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SPA Booker adds ‘plus size’ category


UK spa bookings agency, spaseekers.com has introduced a ‘plus size’ spa category to its website to help visitors identify the nation’s most size- friendly wellness facilities. Te agency – which repre-


sents over 500 spas across the UK – has received an increas- ing number of customers requesting larger-sized bath robes, bigger towels and wider treatment couches. Some of these spas offer spacious individual changing rooms, larger shower cubicles and wider dining chairs . Over 80 spas have initially signed up to


Study spotlights success factors for destination spas


Te secrets to success for destination spas have been outlined by hospitality consul- tancy Horwath in a report which provides an overview of the growing market. Unlike traditional resorts, destina-


Te category is designed to show spas which welcome all shapes and sizes


feature in the new category, including lux- ury-branded Macdonald Hotels and Q Hotels. spaseekers.com expects the number of spas that will register under this category to rise to over 100 in the coming weeks. “Te average woman in the UK is a size


16, but the average robe is a size 10-12,” Jason Goldberg, the director and founder of spaseek- ers.com told Leisure Opportunities. “For our customers sake, we must meet the request of the average-sized lady and above.


We cannot be discriminatory towards women who wear a size 16 dress and above.” Te ‘plus size’ category is designed to help


consumers find spas which welcome and accommodate all shapes and sizes. “We want to make the whole booking expe-


rience simple and stress-free,” Goldberg added. While retailers must meet demand, it could


be argued that wellness facilities should pro- mote healthier lifestyles for ‘plus size’ clients rather than capitalising on aſternoon tea and spa packages. Details: http://lei.sr?a=H7M6r


Welsh Quay Hotel and Spa on sale for £7m


Te Quay Hotel and Spa in Deganwy, North Wales has been put up for sale for £7m after its holding company called in administrators. Te hotel and spa, which


overlooks the Conwy estu- ary, is currently owned by the non-trading holding company Albemarle Leisure and is operated separately by Deganwy Quay under a lease. A dmini s t ra t o r s


PricewaterhouseCoopers said the sale process would not impact on the 74-bedroom hotel’s day-to-day trading. “It’s still very much a case


of business as usual,” said the director of Deganwy Quay Stephen Broome. “We hope and pray that our customers will


spa which uses products by Aromatherapy Associates and REN skincare. Treatments


© CYBERTREK 2014 Te site is owned by Albemarle Leisure and operated by Deganwy Quay


continue to use the hotel and facilities as they have done in the past,” he concluded. Te hotel features a nine treatment room


range from full-body massages on a heated marble table to reflexology, scrubs and wraps. Te spa is located next to the hotel’s health club, which comprises a small gym, sauna, steamroom and a 15m (49ſt) swimming pool. Details: http://lei.sr?a=4n2Z8


Twitter: @leisureopps Te design is based on Moroccan and Tai spas


TOWIE star launches new spa facility in Shrewsbury


Te Only Way Is Essex star, Ferne McCann, launched the St Nicholas Café, Bar and Spa in Shrewsbury this month – set within a converted church which dates back to 1865. McCann, of the BAFTA-winning ITV2


reality TV show, celebrated the launch of all three parts of the mixed-use facility situated near Shrewsbury Castle. Te top floor hosts a bar, the middle floor is home to the spa and event space is located on the ground floor. Te café and bar opened six months ago,


the spa had its soſt opening two months ago and the event space was completed just in time for the whole facility’s official opening. Owners Stephanie and Ben Smith – a for-


mer goalkeeper for Shrewsbury Town – are the married team behind the Moroccan- inspired spa, which features three single treatment rooms, a couples’ room, steam- room, sauna, Turkish hammam, rasul room, spa pool and ice room. “Te spa’s relaxation room is two rooms


with a dividing archway,” said Ben Smith. “Tere is a central elevated platform with a big day-bed for people to lie down on.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=W3w4U


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tion spas possess greater internal appeal – including services, specialists, F&B and activities – which makes them more flexi- ble than resorts. While the site itself is less important to a destination spa – aside from concerns about air quality, water quality and potential future developments in the area – the report illustrates connectivity is a critical factor for consumers. Te accessibility point was also made in Spafinder’s 2014 trends report. Details: http://lei.sr?a=w9v5V


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