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SpaFinder Wellness has revealed its 12th annual Spa and Wellness Trends, which forecasts top trends that will impact the industry.

 

1. Forest Bathing

The term “forest bathing” has nothing to do with water, and is more than just a poetic way of describing a “walk in the woods,” something humans have, of course, been doing for five million years – although never less so than today. The Japanese government coined the term in 1982, a translation of “shinrin-yoku,” which literally means “taking in the forest atmosphere.”

Hotel spas, from urban hotel spas to resort spas, enjoy various perks that other spas do not. They have a client base of hotel guests right at their doorstep, the opportunity to tap into their hotel’s resources (Finance, Marketing, Housekeeping, Engineering to mention just a few), and the ability to reach out for support from the hotel general manager when needed. 

However, with these perks comes a different set of challenges such as: 

The third and final day of ISPA featured Jewel as the keynote speaker. Her story inspired all of us as she sang beautifully and expressed through music and words how she overcame so much, surviving homelessness from a young age.

Deborah Szekely presented Jewel with the Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award for her work as the founder of Project Clean Water (a non-profit charity foundation working to provide clean water on a global scale). Jewel was inspired to start this cause after struggling to find clean water while homeless in San Diego and suffering from a kidney condition.

 

Day 2 of ISPA started with the Professional Development sessions. I attended Fierce Loyalty with Sarah Robinson, who outlined the secrets to success of top brands. Customers who experience the overlap of  3 component areas: (Recognition, Belonging and Safety.  Connection, Support and Predictably. Pride, Trust and Passion). Engage your community and above all love your community.

 

 

Day one of the International Spa conference kicked off with the enigmatic artist and presenter Erik Wahl. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious as he created works of art right on stage before our eyes. With a clear message to all of us to let our creativity flow in any way we can and to not be stifled by ‘right and wrong’ and the fear of making mistakes, the tone for the conference was set: CREATE: Bold Ideas, Lasting Impact.

 

The professional development session I attended on Tracking Technologies reinforced many points from the Global Spa and Wellness Summit last month.  Celeste Hilling and panel discussed the fact that Technology is rapidly playing a big part in all consumers’ lives and we need to integrate new technology into our guest experience and retail purchasing experience to not be left out of the loop and replaced by other competing industries. The panel discussed the importance of Telomeres, vitamin D levels (which we should all have checked) and gut health.

Spa Professional Mexico awards the Best 25 Spas of Mexico. Spa Professional Mexico reveals the results of the best spas in the country, with the aim of increasing knowledge of the industry among tourism, health and wellness experts, as well as spreading the benefits of spas among the general population.

 

Judges of Spa Professional Mexico have developed a list of the best 25 spas, supported by their extensive knowledge of the spa and wellness industry in Mexico and the rest of the world. To achieve recognition, spas were judged on their spa treatment menu, service quality, wellness offering and spa facilities, among other things.

 

Mexico's 25 Best Spas 2014 - COMPLETE ALPHABETICAL LIST



Aroma Spa, Esencia, A Seaside Estate, Riviera Maya

Auriga Spa, Capella Pedegral, Cabo San Lucas

Banyan Tree Spa, Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

Gem Spa, Coral Beach, Fiesta Americana Grand, Cancun

Heavenly Spa, Westin Santa Fe Mexico City

Kinan Spa ,Belmond Maroma, Riviera Maya

Miile Spa, Excellence Riviera Maya

Naay Spa, El Dorado Seaside Suites, Riviera Maya

Nizuc Spa by ESPA, Nizuc Resort Cancun

One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos

Rancho La Puerta, Tecate

Remede Spa, St. Regis Mexico City

Sense Spa, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

Sense Spa, Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

Spa by Liverpool, Mexico City

Spa Marquis, Marquis Reforma Mexico City

Spa Matilda, Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende

Spa, Grand Velas, Riviera Maya

Spa, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

The Apuane Spa, Four Seasons Punta Mita

The Spa, Capella Ixtapa

The Spa at Esperanza, An Auberge Resort

Vassa Spa, Azul Fives, Playa del Carmen

Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

Zoetry, Paraiso de la Bonita, Riviera Maya

 

 

Spafinder Wellness 365™, the world’s leading resource for feeling good and living well all year round, recently released its 11th annual trends report of the top 10 spa and wellness trends spanning the globe, focusing on where, why and how people will spa, exercise and "get their wellness on" in the year ahead.

Spafinder Wellness 365 provides an in-depth look at forecasting the most significant global trends that will impact the hospitality, spa and wellness industry, as well as consumers in 2014. Developed by a team of research analysts, editors and industry experts, the report is based on ongoing surveys of the 20,000-plus spa, wellness and beauty providers in the Spafinder Wellness 365 network. Additionally, the company’s research and editorial teams—joined this year by industry veteran, Mia Kyricos, the company’s new chief brand officer—conducted extensive analysis of current market research, interviewed thousands of travel agents, surveyed hundreds of thousands of consumers, plus, visited spa and wellness locations across the globe.

 

 

Jessica Vartoughian, CEO & Founder of Jessica Cosmetics International, along with 14 other iconic influencers, was honored by Glamour Magazine Mexico at their 15th Anniversary Gala.

 

The Glam Award was presented at this invitation only red carpet event in Mexico City where Jessica, The First Lady of Nails, along with such luminaries as Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, fashion designer Rolando Santana and innovative jewelry architect Daniel Espinoza to name a few; received the illustrious Glam Award that recognizes the achievements of industry leaders who inspired the Glamour readers.  The recipients share a passion for life, and a dream that became a reality to enliven the public.

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International film star Leonardo DiCaprio made news this week when he purchased a multimillion-dollar unit in a green and sustainable Greenwich Village building with over 500 wellness and health features, cheekily described by the NY Post as “vitamin C-infused showers, purified air and water, posture-supportive flooring, a kitchen herbarium and dawn simulation provided by a proprietary circadian lighting design.”

While some members of the press took delight in poking fun at Mr. DiCaprio for putting his money into wellness, we applaud him for placing a spotlight on what he describes as “innovative building designs that both enhance human health and improve the environment.” After all, nearly all famous movie stars have multimillion-dollar homes, but his commitment to living in a healthy environment—and his celebrity—set an example that people everywhere can (and will) follow, even if they live in a simple dwelling.


World-Renowned Spa Brand ESPA Debuts at NIZUC Resort & Spa, the Mexican Caribbean’s Newest Luxury Destination.

 Las Brisas Hotel Collection, is pleased to announce that NIZUC Resort & Spa—the inaugural property of its new elite luxury brand—will now house the region’s most prestigious spa, NIZUC SPA BY ESPA. ESPA, the internationally-acclaimed British spa is proud to make its debut in the Mexican Caribbean at NIZUC Resort & Spa. This newest location features cutting-edge design and signature Mayan-inspired treatments made exclusively for the resort.

NIZUC, a name synonymous with luxury, sophistication, and unsurpassed service, is the ideal home for ESPA. Together, this distinguished partnership has created an oasis of ultimate rejuvenation and relaxation. At NIZUC SPA BY ESPA, guests can experience the grandeur and innovative treatments of the world’s first total spa company. ESPA is recognized as a global leader in the spa industry and its philosophy of excellence along with a deluxe range of products make it the perfect complement to the lavish NIZUC resort.

"We are delighted to be opening our first ESPA branded spa in the Mexican Caribbean region," says Susan Harmsworth, MBE, CEO and Founder of ESPA. "The magnificent 30,000 sq. ft. wellness facillity features breathtaking ocean views, unparalleled treatments, and a sense of secluded serenity creating the ultimate sanctuary. Designed for discerning guests, NIZUC SPA BY ESPA offers the ultimate spa journey with the exemplary standards and luxurious features that ESPA is known for."

NIZUC SPA BY ESPA features an astonishing 30,000 sq. ft. of wellness facilities. Facing the Caribbean Sea, the spa will also include Private Suites for couples, a Movement Studio, and Spa Café with cozy lounges and a whole foods dining approach. This state-of-the-art facility also features a contemporary Fitness Center and its own beauty salon complete with a nail bar and private pedicure areas. The hydrotherapy facilities are separate for men and women and offer a wide range of elements to detoxify and relax through a guided circuit of hydro massage, contrasting temperatures, and strong and subtle water pressures. Couples may also enjoy the coed exterior spa pool with view to the serene Meditation Garden. All of the therapists at NIZUC SPA BY ESPA are specially trained to uphold ESPA’s exceptional standards.


 

It’s official! The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) has announced the winners of the inaugural Spa and Wellness Infographic Competition, which offered a new opportunity for people around the world to become engaged with the GSWS. The top honor went to Lori Hutchinson, founder and co-owner of Hutchinson Consulting, a California-based hospitality-recruiting firm, for her infographic titled “You Would Love a Spa Career.”

Hutchinson’s entry was inspired by a survey of 548 spa professionals worldwide who said their careers were rewarding and fulfilling. Her winning infographic depicted five compelling reasons why a spa career should be considered and was designed in collaboration with Jason Parmer, creative director of Dapper, an advertising and design agency based in Lexington, Kentucky.

The second prize went to Johnathan Preyer, also of the U.S., for his consumer-facing design, “The Sitting Disease,” which depicted why “sitting is the new smoking” and explained who it affects and why people should take it seriously. Third-place honors were shared by Aimee Stewart of Ireland for her design titled “What Is Your Ayurvedic Dosha?” and Itchaya Goaysomboon of Thailand for “The Rise of Health and Wellness.”

Over 130 people registered for the international competition, which challenged contestants to use the infographic design medium to present an informed, inspired vision of any aspect of spa or wellness they chose. The four winners shared $5,000 in prizes: $2,500 was awarded to Hutchinson and $1,500 to the second-place winner. Third-place winners shared the $1,000 cash award.

The contest was sponsored by SpaBooker and was open to both individuals and teams over the age of 18. A panel of three industry experts selected the winners in a “blind judging” process.

The winning entries can be seen on gsws.org and will be showcased by the GSWS throughout the year. You can also read the press release for more information about the winning designs and the competition.

The GSWS Team

View the GSWS blog here

Our final day got off to a strong start with Bill Rancic, entrepreneur and winner of the first season of The Apprentice, talking about agility in business and the entrepreneurial mindset.

We welcomed in Michael Tompkins as our new ISPA chairman as we applauded Ella Stimson for her fulfillment of the role over the last 2 years.

Highlights from the expo floor today include:
Pure Fiji's new Guava body care collection demonstrated by 2 wonderfully happy Fijian therapists who sang and danced while they performed a guava foot ritual. Perhaps we could offer something similar in Mexico drawing on Mayan or Aztec traditions?
I loved the new COOLA beach or poolside sun care cart that was wheeled around the show by Chris, showcasing his brand’s bestsellers. This would fare very well in our resort spas I believe!

My day, and the conference, ended on high note with a lovely hydrating and stimulating facial with Sanitas, who incorporate the Clarisonic cleansing device and the Clarisonic Opal to increase product penetration around the eyes, a treatment much appreciated after a few days in the desert.

All that's left now is the farewell party where we'll socialize and network (and perhaps dance a little) in Light nightclub, Mandalay Bay.

Saludos desde Las Vegas

Sara

 

Today started with Susie Ellis' presentation of the Global Wellness Tourism study, commissioned by the GSWS and presented at the latest summit meeting held earlier this month in New Delhi, India. The results are positive and inspiring for our industry, particularly here in Mexico where we can deliver such great wellness experiences and spa vacations.

The General Session commenced with the award to Mary Bemis for her contribution to our industry and followed with 3 charismatic speakers on Mind, Body and Spirit.

My highlights from the expo floor include:
Miracle Lips from Holocuren, the natural way to heal and treat dry lips, Intraceuticals' innovative oxygen delivery system and nourishing serums, and the new ME! Bath spa collection that smells good enough to eat.

The afternoon's highlight was most certainly the session delivered by Megan Fitzgerald on social media. I have never seen so much useful information delivered in such a short space of time from someone with such a genuine desire just to help.

The live auction was as entertaining as always with Lawrence Biscontini hosting and the big names in retreat spas such as Rancho la Puerta and Mii amo, battling to give away more and more in support of the ISPA foundation.

Another successful and enjoyable day concludes before the final day ‘mañana’.

Sara

The day got off to a great start with some statistics from Ella Stimson on the growth of our industry; ‘GROW’ being the theme for this year's conference. 
The inspiring story of TOMS shoes told by Blake Mycoskie ensued and set the mood for a great conference to come.

The gift bags placed on our seats included numerous delights, most appreciated by me was the Farm House Fresh, Pink Moon Hand Cream which I instantly applied to soothe my dry skin. I am really not used to such low humidity levels!

A morning mimosa with the lovely ladies from Sanitas Skincare certainly made a great start to my day and I was then ready to tackle the Expo Floor.

My highlights from the Expo Floor include:
The Lightstim Anti-Aging LED device (which I am keen to start using), a great green tea drink from SEN CHA to battle my travel and jetlag induced cold and the plastic reducing Lifefactory glass drinks bottle.

I attended a great PROJECT INFUSE session, delivered by Leigh Weinraub whose infectious enthusiasm was a delight to be around as she helped us increase our self-awareness.

The day ended fantastically with a lovely Sothy's Body Journey treatment leaving my skin soft, and fragrant with vanilla.

I now await the ladies and gents from Oka.b, the makers of my favorite spa footwear, for some evening cocktails.

 

Hasta mañana,

Sara

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