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Spa & Golf Go Hand in Hand in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, ever-expanding coastline and forested mountains dot the unspoiled landscape, reaching as far as the eye can marvel, and rustic traditions remain the true essence of the maritime province’s captivating allure. It’s the perfect backdrop for a hassle-free spa destination escape, as an immediate calm easily embraces visitors upon arrival. It’s also the [...]

Travel & Play

Vancouver Olympics Winter Spa Escapes

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are under way in Vancouver, British Columbia, and as the athletes gear up for their sporting events, spas in the surrounding area are also commemorating the spirit of the Games. These spa services, inspired by the celebrated international sporting spectacle, are tailored toward spectators and athletes alike and will leave you feeling like a champion, even if you’re not on the medal stand.

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Top Tier Spas Still Viable

As I mentioned in my last blog, I visited the new Sense, a Rosewood Spa at the Carlyle for a spa treatment (90-minutes, $280) last Friday. While I was there to learn more about the brand and this spa in particular, I couldn't help but notice that the spa appeared to be quite busy. Later [...]

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Spa Magazine Copies Spa Finder – Again

I am slightly annoyed. Ok, maybe irritated is a better word. Here’s the deal.Spa Magazine recently announced that they would be giving out annual awards for readers’ favorite spas. When I looked further into their new awards program it appears to me a very close replica of the Readers’ Choice Awards program which Spa Finder [...]

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Anticipating the upcoming Global Spa Gathering

Am back from China and preparing for the May 20th Global Spa Summit which is shaping up to be quite an event. Just spoke with Susan Harmsworth (ESPA) on the phone as we are now adding her to the speaker line up in addition to Steve Case (Revolution LLC and Miraval) and Kevin Kelly (Canyon [...]

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Knives and Spa Pedicure in China

On our last morning in Shanghai before heading to the airport, Nicholas was up for one more spa experience as was I, so we decided to visit one of the large foot reflexology places which Geraldine Howard (Aromatherapy Associates) had recommended, telling us that we have to have an authentic Chinese pedicure where they"wield knives". [...]

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Evian Spa in Shanghai gets an A+ for Design

A visit to the Evian Spa at Three on the Bund was on my list of "must do's" while I was in Shanghai. Not only did its opening several years ago cause quite a splash, but Alexa Brue reviewed it in the May/June issue of Luxury Spa Finder Magazine, giving it a mixed review which [...]

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Inside Scoop on Canadian Spa Scene

After visiting six spas in Canada on this trip and combining these experiences with what I learned from visiting a few other spas in Canada in the past, here are the things that surprised me the most about the Canadian spa scene:1. I didn't realize that therapists in Canada go through much more extensive training [...]

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Canada Seeks to Step Up Spa Tourism

Attended the Leading Spas of Canada conference in Toronto. Since I don’t know Canada well, I enjoyed learning about not only the spa scene but also the country itself and its tourism market. Some tidbits that caught my attention: The Canadian Tourism Commission recently performed a “Brand Canada” study including a survey of the top [...]

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A Canadian Destination Spa Experience

Flew to Toronto this morning with our associate publisher, Stacey McLoughlin. After visiting several spas in Canada we will be attending the Leading Spas of Canada conference in Toronto next week. I am really excited to learn more about the Canadian spa scene.The Hillcrest, A Valenova Inn & Spa, was first on our itinerary. We [...]