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Posted: January 26, 2012
SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain, has been relaunched following the completion of a major expansion and renovation of its facilities, which includes a larger spa area.
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UK not-for-profit social enterprise Greenwich Leisure (GLL) has announced the opening of its latest Spa LONDON location at the Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom, Surrey. Last summer, GLL managing director Mark Sesnan told Health Club Management that Epsom's new public sector spa was the first of a number of new sites for the concept. The new Spa LONDON at Rainbow Leisure Centre, which joins two existing sites located in Bethnal Green and Swiss Cottage, London, includes four treatment rooms. A relaxation area, a steam room and a monsoon shower are also included as part of the spa, which offers therapies and treatments using Elemis and Jessica products. It is the latest public sector spa to open in the UK, with Pendle Leisure Trust planning to roll-out its Inside Spa concept, following the success of its first site at Pendle Wavelengths in Nelson, Lancashire. Alliance Leisure is another trust working on the development of public sector spas, with one due to open at Deeside Leisure Centre in North Wales early this year. Lauren Shine, manager of Epsom's Spa LONDON, said: "[The spa] will offer visitors the ultimate day spa experience, with a range of treatments spanning everything from massages and wraps to manicures and facials. "The environment will be luxurious and relaxing - providing the perfect escape from the stresses and strains of day-to-day living."
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Casino & Spa will unveil ZoiA Spa, a new spa concept that will be introduced to guests in January 2012. The 5,200 square-foot ZoiA Spa—meaning balance or poise in Papiamento—will house eight treatment rooms, many of which will offer an indoor/outdoor experience, and an extensive spa menu featuring luxurious treatments and native ingredients. The Aruba-inspired, all-natural treatments are based on four key Caribbean elements—sun, sand, sea and love—and the colors of the Aruban flag—yellow, white, blue, and red. Aloe, which is the overall spa theme, will be in all products used and sold in ZoiA. Aloe Aruba, the island’s only producer of aloe products, will exclusively distribute a signature amenity line at the resort. An aloe garden located in front of the spa will further encapsulate the theme and demonstrate the importance of Aruba’s multidimensional plant. ZoiA Spa will also offer antioxidant-rich ingredients and products such as Kerstin Florian International skin and body care and Naturopathica, an organic product line incorporating aloe and natural botanicals inspired by the island of Aruba. Additionally, hand-pressed oils and home-grown herbs will be provided by herbologist Dina Veeris, and will be a staple in all service offerings and experiences. Designed by Los Angeles-based design firm Indidesign, ZoiA Spa’s architecture and design incorporates sustainable products and materials throughout the entire space including cork, recycled glass tiles, and qurt—a granitelike stone made from seashells.
Anantara, the Thailand-based hotel and resort operator, has announced the launch of its first property in Vietnam—the 89-bedroom Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Spa near Phan Tiet. Facilities at the resort include an Anantara Spa with five double treatment suites, which boast floor to ceiling windows. Two of the suites include a steamroom and a whirlpool. Salon services include manicures, pedicures and hair and waxing treatments, while the menu at Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Spa has been inspired by the lotus flower. Among the treatments on offer at the spa are massages combining Western techniques and traditional Thai methods, such as the Anantara Synchronised Massage using two therapists. A spokesperson for Anantara said: "Anantara Spa's menu is inspired by one of the most allusive symbols of our planet—the lotus. Beautiful both in appearance and fragrance, the lotus represents purity of heart and mind. Vietnam's lotuses are a symbol of ancient culture, beauty, enlightenment and optimism, and it is precisely these attributes which Anantara Spa captures in its pampering treatment repertoire."