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01 Oct 2014
Tom Dixon's Mondrian Hotel, London, now open
Tom Dixon's Mondrian Hotel, London, now open   Tom Dixon and Design Research Studio (DRS) have unveiled Europe’s first Mondrian Hotel by Morgans Hotel Group on London’s Southbank. Located in Platner-designed Sea Containers House along the River Thames, the building was originally conceived to .... More>>
01 Oct 2014
Brain 'can be trained' to operate computers using yoga and meditation
Brain 'can be trained' to operate computers using yoga and meditation   Long term practitioners of yoga and meditation can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience, according to research by biomedical engineers at the University of .... More>>
30 Sep 2014
Thailand to consider scrapping excise tax on spa fees to promote tourism
Thailand to consider scrapping excise tax on spa fees to promote tourism   Thailand’s excise department is to consider supporting tourism by abolishing tax levied on profits made by the country’s golf courses and spas. The excise department’s general director, Somchai Poolsawasdi, revealed that Thailand’s finance .... More>>
29 Sep 2014
Two found dead in decompression chamber at Japanese spa
Two found dead in decompression chamber at Japanese spa   A man and woman have died in a decompression chamber at a Japanese hot spring spa in the Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo. A 65 year-old man and 58 year-old woman were found collapsed on Sunday in the dome-shaped chamber named “Pascal Health .... More>>
29 Sep 2014
Global Wellness Institute's branding structure revealed at GSWS 2014
Global Wellness Institute's branding structure revealed at GSWS 2014   Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS), unveiled the branding structure of new industry body the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) at the GSWS 2014, in Marrakech, Morocco, earlier this month. The GWI, whose conception .... More>>
26 Sep 2014
Hospital to launch on-site spa for patients and public in Columbia, US
Hospital to launch on-site spa for patients and public in Columbia, US   The Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge hospital in the city of Columbia, South Carolina, US, has partnered with spa and plastic surgery clinic Healing Waters to create a new spa to provide .... More>>
26 Sep 2014
Anantara to operate waterfront hotel in Dubai's Culture Village in 2018
Anantara to operate waterfront hotel in Dubai's Culture Village in 2018   Anantara Resorts Hotels & Spas will operate a luxury waterfront hotel in Dubai’s Culture Village district to launch in early 2018, directly facing the Dubai Creek. The 270-bedroom hotel is being developed by Dubai Properties Group, a subsidiary of .... More>>
26 Sep 2014
Mandarin Oriental to support breast cancer charities through specialised spa treatments
Mandarin Oriental to support breast cancer charities through specialised spa treatments   Mandarin Oriental spas will be offering a new set of treatments by product house Aromatherapy Associates during the month of October, designed to contribute to the fight against breast cancer. The treatments have been developed to decrease the .... More>>
25 Sep 2014
Swiss hostel offers budget travellers 1,900sq m of wellness facilities
Swiss hostel offers budget travellers 1,900sq m of wellness facilities   A youth hostel in the car-free glacier village of Saas-Fee, Switzerland, opened earlier this month, offering 1,900sq m (20,451sq ft) of wellness and sports facilities and declaring itself the first “wellness hostel” in the world. The 168-bed .... More>>
25 Sep 2014
Wellness Award winners announced at GSWS 2014
Wellness Award winners announced at GSWS 2014   The first ever Global Wellness Award winners were announced at the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in Marrakech, Morocco, earlier this month. The Global Wellness Awards were given to individuals in three categories: Wellness Innovator, Leader in Sustainability and Leading Woman in Wellness. The GSWS board of directors determined the winners. Don Ardell PhD and John Travis MD, two wellness experts considered to be .... More>>
25 Sep 2014
Paradise leased? Uninhabited Maldivian island with resort permits put on the market
Paradise leased? Uninhabited Maldivian island with resort permits put on the market   The uninhabited Maldivian island of Orivaru – one of 71 islands that form the Noonu Atoll – is up for sale with an asking price of £8.5m (US$13.9m, €10.9m). The 34.6-acre island, ringed by .... More>>
25 Sep 2014
Himalayan Ananda Spa to launch arthritis retreat in October
Himalayan Ananda Spa to launch arthritis retreat in October   The Himalayan destination spa Ananda will launch its first ‘Living with Arthritis’ retreat from 1-5 October, using Ayurvedic techniques to target the symptoms of arthritis. Ananda Spa’s Ayurvedic expert, Dr Shijoe Mathew, will lead the retreat. .... More>>
24 Sep 2014
Australasian Spa Association's 2014 Expo & Conference scheduled for October
Australasian Spa Association's 2014 Expo & Conference scheduled for October   The Australasian Spa Association’s (ASpa) annual Conference & Expo will take place from 26-28 October at the five-star Langham Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Spa industry professionals from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and neighbouring islands in .... More>>
24 Sep 2014
Cheval Blanc property set to debut in the Caribbean with treatments by Guerlain
Cheval Blanc property set to debut in the Caribbean with treatments by Guerlain   The Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France is set to join the Cheval Blanc portfolio when it opens on 15 October, featuring the first Guerlain treatments to reach the Caribbean at its re-imagined spa. Acquired by Cheval Blanc brand owner LVMH in July .... More>>
24 Sep 2014
Massage booking site that pairs consumers with therapists for in-home treatments expands
Massage booking site that pairs consumers with therapists for in-home treatments expands   The “in-home” massage-on-demand service, Zeel, is expanding its service beyond New York to more parts of the US, including South Florida, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. The online booking service, which pairs trained massage .... More>>
24 Sep 2014
Marilyn Monroe Spa to open at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Florida
Marilyn Monroe Spa to open at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Florida   Marilyn Monroe Spas will open a US$1.5m (€1.2m, £0.9m) 5,200sq ft (483sq m) spa and beauty salon in November at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress near Walt Disney World in Florida, US. The 815-bedroom hotel will host the fourth Marilyn Monroe Spa boutique - a beauty salon concept founded by former Walt Disney .... More>>
23 Sep 2014
Stanford Prevention Research Center to recruit 'citizen scientists' for wellness tracking project
Stanford Prevention Research Center to recruit 'citizen scientists' for wellness tracking project   A new wellness project planned by the Stanford Prevention Research Center is set to launch in 2015 and will focus on wellness rather than disease – under the hypothesis that promoting wellness thwarts disease. An unrestricted gift to Stanford .... More>>
23 Sep 2014
Obesity is the new smoking, says NHS boss in England
Obesity is the new smoking, says NHS boss in England   Obesity is the new smoking in terms of its impact on health and cost to the national health service (NHS), according to the organisation's England chief executive. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, set to publish a five-year plan for the .... More>>
23 Sep 2014
Homely spa design is the future, says Bill Bensley
Homely spa design is the future, says Bill Bensley   Spas need to be designed more like homes, according to Bill Bensley, owner of spa design company Bensley Design Studios. In a letter to Spa Business, Bensley highlighted the challenge for the spa design will be to avoid repetition: “Long .... More>>
23 Sep 2014
Oily massage towels left in day spa dryer cause fire
Oily massage towels left in day spa dryer cause fire   A fire at a day spa in Adelaide, Australia, has caused damage to the tune of AU$200,000 (US$177,000, €138,000, £109,000) and will need an extensive refurbishment before it can reopen. More than 20 firefighters worked to contain the fire to a rear .... More>>
22 Sep 2014
Andrew Gibson opens first FRHI spa since his appointment in January
Andrew Gibson opens first FRHI spa since his appointment in January   FRHI Hotels & Resort’s Raffles Istanbul opened earlier this month on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey, at the heart of the new Zorlu Center – a high fashion, performance, fine food and arts bazaar. The 181-bedroom hotel, which has sweeping .... More>>
22 Sep 2014
New research undertaken to explore benefits and drawbacks of hatha yoga for bipolar sufferers
New research undertaken to explore benefits and drawbacks of hatha yoga for bipolar sufferers   A new research scheme has set out to explore the positive and negative impacts of hatha yoga on those suffering from bipolar disorder, with the investigation being led by the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in the United States. The lead .... More>>
22 Sep 2014
First continental European Neal's Yard Remedies spa opens in Portugal
First continental European Neal's Yard Remedies spa opens in Portugal   The first continental European Neal’s Yard Remedies Spa has opened in what used to be the private home of a 17th Century noble family, now known as the Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda in the Western Algarve, Portugal. Treatments by organic and .... More>>
19 Sep 2014
GSWS 2014 releases Global Wellness Economy Monitor report
GSWS 2014 releases Global Wellness Economy Monitor report   The global spa industry has grown by 58 per cent since 2007 and is now valued at US$94bn (€73bn, £57bn), according to research released at last week’s Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) in Marrakech, Morocco. What’s more, the number of spa facilities worldwide has increased by 47 per cent – from 71,762 facilities in 2007 to 105,591 facilities in 2013. These .... More>>
19 Sep 2014
Medi-spa regulatory update to be hosted by American Med Spa Association
Medi-spa regulatory update to be hosted by American Med Spa Association   The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) is co-hosting a regulatory programme for the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in partnership with the law firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker. The one-day programme, on 20 .... More>>
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