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London's Sanctuary Spa Shuts Its Doors For Good

Koi Carp pool and lounge.

We were saddened to hear that one of our favorite London hangouts, the Sanctuary Spa, is closing its doors for good tomorrow, May 31st, as a result of the redevelopment of the area and the rising costs associated with being in a listed (historic) building.

The iconic women-only day spa, located on a cobblestone street in Covent Garden, was founded in 1977 by choreographer Gary Cockerill as a gift for his ballerina wife. Cockerill envisaged the facility as a place where dancers from the nearby Royal Opera House would come to restore their weary bodies. He also saw it as a spiritual sanctuary: a women-only spa where spa-goers could unwind among friends.

With its sprawling layout, encompassing the famous Koi Carp pool, a hammam, two swimming pools and relaxation lounges, the spa attracted harried Londoners, out-of-towners and tourists, in addition to celebrities. It even made an appearance in Joan Collins’ racy movie, The Stud, in 1978!

As well as being a place to relax and indulge (champagne, anyone?), the spa also offered facials, therapeutic massages and other beauty rituals. A line of Sanctuary-branded products was launched in 1998, and is still going strong.

According to spa director Catherine Ferma, “The Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden has been the UK’s most-loved iconic day spa since it opened over 35 years ago. Renowned as a haven for rest and relaxation to the 60,000 women that have visited each year, we are proud of the spa’s authentic heritage of love and the loyalty that the brand has received over the years. [The closing] was a difficult decision to make, but our strategy moving forward is to focus on product."

Sayonara, Sanctuary—we’re sorry to see you go!

Jewel to Receive ISPA’s Humanitarian Award

Jewel to Receive ISPA’s Humanitarian Award

Jewel will receive the 2014 ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo to be held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. from Oct. 13-15, 2014.

The International SPA Association (ISPA) recently announced that singer/songwriter Jewel will be the recipient of the 2014 ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award. This award will be presented at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo to be held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. from Oct. 13-15, 2014.

“ISPA is thrilled to recognize Jewel for her philanthropy work,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “Jewel has such a passion for giving and music, we are excited to hear her inspirational stories and songs as our keynote speaker this year.”

The award is named in honor of the late spa pioneer, Alex Szekely. It is designed to recognize an individual who acts as a respected contributor to overall well-being, encouraging the renewal of mind, body and spirit - all of which are characteristics embodied by ISPA members worldwide.

“I feel an affinity for Jewel and her upbringing in the Alaskan wilderness, where she was the granddaughter of homesteaders and her parents lived far from town with no running water and no heat. I experienced a similar childhood in Tahiti,” said Deborah Szekely, mother of Alex Szekely. “I believe in resilience, for it gives you the strength to give back. Jewel is an enormous talent, and her songs and actions run deep with the compassion she has for others.”

Jewel was chosen by the ISPA Board of Directors based on her extensive work for her charity Project Clean Water, which raises funds and awareness for global access to clean water. Project Clean Water was inspired by Jewel’s personal experience with homelessness as a teenager.

Past Humanitarian Award recipients include Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS, journalist Lisa Ling and Dr. Maya Angelou.

More information about attending the 2014 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at attendISPA.com.

Image courtesy of ISPA

North America's First Eyelash Extension Competion to Debut at IBS Vegas

North America's First Eyelash Extension Competion to Debut at IBS Vegas

The first eyelash extension competition in North America, Lash Wars, will be held at IBS Las Vegas from June 21-23. Contestants will compete in Classic, Volume and Fantasy/Strip Tease categories. In addition to bragging rights as the best North American lash technician, the first place winner will also receive $200 cash, a Glamcor Elite Light Kit and a Lash Wars Golden Tweezer Trophy. For more information about Lash Wars visit NEESA.org!

[Image courtesy of NEESA]

Stemulation Announces Park Hyatt Partnership

Pool at the new Park Hyatt New York.

Luxury skincare brand Stemulation just announced that it will feature at the Nalai Spa at the new Park Hyatt New York, which is slated to open in mid-August.

The company reports that the brand was chosen from hundreds of skincare lines. “We are so excited to be a part of this amazing spa opening,” says Laurie Nicoll, Stemulation founder and CEO. “Stemulation delivers the clinical results the Park Hyatt’s discerning clients will demand. With our proprietary combination of peptides and growth factors that nurture and balance the health of the skin tissue, the results are immediate and dramatic.”

“Nalai Spa is very excited about the opportunity of working with such an exciting and integrative product line,” adds spa development consultant Krista Carucci. “The partnership with Stemulation is a perfect and natural fit for the skin care options we will be offering all of the future Park Hyatt guests. The fact that we are able to utilize a line that has such flexibility, results, skin health (and did I mention results!) is refreshing.”

The new Park Hyatt is located in the heart of Midtown, across from Carnegie Hall and a short stroll from Central Park. The hotel, designed by world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, features 210 guest rooms. Nalai Spa is situated on the hotel's 25th floor, with views of Central Park and the New York skyline. Nalai is based on an "Atelier Spa" concept, which aims to "customize the treatment experience through advanced communication and tailored product creation." Six all-inclusive treatment suites can accommodate every service opportunity on the menu.

“Nalai's size lends itself perfectly to this type of Atelier experience, as it is not so big that the treatment experience runs the risk of becoming diluted,” says Carucci. “Nalai will dedicate its mission to ensuring that every guest has a comprehensive history and building of experience every time they come back to our location. Our Treatment Artisans and Spa Curators will work holistically to ensure that every detail of the guest experience is harmoniously blended to ensure a precision fit for each guest, each time they arrive.”

2014 ISPA Conference and Expo Announces Keynote Artists

2014 ISPA Conference and Expo Announces Keynote Artists

The International SPA Association (ISPA) announced Erik Wahl, Mike Walsh, and Jewel will headline the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo to be held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. from October 13-15, 2014.

“With the CREATE theme, our keynote speakers will be looking at ways to explore creativity in the spa industry in order to improve the overall guest experience and maximize profitability,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees.

The ISPA Conference & Expo will kick off with Erik Wahl speaking Monday, October 13. An internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and entrepreneur, Wahl will focus on profitability through innovations all the while bringing it to life on canvas.

Mike Walsh, a futurist who focuses on creating a blueprint for your business in the 21st Century, will present on Tuesday, October 14. As a global nomad and consumer trend scout, Mike does live research, in the trenches, with big corporations and entrepreneurs all over the world and prepares business leaders for what's next.

Jewel is a renowned singer, songwriter, artist and philanthropist. To date she has sold 27 million albums, most notably Perfectly Clear in June 2008. Inspired by her own personal experience with homelessness as a teenager, Jewel founded her charitable initiative, Project CleanWater, in 1997 which raises funds and awareness for global access to clean water. Jewel will close out the Conference on Wednesday, October 15, by sharing her story through song and speech.

More information about attending the 2014 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at attendISPA.com.

Our Miraval Contest Winner Has Fun in The Sun!

Karen (right) rocks Miraval!

DAYSPA was delighted to receive an email from Karen Houshultz, owner of Apple Day Spa & Salon in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, who, along with a friend, is currently enjoying our Miraval Getaway Contest prize—a three-night, all-expenses-paid stay at the famed Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

Karen reports: “‘Woooowwww!! How amazing is all I can say! We're on day two at Miraval and this has already been an experience of a lifetime. The attention to detail here is top notch! We are being treated like royalty… with a little sweat and beatings in our fitness classes!

When Karen was told she'd won the prize, as we reported in January, she said she was really looking forward to soaking up some Arizona sunshine. And judging from this photo and Karen's description of the "amazing" weather, she hasn't been disappointed!

Karen signs off her email by saying, “I want to thank DAYSPA magazine for this experience. I've already learned so much about myself and new and improved ways to make my business better.”

Again, congrats to Karen on the win! We're thrilled you're having such a great time!