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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>>
10 Oct 2014
Marisa Berenson and Sofitel announce mental and body detox programme
Marisa Berenson and Sofitel announce mental and body detox programme   Accor hotels’ global wellbeing director Aldina Duarte Ramos, and Marisa Berenson – actress, model and Sofitel SoSPA ambassador – have collaborated to create a new mental and body detox programme, which will be found at Sofitel SoSPAs around the world. Nicknamed the “it-girl” in the 1970s by Yves Saint Laurent, Berenson became a SoSpa ambassador in December 2012. .... More>>
10 Oct 2014
Woodhouse Day Spa franchise introduces sleep-inducing treatments
Woodhouse Day Spa franchise introduces sleep-inducing treatments   The US day spa franchise Woodhouse Day Spa will be introducing a collection of treatments designed to improve sleep patterns in January 2015. Rest-inducing therapies include a massage treatment called ‘Lavender Dreams’ which will encompass the use .... More>>
10 Oct 2014
Caribbean paradise touted as resort development put up for sale
Caribbean paradise touted as resort development put up for sale   An untarnished tropical estate with planning permission for the construction of a luxury leisure resort is up for sale on the island of Tobago. The 300-acre estate in the Caribbean lies beneath a high ridge of protected tropical rainforest and features extensive areas of flat land formerly used for cocoa .... More>>
09 Oct 2014
Maisons and Hotels Sibuet to unveil Nordic-inspired Spa Pure Altitude at its flagship property
Maisons and Hotels Sibuet to unveil Nordic-inspired Spa Pure Altitude at its flagship property   A new Spa Pure Altitude will be launched later this year at the flagship property of hotel management firm Maisons and Hotel Sibuet, owned by the Sibuet family, called Les Fermes de Marie. The French alpine resort, located across two hectares of .... More>>
09 Oct 2014
Spa Life UK to take place on 18-19 November at Center Parcs Woburn
Spa Life UK to take place on 18-19 November at Center Parcs Woburn   The fifth annual Spa Life UK event will take place on 18-19 November at Center Parcs Woburn Forest, featuring a jam-packed schedule of talks from industry experts. The event will comprise three main parts: the Conference; the Spa Life Forum; and .... More>>
09 Oct 2014
Waldorf Astoria New York sold to Chinese insurance group for US$1.95bn
Waldorf Astoria New York sold to Chinese insurance group for US$1.95bn   The Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York is being sold to a Chinese company for nearly US$2bn (€1.6bn, £1.2bn), but Hilton will continue to manage the property for the next 100 years. Anbang Insurance Group, a Chinese health, property and insurance company, is purchasing the 1,415-guestroom Waldorf property from a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide Holdings. The Asian firm will pay Hilton a US$100m (€79m, £62m) deposit, and is .... More>>
09 Oct 2014
Wellness interventions reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s sufferers: pilot study
Wellness interventions reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s sufferers: pilot study   Major lifestyle and wellness interventions appear to have reversed memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease in a small group of patients for the first time, according to a US study. The research – conducted by the University of California, Los .... More>>
08 Oct 2014
Sharon Barcock moves to Klafs from Hilton Worldwide
Sharon Barcock moves to Klafs from Hilton Worldwide   Sauna, pool and spa supplier Klafs has appointed Sharon Barcock as managing director for the Middle East and North Africa region. Barcock has moved from her role as director of spa operations and development for Hilton Worldwide throughout the Middle East and Africa for the Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf Astoria brands. British-born Barcock will be based in Dubai Healthcare City for her new role at Klafs, using her .... More>>
08 Oct 2014
ila skincare unveils new 'ila only' spa brand in India
ila skincare unveils new 'ila only' spa brand in India   Organic skincare brand ila has unveiled its new brand of ‘ila only’ spas with the launch of the first site at the Raas Jodhpur hotel in India. “India has always been a very special place for ila, so to open our first ila only spa there is just .... More>>
08 Oct 2014
Council-run £14m UK leisure centre to feature thermal spa zone
Council-run £14m UK leisure centre to feature thermal spa zone   Construction is well underway on the new £14m (US$22.4m, €17.8m) Abbey Leisure Centre in Barking in east London, complete with a luxury spa. Due to open before the end of 2014, the new centre will replace the existing Abbey Sports Centre and will be run by Barking and Dagenham Council. It is being designed by AFLS+P Architects and thermal spa supplier Dalesauna .... More>>
07 Oct 2014
Taj Hotels pulls plug on Marrakech management contract
Taj Hotels pulls plug on Marrakech management contract   Tata Group-controlled Taj Hotels, has terminated its management contract for the Taj Palace Marrakech after only two years of operation. Owned by JK Hotels, the 161-bedroom hotel opened its gates to guests in November 2012 under Taj management. The property also has a Taj-operated Jiva Spa which will be .... More>>
07 Oct 2014
Thai spa industry study unveiled at WSWC 2014
Thai spa industry study unveiled at WSWC 2014   Stenden Rangsit University, in collaboration with the Thai Spa Association, presented the latest research results of the Spa Industry Study at the World Spa & Wellbeing Convention (WSWC) 2014 in Bangkok. This is the second edition of the .... More>>
07 Oct 2014
Mayo Clinic extends Healthy Living Programme to include spa services
Mayo Clinic extends Healthy Living Programme to include spa services   US healthcare provider, the Mayo Clinic, has expanded its Healthy Living Programme – which launched earlier this year – to include a weight management plan and spa services. The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Programme is a whole-body wellness experience guided by medical research and evidence-based medicine offering solutions to improve guests' quality of life. The .... More>>
06 Oct 2014
Wellness tourism congress kicks off in Madeira
Wellness tourism congress kicks off in Madeira   The first wellness conference in Madeira is being held at the Vidamar resort in Funchal today (6 October). Located in the resort's Madeira Congress Centre, the event is titled “The Rise and Relevance of Wellness Tourism”. The event takes place .... More>>
06 Oct 2014
Magali Marco joins Deep Nature as director of commercial development in Turkey
Magali Marco joins Deep Nature as director of commercial development in Turkey   Spa management firm Deep Nature has appointed Magali Marco as director of commercial development for Turkey. Marco has more than 12 years' spa industry experience. She spent nearly a decade working in Clarins’ international spa division – in .... More>>
03 Oct 2014
Tom Dixon's Mondrian Hotel, London, now open
Tom Dixon's Mondrian Hotel, London, now open   Tom Dixon and Design Research Studio (DRS) have unveiled Europe’s first Mondrian Hotel by Morgans Hotel Group on London’s Southbank. Located in Platner-designed Sea Containers House along the River Thames, the building was originally conceived to .... More>>
03 Oct 2014
ISPA research reveals record year for US spa industry
ISPA research reveals record year for US spa industry   The International Spa Association (ISPA) has released the 2014 edition of its ISPA US Spa Industry Study, spotlighting the highest number of spa visits recorded since ISPA began its industry tracking mission in 1999. The ISPA Foundation .... More>>
03 Oct 2014
UK's first independent Clarins spa opens in Lincoln
UK's first independent Clarins spa opens in Lincoln   The UK’s first independent Clarins day spa has launched in Lincoln, offering treatments from the brand’s Tri-Active range. The Clarins-only spa’s founder and CEO, Karen Cook, spoke exclusively to Spa Opportunities about the facility's .... More>>
02 Oct 2014
Waterpark combined with thermal pools opens in Costa Rica
Waterpark combined with thermal pools opens in Costa Rica   The largest waterpark in Costa Rica has opened in the Arenal region, with the unique bonus that it has been built on top of a hot springs. Located just outside of La Fortuna de San Carlos, Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park combines the health benefits of the hydrothermal attraction with the fun of a waterpark. .... More>>
02 Oct 2014
SpaMeeting locations for 2015 revealed at Croatian event
SpaMeeting locations for 2015 revealed at Croatian event   Juliette Blanzy, SpaMeeting director, has revealed exclusively to Spa Opportunities that SpaMeeting Asia 2015 will take place in Beijing and SpaMeeting Middle East 2015 will be held in Dubai. SpaMeeting Europe 2014 has just ended in .... More>>
01 Oct 2014
Brain 'can be trained' to operate computers using yoga and meditation
Brain 'can be trained' to operate computers using yoga and meditation   Long term practitioners of yoga and meditation can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience, according to research by biomedical engineers at the University of .... More>>
30 Sep 2014
Thailand to consider scrapping excise tax on spa fees to promote tourism
Thailand to consider scrapping excise tax on spa fees to promote tourism   Thailand’s excise department is to consider supporting tourism by abolishing tax levied on profits made by the country’s golf courses and spas. The excise department’s general director, Somchai Poolsawasdi, revealed that Thailand’s finance .... More>>
29 Sep 2014
Two found dead in decompression chamber at Japanese spa
Two found dead in decompression chamber at Japanese spa   A man and woman have died in a decompression chamber at a Japanese hot spring spa in the Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo. A 65 year-old man and 58 year-old woman were found collapsed on Sunday in the dome-shaped chamber named “Pascal Health .... More>>
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