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21 Oct 2014
Arnaud Diaz moves from Comfort Zone to Thalgo
Arnaud Diaz moves from Comfort Zone to Thalgo   Thalgo Cosmetics Group has appointed Arnaud Diaz as international director of the company. He has moved from Comfort Zone skincare, where he used to be responsible for international development. Diaz will use his expertise in spa business strategy development and execution – in addition to his understanding of marketing and sales – to help support the international .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
First ever Planet Hollywood hotel outside Las Vegas to open in Asia
First ever Planet Hollywood hotel outside Las Vegas to open in Asia   Asia's first Planet Hollywood Hotel will launch in Goa, India, before the end of 2014. It is the second Planet Hollywood-branded property in the world, following the existing property in Las Vegas, US. A franchise agreement with India’s JMJ Group has been signed with the owner of the Planet Hollywood brand, .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
GSWS publishes its best practice manual for hydrothermal projects
GSWS publishes its best practice manual for hydrothermal projects   The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) has published a standards guide for spa and wellness industry projects, the Guide to Hydrothermal Spa Development Standards. The book is designed to help spa owners, operators, architects and .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
US medi-spa offers medical marijuana recommendation letters
US medi-spa offers medical marijuana recommendation letters   A medi-spa in Massachusetts, US, is offering medical marijuana evaluations in addition to its regular preventative health procedures. Evaluations are carried out by doctors at the clinic, who then offer recommendation letters for the use of .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Spa sommelier to tailor treatments at Spanish abbey hotel
Spa sommelier to tailor treatments at Spanish abbey hotel   Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, a five-star retreat in Spain’s Duero wine region is transforming the estate’s former stable into a spa, complete with a ‘spa sommelier’ who will carry out blind tasting sessions for each guest before suggesting treatments based on individual preferences. The entire estate, which used .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Naked mixed-gender yoga takes off in London
Naked mixed-gender yoga takes off in London   The latest fitness trend to hit London is mixed-gender naked yoga classes. Actor Matthew McConaughey and pop artist Lady Gaga are said to be fans of the liberating exercise, which supposedly helps participants beat weight issues and become less .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Study to explore anti-inflammation effects of yoga on cancer patients
Study to explore anti-inflammation effects of yoga on cancer patients   A study will begin in the US this December to test the effectiveness of yoga in tackling the inflammation commonly suffered by cancer patients, caused either by tumours or treatments. A form of yoga therapy, developed at the University of Rochester Medical Center, called “Yocas”, has been devised for cancer patients and survivors. Patients will practice this form .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Russian spa industry association's first congress to be held at the end of the month
Russian spa industry association's first congress to be held at the end of the month   Attendee registration is underway for the first Spa & Wellness International Council’s (SWIC) Congress, which is taking place in Moscow at the end of this month. President of the trade association SWIC, Elena Bogacheva, told Spa Opportunities that the congress will become the main place of education and networking for spa and wellness professionals at all levels. “The spa and wellness community in Russia and CIS .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
£25m resort planned for the Scottish Highlands
£25m resort planned for the Scottish Highlands   A resort that would take 20 years and an estimated £25m (US$40m, €31.4m) to develop is being planned in 7,300 acres of national forest land next to Britain’s highest mountain peak, Ben .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
Revamped ski hotel and spa to reopen in December
Revamped ski hotel and spa to reopen in December   Hotel des Dromonts, in the French ski resort of Avoriaz will reopen on 12 December following a €2m (US$2.6m, £1.6m) revamp after becoming part of the luxury Maisons & Hotels Sibuet brand. The 34-bedroom four-star property was originally designed .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
Spa Academy Powered by Elemis opens in Casablanca
Spa Academy Powered by Elemis opens in Casablanca   A new spa therapy training centre in Casablanca, Morocco, called 'The Spa Academy Powered by Elemis' is accepting applications from candidates with previous spa therapy experience. The Spa Academy will train students how to implement the .... More>>
16 Oct 2014
Research grant to fund the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder with spa therapies
Research grant to fund the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder with spa therapies   The International Spa Association (ISPA) Foundation has announced the second recipient of the Dr Howard Murad Research Grant at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo, which has just taken place in Las Vegas, US, between 13-15 October. Dr Rashmi Mullur of Los Angeles, US, will receive US$45,000 (€35,165, £28,155) toward her research, which is looking into determining the effects of a comprehensive lifestyle intervention on .... More>>
16 Oct 2014
Four Seasons in Maldives reveals night spa treatments by ila
Four Seasons in Maldives reveals night spa treatments by ila   The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is launching a new sleep-enhancing ritual at its Night Spa, designed by organic skincare brand ila. Guests are whisked away from the 96 thatch-roofed bungalows, beach bungalows and suites at .... More>>
15 Oct 2014
Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa relaunches in Bath, UK, after major refurbishment
Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa relaunches in Bath, UK, after major refurbishment   The Grade I-listed Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath, UK, has finally relaunched after a heritage-led refurbishment of the Georgian building that dates back to the mid-1700s. The privately-owned investment firm Topland Group acquired the two .... More>>
15 Oct 2014
Starwood's W hotel brand to debut in Marrakech in 2017
Starwood's W hotel brand to debut in Marrakech in 2017   Starwood Hotels & Resorts will launch its W brand in Marrakech, Morocco, in 2017 in the Hivernage district of the city. The hotel will be called W Marrakech and will be owned by Morocco-based Menatlas 14 S.A. – a company that operates within a .... More>>
15 Oct 2014
Operator Toskanaworld takes over neighbouring flood-damaged hotel
Operator Toskanaworld takes over neighbouring flood-damaged hotel   The five-star hotel Elbresidenz in the German spa town of Bad Schandau is to be salvaged by thermal bath operator Toskanaworld GmbH, after the hotel was devastated by a flooded river in June 2013. In the last week Toskanaworld has acquired the 211-bedroom hotel from Ostsächsische Sparkasse, a savings bank that .... More>>
14 Oct 2014
Golden Door relaunches as 600-acre biodynamic retreat
Golden Door relaunches as 600-acre biodynamic retreat   The globally-renowned Golden Door wellness resort in Escondido, California, has relaunched following an expansion from 377 acres to 600 acres, making way for gardens and orchards growing ingredients required for its new artisanal product line. In .... More>>
14 Oct 2014
Online insurance comparison tool launched for personal appearance services market
Online insurance comparison tool launched for personal appearance services market   An online insurance quotation platform called Insurance Noodle has been launched enabling US salons and spas to compare insurance offerings and receive bindable quotes within minutes. Formerly a subsidiary of Willis Group Holdings, a US insurance .... More>>
14 Oct 2014
Moroccan thermal spa projects unveiled by state-owned subsidiary Sothermy
Moroccan thermal spa projects unveiled by state-owned subsidiary Sothermy   Sothermy, a subsidiary of the Moroccan state-owned financial institution that manages the country’s long-term savings – CDG – is developing a hot spring spa and hotel plus a public thermal .... More>>
14 Oct 2014
University of Derby, UK, to host The Buxton Spa and Wellness Conference 2014
University of Derby, UK, to host The Buxton Spa and Wellness Conference 2014   The University of Derby, Buxton, UK, is hosting The Buxton Spa and Wellness Conference 2014 on 30 October. The networking and educational event will be hosted in The Devonshire Dome, home to the university’s international spa management .... More>>
13 Oct 2014
Spafinder and cancer education organisation form partnership
Spafinder and cancer education organisation form partnership   Spa and wellness media and marketing company Spafinder Wellness has partnered with non-profit cancer-focused education organisation Wellness for Cancer. The partnership has been formed to allow members of Spafinder’s global network to reach people who have experienced or are living with cancer. Those with cancer, present or in remission, make up a broad segment of .... More>>
13 Oct 2014
ISPA's 24th annual Conference and Expo kicks off in Las Vegas
ISPA's 24th annual Conference and Expo kicks off in Las Vegas   The International Spa Association’s (ISPA) 24th annual Conference and Expo today (13 October) gets underway at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, running until 15 October. Several high-profile keynote speakers will lead discussions on the .... More>>
13 Oct 2014
Wahanda acquires German equivalent Salonmeister as part of expansion plan
Wahanda acquires German equivalent Salonmeister as part of expansion plan   Europe’s largest hair and beauty booking platform, Wahanda, has acquired its German equivalent Salonmeister as part of a strategy to expand and integrate into a single global marketplace. Based in Berlin, Salonmeister is the leading hair and beauty booking platform in Germany, Austria & Switzerland, with more .... More>>
13 Oct 2014
Minor Hotel Group rebrands Mozambique resorts
Minor Hotel Group rebrands Mozambique resorts   A 12-villa resort on Medjumbe, a tiny private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago off the northern coast of Mozambique, has been rebranded and launched as an Anantara property by Minor Hotel Group (MHG) and its long-term strategic partner Dubai-based Rani Investment. MHG owns 25 per cent of the Anantara .... More>>
10 Oct 2014
Deep Nature to manage spas at three Starwood properties in New Caledonia
Deep Nature to manage spas at three Starwood properties in New Caledonia   French spa operation firm Deep Nature is set to manage three new spas at Starwood-operated properties in New Caledonia, in the Pacific Ocean. The operator has revealed that it hopes to increase revenue at the spas by offering promotions that .... More>>
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