Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe tackles the sensitive issue of sexual harassment in spas. Learn from our Expert Panel and their experiences.

Brands of the spa and wellness industry support communities in need across the world:

Famous as the first entrance of the Spanish colony into Mexico, Veracruz is recognized for its people’s joy in addition to hosting the biggest carnival nationwide.


On the iconic waterfront just next to the traditional La Parroquia café stands the Emporio Veracruz Hotel, with its contemporary and elegant decor making it unique in the city.

The exclusive Vidalta Residential Park is set in a protected ecological reserve in Lomas Del Chamizal. Accessed by the iconic bridge, Puente Vidalta, the towers overlook an expansive forest retreat north of the city. This nature reserve allows residents to enjoy activities such as jogging, cycling, walking, forest bathing and group events with family and friends. In addition, the residential park provides courts for racquet sports, indoor and outdoor pools and a fully equipped gymnasium.

Andaz Mayakoba, by Hyatt Hotels, is located just north of Playa del Carmen in the exclusive gated Mayakoba Resort complex. Offering 214 guest rooms, mangrove lined lagoons and tropical jungle foliage provide the backdrop for dining, relaxing or engaging in wellness activities such as walking, jogging or biking the nature trails in addition to bird watching, yoga and swimming.


Embracing local culture, Andaz Mayakoba features large painted murals by Senkoe, an artist hailing from Playa del Carmen whose popular and colorful creations have gained international recognition. Beautiful tropical birds, sea creatures and jungle cats adorn the sides of the buildings, bringing life to the surroundings.

Founded by Margarida Bornschein Langer in the 1950s, Lapinha was born with the aim of combating disease through natural therapies. Margarida understood that, for the healing experience to be complete, it was necessary to take care, not only of the human being, but also of the planet and the local community with a holistic approach. In 1972, Lapinha was the first medical spa in Brazil located on a farm. With a focus on organic production, surrounded by a sub-tropical forest, this family-run property continues to be an agent community development.

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts today announced the brand’s first hotel in Baja California Sur with the opening of Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos in June 2018. Operated by Quinta del Golfo de Cortez (QGC), Solaz Resort is a beachfront oasis featuring a 128-room luxury hotel and 21 extravagant residences. Nestled on a coveted 34 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Solaz Resort highlights The Luxury Collection’s impressive expansion in Mexico, where the brand now boasts a total portfolio of seven hotels throughout Baja California Sur, Campeche, Mexico City, and Yucatan.

How many ways can halotherapy be used in a spa and integrated into the menu of services?


Spa Team
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences
Los Cabos, Mexico

The International SPA Association (ISPA) is pleased to announce that New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor will be the opening keynote speaker for the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, from Sept. 24-26.

Hyatt hotels have recently expanded their portfolio of properties in Latin America and the Caribbean with the inclusion of the Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive resort brand. Hyatt Ziva Cancun offers a relaxed family environment with the convenience of all-inclusive dining and activities. Situated on the northern peninsula of Cancun’s hotel zone, Hyatt Ziva is surrounded by crystal blue waters on three sides

Renowned hotel and brand management company Dream Hotel Group today announced the development of three new hotels in Mexico and Central America: Unscripted Tulum, Unscripted Belize, and Dream Belize. The signings represent a major milestone for Dream Hotel Group, positioning them as international hospitality leaders and paving the way for new growth in the Mexico and Belize region.

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The spa is located in the Dominican Republic. Our spa team's primary language is Spanish and our guest's primary language is English. As it pertains to retail sales, how can I bridge that language barrier into making home care recommendations to our guests? Our guests want expert therapists to personalize their experience but communication is necessary for this to occur.


Karina Chung, Spa and Wellness Manager
Amanera, Dominican Republic

A report led by Anjan Chatterjee, MD, FAAN, University of Pennsylvania, addresses “beauty is good–disfigured is bad” stereotypes. Research shows that using words that embody elements of both beauty and wellness may be able to bridge the perception gap.

Julie Keller opened the morning with a passionate speech about the inception of the Women in Wellness event and creating a forum for discussion about disparity in salaries and leadership positions across our industry. #AmericanSpaWIW


The theme of the day ‘Empowered Women, empower the world’ is displayed across the fitted t-shirt uniform of all the staff at the event, one of which will be given to each attendee in the gift bag. The bag supports women in India escaping the sex trade and features a handle of braided saris.


Julie talked about a fair future for her children to grow up in where #MeToo is a distant memory and equality is expected.

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