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Willow Stream Spas Make Meeting Planning a Breeze


Outside of the meetings and conferences, the spa can be the most rewarding schedule on the agenda. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide spa brand, Willow Stream Spas, offer a few spa tips for planners to ensure ease and creativity for incorporating spas on the agenda.

Standing Out in the Crowd is Easy

Offer attendees’ treatments they can’t get at home and your meeting will be remembered. Use a spa director, who can recommend special and unique treatments on the menu, as a guide. For example, the Honey in the Heart treatment at the Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya is a Mayan-inspired treatment given in the privacy of the treetop Fuego Suite and includes a honey body mask applied to feed and hydrate the skin, then removed with a rainforest rinse under the Vichy shower. The Rose Renewal treatment at Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs will indulge guests with the unique dry-brush exfoliation that stimulates skin and improves circulation, followed by a herbal bath infused with chamomile, finished with a soothing massage and wrap with rose-geranium and rose-flower oil, cultivated in the interior of British Columbia. “Massages tend to be the favored service with groups, but we are finding more and more that meeting planners are requesting unique experiences and locally inspired treatments to be remembered,” says Pam Ouellet, spa director at the Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs. “We’re fortunate that Willow Stream Spas specialize in these services and that we can offer a spa experience that’s authentic.”



All Work and No Play Makes John….Unfocused

While demonstrating ROI and covering all topics in the PowerPoint are important, studies show when colleagues take short breaks and stretch, they do more accurate work and as a result are more productive. Add stretching, fitness and wellness into the program to give attendees renewed brainpower and refocused energy. Include short “energy breaks” as a mid-meeting break for groups with gentle stretching and breathing exercises to help focus the mind and take a break from the all-day sitting. Or offer fun fitness options that groups can do in the mornings before a full day of meetings. Find inspiration from the location, such as outdoor yoga on the beach in Mayakoba or a bike ride along the Stanley Park seawall in Vancouver, which provides fresh air and exercise as well as team bonding. “Utilizing fitness offerings in addition to the spa enhance an attendees experience and brings everything full-circle. When you’re able to work the mind and body, you can’t help but feel rejuvenated and refreshed,” says Roselia Flandes, Spa Director at the Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Mayakoba.

There is always time for Spa

Including a spa element in the program doesn’t have to mean hijacking the agenda. There are a number of services that are compact, time-wise, and spas will often develop a program that fits within the client’s schedule. Working with spa directors to incorporate spa into tight schedules, customization and flexibility are key. Add 10-minute chair massages outside of meeting rooms, short hand and foot massages to relieve tired colleagues, mini facials or even early bird hours for the fitness center and spa facilities. “We’re here to craft the perfect spa offering for each group,” says Brennan Evans, spa director at the Willow Stream at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. “We work with planners to get around time constraints and tight schedules, customizing mini treatments menus and more, ensuring spa makes it onto the agenda.”



ABOUT WILLOW STREAM SPAS

Launched in 2001, Willow Stream is the award-winning signature spa brand of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Located in some of the most beautiful places in the world, each of the Willow Stream Spas draw on the nature, essence and energy of its surroundings – from the desert, the mountains, the sea or the pulse of a cityscape – and all offer Fairmont’s unique brand of luxury and outstanding service. Coupled with authentic spa experiences and a place to escape for both solitude and socializing, Willow Stream Spas simply make you feel fantastic. From the sun washed stone mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona to the vibrant city of Shanghai, Willow Stream Spas inspire living with abundant energy. For more information and all Willow Stream Spa locations, please call (800) 441-1414 or visit www.willowstream.com.

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which will arrive in destinations as diverse as Jaipur, Kyiv and Manila in 2012, is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. For more information or reservations, please call (800) 441-1414 or visit fairmont.com.
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