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16 Sep 2014
Is Vasper the future of spa fitness offerings?
Is Vasper the future of spa fitness offerings?   Vasper, a hi-tech training system based on cooling and compression, has been designed to deliver the benefits of anaerobic exercise without the high intensity effort. With organisations including Google and NASA among its admirers, the product has been earmarked as a potentially vital tool for helping savvy spa operators make sure their fitness offering is up to date. .... More>>
16 Sep 2014
MIT Media Lab unveils wellness initiative
MIT Media Lab unveils wellness initiative   The MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research facility, has launched a wellness initiative designed to spark innovation in the area of health and wellbeing, while promoting healthier workplace and lifestyle behaviours. The Robert Wood Johnson .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
What does an unhealthy BMI look like?
What does an unhealthy BMI look like?   Health messages and pictures of what a healthy and unhealthy BMI look like should be combined, according to researchers who believe that as the rest of the global population’s obesity levels rise, we may all lose sight of what a healthy body actually looks like. African American women are not concerned about .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
First L'Occitane spa in the Bahamas to be unveiled
First L'Occitane spa in the Bahamas to be unveiled   The Club Med Columbus Isle resort is preparing to reveal the first and only L’Occitane spa in the Bahamas this November as part of an US$8m (€6m, £4.9m) investment in the resort. The newly-refurbished 36 deluxe rooms and 180 Club Med bedrooms on .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
Victorian Woodhall Spa baths to reopen after 40 years
Victorian Woodhall Spa baths to reopen after 40 years   A plan to reopen the historic Woodhall Spa baths, which gave the Lincolnshire village its name, has been announced by developers after 15 years of attempts to renovate the derelict building – currently considered an eyesore by residents. The Woodhall Spa Pump Room and Baths, which closed in 1983, has been .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
Armenian non-profit group trains blind citizens in massage therapy
Armenian non-profit group trains blind citizens in massage therapy   The Armenian non-profit group Seeing Hands is helping to train and employ blind nationals in massage therapy in the hope that the nation can emulate China and South Korea, where tens of thousands of blind citizens have become massage therapists. A .... More>>
15 Sep 2014
US$3.5bn Baha Mar resort launch delayed until next spring
US$3.5bn Baha Mar resort launch delayed until next spring   Originally scheduled to open in December of this year, the US$3.5 billion (€2.7bn, £2.2bn) Baha Mar resort complex in the Bahamas has delayed its debut until late spring 2015 due to a series .... More>>
12 Sep 2014
Water Palace Spa planned for hotel in Xiamen, China, by A.W. Lake
Water Palace Spa planned for hotel in Xiamen, China, by A.W. Lake   The Urban Resort Concept-operated (URC) PuShang Hotel and Spa in Xiamen, China, is set to open in Q4 of 2016 with a Water Palace Spa, based on the importance of bathing in Chinese culture. The 175-bedroom hotel’s 3,200sq m (34,445sq ft) URSPA will include 12 treatment chambers – two of which are double treatment .... More>>
12 Sep 2014
Thai massage parlours in Australian city mistaken for brothels
Thai massage parlours in Australian city mistaken for brothels   A number of massage parlours are being mistaken by prospective male clients for illegal brothels in the Australian city of Gold Coast in southern Queensland. Every week at the Sabai Traditional Thai Massage and Spa men seek sexual favours causing the business, and other wellbeing facilities in the city, to publish signs on their price menus that say “no sexual .... More>>
12 Sep 2014
Semiahmoo destination wellness retreat planned in the US
Semiahmoo destination wellness retreat planned in the US   Plans have been filed for a new 70,000sq ft (6,503sq m) destination spa on the Semiahmoo spit overlooking Semiahmoo Bay in Washington, US. Entirely unaffiliated with the existing .... More>>
12 Sep 2014
Delos and Mayo Clinic pair up for wellbeing product testing lab
Delos and Mayo Clinic pair up for wellbeing product testing lab   Delos, the company that created the Well Building Standard™, has agreed to design, build and operate a newly-formed Well Living Lab with renowned US health provider Mayo Clinic Center. This will be a multidisciplinary lab focused on the interaction between health, wellness and the built environment. Delos’ .... More>>
11 Sep 2014
Leela Palace Chennai opens ESPA spa overlooking Bay of Bengal
Leela Palace Chennai opens ESPA spa overlooking Bay of Bengal   Indian luxury hotel group The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has opened an ESPA spa at The Leela Palace Chennai with panoramic views of the Bay of Bengal. The 16,000sq ft (1,500sq m) ESPA serves visitors of the hotel’s 326-guestrooms, offering .... More>>
11 Sep 2014
Constance Hotels & Resorts' explains recently launched 'U Spa' concept
Constance Hotels & Resorts' explains recently launched 'U Spa' concept   Constance Hotels & Resorts recently launched its new wellness concept called the ‘U Spa’, which replaces its former Spa de Constance brand. The new brand’s ethos is to focus on personalised experiences. Each guest receives a Spa Experience Card so .... More>>
11 Sep 2014
US wellness schemes hurt by Affordable Care Act
US wellness schemes hurt by Affordable Care Act   Large companies in the US are worried that federal requirements in the Affordable Care Act will limit the effectiveness of their employee wellness programmes. Ratified in 2013, the Affordable Care Act allows employers to offer programmes that .... More>>
11 Sep 2014
Six Senses Spa to complete resort offering at Thailand's Evason Hua Hin
Six Senses Spa to complete resort offering at Thailand's Evason Hua Hin   Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has signed a licence agreement with the owner of a beach resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, to operate a Six Senses Spa as the property undergoes significant refurbishment. Pending the acquisition of the property by the .... More>>
11 Sep 2014
Kyrgyzstan's natural health resorts gain in popularity due to low prices
Kyrgyzstan's natural health resorts gain in popularity due to low prices   Health and wellness vacations in Kyrgyzstan and other former Soviet Union destinations are gaining in popularity due to the low cost of retreat packages and natural resources such as mineral water springs and mud baths. Situated 1,775m (5,823ft) .... More>>
10 Sep 2014
Global Spa and Wellness Summit: Day one report
Global Spa and Wellness Summit: Day one report   The Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) kicked off in Marrakech, Morocco, today (10 September), with more than 400 delegates gathering from 45 countries to share knowledge and best practice. The GSWS is an invitation-only event which draws senior decision-makers from across the world of spa. Delegates were .... More>>
10 Sep 2014
Mandarin Oriental, Dubai scheduled to open in 2017
Mandarin Oriental, Dubai scheduled to open in 2017   Mandarin Oriental is set to manage an urban resort in Dubai, UAE, which is currently under development on Jumeirah Beach Road with direct access to the nearby beach. Scheduled to open in 2017, the 200-bedroom project is owned by Dubai Real Estate .... More>>
10 Sep 2014
Mentors for spa management training scheme revealed at GSWS
Mentors for spa management training scheme revealed at GSWS   The list of mentors for the recently announced spa manager mentorship programme as part of the Global Spa Management Education Initiative have been revealed at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) currently taking place in Marrakech, Morocco. .... More>>
10 Sep 2014
NZ$18.5m hot spring development planned by Wyndham Hotel Group
NZ$18.5m hot spring development planned by Wyndham Hotel Group   International hotel chain Wyndham Hotel Group has announced plans to increase its portfolio of properties in New Zealand to include two apartment hotels in Christchurch and Queenstown, as well as a resort and spa in hot spring town Rotorua. .... More>>
10 Sep 2014
St. Regis Chengdu debuts with an Iridium Spa
St. Regis Chengdu debuts with an Iridium Spa   St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has launched The St. Regis Chengdu in the capital of the Chinese province of Sichuan in UNESCO’s first City of Gastronomy in Asia – also home to more than 252 Fortune 500 .... More>>
10 Sep 2014
Spa leaders gather in Morocco for the start of GSWS
Spa leaders gather in Morocco for the start of GSWS   The eighth annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) has kicked off today at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, Morocco, and will continue until 12 September – with an agenda full of discussion panels, talks and workshops. Delegates from more than 45 nations will gather to explore the future of technology, design, brain science, retailing, marketing and investment trends in relation to spa and wellness. Ministers of .... More>>
10 Sep 2014
Delos and WTS announce strategic alliance
Delos and WTS announce strategic alliance   Delos, the company behind the Well Building Standard™, has announced an alliance with WTS International (WTS), the global consultancy which designs and manages spa, wellness and fitness facilities. Together, they’ll collaborate to integrate Delos’ standards into facilities designed by WTS. The Well Building .... More>>
10 Sep 2014
Spas across Florida offer luxury treatments for less in September
Spas across Florida offer luxury treatments for less in September   Spas in the US city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are taking part in the Lauderdale Spa Chic event, where throughout the month of September people can experience resort spa luxury for less. .... More>>
09 Sep 2014
Banyan Tree Spa to debut by the Li River in Yangshou county, southeast China
Banyan Tree Spa to debut by the Li River in Yangshou county, southeast China   Asian spa operator Banyan Tree Spa is to open a new spa in the ancient township of Fuli, southeast China, amidst the Karst Mountains and Li River, designed as a village retreat. Located 90 minutes from Guilin International Airport, the 975sq m (10,500sq ft) spa is set to open in on 23 September and features two .... More>>
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