Health and wellness from the inside out was a big theme at this year’s ISPA West Coast Media Event in Beverly Hills. From juices, teas and tinctures to culinary retreats and shamanic clearing sessions, this year’s sponsors showed that wellness isn’t simply a trend for the spa industry — good spas must adopt a culture of wellness as a default and not an exception if they want to attract and retain their dream guests.
We discovered some really exciting partnerships and treatments at the show and are even more excited to share them with you. The earnest conversations we had at this event reinforced what we believe, and are so passionate about, here at Spa Manners: spas are about health and wellness; they are a place to rest, relax and recuperate. The spas that truly get this are implementing a culture of wellness from the top down, which is the only way that the culture will work and be sustainable.
Here are some of our discoveries that are now on our Spa Bucket List to experience in the very near future:
A Holistic Spa Treatment by Naturopathica at the Spa at the Peaks in Telluride, Colorado
Naturopathica, a brand known for its award-winning skin, body care and holistic spa treatments, has just announced a partnership with The Spa at the Peaks at Telluride — an iconic Colorado spa dedicated to enhancing the life and well-being of every guest through exceptional relaxing and rejuvenating experiences. The Spa at the Peaks is introducing new holistic treatments featuring Naturopathica products that promote wellness from within.
The Peak Performance Massage and the High-Altitude Bio Energy Facial were designed with their sports-enthusiast guests in mind. After a long day of skiing or golf at higher elevations, The Spa is the perfect antidote for sore muscles and dehydrated skin. Each Naturopathica-based treatment features products made with proven natural ingredients and “clean actives” that nourish the skin and delight the senses. After each treatment, guests are offered a tasty tonic or elixir — Naturopathica’s new blends of herbal teas, tinctures and fortified honey made to align with the treatment benefits. We were able to try a little cup of tea sweetened with one of their fortified honeys, and let me tell you — all treatments should end with one of these delicious elixirs. The treatment then becomes a whole-body treatment, which is what wellness is all about.
A Water Immersion Package at the Lodge Kohler Spa in Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Kohler Co. will be opening an aspiring four-diamond LODGE KOHLER hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin in July and their latest KOHLER Waters Spa looks like it will also be four-diamond worthy with innovative spa services and hydrotherapy amenities designed by their hydro-experts. For those of you who might not know, Kohler is more than just a maker of fine plumbing fixtures — they are leaders in the industry on hydrotherapy and the “manipulation of water to promote relaxation and detoxification.” (read: fancy hot tubs and high-tech Vichy showers)
Once open in July, the classically designed and elegant KOHLER Waters SPA will include a variety of innovative spa services, including a KOHLER Custom Vichy shower, as well as a co-ed sauna, steam room and cool plunge pool to treat the mind, body and soul. There will be six treatment rooms and three finishing stations. A signature feature of the spa unlike any other spa experience in the U.S. will be the state-of-the-art Hydromassage Experience Pool, custom designed by Kohler hydro experts and built exclusively for LODGE KOHLER, taking restoration to the next level. The large-scale whirlpool located in the heart of the spa features a water massage walkway affording spa-goers a hydro-massage journey.
The Water Immersion Package is two-day package that includes one 50-minute spa service at KOHLER Waters SPA, a special rate on additional spa services, as well as dinner in the fifth-floor restaurant Taverne in the Sky. (Starting at $331 per person based on double occupancy; does not include taxes or fees.)
A Day at The Spa at the Two Bunch Palms for a little Shamanic Healing in Desert Hot Springs, California
It’s not everyday that you get to see shamanic healing taking place, but there it was, in The Spa at the Two Bunch Palms‘ booth in the middle of the Montage Beverly Hills. Granted, it may have been just a demo, but we got the jist. As the oldest mineral hot springs resort in the U.S., Two Bunch Palms has been providing a desert oasis to those seeking healing from its unique mineral lithium rich hot springs for 75 years. The Spa says they are world-renowned for its healing treatments performed by experienced intuitives.
And indeed, while you can get some beautifying treatments, we’ll be going to the Spa at the Two Bunch Palms for what they are known for: a transformative experience provided by professional therapists who believe they are providing a sacred service and following their calling for healing. Their resident Shaman allows you to experience one of the most ancient and sacred healing traditions found in many indigenous cultures. There are four different Shamanic experiences to choose from, ranging from a 60-minute Shamanic Clearing ($195) to a 90-minute Blessing Ceremony ($245). All are designed to facilitate healing from within and set you on a path to whole mind-body wellness.
A Culinary Wellness Retreat with Celebrity Chef Matthew Kenney at Turnberry Isle Miami, Florida
Âme Spa & Wellness Collective has just introduced Camp ÂME, a collective of social and interactive wellness getaways within the lush setting of Turnberry Isle Miami. Âme’s philosophy is to inspire transformation by helping you balance the core elements of wellness. They aim to achieve this by bringing together world-class practitioners to curate integrative guided programs within the pillars of fitness, beauty, body therapy, and health. Camp ÂME’s first retreats will feature Matthew Kenney, a plant-based chef and entrepreneur. His cuisine brings together plant-based culinary art, nutritious, vegan cuisine and health. The retreats look like they’ll be an adventure in food, yoga, meditation and wine, with lots of time scheduled for each as well as cooking demos from Matthew. Of course the retreat also includes two spa treatments of your choice.
Tickets for the Wellness Retreat (September 8-10) start at $299 for a day with Matthew (Saturday) and go up to $604 per person per night (plus taxes and fees) for the retreat and accommodations at Turnberry Isle.