Insider's Guide to Spas

My Spa Life

By Mary Bemis

The Washington Spa Alliance: Moving Spa Forward

WSPA has come a long way since its 2010 debut—and its influence has reached far and wide. It has served and... Read the full article »

The Spa Files: The Debut of WSPA

With the Seventh Annual WSPA Symposium set to take place March 20th at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, we... Read the full article »

Join Thought Leaders at WSPA Symposium at The Watergate Hotel

Turning a glamorous spa into a forum for wellness, the Washington Spa Alliance is set for its 7th Annual Symposium... Read the full article »

Calling All Future Spa Leaders!

The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2017 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. The scholarship will be... Read the full article »

Amy Cuddy ISPA Keynote Speaker

The International SPA Association (ISPA) welcomes social psychologist Amy Cuddy as the opening keynote speaker for the 2017 ISPA Conference... Read the full article »

Miraval Group Buys Travaasa Austin

Just announced today—Miraval Group has acquired the 220-acre Travaasa Austin Resort in the Hill Country of Texas, which it will... Read the full article »

Global Wellness Summit Trends

They’re here—and they’re really worth paying attention to. The eight new trends for 2017 from the Global Wellness Summit are: Sauna Reinvented... Read the full article »

Embracing Silence

This is the season we crave silence and peace more than ever . . . and here’s some hope that goes... Read the full article »

It’s Time for Power Animals

“I believe in serendipitous connections,” Kimberly Jonas tells me excitedly—and so do I. We’ve finally connected on the phone and... Read the full article »

New Exec at Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort has announced the appointment of Janis Clapoff as Managing Director to the 40-room award-winning destination spa in Austin,... Read the full article »

Sparks of Light at Spas

“It’s hard to put into words the joy I’m feeling with the success of the second annual Sparks of Light Day,”... Read the full article »

Rasa Spa Celebrates 10 Years of Wellness

Congratulations to Rachel Hogancamp, Managing Partner at Rasa Spa, and to the entire Rasa family who are celebrating 10 years in business. Since 2006,... Read the full article »

On the Spiritual Menu

Here’s some spa news worth sharing. And it couldn’t have come at a better time as more and more consumers... Read the full article »

The Florida Spa Association

Editor’s Note: This is the third in an Insider’s Guide to Spas’ series showcasing regional spa groups. The series was... Read the full article »

Celebrating Siddhartha Anew

I was pleased to receive news from Veer Singh, founder of Vana, about a new festival that will indeed make... Read the full article »

Contento Gets Creative

It’s always good to see boutique companies that are doing well. With that said, I’m glad to share some industry... Read the full article »

The Arizona Spa & Wellness Association

Editor’s Note: This is the second in an Insider’s Guide to Spas’ series showcasing regional spa groups. The series was... Read the full article »

Ruth Stricker: Wise Woman of Spa

A little while ago, I was able to spend some quality time with one of my most important mentors. We spoke... Read the full article »

The 2016 Wellness Travel Awards

Each year since its inception, I’ve enjoyed being a juror for the Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards. Finalists for the 2016... Read the full article »

The Beauty of Body Scrubs

We’re celebrating The Beauty 100, a collaboration between and Spirituality & Health magazine that highlights the 100 best natural... Read the full article »

How to Choose Facial Oils & Serums

We’re celebrating The Beauty 100, a collaboration between Insider’s Guide to Spas and Spirituality & Health magazine. Today’s focus is... Read the full article »

Tub Love

I love the tub and come from a long line of bathers. My mother, Anne, the queen of all bathers,... Read the full article »

“If You Wouldn’t Eat it . . .”

The web is great, but it’s always fun to be in print. Just this month, returned to the newsstands... Read the full article »

John Ondrasik Receives ISPA Humanitarian Award

The International Spa Association (ISPA), the industry’s leading professional organization, will present John Ondrasik with the 2016 ISPA Alex Szekely... Read the full article »

Growing Charlene Florian Forests

This year, Belgin Aksoy, founder of Global Wellness Day, dedicated the fourth annual celebration to Charlene Florian, a spa and wellness leader... Read the full article »

The Growth of Global Wellness Day

June 11th marks the fourth annual Global Wellness Day, and it has become literally just that: global. Since its founding by... Read the full article »

7 Questions for Nature Artist Lucy Bemis

It’s June, and we’re beginning our special seven-month celebration of the Seven Timeless Truths of Spas—starting with one of my favorites—Nature. Today, I... Read the full article »

Meet California’s iConnection

One of the great things that happened in 2015, was bringing together all of the regional spa groups at the... Read the full article »

Calistoga with Philippe Therene

A local spa entrepreneur shares the very best of this historic hot mud haven. Why Calistoga? I’ve been living here for 32... Read the full article »

Birth of an Urban Bathhouse

It’s eco. It’s urban. And it’s coming soon to San Francisco. Meet Nell Waters, the mastermind behind SOAK. Describe who you... Read the full article »

Heart-Centered Leadership

For more than two decades, Michael Tompkins has led award-winning teams in the spa, wellness, and luxury hospitality worlds. As... Read the full article »

Cecilia Hercik Moves to Miraval

There’s a lot of moving and shaking going on in the spa world these days. Cecilia Hercik is taking the... Read the full article »

Do-Good Vibrations

Not so long ago, I ran into Christine Hays, Managing Director at Eastern Vibration, a boutique multi-national company focusing on... Read the full article »

The New Language of Spa

April is National Poetry Month, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than with this poem... Read the full article »

La Costa Welcomes Leslie Johnson

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is pleased to announce Leslie Johnson as the new spa director at The Spa... Read the full article »

Taking Spa Back to the Hill

Last year, we made history with our march on Capitol Hill, after the Washington Spa Alliance (WSPA) Symposium at the... Read the full article »

5 Questions for Jeremy McCarthy

The Group Director of Spa for the internationally acclaimed luxury spa division of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Jeremy McCarthy... Read the full article »

Spas are for Healing

I love the spa industry. I’ve long preached that spas are places of healing and renewal—and that each and every... Read the full article »

Wellness Travel Award Winners

The winners of the 2015 Wellness Travel Awards are in! Inaugurated in 2014, the Wellness Travel Awards from SpaFinder Wellness 365... Read the full article »

The Spa Architect: Jean-Michel Gathy

Here is some weekend inspiration that just crossed our desk. We all know that luxury hotels aren’t complete without a standout... Read the full article »

New MBA in Spa Management

Austria has launched its first MBA program in spa management, and we’re pleased to share the news. FH Joanneum Bad Gleichenberg has... Read the full article »

Pass the Salt (Therapy), Please

Two leaders of the spa industry will be showcasing their salt products, treatments, and services at the International SPA Association’s... Read the full article »

A True Wellness Pioneer

It gives me great pleasure to announce Edward Taub, MD, as the new Wellness Medical Advisor for Insider’s Guide to Spas. I first... Read the full article »

Traveling with Wellness in Mind

Wellness travel—travel associated with the goal of maintaining or enhancing one’s personal well-being—is thriving, as shown in the recently released... Read the full article »

Park Kiosks with Thermal Spas

Here’s a spa-inspired design concept that knocked my socks off. Urban Therme, designed and concepted by Kyle Bigart and Andrew Sommerville, with... Read the full article »

Kashwere: In Support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

“It’s been said that when you give someone one of our sumptuous Kashwere products, it’s like giving them a hug,”... Read the full article »

Boo-La-La Witch Spa

After all of the hauntings and endless late nights, the cooking and cackling and long broomstick flights, a witch needs... Read the full article »

US Spa Industry On the Rise

Happy stats from the The International SPA Association (ISPA) today. The group  released its annual findings of spa industry financial... Read the full article »

From Unused Fountain to Urban Spa

What do you do with an unused park fountain? Turn it into an Urban Spa, of course! I was so... Read the full article »

Vote for Your Favorite Spa

It’s time to vote! If you have a favorite spa or wellness resort, it’s time to chime in. The second annual... Read the full article »

Green Spa Network Mexico Debuts

Mexico has always been at the top of my list as a spa destination, so I was especially pleased to... Read the full article »

Townhouse & Topping Rose House

I’ve just learned that Jamie Ahn, founder of New York City’s Townhouse day spa, has partnered with the Topping Rose House,... Read the full article »

This is What 125+ Looks Like!

To paraphrase Gloria Steinem’s manifesto, “This is what 40 looks like”—this is what 125+, or 132, to be exact—looks like!... Read the full article »

Golden Door Wins World’s Best

Congratulations to the Golden Door—the renowned destination spa founded by Deborah Szekley in 1958. The iconic property just today received the “World’s... Read the full article »

Clarins’ Exclusive Energy Flow

When Miraval, the resort spa that opened in 1995 on 400 acres in Tucson, Arizona, and Clarins, the prestigious beauty... Read the full article »

Happy Birthday, Rancho La Puerta!

It’s an auspicious day in the spa world. Today, June 23rd, Rancho La Puerta—the destination spa behind the modern American spa... Read the full article »

Chiva-Som’s 20th Birthday Gifts

Asia’s first destination spa, Chiva-Som Health Resort, is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary by announcing seven exclusive anniversary packages.... Read the full article »

Deep Sleeping, Big Dreaming

From ancient times, global cultures combined resting, sleeping, and regenerating at natural springs, wells, pools, and spas with healing and... Read the full article »

From Waters to Wellness

Spa pro Jean Kolb began her career at the Kohler Company a week after her 18th birthday—and remained for 37... Read the full article »

It’s Men’s Health Month!

June marks Men’s Health Month, and this year marks the 21st year since National Men’s Health Week (NMHW), now a part... Read the full article »

Celebrating Global Wellness Day

Happy Global Wellness Day! Launched in 2012, this social movement was created by Belgin Aksoy to promote fitness and wellness worldwide. Celebrated on... Read the full article »

Cal-a-Vie Awarded for Healthy & Sustainable Food

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, the renowned destination spa located just north of San Diego, was recently awarded the REAL Certified distinction... Read the full article »

Summer Kimono Experience

Taking its inspiration from the yukata,” or the traditional Japanese summer kimono, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is offering guests the chance to experience the city as... Read the full article »

Alice Waters to Receive Humanitarian Award

Great news from The International Spa Association! Alice Waters, renowned chef, author, food activist, and owner of Chez Panisse will receive the 2015... Read the full article »

New App: My Skin Authority

Just out of soft mode, My Skin Authority, has officially launched. The new beauty app is straightforward, simple, and designed to... Read the full article »

Rancho Valencia & Natura Bisse

There’s a reason why Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa was recently rated #1 resort in the States and #1 Relais... Read the full article »

Spa Comes of Age: The Democratization of Spa!

I’m very proud to report that spa history was made in Washington, DC, when the Washington Spa Alliance (WSPA) gathered... Read the full article »

Spa Hall of Fame Inducts Jerry Cohen

Babe Ruth is in one in Cooperstown, New York, Mick Jagger is in one in Cleveland, and now the pioneers... Read the full article »

Building Peace in Schools through Meditation

Committed to Healing—how can we be and act for ourselves and for others in a way that serves and uplifts... Read the full article »

Spa Hall of Fame Announced

Babe Ruth is in one in Cooperstown, New York, Mick Jagger is in one in Cleveland, and now the pioneers... Read the full article »

Lake Austin Spa Resort Names Chris Bird General Manager

Lake Austin Spa Resort announces the appointment of Chris Bird as General Manager to the 40-room award-winning destination spa in Austin,... Read the full article »

Healing Waters Photography Exhibit

Mark your calendars, New York City dwellers and visitors! Linda Troeller, our favorite spa art photographer, is having a show... Read the full article »

Vitality Guides: Inspiring Travelers to Explore Outdoors

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with alpine adventurer John Harlin, is celebrating the hotel brand’s very own Vitality Day... Read the full article »

Therapeutic Thursdays at The Whiteface Lodge

With just one day left until the end of the workweek, Thursdays call for a celebration of sorts. They’re a... Read the full article »

10 Paths To a Healthier World

The Global Wellness Institute™ (GWI) in partnership with Scientific American Worldview recently held an invitation-only roundtable on the topic of “The... Read the full article »

Diane Trieste Takes Helm at The Art of Living Retreat Center Spa

Two years ago, Diane Trieste was asked to help open a new spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North... Read the full article »

Fairmont Leads Fight Against Global Warming

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announces that it has achieved World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers Program targets, reducing its operational CO2 emissions... Read the full article »

Fijian Medicine Walk at Eco-Luxury Resort

Located on the island of Vanua Levu, overlooking the peaceful waters of Savusavu Bay, sits one of the most blissful... Read the full article »

Chuan Spa Chicago Celebrates Chinese New Year with Treatments Rooted in Tradition

Chuan Spa & Health Club invites guests to celebrate a new, refreshed version of themselves with a “Good Luck &... Read the full article »

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine Opens

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, the newly restored, historic hotel located in a 12th-century abbey surrounded by vineyards in Spain’s Duero winegrowing region,... Read the full article »

10 Spa Takeaways from ISPA President Lynne McNees

I caught up with Lynne McNees, President of the International Spa Association, who is celebrating 20 years with the organization,... Read the full article »

Terminal Getaway Spa: Revolutionizing Airport Spas

We’re about to embark on a long day of airport travel, and wish that one of the three airports we’re... Read the full article »

New Yoga Healing Ritual at Four Seasons Serengeti

The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti announces a new wellness program with an emphasis on meditation and yoga. Offered as... Read the full article »

Kiran Stordalen & Horst Rechelbacher Children’s Clinic Opens

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota announced today the opening of the Kiran Stordalen and Horst Rechelbacher Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrated... Read the full article »

New Wellness Package at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

“People may look at Vegas and think it’s about overindulgence, eating too much, and staying out late, but I do... Read the full article »

Plant Food and Wine from Matthew Kenney Opening Soon

The intimate open-air courtyard space showcases Southern California’s seasonal bounty and sets the stage for nuanced plant-based culinary experiences. Matthew Kenney Cuisine,... Read the full article »

Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival

When some of the world’s top names in gastronomy and wine converge in Mexico for the fourth annual Cancun-Riviera Maya... Read the full article »

Martha’s Vineyard Wellness Retreat

Looking for a cozy wintry wellness retreat? The historic, award-winning Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard is teaming up with... Read the full article »

Two Bunch Palms Celebrates 75 Years

One of the United States’ most iconic hot springs’ spa resorts turns 75 in 2015. Two Bunch Palms, known for its... Read the full article »

Aromatherapy Associates Welcomes New CEO & Global Marketing Director

Luxury global spa and skincare brand, Aromatherapy Associates, announces the addition of two new members to the senior team. Muriel... Read the full article »

Olavine Spa Opens in Wailea

We’re pleased to learn of the opening of  Olavine Spa, a new boutique day spa on Wailea Gateway Center. Dreamt up... Read the full article »

Montage Launches Pendry Hotels

Montage Hotels & Resorts founder and CEO Alan Fuerstman recently announced the launch of Pendry Hotels, a new, second brand that... Read the full article »

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club Partners with Paul Labrecque

The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia’s iconic luxury hotel announces that The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque is now open. The highly anticipated spa,... Read the full article »

Miraval on the Move: Invests in ESPA, Names CEO & CFO

Miraval Group has just announced its investment in ESPA, a leading provider of luxury spa and wellness products and services.... Read the full article »

Billion Dollar Online Beauty Biz: New Report

Today, A.T. Kearney released the results of its study “Beauty and the E-Commerce Beast: 2014 Edition,” that lays out the results... Read the full article »

New Nature’s Spa by Jurlique

Here’s another really good reason to visit San Diego—Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar just launched Nature’s Spa by Jurlique. Why is this... Read the full article »

Winners of First Global Wellness Travel Awards

The awards, which span over 40 countries, reveal that consumers selected a wide range of wellness options, from five-star hotels... Read the full article »

A Personal Note: Where I’m Coming From

In the fall of 2013, I was honored by the International Spa Association with the distinguished Dedicated Contributor Award. Many... Read the full article »

One of Best Spas in Mexico is a Real Gem

There’s a reason why the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach was recently named one of the Best 25 Spas of... Read the full article »

Frangipani Spa: First & Only Spa on the Small Island of Saba

The intimate 12-suite Queen’s Gardens Resort located on the gorgeous panoramic island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean announces the opening of the new... Read the full article »