Insider's Guide to Spas

The Spa Files

By Mary Bemis

It’s a Couch, It’s a Massage Table, It’s a Winner!

TouchAmerica will be honored with an ISPA Innovate Award by the International SPA Association (ISPA) for The Masquerade by Robert Henry, the... Read the full article »

Sparks of Light Day Set for November 6

On Monday November 6, 2017, spas are invited to join together for the third year to provide free services to those... Read the full article »

CIVANA Launches Next Generation Wellness Resort

The next generation of leisure wellness experience is being defined with the launch of CIVANA—a hospitality and real estate company... Read the full article »

Tapping Myths and Mystery in Berkeley Springs

The first thing you notice in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, is people filling jugs with water. Free water for the... Read the full article »

Women in Wellness Leadership Conference

American Spa magazine is launching its first Women in Wellness Leadership Conference, which will take place March 6, 2018, in New... Read the full article »

Spa & Hospitality Leaders Call for Stand Against White Supremacy and Nazism

We Founders of the Washington Spa Alliance (WSPA), an organization founded to ensure that the ideals of spa are met... Read the full article »

How To Save A Life: Hiatus Spa & The Peabody Fund

When Kristin Heaton Peabody and Sheila Garrison decided to put the newest outpost of their innovative, Texas-born-and-based spa brand, Hiatus,... Read the full article »

Fit is Beautiful: 6 Smart Tips for a Healthy Life

Formally trained as a dancer, Judith Jackson, called the Mother of American Aromatherapy, has had a long and distinguished career... Read the full article »

A Dancer’s Life with Judith Jackson

I always look forward to spending time with Judith Jackson. An icon in the industry, and referred to as the “Mother... Read the full article »

LaTesha Council Wins the ISPA Mary Tabacchi Scholarship

The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation will award LaTesha Council from Alexandria, Virginia, the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship onstage during the... Read the full article »

Experience Nature at LeDomaine

Historic Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, the restored 12th-century abbey hotel and winery in Spain’s Duero wine-growing region, is spread over 1,730... Read the full article »

CIDESCO Supports Global Wellness Day

As part of CIDESCO’s commitment to Global Wellness Day on Saturday June 10th, this year the global standard for beauty and... Read the full article »

Paul Schmidt Departs Green Spa Network

News from the Green Spa Network: Paul Schmidt leaves his post as Executive Director of Green Spa Network, effective June... Read the full article »

Dominique Conseil, Aveda Global Brand President, Retires

And in the news of the day . . . After a successful career spanning more than 25 years in the beauty... Read the full article »

Good Business: Biologique Recherche and Wellness for Cancer Unite

“Here’s what I love—I love this brand, they’ve taken my heart,” says Julie Bach. Bach, the founder and executive director... Read the full article »

Meadowood Napa Valley Implements Greet the Day

As a massage therapist at Spa Gregorie’s back in 2006, Michael Conte volunteered with Greet the Day, a non-profit dedicated... Read the full article »

Tara Cruz Joins Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, the latest property in the Four Seasons portfolio in Manhattan, is pleased to announce... Read the full article »

The Leading Hotels of the World Introduces Eight New Members

The Leading Hotels of the World announces the addition of eight new members to its curated collection of over 375 luxury... Read the full article »

Phytomer Welcomes Josée Côté

And in spa beauty news—Phytomer USA is pleased to introduce Josée Côté as Account Manager for the North East region.... Read the full article »

100 Countries Get Ready to Celebrate Global Wellness Day

Saturday, June 10, 2017, will mark the sixth annual Global Wellness Day (GWD) celebration and the third year the special day is... Read the full article »

New Data on Middle East-North Africa Wellness Tourism

The Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, and the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) just released data on recent growth and unfolding... Read the full article »

New CREST Volumes on Coastal Tourism & Climate Change in the Caribbean

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) announces the publication of two volumes entitled Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the... Read the full article »

Move Over Millennials, Gen Z Leading Travel Trend

Recognized as a prominent trend predictor in the industry, Virtuoso surveyed its global advisors in the 2017 Luxe Report* to... Read the full article »

Tara Grodjesk Talks Sleep Solutions

The topic of sleep continues to make headlines, and more and more spas are adding targeted treatments to their menus... Read the full article »

Giving Back: Spas Pushing Limits

I love it when spa professionals give back, so I was particularly pleased to learn of Monica Helmstetter’s new initiative,... Read the full article »

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 InsidersGuidetoSpas.com 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, InsidersGuidetoSpas.com 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 »