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Shangri-La Opens Luxury Hotel and Vinotherapy Spa in Canada

Hotel operator Shangri-La recently opened its newest hotel and spa in Toronto, Canada. The Shangri-La Toronto features 201 rooms and 49 suites throughout its 66-story tower. The spa, Miraj Hammam, is an independently operated vinotherapy spa in partnership with Caudalie. It features nine rooms, two couple’s suites and two hammam rooms. Services include a signature Vichy Shower Merlot Friction Scrub. Read More

Luxury Hotel and Spa to Open in Historic Northern Ireland Jail

Once home to “murders and madmen” for three centuries, Northern Ireland’s most notorious jail, Armagh Gaol, is set to become a luxury hotel and spa destination. The design outlines plans to turn the former penitentiary into a 65-bed hotel with a spa, conference facility, bars, restaurants and shops. Read More

Underwater Hotel to Open in Fiji

Plans to open a hotel 40 feet underwater off the shore of a private Fijian island are underway. Poseidon Undersea Resort will feature 25 underwater suites and 58 island villas above water. Read More

China Becomes Sofitel’s Largest Market

Sofitel, the French luxury hotel brand, currently has 18 hotels and 10 sites on the way to open in China by 2015, making the country the brand’s primary market.  Read More

Japanese-Themed Spa Ayualam Opens in Guam

The Hilton Guam Resort and Spa launched Spa Ayualam, a Japanese-themed spa featuring a menu of treatments originating from Japan. The spa features six treatment rooms and an herbal tent for clients to detox.  Read More

Other Industry News

IHG Launches New Wellness-Themed Hotel Brand

Seaweed Soak Spa Opens in Newport, Southern California

Great Eagle Group Acquires The Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel

Banyan Tree Kerala to Launch with an Ayurvedic Centre on the Southwest Coast Next Year

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Spa Industry News Briefs

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Reopens Following $30-Million Makeover
Southern California’s only Relais & Chateaux property, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, has reopened following a $30-million transformation. The San Diego-based, all-suite resort has updated several aspects of the property, including accommodations, a brand-new signature restaurant, 1,000-square-foot yoga pavilion and new spa menu comprising treatments that utilize Amala products. Read more.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, with Resence Spa, to Make 2013 Debut
Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City is scheduled to open in Accra, Ghana, in early 2013. The 269-room hotel will include a 2,000-square-meter spa appointed with 10 treatment rooms, a hammam, salon and fitness center. Wellness activities also encompass an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and yoga studios. Read more.

Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, Opens Its Doors
Situated in Pudong’s Lujiazhui business district in the new 55-story 21st Century Tower, Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, has 187 guest accommodations and an exclusive spa and health club; FLARE Spa has partnered with renowned French brand Guerlain, offering guests a menu of facial and body treatments, including the signature Orchidee Imperiale Facial. The spa also has two VIP suites, a 24-hour fitness studio and indoor lap pool overlooking the city. Read more.

Second Shangri-La Changzhou Property Opens
Shangri La has opened a second resort in the city of Changzhou; housed within the Wujin Hi-Tech Industrial Park, the property welcomes guests with a 4,000-square-meter spa and health club, fitness center, three restaurants and expansive meeting space. Read more.

More Industry News

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur Launches, Includes Essa Spa
Amsterdam’s Floating Spa to Open in 2014
InterContinental Hotel Group to Debut Wellness-Themed Hotel Brand
Massage Envy Launches 12-Room Indiana Location

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