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09 Jul 2014
Historic building in Durham, UK, to be transformed into luxury boutique spa hotel
Historic building in Durham, UK, to be transformed into luxury boutique spa hotel   The historic former headquarters of the University of Durham in the UK could be converted into a luxury spa hotel under multi-million pound plans recently revealed by businessman Shaun Crawley. Crawley has purchased Old Shire Hall in the north of .... More>>
08 Jul 2014
South Korea's US$275bn 'super city' to include theme parks, luxury hotels, a healing town and more
South Korea's US$275bn 'super city' to include theme parks, luxury hotels, a healing town and more   A planned super city in South Korea that will cost an estimated US$275bn (€202bn, £160bn) will include a host of leisure features including a theme park, casinos, luxury hotels, a 50,000 seat concert hall and a medical-themed ‘healing town’. .... More>>
08 Jul 2014
Barr + Wray acquires Dubai’s EDP International
Barr + Wray acquires Dubai’s EDP International   Barr + Wray has acquired Dubai-based spa interior design specialists EDP International. The companies have previously collaborated on a number of spa projects, including the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara (pictured) and the Jumeirah Etihad Towers, both in Abu Dhabi. According to Barr + Wray managing .... More>>
08 Jul 2014
Planet Beach names David Mesa president of franchise operations
Planet Beach names David Mesa president of franchise operations   Automated spa business Planet Beach has announced the promotion of David Mesa to president of franchise operations. Mesa will be responsible for overseeing and managing the company’s various franchise operations, both domestic and international. Headquartered in New Orleans, US, but with with a presence in Egypt, Australia, Canada and Saudi Arabia, the company .... More>>
08 Jul 2014
Tai Chi-focused wellness resort set for coastal Hoi An, Vietnam
Tai Chi-focused wellness resort set for coastal Hoi An, Vietnam   The picturesque Vietnamese town of Hoi An – a UNESCO World Heritage site – will play host to a new Tai Chi-themed wellness resort when the Alma Courtyard Hoi An debuts at the end of August. The resort will be operated by Serenity Holdings – which .... More>>
07 Jul 2014
Maiden voyage for the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool, UK
Maiden voyage for the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool, UK   The Titanic Hotel, in Liverpool, UK, opened to the public on 5 July, in a Grade II listed warehouse. Situated in the heart of Liverpool’s docklands, the North Warehouse at Stanley Dock has been completed transformed into a 153-bedroom luxury .... More>>
07 Jul 2014
Six Senses to operate impending spa at Al Bustan Palace
Six Senses to operate impending spa at Al Bustan Palace   Six Senses Spas has won the contract to manage the 32,000sq ft (3,000sq m) spa due to open in February 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton operated Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman. Reflective of .... More>>
04 Jul 2014
The Asian-inspired Setai hotel on Miami Beach, US, to relaunch oriental spa
The Asian-inspired Setai hotel on Miami Beach, US, to relaunch oriental spa   A regenerated spa is about to premiere at The Setai hotel on Miami Beach in Florida, US, which opened in November last year after a multi-million dollar series of renovations. The revamped spa will officially launch on 8 July and will feature four spacious and oriental-inspired treatment suites boasting ocean .... More>>
04 Jul 2014
Starwood enters Ajman, UAE, with Luxury Collection hotel and GOCO spa
Starwood enters Ajman, UAE, with Luxury Collection hotel and GOCO spa   Starwood Hotels & Resorts has expanded its footprint in the UAE with its first hotel in Ajman – the smallest emirate by area at only 259sq km (100sq m) – and the UAE’s first GOCO Spa. The 205-key Amjan Saray resort is the first of 10 Luxury .... More>>
03 Jul 2014
Spa directors and managers invited to participate in global spa industry survey for WSWC
Spa directors and managers invited to participate in global spa industry survey for WSWC   Stenden Rangsit University, Thailand, is conducting another annual study of the global spa industry for a report that will be released in conjunction with the 18-20 September World Spa & Wellbeing Convention 2014 (WSWC). Spa managers and directors .... More>>
03 Jul 2014
Limegrove Spa & Fitness to launch at 700-berth Limassol Marina, Cyprus
Limegrove Spa & Fitness to launch at 700-berth Limassol Marina, Cyprus   The Limegrove Spa & Fitness at Limassol Marina, Cyprus, is a three-storey stand-alone wellness centre project by Spa Creators that will officially launch on 13 July. The spa and health .... More>>
02 Jul 2014
Viceroy Hotel Group to redevelop 17th Century convent at UNESCO World Heritage site
Viceroy Hotel Group to redevelop 17th Century convent at UNESCO World Heritage site   Viceroy Hotel Group and investment firm KIT Capital will redevelop the UNESCO World Heritage site of Obra Pía, a site which dates back to 1640 as the original capital of the Spanish Empire in the New World, Cartagena de Indias in Colombia. This site originally functioned as a Franciscan convent and was later home to a hospital, army barracks, orphanage and most .... More>>
01 Jul 2014
Sheraton resort opens on Fijian island after US$18.5m property renovation
Sheraton resort opens on Fijian island after US$18.5m property renovation   Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the opening of Sheraton Resort & Spa on Tokoriki Island, Fiji – having undergone a US$18.5m (€14m, £11m) renovation and conversion prior to .... More>>
01 Jul 2014
Thai hotel operator BHMAsia rebrands for larger hotels and spas in China
Thai hotel operator BHMAsia rebrands for larger hotels and spas in China   Thai hotel management company Boutique Hospitality Management Asia has changed its name to Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia (BHMAsia still) to diversify away from the boutique sector and allow it to focus on larger developments. BHMAsia told .... More>>
30 Jun 2014
Green Spa Network selects new executive director
Green Spa Network selects new executive director   Sustainability-focused spa association The Green Spa Network (GSN) has appointed a new executive director, spa industry veteran Paul Schmidt, who will be responsible for programme development and administration. Schmidt’s experience includes an extensive background in massage therapy, as well as curriculum building for massage schools in the US – Utah College of Massage Therapy and Eagle Gate College. He has also directed several spas including the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Southampton and oversaw the .... More>>
27 Jun 2014
Anantara Spa opens at the base of Buddhist mountain – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Anantara Spa opens at the base of Buddhist mountain – a UNESCO World Heritage Site   Minor Hotels Group’s Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spa brand has opened its third resort in China at the base of Mount Emei – the highest of China’s Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains and a UNESCO .... More>>
27 Jun 2014
Nanuku Resort & Spa Fiji features shark dives in addition to spa offering
Nanuku Resort & Spa Fiji features shark dives in addition to spa offering   The new Nanuku Resort & Spa has opened in what is known as the ‘Adventure Capital of Fiji’ – near to Pacific Harbour on Viti Levu island – offering guests a range of high-octane activities. The thrills and spills include shark dives in the Beqa .... More>>
26 Jun 2014
Maldives spa veterans to introduce affordable spa and water sport resorts
Maldives spa veterans to introduce affordable spa and water sport resorts   Resort manager The Small Maldives Island Company will soon launch two new affordable island resorts set to offer daily spa treatments for every guest, and complimentary water sports. The Amilla Fushi resort will open in November 2014 and the Finolhu expects to open in Q4 of 2015. Both are owned and currently .... More>>
26 Jun 2014
Leading spa managers honoured at HOTel&Spa Forum in Paris
Leading spa managers honoured at HOTel&Spa Forum in Paris   The international jury at the seventh annual Forum HOTel&SPA on 19 June – held at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, France – awarded three top spa managers, from a choice of finalists spread across five different countries. Taking into .... More>>
26 Jun 2014
Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Hawaii, to undergo US$55m renovation
Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Hawaii, to undergo US$55m renovation   The Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Hawaii, US, is set to undergo a US$55m (€40m, £32m) facelift that includes a new landscaping facility, conversion of a convention hall into an expanded ballroom and upgrades to its existing spa. Construction is .... More>>
25 Jun 2014
Automated US spa franchise Planet Beach expands into Europe
Automated US spa franchise Planet Beach expands into Europe   The automated spa franchise Planet Beach, headquartered in New Orleans, US, is branching out into Europe, bringing its membership-driven business model with low labour costs and competition to the Polish spa industry. Planet Beach, the .... More>>
25 Jun 2014
Walt Disney World Resort Florida's B Indulged Aveda Spa to debut in late Q3
Walt Disney World Resort Florida's B Indulged Aveda Spa to debut in late Q3   The B Resort & Spa in the Walt Disney Resort, by Florida’s Lake Buena Vista, launched earlier this month after an extensive renovation of the guestrooms, while the newly-added spa is scheduled to follow in late Q3. Situated in a the 17-storey .... More>>
25 Jun 2014
MSpa's Kathryn Moore appointed group spa director for Asia
MSpa's Kathryn Moore appointed group spa director for Asia   The operations director for MSpa International, Kathryn Moore, has been promoted to group spa director of MSpa in Asia where she’ll oversee over 35 facilities and an expanding portfolio. MSpa is the spa management arm of Minor Hotel Group and Moore was ‘number two’ to former general manager Lee David Stephens until he left late in 2013. Having joined the .... More>>
25 Jun 2014
GSWS invites spa stakeholders to complete vital industry survey
GSWS invites spa stakeholders to complete vital industry survey   The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is inviting all spa businesses and stakeholders to participate in an important global industry survey which will provide up-to-date and robust spa economy data, vital for effective benchmarking. SRI .... More>>
25 Jun 2014
Conde Nast is to rename proposed Spafinder competitor
Conde Nast is to rename proposed Spafinder competitor   Spa Business understands Condé Nast Traveller magazine is to find an alternative name for its soon-to-launch online spa guide. It had previously announced the service would be known as The Spa Finder, however, global spa search, marketing and gifting outfit Spafinder challenged the move on the grounds of passing off, saying the name was too similar to its own and would cause confusion in the market. Spafinder CEO Pete Ellis – who has been robust in his defence of the Spafinder brand in the past – has .... More>>
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