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12 Dec 2014
Obesity cuts lives short by ‘up to 8 years’
Obesity cuts lives short by ‘up to 8 years’   Being severely obese can cut a person’s life short by up to eight years and cause decades of ill health, according to a study carried out by researchers from McGill University in Canada. The findings, published in the Lancet Diabetes and .... More>>
11 Dec 2014
Bulgarian tourism chief decries balneotherapy shortcomings
Bulgarian tourism chief decries balneotherapy shortcomings   Rumen Draganov, director of the Bulgarian Institute for Tourism Analyses and Assessments, has recently lamented the poor use of the country’s mineral water springs, noting the country should take cues from rival EU destinations. “Instead of building new balneotherapy centres, we destroy and close the existing .... More>>
11 Dec 2014
Country club and spa project for 20,000-acre UK site gets green light
Country club and spa project for 20,000-acre UK site gets green light   A planning application by Swinton Park for a 2,700sq m (29,063sq ft) country club and spa extension in North Yorkshire, UK, has been approved. The £5.5m (US$8.6m, €7m) project at the estate, which has been owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s, will be designed by Manchester-based architecture .... More>>
10 Dec 2014
Hyatt acquires full ownership of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
Hyatt acquires full ownership of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa   Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has acquired its partners’ 92 per cent interest in the 291-bedroom Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin/Bastrop, US, for approximately US$143m (€116m, £91m). Hyatt also assumed approximately US$65m (€53m, £42m) of property-level debt. .... More>>
09 Dec 2014
Kona Kai Resort's new SpaTerre features boutique selling 18 luxury brands
Kona Kai Resort's new SpaTerre features boutique selling 18 luxury brands   Noble House Hotels & Resorts has unveiled a SpaTerre – the group’s signature spa brand – at the oceanfront Kona Kai Resort Spa & Marina in San Diego on Shelter Island. The 7,020sq ft .... More>>
08 Dec 2014
Richard Branson takes to the seas with Virgin Cruises
Richard Branson takes to the seas with Virgin Cruises   Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is planning to ‘shake up’ the cruise line sector with the high-profile launch of Virgin Cruises. The group is partnering with global investment firm Bain Capital for the venture, which will see industry veteran Tom McAlpin – former CEO of The World, Residences at Sea and president of Disney Cruise Line – head up Virgin Cruises as CEO. Details are scarce at present – both the investment figure .... More>>
08 Dec 2014
Tribe picks JCJ Architecture to create hot spring masterplan
Tribe picks JCJ Architecture to create hot spring masterplan   JCJ Architecture of San Diego, known for designing large-scale casino hotel complexes, has been selected to plan the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ 22-acre (9-hectare) downtown site in Palm Springs, US – to transform it into the tribe’s .... More>>
08 Dec 2014
Group mindfulness 'as effective' as cognitive behavioural therapy at treating depression
Group mindfulness 'as effective' as cognitive behavioural therapy at treating depression   Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study which suggests wellness .... More>>
04 Dec 2014
'Thai face-slapping' massage fad comes to Los Angeles
'Thai face-slapping' massage fad comes to Los Angeles   Los Angeles residents are seeking 'face-slapping' massage therapy to maintain a youthful appearance. The upwards face-slapping technique is an evolution of the Thai massage routine called Sen, where therapists use a chopping motion around .... More>>
05 Dec 2014
Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs outlines the brand's expansion strategy
Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs outlines the brand's expansion strategy   Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs intends to propel the business into the space he defines as being between destination spas and resorts with spas through the rollout of three hotels and eight spas in 2015. Jacobs said at The International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes that while the company’s product is based on a platform of wellness and sustainability, people are “fed up” hearing about green initiatives. Six Senses is, .... More>>
04 Dec 2014
Brenners Park Hotel's health spa Villa Stéphanie to open in the New Year
Brenners Park Hotel's health spa Villa Stéphanie to open in the New Year   The Brenners Park Hotel in Baden Baden, Germany – the flagship property of the Oetker Collection – will launch its destination health spa Villa Stéphanie on 15 January 2015. The spa will feature 15 treatment rooms overlooking the Park’s gardens, a 500sq m (5,382sq ft) sauna, kneipping baths, a plunge pool for .... More>>
03 Dec 2014
South Korea's US$1.7bn resort and casino set for launch in 2017
South Korea's US$1.7bn resort and casino set for launch in 2017   Paradise Sega Sammy – South Korea’s first integrated resort – has been given an opening date of March 2017 following a groundbreaking ceremony for the US$1.7bn (€1.4bn, £1.1bn) casino, hotel, spa and theme park project. A joint venture between Japanese entertainment company Sega Sammy Holdings and Korean .... More>>
04 Dec 2014
The Miami Beach EDITION by Ian Schrager opens its doors
The Miami Beach EDITION by Ian Schrager opens its doors   The Miami Beach EDITION – a collaboration between entrepreneur Ian Schrager and operator Marriott International – has launched in the thriving Florida city. Located on a 3.5-acre (1.4-hectare) enclave stretching from Collins Avenue to the shoreline, the 294-key property and its 28 bungalows are an interlinked .... More>>
04 Dec 2014
Karma Royal Group takes on its first UK project at hamlet of sea-facing cottages
Karma Royal Group takes on its first UK project at hamlet of sea-facing cottages   Karma Royal Group recently announced the introduction of its first property in the UK – the only hotel on St Martin’s island, part of the Isles of Scilly archipelago off the most westerly point of England. Renowned UK interior designer Nicky .... More>>
04 Dec 2014
The Cedar Spa by L'Occitane opens at the newly launched JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa
The Cedar Spa by L'Occitane opens at the newly launched JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa   The Cedar Spa by L’Occitane has launched as part of the JW Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa opening in the hill stations - high-altitude settlements in the Indian Himalayas. The 115-key project marks the first JW Marriott resort in India and is .... More>>
03 Dec 2014
Eat within 12 hour window to lose weight: study
Eat within 12 hour window to lose weight: study   Confining meals to a 12-hour window and fasting for the remainder of the day makes a significant difference to whether fat is stored or burned up by the body, according to a study. Researchers at The Salk Institute in the US have found that people who don’t have access to healthy diets can practice time-restricted feeding to shed pounds and fight high cholesterol, .... More>>
03 Dec 2014
ISPA names 2015 board of directors and officers
ISPA names 2015 board of directors and officers   The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced its 2015 board of directors and officers. Their term will begin at the ISPA board meeting this December. The 2015 ISPA board will be led by elected chair Michael Tompkins, who is CEO of Hilton Head Health. “The ISPA board of directors have tremendous experience in the spa industry and will serve the ISPA membership well,” said ISPA president Lynne McNees. The .... More>>
03 Dec 2014
Restaurant and hotel collection relaunches resort following renovations and spa expansion
Restaurant and hotel collection relaunches resort following renovations and spa expansion   San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has launched an oceanfront hotel in Florida on Palm Beach – the Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa – following a series of property enhancements and .... More>>
02 Dec 2014
Amanda Roman Al-Masri appointed global director of spa development and operations at Starwood
Amanda Roman Al-Masri appointed global director of spa development and operations at Starwood   Amanda Roman Al-Masri has been named as global director of spa development and operations at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Al-Masri is now in the role vacated by Jeremy McCarthy when he moved to become group director of spa at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Prior to her move to Starwood, Roman Al-Marsi worked as project director of Resense Spas, director of operations for Resense projects at spa consultancy Raison .... More>>
02 Dec 2014
Mandarin Oriental launches practical spa management training
Mandarin Oriental launches practical spa management training   Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced a new six-month spa internship programme and a separate subsequent 18-month spa management programme. “We started on these programmes last year,” said Andrea Lomas, head of group spa operations for Mandarin Oriental speaking to Spa Opportunities about how the .... More>>
02 Dec 2014
Hamad International Airport opens airside hotel and spa
Hamad International Airport opens airside hotel and spa   The airside Airport Hotel and Vitality Spa has debuted in the south node of Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, with more treatment rooms for men than women. All passengers, whether they are staying at the 100-bedroom hotel or not, can .... More>>
01 Dec 2014
Former Buddhist monk becomes wellness mentor at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Former Buddhist monk becomes wellness mentor at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan   A former Buddhist monk, Ibu Fera, has been appointed as Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan’s new resident wellness mentor and is already "shifting the vibration of the resort," according to .... More>>
01 Dec 2014
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain's Rimal Spa debuts
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain's Rimal Spa debuts   The Rimal Spa at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain has launched with enough room for expansion if the operation is successful in its first year. The 106-bedroom hotel’s spa features 12 .... More>>
01 Dec 2014
Thermes de Marins Spa Monte-Carlo reopens following renovation
Thermes de Marins Spa Monte-Carlo reopens following renovation   Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo has relaunched after several months of renovation, offering two new cryotherapy rooms, in addition to expanded facilities and 28 medical experts. Established in 1895, the expanded 7,000sq m (75,357sq ft) wellness centre .... More>>
28 Nov 2014
Philippe Starck's YOO-branded resort in the Philippines to launch in 2015
Philippe Starck's YOO-branded resort in the Philippines to launch in 2015   Aqua Boracay by YOO, a five-star 168-bedroom hotel, is set to launch in the last quarter of 2015 in the Philippines. The property is designed by YOO Studio, an international development and .... More>>
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