September/October  2007 



ISPA Reaches Membership Milestone



The International SPA Association, the leader for the spa industry in education and networking, has surpassed the 3,000 member mark for the first time in its 17-year history. The association experienced 12 percent growth over the past year. “With more than 3,000 members in 75 countries, the association’s membership truly represents the global spa community. From decision-makers on the product side to executives at the world’s leading spas, ISPA’s membership of seasoned professionals enables the association to communicate the story of spa around the world,” said ISPA Chairman Jim Root. “We are committed to continually enhancing the education and networking offerings that have made ISPA the success story it is today.”

The association releases groundbreaking studies and research each year and hosts the highly-anticipated annual ISPA Conference & Expo. The ISPA annual Conference is the “must attend” event in the industry and is set for Nov. 12-15 in Kissimmee, Fla., U.S.A. Inaugural research on the global spa consumer will be released as well as ISPA’s 2007 Spa Industry Study.



Guests at La Quinta Resort and Club to Meet Celebrity Billy Yamaguchi



Guests and club members at the luxury resort in La Quinta, California will have an opportunity to meet celebrity stylist Billy Yamaguchi on September 24, October 22, November 26 and December 17. The Yamaguchi salon at La Quinta offers complete salon services infused with the Feng Shui philosophy—which creates a holistic approach to beauty. To schedule an appointment, call 760-777-4888. For more information about the salon and the resort, which has a full-service spa, visit:


Deluxe Guerlain Spa Will Open at the Regent Bal Harbour this Winter



Paris, Milan, Shanghai--and now Miami can lay claim to an ultra-chic Guerlain Spa. Opening at the new Regent Bal Harbour in North Miami’s Bal Harbour Village in time for the winter 2007 season, the 15-room, 10,000 square-foot Guerlain Spa will bring its world-renowned brand of skincare, fragrance, and cosmetics to a splendid oceanfront location.

“Guerlain Paris is one of the most respected fragrances, skincare and cosmetic companies in the world” said Guenter Richter, General Manager, The Regent Bal Harbour. “We're extremely pleased to be joining other notable destinations in Milan, Paris and at our sister hotel in Shanghai,” he continued.

The spa will utilize the complete line of Guerlain products in its customized treatments including: the Guerlain Impériale Massage; Exceptional Orchidée Impériale Treatment facial; Body Sublimation, including Five-Senses Hydrotherapy; Intensive Hand and Foot Therapies featuring a Medical Pedicure. Totally Transforming full-day spa packages include spa cuisine luncheons and Guerlain skincare offerings, while partial-day experiences like Jet-Lag and Pre-Flight offer the perfect three-hour spa escape.

 “Guerlain began creating distinctive and innovative products as early as 1828,” said Linda Maiocco, Vice President of Marketing for Guerlain, Paris, USA. “Now more than ever, Guerlain is listening to clients’ desires to meet their expectations even more effectively and luxuriously.” she continued. Guerlain therapies rely less on equipment and technology than on personal attention.

Upon arrival, guests will be asked to complete a comprehensive Spa Therapy Questionnaire, which therapists use to create a personalized beauty and wellness strategy. In addition, questionnaire results are transferable to any Guerlain Spa worldwide so clients can continue their well-being journey wherever they travel.

With incomparable views of the Atlantic Ocean and Haulover Inlet, the Guerlain Spa will be available to guests at The Regent Bal Harbour and day visitors alike. Each of the 15 treatment rooms will feature a private en-suite bathroom. Other planned features include a state-of-the-art foot therapy lounge overlooking the water; hydrotherapy facilities; a wet therapy suite for specialized hydrotherapy and Vichy body treatments; an exclusive beachfront treatment cabana; men's and women's sauna and steam rooms; luxuriously-appointed locker rooms; and pre- and post-treatment relaxation lounges. Guests can unwind on the waterfront terrace before their scheduled appointments, and sip tea or juice after their treatments in the spa’s reflecting room--while preparing for re-entry into the “real world.” A full range of spa cuisine, created by the hotel's Executive Chef in conjunction with the Guerlain Spa, is available throughout the property.

After a relaxing treatment at the Guerlain Spa, guests can relax in the hotel's finely appointed surrounds--the outdoor pool, whirlpools, private cabanas, or two gourmet restaurants. Once re-energized, guests may then surf through the Gucci, Prada, and D& G boutiques in the Bal Harbour Shops for a little bling to match their post-spa-treatment glow.

With specially commissioned art works, semi-private and private elevators to guest rooms, and a spectacular signature restaurant, The Regent Bal Harbour redefines the luxury standard for Florida visitors. For more information, visit:



Re-Energize for Winter at Sedona’s Enchantment Resort



To frost-bitten, stressed-out urbanites (yes, winter will arrive soon), the serenity of Sedona beckons, and Enchantment Resort, high in Arizona's awe-inspiring red rock country, makes the call irresistible, with a 4-night winter retreat for families or couples starting at $2,160 for up to four people. Available from November 25, 2007 thru January 5, 2008, the Renewal Retreat includes: use of the facilities at Mii Amo Spa (including indoor and outdoor pools, treatment areas, library, retail shop and 80-seat restaurant), private 60-minute Restorative Yoga session for up to four people, a four-wheel Jeep tour of the ancient landscape, unlimited use of mountain bikes and tennis courts, and full daily breakfast.

Enchantment Resort, awarded honors by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines in 2007, is two hours north of Phoenix in Boynton Canyon, near Sedona. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Enchantment features 220 guest accommodations in adobe-style casitas with Southwestern décor, an array of outdoor adventures and award-winning spa services. Named “World’s Best Destination Spa” in 2007 by Travel + Leisure readers, Mii Amo, a destination spa at Enchantment, offers signature treatments ranging from crystal baths to Watsu exclusively to guests of Enchantment and Mii Amo.

For reservations, call 800-826-4180, or go to:



Lake Austin Spa Resort Announces October Gathering of Wise Women



The award-winning destination Texas spa announced a month-long program titled “A Gathering of Wise Women.” Originally launched as a week-long series in 1993 as the result of a staff member’s experience with breast cancer, the program has evolved through the years to encompass the many facets of women’s health – mental, emotional and physical health. Guest presenters will provide commentary, laughter and insight into some of the most common health concerns for today’s woman including heart disease, forgiveness, forgetfulness and sleep deprivation.

The program is a complimentary component of any overnight visit at Lake Austin Spa Resort. A complete listing with all Gathering of Wise Women guest speakers and detailed information is available at

October 1: Choosing a Path with Heart: Unchosen Circumstances and Conscious Choices with special guest Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco and the author of many books.

October 3-4: Author of Carved in Sand, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin presents Forget About It and takes readers on a lively journey that helps explain what happens to memory and attention in middle age. She also addresses sleep deprivation in a talk called Sleep Ease on October 4.

October 5 and 7: Best-selling author and life coach, Dr. Elaine Dembe shares her expertise in two talks, Passionate Longevity: The 10 Secrets to Growing Younger, based on her book and Re-Energize! Your Work, Your Life.

October 6: Creative Expression through movement, sound and writing with musician, humanitarian and award-winning video producer, Sara Hickman.

October 8: Carole Altman, Ph.D. presents It’s Not Against You – Choosing to Forgive. A popular radio and TV personality in Las Vegas, Altman has authored several books on relationships.

October 9: Wise Women Panel: Nurturing the Mind/Body Spirit with Carole Altman, Susan Sager, Terry Shaw and Anne Irving.

October 12: Acclaimed singer and actress, Hillary Hight Daw examines vocal expression with Finding Your Voice. Complimentary individual vocal instruction will be available.

October 15-21: The Culinary Experience™ featuring chef Ford Fry from JCT. Kitchen & Bar in Atlanta, GA, Musician/Foodie Kimmie Rhodes and Lake Austin’s own executive chef Terry Conlan.

October 20: Hamilton Beazley, Ph.D. has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC, CNN, CNBC and Fox, has authored seven books and is a nationally recognized authority on letting go of the past and living richly in the moment. He will present Living Powerfully in the Present.

October 22: Named the “Oprah of Madison Avenue” by the Wall Street Journal, Mary Lou Quinlan presents Time Off for Good Behavior, based on her book that has been named The Buzz Book by PEOPLE magazine.

October 26: Special guest author Kim Edwards discusses her New York Times #1 Best Selling book, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

October 27: The Meaning of Retreat with Rev. Susan Sager, a speaker and consultant who has been an active force in personal and organizational transformation. She will explore the five stages of a classical retreat: The Call, Leaving the World Behind, The Quest, The Gift and The Return.

October 29: Dr. Saralyn Mark, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women’s health specialist addresses the leading cause of death for women in the United States in It’s More than Sex: Heart Health in Women.

Lake Austin Spa Resort offers all-inclusive vacation packages, which include accommodations in one of 40 lakeside guest rooms, three gourmet meals daily, indoor and outdoor fitness activities and classes, and a selection of spa and body treatments. For additional information and reservations, please call 800-847-5637, or visit:



Gutsy Women Travel Offers Holidays with Spa Experiences



"Ladies love pampering themselves and we give them that chance on many of our tours," says April M. Merenda, President and Co-Founder of Gutsy Women Travel.
The following tours include spa services:

8-Day Beauty of Central Europe
Budapest & Prague Thermal spas are popular in Europe, but they are especially chic in Budapest. Ladies visit the elegant Gellert Spa, built in the Art Nouveau style. Departs October 28 and November 18. Priced from $2,599.

12-Day Exotic Thai Escape tour
Travelers arrive in Chiang Mai and transfer to the Oasis Spa, where they enjoy a complete two-hour "Lanna-style Spa," including Aromatherapy, a Thai Herbal Steam, and a traditional Thai Massage.
Departs September 20. Priced from $2,649.

5-Day Secrets of Sedona tour
Ladies can schedule a spa treatment at the Amara Resort & Spa, where they will be staying on this Sedona trip.
Departs October 7. Priced from $2,159.

8-Day Magnificent Florence and Tuscany tour
Montecatini, a world-famous health resort and spa is included on this tour. Ladies visit the most celebrated of the city's spa facilities, the Terme Tettuccio, where at the Top the Excelsior Spa Centre ladies are treated to a facial using the delicate Montecatini Mud.
Departs October 20. Priced from $3,389.
7-Day Pennsylvania Christmas tour
Ladies are indulged with a relaxing spa treatment at the Hershey Hotel's Chocolate Spa.
Departs December 12. Priced from $2,269.

The tours are priced per person, based on double occupancy, land only. Price does not include domestic airfare and tips.

Gutsy Women Travel, a division of Gate 1 Travel, offers an array of domestic and international tours designed specifically by women for women and their unique interests.
For further information, visit: or call 866-IMGUTSY



Grove Isle Hotel & Spa Creates Girl Power Getaway



With women charging up the corporate ladder and leading top companies like Proctor & Gamble, Citigroup, PepsiCo, Xerox and eBay, the Grove Isle Hotel & Spa ( created the Girl Power Getaway for women who want to integrate business travel with the finer things in life.

The Girl Power Getaway includes suite accommodations with Wi-Fi access, personalized stationery, a power lunch for two, a $100 resort credit at SpaTerre, a power yoga session and a Casauri laptop case.

The Girl Power Getaway is $699 now through July 1, 2008 with additional nights available at $369. The package offers more than $650 in savings.

Grove Isle Hotel & Spa is a 49-room luxury boutique hotel located on a private island off the coast of Miami, Florida. It features a Patrick McEnroe Tennis Center with 11 Har-Tru courts and one U.S. Open hard tennis court. Opened in 2006, SpaTerre, a 6,000 square foot spa, features a full service salon, seven treatment rooms, fitness room with ocean views, couples treatment rooms and an outdoor, oceanfront Watsu hot tub. For more information, call Grove Isle Hotel & Spa at:
305-858-8300 or visit



Take a Breather with Halekulani’s Rejuvenating Oxygen Facials



Oxygen is colorless, odorless, and essential to human life. Recently the vital element has been benefiting guests at Honolulu’s Halekulani Hotel who try SpaHalekulani’s Renewal Infusion and Luminous Infusion Facial. By means of an oxygen concentrator and applicator, topical hyperbaric pressure is created which allows serum penetration beyond the epidermis. The facial leaves the skin feeling smoother and tighter and it enables healthy new cell production. While oxygen facials are beneficial for all ages, they primarily target the signs of aging, including wrinkles, deep expression lines, uneven skin tones, dehydrated skin, and loss of elasticity. Recommended in a series, the facial’s benefits are maximized over extended use.

The Renewal Infusion Facial contains pure oxygen, super-hydraters, vitamins and antioxidants, which are infused into the skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and is priced at $245. The Luminous Infusion Facial also embraces breakthrough oxygen technology but is a more powerful antioxidant treatment that instantly brightens the skin and is priced at $260.

Opened in 2003, SpaHalekulani presents guests with a menu of treatments, massages, body and facial therapies, organic hair and nail care services that are inspired by Hawaii’s diverse heritage. The Halekulani Hotel is located on Wakiki Beach in Honolulu. For more information, call 800-367-2343 or visit:



Newly Renovated Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Features Nature’s Best Show on the Big Island



While lava from Kilauea Volcano continues to ooze to a barren part of Hawaii’s Big Island, the volcanic activity intrigues not only scientists, but also guests at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. For those who are planning a visit to the Big Island, the newly renovated Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers an opportunity to see this natural wonder firsthand.
In marking the completion of the $50 million renovation at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa ( on the Big Island, the oceanfront resort hotel is offering the Hawaiian Sand Dollars PLUS vacation package to give guests more time to enjoy experiencing the sights and sounds of Hawaii. Starting from $460 per room, per night, guests receive not only the fourth night free and daily breakfast for two, but also a complimentary room category upgrade.

The crowning touches of the refurbishment are the introduction of the world-renowned Mandara Spa, the resort’s newly built Infinity Pool with lava pot decor and a whirlpool.

All 556 guest rooms, cabana rooms and suites are modern and stylish. The focal point is Marriott’s new “Revive” bed and linen collection. A Shoji-designed screen separates the bathroom vanity from the sleeping area; the soft lighting effect on the Shoji screen aims to provide a calming atmosphere.

Each guest room features a 27-inch flat screen television and there is high-speed Internet access throughout the resort.

The newly built infinity-edged swimming pool is a heated salt filtration pool, which complements the existing pool that offers a sandy bottom children’s area and a pool slide. There is also a whirlpool to relax under the sun.

The 5,750 square-foot newly-built Mandara Spa is bi-level; the decor is tropical with hardwood flooring. The facility includes a total of seven treatment rooms for men and women, separate male and female lounge areas with showers, a 10-person steam room, electronic lockers and spa amenities. A nail bar for manicures and pedicures as well as a hair salon are also available. A new fitness room features state-of-the-art exercise equipment, weight machines and plasma flat-screen television sets for an enjoyable workout session.

Guests can also enjoy Waikoloa Resort’s 36 holes of championship golf, as well as the shops, restaurants and boutiques at Kings’ Shops. For more information or to book a reservation, call 800-922-5533 or 808-886-6789 or visit:



West Baden Springs Hotel Has a New Spa



With the opening of The Spa at West Baden Springs Hotel in Indiana, the French Lick Resort Casino now has two spas, with a total of 39 treatment rooms. The new bi-level 14,000 square foot spa, which is more intimate in scale than the Spa at French Lick, connects to the West Baden Springs Hotel via an enclosed walkway featuring a mosaic tiled floor and textured wall covering. The salon features old-fashioned barber chairs and fireplace mantels as work stations. The fitness center has Matrix equipment, including treadmills with built-in TVs, as well as elliptical trainers and exercise bikes. The first-floor indoor pool is open to a view of the ceiling above the second floor. An outdoor pool and whirlpool are also part of the new facility.

Authentic mineral springs water supplies the Sprudel bath, so named for the Sprudel mineral water once bottled near the resort by the West Baden Springs Company in the early 20th century.

Spa-goers may enjoy Malibu Wellness products, which are designed to reduce the aging process through Total Oxidation Management, the PureOlogy line of hair care products, and La Bella Donna Cosmetics, a mineral makeup product line of color cosmetics with treatment-quality ingredients and natural sun protection.

French Lick Resort Casino is a $382 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the French Lick Springs Hotel, the new French Lick Casino and the West Baden Springs Hotel. The destination features 689 guest rooms and suites; a 42,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45-holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick (opening 2008); two full-service spas; and a variety of dining and entertainment options. For more information, please visit or call 888-MyHideaway (888-694-4332).



Tubac Golf Resort Launches World Class Spa



The historic Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, which recently completed a painstaking $40 Million renovation, recently opened a new Hacienda-style Spa facility. Tucked into the center of the resort’s newly revitalized retail village, surrounded by manicured grounds and winding brick pathways, the 4,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art spa offers signature services and treatments for men, women and couples.

The Spa is equipped with six separate treatment rooms and his and her dressing suites each featuring both a dry sauna and Eucalyptus steam room. Before or after any Spa service, guests may retreat to the outdoor whirlpool tub or relax in the Spa Lounge to enjoy complimentary water, tea, juice and nuts & berries. For those who visit the Spa for an entire day of treatments from one of the signature Spa packages, lunch will be served from a special menu created by Tubac’s culinary team.

“Our Spa and the resort itself provide space – something we feel is most lacking in today’s fast-paced lifestyles. Space to breathe, to relax, to renew and enjoy,” says Robin Evans-Kremer, Spa Director for Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. “Tubac’s facilities and accommodations are sprinkled amidst a rich forestry of green gardens and landscapes helping guest reconnect with nature and themselves. The Spa reinforces that experience within its own serene surroundings and signature Tubac-style therapeutic treatments.”

The Spa’s six spacious treatment rooms, including separate Vichy and Swiss showers, are themselves a retreat within the Spa facility. His and her dressing suites each feature rich mesquite wood lockers, hand rubbed with tung oil to a silky finish, a dry travertine sauna and cedar wood Eucalyptus steam room and are stocked with plush micro-chenille terrycloth robes and spa sandals.

 Spa massages range in style from the traditional Swedish and deep tissue to popular Eastern techniques such as Reiki. The Spa offers a wide variety of “fusion” services (combined treatments) such as the ultimate Tui Na Five Elements, an 80-minute mind/body transformation blending a relaxing soft tissue massage with infused moisturizing balm and a specially designed granite stone and copper singing bowl with proven ancient Chinese techniques to balance the body’s meridians.

The signature Tubac Massage incorporates Swedish massage, aroma therapies and Eastern Stone therapies to vitalize the interactions of both the physical and mental nature, improving circulation and enhancing total body balance.

The Spa also offers signature full-body treatments, services for teens and couples, specialized therapies for expecting mothers, facials, wraps, waxing, manicures and pedicures. A complete list of Spa treatments, package details and pricing is available on the resort’s website at

Located 35 minutes south of Tucson International Airport and originally the home of Arizona’s historic Otero Ranch, the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa has undergone a $40 million revitalization that includes 98 rooms and suites, a 27-hole championship golf course and pro shop, an on-site wedding chapel, 7,000+ sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, retail village, tennis and year-round swimming.

Rates are seasonal, ranging from $109-$359 per night, based on double occupancy. The resort reserves designated pet-friendly rooms (additional charges may apply.) For more information, 800-848-7893 or visit:



New Spa Opens at Marriot Bay Point



Located in Panama City Beach, Florida, The Marriott Bay Point Resort recently opened Serenity at bay point, a state-of-the-art, 11,000-square-foot on-site full-service spa, salon, and fitness center. Located inside the Bay Point Golf & Spa Resort, the spa opened in May and offers an extensive list of treatments including facials, Swedish massages, classic manicures and pedicures.

The new spa is modeled after its flagship, Serenity by the Sea, located at the award-winning Hilton Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

“We have elevated our guest-service program in 2007 to include a new $3 million spa that is sure to please even the most discerning spa aficionados,” said John Hamati, Vice President of Operations for Bay Point Marriott Resort. “Serenity at bay point … will provide guests with the ultimate spa experience.”

Serenity at bay point features: spa packages, group specials, massage therapy, body treatments, wet treatment room with a Vichy shower, facials, nail treatments, salon services, waxing, health & fitness memberships, and quality spa retail products. Signature spa packages include: Harmony, Tranquility, Serenity, Gentlemen’s Half-Day Getaway, Couples Retreat, and Wedding Packages. Product lines consist of the facial and body line, Phytomer.

The spa facility includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, steam, sauna and whirlpool. For more information on Serenity at bay point, call 850-236-6028 or visit:



Rosen Shingle Creek Spa Offers Spa Packages



The Spa at Shingle Creek, located at Orlando's newest luxury resort, Rosen Shingle Creek, is offering two incredible spa packages for travel through December 2007.

The "Shingle Creek Spa Package" starts at $290 per night for one guest and $457 per night for two guests (inclusive of tax and subject to availability) and includes:

Luxury accommodations (among the largest guestrooms in Central Florida at 436 sq. ft.) -$150 toward any service or treatment of the guest's choice at The Spa at Shingle Creek
 Access to the resort's state-of-the-art fitness center
-Breakfast buffet and non-alcoholic beverage at Café Osceola
-Complimentary shuttle and discounted tickets to Sea World and Universal Orlando
-Free self-parking at the resort

The "Premiere Spa Package" starts at $340 per night for one guest and $557 per night for two guests (inclusive of tax and subject to availability) and includes all of the above amenities as well as:
Lunch at The Spa at Shingle Creek while enjoying services/treatments
Spa products valued at $35

For reservations, call 866-996-6338. For more information, call 866-996-9939 or visit:



Day Spa Package Offered at The Setai



The Setai in Miami is offering “The Setai Day Spa Experience”, a package that includes a 60-minute treatment, a prix fixe lunch and free valet parking for $175 per person. This offer is valid any day of the week through October 31st.

When entering the Asian décor Spa, guests will enjoy views of the pool and the Atlantic Ocean. First, indulge in a steam shower to relax body and mind. Then emerge to the private treatment suite and choose between a 60-minute massage, facial or body polish.

As an antidote to a rough day, consider a therapeutic Swedish or Balinese massage. To look fresh for a night out, choose The Setai Healing Facial or the European Deep Cleansing. Or, try a lavender, basil, eucalyptus, or coffee body polish to exfoliate rough skin.
Before or after enjoying the treatments unwind at one of The Setai’s three pools and beach. Then indulge in Asian influenced cuisine during a prix fixe lunch by executive chef John Wright’s.

To reserve the package, contact The Spa directly at 305-520-6900. For more information about The Setai, visit:





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