Spas Around the World Add Wellness to Beauty, Pampering and Weight Loss

Unlike American employee-based corporate wellness, some spa wellness programs are beginning to address quality of life topics beyond the physical. Corporate wellness in America has been a mild success as medical information, prevention-based efforts. Unfortunately, most such programs have not been of a positive nature focused largely on an exuberant, joyful life.

Wellness education at certain spas represents an advance from historic roles. Most associate spas with beauty treatments, baths, pampering and self-indulgent foo foo. Spas offer healing and rehabilitation, programs for diet and weight loss, fitness testing and holistic treatments and prescriptions. These functions will not be abandoned, given their popularity and profitability, but they won’t be the focus if spa wellness trends come into full play. Instead, a wellness era will feature lifestyle education for a quality of life-enhancement philosophy, value system and mindset. Real wellness, after all, is a dramatic alternative to doctors, drugs and disease.

The new spa developments are highlighted by a New York-based international organization called Global Spa Summit, or GSS. This group has sponsored and promoted major trend reports for the past three years. GSS-sponsored studies provide resource material for industry leaders and for all others seeking insights on the spa movement worldwide. GSS has demonstrated that wellness beyond risk reduction represents a new market for the spa industry. Such a transformation would promote the general welfare by advancing citizen health status and effectiveness. Thus, while the well-off are advantaged, we might expect some trickle down benefits for the rest of us.

Each year, GSS hosts a grand forum for spa leaders. This annual conference is called the Spa Summit. Last year’s event in Istanbul focused on wellness. The 2011 Summit begins this Sunday in Bali, Indonesia with a theme “Engage the Change: The Customer. The Money. The Future.”

Spa Wellness Around the Globe

* From Sweden – Anna Bjurstam, Managing Director of Raison d’Etre, perceives today’s consumers as more results oriented, interested in advanced lifestyle coaching, nutrition and chemical-free products. Customers recognize that beauty also comes from within. Wellness is the future; the general mindset of the consumer is learning to live a healthier lifestyle. Ms. Bjurstam emphasizes the importance of accurate information, preferably science-based.

* From Brazil – Gustavo Albanesi, President of the Brazilian Spa Association, reported impressive growth attributed to “a new wellness culture searching for increased life quality, especially in big cities.” This culture has changed the way people look at spas, which are becoming part of day-by-day life. The growth of the spa industry in Brazil is also fueled by major upcoming events, particularly the Olympics and World Cup.

* From Europe/Austria – Sha, a spa owner, reports an interest in “Alpine style wellness,” adding, “The spa community in Austria must confront and address the essential needs of our high-performance society.” This latter addresses mental balance and an array of holistic approaches for stress management (particularly burnout-prevention) and the “real life” of a high-speed society. In Austria and around the world, there is a greater recognition of new social responsibilities for the spa community, The key is incorporating mental enhancement via philosophy, science and the art.”

* From Dr. Tamás Várhelyi, a professor in Hungary, came news that Hungarian spas are focused on medical and wellness tourism. He distinguishes between a traditional spa hotel and a wellness hotel-something very few countries do. This is likely a result of Hungary’s long history of thermal bathing. The medical spa concept predominates in this region. Last year was the first year the number of wellness guests was higher than traditional spa hotel guests.

* From Filip Boyen, COO of Orient Express. Updates provided concerning hotel spa operators in Spain, Mexico and South Africa. Plenty of hotels were built in Spain during the recent construction boom, mostly accompanied by wellness areas of attraction. The latter are more favored by tourists than locals, who still seek traditional spas. In Mexico, an abundance of new wellness spas are offered focused on yoga and retreats. In South Africa, medical spas address environmental awareness and other aspects of “going green.” The keys to success will be offering the highest service standards, a clear concept and wellness education of spa staff.

* From Greece – Vivian Patkos, President & Owner of Le Convivial Luxury Suites & Spas, described innovations in that country emphasizing philosophy and imagination. The Greeks, of course, are known for this emphasis, perhaps due to the work of many early Greek real wellness pioneers, such as Epictetus, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Protagorus, Heraclitus, Xenophanes and Thales of Miletus. While none of these legendary thinkers had occasion to keynote a summer gathering of wellness acolytes at the National Wellness Conference, all made their mark on Greek spas and the rest of us everywhere. Asked if it’s true, as the world’s press seemed to suggest, that Greece is “the one and only country responsible for the corruption and collapse of the universe, Ms. Patkos expressed surprise. She expressed surprise at the fact that Greece was so strong, noting that we had not realized they had such influence and power. Greece, she noted, has an “upscale lifestyle but suffers from interior defamation.” For whatever reasons, and many were suggested, “the European Union, democracy and strong labor benefits all seem unable to protect the existing social structure.”

The spa business in Greece consists of “big expensive spas with a minimum of personnel and no clients – this is the reality.” Ms. Patkos wrote:

Spa business suffers from reduced funding, lack of psychological interest, lack of cheap labor, lack of worst case or survival scenario planning, lack of vision. Nobody understands what is going on. Nobody has the solutions. It is long lasting? It is interesting torture. Greeks were always great in dealing with chaos. And this situation makes them feel like home. But finally, how do we survive this crisis? Here are options:

1. Extremely low prices. This is a simple reaction. The most important thing, though, is to make the client plead not guilty when using luxury spa facilities. Prices need to be much lower than those for bed and breakfasts, offered as an absolute gift: a gift to remind them, silently, but explicitly at the same time, of their real status.

2. Alternative experiences. In a much different way from what they were used to, alternative experiences are the master key to release clients from guiltiness. They need new things in a more sophisticated, but not expensive package.

3. Minimize expensive consumption. It should be available but not advertised and not encouraged. Under these circumstances, consumption of expensive items and products seems kitsch-like and provocative.

4. Alternative pleasure with minimal cost. Idealism, philosophy, culture and art come back. There are many things we can enjoy for free. It is time to include them in our expensive spa products.

5. Effective management. For Americans this is the best, if not the only, way to survive. Greeks were never good in management. They were, however, good in philosophy and imagination. They trained and educated abroad, faced scientific management and now they use it in combination with philosophy and imagination. We need low-cost, unique, non-comparable offerings with maximum impact, alternative products and services not available elsewhere, along with new tactics to stay side by side with precious clients in this transitional period.

Now, during the economic crisis, investing in Greece seems more promising than ever.

* From Germany – When Dietmar Muller-Elmau rebuilt his family’s castle hotel, he created a spa in Germany along lines he would want to visit. Thus, he centered a destination spa on classical and popular music, fine food and wine, wellness and the education of children in science and applied reason. His innovative spa is called “Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway.” Asked about changes in the past year, Mr. Muller-Elmau mentioned “less interest in beauty, more in body & mind.” In Germany, investment capital these days in the wellness arena seems to be in “the creation of separate spas to ensure perfect tranquility for adults as well as unrestricted quality time for families with their children.”

* From Japan – Tomonori Maruyama, chief researcher for Mitsui Knowledge Industry, acknowledged the obvious-that the spa industry, like all other sectors in Japan, was rocked by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis. At least 560,000 people cancelled their hotel bookings; the total number of reservations for April-May’s domestic tour packages dropped by as much as half of last year’s bookings. However, an anticipated huge recovery construction program is planned for northeastern Japan. Thus, this is a favorable time for investors in new spa wellness facilities. In a personal message received yesterday, Mr. Maruyama noted that he and the people of Japan “can feel and realize again that they are supported by plenty of love all around the world.”

* From the U.S. – A summary of American spa developments was not part of the global briefings in advance of the Summit, but Jeremy McCarthy, Director, Global Spa Development and Operations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, submitted “a bird’s eye view of spas around the world” distilled from trends he noticed. “Sleep, food, mood, exercise and other wellness emphases have evolved from being only a physical dimension of health. While the past several decades have focused on food and exercise as the two primary keys to wellness… today’s wellness programs incorporate aspects of psychological well-being, such as emotions and mindsets.”

* From the host country for the Summit, Martha Tilaar summarized wellness spa developments in Indonesia. Concerning changes in the past year, Ms. Tilaar said the people, especially women, are influenced by Western fashions and trends. Wellness seems to fit with a need everyone feels for balance in daily life. Indonesians seem more conscious now about wellness in this modern, fast world. However the industry lacks standardization and competencies.

In addition to the above notes from countries around the world from GSS reports, I also discovered, thanks to Lutz Hertel of the German Wellness Association (Deutschen Wellness Verbands) of developments in the Caribbean. Dr. Abhishek Jain, senior leader at “The BodyHoliday, LeSPORT” in St. Lucia and a board member of the Caribbean Spa and Wellness Association, noted that there is “a paradigm shift from good old ‘pampering’ to finding ‘purpose’, aiming for health ‘prevention’ and ‘promotion’ of a healthier lifestyle.” Dr. Jain believes “customers seek substantive information on well-being, self-development and added meaning and principles that support increased stimulus thresholds via self-efficacy are in demand.”

Well, that’s about it – as much up-to-date highlights as you are likely to obtain about wellness advances by spas shy of being in Bali this weekend at the gala Global Spa Summit of spa leaders and innovators.

Spa Vacations Mexico

Over the last few years, the SPA concept’s popularity has blossomed, and Mexico is not an exception. Mexico boasts an unprecedented number of stylish accommodations for all those people looking for great spa experiences and relaxing time.

“Experienced hands that play and fight with the tension in the muscles of my body, I surrender myself, little by little, to the relaxing and perfumed rhythm of the waves of the sea…”

Nothing is better than a great massage experience in the exotic beach spa of Mexico… Richness is abundant here, in the air, water, earth and which best resource than Mother Nature to receive energy?

With a long tradition of healing, a Mexico spa vacation is the perfect choice for those seeking a convenient, culturally rich experience. Mayan wellness treatments offer benefits to the modern spa guests.

Like the people who visit them, spas come in all shapes and sizes in Mexico. The influences of its ancient Mayan and Aztec inhabitants linger both in a physical sense and as a mystical presence;many ancestral techniques have returned to favor.

For example, the Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony is hailed by many for its cleansing, stress-relieving powers. And native healing herbs are often featured in spa products. Both newcomers and longtime visitors agree: this vast country will always surprise you with its beauty and variety. Lovers of hot stone massages and seaweed body wraps can choose from day spas, destination resort spas and the hotel spa.

Whether you dream about an adventure vacation getaway, healthy weight loss, total tune-up for mind and body, temazcals or spiritual rejuvenation there’s a destination spa vacation in Mexico where it can all come together for you.

The benefits of a spa vacation are real and the experiences are tailored for you in the Mexico’s most beautiful settings. We know that each spa – goer has a very personal wish list as extraordinary ambiance, luxurious accommodations with exceptional spa services, outstanding cuisine, and so on; below, you will find the crème de la crème of spa hotels and resorts in different Mexican destinations.

Riviera Maya Spa

Find the refreshing balance of mind, body, and spirit at the Riviera Maya hotels and spa and allow skilled therapists to transform tension into a distant memory.

The Riviera Maya is the perfect destination to relax from daily stress and the bigger city tension.

In this heaven destination you can enjoy the marvelous Caribbean atmosphere beginning your days stimulating the circulation with a relaxant beach-walk or participating in the various Yoga classes proposed by instructors and therapists. Enjoy a soothing massage on the beach, an aloe wrap, or an aromatherapy facial that will leave you refreshed and renewed.

Spa in Tulum Mexico

An important destination that hypnotizes the tourists of the entire world looking for a meditation spot and peaceful place is Tulum Mexico. Along the Mayan Riviera, Tulum has magic in the air! A wonderful destination full of nature and rustic comfort, Tulum and its idyllic surroundings offer the perfect antidote to high stressed city life! A journey to the center of oneself…local shamans maybe will take care of your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Tulum is the perfect tropical retreat to stimulate your senses and immerse yourself in explorations of your body’s wisdom.

We invite you to enjoy an experience of complete relaxation, guided by the sound of the ocean and gentle hands which will guide you through an exploration of your inner world.

Spa Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is the pulsating heart of the Riviera Maya.

Using the most exclusive and purist products, combine with ancient Mayan treatments, the Playa del Carmen Spas are designed to offer the ultimate in holistic beauty care and supreme relaxation.
Luxury surrounding, oasis of elegance and relaxation, with one of the widest range of treatments available in Mexico, Playa del Carmen is among the best Spa destinations!

Pamper your body at Playa del Carmen-renowned spa hotels and resorts. Discover hospitality and attentive service while you rejuvenate your spirit during a one-of-a-kind spa visit. Re-discover yourself, heal your soul and head to the spa hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico.

TIP – If you will be a guest of an hotel in Playa del Carmen that doesn’t have the spa, you can ask information to the reception or in the guest service, they surely have contacts with the best therapists, activity and spas of Playa del Carmen

Los Cabos Spa Resorts

Los Cabos, the final tip of the Baja California Peninsula includes San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas that offer some of the most finest and luxury spa resorts in Mexico.

Famous for providing some of the most satisfying spa vacations, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose’ del Cabo, so Los Cabos, appeal all that kind of people looking for luxury, elegance, relax and pleasure!

Start your day with a seaside walk along the Sea of Cortes enjoying the warmth and beauty of the area.

With its beautiful and peaceful settings the Spas in Los Cabos Mexico offer a great variety of treatments, massages and therapies bringing your body into a deep state of relaxation and well being. Two resorts destinations where nature, along with top-notch spa treatments, makes rejuvenation easy as can be.

Puerto Vallarta Spa destination

Puerto Vallarta Spas are great mind stimulants and mind relaxants. One among the most sophisticate destination of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is still surprising us!

Puerto Vallarta has many spa hotels and resorts offering revitalizing treatments provided by a skilled staff ready to serve with personal warmth and attention your expectations.

In Puerto Vallarta, sports, fitness exercise, massage, steam rooms, alternative therapies, hot natural spa mineral waters, saunas, whirlpools and a range of other services and facilities are all designed to help your body recover from the stresses and wear that our everyday lives put upon it. A spa experience in Puerto Vallarta is about leaving your daily grind behind you and making a choice to create a positive impact on your whole self.

These amazing Mexican destinations have the most modern and sophisticated equipment, with amazing architecture and with the best therapists that will take care of every detail to provide you a complete well being experience.

Let yourself enjoy a rare chance to have someone else look after you, where indulgence is the key word; you’ll emerge feeling recharged and invigorated. So if you want your next vacation to feel like a genuine break maybe its time you thought about a visit to a splendid spa resort in Mexico.

How to Find the Perfect Luxury Spa and Hotel

We all need to be pampered once in a while, whether it’s a day receiving beauty treatment or a weekend of relaxation in a luxury hotel. But how often do we make the time for ourselves? And even if we do take the time off work, how often do we end up doing odd-jobs round the house because we don’t know where to go?

So, if you’re in desperate need of peace and tranquility, here’s a guide to finding the best spa hotel in town – or even out of town – for all your relaxation needs.

Do a little digging

Recommendations are obviously a good starting point. If a friend or colleague went away for the weekend for a spa break and came back with a renewed sense of calm, it may be worth asking them for an address and phone number.

However, if you’re friends are no help, it’s time to do your research. Take a look at a few websites and check out what they offer – both as a hotel and spa – and how this fits with what you’re looking for. The best spas offer numerous luxury treatments, while some even provide tans, manicures and pedicures.

Get out of town

Nothing spikes stress levels quite like a noisy environment, so ditch the city and its traffic jams for a more relaxing environment. The further you feel from the hustle and bustle, the better.

Get the visit you want

Spa breaks come in all shapes and sizes, so whether it’s a weekend, half or full day that you want, there are some excellent treatment packages on offer. For the longer breaks, a hotel spa may be the perfect way to unwind.

Make it a truly special occasion

If there’s a wedding or hen do on the horizon, why not look into a special package designed to give all the girls a touch of glamour? Be on the look out for hotel spas that have plenty of treatment room, so that several people can have their whim pampered to at the same time, and keep an eye out for some of the discount offers available for group bookings.

Check out season special offers

Depending on the time of year, many luxury hotels with spas will have special offers that represent excellent value for money. It’s a lot easier to relax when you know you’ve saved a bundle!

Quality is the key

While special deals are fantastic, don’t let cost be your main motivator for where to book. You deserve quality treatment from the experts at the best spa hotel so don’t settle for less. The high street may provide cheaper alternatives, but you can’t put a price on being pandered to luxurious surroundings.

What are you waiting for?

Now you know how to choose the right spa, why not book your beauty treatment today?

Discover the perfect luxury spa at Carden Park, near Chester. As well as enjoying the amazing spa facilities, why not stay in one of the best hotels in the UK, and make a weekend of it?

Enjoy Superb Facilities at Luxury Hotels in the UK

There are many hotels in the UK in a wide range of locations but only the best facilities earn the right to be recognized at luxury hotels. These 5 star facilities are chic hip hotels with luxury spa facilities that measure up to the expectations of guests who are in search of superb facilities and options to make their hotel experience a most pleasurable one. At a minimum, many of the UK’s luxurious hotels are located at destinations that feature facilities such as a swimming pool, gym, wedding reception rooms, meeting rooms and golf options for the stay. Whether it is a weekend visit or an extended stay, these superb facilities are the icing on the cake for what luxury hotels symbolize.

For families and couples, a swim in the pool is often a part of every day of the stay at such special hotels. Pool facilities that offer a spacious swimming area, whirlpool, Jacuzzi and steam room attract guests for a morning workout, midday dip or evening romantic swirl. Even business guests who want to incorporate some leisurely time at the pool side when business meetings conclude appreciate these dedicated hotels and the exemplary service offered at their superb facilities. For those who desire more unwinding in the form of sensuous pampering, luxury hotels in the UK also have spa facilities that provide the ultimate opportunities to relax and unwind.

Planning a wedding can be a complicated task with ensuring that every step is managed along the way. Luxury hotels in the UK such as The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate, Clumber Park Hotel & Spa and many others offer exemplary customer service with guest relations that are designed to meet every need of the discerning guest by anticipating desires and wants before they arise. With respect to wedding arrangements, a bridal party can enjoy the many features of such a luxury hotel from start to finish.

Taking a getaway to a luxury hotel in the UK is about more than secluded surroundings. No matter if the choice is for chic settings or deluxe accommodations, luxury hotels provide exclusive surroundings that beckon guests to return time and again and experience fine dining, gorgeously decorated rooms and appointed facilities that provide the ultimate experience in meeting and exceeding the expectations of each guest during their entire stay. Create a lasting memory of a delightful stay in one of the special hotels in the UK for a party of two or a group.

Spa Breaks – A Fantastic Way To Celebrate

If you’re searching desperately for an original idea for a birthday bash or a bachelorette party, you’ll understand that it can be difficult for a host or hostess to come up with an idea that will knock your guests off their feet. However, there is one party idea that is sure to impress your guests, whatever the occasion: the idea of the spa party has gradually gathered momentum in recent years, and more women – and men – are indulging in a bit of pampering with their pals as a way of celebrating an important occasion.

Traditionally, day spas and spa resorts are zones of relaxation, where guests can unwind and enjoy a host of luxurious care treatments, including facials and massages. But while today’s spas have connotations of significant luxury and indulgence, historically, “spa towns” in Europe were visited for health reasons. The name ‘spa’ originates from the town of Spa in Belgium, which was famous for its hot thermal baths (hydrotherapy) and mineral water treatments (balneotherapy).

While the healing property of spa waters was, for the most part, a European phenomenon, many hot springs across the United States have properties that are suitable for hydrotherapy because of their high mineral content. Today, the modern spa has evolved into an attractive tourist destination, while the scientifically-proven medical value of spa waters and hot springs makes them popular as rehabilitation clinics.

Spa parties can involve groups of all sizes – from few to many people – and can be a great way to get friends to relax together and take some time out from their daily routines. In fact, some modern day spas are often considered as much like beauty salons as centres of tranquillity and peacefulness. Common treatments available at a spa include massages, facials, waxing, aromatherapy and skin exfoliation. Spa massages are particularly popular, especially with groups of friends on a spa outing.

The range of massages available at spas today is immense, with various massage techniques from a number of countries on offer: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Swedish and Thai massage techniques are falling into prominence in many spas, and each offers its own specific benefits.

Reflexology, or “zone therapy”, is also gaining popularity at spas across the world. This is the practice of stimulating points on the feet and hands that are believed to be beneficial to other parts of the body. The “design contour”, which uses anti-ageing body treatments to generate heat and circulation, is also becoming fashionable.

Opt for a spa birthday celebration or a spa bachelorette party to show your friends how to have a good time with a difference. Many spa facilities offers weekend vacation packages and bridal packages in some of America’s most exclusive locations; so if you think a hotel spa break may be out of your reach, think again. Men and women alike will adore the peace and tranquillity that a day at the spa can afford.

Spa Types – Indulge In Your Spa Style

Spa has been part of therapeutic healing and health maintenance throughout the ages. Today’s spa originated from the ancient custom known as “taking the waters” in spectacular European health spas.

New innovative treatments and newer versions of ancient therapeutic treatments comprise the modern spa. As the spa industry continues to grow, today’s spa-goer often requires a guide to the many professional services now available and advertised under the heading “spa”

Canadian spas are wide-ranging from world-class getaway destinations spas to superior day spas in vibrant city locations. All provide rejuvenating, relaxing and luxurious spa treatments. The following list will help you to select your spa style
and maximize your authentic spa experience.

Ayurvedic Spa – This type of spa is based in ancient Indian practise of traditional folk medicine, includes, nutrition, herbal therapy, aromatherapy, massage and meditation.

Day Spa – A clean, safe and nurturing environment offering a menu of spa treatments administered by highly trained professionals. It can be a self-contained facility, but more and more the spa may be found in a full service salon, hotel lobby or shopping centre location. Treatments can last for 1 hour or all day.

Destination Spa – A place where guests can participate in a variety of exclusively structured programs, including, weight loss, nutrition, a fitness regime, healing, mediation, yoga and of course all the pampering the spa experience offers.
A total renewal of the mind, body and sprit is offered at the destination spa.

Eco-Spa – Eco-spas offer all the luxuries of a traditional spa but use of chemical and processed elements are strictly limited. The emphasis being on natural elements.

Medical Spa – Spas that concentrate on wellness, preventive healthcare and cosmetic procedures along with among other innovative treatments. There is usually a Medical Director overseeing all treatments in combination with Medical Doctors of various disciplines, e.g. complimentary and alternative medicine, dermatology, plastic surgery, along with traditional head to toe deluxe spa treatments

Resort Hotel Spa – A spa facility at a resort/hotel, where guests who enjoy the spa concept can take advantage of traditional resort activities. Here guests can combine vacations along with the amenities the modern spa has to offer. The resort/hotels spas are often located close to a natural mineral spring source.

Five-Star Hotel Spa – Picking Out a Hotel Spa

How to choose the right spa hotel:

When picking a spa hotel, the huge range of options and choices can make choosing one quite difficult. A friend may tell you one thing and the holiday brochure another. So here is the definitive guide to dispel all worries and help you find the perfect spa hotel for you.

Treatments:

• What treatment options to have on your luxurious spa break is probably the most crucial consideration of all. In the end, the key reason you’re going to a health spa will be to luxuriate and pamper yourself with a lot of incredible treatments.

• Several spa hotels focus on healing the body, through holistic treatments, for instance deeply intensive massages and complete body wraps, that may help with illnesses such as arthritis and rheumatism. Emotional issues like stress and fear are may also be remedied through holistic means.

• Then there is the other side of spa treatments, which aim to make you look and feel beautiful, and leave with a new lease of confidence. These little treats include manicures, facials and spray tans, all ideal if you are heading off to a big event.

• So the top advice to give is to consider what type of treatment you are after, and choose a spa hotel that specialises in that.

Location:

• The perfect location for that spa hotel you are after is also a concern to consider. Would you like to be bang in the middle of a city, so you can parade your newly refreshed faces for all the world to see, or would you rather relax and unwind in the wonderful countryside, enjoying a rare moment of seclusion?

• Several spa resorts are a little more unique, for example many of the spas in both Hungary and Iceland are outdoors, and use the natural thermal springs to make a refreshing and health benefiting experience in a wonderful setting.

• Furthermore find what other activities the accommodation offers if you think you will get itchy feet it slowing down. A lot of places have sporting facilities and fantastic nearby attraction to check out.

• Think of the country you’re traveling to, together with the hotel spa. Make certain you want to vacation in the location prior to heading off, otherwise it is quite a distance to get a facial…

Ambiance:

• It sounds clear, but make sure you’re heading off to a wellness hotel where you’ll feel comfortable and happy.

• If you’re a bit of a party animal, double check whether the spa hotel has a bar, or has a good night life in the local area.

• Similarly, if you want a truly pampering experience, see whether the hotel spa is as opulent and sumptuous as possible!

• Will you be on your own or with the girls, or a loved one for your spa break? This is also important to take into consideration. Some spas are perfect for a romantic couples’ retreat, with double rooms for treatments, and specialised therapies just for the two of you, and others are ideal for spending some time with your best friends, and promote therapies such as group mani-pedis.

Food:

• A number of people forget the issue of dining at a hotel and spa, but it is an essential one.

• Many spa accommodations tend to serve very delightful yet healthy, low calorific food, which is brilliant if you’re after that kind of thing, but less so if you end up craving cake for your elevenses.

• Most hotel spas will offer a sample menu online; peruse it to make sure you will be content with your grub.

The key reason for a spa holiday is to have fun and unwind, so once you have found the best spa resort for you, you can sit back, relax and let the pampering begin.

Thoresby Hall Hotel & Spa in Nottinghamshire

If you’re looking for some rest and relaxation, Thoresby Hall Hotel & Spa could be the place you’ve been looking for. This Grade I listed hotel is a perfect place for a short break, and of course, you can make full use of the spa facilities available.

Where is Thoresby Hall Hotel & Spa?
The hotel is situated in Nottinghamshire, right on the edge of Sherwood Forest. You’ll find Thoresby Hall about half-an-hour north of Nottingham, and 15 minutes south of Worksop, on the A1. This central position of Thoresby Hall makes it easily accessible, no matter which direction you’re travelling from.

Tell me about Thoresby Hall Hotel
Thoresby Hall Hotel is a Grade 1 listed house which sits in some beautiful grounds adjacent to Sherwood Forest. The traditional magnificence of the house is combined with 21st century luxury to give you a fantastic break.

You can book breaks at this sumptuous hotel & Spa through Warner Leisure Resorts; and like all Warner breaks this hotel is exclusively for adults, so you know there won’t be any children running about.

Need to relax? Try the Spa
The hotel is fantastic in its own right; but while you’re there, why not make use of the Spa. The spa offers a multitude of treatments. Try the “warming rooms” – which will help you relax. Have a go in the “Hamman Steamroom”, which will leave you feeling refreshed and re-invigorated. Or try the ancient Egyptian treatment of mud bathing. Whatever you need to relax, the spa will have something for you.

Conclusion
All in all, this hotel makes a great place to spend a few nights. Even if you don’t make use of the Spa during your stay, you’ll still have a fantastic time. You can let the nice people at the hotel look after you during your stay, so why not take a few days away from your standard routine, and spend some time in these magnificent surroundings.

Relax Before Your Big Day With a Hotel Spa Experience

In the run up to a wedding, it’s very easy to become stressed out trying to organise so many different elements for the big day – and then there is the prospect of a huge night out with all of your friends to celebrate your last days of freedom. Whilst this might be heaven to some people, hotel spa experiences are continuing to grow in popularity as the ultimate relaxing alternative.

You can get away from all of those last minute wedding worries by treating yourself to a weekend of pampering with your closest friends and family. You may also find yourself spoilt for choice, as most of the top luxurious hotels offer sumptuous spa experiences to invigorate even the most fraught brides to be – the only difficulty could be in choosing exactly the best way to pamper yourself!

Whether you are looking for a last-minute detox to ensure you glow on your wedding day, or you would prefer a few indulgences included in your spa experience, there is a hotel to suit your requirements. Once you have decided exactly what you are looking for you can fully relax, enjoying having all of your needs met in a calm, and tranquil environment.

Treatments on offer at most deluxe spa hotels will include a beauty consultation, pedicures, manicures and a variety of massages – massage treatments are generally the most popular at any spa. They not only feel great, they also have a variety of health benefits, promoting a sense of relaxation and well being whilst reducing tension and anxiety. There will also be a variety of body wraps and exfoliation on offer which can get rid of toxins and stimulate your metabolism, ensuring you will look beautiful in your wedding dress and honeymoon wardrobe.

The fun does not have to end when your treatments do – at a spa hotel most of the spa packages on offer include dinner, drinks, breakfast the next day and general use of all of the leisure facilities if you feel like taking some exercise or relaxing in the sauna. At some of the top luxury hotels, they will even include champagne in your room on arrival as an additional treat for you and your friends.

The build up to your wedding may be causing you to feel overwhelmed, but if you book into a luxury spa hotel you will feel all of the tension draining away, allowing you to feel revitalized and ready for the exciting time ahead.

Luxury Spa Types – Which Ones Are Right For You?

The word spa is taken from the name of the famous mineral springs in Spa, Belgium. Its therapeutic mineral springs and baths, frequented since the 16th century, made it an internationally fashionable watering place. Its name became so well known that the word spa has become a common noun used to designate any health resort devoted to overall well-being achieved through a variety of professional services, encouraging the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

So now you know a little bit about the history and evolution of spas and you’re ready to dip your toe in the water, so to speak. There are many different kinds of spas and because of this, it’s important that you educate yourself on spa types and available services in order to choose the establishment that’s right for you. In the next few paragraphs we will be discussing the most popular types of spas.

Fitness/Club Spas

Fitness spas focus on getting fit, losing weight, and adopting a healthier lifestyle. These spas are specifically designed for the fitness enthusiast, even though you can also expect to find many relaxing services like massages and body wraps at a club spa. Fitness spas seem to be a growing trend in resorts across the country, offering guests the benefits of their favorite workouts at peak level. If you need to re-energize a workout, ramp up your athletic regimen, or just try some new activities with new people, a fitness spa is a great way to accomplish these goals.

Cruise Ship Spas

A cruise ship spa provides professionally administered spa services, fitness programs and wellness components, as well as spa cuisine menu choices. For obvious reasons, a cruise ship spa is probably one of the most expensive kinds of spa. You can expect to pay quite a bit for spa services while on board, but then again, you get the added benefit of the ocean waves lulling you into a weekend of relaxation.

Luxury Hotel Spas

A resort spa is usually owned by and located within a luxury hotel resort. These resorts are often found in out of the way locations and are known for their consistently high level of service as well as their unbelievable cuisine. These establishments offer a full menu of professionally administered spa services, body treatments and fitness a la carte. Not surprisingly, the cost of your stay may be fairly pricey, however most patrons feel that the service and ambiance more than make up for the cost.

Destination Spas

A destination spa is a short term residential/lodging facility with the primary purpose of providing services for spa-goers aimed at developing healthy lifestyle habits. Historically, many such spas were developed at the location of a natural hot spring or source of mineral water. Typically over a seven-day stay, such facilities provide a comprehensive, all-inclusive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthy cuisine and special interest programming.

Day Spas

Last but not least, there’s the day spa. This option is perfect for people who opt to stay close to home but want a relaxing respite from their daily grind. Most day spas offer their guests a full menu of products and services and allow them to choose whatever they desire. This is one reason why gift certificates to day spas are a favorite of women everywhere. They are perfect for special occasions such as bachelorette parties, birthdays and anniversaries, or if you just feel that someone you love is pushing themselves a little too hard and could use a break.

While these are some of the most popular types of spas available, keep in mind there are also many spas that focus on only one service. For example, stress management spas focus on stress management and relaxation. Spiritual spas focus on developing and maintaining peace of mind through introspection and reflection. Pampering spas provide their clients with luxurious treatments in glamorous surroundings.

When choosing a particular type of spa, first narrow down your choices by considering the atmosphere and services that you are looking for. Then, simply factor in your personal preferences as well as the desired outcome you hope to achieve. If you consider these factors carefully you will certainly find the perfect spa type for you.