October 8, 2014

Leading Spas of Canada Announces 2014 Spa Industry Awards

Grotto Spa, Tigh-Na-Mara Resort
Spa Industry Association of Canada (SIAC), Canada’s only national spa association, has announced its 2014 Canadian Spa Industry Award recipients. SIAC presents annual awards to leading spa industry members in recognition of their exceptional contribution to advancing the spa industry in Canada.

The Spa Industry Association of Canada is proud to acknowledge the following Canadian spa industry award recipients:

President’s Award - Diane Sparrow, Riverstone Spa, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Past Chair of the SIAC Board of Directors. Diane has been a SIAC board member since 2005. As a member of the Standard and Practices committee, she helped to pioneer the Association’s Quality Assurance program

Outstanding Service Award - Leslie Lyon, Spas2b Inc., Waterloo, Ontario. The Outstanding  Service Award recognizes the efforts of an individual who in the past year, has worked hard for the good of the Association, the spa industry and/or community. The 2014 recipient is Leslie Lyon, Founder and President of Spas2b Inc. Leslie has been involved in the Spa industry for over 30 years. Today she enjoys her profession as an international educator, writer and speaker.

Education Award - Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara, Parksville, British Columbia. The Education Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the education of the spa profession in Canada. This year the recipient is The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara located in Parksville, Vancouver Island, BC.  Paulina Alexander, Spa Director says, "At the Grotto Spa, we are proud of our commitment to training and education. We feel the Spa Industry is BEST industry to work in and we are honoured to be the recipient of this award."

Sustainability Award - Éminence Organic Skin Care, Vancouver, BC. The Sustainability Award recognizes the efforts of a member who is committed to sustainable and environmentally sage practices and is awarded to a member who has managed to balance competitive business strategies with sustainable development. This year's recipient is Éminence Organic Skin Care, long time leaders in this field, and celebrating over 50 years of supporting beautiful skin care.

Quality Assurance Award - The Spa Ritual, Calgary Alberta. The Spa Ritual in Calgary is this year’s winner of the Quality Assurance Award for the second year running. The award recognizes a member who has both practiced and promoted the highest standard of quality and safety in the spa industry. The Spa Ritual focuses on therapies and spa treatments based on authentic, holistic rituals inspired by ancient practices of health and wellness from Southeast Asia - specifically designed to enhance your path to personal revitalization.

For more information contact Leading Spas of Canada

September 26, 2014

Vermont's New Life Hiking Spa Relocates to the Cortina Inn & Resort

New Life Hiking Spa, Healthy Living + TravelNew Life Hiking Spa, long regarded as one of the top ten destination spa and wellness retreats in the country, is moving to the Cortina Inn & Resort in Mendon, Vermont.

The Cortina Inn & Resort, which has recently completed a three million dollar renovation, is located on 33 acres in the Mendon/Killington area of Central Vermont. The ideal location of the Inn will enable New Life Hiking Spa to retain its employees and continue with the usual hikes and indoor pool classes. Its location will also allow for new hikes to be added and some of the guest’s favorite hikes to be accessed directly from the property.

New Life Hiking Spa, Healthy Living + TravelNew Life Hiking Spa is open each year from mid-May through the end of September and will keep the same schedule with the new location. The 2015 season is from May 14 – September 28. However, groups and corporate wellness retreats, usually only offered while New Life Hiking Spa is operating, will now be offered year-round.
New Life Hiking Spa, Healthy Living + Travel
“This is a big move for New Life Hiking Spa”, stated Jimmy LeSage, the founder and director of New Life. “I started New Life in Stratton, Vermont, where we stayed for 12 years and then moved to Killington, where we stayed for 24 years. With this next move to Mendon, it will allow New Life Hiking Spa to continue to grow and give our guests an exceptional destination spa experience while offering the best hiking in the country. We plan to continue to stay in the same affordable price range. We have a 40% return guest ratio and we have listened to what they want and expect from New Life. We are thrilled to be offering the same product, with many improvements, at the same affordable price,” he went on to say.

New Life Hiking Spa caters to approximately 600 guests a season from all over the world.  Regular prices range from $229-$259 per night and include a deluxe room with a private bath, three healthy and freshly prepared meals per day, fruits and vegetables as snacks, three levels of guided hikes offered each day, all fitness and yoga classes, one massage or spa service for every three night stay, evening lectures and cooking demos.

For more information, visit New Life Hiking Spa.

September 16, 2014

Ontario's Ste. Anne's Spa Adds Three Spa Cottages

Ste. Anne's Spa has opened the doors to three new cottage accommodations, offering guests more options than ever. This announcement heralds one more step in the growth of Ste. Anne's, which began as a country inn and has evolved into a spa village in Northumberland County.

Casa Del Sol is the largest of the new facilities, a ranch-style cottage with five bedrooms and three bathrooms, located just 100 metres from the main inn. It comfortably accommodates up to ten people who are seeking a luxurious, private retreat. Guests can relax on the wrap-around porch or laze in the private hot tub, while enjoying the beautiful sunsets that inspired the name of this cottage, Spanish for "House of the Sun".

Vista Lago sits atop a hill with gorgeous views of the rolling countryside and Lake Ontario. There are four bedrooms as well as a private hot tub and deck, and it is suitable for up to eight people. This cottage, located 1.5 km from the main inn, can also serve as a perfect setting for groups seeking a meeting space. It has a table that can seat 12 people boardroom-style. The conference management team at Ste. Anne's will provide equipment free of charge, such as smartboards, flipcharts or conference phones.

Casa Del Sol and Vista Lago have gas fireplaces, full kitchens and beautifully appointed living and dining rooms.

Maison Sante Nook, a short walk from the main inn, is ideal for guests who want the privacy of their own space with the convenience of a well appointed fitness facility, hot tub, dry sauna and an outdoor endless pool right next door. The nook features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large kitchen and living room with a gas fireplace.

Ste. Anne's offers a free shuttle service between the main inn and all its facilities. In addition, guests at Casa Del Sol and Vista Lago may take advantage of Culinary Classes or a Private Chef Experience in their cottage.

For the past eight years, Ste. Anne's has been voted "Canada's Favourite Spa". Located on more than 400 acres of scenic, rolling countryside, it offers guests more than 35 rejuvenating spa services, uniquely appointed accommodations, first-class amenities and, of course, delicious cuisine.

For more information visit Ste. Anne's

December 4, 2013

Vintage Hotels Welcomes BABOR Skincare

Two of North America’s top spas,100 Fountain Spa at Pillar and Post and Secret Garden Spa at Prince of Wales in Niagara-on-the-Lake, have reaffirmed their commitment to excellence with an exciting new product line! Vintage Hotels is proud to announce the exclusive launch of BABOR skincare and spa treatments.

BABOR, the German beauty pioneer
has been transforming the secrets of nature into natural, high-tech products for over 55 years. The brand name is now synonymous with natural beauty care and draws on the expertise of a team of leading scientists and dermatologists to develop innovative beauty products.

Vanessa Tierney, Director of Spa Operations at Vintage Hotels is enthusiastic about the addition. "BABOR is a perfect fit to our philosophy; modern innovation, rich in heritage. With BABOR's unique positioning, we are able to reach a broad market, offering a premium skin care line in treatments and home care. In addition to the core line, BABOR also includes a men’s series and organic options; which we have seen an increasing demand for."

"We have all seen trends of foraging in the food world and we see this transitioning into spa guest needs. Consumers are becoming more educated; they want to know where ingredients are sourced, they care about their health and they care about the environment. Being a leading brand for over 50 years, we feel good about offering BABOR in our Spas." says Vanessa. "Our team of high-quality professionals, coupled with a premium product and the support offered by BABOR is a winning formula."

The Vintage Hotels spa team invites clientele to discover the BABOR difference.

100 Fountain Spa at Pillar and Post

Secret Garden Spa at Prince of Wales Hotel

November 19, 2013

Naturally Inspired ~ The Spa at the Grand Del Mar

Finding perfect harmony of both luxury and nature, the Spa at the Grand Del Mar earns its reputation as a five-star spa. Its Renaissance design is truly exquisite; housing eleven treatment rooms, four pools, two saunas, a fitness center and a movement studio that hosts complimentary fitness classes for guests. The spa is also home to one of the two Haim Ltd. Salons for professional hair and esthetic services. What truly sets the spa apart is its commitment to utilizing natural ingredients throughout the products, treatments and services it offers.

The spa is inspired by the resources of the area, namely the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve adjacent to the Grand Del Mar. The canyon contains the very same mud, stones, clay, minerals and flora that the spa derives for body therapies. Equally enticing is the organic, handmade product line for facials that is produced exclusively for the Grand Del Mar. The spa is dedicated to its vision of natural wellness, and offers daily fitness classes or a short hiking tour around the canyon as an addition to your spa experience.

From hair and makeup services to body wraps, classic massages and pedicures, one can easily spend an entire day restoring and pampering every part of the body. Breaking it up with a dip in the beautiful outdoor pool or a yoga class can ease you even further into a state of peaceful Zen. The unique menu combined with the use of natural elements in both design and treatments elevate the Spa at the Grand Del Mar to a level of elegant grandeur worthy of the high praise it receives.

The Spa at the Grand Del Mar

~ Genevieve McAlevy, Spas of America. When not traveling, Genevieve is a writer and Social Media maven, and can usually be found running the Vancouver seawall.

September 12, 2013

October Yoga Retreats at Ste. Anne's Spa

Ontario's Ste. Anne's Spa, voted one of Canada's leading Destination Spas, announced their first 2-Day Yoga Retreats this upcoming October 29th - 30th, 2013. During the retreat, participants - whether beginners or those more advanced - will experience four yoga wellness practices including: Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep), Yoga (vinyasana, asana, pranayama and sivanasana), Stretching (flexibility and range of motion) and Meditation (guided).

More than a spa experience, Ste. Anne's Spa Yoga Retreat will enable one to get in touch with their inner self and guide them in understanding the importance of a clear connection between body, mind and heart to live a truly healthy, sustainable and inspired life.

Featured Instructor - Jenn Hall

Jenn Hall is Ste. Annes' Wellness Coordinator and brings over 12 years experience in the health and fitness industry to our spa. Jenn is a certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Yoga Teacher, specializing in Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, and Gentle Yoga. Her personal teaching style is light-hearted, compassionate, full of options and fun, and encourages all students to explore their own bodies and needs as guided by their personal abilities. Jenn is thrilled to be offering Yoga Retreat packages at Ste. Anne's and hopes to provide an opportunity for guests to explore their own unique journey into yoga and meditation.

Ste. Anne's Yoga Retreats can now be booked for $795* per person and includes 2 nights deluxe accommodation, 3 group meals per day, snacks, 3 guided walks, $240 spa allowance, complete use of the facilities, reusable spa bag & slippers and use of Ste. Anne's signature robe. Yoga mats, blankets, yoga props, pillows and eye pillows will be provided for guests during the retreat's yoga classes.

* Plus HST based on double occupancy. Maximum number of participants per retreat is 15.
For more information on Ste. Anne's Yoga Retreat please visit:

or contact Wanda Hoehn at 905-349-3704 ext 2007 or by email at wanda.hoehn@steannes.com.

July 23, 2013

Win a One Night Stay at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa!

Take in a massage treatment at the Spa-Essence of Life any weekday Monday through Thursday during the months of July & August and be entered to win a complimentary one night stay in a luxurious OceanSuite.

The winning draw includes, one night at Brentwood Bay Resort, breakfast in bed for two, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, free parking, wifi, long distance calling throughout North America and fresh baked cookies in your suite. Each spa massage counts towards a ballot, so the more times you book a massge treatment this summer, the better chances to win.

Please call 1.250-544-5111 to book your spa experience.  The lucky winner will be drawn September 1st

Unity Village, Missouri's Awaken Whole Life Center

Set to open in the Fall of 2013, in Unity Village, Missouri, the Awaken Whole Life Center is dedicated to gathering people from all walks of life to help improve their overall health and put them on the path to achieving optimal wellness.

The center will feature events and retreats, such as Yoga Rocks the Park, Creative Awakening Yoga Retreat, and Power Up Your Life/Twelve Powers Retreat. Guests who seek balance, harmony, and peace will experience restoration of the body, mind, and spirit, and learn how to connect with their deeper self.

For more information about Awaken Whole Life Center, visit: