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Posted: September 10, 2010

Sheraton's global spa concept, Shine for Sheraton, has launched as part of a $6 billion effort by Starwood to globally revitalize the Sheraton brand. Developed exclusively for Sheraton by Starwood Hotels' in-house spa team, the comprehensive solution includes concept, signature treatments, design, development, operational and marketing tools. In collaboration with Shine's preferred product partner, Germaine de Capuccini, each spa will offer five signature treatments including a facial, a massage, and a treatment for two. Interiors will use warm creams, browns and gold as well as accents of cobalt blue, tourmaline and coral. Throughout the spa, materials with innate shine will be used in homage to its name, such as marble, onyx, high gloss mahogany and glass. The in-house brand, which first debuted in the Maldives in June 2009 as a spa branding solution for the group's Asia Pacific division, is currently available at select hotels in China, Vietnam and the Slovak Republic. A further 12 openings are scheduled over the next 15 months including at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng and the Sheraton Yantai Golden Beach. Further spas are also planned for north and Latin America. (From www.leisureopportunities.com)

The St Regis Mauritius resort will open in 2011 complete with a Remède Spa. Located on the southern tip of Mauritius within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Morne, the resort will boast 174 guest rooms with terraces. The property is being designed in a traditional colonial style, complete with handcrafted furniture as well as a number of contemporary touches. (From www.leisureopportunities.com)

A 30,000-square-foot luxury ESPA spa is to open at The Palmyra resort, in early 2011. Housed in a separate building, the spa is being created in consultation with ESPA and will feature 14 treatment rooms including two private couples suites and nine multi-functional spaces with showers and outdoor balconies. Other amenities will include experiential rain showers, a tea lounge, vitality pools with ocean views and a relaxation terrace. The Palmyra is located on 16 oceanfront acres, on the grounds of a former plantation. It will include 299 bedrooms as well as suites. (From www.leisureopportunities.com) in Montego Bay, Jamaica

In celebration of its first anniversary, a new treatment has been added to the menu at the Six Senses Spa at the Etihad Airways First and Business Class Lounge at Heathrow airport, United Kingdom. Called Hedonist and available from the beginning of October 2010, the 15-minute deep scalp massage has been designed to release tension and promote the flow of energy in the body by focusing on specific acupoints. In addition to the new treatment, there is also a range of other complimentary therapies on offer.(From www.leisureopportunities.com)

Catherine de Villiers has been appointed spa manager of von Essen's Hotel Verta, the group's first London-based property. Opening on Sept. 12, 2010, Hotel Verta is being marketed as the first integrated hotel heliport solution in Europe while the Spa Verta within the hotel has been designed as an urban spa experience and includes five treatment rooms, thermal areas and a vitality pool. De Villiers joins von Essen with more than four years' experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as assistant manager at The Langham, London hotel, also in the UK. (From www.leisureopportunities.com)