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Dec 8, 2012
Samantha Manning

Over Water Spa des Conrad Maldives bei den Asia Spa Awards zum …


Das Over-Water Spa des Conrad Maldives Rangali Island wurde bei den Asia Spa Awards als ‘Innovativstes Spa’ in Asien ausgezeichnet. Das Over-Water Spa ist eines der drei Spas des Luxusresorts auf zwei Inseln unter der Leitung von Spa Managerin Missy Dowell. Direkt über einem Korallenriff gelegen, bieten die verglasten Fußböden des Spas einen atemberaubenden Blick auf die Unterwasserwelt. Offeriert werden ganzheitliche Anwendungen der Naturproduktlinie DORISSIMA, die von Doris Brugger, der deutschen Initiatorin und Inhaberin der Spa Produktlinie, speziell für das Over-Water Spa entwickelt wurden.

Die Behandlungen mit den Produkten der Linen DORISSIMA CHAKRAS und DORISSIMA SIDDHARTHA vereinen Naturbelassenheit, Sinnlichkeit und puristischen Luxus. Nicht nur aus holistischer Sicht haben die DORISSIMA Chakra Behandlungen mit Massagen, Peelings, Beauty Packs und abgestimmten Kräutertees einen entspannenden und pflegenden Aspekt. Durch die auf die einzelnen Chakras abgestimmten Essenzen, Aromen und Farben erzielen die Behandlungen eine ganzheitliche Wirkung. Alle Ingredienzen der DORISSIMA Produktlinie sind reine Naturprodukte, die auf natürlichem Jojoba-, Mandel-, Avocado- oder Sonnenblumenöl basieren. Hinzu kommen Essenzen wie z.B. Rose, Lemongras, Ylang Ylang, Weihrauch oder Ingwer sowie Essenzen wie Sanddorn, Minze oder Arnika. In Kombination mit abgestimmten Massagetechniken und den DORISSIMA Spa Ritualen werden Körper, Geist und Seele in Einklang gebracht. Das Highlight der Behandlungspalette ist die Dorissima Siddhartha “Art of Love” Paarbehandlung. Diese ganzheitliche Anwendung stimuliert und aphrodisiert den Körper sowohl physisch, emotional wie auch spirituell.

Des Weiteren verlieh die Hotelbuchungsseite Agoda dem Luxusresort den ‘Gold Circle of Excellence’ für seine herausragende Qualität. Den Agoda-Preis erhalten Hotelanbieter, die sich durch ein besonders gutes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis und das Engagement zur Online-Umsatzsteigerung hervorgetan haben. Diese Auszeichnungen ergänzen die vielen Awards des Luxusresort der vergangenen Monate: www.smarttravelasia.com, eine Reise Online Plattform zeichnete das Resort als ‘Bestes Spa Hotel und Resort’ in Asien aus, beim Elite Traveler Magazin belegte das Conrad den ersten Platz der ’101 besten Suiten der Welt’ und das Wine Spectator Magazin kürte die Restaurants mit ‘Zwei Gläsern’ in der Kategorie ‘Beste Restaurants für Weinliebhaber’.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island: Elegant, schick und ein bisschen sexy!

Eleganter Luxus trifft im “6″ Sterne Resort Conrad Maldives Rangali Island auf einen zeitgenössischen, minimalistischen Stil gepaart mit Komfort vom Feinsten. Ein Resort, zwei Inseln und gleich drei Arten des ultimativen Wohnkomforts – damit ist das Conrad auf den Malediven ideal für anspruchsvolle Reisende, die stilvollen Luxus suchen.

Auf zwei Inseln offeriert das Luxushideaway die größte Auswahl an unterschiedlichen Villen- und Suite- Typen der Malediven. 50 bis zu 304qm große Water Villas auf Stelzen direkt in die Lagune gebaut, bieten auf der Insel Rangalifinolhu romantische Abgeschiedenheit. Die größere und belebtere der beiden Inseln, Rangali, offeriert 79 großzügige bis zu 670pm große Beach Villen die, eingebettet in tropisches Grün, über riesige Open-air Badezimmer und teilweise eigenen Pool verfügen, aber trotzdem nur wenige Schritte vom Meer entfernt sind. Die 21 Spa-Water Villas des Spa Retreats – ein Resort im Resort- verfügen jeweils über einen eigenen Spa Behandlungsraum.

Für die größte kulinarische Vielfalt der Malediven stehen gleich 11 Restaurants und Bars zur Auswahl: das Ithaa Unterwasser-Restaurant – das einzige voll verglaste Unterwasser-restaurant der Welt, der Koko Grill mit japanischen Teppanyaki Degustationsmenüs unter den Sternen, das Mandhoo Spa Restaurant mit organischer Gourmetküche, die Wine Cheese Bar mit 101 der besten Käsesorten der Welt, Themenbuffets wie das “Hummer Champagner Dinner” sowie über 17,000 Flaschen exquisiter Weine im Weinkeller, der mit Wein-Verkostungen lockt, um nur Einige der kulinarischen Highlights zu nennen.

In drei Spas bietet das Resort unterschiedliche Spa Konzepte: Im Spa des Spa Retreat mit Spa Water Villen und Spa Restaurant basiert die Philosophie der Behandlungen mit Bio-Produkten auf den fünf Elementen – Erde, Luft, Feuer, Wasser und Holz. Im Over-Water-Spa werden ganzheitliche Chakra Behandlungen der Dorissima Linie angeboten und das Ice-Cream Spa im Design einer Eisdiele aus den 50er Jahren ist ganz auf kindgerechte Behandlungen eingestellt.

Bei Tauch- oder Schnorchelexkursionen an den schönsten Tauchspots der Malediven können die “big five” (Walhai, Manta, Muräne, Grauer Riffhai und Schildkröte) der Malediven beobachtet werden. Eine Kooperation mit dem Whale Shark Research Programm bietet dabei spezielle Insider Touren und Informationen. Ein Picknick auf einer einsamen Insel, Delfinbeobachtung, Hochseefischen, Sunset-Cruises… – das Conrad Maldives offeriert eine Fülle an Ausflügen und Wassersportangeboten sowie als erstes Resort weltweit Ausflüge mit Nemo, einem kleinen U-Boot.

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Sep 29, 2012
Nancy Keller

Time Out: Sea-view spas

Sep 16, 2012
Diane James

Spa owner eyes new challenge

One of the country’s top spas, Marlborough Day Spa, will go on sale this week after owner Kelly Packham decided it was time for a new challenge.

Ms Packham has owned the spa in Renwick for seven years, but said she had achieved her business goal after the spa was voted the country’s top beauty clinic and fourth-best spa by the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Therapists last year.

“I said in a staff meeting five years ago that I wanted to win an award in Marlborough and a New Zealand award,” she said. “I have done that.”

Ms Packham said the business had shown three years of steady profit and was in a good position for someone with new ideas to grow it.

She said she was looking forward to having some time to devote to her hobbies; she is studying to become a yoga instructor and is also learning deep tissue massage.

“I like to be hands on so I have been there [at the spa] a lot of the time and the rest of the time I was working on the business side, so it would be nice to have some time for me, not running a business.”

Leaving will be hard, but she will still be living close by and said it would be nice to drive past the spa in Inkerman St and see lots of cars outside.

Marlborough Day Spa will be listed for sale with Harcourts Blenheim this week.

– The Marlborough Express

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Sep 9, 2012
Candice Warner

PB meets: Shared Beauty Secrets, distributor of Lava Shells

Professional Beauty meets Clare Anderson, founder of Shared Beauty Secrets, the exclusive UK and Europe Lava Shells distributor and international trainer, to catch up on the massage benefits of Lava Shells and the plans for Professional Beauty North.

Founded in 2009, the company supplies the UK’s spas, salons and mobile therapists and some of the world’s most exclusive spa resorts.

PB:  Tell us about the popularity of Lava Shells

CA: Lava Shells are by far our most popular product. Since launching them into the market in 2009 we have trained over 1,500 leading Salon’s and Spa’s in our Lava Shell Massage. The Shells have been dubbed “the new hot stones” by Vogue and have received extensive TV coverage and over 200 press reviews.  The Lava Shells are innovative, eco and a portable solution to traditional hot massage treatments, as they take only seconds to prepare and once activated, they stay heated for over an hour, allowing the therapist to deliver a seamless massage of heat and touch without breaking contact with the client.

PB:  How does Lava Shells massage differentiate from the other massage treatments on the market?

CA: They are unique in the market and provide an alternative to other hot massage treatments such as hot stones. The shape of the shell enables the therapist to deliver a deep massage treatment using the different angles of the shell to mimic the therapist’s hands. This allows the therapist to protect her hands as the shell can deliver a very deep massage.  As they are self heating, the Lava Shells are easily portable without the need for any cumbersome heating equipment. They are also non porous so they do not absorb bacteria or oil, making them very easy to clean and extremely hygienic. As recycled shells, they are also a natural tool which has additional energy benefits to the holistic therapist.

PB: What would be the cost to professionals looking to start using Lava Shells?

CA: They are extremely attractive to salons as they cost 10% of sale so there is a 90% profit margin. Although they are very cost effective, it is the repeat business that is helping increase revenue within the salons and spas.

PB:  What support do you offer professionals who use your products?

We provide a full programme of training across the face and body plus additional courses for our Glacial Shells.  Anyone taking on Lava Shells has to complete at least a one day’s course and we provide the highest level of training.  We are also continually updating and introducing new massage skills to our training schedule.

In addition we provide full marketing support to our spas and salons in the form of visuals, posters, point of sale material, strutcards and PR.

PB: Why should salon owners visit your stand at the show?

We’re the only company in the UK who can supply Lava Shells.  At this year’s show we will be launching a new Lava Sports Massage specifically for physiotherapists and professional sports therapists.  We will also be introducing a Lava Shells massage aimed at men.  Throughout the show we will be offering demonstrations of the treatments and have staff on hand to discuss training and individual requirements. There will also be a chance for visitors to our stand to win £350 worth of Lava Shells training.

PB:  What tips would you give salon owners looking to introduce a new line into their salon?

Look for something that is cost effective but would appeal to all ages and for all symptons. Find something which makes you stand out from other salons in your area and which isn’t just a fad.

Lava Shell courses are available throughout the UK when the brand will be visiting key areas to assist salons and spas with their marketing and promotion of Lava Shells.

See them on stand A18 at Professional Beauty North. Register today for your FREE ticket and avoid £20 entry fee on the door.

Aug 23, 2012
Candice Warner

Calistoga has always been resort town

In the volleys of rhetoric regarding resorts vs. small rural towns, I’ve heard no reference to the town’s history, which I believe important. There is the amusing tale of the naming of Calistoga coming from a verbal slip as Sam Brannan announced his intentions of making these warm mineral pools into a spa to become the “Calistoga of Sarafornia” (he meant “Saratoga of California”).

Calistoga has been a spa from its beginning. All the commerce that brought the wherewithal to establish the town resulted from the business of the spa resorts. Early 1-percenters traveled by train to take the waters, some coming for long visits. The house I live in was built originally as a rental place for such bathers.

Except for the spas and the commerce they created, there were no other industries. There are none now. Even Calistoga Water is history.

From those who have spoken so emphatically about the charms of this small town and how vital it is to keep its small-town character, I have heard no word on how we do that.

Things wear and must be repaired or replaced. Entropy prevails. None love this charming place more than I, but I believe further discourse must speak of maintenance funds in the very same breath as words of charm.

Donald Montez

Calistoga

Aug 15, 2012
Samantha Manning

Spa Retreats in Your Own Backyard

Sam Gonzalez shares handy guidelines on installing a spa in your backyard.

The finest spa could be waiting for you in your own backyard. If you are looking for better ways to melt away the stress from work, then the answer could be your own backyard spa and private retreat. It’s easier to obtain than you think, and it will make your evenings at home much more enjoyable.

The Versatility of Spas

Spas are more versatile than you think. Available in sizes ranging from tiny ones for two people to large hot tubs that can seat a dozen, it’s easy to find the spa that’s just right for your needs. If you like sitting in the spa and want to share it with your friends, then a round spa that seats more than 8 could be the way to go. If you prefer an intimate experience for you and your spouse, then you might want to consider a smaller version. Either way, you will love relaxing in the spa after a long day at work.

Easier to Install than you Think

Spas are surprisingly easy to install. The hardest part is usually running the dedicated electrical line, and your spa dealer can put you in touch with qualified electricians who can handle the job. Beyond that, you will need a structure that can support the weight of the water filled spa and a garden hose. Once you make the decision to invest in a spa and the line is run, the spa itself only takes a few hours to install and fill.

Invest in the Right Furniture for the Retreat

The right furniture is a necessity when you are investing in a spa. When the weather is nice, you may want to sit outside and dry off a little before going back in the house. Look for furniture with waterproof cushions or mesh seats, so you can sit and relax without worrying about spoiling the furniture. A spa is made for relaxing, so you should include some patio furniture that fits well with the relaxation theme. Look for beautiful chaise longues, gliders, or couches that will invite you to sit back and put your feet up.

Create the Right Atmosphere with Fabric, Light, and Plants

Every fine professional spa has plenty of plants, fabric, and soft lighting. Protect your spa with a luxurious enclosure and then fit it with curtains for privacy and elegance. Drape fabric over a pergola for a sophisticated touch, and invest in a fabric screen in an area where you would like more privacy for the spa. Choose soft lights to cast a welcoming glow that will encourage you to sit back in the spa and let the stress of the day flow away with the water.

You deserve to have a luxurious retreat in your yard, and a luxurious spa can create the perfect oasis. Include the right furniture to maintain the relaxed mood, and carry that theme throughout the area with luxurious linens and soft lighting. Spas are easy to install and maintain, so there’s no reason you cannot enjoy the elegance of one in your own backyard oasis.

About the Author

Sam Gonzalez is a freelance blogger who writes tips for outdoor home design. If you are interested in creating your own backyard spa, you can purchase affordable and quality furniture from outdoor furniture san antonio dealers.

Aug 3, 2012
Candice Warner

Historic Hotel and Spa in Downtown Mobile, Alabama | Battle House Hotel

In 2009, Travel and Leisure named the Battle House one of the top 500 hotels in the world, and the spa was listed as one of Shape Magazine’s “Seven Must-Visit Spas.” In 2011 it made the Condé Nast Readers’ Choice List.

To learn more, visit Marriott.com.

Jul 29, 2012
Diane James

San Diego medical spa services: how to choose the right facility for optimal …

SK Sanctuary | San Diego medical spa services

A medical spa combines the relaxed atmosphere of a day spa with the technical expertise and safety of a medical clinic.

By Stephen M. Krant, MD, FACS

What is a medical spa? Simply put, a medical spa combines the services and ambiance of a day spa with the technology, expertise and supervision of a medical clinic. Here in San Diego, medical spa services often include treatments that are not available at traditional spa venues. However, it is important to consider the following questions before choosing a spa to perform your procedure in order to ensure optimal safety and the best possible results.

Choosing a medical spa

Before selecting a spa, do some research and find out if the facility and technicians are properly licensed and experienced to perform advertised procedures.

  • Who is the owner? Depending on where you are, most medical spas must operate under the supervision and ownership of a medical doctor. However, there is no guarantee that said doctor is actually involved in the day-to-day procedures at his or her facility. Look at the spa’s website, call or stop by to find out if the doctor is present or actively engaged in facility operations.
  • Who performs procedures? Make sure your technician is properly licensed and trained to perform your selected procedure. Request before and after pictures of their work, and seek out referrals if possible. Many aesthetic procedures, including laser hair removal and cosmetic injections, can be very dangerous if administered by inexperienced technicians. Never leave safety to chance.
  • Where does the equipment come from? Only trust the best quality, most up-to-date equipment, especially when it comes to laser and rejuvenation procedures. Find out whether or not your doctor uses the latest equipment for his or her spa, and don’t corners: opt for the best, and you will be more likely to experience good results.
  • What is the procedure designed to do? Research before and after photos and testimonials concerning your chosen procedure, and discuss realistic expectations with the spa’s medical doctor. Find out how many procedures will be needed to see results, and ultimately make your final choice based on your own needs and sense of safety and comfort.

    At SK Sanctuary, we offer medical and relaxation services under the auspices of SK Clinic, my San Diego plastic surgery center. Backed by our medical experience and stellar reputation, SK Sanctuary provides clients with a safe, comfortable and elegant venue for cosmetic procedures ranging from photofacials and injectable treatments to skin rejuvenation and microdermabrasion. We use only the very best and most up-to-date equipment, and hold all our technicians to the highest medical safety and experience standards. To learn more or discuss a prospective procedure, contact us today: www.ski-sanctuary.com.

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    Jul 16, 2012
    Candice Warner

    Spa training empowers Balinese jobseekers

    Spa training empowers Balinese jobseekers

    A block grant program carried out by the provincial education agency has been successful in giving unemployed people training and access to jobs in the spa industry.

    Under the program, the provincial education agency has allocated around Rp 3.4 billion (US$360,400) for training to improve the life skills of around 2,000 participants every year.

    The program was targeted at unemployed people who could not afford the training, especially youths from Bali’s villages and remote areas, said Ketut Nasib from the agency’s division for non-formal education.

    Particularly for spas, the agency is cooperating with a number of spa training centers by providing the subsidized spa therapist courses.

    “Anyone aged between 18 and 45 years of age, who wants to improve their life skills in many fields, including being a spa therapist, can join this program for free. We hope that by joining this program, unemployed people can get a job, and are then able to create job opportunities for others in the future,” Ketut said.

    “The final goal is to minimize unemployment and improve people’s welfare,” he stressed, adding that his office continually monitored the progress of participants who had finished the course.

    “We hope that this program will open more job opportunities for them, and thus improve their personal and family welfare.”

    Jeni Widiyah, head of institution at the Padmastana Spa Training Center in Renon, Denpasar, said that many graduates of the block grant program had been able to significantly improve their lives, by working as spa therapists in star hotels and spa resorts in Bali, with many others working overseas.

    She said Padmastana had been in partnership with the provincial education agency for years on the block grant program.

    “Almost every year, we have some 30 course participants receiving a subsidy from the agency under this block grant scheme,” she said.

    She said that joining a course to become a spa therapist might not be affordable for many people, since they had to pay between Rp 2 million to Rp 8.5 million for the course.

    People who are interested in joining spa training are not only fresh graduates from vocational schools, but also those who need to get a job but have no skills.

    Many also want to be a therapist in the thriving spa industry.

    Besides learning the skills of various spa treatments, they also gain knowledge in concocting many kinds of lulur.

    “Graduates from spa training centers are in high demand in the spa industry, so there are wide opportunities to get a job in the spa industry,” Jeni said, adding that around 80 percent of the graduates could get a job.

    Although the participants of the block grant program joined the course for free, she insisted that they received similar lessons to those who paid.

    Bali has become a leader in luxury spa and wellness tourism in Asia, with almost all of Bali’s top hotels offering world-class spa services, a recent report showed.

    According to the Bali Spa and Wellness Association, there are 130 companies registered as members, including spa operators, training centers and product suppliers, but more than 1,000 businesses claim to be “spa” businesses.

    Lulu Susiana Widjaya, chairperson of the association, said that demand for skilled spa therapists from Bali had been very high.

    “The association receives inquires from spas in South Korea, Singapore, the Maldives and other countries to employ Balinese workers,” she said.

    However, spa therapists from Bali must be equipped with professional certificates to enter overseas employment for protection of their profession.

    Jun 16, 2012
    Diane James

    Salon, Day Spa to Open at South Shore Center

    Two new tenants, ULTA Beauty and Total Woman Gym Day Spa, have signed long-term leases at at South Shore Center, the center’s owner, Jamestown Properties, announced Friday.

    The two businesses will occupy the space formerly leased by Borders, at 2245 South Shore Center, the announcement said. The two-story space connected by an escalator is being converted to separate floors to accommodate the new tenants.

    ULTA Beauty, which sells salon products and provides salon services, will occupy a 10,584-square-foot ground-floor space. As of January of this year, ULTA Beauty operated 449 stores in 43 states. The South Shore Center location is scheduled to open in the first half of 2013.

    Total Woman Gym Day Spa leased the full, 13,014-square-foot second floor, according to the Jamestown press release.  This is the company’s first location in the Bay Area, although it operates 15 spas in other parts of California. A December 2012 opening is planned.

    With the addition of these retailers, the 594,000-square-foot, open-air shopping center is now 90 percent leased, the Jamestown announcement said.

    DB Shoes and Bright Now! Dental also recently signed leases at South Shore Center totaling nearly 14,500 square feet, Jamestown said.

    For more information, visit www.alamedasouthshorecenter.com.

     

     

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