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Maryborough Spa Cork - 08 Mar 2011
ESPA treatment of the month
The Sun is finally shining and the temperatures are starting to rise, so why not treat yourself to something very special this March. Shed those hibernation clothes and dust off those summer dresses, it is time to get your skin ready for Summer.
Book a 55 minute ESPA Full Body Massage and A 25 minute Full Body Salt & Oil Scrub for just €115 ( a saving of €30). For bookings call 021-4918350 or email email@example.com. Terms and Conditions apply, available Sunday-Thursday.
Mum's Day - 05 Mar 2011
Special Treats at Aghadoe Heights
It’s a tough job being a mum. Often taken for granted, she offers unconditional love, bucket loads of good advice and a shoulder to cry on when things get tough. And even though she offers such love and devotion, she seldom asks for much in return. Mother’s Day is an opportunity for us all to show how much she means to us so what better way than to whisk her off for a night of pampering.
The Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa is offering an amazing overnight stay to include luxurious accommodation, mini spa treatment at the awarding wining Spa at The Heights plus unlimited access to the Thermal Suite throughout the stay, dinner that evening at the magnificent Lake Room Restaurant, breakfast the next morning plus Mother’s Day lunch on Sunday afternoon with a special gift for mum on departure. This package is based on two people sharing and costs €195 per person.
If you can't stretch to an overnight and you live in the area, why not simply take your mum to the Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa for a fabulous Mother’s Day buffet lunch with a glass of bubbles to celebrate; at €45 per person. All the mums will also receive a complimentary hand massage from the wonderful spa therapists plus Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa will donate 10% of your lunch bill to The Marie Keating Foundation. To book phone 064-6631766.
Mother's Day at The Aghadoe Heights
Spafinder Trends for 2011 - 01 Mar 2011
Extreme Beauty, Maple Scrubs, Groupons....
In January we gave you the heads up on the Top 3 Spa Trends for 2011 from Susie Ellis at Spafinder and it would be remiss of us not to give you the lowdown on the remaining 7 trends for the year.
4. SPA BRANDWAGON
The spa industry is moving rapidly in the direction of branded experiences. The year of 2011 will be a watershed year for franchised/branded spas, as consumers seek the consistency of treatments they know and love, and major players expand into new markets. Globally, choose from the cool, urban Bliss or Exhale or the eco-luxury of Six Senses, or the lavish opulence of Mandarin Oriental. Here at Spa Ireland we wouldn't be a bit surprised to see A Sanctuary open in Ireland, it's about time we had one.
5. DEALS GONE WILD
Gone are the days when coupons were unfashionable things people snipped out of the newspaper and spas wouldn’t think of using the term “deal.” Well, put an “e-” or “group” in front of “coupon,” and you suddenly have the Internet mania of 2010, poised to accelerate at an even more dizzying pace in 2011. Online group-buying deals have burst onto the global scene, and the old-fashioned “deal” has morphed into a hip online industry. Citydeal.ie is the big player here in Ireland and expect to see even more discounted deals as the year progresses but there may be some truth in Spafinders predictions of 'deal fatigue' and a preference for customers to stick with a regular appointment at their favourite spa.
6. THE SCIENCE OF SPA
Is there scientific proof that massage reduces stress? Are mudpacks and mineral-baths medically proven to alleviate pain? The answer, in many cases, is increasingly “yes.” Get ready for a new era where more questions about the effectiveness of spa therapies will be asked, as the emphasis on evidence-based medicine and the “science behind spa” heats up.
7. HYPER-LOCAL SPAS
A current trend that complements the move toward branded spas is the desire for authenticity and immersion in the traditions and elements of a spa’s local environs and culture. A maple scrub in Canada, organic food from the spa garden, or facilities built of local stone, while not new, were, until relatively recently, novelties. But spas are now trending with the “farm-to-table” movement, offering farm-to-massage-table treatments. Locally sourced fruits, herbs and honey are grown on site, and then dished up in both meals and in spa treatments. Even the well-known branded spas are sure to reserve a portion of their services for locally infused treatments, as consumers look to take advantage of the diversity of their surroundings. We've said it before, we think this is ideal for Ireland and would love to see some spas getting creative with integrated activities, especially given the stunning location of many Irish spas.
8. EXTREME BEAUTY: SPA EDITION
The common element in spa beauty these days is that beauty-seekers are taking it to the max. We are far beyond Botox®; stem-cell facials and plasma therapy (yes, that’s where blood is drawn and re-injected) are new buzzwords.
But let’s also look at extreme pain, which people are tolerating more and more as long as it delivers results. Derma-rolling hurts, chemical peels can be uncomfortable and the zapping of lasers is no picnic. And facials aren’t just for faces anymore; now they are being applied to every extremity, including “booty” and “vagina” facials (yep, that thought just made me cross my legs firmly). Then there are boot camps, Rolfing and Bikram yoga, where pain meets pleasure. Even organic and natural products are being taken to the extreme, with raw food cuisine gaining popularity during intense detox retreats. Finally, what might be considered the most interesting extreme: People seem to be able to partake in both the "yin" of the natural and the "yang" of science and invasive cosmetic procedures at the same time. In the end, what people demand are extreme results, and they’re happy to pay the price for it: A staggering $679 billion annually, by far the largest share of the estimated $1.9 trillion wellness market.
9. SPA, IN A NEW YORK MINUTE
“In a New York minute” is jargon for how things move faster in hectic New York City. It’s also the name of a suite of mini (15- to 30-minute) spa treatments (designed to be performed simultaneously by multiple therapists) at the new Auriga Spa at The Setai Fifth Avenue (NYC). In our stressed-out, 24/7 world, we seem to be morphing into New Yorkers. The spa industry is responding, helping people spa anytime and offering “sample” and simultaneous treatments. In the US, a 9 p.m. closing time is the new spa norm, and “open late” now means midnight, 2 a.m. or all night. The trend is also towards earlier: For instance, most major Las Vegas spas (i.e., Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Qua Baths at Caesars Palace or Hard Rock’s Rock Spa) open at 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m., while the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London, opens at 7 a.m. This attracts both business people jumpstarting their day and revelers calling it a night.
10. SURPRISING SPECIAL EVENTS
Increasingly, spas are developing distinctive specialty programmes to draw patrons seeking a unique group experience. While destination spas have been offering yoga and healthy cooking weeks for years, retreats now span everything from a high-flying “Trapeze Experience” to a creative jewelry-making class to the more sober and grounded gathering for survivors of loss (these options have yet to hit Irish shores and we're not sure about the trapeze experience but who knows?.
What is clear is that spas will need to be increasingly creative and authentic in the delivery of spa packages and treatments. We're in for a tough year economically and a spa treatment that works out at a euro a minute needs to deliver the goods. And in case you're wondering, our pic is from VIVINLINEA SPA in New York, "Unique Science For Body Reshaping."