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6/14/2017  |  by Anne Dimon

A round-up of what’s new on, in and around water for wellness-minded passengers.

6/7/2017  |  by Anne Dimon

Twelve Apostle Hotel & Spa, located in the UNESCO Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site in Cape Town, South Africa, has been focusing on gastronomy, as it introduces Dégustation Dinners and Vegan Tasting Menus.

The luxury hotel has also introduced chef-and-sommelier-hosted events every first Friday of every month designed to entice the palate of discerning diners.

For the health-conscious, the Vegan Tasting Menu, created by award-winning Chef Pretorius, includes dishes such as salt-baked beetroot, forest mushroom consommé, caramelized pineapple and roast butternut tofu, all made with fresh seasonal ingredients. The menu is designed not only to satisfy the demands of vegans but, according to the chef, also to give non-vegans a chance to sample the cuisine.

5/31/2017  |  by Anne Dimon


W Las Vegas has announced the launch of AWAY Spa, the newest spa concept for W Hotels.

Developed by spa director Shane Upson, the new spa brand focuses on sensory-stimulating experience though the use of strategic lighting and music depending on the desired mood.

AWAY Spa houses 10 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, a communal relaxation lounge, locker rooms with steam rooms and oversized experience showers, while the spa menu features several locally-themed signature treatments including the Vegas Vegan facial.

5/8/2017  |  by Anne Dimon


Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, in Oak Brook, Illinois has opened a Fitness, Lifestyle & Wellness Centre that will be available to hotel guests as well as local residents and businesses on a membership basis.

The 386-room, multi-faceted resort – also home to the Championship Willow Crest Golf Club – now will offer a round-the-clock fitness room, boot camp for both adults and children, and spin and yoga classes (including a special yoga class for golfers) in a country club setting.      

Other amenities for active/fitness options include indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis, and basketball and volleyball courts, all complimentary to hotel guests. For classes and boot camps, a charge of $25/$30 per class will apply for guests who are not members of the club.

5/1/2017  |  by Anne Dimon


Croatia-based Katarina Line has announced August 19 to 26 as the dates of its 2017 Yoga & Cruise program.  Launched in 2016, the seven-night yoga cruise will depart from the city of Split in Croatia and make stops allowing passengers to explore the Dalmatian islands and coastline.

The program includes daily yoga and meditation sessions led by certified TriYoga teacher Renata Reiner, and is designed for both beginners as well as those who practice yoga on a regular basis. One of the highlights is the opportunity to practice yoga in unique settings such as Lastovo Islands Nature Park.

4/26/2017  |  by Anne Dimon


Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu, a new upscale resort built around the Japanese onsen (hot spring) opened this week in the town of Hakone, Japan. Surrounded by Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park near Mount Fuji, the popular destination and designated geopark is located about a two-hour drive/train ride from Tokyo.

The resort’s most unique feature is that all 150 Japanese-style guest rooms have private, open-air, hot spring baths. Other facilities include two large onsen, a hot spring-themed amusement park, a renowned botanical garden, a spa and two on-site Japanese restaurants.

The developer, Fujita Kanko has been operating resorts in Hakone for more than 60 years.

4/24/2017  |  by Anne Dimon

Spa vacations are alive and well—and demand is soaring.

3/13/2017  |  by Anne Dimon

For the first time, the Art of Living Retreat Center and Shankara Ayurveda Spa is offering a travel agent program and a travel agent fam trip in the last weekend of March.  

2/10/2017  |  by Anne Dimon

U.S. wellness industry stats and trends bode well for wellness sector agent specialists. 

1/13/2017  |  by Anne Dimon

Accor hopes to redefine the luxury segment—and is ‘reviewing, revamping and re-launching’ its rewards program for luxury agents who help sell it.

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