Spa Development Is Alive and Well!

Brian Paris

2011 is off to a roaring start! Universal Companies’ Spa Development Division has been working on several new openings in the US and abroad. Our projects have sent my team and I all over the globe to help with brand development, service development, and technical specifications, working with consultants, architects, designers, and engineers to make sure everything gets done right the first time.

Here’s a look at some of the newly launched spas and development projects on the horizon:

The Tides Sugar Beach, St. Lucia

The newly opened Tides Sugar Beach in St. Lucia is one of the most beautiful and unique resorts I have ever seen.  Formerly the Jalousie Plantation, the resort is Viceroy Hotel Group’s first Tides in the Caribbean. Tides Sugar Beach is set on 192 acres of rainforest and white sandy beaches. This world-class spa is housed in three palapas overlooking the Caribbean—literally set on stilts in the middle of the rain forest!

Sense, A Rosewood Spa in the Hotel Georgia, Vancouver

We continue our partnership with Rosewood Hotels and Resorts as they launch their new Sense, A Rosewood Spa in the Hotel Georgia  in Vancouver, Canada. Located on the fourth floor of the hotel,  the full service spa also includes a fitness center and a 54′ indoor saltwater lap pool and an outdoor courtyard. Other Sense Spas are located in the Riviera Maya and San Miguel Allende, Mexico, Antigua, and Virgin Gora, BVI in the Caribbean, New York, and two California locations—Menlo Park and San Martin.

Viceroy Maldives

We are working with veteran spa director Patrick Huey of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts to open Viceroy’s new spa in the unchartered north of the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean. . The resort rests on 17 acres, and the spa is housed in over-water bungalows that feature Reiki, yoga practices, and Viceroy Signature Journeys which include Ayurvedic, regional, and traditional treatments. We have also recently completed Viceroy projects in Anguilla, Snowmass, and we’re working on some new custom equipment concepts for the Viceroy Miami.

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