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December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12

Spa Industry News

By Editorial Staff

So, you'd like to open a spa, but don't know where to start? You may want to pick up the new "Opening a Spa: A Guide to Getting Started" disc offered by the Spa Association (SPAA).

The Mac- and IBM-compatible disc covers such topics as: types of loans and obtaining a loan; choosing a location; writing a business plan; assessing the market; choosing a theme; selecting a business model; and getting a timeline in place for startup. For more information, contact the Spa Association at (970) 226-6145. recently announced its Spa Partner Program. Through the program, the Web company serves as an e-commerce partner for spas across the country, offering home care products and other accessories to spa customers online. The Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based company also handles inventory, packaging, shipping and customer service for all retail products.

Hawaiian resorts are getting makeovers, with specific attention paid to its spa facilities. Following a $1.2 million expansion, the Sports Club and Spa at Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu is now 2,000 square-feet larger. The spa now features a state-of-the-art strengthening gym; two private fitness studios; two "wellness offices"; a lap pool; and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Meanwhile, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is undergoing a $7.5 million makeover of its spa, beachside restaurant and guestrooms. Included in the renovation is a new 21,000 square-foot spa that will feature 16 new treatment rooms and suites. Also in the works is a 2,500 square-foot "healing garden" that will incorporate native Hawaiian plants into spa treatments.


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