Spa & Recreation

Behind the Scenes July 15, 2012 

Operational insight to help keep owners and operators' properties running at full speed....

Understanding the Pool Lift Issue 

Despite the Department of Justiceís May 24 clarification and the looming Jan. 31 deadline for the installation of fixed pool lifts to existing pools, the hotel industry remains largely quiet on the issue. Two of the largest lift manufacturers say orders came to a halt early this year, and theyíre only now starting to pick up again. And most hotel owners, management companies and franchisors declined comment on this suddenly hot-button issue, ...

Hotel Spas Look For Improved Performance in 2012 

Itís been a tough five years for hotel spas, but 2012 should a better year, particularly for those hotel operators who approach their spas as businesses, rather than just property amenities. According to a new study from PKF Consulting, hotel spas had sharper declines in revenues and profits in 2008 and 2009 than did hotels overall. And while improvements in the hotel industry started in early 2010, the spa business didnít begin to get healthy until a year later....

The Splendor of Kohlerís American Club 

While its name is synonymous with the quality bathroom fixtures it manufactures, Wisconsin-based Kohler Co. also maintains a significant presence in the lodging industry, anchored by The American Club, its luxury hotel in Kohlerís hometown....

Design Awards: High Honors 

From the towering 54-story L.A. Live project all the way down to the eight-story Padre Hotel in Bakersfield, CA, this yearís Design Award winners all stand out. Lodging Hospitality editors chose five projects to honor that displayed innovative, effective and creative architecture and design....

Expanded Gay Resort To Open in Fort Lauderdale 

The results of a $4-million investment by Fort Lauderdaleís Royal Palms Hotel and Resort will be unveiled this month when the 20-year old, gay-oriented property debuts a 64-room annexation, an addition that will make it the largest hotel in North America targeted specifically to the gay male market. ...

Travaasa Willing to Spend Time, Money on New Brand 

Joy Berry and Chris Manning vow to deliver unique experiences through Travaasa Destinations, their new brand. The Denver-based co-foundersósheís president, heís principalólook to acquire and then turn underperforming resorts into moneymakers in a patient, painstaking process....

Design Elements Jan. 15, 2011 

A roundup of design news...

InterContinental Suites Gets Healthy Makeover 

Leaving a hospital in good spirits isnít always possible. Thatís why the InterContinental Suites Hotel in Cleveland is undergoing a massive renovation to become a center of wellness and tranquility. ...

Boutique Business Comes of Age 

Chip Conley joked the opening of the Waikiki Edition in early October was the lovechild of Bill Marriott and Ian Schrager, but the strange marriage between the two lodging icons who couldnít be any more opposite signals how far the boutique and lifestyle segment has come. ...

Redeveloped Seaside Resort Exceeds Expectations 

One season down, decades to go. The five-month-old reborn Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI just completed its first summer in business, and the five-star-quality boutique seaside resort has lived up to the hype. Business has been brisk, say the owners, and guest reviews on TripAdvisor and other social media sites show that itís also been a hit with consumers. ...
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