Tuesday, 20 May 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. - If the thought of baring your pasty, dry, winter skin makes you feel more than a little apprehensive leading spa professionals from the International SPA Association have you covered with some of the best new products, treatments and services just in time for summer! There's no doubt you'll be turning the cabana boy's head after a relaxing day at an ISPA member spa prepping for the hot months ahead.

"If you're planning a long vacation, weekend trip or several hours at your neighbor's pool, ISPA members have come up with creative ways to take a spa break this summer," said ISPA President Lynne McNees. "With more than 57 million spa-goers in the United States alone, spas are great places to learn about proper use of sunscreen, healthy ways to lose weight as well as quick fixes for hair, nails and skin, which are issues on our minds during the summer months."

As ISPA represents 3,000 members in 75 countries, it is always summer somewhere and there are certainly many spas and product companies that focus on getting you ready for the heat. Here are some things you can expect to see this summer at your favorite spa:

  • Beach beauties will have it made in the shade with the new spa collection of Physician Endorsed skin-savvy hats. The eco-friendly, soft, easy-to-pack hats are available in 15 styles and an array of colors. The best part about the hats is that they have guaranteed sun protection of SPF 30.
  • SpaTerre at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., is focusing on wellness and sleep. The "Wellness Pure & Simple" class involves nutritional guidance, personal training, yoga, Pilates, full-body skin care, massage therapy and natural nail and hair care. The "Summer Sunset Slumber" program is designed to encourage great sleep while teaching you how to carry those habits back into your daily life.
  • Take a stroll this summer at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va. The spa is offering Nordic walking classes that utilize poles to help burn up to 25 percent more calories.
  • A bit of Spain in Colorado as The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton offers a poolside spa tapas treatment menu. The 15-minute sessions include massages for the scalp, neck and shoulders, hands and feet, and the back as well as sunscreen application so you don't miss those hard-to-reach spots.
  • ThermaFuse will keep sea or pool water from spoiling your fun by offering a Summer Hair Essentials kit. The kit includes condition spray-on, leave-in detangler, styling crème, frizz-eliminating spray, and a wide-tooth comb.
  • Get swimsuit ready at Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy their "Sensation Skin and Scalp" treatment which includes a detoxifying dry brush exfoliation followed by an ayurvedic hot oil scalp massage. And don't forget your toes as the "City View Patio Pedicure" offers the opportunity to overlook downtown San Francisco as you sip champagne and are treated to a pedicure. The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa in Carefree, Ariz., has a new "Aloe Pear Summer Scrub" inspired by the resort's organic garden. The 50-minute service features a frothy lemon meringue pie and organic aloe gel. Another new feature is the Golden Door's take on the traditional afternoon tea. Spa guests can sip on herbal teas, snack on finger sandwiches and other treats while wrapped in spa robes.
  • Planet Botanicals has a new certified-organic face balm with East African Shea Butter that will combat dryness from sun exposure and is packaged in an approved size for flying.
  • You don't have to be a Southern Belle to love the offerings at Viridian Day Spa in Charleston, S.C. "Dreaming of the Beach" is a customized body buff/polish and intense moisturizer to exfoliate, smooth and help skin glow. The "Sunburn Rx" treatment is a cooling soak for the "oops" days when you get a little too much sun. Also this summer, the spa will give clients an educational card about the proper way to apply sunscreen.
  • Relax by the water as you enjoy complimentary poolside butler service when you are a spa or hotel guest at Pala Casino Spa and Resort in California. Every hour an attendant will apply Kerstin Florian SPF 30 sun protection to guests' skin, along with lavender body spray and aloe gel. In each guest room, there will be a Poolside Prep Kit filled with Kerstin Florian products including Chamomile Body Scrub, Chamomile Shower/Bath Gel, a loofah and of course, sunscreen.

About the International SPA Association

ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the global spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on

Spas are places devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.


(Editor's note - A listing of ISPA members that have made the association aware of their summer offerings is included below. ISPA is happy to put you in contact with members who could serve as interview resources. Please feel free to contact Debra Locker at the above contact details for ideas on members to accompany your piece.)

ISPA members offering summer products and treatments:

Spa Members:

Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton
Avon, Colo.

Ballantyne Resort
Charlotte, N.C.

Beach Massage and Day Spa
El Segundo, Calif.

New York, N.Y.

Cornelia Day Resort
New York, N.Y.

Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club
Lenox, Mass.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort's Revive Spa
Phoenix, Ariz.

Kalianas Spa & Wellness
Indialantic, Fla.

Lake Austin Spa Resort
Austin, Tex.

Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz, N.Y.

Laguna Beach, Calif.

Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel
San Francisco

Oasis Day Spas
New York, N.Y.

Pala Casino Spa and Resort
Pala, Calif.

Pinehurst Resort
Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Va.

The Spa at The Crescent

Spa Gaucin at St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach
Dana Point, Calif.

Spa Shiki
Lake Ozark, Mo.

SpaTerre at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort
Naples, Fla.

The Sports Club Company
Los Angeles, Calif.

Sundara Inn & Spa
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Travertine Spa, Inc.
Sunset Beach, Calif.

Viridian Day Spa
Mount Pleasant, S.C.

The Westmoor Club
Nantucket, Mass.

Resource Partner Members:

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Archipelago, Inc
Los Angeles

Aura Cacia Aromatherapy
Urbana, Iowa

BECCA Cosmetics
San Francisco

San Diego

Care Products, Inc.
Celebration, Fla.

Bangkok, Thailand

Dana Point, Calif.

Vista, Calif.

San Francisco

Darien, Conn.

San Diego

Sun Valley, Calif.

KN Karen Neuburger Lifestyle Brand
San Rafael, Calif.

Peter Thomas Roth
New York, N.Y.

Planet Botanicals
New York, N.Y.

San Francisco

Santa Clarita, Calif.

She Essential Beauty
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Garland, Tex.

Los Angeles

Kannapolis, N.C.