Insider's Guide to Spas

The Spa Files

By Mary Bemis

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park Renewed

With the change of season also comes the first phase completion of the multi-phase reawakening for The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central... Read the full article »

Sharon Otaguro Joins CIVANA as Wellness Director

In anticipation of the opening of its 22,000-square-foot spa this December, which will complete the $40 million renovation of CIVANA Carefree, the... Read the full article »

Trudy Bronner “Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year”

        Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, is honored... Read the full article »

Indian Wells Resort & Spa Redefines the Hotel Workout

Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa is proud to unveil a revolutionary new Fitness Center, redefining the hotel workout experience... Read the full article »

GWS Announces Winners of 5th Annual Global Wellness Awards

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) celebrated recipients of its 5th-annual Global Wellness Awards and the winners of its Shark Tank... Read the full article »

GWI Reports Wellness Industry Now Worth $4 Trillion

New Global Wellness Institute research reveals wellness market is growing at historic rate: nearly twice as fast as global economy.... Read the full article »

Jane Takes the Reins at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Edward Roe, General Manager, announces the appointment of Jane Turner to the position of Director of Spa Operations, Willow Stream... Read the full article »

On Arizona as a Spa Destination

I’ll be heading to Phoenix soon for the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo and look forward to connecting in person... Read the full article »

Mutual Core Values: La Mamounia and Valmont Partner

This September, Valmont products and their renowned signature treatments will be available at Le Spa by La Mamounia, including the highly effective... Read the full article »

An Artistic Crusade: 10,000 Buddhas

I love this so much, I had to share—so here’s an excerpt from our newest spa review, featuring La Quinta... Read the full article »

Spa at JW Chicago Adds Hemp Products into Spa Treatments

Designed to provide a natural alternative to health and wellness, Spa at JW Chicago recently introduced hemp-infused products within select... Read the full article »

The Taj Connemara Chennai: Where Tradition Meets Modernity

Taj Connemara, South India’s oldest hotel, reopened on September 11th, after undergoing an extensive year-long renovation and redesign. Dating back... Read the full article »

Beauty Innovation & Design Awards Honors 10 Outstanding Companies

The second annual Beauty Innovation & Design Awards (Beauty ID Awards), held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas... Read the full article »

Sir Rocco Forte and Daughter Irene to Speak at Global Wellness Summit

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) announces that international hotelier Sir Rocco Forte and his daughter, Irene Forte, will share insights... Read the full article »

Civana Carefree Receives Environmental Award

Maricopa County Air Quality Department presented their Spotlight Award to the Town of Carefree and Civana Carefree Resort for their... Read the full article »

Simon Marxer On Transformative Treatments & Authenticity

The Director of Spas for the Miraval Group, Simon Marxer oversees all of the spas (Miraval Arizona, the only full... Read the full article »

Tammy Pahel To Head Spa at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, a world-class wellness property in Miami Beach, today announced the appointment of respected spa-industry leader Tammy Pahel... Read the full article »

Wellness Month is on its Way

“This is a love mission,” Lisa Michaelis tells me. “We’re not doing it because we think we’ll make gazillions from... Read the full article »

Chef Justin Macy Joins CIVANA Carefree

CIVANA Carefree, the next generation wellness brand which recently launched in March of this year at the former Carefree Inn,... Read the full article »

Christine Muchemu to Receive ISPA Foundation Scholarship

The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation will award Christine Muchemu from Ithaca, New York, the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship onstage during... Read the full article »

13 New Properties Join Leading Hotels of the World

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd is proud to welcome 13 new members to its curated collection of independent... Read the full article »

Osea Opens Its First Skincare Studio

Here’s some beauty news that made us smile: After 22 years, Osea is opening its first Skincare Studio on Abbot Kinney in Venice. A retail... Read the full article »

A CPNA Sneak Peek into Global Beauty Trends

Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), the leading award-winning, business-to-business beauty event in North America, recently hosted an exclusive sneak peek of... Read the full article »

Nurturing the Nurturers at Civana

Civana, the next generation wellness brand, is extending to wellness industry professionals its Friends and Family Rate at its Civana... Read the full article »

Wellness for Cancer & Spas Pushing Limits Join Forces

Wellness for Cancer charity announces the establishment of the “Give Back to Our Own” program; a fund designed exclusively to... Read the full article »

Joanna Roche Appointed Executive Director, Green Spa Network

The Green Spa Network (GSN) announces the appointment of Joanna Roche as its new Executive Director. “We are thrilled to... Read the full article »

On Creating Community with GSN’s Bonnie Baker

How long have you been involved with the Green Spa Network (GSN), and what is your role in it today?... Read the full article »

Kids’ Wellness is the Theme of Global Wellness Day 2018

Goal: To Decrease Depression, Obesity, and Crime Rates with Pre-School and Elementary Programs Saturday, June 9, 2018 will mark the... Read the full article »

Spa Beauty Pro Jeannie Frazier to Rep Columbia SkinCare

F.C. Sturtevant announced today a collaboration with Spa Curated, a representation firm headed by Jeannie Frazier. Leveraging her 25 years... Read the full article »

May is for Spa-Going Moms

10 Hotel & Resort Spas Offering Springtime Specials Just in Time for Mother’s Day Cliff House Maine (Ogunquit, Maine) The Spa... Read the full article »

Arizona Spa & Wellness Association Leads the Way

The Arizona Spa & Wellness Association announces a new partnership with NFP and EMI Health to facilitate new statewide insurance... Read the full article »

Four Seasons Launches Submarine Excursions

DeepFlight produces the world’s highest performance personal submarines. On May 3, 2018, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru will become... Read the full article »

Discover Green Beauty with Daniela Ciocan

As we look forward to our third year co-curating Cosmoprof North America’s Discover Green and Discover Green Leaf shows, we... Read the full article »

Honoring the Legacy of Lori Hutchinson

The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present the 2018 ISPA Visionary Award in memory of Lori Hutchinson at the 28th... Read the full article »

What Will Be Your One Thing?

The idea is simple: If each one of us does just one thing each day to become more sustainable, the... Read the full article »

Hotelier Charlie Parker: A Connection to the Ocean that Crosses Continents

One might wonder what would move veteran hotelier Charlie Parker from the iconic Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square in... Read the full article »

Maxime Cormier to Oversee Spa at Montage Los Cabos

Montage Los Cabos, the first international resort for Montage Hotels & Resorts, located on the Golden Corridor between San Jose... Read the full article »

ISPA Honors Jeff Kohl with Dedicated Contributor Award

The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present Jeff Kohl, former Chief Operating Officer of Spa & Club Ideations, with the... Read the full article »

Organic Gardens Grow at Six Senses Zighy Bay

Six Senses Zighy Bay, a pioneer in growing its own organic produce to support its holistic farm-to-table philosophy, has expanded... Read the full article »

Natural Spring-Fed Pool Lovingly Restored

One of America’s wonderful natural-fed pools is back, thanks to a multi-million-dollar renaissance at The Oasis at Death Valley. At a constant... Read the full article »

Well & Being Spa Welcomes Grant Lessard

Grant Lessard has been named director of Well & Being Spa, an award-winning, 44,000-square-foot resort spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale... Read the full article »

Six Senses Steps into St. Kitts

Steeped in legendary seafaring history dating back hundreds of years, the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts is the newest... Read the full article »

Get to Your Essence at GSN Congress

Bill Reed is a man of many questions and insightful answers. As GSN’s 10th Anniversary Congress approaches, I spoke with... Read the full article »

Reflections on the Green Spa Network with Roberto Arjona

On the verge of Green Spa Network’s 10th Anniversary Congress, Roberto Arjona, Chief Executive of Rancho La Puerta, and past... Read the full article »

Go with the Flow: The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa

Travel experts Off the Map Travel and the team behind the famous Treehotel in Sweden will launch a new floating... Read the full article »

New Leadership at ABMP

Professional Assist Corporation (PAC), the parent organization to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), recently announced changes in its leadership... Read the full article »

Jamaica Event a Success for Caribbean Wellness & Education

If there’s one thing the home of “one love” can do well it’s bringing people together in the spirit of... Read the full article »

Lee Rizzuto, Conair Co-Founder, Passes Away

With great sadness, Conair Corporation announced the passing of Leandro P. Rizzuto, its beloved co-founder and Chairman of the Board.... Read the full article »

Float on an Arctic Lake and Watch the Northern Lights

Floating on a frozen lake isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as a way to see the Northern... Read the full article »

Spa Fashion Retail Tips: Get Ready for Spring Now

Last June, I attended the Sun Valley Wellness Festival and spent a little time in the spa at Sun Valley... Read the full article »

Yountville Spa Opens its Doors to Wildfire First Responders

As the first resort in North America to implement the O2Chair, The Spa at The Estate Yountville has received an... Read the full article »

Aveda Wins Sustainability Beauty Award

Aveda The Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences, was recently honored to be named the winner of... Read the full article »

Rancho La Puerta Offers New Fitness Options

Mini-trampoline classes where you can bounce while burning calories is the newest fitness craze at this award-winning destination spa in... Read the full article »

5 New Seasonal Treatments from Kohler Water Spas

“We’re all about the healing power of water,” enthuses Garrett Mersberger, Director of Wellness and Kohler Water Spas. “Water is... Read the full article »

Mindful Glamour with BuDhaGirl

One of the nicest things about attending the ISPA Annual Media Event is connecting with likeminded people. At this year’s... Read the full article »

A Winning Hairstyle Inspired by Coral Reefs

“I like surfing and diving, so the idea for the hair color placement and the hairstyle is inspired by the... Read the full article »

Anne Bramham Partners with Universal Companies

Anne Bramham, a renowned consultant, educator, and spa expert and the founder of Advanced Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council (ASTECC),... Read the full article »

Antonym Cosmetics Becomes Leaping Bunny Brand

One of our favorite Ecocert-certifed cosmetic brands just got better. Antonym, long-regarded as a beauty brand with a conscience, was... Read the full article »

Hot News from the First World Sauna Forum

Anna-Cari Gund, Director of Raison d’Etre, the global spa consultancy and think tank for wellness, was a panelist at the... Read the full article »

The Woman Behind Healing Hotels of the World

Anne Biging co-founded Healing Hotels of the World, headquartered in Cologne with an office in New York, 11 years ago. Today, there are 105... Read the full article »

One Ocean Resort & Spa Joins Sparks of Light

The Spa at One Ocean Resort & Spa proudly joins hundreds of spa professional around the country for the 3rd annual... Read the full article »

An Unprecedented Action: Spas Get Political

In a first, the spa, wellness, and hospitality community sent an open letter calling on President Trump to condemn bigotry... Read the full article »

Canyon Ranch Announces New President

Destination spa and wellness pioneer Canyon Ranch announces today that Thomas Klein, the brand’s Chief Operating Officer, will take on... Read the full article »

Kate Mearns Joins LIVunLtd

Seasoned Hospitality Executive Kate Mearns Joins LIVunLtd as Director of Spa & Wellness LIVunLtd, the leading global luxury management and consulting... Read the full article »

Melanie Edwards Joins F.C. Sturtevant

F.C. Sturtevant, one of America’s first skincare companies, announced that spa industry veteran Melanie Edwards was named Director of Professional... Read the full article »

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 »