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Kimpton launches San Diego spa
Kimpton Hot e l s and Restaurants has opened the doors to its Hotel Palomar San Diego in California, US. The 183-bedroom hotel,
formerly called the Sé Hotel, has received a complete rede- velopment and rebrand of its facilities. Te hotel now offers a luxury spa and in-room spa services, a lavish roof deck lounge and infinity-edged pool, a 19m floor-to-ceil- ing ballroom and more than 20,000sq ft of event space decorated with the works by famous San Diego artists. The hotel’s Sé Spa has seven treatment
Richard Branson spoke at the Soneva Fushi resort Te hotel’s Sé Spa has seven treatment rooms - each with a private shower
rooms, each with private steam shower and changing area. Other facilities include a rasul and the Studio Sutra - a hydrotherapy are offer- ing a soaking tub, double steam shower and daybed for the “ultimate couple’s treatments”. A Silk Lounge relaxation area is also available
and can be hired for private spa parties and events. Treatments at the spa include reflexol- ogy, shiatsu, body scrubs, facials and pedicures as well as rasul-based treatments. As part of Kimpton’s strategy to benefit from
the hotel’s location in the centre of San Diego’s arts scene, the hotel will also serve as a gallery and stage for visual art and performing art.
Kiehl’s opens first branded spa in New York
New York consumer skincare group Kiehl’s has revealed its first-ever spa facility on the Upper East Side of the US city. Sited on the second floor of
a new ‘Kiehl’s Since 1851’ retail store, Spa 1851 is to offer skin, body and hair treatments for both men and women. Te new spa has a separate
entrance to the retail store and features a waiting lounge, three treatment rooms and a separate grooming station. In a bid to “provide some-
Branson at Six Senses event: “renewable fuels key for future”
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, has warned that the world faces “the mother of all recessions” unless much more is done to encourage the development of renew- able energy. Speaking at the third annual Six Senses Slow Life Symposium, being held at the Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives, Branson added that governments should do more to provide incentives for companies to adopt alternative fuel sources – and for air- lines and airports to cut their emissions. He said: “If we don’t have alternative fuels
we are going to have the mother of all reces- sions. Te way to kick-start the revolution is to have no tax on all clean energy while slowly increasing tax on dirty energy. “We’ve been diverting our profit from air-
lines into developing fuel for aircraſt that won’t damage the environment.” Other speakers at the event included
actors and environmental campaigners Edward Norton and Daryl Hannah.
Te first Kiehl-branded spa will house three themed treatment rooms
thing extra”, all scheduled treatments will be preceded by the Kiehl’s Signature Greeting – a neck, arm, hand and foot massage with lavender. Meanwhile, signature facials will start with
a personalised skin diagnosis to determine the course of treatment for each guest.
Kiehl’s is the latest consumer brand to move
into spa operations, following others such as Nivea, Molton Brown, Sulwhasoo, Dove (see Spa Business issue 3/2009 p24) and L’Occitane, which announced its India rollout proposals in July 2010.
Kempinski expands into Azerbaijan with Baku hotel
Kempinski is to manage its first property in Azerbaijan – the 280-bedroom Kempinski Hotel Badamdar, in the capital of Baku. Facilities include a 3,500sq m (37,674sq ſt)
spa with 20 treatment rooms – six of which are doubles – and a beauty centre. Te product
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house is Elemental Herbology. A pool, relax- ation area, sauna, hammam and fitness studio complete the offer. Te five-star Badamdar Complex also features a 5,000sq m (53,820sq ſt) entertainment and retail centre, a seasonal aqua park and 37 apartments.
Morgans Hotel Group to sell London properties
Morgans Hotel Group has sold its two London, UK hotels - Te Sanderson and St Martins Lane - for £192m (US$295m) to Capital Hill Hotels, a Middle Eastern inves- tor with a global hotel portfolio. Morgans owned the hotels in a 50-50 joint venture with Walton Street Capital. Te partners have entered into a definitive agreement that will represent a value of around £542,000 ($860,000, €617,000) per room. Morgans, which had operated the hotels,
will continue to manage the two properties under long-term management agreements. Te terms of the management agreements, including extension options, have been extended to 2041 from 2027.
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