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14 Mar 2014
Underwater exhibition makes waves at Niyama and Huvafen Fushi resorts
Underwater exhibition makes waves at Niyama and Huvafen Fushi resorts   The Niyama and Huvafen Fushi resorts in the Maldives are encouraging guests to take the plunge into the world of culture with a new underwater art exhibition by Andreas Franke. Each photographic piece – which is cased in plexiglass and suspended from underwater structures – features the signature of the Indian .... More>>
14 Mar 2014
Spa and military boot camp digs heels into northern Thailand
Spa and military boot camp digs heels into northern Thailand   A destination resort in the hills of northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai is combining spa treatments with a military-themed boot camp to tempt wellness tourists from across the globe. The Fresh Start Thailand Fitness Boot Camp opened amid the rubble of .... More>>
13 Mar 2014
Opening date set for spa at Cornwall eco-retreat in the UK
Opening date set for spa at Cornwall eco-retreat in the UK
  The Made For Life Spa at the upcoming Una St Ives eco resort development in Cornwall, UK will officially open in August this year. The Una St Ives project is being backed by investor .... More>>
12 Mar 2014
Marriott Hotel Sisli opens with health club and spa in Istanbul, Turkey
Marriott Hotel Sisli opens with health club and spa in Istanbul, Turkey
  Marriott International has continued its expansion into Eastern Europe with the opening of its 259-bedroom Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli on 7 March, marking the brand’s 11th location in Turkey. The five-star hotel – the latest addition to the .... More>>
10 Mar 2014
Two Bunch Palms development plans to enter second phase in US
Two Bunch Palms development plans to enter second phase in US   Plans to redevelop Two Bunch Palms in California, US, are soon to enter a second development phase following an investment plan designed to raise up to US$11m (£6.5m, €7.9m) as part of a .... More>>
10 Mar 2014
Angsana-branded luxury spa coming to Malaysia's Penang
Angsana-branded luxury spa coming to Malaysia's Penang   Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is to open its first-ever resort in Malayasia following the unveiling of plans for a Angsana-branded luxury spa resort on the shores of Penang. The site is to be located on 3.2 hectares of land at Teluk Bahang, which .... More>>
10 Mar 2014
Deyaar plans US$245m development with spa in Business Bay
Deyaar plans US$245m development with spa in Business Bay   Deyaar Developments is to venture into the hospitality sector with the construction of a US$245m (£147m, €176m) combined residential and serviced apartment project, complete with its own spa facilities. To be constructed in Dubai’s Bussiness Bay, .... More>>
10 Mar 2014
Hoshino Resorts must adapt for the modern-day traveller says president
Hoshino Resorts must adapt for the modern-day traveller says president
  Yoshiharu Hoshino, president of luxury Japanese hot springs resort company Hoshino, has said that for the company to continue its recent growth then it must adapt to the needs of the modern day traveller. The Hoshino Resort Company opened its first .... More>>
07 Mar 2014
Tight salary control keeps spas in the black but compensation confusion a stumbling block according to US study
Tight salary control keeps spas in the black but compensation confusion a stumbling block according to US study   Salary costs remain the biggest opportunity and challenge for US spas with tight salary control often making the difference between operating in the red or the black, according to a new report from the US Day Spa Association (DSA). The 2014 Day .... More>>
06 Mar 2014
Europe plays huge role in wellness tourism expenditure, new figures show
Europe plays huge role in wellness tourism expenditure, new figures show   Six of the top 10 nations globally for wellness tourism expenditures are in Europe, with the region responsible for almost 40 per cent of all domestic and international wellness-focused trips taken worldwide each year, according to research published by The Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC). Conducted for .... More>>
06 Mar 2014
Carlson Rezidor to open first hotel in Crete
Carlson Rezidor to open first hotel in Crete   Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced its first hotel on the Greek island of Crete, in partnership with the Geniatakis family. The 318-bed Radisson Blu Beach Resort, Crete Milatos is scheduled to reopen after renovations in Q2 of 2016. .... More>>
06 Mar 2014
El Mangroove hotel and spa comes to Costa Rica
El Mangroove hotel and spa comes to Costa Rica   El Mangroove, a new hotel in Papagayo, Costa Rica, opened its doors last month, boasting an expansive spa and wellness area. The spa itself, which aims to provide clients with a natural, .... More>>
05 Mar 2014
Grace Hotels to open fourth Greek location in 2017
Grace Hotels to open fourth Greek location in 2017
  Grace Hotels has announced plans for a new beachfront luxury hotel development in the Peloponnese region of Greece to open in 2017. The 125-bedroom hotel, to be located near the city of Kalamata, will include a spa and wellness centre offering a .... More>>
04 Mar 2014
Saudi firm investing US$100m in luxury Maldives island resort
Saudi firm investing US$100m in luxury Maldives island resort   Saudi Arabian real estate firm Best Choice Real Estate Development has revealed plans to build a US$100m (£59.7m, €72.6m) resort and spa in the Laamu Atoll in the Maldives. The .... More>>
04 Mar 2014
Ghislain Waeyaert joins Deep Nature Development as MD
Ghislain Waeyaert joins Deep Nature Development as MD   Ghislain Waeyaert has been announced as the new managing director at Deep Nature Development. The move comes after his departure from Clarins, where he was international boutique and spa director for five years. During his tenure at Clarins, the company built its presence as a spa product house with its Spa MyBlend by Clarins and Spa by Clarins brands. Major .... More>>
04 Mar 2014
Vdara Hotel & Spa and ESPA combine for luxury wellness offering
Vdara Hotel & Spa and ESPA combine for luxury wellness offering   Vdara Hotel & Spa and ESPA have come together to offer a progressive luxury wellness facility in Las Vegas, US. ESPA at Vdara is ESPA’s first branded offering on the West Coast of America and only the third in the US, alongside Acqualina Spa by .... More>>
03 Mar 2014
Waldorf Astoria opens in Beijing, with spa set for April launch
Waldorf Astoria opens in Beijing, with spa set for April launch   Hilton Worldwide has expanded its presence in Beijing with the opening of the Chinese capital's first Waldorf Astoria. The 176-room hotel joins Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund as the brand looks to make its mark in the booming China market. Operated by Hilton and owned by China Oil & Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), Waldorf Astoria Beijing will soon feature a spa and fitness centre, with a heated indoor swimming .... More>>
03 Mar 2014
Planet Beach opens automated wellness centre in Louisiana, US
Planet Beach opens automated wellness centre in Louisiana, US   The Planet Beach franchise has opened a new wellness centre in the state of Louisiana, with the facility offering guests the use of push-button beauty and health treatments. Located in the town of Mandville, the new Planet Beach will feature equipment operated by guests without the need of a therapist or .... More>>
03 Mar 2014
SpaUK launches online benchmarking programme
SpaUK launches online benchmarking programme   SpaUK – an association for British spas – has launched a new online benchmarking programme enabling members to compare their key performance indicators (KPIs) against the rest of the market. The tool, created by hospitality software specialist .... More>>
03 Mar 2014
Armenia pinpoints spa and wellness as key to tourism drive
Armenia pinpoints spa and wellness as key to tourism drive   Armenia aims to boost its foreign tourism numbers by 10 per cent in 2014, by championing the spa sector as one of its main selling points. Tourism has been a key sector of the Armenian economy since the 1990s, with nearly a million people .... More>>
01 Mar 2014
Claudia Rimerman to lead Spafinder's corporate wellness charge
Claudia Rimerman to lead Spafinder's corporate wellness charge   Spafinder Wellness has appointed Claudia Rimerman as senior vice president for corporate group and wellness, as the company moves to strengthen its position in what it sees as a strong area for growth. The US-based wellness industry company – which covers media, marketing and gifting – believes employee and corporate wellness offerings possess untapped potential, as companies strive to reign in health care costs and .... More>>
27 Feb 2014
Como opens Phuket resort Point Yamu
Como opens Phuket resort Point Yamu   Como Hotels and Resorts has opened a new resort in Phuket – its first in Thailand outside of the capital Bangkok. Point Yamu features 79 rooms and 27 private villas, overlooking both UNESCO World Heritage Site Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea. The beachside development was designed by Paola Navone, working .... More>>
26 Feb 2014
Elemis stages international distributor conference
Elemis stages international distributor conference   Distributors from 24 countries, from as far afield as Australia, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, gathered in London on 20-24 February for the very first international distributor .... More>>
25 Feb 2014
Outrigger Mauritius reveals spa details and opening date
Outrigger Mauritius reveals spa details and opening date
  The Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa, which first welcomed guests 30 January, has exclusively revealed to Spa Opportunities the details of its new spa opening next month (March). The 1,800sq m (19,375sq ft) Navasana Spa features seven .... More>>
25 Feb 2014
Industry gathers for World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014
Industry gathers for World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014   Having spent the day at the Professional Spa & Wellness Convention in London, industry leaders hopped across town to the Guildhall on Sunday night for the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014. Mandarin Oriental was the big winner on the night, with .... More>>
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