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Global Wellness Institute’s branding structure revealed

Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS), unveiled the branding structure of new industry body the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) at the recent GSWS 2014, in Marrakech, Morocco. Te GWI, whose conception was first

announced at GSWS 2013, is an umbrella organisation for the global spa and wellness industries. It has been formed to help attract investment and funding from outside the industry to support future growth opportu- nities for the sector. While the annual GSWS will remain an invite-only gathering, its parent organisation – the GWI – will help to fund industry research and regional events. Details:

UK’s first indie Clarins spa opens

Te UK’s first independent Clarins day spa has launched in Lincoln, offering treat- ments from the brand’s Tri-Active range. Te Clarins-only spa’s founder and CEO,

Karen Cook, spoke exclusively to Leisure Opportunities about the facility’s develop- ment. Located in the historical cathedral quarter of Lincoln, Le Sanctuaire has opened as a two-treatment room spa. Te spa’s neighbouring property has also been acquired by Cook, who is transforming the space into a relaxation room and wet zone. “The architect from RAW is coming

soon,” said Cook. “I hope to have a space with spa chairs and a sauna. Whether we have space for a hot tub yet, I don’t know.” Te property, which is listed and protected by her- itage bodies, was formerly a giſt shop. Cook approached Clarins with the idea for

Clarins already has more than 3,000 members in Lincoln “It cost nearly £10,000 to get the brand in

an independent spa using the brand as the main product. Te spa is independent because Cook owns and runs it herself. To get approval from Clarins to stock its brand, however, she had to make sure her spa met certain strict cri- teria. For example, the spa has to feature at least two treatment rooms of a certain size, shower facilities must be on-site in a certain position within the facility, there must be a reception area and a minimum number of staff.

Barcock has also worked at Champneys’ Citypoint

Sharon Barcock joins Klafs from Hilton Worldwide

Wellness supplier Klafs has appointed Sharon Barcock as managing director for the Middle East and North Africa region. Barcock has moved from her role as

director of spa operations and develop- ment for Hilton Worldwide throughout the Middle East and Africa for the Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf Astoria brands. British-born Barcock will be based in

Dubai Healthcare City for her new role at Klafs, using her knowledge of spa design, business plan execution, marketing and spa operation to add to Klafs’ business development in the MENA region. Before the move to Klafs, Barcock worked

at Hilton from 2009. Before that, she joined Mandara Spa at its flagship location for the Middle East, Te Monarch Dubai. Prior to her time with Mandara, Barcock

designed and developed a spa brand for a private company, in collaboration with the Dubai Women’s Association – under the patronage of HE Sheikha Amina – which resulted in the opening of a 2,000sq m (21,528sq ſt) ladies-only spa and health club called Jannati. Details:

8 Exeter club partners with ESPA for new spa

Wear Park Spa at Exeter Golf and Country Club has partnered with ESPA and will open its two-treatment room facility on 1 December at the 120-year old retreat, with plans for further expansion in future. On the first floor of the Club’s

Georgian manor house, in the heart of the facilities, the Wear Park Spa will offer a variety of ESPA treat- ments, such as reflexology, reiki, plus face and body therapies. Te full range of treatments will be rolled out as the spa expands in the future, a spokesperson for the club told Leisure Opportunities. Te massage therapists working at the site will be trained by ESPA. Thermal facilities such as steamrooms,

and I see why: Clarins isn’t going to supply just anywhere with its products, so I feel very privileged,” said Cook, who revealed that the approval process took around six months. Cook has worked for Clarins on and off for

25 years. She was first introduced to the brand as head therapist at Harrods 25 years ago. Treatments on offer at the independent

spa include hot stone treatments, facials and massages using Clarins products. Cook has said the site will offer a personalised experi- ence, but she has high hopes for further sites. Details:

Te Club also offers a wide range of sports activities The Club is currently recruiting beauty

saunas and whirlpools will be available to members and guests visiting the spa as part of a package. Members of the public coming just for treatments will not be able to access the wet zone as it is located in a separate part of the club. Tere are plans to include entry to the Club’s outdoor pool – in a Victorian walled garden – and wet zone as part of packages next summer, according to the spokesperson.

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therapists for the spa, which will also provide manicures and pedicures. Beauty products will either be supplied by OPI or Jessica. Te bottom floor of the Georgian building is

dedicated to a dining venue that will serve tra- ditional British cuisine. Like the spa, the floor to ceiling windows downstairs in the restau- rant look out on the 18-hole golf course. Spa pamper packages will include visits to the res- taurant for lunch, early dinner or aſternoon tea. Details:

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