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Closure of Leeds spa blamed on daily deals websites

Te UK’s first five-star women-only spa – which opened in 2005 – has closed, citing daily deal websites and increased competition as reasons for its demise. Developed by the County Durham-based

Ebac Group – a European manufacturer of bottled watercoolers and domestic dehumidifiers – the 4,800sq ſt (446sq m) Waterfall Spa was located at the Brewery Wharf development in Leeds city centre. “Over the past three years the spa busi-

ness has changed dramatically and the combination of daily deal sites and increased competition has made the business unvi- able,” said a statement on the spa’s website. Details:

P&O cruise floats wellness concept

Set to join the P&O fleet in March 2015, the greatly antic- ipated 1,082ſt (330m) cruise ship Britannia, which is 20ſt (6m) longer than the Eiffel Tower, will boast expanded wellness offerings at sea. The ship has 15 pub-

lic decks for a maximum of 3,647 passengers and 1,400 crew members, in addition to a signature Oasis Spa, alfresco terrace bar called Te Retreat, plus the first Oasis Villa, salon menu and spa shop. The Oasis Spa – to be

operated by Steiner Leisure – will feature a hydrotherapy suite with heated loungers, waterbeds, salt cave, hydro- therapy pool providing reflexology, massage jets and air recliners. Product lines available at the spa have been added to the menu to include Elemis, La Terapie, Phyto, Bliss and Sebastian. Te new spa shop will stock retail products from these companies. Te salon blowout menu, which includes

blow dry, hair styling and makeup applica- tion, will be available at the ship’s hair salon.

Further Lounges are planned at major airports

Yoga pilot scheme added to Heathrow spa experience

Global airline alliance SkyTeam’s Exclusive Lounge, which opened in 2009 at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4, is offer- ing a two-month yoga pilot project to customers on any of its 13 member airlines. Tis scheme builds on SkyTeam’s existing

1,600sq ſt (149sq m) relaxation facilities at Heathrow, including a wellness centre that offers spa treatments, an oxygen bar, three full-body massage chairs, five showers, a green botanical wall featuring more than 60 different species of plants, four day-beds, two VIP meeting rooms and a wine bar. Te pilot yoga studio “will have yoga mats

and a video showing a series of easy-to-fol- low sequences,” according to SkyTeam. “Behind the design concept of each

SkyTeam Exclusive Lounge is a focus on our customers’ wellbeing, taking them away from the hectic airport terminal and into a tranquil environment,” said Fatima da Gloria, brand and communications director of SkyTeam. “Yoga is renowned for improving the mind and body through its focus on stretching and breathing.” Details:

10 Franz Linser joins GSWS board of directors

Plans for the new £25m St Michael’s Spa & Wellness Resort in Falmout h, Cornwall, have taken a step further forward having been given unanimous approval by the Falmouth Town Council Planning Committee. Having met with the cur-

rent St Michael’s owner and project developer Nigel Carpenter, the council has agreed on the plans on the basis that a layer of car park- ing and four eco lodges that were originally planned for the site are removed. The plans are now to be put forward to

Britannia’s maiden cruise leaves Southampton on 14 March 2015 Britannia will also have four pools as well

as a gym and dedicated sports space called Te Arena for short tennis, cricket or football. A total of 13 dining experiences will be

open to passengers, plus a chance to join P&O’s newly developed Cookery Club where cooking classes are delivered by lead- ing chefs, such as British chef James Martin. Details:

Falmouth Town Council Planning Committee has backed the project Other facilities housed at the site include

Cornwall Council, which will make a final decision in early November. The Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole-designed project would see the existing St Michael’s hotel and spa facil- ity become part of a larger development using the site of the former Falmouth Beach hotel. Te new destination spa will house seven

treatment rooms, a beauty salon, swimming pool, relaxation areas and a new conservatory.

Read Leisure Opportunities online:

a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steamroom, experience rainforest showers, relaxation areas, an outdoor Finnish sauna and a spa café with spa gardens. In terms of hotel facilities, there will also be 30 new hotel suites and 51 ocean- facing apartments. Tere are also plans for restaurants, retail facilities and a health club. Work is hoped to start next year and will last for 18 months. Details:

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