Spas, Health & Wellness
Michael Koethner
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • When the Body Says Stop!
  • As people are becoming aware of the new sense of consciousness, they are also in the process of discovering their bodily limits as well as their infiniteness; all pretty much at the same time. More and more people are inclined to step aside from old-fashioned and outdated systems, currently presented in all societies around the world. There is a very powerful shift happening around the world that unites likeminded people who are ready to establish a new system of collaboration and cooperation instead of the old system of competition that has separated humanity and created endless fights and wars. No one is better than the other; we are all unique. Read on...

Michael Koethner
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Looking Inside to Explore the Stillness of What Is
  • Time-Out can be defined and made distinct as a voluntary or involuntary stand-still. Ideally it should be considered as a time to recuperate, heal, refocus and realign the physical, emotional and mental state. This can be applied to a single person, team, family or to a business per se. Looking at the current situation in the hospitality and wellness industry it would be very advisable and most beneficial to everyone involved, to voluntarily go into a dedicated Time-Out, an internal and external Detoxification. In the past few years the industry has been thinking and operating with the wrong fuel. It has damaged its engine. Deep scars are now surfacing. Read on...

Lynne  McNees
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • How to Attract Business Travelers
  • According to the International SPA Association (ISPA) 2013 U.S. Spa Industry study conducted by PwC, 72 percent of American hotel and resort spas in 2012 offered 30-minute treatments. This figure shows how hotels are rapidly equipping themselves to cater to the spa needs of business guests. Business travelers are typified by little time and higher-than-average levels of stress – and spas need to adapt to their demands for short, simple, efficient and results-oriented treatments. Spa guests traveling on business are looking to find a balance they can squeeze into short breaks between meetings, presentations and travel time, and spas everywhere must learn to be flexible, customizable, succinct, connected, knowledgeable and memorable in order to attract and retain this increasingly important market. Read on...

Peggy Borgman
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Is “Wellness” Over? What You Need to Know About the “W” Word
  • When you think of “wellness,” what comes to mind? A “healthy” hotel room? A holistic spa treatment? Vegan offerings on your restaurant menu? A morning yoga class? The word “wellness” is ubiquitous. Marketers are spreading “wellness” as thick as organic hummus on a vast array of consumer products, services and experiences. But has this word lost its impact, and heaven forbid—its cachet for the traveler? Is wellness…”over”? Read on...

Dale  Hipsh
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Music Therapy Strikes a Chord with Hard Rock
  • Is anyone else nervous leaving their mobile phone behind, in a locker, all by itself, TURNED OFF, when having a spa treatment? I know I should not be, but I am. Spa goers have traditionally visited with the intent to disconnect, to unplug if you will. At Hard Rock our goal for the Rock Spa experience is meant to plug you in, amp you up and maybe even turn you on. We began our re-tool from this perceptive. Times have changed and many spa operators have not evolved as technology and hospitality brands have. To this end we went about seeking to discover a new way forward to enliven the senses, instill wellbeing and infuse the spirit of rock and roll into our newly envisioned experience. Our objective was stated to energize and excite – we want guests to leave our bespoke treatments ready to hit the dance floor and show the rest of the band how it’s done. Rock Spa is where Zen meets Zeppelin. Read on...

Simon Hudson
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Hotels Add Health to the Menu
  • An increasing number of hotels are responding to growing global demand for health and wellness and are catering to the physical and psychological needs of guests while promising enhanced wellbeing – benefits that visitors can take home when the holiday is over. A far cry from more traditional vacations spent lounging on a beach or poolside chair. Westin hotels, for example, recently launched a Well-Being Movement and even Las Vegas’s MGM Hotel has Stay-Well rooms. This article focuses on this trend and spotlights certain hotels around the world and the specific services they are providing for the growing number of health-conscious visitors. Read on...

Leslie  Wolski
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • The Hotel Spa and the Expanding Wellness Movement
  • As the wellness movement expands hotels are scrambling to offer a healthy environment to their health and fitness focused guests. Owners and general managers realized years ago that the spa is more than an amenity, but now the market is driving them to further develop their spa and fitness components. The challenge is to combine spa and fitness to create an authentic wellness experience that is true to their hotel brand. Read on...

David  Stoup
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Addressing the Wellness Needs of Business Travelers
  • We are in the Age of Wellness. The archaic cultures of waste and over-consumption, have given way to a healthier and more holistic mainstream ideology. Corporate social responsibility, sustainability, going-green, and locally grown are just a few phrases that define this era. Virtually every business sector has taken a stance on wellness including automotive, finance and energy. Finally tourism has joined this growing trend. Read on...

Deborah  Evans Parker
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Why Grounding or Earthing is Relevant to the Spa Experience.
  • If possible while reading this article, sit with your bare feet directly on the Earth’s surface – concrete, dirt, gravel or grass. You will experience what you are reading about, how contact with the Earth’s natural healing energy, electrical field, restores your body’s natural electrical field. The positive shift you feel is the beginning of process in which your body becomes recharged from the multitude of Earth’s electrons when direct contact is made. This is Earthing, a simple, safe and natural healing process that reduces inflammation, improves sleep and energizes the body. Read on...

Michael Koethner
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  • The Ongoing Paradigm Shift within Companies
  • Let's be honest and straightforward. Smart Leaders and Companies never compete with another, they support each other, share experiences and goals in order for others to learn from and evolve; because they understand that the benefits of sharing will benefit everyone and increase the abundance within their community. Each of these smart leaders and companies are very well aware of their uniqueness, personality traits, special talents and skills; and by sharing all of these features with others they will create a more wonderful world to live and work in, for everyone. Read on...

Tracey Anne Latkovic
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  • Spirituality and Creative Arts - The Next Frontier in Health & Wellness
  • In today's fast-paced, overscheduled and hyper-stressed world, it's not easy to find the time to slow down. In the past, activities like a quiet visit to a coffee shop or well-deserved appointment at the spa allowed you to quiet the mind. Not so anymore. The traditional spa experience may not even allow the separation needed to slow down the pace. At day spas everywhere these days, guests are seen carrying their cell phones and iPads and even continuing to use them during their treatments. With this frenetic pace, people are not slowing down enough to ask important spiritual questions: Why am I here? How can I contribute to what is needed in this world? How can I find peace? And one thing is for certain, you aren’t going to find the answers to those questions at Starbucks or on your smart phone. Read on...

Eric  Favre
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Recalibrating Mind & Body at a Swiss Alpine Resort
  • Since opening in December 2012, The Alpina Gstaad has worked to position itself as a leading spa destination. This year, the luxury hotel – the newest to open in 100 years in the Swiss Alpine village – is expanding its approach and focusing on a special area of wellness. The hotel's management wants its guests to leave The Alpina Gstaad feeling better both mentally and physically than when they arrived. This summer, from June 6 to September 25, two special programs– Mindful Leadership and Sophrology – led by two experts in these fields, will focus on recalibrating guests' minds and bodies to promote a complete immersion into healthy and mindful living. Read on...

Cassie Hernandez
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Positive Thinking in Your Hotel Spa
  • We start hearing the message even as young children, "Think positive”! When entering into school, or a sport, or a contest, our parents continuously tell us, “think for the best!” Unfortunately as we get older life gets in the way and we cannot always hold such words true. Many times it’s easier to point out the negative then realize or even try to obtain the good in every situation. If you adopt an attitude that starts off seeing the best possible outcome, you teach your mind to expect success, growth and favorable results. Read on...

Dan  Pierotti
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Analyzing Healthy Hotels for the Wellness Traveler
  • With the concept of wellness tourism continuing to infiltrate the ideals of travel, it is revolutionizing the psyche and re-creating tourism as we know it and the Wellness industry right along with it. As our society has increased its fascination, interest and necessity for complementary and alternative therapies, where the paradigm shift in healthcare has been slow and combative, the spa industry has exploded. Read on...

Deborah Berlingeri
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Alternative Therapies: Reiki and Energy Healing
  • ELLE Magazine's first-ever ELLE Spa, is recognized among the best new spas by Conde Nast Traveler. ELLE is not only an all-inclusive spa, it is also a wellness center equipped with plush amenities, incredible ocean views and offer therapeutic healing massages and body treatments. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Eden Roc Miami Beach's gardens and ocean, the 30,000 square foot space boasts design and décor inspired by the Mediterranean coastline as well as Miami local artist Paloma Teppa's Plant the Future walls and figurines which lead to the ultimate whimsical spa escape. All who visit are invited to enjoy the custom do-it-yourself scrub bad, an oceanfront fitness center, aqua therapy with Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam, Hot & Cold Plunges, an expansive relaxation lounge area which includes a fireplace and outdoor spa terrace bar area. Read on...


NOVEMBER: Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive

Eric Rahe

The advent of social media brought with it an important shift in the hospitality industry. Any guest’s experience might be amplified to thousands of potential customers, and you want to be sure that your hotel stands out for the right reasons. Furthermore, technology has increased competition. According to Euromonitor International, the travel industry will have the highest online payment percentage of any industry by 2020, often occurring through third-party sites that display your competitors alongside you. As a result, many hoteliers are looking to stand out by engaging customers and the experience has become more interactive than ever. Read on...

Pat Miller

Even the most luxurious hotel has a finite budget when it comes to the design or re-design of hotel spaces. The best designers prioritize expenses that have the biggest impact on guest perceptions, while minimizing or eliminating those that don’t. This story will focus on three blockbuster areas – the entry experience, the guest room, and the public spaces. This article will focus on these three key areas and shed light on how the decision making process and design choices made with care and attention can create memorable, luxe experiences without breaking the bank. Read on...

Patrick Burke

For over 35 years, American architect Patrick Burke, AIA has led Michael Graves Architecture & Design to create unique hospitality experiences for hotel operators and travelers around the globe, in Asia, Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. As the hospitality industry has shifted from making travelers feel at home while away to providing more dynamic experiences, boutique hotels have evolved to create hyper local, immersive environments. Having witnessed and contributed to the movement, Burke discusses the value of authentic character that draws on physical and social context to create experiences that cannot be had anywhere else in the world. Read on...

Alan Roberts

More than ever before, guests want and expect the design of a hotel to accurately reflect its location, regardless of whether they visit a property in an urban center, a historic neighborhood or a resort destination. They also seek this sense of place without wanting to sacrifice the level and consistency of service they’ve come to expect from a beloved hotel brand. A unique guest experience is now something expected not just desirable from any hotel wishing to compete in the world today. A hotel’s distinctive design and execution goes a long way to attracting todays discerning customer. Read on...

Coming Up In The December Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.