How often do spa directors get together in your area?Your spas are not in competition with each other!Guests in your resort would not normally visit a spa at a competing resort. Get together, strengthen your community and learn from each other.What sells? What works? What are guests looking for?



It’s likely that up to 80% of your income comes from 20% of your guests.

What do your guests want? What do those top spenders have in common?



When your guests have to get on a plane to go home, they are concerned with weight and space in their luggage. Make it easy for them to try a new line or product with travel sizes or starter kits.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the best anti-aging ingredients out there. It’s our all-time favorite due to its ability to instantly hydrate and plump skin, filling fine lines from the inside out and making skin look younger.

HA is naturally occurring in our body and skin, and works to maintain a hydrated “environment” for nutrients, essential for all skin types. HA penetrates the skin and binds skin cells to water, acting like a sponge, infusing all layers of the skin with moisture. In fact, HA can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water.

HA has the ability to maintain the correct moisture balance on the skin even if the humidity of the surrounding air is very low – think dry winter skin! As we age HA decreases in the body, which accounts for a significant loss of hydration and moisture, leading to signs of aging such as skin thinning and wrinkles.

The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar is home to Cactus Spa, a tranquil retreat in this oceanside resort only eight miles north of Cabo San Lucas in southern Baja of Mexico. This peaceful sanctuary features flickering candles, exquisite wood, expansive windows for natural light and aroma of lavender.


Whether for a single treatment or a day of pampering, this modernistic European-style spa is the place to invigorate and illuminate your body and spirit. Separate men’s and women’s locker rooms have all the amenities: robes, slippers, large fluffy towels, hair dryer, razor, and shower facilities.


Just a hundred miles from the United States southern coast of Florida, and between the Atlantic and the Caribbean is an archipelago within which is Nassau Paradise Island. Over the centuries this little landfall has sheltered everyone from pirates, rum smugglers, freed slaves, and runaway lovers. Now, under impossibly blue skies and surrounded by the most amazingly clear waters and picture perfect powder sand beaches is a top-class vacation destination that has a growing focus on wellness.

The One&Only Spa at Ocean Club has achieved a pleasing synergy between historical colonial Bahamas and Balinese-inspired Asian traditions. The Spa’s elegant reception area is housed in the original hotel lobby building, and with its marble floors and white painted wood-paneled walls it is easy to imagine the last 50 years of the world’s rich & famous passing through the heavy teak doors.

Historic Line-Up of Internationally Recognized Doctors: from Dr. Richard Carmona to Dr. Andrew Weil to Dr. Mehmet Oz


The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) announced that an all-star lineup of integrative medicine leaders will present at the 2017 conference: Dr. Richard Carmona (former U.S. Surgeon General), Elissa Epel, PhD (telomeres research pioneer, UCSF), Dr. Paul Limburg (Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic), Dr. Mehmet Oz (Professor of Surgery, Columbia University and host, “The Dr. Oz Show”), Dr. Kenneth Pelletier (Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona and UCSF), Dr. Michael Roizen (Chief Wellness Officer, The Cleveland Clinic) and Dr. Andrew Weil (founder, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and renowned alternative medicine expert).

Together, this heavy-hitter roster of experts has transformed the way the world thinks about both wellness and medicine, leading the charge for more holistic, preventive approaches that - as chronic disease and healthcare costs soar - represent one of the most critical trends in the world today. They span celebrity doctors who have brought the “wellness message” to hundreds of millions of people worldwide to doctors who are spearheading a new focus on wellness and prevention at revered medical institutions like the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics. The 2017 Summit theme is “Living a Well Life”, focusing on how new wellness concepts will impact every aspect of an individual’s life. And these leaders, who impact countless individuals’ lives, will keynote on everything from the latest in mind-body medicine and sleep science to the coming wave of personal biomarker and DNA testing. The 11th-annual conference is being held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from October 9-11, 2017.

"The annual Global Wellness Summit has proven to be the premier convener of health and wellness thought leaders from around the world,” said Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, and 17th Surgeon General of The United States. “This year’s unprecedented meeting in Florida will define the essential role of wellness in a world desperately in need of health innovation and disruption."

“This may be the most influential, inspiring and diverse group of medical-wellness pioneers ever assembled on a conference stage,” noted Susie Ellis, GWS CEO and chairman. “And delegates will have the opportunity to interact with them one-on-one during the many networking sessions, lunches and roundtables where casual discussions take place. It will be unprecedented access, something the Summit is known for.”

More on the presenters:

Richard H. Carmona, MD, M.P.H., FACS, was the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. He is also a combat decorated U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona, with a wide range of training and experience in healthcare management, clinical care and research. He’s currently the Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch, President of the Canyon Ranch Institute, and serves as Director on several large, publicly traded corporate boards and several private companies.

Elissa Epel, PhD, is Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), with a research focus on how chronic psychological stress accelerates biological aging; the interconnections between emotions, eating, metabolism and weight; and the effects of mindfulness. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, she has won many awards for her research. Epel co-wrote (with Nobel Laureate, Elizabeth Blackburn) “The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger Longer”, a 2017 New York Times bestseller.

Paul Limburg, MD, M.P.H., is Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and consultant in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology. He also holds a joint appointment in the division of preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine and serves as medical director for several business units at Mayo Clinic responsible for defining or delivering health and wellbeing expertise within and beyond the organization.

Mehmet Oz, MD, is Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and has won seven Daytime Emmy® Awards for “The Dr. Oz Show”. He directs the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital; participates in 50 heart surgeries a year; has authored over 400 publications, including seven New York Times’ bestsellers; has received numerous patents; and hosts the internationally syndicated “Daily Dose” in 134 radio markets and a newspaper column in 175 global markets. He has received numerous global accolades, from being named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” to a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona and the University of California, San Francisco. At UCSF, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500. He is Chairman of the American Health Association; medical and business consultant to high-profile organizations.


Michael Roizen, MD: Since 2008, Dr. Roizen has served as Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, the first such position at a major U.S. healthcare institution. He’s also Chairman of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic; has published 175+ peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters, and four medical books; received 13 U.S. (and many foreign) patents; and hosted six PBS specials. His “RealAge” and “YOU” series of books have sold millions of copies, have been translated into 44 languages, and resulted in four #1 New York Times’ bestsellers (more than any other physician).

Andrew Weil, MD, is Founder and Director of (and Clinical Professor of Medicine at) the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, the leading global effort to develop a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine. He is editorial director of the popular website, Dr.; has appeared in numerous PBS programs; and is founder of the Weil Foundation, Healthy Lifestyle Brands, and True Food Kitchen restaurants. An internationally recognized expert on medicinal plants, alternative medicine, and medical education reform, he’s authored many scientific articles and 15 popular books - and Oxford University Press is currently producing the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, a series for clinicians in various medical specialties.

For more information, contact Beth McGroarty: or (+1) 213-300-0107.

For info on attending the 2017 Summit:

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The next will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.

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Founder and CEO of All4Spas, Adriana works with many recognized hotel chains advising on equipment for spas and wellness centers around Mexico and Central America. Teaching at the University of Tourism’s newly launched “Administration of Spas” Adriana shares her knowledge with new generations. Adriana is a board member for the Latin American Spa Association; key supporter of Global Wellness Day and representative for the GWI Wellness for Cancer initiative.

In recent years there has been a great interest in spas that offer services that are more focused on the specific needs of each client. This has resulted in an exciting world that allows us to explore our alchemical sense and which we now know as spa apothecary. It seeks to take our clients to a true well-being experience where each of their needs will be met with treatments and personalized products. These use natural ingredients –such as vegetable and mineral materials– in their different presentations to create natural handmade products.

For the success of this ambitious project it is necessary to have the maximum amount of raw material that allows us to create as many combinations as possible. Likewise, we need a perfectly trained staff in the areas of cosmetology, aromatherapy and herbalism.

What would be the primary ingredients?

The first element to mention is aromatherapy. Due to its virtues, essential oils are the main ingredients in each creation. It is paramount to have a great diversity of these, ranging from floral, herbal and citrus oils to resins, seeds and bark. Within this section it is very important to mention the hydrolates, since by being more subtle – but equally powerful– they allow aromatherapy to combine with water soluble ingredients.

With the oils and butters, it is equally important to be able to have a carrier to mix the essential oils with other liposoluble ingredients. There are a minimum of ten different oil variants for the face, body and hair, such as sesame, almonds, shea, jojoba, argan, rosehip, marigold and avocado, among others. All these elements will help to create massage oils, creams, butters and balms.

A wide variety of clays and muds are very useful inside the apothecary spa to make various face, hair and body masks.

We will also need dehydrated plants and flowers, such as lavender, chamomile and lemon tea that will be used to make infusions, exfoliants and poultices.

One constituent that should not be missing for its great detoxifying benefits are the salts. The ones that draw my attention to their great properties for health and beauty are the salts of the Himalayas and the Dead Sea. We will use them mainly for purifying baths.

In this interesting alchemy, I love to integrate elements of ancestral medicines. Ayurveda reveals the great benefits of some spices, flours and starches, which allow the creation of amazing performance masks.

To create exfoliants I like to use Walnut shell and apricot kernel for their practicality and excellent results. These can be applied over the face and the body combining them with some honey or oils.

A spa apothecary with all these features will allow you to meet diverse needs. From sunburns to a complete facial program, as well as endless treatments to generate sales by service. It also provides the opportunity to create products for home use, so increasing our retail sales.

Spa apothecary is a extremely extensive topic. It can be deepened as much as one wishes because it converges different trends, both ancient and modern in an environment of health and well-being. For me, it is a pleasure to be able to give you a small introduction of this interesting alternative, and I am hoping to see more and more spas joining this positive trend.

The Global Wellness Summit invites wellness-inspired, entrepreneurial students to pitch the most innovative – and viable – wellness concept; $10,000 in prize money
to be awarded to top three finalists at 2017 conference in Palm Beach, FL, USA (Oct 9-11)


The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), an annual gathering of international leaders to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, announced submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 “Shark Tank of Wellness” student competition. Last year marked the successful debut of the new Shark Tank-style competition, attracting over 70 entries from 17 countries, all vying to be one of three finalists to compete for a total of $10,000 in prize money.


The contest is open to university students (undergraduate or post-graduate students are eligible) around the world and submissions are being accepted until May 15, 2017. Students are required to submit a written application along with a short video highlighting an innovative concept, product or service for the wellness industry. The top three finalists, and their professors, will be flown to the 2017 GWS at The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL, USA to compete for $10,000 in prize money (1st prize $5,000; 2nd prize $3,000; 3rd prize $2,000). Full rules and regulations can be found on the Global Wellness Summit website here.


Students will be judged on the business viability of their concept, which can serve any aspect of the wellness spectrum – from technology to architecture to spa design – by a panel of real-world wellness experts who will question the students in front of a live audience of over 500 executive business and thought leaders in global wellness.


Returning sponsors of the “Shark Tank of Wellness” competition, include Chiva-Som International Health Resort (Thailand), ESPA (UK), Iredale Mineral Cosmetics (USA) and ResortSuite (Canada). The GWS also welcomes new sponsor, Jacqueline Piotaz Switzerland. Executives from each company will serve as “Wellness Sharks.”


“The success of the inaugural ‘Shark Tank of Wellness’ competition was overwhelming and truly underlined just how has global ‘wellness innovation’ really is,” said Susie Ellis, GWS Chairman and CEO. “Whittling the field down to just three finalists is a huge, but extremely gratifying, challenge – and I know both the GWS team and our “wellness sharks” are looking forward to reviewing this year’s thought-provoking and inspirational entries!”


There is no fee to enter. In addition to the prize money, airfare and hotel accommodations, all three finalists and their professors will attend the three-day conference, including all general sessions, breakout discussions, industry forums and gala social events (a USD $3,080 value; limit one student and one professor per team).


Last year’s top prize of $5,000 was awarded to Shahrin Ali Raivi from North South University, Bangladesh, for Mukto Sanitary Napkin, a concept to make sustainable sanitary napkins accessible to the 80% of women throughout Bangladesh who currently rely on unsanitary and ineffective options, including sand, leaves, mud and unsterilized rags. Shahrin’s concept makes use of left over materials from the country’s cotton industry. Two runner-ups, Regina Tarany and Svejetlana Radakovic, both from IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria, received $2,500 each and their concepts, including “TreatAdvisor” and “Spa Watch.”


The Global Wellness Summit attracts leaders from every sector of the wellness industry: spa, hospitality, tourism, beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, education, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology.


For more information about the opportunity to support wellness innovation through the sponsorship of the 2017 “Shark Tank of Wellness” competition, contact Michelle Gamble.


To learn more about the 2017 GWS, visit:

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The next will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.


Daniel Pink


The International SPA Association (ISPA) welcomes New York Times best-selling author Daniel Pink as the second day keynote speaker for the 2017 ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. from October 16 - 18, 2017. The announcement follows the news of Amy Cuddy as the opening day keynote presenter.


Pink, named by Thinkers 50 as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world in 2015, is the author of five books, including three long-running New York Times best-sellers, “A Whole New Mind,” “Drive,” and “To Sell is Human.” He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, Slate, and other publications


“We are honored to have Daniel Pink present as a keynote speaker at the ISPA Conference & Expo,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “His insights into human behavior and motivating others are sure to spark exceptional ways to inspire spa professionals and future leaders across the globe.”


Pink was host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel. He also appears frequently on NPR’s “Hidden Brain,” the PBS NewsHour, and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad. Pink’s TED Talk, “The Puzzle of Motivation,” is one of the ten most-watched TED Talks of all time.


Before venturing out on his own nearly 20 years ago, Pink worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore.


He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where he was a Truman Scholar and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary doctorates from Georgetown University, the Pratt Institute, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Westfield State University.


The closing General Session lineup along with an extensive list of Professional Development Session speakers will be released at a future date. More information about the 2017 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at



The World Travel Market portfolio of events and the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) have agreed upon a strategic partnership, which will start at Arabian Travel Market (April 24-27) in Dubai.


The agreement will launch with the Global Wellness Institute, the leading global research and educational resource for the wellness industry, organizing a Wellness Symposium at Arabian Travel Market.


The Symposium will put the spotlight on the growing wellness travel industry in the Middle East/North Africa, which is now worth $8.3 billion with 8.5 million trips (inbound and domestic combined) taking place in 2015. The United Arab Emirates is by far the largest Middle Eastern market with 1.7 million wellness trips worth $2.7 billion annually. It will also analyze MENA’s thriving domestic (4 million trips) and inbound (4.5 million trips) wellness tourism markets – as well as trends in outbound wellness travel from the Middle East.


In 2016, ATM launched a dedicated Wellness and Spa Lounge, connecting Middle East wellness and spa buyers with international suppliers. The Lounge helped ATM 2016 generate more than $2.5 billion in deals for the region’s travel and tourism industry.


Exhibitors in this year’s Wellness and Spa Lounge include:

Swiss Diamond Hotel, Lugano
Hôtel Barrière Le Royal La Baule
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
L' Albereta, Lake Iseo, Brescia
O.K.A.H. Hungary KFT, Budapest
Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes
Sparkling Hill Wellness Resort and Spa, Veron, Canada
The Travel Collection
Velaa Private Island Maldives
Atmantan Wellness Resort, Maharashtra, India


The partnership will continue at World Travel Market London – the leading global event for the travel industry (November 6-8) - with a focus on the global wellness industry, which has grown to $3.72 trillion. And wellness tourism is one of its fastest-growing sectors, with 691 billion wellness trips worth $563.2 billion taking place in 2015. The global wellness travel market is expected to grow another 7.5% each year (to reach $808 billion) by 2020.


WTM London will also host a dedicated Wellness Lounge facilitating deals in the wellness travel and tourism sector. WTM London is responsible for £2.8 billion in agreed industry deals.


World Travel Market London and Arabian Travel Market Senior Director, Simon Press, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce a strategic partnership with the Global Wellness Institute. The wellness tourism sector is one of the fastest growing and most important in the travel industry and the symposiums at both Arabian Travel Market and World Travel Market London will give delegates the vital information they need to take advantage of the popularity of wellness tourism and grow their businesses.”


“The Global Wellness Institute is honoured to partner with the WTM and ATM, two powerful travel industry events that attract more global travel professionals than any other,” said Susie Ellis, chairman and CEO of the GWI. “Wellness travel is not only growing twice as fast as tourism overall, it’s evolving in bold new directions, both globally and across the Middle East. Our mission will be to bring together the top experts and latest research and trends in this travel space to ATM and WTM’s tens of thousands of attendees.”


About World Travel Market: World Travel Market’s (WTM) portfolio is comprised of six leading B2B events across four continents generating more than $7bn of industry deals, including:


-WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend three-day exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry. Around 51,500 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media embark on ExCeL-London every November, generating around £2.8 billion of travel industry contracts. Next event: Nov. 6-8, 2017.


-Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the leading international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM attracts around 40,000 industry professionals, agreeing on deals worth US$2.5bn over the four days. Next event: April 24-27, 2017.


About the Global Wellness Institute: The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a non-profit 501(c)(3), is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the global wellness industry, and is known for introducing major industry initiatives and regional events that bring together leaders and visionaries to chart the future. GWI positively impacts global health and wellness by advocating for both public institutions and businesses that are working to help prevent disease, reduce stress, and enhance overall quality of life. Its mission is to empower wellness worldwide.


2017 Summit makes unprecedented choice of lead sponsor — a hotel property versus a destination; delegates to be immersed in wellness-focused resort business that prioritizes employee well-being and social responsibility above all.

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the world’s preeminent gathering of decision makers in the wellness industry, today officially announced The Breakers Palm Beach as this year’s host sponsor, a first for a hotel property, which will have a key role in shaping the content of the 11th annual conference, to take place in Palm Beach, Florida, October 9-11, 2017. The Breakers is supported in their GWS sponsorship efforts by two Florida-based institutions, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Cigna Corporation.

“Bringing the Summit back to the U.S., whose last gathering took place in collaboration with the Aspen Institute in Colorado, opens up great opportunities for a dynamic agenda that includes visionaries and entrepreneurs that make up one of the largest and most innovative wellness markets in the world. And easy international access to Palm Beach, as well as The Breakers’ inherent beauty and coveted beachfront location, will undoubtedly be a draw for our global delegation,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO. “However, we anticipate that the biggest impact The Breakers will have on attendees is understanding their unwavering commitment to the well-being of their team, community and environment, and how that ultimately drives guest satisfaction.”

GWS delegates, key influencers from the $3.72 trillion global wellness industry, will be given the unique opportunity to experience some of The Breakers initiatives first hand. Attendees will learn of the resort’s longstanding, committed owners and executive team, who have developed a wellness-focused business that empowers team members to attain professional and personal goals and reach their greatest potential. The result is an engaging, collaborative and high-achieving workforce, to which CEO Paul Leone attributes the resort’s success as one of America’s leading and most profitable independent hotels. Thanks to Leone’s leadership (since 1994) and the owners’ relentless dedication and unrivaled investment of over $30 million each year in capital improvements, The Breakers stays on a path of continuous renewal to thrive in the highly competitive hospitality market.

“We believe that the heart and soul of an organization drives its long-term success – a belief that was instilled in our culture over 120 years ago by our founder, Henry Morrison Flagler,” said Leone. “We look forward to not only sharing our many initiatives - including our dedicated Wellness Team, unique wellness incentives, healthcare discounts, and financial wellness programs that include college and retirement planning – with Global Wellness Summit delegates, but anticipate engaging them directly in our spirit of community service and environmental advocacy.”

Leone also thanked The Breakers’ co-sponsors Palm Beach Atlantic University, a comprehensive, interdenominational Christian university, and Cigna Corporation, a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their well-being.

Community and civic responsibility is a core tenet of The Breakers, and in 2016 alone, its team volunteered 20,670 hours to build homes for the homeless, provided support to enhance the welfare of individuals and families with start-up resources and advocacy, and raised awareness and funds to eradicate illnesses.

The resort’s sustainability initiatives include innovative water conservation practices, energy efficiency programs and highly impactful waste reduction measures designed to reduce landfill.

“Hotels and resorts, especially those with spa and wellness offerings, need to make the wellness of people and planet a priority. At The Breakers you can really see and feel that this is taking place and is part of their organizational DNA. It’s a great model,” said Ellis.

This year’s Summit is co-chaired by Professor Gerry Bodeker, PhD, clinical psychologist and public health academic (University of Oxford, UK; Columbia University, New York); Clare Martorana, formerly of Everyday Health and WebMD, now Digital Service Expert, United States Digital Service; and Maggie Hsu, advisor for U.S. online platform Zappos.

The Global Wellness Summit attracts leaders from every sector of the wellness industry: hospitality, tourism, spa, beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, education, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology.

The Summit is an invitation-only gathering for senior executives; for information about attending click here. For sponsorship, contact 

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The next will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.


About The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach is an iconic, luxury oceanfront resort, renowned as a destination of world-class hospitality and service, and seaside glamour. Situated on 140 acres in the heart of Palm Beach, Florida, the hotel features 538 guest rooms and suites, which includes the private-access Flagler Club, an ultra-luxury boutique hotel nestled atop the resort. Its multi-faceted amenities and services include nine distinctive restaurants; two championship golf courses and a golf academy; a new luxury spa; a Mediterranean-style beach club with poolside bungalows for daytime rental, four oceanfront pools and watersports, tennis, a Family Entertainment Center and an extensive program of family and children’s activities; and 11 on-site boutiques. The Breakers also features 70,000-square feet of meeting and event space and services, including an oceanfront conference center, ballrooms, executive meeting rooms and outdoor venues. Thanks to the dedication of its longstanding family ownership the resort continues to thrive independent of chain affiliation, re-investing over $30 million each year in capital improvements and revitalization.


The Collection Includes 4 Boutique Hotels in Tulum, Mexico and 1 on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua


(Tulum, MEXICO – February 2017)   Colibri Boutique Hotels announces their new association with Small Luxury Hotels of the World.  The collection’s five Caribbean properties include La Zebra, Mi Amor, El Pez and Mezzanine in Tulum, Mexico; and Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa on Little Corn Island in Nicaragua. The five boutique beachfront properties include all-adult, family, and couples-targeted options, with a range of spas and top dining and drinking outlets, all with attentive, personalized service.


The Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand is a collection of more than 500 independently owned exclusive hotels in more than 80 countries. Small Luxury Hotels feature award-winning spas, country houses, golf resorts, island retreats, city sanctuaries, and game and wilderness lodges.


Each exclusive property commits to a single standard of excellence, guaranteeing travelers worldwide an unsurpassed level of service, quality and luxury. Appropriately fitting into this privileged collection, Colibri Boutique Hotels prides itself on offering distinctive experiences in distinctive settings.    


Brendon Leach, CEO of Colibri Boutique Hotels, says of the new alliance, “SLH is a growing brand worldwide. We are honored to be part of this consortium and we are confident that SLH will help us introduce our wonderful boutique hotels to new visitors. “


About Colibri Hotel Collection

Colibri Boutique Hotels currently consists of four properties in Tulum, Mexico and one on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua.  Designed for “Barefoot Chic” relaxation, the collection includes both all-adult properties and properties suitable for individuals, couples and families. The five hotels are air-conditioned, generate their own energy, offer concierge service, and include WiFi. Distinctive dining and bar options are featured as well.  Instagram: From the US, dial 1-303-800-1948.  Email:


El Pez – set atop picturesque Turtle Cove, a nature sanctuary in Tulum, the 18-room oceanfront “Seaside Chic” hotel offers rooms, suites and cabanas, and is family-friendly, with a swimming pool and a secluded beach. Award-winning chef Paco Ruano oversees the hotel’s Mexican- and seafood-influenced menu.   Facebook:



La Zebra – set directly on Tulum’s beautiful beach, “Beach Chic” La Zebra is a fun and relaxed family-friendly hotel. La Zebra’s lively Sunday night salsa beach party is a popular event. A pop-up of New York City’s well-known, artisanal Mulberry Project bar runs through May, adding a new component to the indulgent 8-course, mixed pairing Chef’s Table experience curated by Chef Eleazar Bonilla. From April 12- May 28, 2017, acclaimed Noma chef, Rene Redzepi, together with sous-chef and taco specialist Rosio Sanchez, creates the Noma Mexico residency in the jungle at La Zebra. Additionally, 15 new accommodations have just opened, bringing the total to 29 suites, along with a new massage room. A pool and lounge area above the restaurant has opened for hotel guests only.   Facebook:




Mi Amor – a contemporary, romantic 17-room hotel perched on a rock cliff overlooking the famed Tulum coast, the adults-only “Love Chic” hotel offers a mix of oceanfront and garden/pool-facing rooms, a spa, swimming pool, and nearby beach. Guadalajara’s award-winning chef from Magno Brasserie, Paul Bentley, heads up the restaurant.   Facebook:




Mezzanine – the 9-room, adults-only “Lounge Chic” Mezzanine focuses on style and DJ lounge music, offering a hip alternative to other Tulum hotels, a plunge pool and an adjacent beach.  Mezzanine’s restaurant specializes in authentic Thai cuisine as well as other “beach” favorites.   Facebook: 





Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa – set on Little Corn Island on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, “Island Chic” Yemaya offers 16 oceanfront cabañas, a spa, daily yoga, and beachfront water sports, and a restaurant and beach bar offering changing menus based on organic ingredients from its own garden and fresh meats and seafood. The car-free island’s Creole culture is highlighted. The resort produces 50% of its own energy. A new deluxe room with plunge pool opened in January, with more planned for later 2017.   Facebook:




About Small Luxury Hotels of the World    Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) matches independently minded guests with independently spirited hotels. The diverse collection of more than 500 hotels in more than 80 countries around the world includes everything from cutting edge design hotels and city center sanctuaries to historic country mansions and remote private islands. All SLH hotels are consistently different; however, they are all united by the fact that they offer the best locations; highest quality, personalized service; and a truly authentic way to discover a destination. SLH membership brings automatic credibility, allowing travel agents and consumers alike to book with confidence. Reservations for any SLH hotel can be made online at or via the iPhone app, by contacting a travel agent, or by calling a Small Luxury Hotels of the World reservations office; click here to view a listing by country.


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  • Spa & Wellness Mexico rebrands to Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe
  • Circulation of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine will increase to over 12000 around Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. 


Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 17th February 2017. Spa & Wellness Mexico, the publication specializing in spa, wellness, wellness travel and industry events announced its expansion to cover the Caribbean and Central/Latin America.


"Through the collaboration with Asociación Americana de Spa (AAS), Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine will now be sent to over 12000 subscribers and association members around Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. It can now reach a wider audience very much in need of high quality international information," said Sara Jones, editor of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe.


“The AAS and Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe have confirmed their alliance to work together promoting the spa and wellness community throughout the region,” said Eduardo Finci President of AAS, “The growth observed in the wellness market and the desire to meet the needs of professionalism within the sector are the fundamental motives driving this alliance.


Sara Jones of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe assisted Caribbean WE (Wellness & Education) with the CHTA Marketplace and WE Bahamas events in Nassau, Bahamas Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2017, delivering marketing and social media solutions during the successful events. The magazine will now reach spa and wellness destinations across the Caribbean bringing exposure for product brands, events, current education and relevant industry information to the region.


Caribbean WE founder Stephanie Rest partnered with Liliana Grajales the Principal Owner of LG Wellness Advisor for this event. "Working with Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe was a great opportunity to increase the profile of the Caribbean WE event and reach an audience of millions via social media." Said Stephanie Rest of Caribbean WE. “The WE Bahamas and CHTA events delivered spa & wellness education and awareness specific to the environment in the Caribbean.” Says Liliana Grajales of LG Wellness Advisor. “I always make sure everything we do has a focus on substance, sustainability and style.”


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About Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe: Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine specializes in industry and consumer information for Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. With over 12,000 subscribers, it is an influential publication, informing readers throughout the region on the happenings of one of the fastest growing industries in recent years.




Sara Jones


Asociación Americana de Spa


Caribbean WE


The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present the 2017 ISPA Visionary Award to Sue Harmsworth at the 27th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. from Oct. 16 - 18, 2017.

“Sue is recognized as one of the world’s leading spa experts,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “Her innovative, inspirational and forward-thinking approach combined with her passion and vision helped shape the spa industry into what it is today. We are thrilled to be able to honor her achievements with this award.”


Harmsworth is the chairman and founder of ESPA International (UK) Ltd. She has devoted her life to spa and wellness, leading the industry by creating spas and helping to educate the industry on the impact of health and wellbeing on beauty. Harmsworth’s early career began in health and beauty journalism before she opened a salon in Toronto, a Thalassotherapy resort in France, and a health farm in the UK. She has been responsible for the design, development and management of more than 200 spas in 60 countries. The culmination of this knowledge and her visionary approach for what the spa industry should be offering, led her to the creation of ESPA in 1993 and to the extensive development of ESPA’s natural product range. Working with experts in natural science, she created ESPA’s product range powered by unique combinations of plant actives, marine actives and essential oils.


In 2010, Harmsworth was honored with an MBE from the Queen of England in recognition of her services to the spa and beauty industry.


“I am thrilled to be receiving the award for what has been for me, simply my life passion. Right from the start, I was driven by an ambition to help people to understand the impact of health and wellness on beauty and to learn how to look and feel their very best,” said Harmsworth. “It is this passion that still inspires me today to keep pushing the boundaries of the spa industry and I am thrilled to be receiving the Visionary Award from ISPA who are such an iconic organization in the industry.”


The ISPA Visionary Award is presented each year to someone in the spa industry who has made significant contributions to both the definition and positive movement of health and wellness over the lifetime of their career. More information about attending the 2017 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at

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