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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>>
08 Apr 2014
Gentlemen's Tonic India partners with Worship Salon for New Delhi launch
Gentlemen's Tonic India partners with Worship Salon for New Delhi launch   The men’s only grooming brand, Gentlemen’s Tonic, has extended its global expansion with the launch of a 1,800sq ft (167.2sq m) barbershop in India – with facilities for women provided by its partners – Worship Salon. Gentlemen’s Tonic India and Worship Salon are located at the DLF Emporio shopping resort in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Designed by Anica Kocchar of Phenotype Designs, the two Gentlemen’s Tonic India treatment rooms use products from Epicuren and Repechage for facials. Founded by Olivier .... More>>
08 Apr 2014
ESPA rolls out royal treatment for Riyadh offering
ESPA rolls out royal treatment for Riyadh offering   Al Faisaliah Spa by ESPA – Saudi Arabia’s first internationally branded ladies-only spa – officially opened at the end of March, with several members of the Saudi royal family in attendance. The illustrious guest list is perhaps explained by the .... More>>
08 Apr 2014
New owners of Claremont Hotel Club and Spa outline major makeover plans
New owners of Claremont Hotel Club and Spa outline major makeover plans   A multi-million dollar renovation is being planned for Claremont Hotel Club and Spa in Berkeley, as part of an ambitious redevelopment scheme from its new owners. The spa been jointly-purchased by FRHI Hotels & Resorts (parent company of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts) and financier Richard Blum, who have yet to .... More>>
04 Apr 2014
Swiss St. Moritz centre's spa expects 35,000 visitors in its first year
Swiss St. Moritz centre's spa expects 35,000 visitors in its first year   Set to open on 5 July this year, after 26 months of construction, the Swiss Ovaverva swimming pool expects 100,000 visitors in its first year and its spa anticipates 35,000 customers. Spread over four floors, the €67m (US$91.8m, £55.3m) .... More>>
04 Apr 2014
Tennessee's Blackberry Farm to launch Wellhouse spa in June
Tennessee's Blackberry Farm to launch Wellhouse spa in June   Blackberry Farm – the 62-bedroom chateau property in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee – will unveil its new wellness spa centre on 1 June later this year. The 12,663sq ft .... More>>
04 Apr 2014
New Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills hotel to team up with AO Spa & Club
New Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills hotel to team up with AO Spa & Club   The first Andaz hotel located in Japan, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, is set to open on 11 June 2014 – with full access to the building’s existing AO Spa & Club. The twelfth hotel to join the Andaz brand is located on floors 47 to 52 of the 52-storey Toranomon Hills tower, which was developed as part of an urban engineering project integrating central Tokyo with the bay area. Guests will have access to the AO Spa & Club, found on the tower’s 37th floor. Lit by paper lanterns, the 1,350sq m (14,350sq ft) spa and fitness centre overlooks the Imperial Palace grounds. There are five treatment rooms in the spa, in addition to the health .... More>>
03 Apr 2014
Sugar further linked to global health epidemic
Sugar further linked to global health epidemic   A spoonful can help to make the medicine go down, but according to a new feature in the latest edition of Spa Business magazine, growing research suggests that sugar may in fact be the key culprit behind the current global epidemic of obesity and chronic disease. In the UK, sugar was labelled "the new .... More>>
03 Apr 2014
Hoteliers misunderstand the spa industry, says Sheila McCann
Hoteliers misunderstand the spa industry, says Sheila McCann   Sheila McCann, general manager of the Chiva-Som destination spa in Thailand, has said that most hoteliers don’t fully understand the spa industry because of their backgrounds. “Most come up through food & beverage or the rooms division,” said McCann speaking to the Spa Handbook. “They don’t take spas seriously enough as an operation to ever really enable the full business potential, although, thankfully this patttern is starting to change.” McCann also said that having a spa person on board at a hotel brings .... More>>
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