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Spa Designers & Wellness Pioneers, Cary Collier and Doug Chambers, Create “Sensory Sanctuaries,” with Upcoming Resort Openings around the World and Innovative Wellness Creations in Development for Consumers & Business
Thanks to the spa and wellness publications around the world who recognize trends in Global Spa Evolution.
The hot new thing? Infrared saunas. Three L.A. places to try out the trend
With ever more studies pointing to the benefits of sweating — from increased longevity and athletic endurance to decreased pain and anxiety — Sauna 2.0 led this year’s trend report from the Global Wellness Summit.
One of the breakout sessions for the 500 or so doctors, spa directors, hospitality executives and other industry pros in attendance was “Sauna Aufguss: Hot Doesn’t Get Any Cooler Than This.”
Auf-what? Unpronounceable though it may look, it actually emerged as one of the summit’s big buzzwords. Translated literally from the German, Aufguss means infusion. But the looser translation — party in a sauna, basically — is what’s resonating across Europe, where so-called sauna-meisters are using ever more elaborate rituals (song! dance!) to infuse hot air with aromatherapy … and fun.
Not that the party sauna will remain the sole province of Europeans for long. You can already find North American Aufguss sessions — and DJ-manned sauna soirees — at Nordik, a massive spa in Quebec. Closer to home, the designers at Seal Beach’s Blu Spas Inc. have developed a similar concept they’ll start unveiling across the U.S. later this year:
“Using lessons we’ve learned around the world, whether from the Turkish hammam, the Mexican temazcal or the Russian banya, we’ve updated our favorite elements and put everything into a fun, social context — think sauna as indoor-outdoor playground,” says co-founder Doug Chambers.
Read the full article at the LA Times online
BY JANE KITCHEN | 21 APR 2017
Global spa consultancy Blu Spas has worked in conjunction with designers Yabu Pushelberg and KEO International to create the 923sq m (9,935sq ft) spa at the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, set to open in mid-2017.
The two-level spa will have seven treatment rooms and two luxury spa suites, as well as a hammam, fitness centres for men and women, yoga studio, a beauty salon and barbershop, and indoor and outdoor pools with a poolside waterfall, lush greenery and outdoor cabanas.
“This will be another spectacular and ultra-chic spa designed by Yabu Pushelberg,” said Cary Collier, principal at Blu Spas. “The journey through the spa is full of wondrous surprises, curves and a sophisticated blend of organic finishes and furnishings.”
Collier describes the spa as a “sensory sanctuary” that is “spacious yet cozy, with orchestrated spaces for both social gathering and solitude.”
Roman-inspired spa at Four Seasons Tunis to include ‘stunning hammam’
BY JANE KITCHEN – Spa Opportunities
Blu Spas has collaborated with HKS/Hill Glazier Studio and Brayton Hughes for the spa design at the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel Tunis, due to open in late 2017.
Blu Spas first started work on the Roman-inspired spa almost ten years ago; it will include 15 treatment rooms – including four all-day suites – a spa salon, fitness and studio with a traditional garden and water courtyards, and what Blu Spas principal Cary Collier calls a “stunning hammam.”
“The project is located on a sandy site that steps down to the Mediterranean Sea and north of the ancient ruins of Carthage,” said Collier. “The spa design, embracing the hotel design vision, is rich in Tunisian culture.”
The hotel is owned by investment group the Mabrouk Group, and is the first Four Seasons in Tunisia and the seventh in North Africa; Four Seasons also manages two properties in Morocco and four in Egypt.
The first time Cary Collier met Doug Chambers was in 1997 at a spa conference in Banff, and Collier was wearing a sarong and a pair of cowboy boots. A native Texan and a spa junkie, he had recently returned from Bali, where he and his wife had worked on various wellness projects for the last six years. “I was celebrating my Texas culture and my Bali culture,” says Collier. Awkward attire aside, the two men found in each other a mutual appreciation for all things wellness, and soon, a business partnership was formed, with the pair establishing Blu Spas Inc., a spa design and development company that has been behind some of the top wellness centers at luxury resorts and hotels around the world.
To be sure, Collier and Chambers make for an unusual duo in the predominantly woman-focused wellness industry. As such, they bring a new perspective to spa and treatment-menu design.
“It’s clear most spas do not provide the kind of haven that a lot of men would like to have,” says Collier. “We’re trying to break that mold by creating spa experiences that speak to everyone.”
Texas Hill Country takes center stage at Loma de Vida Spa & Wellnessat La Cantera Resort & Spa (San Antonio), which opened this past fall as part of a $50 million renovation of the resort. With a name that means “hill of life,” influences from the beauty of the region can be found throughout the 25,000-square-foot, 15-treatment-room spa’s philosophy, menu, and design. “The building was created with a sense of bringing the outdoors in,” says Maggy Dunphy, executive director of spa & wellness for Destination Hotels. “You’ll see floor-to-ceiling windows, atriums, courtyards, and outdoor treatment areas, and all of the treatment spaces have the option to open windows and allow the fresh air in.”
Buffalos, history and a national park: Blu Spas working on ‘first of its kind’ Yellowstone hot springs project
SpaBusiness.com – by Jane Kitchen / 12 October 2016
International spa and wellness consultancy Blu Spas is working on a project to develop a resort in Paradise Valley in Montana, close to Yellowstone National Park.
The site is being developed at the Yellowstone Hot Springs, near the national park’s northern access, and is in the same location where the LaDuke Hot Springs and Corwin Hot Springs were popular resort and bathing destinations more than a century ago.
International hot springs and water experts are already working on the project, and Cary Collier, principal at Blu Spas, said an analysis of the waters shows they are comparable to the waters in the iconic spa town of Baden Baden, Germany.
“The Yellowstone hot springs water has gone through extensive testing and analysis over the years and has, in fact, been compared to the waters at Baden-Baden in Germany,” said Collier.
However, he continued:
“What Baden-Baden does not have is buffalo. We are having to plan for fencing and cattle grids to keep the buffalo out of our hot springs. Evidently, buffalo love soaking in hot springs. You gotta love Montana.”
Read the Full Article at SpaBusiness.com
Robb Report – Health & Wellness – October, 2016
Rebekah Bell – Robb Report
It’s 8:30 am on a Saturday morning, and the casino portion of the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev., is already buzzing with activity. While others fritter away their cash in hopes of hitting the jackpot, I pass my time at the Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being, a 25,000-square-foot oasis with a wealth of amenities designed to make guests feel like high rollers. The spa, unveiled in June after a multimillion-dollar renovation, is an essential element of the five-star Red Rock resort, which first opened in 2006. Well & Being—a luxury spa service founded by Arizona-based Trilogy Spa Holdings—is now managing the property, granting visitors specialized services, activities, knowledgeable trainers, and classes all meant to help them understand and master personal wellness.
The facility’s 23 treatment rooms (including the VIP suite with a large bathtub and couple tables) have been completely updated with new furnishings; the locker rooms, vanities, steam rooms, saunas, and men’s and women’s lounges have also been refreshed. Now decorated in subtle shades of earth and cream, the restorative retreat mirrors the windswept rocks of Red Rock Canyon national park, which is just a stone’s throw away. Outside, a trio of cabanas overlook a swimming pool ringed by palm trees, and a yoga garden and outdoor shower offer surefire ways to relax.
Read the Full Article at Robb Report
PULSE -The magazine for the Spa Professional – Nov, 2016
Read the full article at Pulse
American Spa – September, 2016
Julie Keller Callaghan, American Spa Magazine
In an ever-changing spa marketplace, The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being at Red Rock Resort (Las Vegas) is proving to be solid as a rock, thanks to an exciting new partnership with Trilogy Spa Holdings. Ten years after its debut, the 25,000-square-foot, 23-treatment-room spa underwent a renovation and unveiled a new look, spa menu, and wellness-focused programming as the third outpost of Trilogy’s Well & Being portfolio (the other two being at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (AZ) and the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas). Those who have had the opportunity to sample the new retreat have discovered that it truly rocks by offering a complete wellness experience that includes “a more fully comprehensive spa program that incorporates not just luxury treatments, but fitness, nutrition, and holistic wellness, as well,” says spa director Stephanie Doud. “While the hotel has always been an entertainment destination, with the introduction of Well & Being, we are leading the charge as one of the top wellness getaways in the Las Vegas area.” – Read the full article at American Spa
Blu Spas principal Cary Collier worked in collaboration with DesignStudioLTD from concept thru opening and was instrumental in introducing Trilogy Spa Holdings to Station Casinos.
HOT off the press is the Spa Business Handbook a global resource for spa professionals. Blu Spas Inc. is featured on pages 64 and 134/135.
Spa Business Magazine
21 April 2016 – by Jane Kitchen
Outdoor garden cabanas, Saline Grotto pool and cowboy bathtubs star at 25,000sq ft Texas Hill Country spa sanctuary.
Blu Spas acted as the spa and fitness design and planning consultants for La Cantera’s spa renovation, working with Dunphy on the project.
“Maggy wrote the original story and programme for Loma De Vida Spa,” said Cary Collier, principal at Blu Spas. “The concept was beautiful and we developed it to perfection over the last two years. We were fortunate to have the input of the managing director, John Spomer, who continues to provide valuable input to the project. This is one of those remarkable projects that comes around where you just know all the magic is working. We had a rock star team of consultants and the collaboration with this team, Maggy and John was inspiring and fun.” – Read the full article here: Spa Business
Spa Business Magazine
21 April 2016 – by Jane Kitchen
Created by Blu Spas, the seven-treatment-room spa will have an emphasis on the “wild and free” elements of coastal Maine, channeling the transformative interplay of water, stone, sky and sand.
The spa will feature a circuit of saunas, steam and aroma showers; a signature water suite consists of side-by-side soaking tubs, lounge seating with sound therapy, a fireplace and private connection with a couple’s suite, which features two treatment tables, a beverage console, lounge nook with fireplace and a drench experience shower for two.
The spa will also include a Sun Lounge – a pre- and post-treatment lounge where guests can interact, reflect and unwind. The lounge features diverse seating zones and is expansive enough to offer guests a connection between indoors and outdoors with natural light, terrace seating and fire elements.
The resort will also feature Spa Go, a service that brings the spa to the guests for services such as body work, foot massage and head/neck/shoulders at the pool loungers.
A fitness club and studio will include the latest in cardio technology, strength machines and workout accessories, with a stretch area studio for yoga and private training.
The hotel’s renovation includes work by Atlanta, US-based Cooper Carry Architects, with interior design from Vermont, US-based TruexCullins. Cliff House is managed by Destination Hotels – See more at: http://www.cliffhousemaine.com
Organic Spa Magazine – Feb. 9, 2016
Recently revamped, The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver is a downtown gem ideal for a staycation or mountain getaway. Outfitted by Bilkey Llinas Design and Blu Spa Consultants, the spa’s menu offerings include an 80-minute Balancing Gemstone body treatment with crystal energy wands and herb-infused oils to promote balance, and the 5,280 Relaxation (a nod to the city’s exact elevation) with a massage using gemstone Azurite oil. Post treatment, rinse off in a multi-jet shower, or wander out to the rooftop pool deck overlooking downtown Denver. fourseasons.com/denver/spa —
The Wall Street Journal – Feb. 22, 2016
Blu Spas was honored to work with a very talented and creative crew on the Royal Palms Resort & Spa Phoenix. Cary Collier, Blu Spas: Spa Designer/Consultant
Set at the foot of Camelback Mountain, Royal Palms was built in 1929 as a summer getaway for New Yorker Delos Ward Cooke, an executive with Cunard Steamship. Guests have been coming to the palm-shaded, Spanish Revival resort since 1948, when the estate was converted into an inn.
Its Alvadora spa offers the exclusive Developed Expression of Human Potential, or DEHP, treatment, which a spa spokeswoman said is designed to “activate the body to recall, process and gain insight from past experiences.” (Read the full article here…)
“Living Walls provide a healthy connection between nature, the guest, and the space,” says Cary Collier, principal at Blu Spas Inc., an international spa design, consulting and management company that has been involved with over 300 spas around the globe. And perhaps they inspire guests a touch of whimsy.
“Smiles are abundant when talking about them,” he adds – which might be the best benefit of all.
Special thanks to our friends at Sun-Baths, a solar-powered community bath project in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Spa designers and consultants comment on up-and-coming spa design trends for 2016 and beyond.
Cary Collier, Blu Spas Principal, spoke at the Las Vegas 2015 ISPA Conference and Expo about spa design and wellness trends.
Pictured are: Deborah Evans, Cary Collier, Lisa Starr
The Spa at Red Rock – Las Vegas was featured in Summer 2014 edition. Renovations have been completed for this Conde Nast Top 100 Resort Spa.
Spotlight Spas & Wellness feature Salamander Resort and Spa. Owner, Sheila Johnson, asked Blu Spas, Inc. to create a spa that would capture the genteel elegance of Southern hospitality in an environment infused with romance, warmth and grace.
Blu Spas Inc., was most fortunate to work with remarkable owners, hotel and design teams for these three modern spas at classic inns:
The Mayflower Grace – Connecticut
The Salamander Resort & Spa – Virginia
Twin Farms – Vermont
Saltwater swimming pools are popular options for resorts and spas throughout the world. Cary Collier, principal of Blu Spas Inc., an international spa design, consulting and management firm says saltwater is a much healthier choice and a better option for the outdoor spa features.