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Global Spa Summit - 28 May 2009
Spa Business Leaders meet in Interlaken.
Every year the leaders of the world's largest spa businesses get together to talk about trends, issues and opportunities - effectively it's one big spa think-tank. The event itself is invite-only and this year's conference took place in the glorious Interlaken, a suitably green, clean-air environment to talk about the state of spa.
We were lucky enough to attend the conference and to rub shoulders with the great pioneers of spa product - Geraldine Howard, President of Aromatherapy Associates; Susan & Charlie Harmsworth of ESPA, Kerstin Florian herself and Mark Walton of Voya (great to see Ireland building awareness of our own unique, indigenous product). Also the founders of two of the main spa websites - spafinder.com and wahanda.com - were there, along with Spa designers, medical experts, leading hotel groups and top spa consultants.
So what did we learn?
- Every country is finding the economic situation tough and it's hard for spas to generate a return on the significant investment needed to build and maintain the best spas.
- In the US, Day Spas are the most popular and most are discounting, offering added value and running effective customer loyalty programmes.
- Asia is challenged too but the cost of labour is still relatively low so countries like Thailand and Indonesia will always be able to manage costs a little more easily than their counterparts in Europe and the USA.
- European spas have it tough on lots of levels - the economy, currency flutuations, labour costs - and it's important to recognise that the value and service being offered has never been better.
Students from the Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne and the IMHI-ESSEC Business School, Paris, presented their ideas on the spas of the future. Ranging from dual-tasking barmen/masseurs to university-campus spa-networking relaxation suites, the ideas were great and naturally encompassed tweeting, facebooking, linking-in and having a massage called "My Boyfriend Dumped Me". Loved it!
On a more serious note, we can expect developments in genetic evaluation and preventative medicine to combine with nutritional and holistic approaches to shaping the world of spa, wellness and beauty. Watch this space.
Father's Day - 21st June - 26 May 2009
Great gifts this Fathers Day
Lots of men buy spa breaks and gift vouchers for the women in their lives but it’s role reversal time now as Father’s Day looms. Though most Spa Ireland spa packages are equally suited to men as women, we know men love massages that are results-driven, hot towel shaves and anything that has “Sport” in the title.
You could take the easy way out and buy a My Time Voucher which will allow the father in your life choose his own spa and treatment -click here
Alternatively, take a chance and book one of our Spa Ireland packages.
Dunboyne Castle, Co. Meath
Seoid Spa Just for Men - Day Spa Package which includes a floatation treatment, mini facial and scalp massage PLUS nail buff for €120.00.00 per person.
Farnham Estate, Co. Cavan
Great value overnight stay midweek with breakfast PLUS round of golf or spa treatment for only €99.00 per person sharing making this the perfect excuse to accompany your father on a much needed spa break.
The Grooming Rooms, Dublin
Dedicated to men and offering grooming services and results driven treatments. There are a feast of treats available at the Grooming Rooms but why not puchase an exclusive Spa Ireland Spatreat for the Grooming Rooms which includes a facial, pedicure and hot towel shave - €160.00 per person.
The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick
With some of the best value spa breaks around, this is an affordable way for the kids to send both parents for a weekend away. The Tailor Made Spa break includes 2 nights bed and breakfast plus 2 spa treatments each ( 1 x 50 minute PLUS 1 x 25 minute) for a fantastic €165.00 per person sharing.
Carton House, Co. Kildare
Take time to read every scrap of the Sunday papers with this Sunday Sanctuary package - overnight stay including dinner in the Club House, bed and breakfast PLUS spa treatment in the gorgeous new Aveda Spa for only €135.00 per person sharing
For reservations submit our online Booking Enquiry or call Spa Ireland on 01 707 8617.
Summer Savers - 19 May 2009
Hot spa deals this season
We have hardly caught our breath since the last bank holiday and yet another one is fast approaching. In just 2 short weeks it will be June, and the long weekend we have been yearning for, so why not spring into summer in fabulous spa style.
1)The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin always comes up trumps with great value spa breaks.
On offer is the perfect indulgent treat that won't break the bank.
Included is a 1 night stay with breakfast, full use of the thermal suites and 3 mini spa treatments - €149.50 per person sharing. click here
2)The Radisson Limerick offer a wide variety of beautiful spa packages for under €200 per person sharing. Enjoy some quality moments with the "Time to Share" spa break. Included is an overnight stay with breakfast, evening meal PLUS 2 spa treatments - €132.50 per person sharing. click here
3)Maryborough Hotel, Co. Cork is the perfect city escape without the noise factor. For the blushing bride, this is a classic option for pre wedded bliss. Included is an overnight stay with dinner, breakfast PLUS 1 hour ESPA spa treatment - €145 per person sharing (PLUS - If the booking is for 10 or more people, the bride stays free). click here
4)Muckross Park hotel and Cloisters Spa is located in Irelands beauty spot, Killarney, Co. Kerry. The bank holiday weekend brings a 2 night stay with breakfast inclusive PLUS 1 evening meal and Cloister experience for €230 per person sharing. click here
5) Carton House in Co. Kildare offers luxury accommodation, delicious meal in the Club House and a beautiful spa treatment all bundled up in the Sunday Sanctuary package - €135 per person sharing. click here
To book any of these packages or enquire about any of our Spa Ireland properties, simply submit a booking enquiry or call 01 7078617 for further information.
Lava Shells Massage - 14 May 2009
Revolutionary treatment coming soon to Ireland.
Hailing all the way from the Tropics, a revolution in the massage world will arrive soon on Irish shores in the form of Lava Shells™, described as “the world’s first naturally self-heating massage tool”.
This new form of hot therapy is centred upon lava shells - genuine Tiger Striped Clam Shells hand selected from the South Pacific.“The clam’s natural shape makes it a perfect tool for massage,” assures Clare Anderson of UK and Ireland distributor Shared Beauty Secrets.“With a narrow edge along the mouth for targeted deep work and a smooth, rounded surface for even pressure and comfort and long strokes.”
The shells are obtained from villages in the Philippines where they are a part of the everyday diet and previously regarded as waste, making LavaShells™ are eco friendly from start to finish.
The secret of this treatment lies in the ability of the shells to heat up internally for up to an hour. Gone is the necessity of external equipment, batteries or electricity.
Unlike hot stones, all lava shells require to heat up is LavaGel, a patented non-toxic and biodegradable combination of natural minerals and water. This innovative self-heating blend of natural ingredients includes algae and dried sea kelp which, when blended with sea water, generates its own controlled heat for hour long massages.
We can't wait to see this hit Irish shores and to try it out.