambique in conjunction with long term strategic partners – Dubai-based Rani Investment. All three sites will be reflagged as MGH’s .... More>>
08 Apr 2014
Czech Constitutional Court stamps out prohibitive spa financing rules
Czech Constitutional Court stamps out prohibitive spa financing rules   The Czech Constitutional court has scrapped a Health Ministry directive limiting the volume of medical spa care covered by health insurers, in a move designed to stem the significant losses being incurred by wellness facilities. Czech spas have run into serious financial trouble in recent years due to the directive, introduced by then health minister Leo Heger in 2011, according to national media. Medical spas had .... More>>
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