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Wellness, a Priority for Travelers

In addition to characterful rooms and ace cuisine, there’s no denying that nowadays one of the most effective elements a hotel can use to lure guests is a #fabulous #wellness #experience.

More and more people are prioritizing self-care and are happy to spend money for their wellbeing. As such, #wellness #tourism has become one of the fastest-growing niches in the travel industry, with travelers increasingly seeking hotels that allow them to enhance their #physical and #mental #wellbeing while on vacation coupled with fine dining and great wines. And as the coronavirus is currently turning our lives upside down, it’s likely that #stress #relief and #anxiety #reduction will be among their major priorities as soon travel will resume.

Our Wellness Hotel and Resort Collection has a strong focus on providing #immersive #travel #experiences and wellness is undoubtedly a major element on our hoteliers’ agenda.
Here are hotels in our Collection where wellness services have an important role in the overall guest experience:


#Venice #Italy

Everything about this elegantly eccentric hotel overlooking the #Venetian #lagoon exudes opulence and creativity. Each space flaunts its own unique personality, while the #lovely #citrus #garden provides an #oasis of #peace and #quiet.

A recent addition to the experience is the Orient-inspired spa, which offers a range of soothing treatments in an exclusive ambience filled with #aromatic #candles, #sensual #fragrances and #golden #decorations. One can relax in the warm water pool complete with #hydromassage stations and water jets, enjoy a #hot #steam #bath followed by a #reinvigorating #icefall and #chromotherapy #shower, or opt for the spa’s signature fire and flames experience.

Style Old world fashioned with Oriental allure

Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice

Beggiato is the passionate owner and manager of the iconic hotel overlooking the Grand Canal.
None can express better than her the identity of the hotel:
“Over the years, I tried to give this home a soul and a strong personality, eclectic and intense. A place where you can experience an emotional journey. Whatever you live here, staying or dining, always remember we made it with passion and love. After all, here, nothing happens by chance.”

The Hotel has been run by the Beggiato family, Venetian hoteliers for generations. Today, continues the tradition, but has introduced to the hotel a hint of mystery and Oriental elegance, enhancing its unconventional identity.

Venice, is a captivating place which strikes the eye and moves the heart. It embodies most of the Venetian fascination: eccentric, warm, eclectic, each particular tells a story.

The Oriental Bar reveals the strict connection of the city with the Eastern world; you can feel the influence of the Middle East, of the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans. The bar is an enchanted corner permeated with oriental spirit and the fragrance of spices.

The Citrus Garden represents the #Mediterranean influence on the city with scented jasmine, palms, and orange trees. Verdant and luxuriant, a place to linger to eat breakfast outdoor in peace surrounded by white gazebos.

It’s a rare finding in Venice, a place that tells you marvelous tales, but this building is worthy of #Shahrazād and “One thousand and one nights”.

You can find the palace on a legendary map dated 1500. Antonio Vivaldi gave music lessons and from 1703 to 1740 composed his masterpieces: the Estro Armonico op.III, the Concertos, and the Four Seasons. In 1880, a further major restoration transformed the building into a hotel known as the “Casa Kirsch”.

Lifestyle & Art Collections
At the hotel, you will embrace a glamorous lifestyle. Start with the Tea Ceremony, from October to March, in collaboration with the #Dammann #Freres and end with exclusive parties at the Bar with Dj set.

You can spend hours at the gallery looking after the unique private antique collections, where you will find more than 2000 antiques on display while others located on the four floors and in the rooms themselves. Object coming from the past to evoke a timeless romanticism, miniature treasure passed down through epochs.

Rooms
The hotel offers 47 rooms, with 20 suites. All are extraordinarily different in style and original furnishing.

The Classic Rooms are intimate and quiet, with a view over the Garden or a typical Venetian alleyway and the La Pietà church. The Deluxe Rooms are comfortable and elegant, with original Deco style period furniture. A few enjoy the view of the lagoon. The Prestige Rooms are original, eclectic, fascinating, with different points of view.

Precious and welcoming are the Junior Suite, with a spectacular panoramic view over the Venice Lagoon and the island of San Giorgio. The Grand Deluxe are spacious and able to accommodate three people, with an evocative view over the side canal.
Among our favorites, the Suites with Terrace, that bring a unique emotion, with a breathtaking view over the heart of lagoon and rooftops of Venice, with private “hammam”.

The prestigious Suites Canal View offer a spectacular view over the Venice Lagoon and the island of San Giorgio.

Finally, the incredible Suite Damasco, a spectacular and intriguing ambience, with a magnificent panoramic view over the Venice lagoon and the island of San Giorgio, with private “hammam” and bathtub in the lounge.


#Italy

With a fascinating history that dates back to over 500 years ago, this charming hotel in the heart of Bolzano is an architectural gem that pays careful attention to elegant, modern details while retaining its historic charm.

The spa area couldn’t be more perfectly poised: a secret heaven in the heart of the garden, with a refined ambience for special moments of peace and relaxation.

It includes anything from a #Himalayan #salt #cave to a #Finnish #sauna with #panoramic #window and offers a body and facial treatments. There are also a heated outdoor swimming pool, a relaxation lounge with anatomical beds and a fully quipped fitness center.

Style Elegance through simplicity In the Heart of Bolzano
Castel Hoertenberg embodies perfectly the spirit of Tales Hotels Collection. In the heart of Bolzano city, they present themselves “as a historical haven where luxury is to feel at home”.

Here the hospitality is authentic and genuine. In a charming corner of the city center stands proud of a Renaissance castle. Surrounded by four majestic towers, at a glance, looks out of time, a peaceful and quiet oasis a stone’s throw away from the buzzing city.

The Castle has a long and exciting story and as every good tale a happy ending. It began over 500 years ago when Leonard Hiertmair arrived in the city of Bolzano transformed the estate, located in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, into a mansion. He became Mayor of Bolzano and lately, he received by the emperor the title of baron changing his family name from Hiertmair to von Hiertenberg and later in “von Hörtenberg”.
In 1862, since there were no male heirs, the Castle was bought by Hieronymus Giovanelli related to von Hörtenberg Family through his wife.
The Giovanelli family owned the Castle until the XX century, its location and its importance make of it one of the landmarks of Bolzano. The Giovanelli’s personally and financially supported the Tyrolean revolt, and in 1808 and 1809 Castel Hoertenberg became the headquarter of Andreas Hofer commander of the insurgents.
At the turn of the century, between XIX and XX, baroness Maria Giovanelli von Hörtenberg Zu Gertburg marries Baron Ludwig von Fuchs, and Castel Hoertenberg becomes part of the von Fuchs estate. A few years ago the owners sold it to the Podini family.

A new life for Castel. The Family entrusted the renovation project to Anna Podini, the youngest one within the real estate family. The latter, together with her father Alex, has overseen every single step of the project. Her youth and a cosmopolitan upbringing, along with the support of a team of architects, has made the difference, giving Castel its unmistakable allure. A mix of ancient history blended in with an urban style and traditional craftsmanship. Today the Castel is a place of today, full of life where exclusive comfort, esthetic sensibility and excellent service are one. A place where there is no room for sentimentality but where one lives in the present. In its most beautiful form.

Rooms & Suites
Castel today is an exclusive retreat, where elegant ambiences, comfort and an excellent service meet. The Castle features different types of rooms and suite, each one unique and different.
The Comfort Rooms are cosy and refined with panoramic windows overlooking the #Dolomites. A relaxed atmosphere, a comfort zone, they are the perfect accommodation for short breaks.
The Superior Garden Rooms are in the park with a tranquil view over the gardens and the swimming pool. A separate building with cosy and comforting spaces overlooking the Castle. The Deluxe rooms are elegant and posh with views over the park or the Dolomites. Located on the main floor, called “piano nobile”, and within the castle towers, the junior suites are spacious and airy with sophisticated decor.

The magnificent Loft Suites, surprisingly large with cathedral ceilings, are located on the top floor of the Castle with breathtaking views over the Dolomites, whose rock turns pink at sunset. The large bathroom features a private sauna.

The Stuba Suite is the perfect blend of history and modern design. A separate living area with an elegant décor features an ancient majolica stove, the “Stube”. Frescoed ceilings in the bedroom and a stunning view over the park.

Spa
Spa – or Health through Water, is based upon its roots in the Roman civilization and brings with it the cult of Man and Beauty. Love for the body discovered since centuries can be considered a gift that the ancient populations have transmitted to our modern epoch.
In this place, the sensibility is stimulated to put us into contact with the sensations of nature and the elements that surround us. The way to do it and the indicated treatments in this splendid renaissance castle from the XVI c. allow us to defend ourselves from anxiety and daily stress, giving us a sensation of pure inner well-being as part of nature waiting to be discovered.


#Minervino, #Lecce #Italy

Palazzo With an idyllic location amid the vineyards and olive trees of #Minervino, a delightful hamlet near #Otranto, this grandiose 16th-century noble palace has been lovingly restored under the watchful eye of the local Cultural Heritage Authority and converted into a gorgeous boutique hotel.

Its wellness center offers an outdoor saltwater pool, a well-equipped fitness room and a range of top-notch treatments, including beauty services, muscle-melting massages and innovative sessions of #cryotherapy.

But the jewel in the crown is the stunning heated pool that occupies an ancient underground oil mill – a private, secret haven for tranquility and relaxation, complete with dim lighting and soothing background music.


Style Ascetic & Noble
Palazzo
Minervino di Lecce
If you were a screenwriter looking for inspiration, there would be no better place than Palazzo and Salento to find incredible, compelling and different stories. It wouldn’t be difficult to find characters to narrate, digging through thousands of years of stories. #Levantine #merchants, #Arab #corsairs, #Roman #officers, #Greek #philosophers, #Earls and #Viceroys, #Chief #Nuns and #Norman #gentlemen. Salento is full of stories to listen, for those who can catch them on the fly. Palazzo is an ascetic sixteenth-century building, erect in 1500 as a settlement for the #Knights #Templar and then a medieval fortress. It’s a real fortified house that has preserved proudly its sagas still today. You can still see the machicolations over the windows on the facade, to defend the palace and people who lived there against enemy attacks. But it’s also a magnificent building with enormous artistic value, something that the owner, who embarked in a massive renovation, immediately recognized. Palazzo is one of the first stately homes in #Salento to open its doors and welcome guests in the luxurious and aristocratic world of five centuries of history, art and culture. The Palazzo has been completely restored under the supervision of the Authority for Cultural Heritage, managing to recover two antique salt ovens, some fireplaces, the star-vaulted ceilings in Lecce stone, and the original floors with the “chianche” (blocks of local old stone). Today the noble home is available for all those who dream of unique moments spent in a fascinating place, full of history, art, legends, and cuddled by its many services. All this in the magic borgo of Minervino, nestled between majestic olive trees and lush vineyards.

The SPA, the Garden and the Pool
Palazzo has a lot to offer. The first thing you will appreciate upon your arrival is the inner garden, an ideal place to relax by the pool enjoying the sunlight. It will take a few minutes to discover also the precious secret citrus grove, an intimate garden dedicated to all people who want to spend romantic moments surrounded by the Mediterranean fragrances and the soothing sound of nature and a fountain. The private SPA, an underground heated pool converted from an antique oil mill, with hydro-massage, relaxing music and dim light, is impressive. Crystal-clear saltwater, hydro-massage and a glass of champagne will give you exclusive relax moments for an unforgettable stay. You will love the sense of privacy it has to offer. The restaurant on the ground floor is an intimate place where discovering the best of local food, one of the best-kept secret of the Palace.

Rooms
Palazzo offers three types of accommodation, plus 2 unique rooms: The The #Abbess Room and the #Ducal Suite.
On the ground floor, the Ducal Suite overlooks the main garden with a pool. It owes its beauty to its 16th-century frescoed ceiling showing Saint George and the dragon, its prestigious finishes and its antique furniture. The room has a private patio, two separate areas, and a large bathroom. The room is approximately 45 sq m large.
The other four Suites are on the two floors of the old Armoury, identified after a deep study on the building and its history, and then totally restored.

On the first floor, the Abbess Room intimacy makes it the ideal room for a romantic getaway. It still keeps its ancient taste through the original fireplace in the living room and the incredible authentic spiral staircase. The bedroom is in the mezzanine, and from here the staircase leads to the rooftop terrace where the couple can spend magic moments with complete privacy.

The Classic rooms enjoy the wonderful view over the citrus grove, with typical Mediterranean fragrances. The room, very spacious for one person, is also suitable for two people, can be connected to a Deluxe Room. We suggest staying in a deluxe or a junior suite and book a classic if need a connecting room.


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The top trends for summer|fall|winter travel in the wellness sector point to a strong season, with a broadening customer base and more options—and therefore, more need for a professional guidance from a #ProfessionalTravelConsultant  #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365

This year is all about shorter stays, more men, more physically challenging activities and a younger customer base, say a handful of top travel professionals specializing in wellness who spoke with us over the past few days.

#FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 is seeing a trend toward shorter and more focused trips, with a specific goal such as learning to surf or meditate. The current state of information overload from surfing the internet for travel options leaves clients “overwhelmed with the volume of information and choices”—and sees his role as “helping them focus on their major motivation.”

Whether they are looking for spas or the increasing number of hotels that offer wellness options, there is something out there for everyone. But it’s important to make the right match, because “a misstep could have exactly the opposite effect of their intention.”

After more than 25 years in the travel industry in Los Angeles, the biggest changes have taken place in spas, and Medical Tourism opportunities.  Most recently, “many spas that previously required week-long stays or specific dates have loosened their requirements to accommodate today’s hectic schedules.”

The biggest changes have come on the spa side of wellness travel. An agent for 25 plus years, #JessKalinowsky says spas “have evolved from just a pampering experience to a total mind, body and spiritual encounter.”

Many traditional spas have expanded to include physicians, psychologists and even spiritual leaders from the community, she noted, or places to work on specific wellness goals such as weight loss or smoking cessation.

#JessKalinowsky is seeing a trend among clients of “seeking challenging physical experiences, including outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking and biking.” Keeping in step, many spas also have become a place to challenge the body through various types of fitness activities.

#JessKalinowsky notes there is no one-size-fits-all wellness spa “because everyone is looking for something unique to themselves.” And, that, #JessKalinowsky said, is when agent specialists can truly assist by assessing client needs and interests and recommending that perfect fit.

#JessKalinowsky #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069, has been working the wellness travel sector for over the past 20 years. The majority of #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 clients “are now actively looking at resorts and hotels that offer fitness programs and/or spas,” he said—including rising numbers  of “men looking to work wellness into their travels.

#JessKalinowsky #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 began focusing business around health and wellness travel about 20+ years ago. Since then, finding options for travelers looking for healthier lifestyles has become much easier.

“All the hype in the news about living a healthier lifestyle has jump- started the industry into focusing on wellness as part of the travel experience,” #JessKalinowsky says. “In the past, when clients  traveled, they typically went off their diets and stopped exercising. The biggest difference between then and now is that you don’t need to change your healthy lifestyle habits.”

Whether on a specifically “wellness-oriented” trip or just a family vacation, travelers increasingly are adding active components to their bookings. “They look for activities they can do as a family, such as paddle boarding, hiking, and cycling. Plus, they want organic gourmet meals, along with soothing spa and massage services.”  Individuals are traveling alone a lot more often or with a travel companion with like interest.

And what starts with one generation is increasingly passing down to the next. #JessKalinowsky is happy to see young travelers in their 20s and 30s also including wellness options in their vacation travels, even when they travel without parents. “In years past, they were all about the party. Now they are more focused on healthier travel options. I used to be selling the best night spots. Now, they want the best activities and organic restaurant options.”

Of course our preferred travel suppliers are obliging with more and better products. Health and wellness options are now offered at resorts, on cruise ships, and by destinations, “giving agents the tools they need to promote #WellnessTravel,”.

#JessKalinowsky #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 is seeing a growing interest in all-inclusive packages that include spa treatments. As far as treatments, #JessKalinowsky said, mineral bathing is hot.

While over the years clients have become “more knowledgeable about spas and what is being offered by #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069,” they also have come to appreciate the added-value #JessKalinowsky brings to their relationship. “They know that as their wellness advisor I can get added amenities, upgrades and benefits.”

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Wellness Tourism Worldwide released “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy” in early September.

The report identifies multiple partners that could be included in wellness travel, including:

  • Medical professionals and wellness practitioners who understand the value of vacations in promoting mental health, physical activity, and social engagement.
  • Parks and recreation professionals and outdoor outfitters who value nature’s solution to a sedentary and urbanized lifestyle.
  • Museums, cultural attractions, and organizations that understand art’s important role to engagement, innovation, creativity and emotional, intellectual, physical, and social well-being.
  • Farms, ranches, and food-related organizations and companies who seek to preserve local food culture and improve health and sustainability.
  • Travel businesses, organizations, associations, and professionals that understand vacations are a need—not a luxury—and that travel is a top contributor to the economy.
  • Meeting planners and human resource professionals who recognize the growing emphasis on a sustainable work force and the need to maintain the health of meeting and conference participants.
  • Organizations that promote family values and understand the need for quality time, personal enrichment, and memory making through travel.
  • Progressive business executives, managers, and entrepreneurs who value vacations’ positive impact on productivity and work/life balance.
  • Labor unions and other organizations representing workers and advocate for employee rights, benefits, and compensation.
  • Insurance companies seeking to reduce claims through wellness promotion and by encouraging physical, social, and emotional well-being through an active and engaged way of life.
  • Teachers, schools, universities, colleges, and institutions that promote life-long learning, social studies, creative arts, language skills, and educational enrichment.
  • Social justice organizations that support fair trade and responsible community development.
  • Environmental organizations that understand that people’s health is tied to the environment in which they live and recreate.
  • All people who care about work/life balance, quality of life and well-being.

Defining wellness has been a challenge to advocates, academics, and businesses, but even more formidable has been facilitating higher levels of individual, social, and national well-being.

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Medical Tourism is a fast growing section of our industry as Health care costs surge in the USA. There are world class medical diagnostics performed in other countries at a cost to individuals much less than here at home. Often, when one seeks treatment for wellness or aesthetic changes, there is a period of time involved; an extended recovery period, where combining a medical procedure with a relaxing vacation in a healthy setting is necessary to the healing process.
#JessKalinowsky can help you plan this, and even offer you suggestions of where you might turn for certain procedures.
Our travel experts have information on destinations for medical tourism in locations across the globe. And not to worry… as always, Patient-Doctor confidentiality remains intact, your medical procedures or treatments will always be only between you and your clinic and service providers, as we only facilitate getting you “to” the treatments, not through them.

The integrity of your privacy is never violated. 

#THAILAND

From world-class hospitals to privately operated medical clinics, Thailand has an extensive range of medical facilities offering a broad range of medical treatments. In order to help organize the logistics of selecting a medical provider, arranging suitable accommodation at a nearby hotel and scheduling transportation to and from Thailand for treatment and recovery, we are uniquely established to assist you. For whatever your needs might be in this regard, let us help you research and select a treatment package and plan a medical holiday with greater convenience and confidence than planning such a trip on your own.

#COSTARICA

Cosmetic dental procedures, often considered a luxury, are within your reach in Costa Rica. For 50-70% less than their cost in the United States, English-speaking dentists will treat you with state-of-the-art technology and the world’s most cutting-edge procedures. Discover how you can take advantage of the country’s highly trained dental professionals at bargain rates.

In addition to being one of Latin America’s top vacation spots, Costa Rica has established itself as a popular dental tourism destination. A four to seven hour plane ride from many North American cities, the journey is both short and affordable – round-trip airfare can be purchased for $500 or less.

In the USA, even with dental insurance, you may have to pay up to 40% the cost of essential mouth surgeries and elective dental procedures. As these fees rise, Costa Rica’s affordable dental services and excellent tourism industry have combined to create an unbeatable medical-vacation duo. For less than the cost of the same procedures at home, you’ll enjoy expert care, a luxury recovery (if needed), and an exotic vacation.

The country’s dental clinics promise the same quality as those back home, and also emphasize personalized patient care. Many dental professionals have received their educations and trained abroad, so they speak excellent English and understand the needs and concerns of international patients.

Adding to your comfort, recovery facilities in Costa Rica are extremely affordable, often averaging $60-$150 per night for posh lodging, nursing assistance, all meals, airport transfers and transportation to your dental appointments.

Sample Cost Comparisons

Procedure United States Costa Rica
Crowns $800-$1,200 each $320-$550 each
Dentures $500-$2,500 per arch $150-$850 per arch
Full Mouth Restoration $25,0000 $12,0000
Porcelain Veneers $700-$2,000 per tooth $300 per tooth
Tooth Whitening $500-$1,000 $150-$300
Root Canal $500-$1,500 per tooth $250-$450 per tooth
The majority of the Doctors doing the procedures have been educated in the USA, or other World Class facilities.

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Medical and wellness travel to #Asia and #SouthEastAsia is one of the region’s most rapidly growing segments. Malaysia in particular is stepping up efforts to develop, promote and position its healthcare travel industry.

The country has always been a “paradise of wellness,” but has only recently started promoting itself for as a medical tourism destination.

Interest in Malaysia as a medical and wellness destination is growing. What’s behind that trend?

Interest in Malaysia is not new. We are a natural paradise of blue skies, tropical jungles, mountains and no pollution. We have golf resorts, hot springs and lots of appeal. It has always been a paradise for wellness, but we never talked about it. On top of that, now we have developed as a medical tourism destination.

What services can health travelers expect to find in Malaysia?

We have 72 hospitals registered with our agency to provide services and treatment to health travelers. They are private institutions located all over the country. They offer Chinese and Malay treatments. This is what we call complementary medicine. Examples include #Ayurvedic therapy and other practices that are hundreds of years old.

Is this complementary medicine offered in all hospitals?

It’s available in many. A good example is the Golden Horses Sanctuary. It offers traditional Western medical health screenings as well as a complementary medicine component. We also have two Chinese hospitals that are very unique. They offer Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine within the same hospital.

Are U.S. visitors going to Malaysia primarily for these complementary medical services?

We have about 12,000 Americans coming every year. Half of them are coming for aesthetic treatments.

What do you mean by aesthetic treatments?

We have hospitals with comprehensive wellness components. They offer treatments such as weight management and nutritional services. They perform health screenings to help you look better. Everything is done by professionals within a hospital setting. One example is the BW Medical Centre. It focuses on three core specialties: aesthetics, cosmetic surgery and healthy aging.

What about traditional medical procedures; are they available to foreigners?

Of course, we offer all the most popular services. We have cosmetic surgery, facelifts and liposuction. Our hospitals provide cancer treatment, cardiac surgery and orthopedic procedures such as hip or knee replacements. We offer fertility treatments, dental surgeries, eye surgery and much more.

What would be the primary incentive to travel from North America to Malaysia for a medical procedure?

The most important component is cost savings. For example, heart bypass surgery in the U.S can cost $130,000 or more. Here, the same surgery would be $10,000-$15,000. It’s a huge savings. Even when compared to other #Asian countries such as #Singapore, the costs are less.

Additionally, travel here is very reasonable. Our five-star hotels are priced the lowest in the region. A lot of foreigners bring the family for a holiday while they have a procedure done.

What assurances are offered for the safety and quality of medical procedures?

You will find that we have international accreditations and recognition. Malaysia has very comprehensive laws regulating health care. Our doctors and nurses must be registered. They are usually trained in the U.K., the U.S.A. and Australia. They all speak English, which is another advantage.

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Think about non-traditional spa vacations.

Milestone celebrations like birthdays or anniversaries are prime opportunities for spa travel. Additional special occasions include multi-generational trips with grandparents and their adult children or mother-daughter getaways and Father Son trips.

  Many guests who are going through a transition in life;  they may have lost a spouse, been recently divorced or have a health issue.
“ We can give them the spiritual, physical and emotional tools they’ll need to get through it with class. We are starting to see second marriages – small groups of friends and families gathering for a celebration”. 


Don’t forget men.

“The percentage of men going to spas has jumped from about a third to almost half in many Spa Resorts in the last couple of years. As a result, more space is being devoted to them and there is more co-ed space and facilities, like Jacuzzis, as well”.

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