For the past few days I have been touring spas in the Dominican Republic. The first time I heard a spa representative refer to massage and facial rooms as “cabins,” it didn’t make an impression. But by the time I toured my fifth spa with “cabins,” I found it quite unusual. Nowhere in the world (other than in cruise ship spas) have I heard standard treatment rooms called “cabins.” Later, when I asked several people about the reasons behind the terminology, no one knew! So I’ll have to do some research to see what that is all about…unless someone can just shoot me an email or leave a comment and let us all know!
“The Caribbean, the Largest Spa in the World.”
I’m in the Dominican Republic, attending the second-ever Caribbean Spa and Wellness Association conference. Above is the new slogan the Association selected, which I think is terrific! Given the bright blue water that surrounds every island and the natural relaxation that results from just being in the Caribbean, the slogan seems fitting. I spoke yesterday on the state of the spa industry in the Caribbean and have been in sessions all day today. A few days ago, I did a tour of spas here. I have learned some surprising things, which I will share later. Right now, I’m just taking a break during sessions.
ABC’s Nightline is doing a segment on Baby Spas. It will air either tonight or Friday night.
I went to ABC Studios yesterday afternoon to be interviewed for the segment. I was asked about why we think this has become a trend, the range of services typically offered to babies and/or babies and mommies, how Spa Finder responded to the trend (we added a category called Mommy and Baby on the website), and how many spas of this type are in the U.S. More than likely, Nightline will only use a snippet of my answers, but I do hope that the information I gave them will help them turn out an interesting segment. I believe they filmed at the new Skin Spa Baby in Encino, California, and I know they also spoke with the owners of Maternal Fitness Spa Bebe in New York. If they got footage of babies, I’m sure it will be terrific!
I won’t be up at 11:30 p.m. tonight (New York time) to watch, but I’ll be setting my Tivo. Here’s hoping that the segment is positive. (And that my hair is not a total mess.)