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November 2018
Welcome to November's edition of Spa Voice, the UK Spa Association's monthly newsletter highlighting everything Spa you need to know about . . .

Weeks away from the festive season, emotions are high and energy can be low; we are overextended with extra responsibilities and busy work schedules. It’s time to reflect, manage our time, and plan for the busy season ahead. This month Spa Voice will discuss various ways of combating stress and taking time out for yourself.

Enjoy creating exceptional experiences for the festive period.

Julia Leone
Spa Voice Editor

The future of Health & Wellbeing is in our hands
by Christine-Alice Hartigan

Welcome to the busiest and most demanding time of our lives where every day brings additional new challenges, stresses and strains!

We are now connected to the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The internet, smartphone technology, and social media have created an ability to compete and respond instantaneously, but the downside to this is that it means we are all ‘always on’.

There is so much information out there – more than at any other time in human history – and all of it is easily accessed by the touch of a phone screen wherever we happen to be. Each day our minds are bombarded with thousands of images and an immeasurable amount of information is being absorbed by our brains. 

How can we not question the effects on our mental health and wellbeing? 


Wellness Retreats are trending, what could you learn from them?
by Kirsty Mahwinney
A wellness retreat is a special kind of getaway - not quite a vacation, not quite an adventure, and yet likely the most rewarding getaway you’ll ever give yourself. Because that’s exactly what a wellness retreat is - a gift to yourself, a chance to up the ante on your mental and spiritual well-being.

Going on a wellness retreat takes you out of your everyday life in a way just about nothing else can. You can choose your degree of removal, but often the best way to get the most out of the experience is to . . .

Creating Christmas Gift Ideas

by Clare Cockell
Ok, so we’re at the November newsletter now, it’s finally safe to start talking about Christmas. It’s time to make sure we are prepared with our offering for Christmas treats and gifts. Have you started thinking about what you can offer?

One of the biggest things for us to put our focus on is gift vouchers. Gift vouchers make such a lovely gift, as we all love a little indulgent treat and some relaxation time. Monetary amounts are obviously handy to offer and gift another, as the recipient can completely . . 

Superb Media Coverage for National Spa Week 2018
by Naomi Chatterley

We are delighted to report that National Spa Week 2018 generated some outstanding media coverage this year. 202 spas took part with as the official bookings partner,  and offered some really quality packages that not only encouraged new people into spa through 'friend goes free' or 'money off' offers, but ensured that the messaging about the benefits of spa were the right ones - so that the official partner spas saw real value and were not just driving volume in at the expense of their profitability or brand reputation. 

Some of the national titles that promoted the week included The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Mirror, The Star, Best Magazine and The Independent to name but a few! In total all coverage (National, Regional and Local - print and on-line) had a reach of 453 million and a Return On Investment of X 7. We also generated a minimum reach of circa 18 million via Twitter and Facebook.

We'd like to once again thank our partner for all their hard work and effort in making the week happen so successfully and also our partner Lumity for their invaluable support.

Spa Life International UK Convention 2018
13th & 14th November

SPA LIFE International (UK), in association with European Spa magazine, is the UK's biggest and best Event of its type.
Spa Life International (UK) 2018 will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, (National Exhibition Centre) B40 1PP, on 13th & 14th November.
Much more than just a Conference, SPA LIFE provides spa professionals with an unparalleled combination of exposure to new product innovations; shared industry insights; extensive networking opportunities; and quality management education ... plus greater convenience and outstanding value for money in just two days.

Itinerary: Spa Life UK 2018

Tuesday 13th November
  • Spa Life Forum (speed-dating)
  • The Supplier Showcase & EXPO
  • Drinks Reception

Wednesday 14th November
  • Keynote Address
  • Spa Life Conference
  • The Supplier Showcase & EXPO
As a member of the UK Spa Association we would like to share a fantastic opportunity to attend Spa Life with you. We have two promotional codes, each providing a discount of £20 pp per ticket.
To enjoy these benefits simply register on-line via the Spa Life UK web site:

At the appropriate point, simply insert the relevant promo code below:
  • Conference Tickets: UKSA-CONF
  • Premium Tickets (Dinner & Conference): UKSA-PREM
You can also register your interest in any of these activities by contacting
+44 (0) 1268 745892 or email

A Note From The Chair . . .

National spa week was a huge success again this year with over 1000 Spas taking part and and enormous levels of support through and Lumity as sponsors.   As a free to engage event, we saw over 50% with new venues this year and we found that the engagement with the UK Spa Association I was higher than ever, with members creating new bespoke packages to seize on the PR.
Next year we have new plans, keep your eyes peeled and keep 16-22nd September in your marketing planners!  21st and 22nd September is also World Wellness Weekend!

Charlie Thompson
UKSA Chair

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