Christmas Made Easy – And Comes Early!

19 11 2009

We’re not quite in December yet, but I’m sure many of you see the signs and sounds of it on the horizon. That’s why we’ve included “Christmas Made Easy”. Make it 12 days of christmas, spa style. Enjoy!

December is such a hectic month, there are Christmas cards to write, presents to buy, parties to go to and a desperate need to catch up with or make contact with everyone in your address book.

 It’s the time of year when we spend most of our time thinking about other people. We have to schedule in time for writing copious amount of Christmas cards to people we haven’t seen for years, we ponder what we can get friends and family for Christmas and there is an urgent need to schedule dates to get together with friends you haven’t seen for ages and it all has to be done within a few already hectic weeks. Do you ever wonder why there is so much urgency, and why year after year we continue to stress ourselves out over what is essentially a church service and a roast dinner?

 Instead of running around like a headless chicken, wouldn’t the whole festive season be much more relaxing and enjoyable if we spent less time thinking about what we need to do for everyone else and think a little more about nurturing ourselves?

 You can still involve family and friends in your plans, but make your plans more about you – and believe me they will love it too!

 Here are some great tips on how to indulge yourself whilst others think you’re thinking about them:-

Tip 1

 1. Instead of organising your office Christmas party in a local restaurant or night club, book a relaxing spa day in a luxury spa venue. I can guarantee it will provide welcome stress relief to all. How much better would you feel the morning after if you went to bed after a day of relaxation and pampering? A soothing full body massage, a healthy spa lunch and just the right amount of time dipping in and out of the pool. Nothing too strenuous….. and so much better than getting drunk, having a fumble in the stationery cupboard with the boy from accounts and waking up with a very sore head!

Tip 2

 2. My second “top tip” is to avoid the shops altogether! How easy could you make Christmas shopping if it was all done on-line? No more trawling up and down the high street spending ridiculous amounts of money on “stuff” that no one really wants and will never use. Far better to buy your mum, dad, sister, brother, best friend (in fact any one on your Christmas gift list) a spa gift voucher for a luxurious spa day or spa break? In fact why not really spoil yourself and take advantage of some of the great deals on-line on spa days for two and get your loved one to take you along for a spa of pampering too?

Tip 3

 3. My third tip is to stop rushing around trying to cram everything in before Christmas and kick-start your new year, new you regime in a top spa hotel. Luxury Hotels are traditionally a bit quieter in January and February and therefore offer some superb spa deals, which if you knew about them would be very difficult to resist. So why not get together with the group of friends you really wanted to make contact with on the run up to Christmas and book yourselves a special offer spa break at a spa hotel convenient to you all.

 The best advice I can offer for a relaxing Christmas and New Year is to contact a reputable spa agent who will be able to source you the best deals and take care of all your requirements, whether you’re booking a Christmas “Sparty” (spa party) for work, buying spa gift vouchers for friends and family or getting together with friends in the new year – a good spa agent will save you money, time and give you the opportunity to indulgence yourself too. Perfect.



Industry News – Brand Development

1 11 2009


2009 – Spa development with key brands continues to grow even in economical challenges, and they look for key people to help in that growth. Lotus Effects Spa Advisory founder, Liz Galloway joins  with wellbeing group, Fuenso, for the growing Spanish Spa brand, Bodyna Natural Care, in brand awareness and international sales development.

The Bodyna spa portfolio includes 10 properties filled with mystique throughout Spain and the Baleric Islands of the Mediterranean.  Cocconed in structures filled with history, the 5 star intimate settings, give you the close boutique feeling but with much more. Ten very good reasons to visit Spain.

With over 10 years of spa development experience, Galloway brings a creative passion to the complete wellbeing group, and a strong focus on additional avenues of the brand  concept diversification.  New projects include specialty seminars, Bodyna spa product distribution with key partners, advantages in the virtual world, emotional branded partner events, training developments and more.

“I come with my love of movement, health, wellness, and public relations, ready to go full speed ahead.” Says Galloway of living in Barcelona and diversifying the brand.  “If a brand utilizes its flexibility,  adaptability, and trend –watching, it can continue to grow in innovative ways. That’s exciting.”

She brings experience from projects in the U.S., Costa Rica, India, and training worldwide to the group. As a freelance writer for several industry publications, an experienced expo speaker, and creative thinker, she joins a wonderful team of professionals at Bodyna Natural Care.

The Bodyna spa concept looks to customize it’s treatments within locations worldwide. A full replicable layout and support team can manage your hotel or resort property wellness areas. Clients are able to enjoy Bodyna branded spas, and it’s Pure Sleep, Pure Energy concept, while hospitality brands continue to look for key management companies like this one to take on new wellness projects. The brands growth plan includes large wellness investments entering Beirut and Syria, with eyes on other Middle East locations, Europe and the U.S.. Market analysis and collaboration with key partners continues to make this brand one to keep your eyes on.

Liz Galloway comments “Creating influential experiences that uphold healthy lifestyles and a philanthropic brand, while getting our message to the right people, is my focus”

Bodyna Natural Care.  Liz Galloway is an internationally known trainer, and spa and leisure consultant for Lotus Effects Advisory and works in Marketing  for Bodyna luxury spa brand in the Mediterranean. Over 10 years in the industry, and living internationally, she currently lives in Barcelona, continues to work with international clients, and write for several industry publications. Find out more at or contact her direct at 



As Seen on More.Com – Beauty Picks

24 09 2009

40 is the New 20 – Take a Look at Some Great Products for Women.

Murad Face Serum

This first thing that I need in the morning is a pick me up face product. One that works great for women of mid age, and myself as I’m coming into the age of ’40’ is the new ’20’, is a dual face serum and silky make up primer.

Thats why I love Murad’s Perfecting Serum.  Don’t let the “Age Reform” trademark throw you.  Beautiful, confident and strong women don’t need reforming, but the product does what it says in perfecting and priming the skin for your day.

More Magazine  recently listed its 12 top fall picks for your beauty bag. I also use several of these products, so I thought I’d share them with you. New York Beauty Editor, Nikki Ostasiewski, reviewed the products listed and gives you her comments on . I suggest keeping up with this self proclaimed “lipstick wrangler”.  A soul twin, as the one thing I don’t leave the house without is a good, bold lipstick.

As many of you know with over 11 years in the spa, wellness and beauty industry, I receive tons of products for review, do secret shopping checks, help others formulate their own products and follow product trends to use as sponsors of many events.  Murad is a line I’ve come to appreciate, and it works for my skin. Do more shopping with them now., focused on anti-aging and acne.

I’ve known several spas that have used this line in their retail mix, and added some to its professional mix. Including, International Day Spa & Healing Center, and Essential Day Spa, with other famous spas in Las Vegas on board as well.

Howard Murad, the skin science expert, has been involved in the spa industry for some time.  Much of their more recent focus has been an increased use and sales of their line to spas, salons and medical spa centers. With an expansion into its own Murad Inclusive Health Centers, it looks like it will continue to lead in anti aging and cellular repair. They have my vote.

Another tasty product highlighted by the “lipstick wrangler” is Kiehls Body Balm.  I just ordered my own supply of this one, since I couldn’t locate here in the Mediterranean.  A friend is bringing a whole supply of products in my goody bag when we meet up in Paris next month.  (I just love birthdays)

You can purchase their products and review more by creating your own mini home spa.  This is a deliciously scented hydrating balm, perfect for keeping skin supple, and youthful. I find myself needed more and more hydrating, even with all the wonderful access to traditional Mediterranean thalossotherapy.kiehls body balm


Keep following as we will be bringing in more highlights of products, especially as I do a new review of the wellness factors in the Mediterranean for the next Health Tourism Magazine issue. As always if you have more suggestions, a product to review, or are looking for a lab to help you formulate your own scents and ingredients, let us know.

We source many producers in the U.S., Europe and Thailand. In the meantime follow More Magazine, a new favorite of mine for reinventing yourself, inspiration, lifestyle and beauty.

Have a beauty day! Ciao.

Celebrity Spa Lounge Sundance – Getting Involved

14 02 2009

According to the Chinese  lunar calendar, 2009 is the year of the ox. Leading those of us, myself included, who fall under the symbol of the ox, to believe this is the year to acheiving tremendous success with hard work  and creativity.

Though such an auspicious year doesn’t need to be announced for people to be successful, I’m looking forward to being an ox. I’ve started out the year with some great events, including a spa event at Sundance 2009. With so many celebritites, spas and pampering are going to be a part of the Sundance life. There were a few great spa lounges and industry leaders at the venue, such as World Spa Lounge and Green Spa House, that were getways for the elite and their ‘people’. These are private invite only locations, where VIP lists and your favoriate celebrities can go for down time. The flow was great and without the pretentious feel you may get other locations. The mountain city for the festival and the casual attitude were a perfect fit for spa-ing.


 Some of the private houses and lounges have A list celebrities every year, like ours. We offered free gift certificates, treatments, and products to our guests from our sponsors.  

chanchiAdditional products like CHAN CHI, yoga for your face were highlighted at Sundance venues and interviews.  Others included Jamu, Sawan, swag bags from Sephora and luxurious spa treatments.


Other local spas in the area or catering to the elite in some way, included Green Valley Spa, Amatsu, Aura Spa, Vie, and Stein Erickson. All favorites to check out next time you’re visiting Park City.

celebrity2If you weren’t able to be a part of this year, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s involvement. Sponsorships are phenomenol with opportunity for direct presentation to celebrities in spa treatment areas and gifting lounges.


Lux Spa Lounge 2010 will be hosted by Lotus Effects, and right in the hub celebrity31on Main Street with some of the biggest celebrities and gifting lounges. Start planning to put this into your marketing mix now, and calculate the ROI on getting your product, destination or treatment into the hands of celebrities. Photo opp’s, treatment presentation, media firm and PR director will aid you in getting even more exposure for Sundance 2010  and carrying on the post event PR.

Now is the time to get the best return on marketing. No more worry about pitching to Oprah, and spending thousands on the possibility of exposure with radio or TV. You bypass celebrity agents and have PR to use forever. This is marketing at the next level. The Sundance Film Festival, in it’s 25th year, is one of the biggest celebrity attractors each year. Oh yeah and you can see some great films before anyone else, talk with directors and network like crazy. Ready to be an ox in 2009?

I’ve spoken with lots of people who are concerned about the economy in the spa industry. Investors and banks are holding back, and some projects are on hold. With the economy shifting, the pressure is on to increase profit margins, not just sales. That includes money that will bring in the most return for your message, scaling back  in areas that don’t bring a return, and thinking BIG! The differentiator is the creativity, the edge and making (and tracking) the right sale.

If you’d like to contact us about 2010 marketing packages , from $1,500 – $8,500, and your space at LUX SPA LOUNGE 2010 I’d be happy to create the perfect mix for you spa, resort, body/face product or related product launches for the celebrity spa lounge. Send an email to

We will have boutique spas from Spain highlighed along with new product launches, at LUX SPA LOUNGE.

Our message is a world conscious driven lifestyle that brings wellness and spas to everyone.  Check out the above mentioned products and enjoy them along with people like Jessica Alba, Julianne Moore, Anne Heche, and Ashley Judd.

It’s time for conscientious efforts in 2009. Ox and all. Make the effort and you will see the return.  You can still stay true to your message and we can help you do that.