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Valentine's Special - 23 Jan 2011
Get Loved Up at The Ice House
One of our favourite places to stay, The Ice House in Ballina is the perfect Valentine's hideaway. Let the team at The Ice House set the romantic scene for you – rose petals, romantic music, luxurious bedrooms and sensuous food. For your loved one, the Ice House cupids will shower them with pampering treats from lavender de-stress bath, hot chocolate whilst they linger in the outdoor hot tub to some Yonka spa goodies.
These weekend packages run from February 11th-21st and include 2 nights’ accommodation, breakfast in bed each morning, chocolate dipped strawberries and a glass of bubbles on arrival and a special 6 Course Gourmet Valentines Menu in Pier Restaurant with a rose for the lady. Guests can also enjoy unlimited access to the thermal spa. Rates start from €250 per person sharing.
The Ice House
Spa Trends for 2011 - 20 Jan 2011
Top 3 Trends from Spafinder
We always like to see what Susie Ellis from Spafinder predicts for the Spa year to come, and she is usually spot on. Admittedly, she takes the global view - her report is based on analyses from a large team of experts who visit hundreds of day and stay spas each year; interviews with top industry analysts; ongoing research across the spa, travel and beauty sectors; and data derived from SpaFinder’s relationships with over 9,000 spas and salons across the globe. Ireland doesn't always get keep pace but see what you think of the Top 3 Trends for 2011.
Baby boomers are the fastest-growing demographic in the world. In the U.S. alone, 39 million consumers account for nearly $2 trillion in annual spending. This is not lost on spas, which are showing ever-more awareness of the needs of older spa-goers. Modeling after pioneers such as Canyon Ranch, many spas are now beginning to incorporate exercise physiologists, chiropractors, orthopedics and naturopaths who focus on rejuvenation of joints, pain relief and mobility. Thermal bathing is seeing a renaissance, particularly with this growing group, as the benefits of soaking – or santias per acqua – are rediscovered.
But woe is the spa that attempts to label this active, and often affluent, demographic. The days of “over 65” as a catchall category will soon become ancient history. After all, there’s a huge difference between a 70-year-old who plays tennis three times a week and an 85-year-old seeking pain relief. Forward-thinking examples: Fairmont’s Willow Stream Spas; Scandinave and Le Nordic models in Canada; and the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun in Japan.
2. ALL EYES ON ASIA
Asia has had a profound impact on the spa industry: Yoga, Thai massage, Ayurvedic medicine and acupuncture are staples on many spa menus, and the “Zen” nature of Asian design can be seen in spas worldwide. But historically, it’s been a tale of the mass exportation of Asian spa influences. Now a powerful new story is unfolding: The explosive growth of hotel/spa development within Asia (a market of 4.1 billion people), especially within the two fastest-growing world economies, China and India. These markets and others are developing at a breakneck pace, unleashing extraordinary new class mobility and massive opportunities for hotel/spa development. Consider just two facts: Asia-Pacific has the largest number of spas and hotels under development of any region in the world, and by 2015, China will have 100 million outbound travelers, many seeking a luxury lifestyle that includes a Westernized spa experience.
Stay tuned as the new “Spa Road” runs from China to India and beyond, and hotel/spa developers look to please both tourists seeking authentic ambiance and indigenous treatments and local spa-goers looking for Western-style spa-going. Keep your eye on: Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 60+ hotels in China and 86 in the pipeline; Marriott International, 89 new hotels in India by 2015; Mumbai-based Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces, 47 luxury resorts in the pipeline.
3. SALT ROOMS AND SALT CAVES
Healing traditions that involve basking in salt caves or water may be centuries old, but they are truly coming of age in some of the most modern spas. The benefits to skin, breathing and rejuvenation are making salt therapy – or halotherapy – one of the hottest trends to watch in 2011. More than folk tradition is behind the spa-salt resurgence: Clinical trials reveal it’s beneficial for respiratory illnesses like asthma, considered a global epedemic, and skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Spas are finding stylish new ways to recreate the natural salt cave microclimate, infusing salt and negative ions into the air. Some examples have encrusted, stalactite-drenched grottoes (comprised of tons of imported Himalayan salt crystals). With decreased need of a therapist’s involvement, the treatments are attractive to spas from a cost side. Bottom line is that salty is sweet for spas and consumers in the coming year. For a healthy dose of salt, see: 1,000-plus traditional Eastern European salt caves/spas; CastaDiva Resort (Lake Como, Italy); and Salt Therapy Health & Wellness Center (Ontario, Canada). Our pic for this story is from the Dead Sea Salt Grotto in Rogner Bad Blumau in Austria.
As Ireland's baby boomers all grow up we will be watching out to see what our spas do to meet the needs of this growing demographic. More trends to come soon so watch this space.
Start Afresh This January - 10 Jan 2011
New Year Tips From Elemis
New Year is a great time to kick-start a new detox regime and help your skin and body recover from all the festivities.
Here are a few words of wisdom from the professionals at the Elemis day-spa in London.
“Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow is the ultimate exfoliation ritual to rid the build up of dry skin during the winter. I love this time of year as I have more time to re-create my ‘spa at home’ treatments and you can guarantee that I will be massaging this all over my body. I love how the sea salt effectively removes dry skin and you feel cleansed knowing the lime peel purifies the skin so you feel as if you’re getting a real treat in the comfort of your own home. Plus the intoxicating smell whisks you away from cold, dreary January weather to somewhere altogether more exotic, I love it!“
Angela Kwakwa, Spa Manager
“At this time of year I’m very conscience to get my body ‘detoxed’. Christmas and New Year is always a time when I like to indulge on Christmas treats and there’s never a time when you have can have too many mince pies! However,
I need to watch my figure for my forthcoming wedding, so January is the perfect time to start. Cellutox Herbal Bath Synergy Sachets help cleanse my body and boost my sluggish system. With the powerful detoxifying Algae, Sea-buckthorn and Sea Fennel Extracts I can have my own relaxing treatment bath in the comfort of my own home and be ready for my wedding in no time.” Sarah Cole, Assistant Spa Manager
Skincare collections available from 1st - 31st January 2011, check out your local Elemis Spa by doing a search on our advanced search page.
Skill Perfecting - 01 Jan 2011
Carton House activity breaks
Carton House has put itself on the map as the place to hone your skills. From pre-season training international soccer teams to an ALL-Ireland winning hurling team preparing to defeat the ‘Cats’, Carton has the facilities and experience to help people to achieve their own personal goals, even if that goal is simply to relax and enjoy some chakra balancing in the Aveda spa.
This Winter Carton offers a choice of specific themed breaks at no extra cost. They are designed to make your stay even more enjoyable than a standard 2 nights escape and informal courses are scheduled with some of Ireland’s leading specialists including; ‘Mastering the Art of Wine Tasting’, ’Short Game Golf Clinic’ and ‘Cast off at Carton’ but if you simply want to chill, the estate has so much to offer including an impressive leisure centre with 18 metre pool, Aveda Spa, two Championship golf courses not forgetting their amazing 16km of walking and biking tracks.
Rates start from €160 per person sharing a luxurious room, breakfast daily, scheduled activity and dinner on one evening in The Linden Tree Restaurant. Pastimes run until March 28th 2011.
Winter Warmer - 01 Jan 2011
January Offer of the Month
This month sees the return of the Winter Warmer promotion at the Rain Spa at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Limerick. For just €99.00 you can enjoy:
An Elemis Taster Facial
Elemis Back Massage
File and Polish
Lunch to the value of €15.
This promotion is available 7 days a week throughout the month of January. To book, please call the spa on 061 456299 and tell them Spa Ireland sent you.