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Duncan Bannatyne, chair of the Bannatyne Group, has announced £5m of investments to grow the company’s hotel and spa operations across the UK. This represents the fi rst phase of a £15m investment programme for 2010/11. The investment programme includes

the recent acquisition of the Charlton House Spa Hotel, a 26-bedroom boutique hotel in the West Country, which went into administration in 2009. There are already plans to extend the venue to increase the number of spa treatment rooms and introduce a large fi tness area. The company will also begin the

development of two new spas in Banbury and Broadstairs, taking the UK portfolio of Bannatyne Spas to 30. A third new spa location has been identifi ed in Shrewsbury, as yet still in the early stages of planning. Emulating the format used by the group across

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recently, the company invested in excess of £300,000 in its spas in Inverness, Scotland, and Chafford Hundred in Essex (see HCM May 10, p62). Bannatyne says: “The performances

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the country, the single-storey spa developments will be created as extensions to established Bannatyne’s Health Clubs in the three locations. Alongside the growth of its spa chain,

the Bannatyne Group is also investing in its existing portfolio, including a programme of refurbs and redesigns. Most


Zest magazine has revealed the “best UK spas for gym bunnies”. The inaugural Zest Spa Awards covered a number of

categories. Results were based on a combination of 4,000 reader votes and the verdict of an expert panel, which included the likes of celebrity personal trainer Matt Roberts. Calcot Manor & Spa in Gloucestershire was voted the

UK’s top spa for those who want to combine relaxation with fi tness, thanks to its state of the art gym, wide range of exercise classes and Running Clinic for advice on training shoes. MalvernSpa Hotel in Worcestershire, with its 80-station gym and 30 group exercise classes a week, came second, while Champneys in Tring, Hertfordshire, came third.

of all our businesses have remained strong during the recession, as people are not compromising on their health and wellbeing or denying themselves UK hotel breaks. We’re now in a position to grow the business organically and through acquisition if the opportunities are a good fi t for the group. “The spa business has been an area of

real growth. We’ve identifi ed a number of our health clubs that will benefi t from the addition of a spa, beginning with Banbury and Broadstairs, which will drive the trend for wellbeing as people focus their healthy lifestyles around a strong blend of exercise, relaxation and rejuvenation.”

Calcot Manor & Spa won the ‘gym bunnies’ spa award new treatment for zensations spas

The Holmes Place Iberia in-house spa brand, Zensations, has launched a new slimming and wellbeing treatment. Launched in June and designed to

combat cellulite, the new offering “combines slimming with a relaxing ritual”, helping to reshape the body while the client relaxes, and is designed to be taken as a course of treatments. The treatment, which can be used on

The new treatment has been introduced in all 17 Zensations spas


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all parts of the body, uses a combination of techniques. The fi rst session focuses on removing cellulite via ultrasound and acupressure, a therapeutic technique used in physiotherapy and cosmetic medicine to break down and disperse

fat deposits. The next session includes a lipomassage, a new technique that addresses localised fat, cellulite and contours. It reduces the appearance of ‘orange peel’ skin and is used in combination with cellulite-busting mesotherapy, as well as massage using algae that have been specially formulated for their slimming qualities. The treatment has been launched in

all Zensations sites – a total of 17 spas across Spain and Portugal. The Holmes Place Iberia chain, which

includes the Holmes Place and Europolis brands, currently caters for more than 100,000 members across 28 clubs.

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