Spa Trends in 2016 – JMPankey Thoughts

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Baños de Panticosa, Huesca (Spain), 21:24 GMT+2.

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I don’t know how I do it, but whenever I want to go to visit the Bath of Panticosa I arrive at dusk and I cannot see it at light of the day. Luckily the cameras allow to do the day where is the night… whenever you have a strongpoint.

No sé cómo lo hago, pero siempre que quiero ir a visitar el Balneario de Panticosa llego al anochecer y no puedo verlo a la luz del día. Suerte que las cámaras de fotos permiten hacer el día donde está la noche… siempre que tengas un punto de apoyo.

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Panticosa is a charming village on the river Caldarés, at a height of 1200 metres. With traditional stone large ancestral homes, steep narrow streets and evocative corners. The village is known as summer hideaway for relaxation and healthy living.

Surrounded by majestically beautiful mountains, sprinkled with mountain lakes and lofty heights of over 3000 metres. It is the ideal place to enjoy all types of outdoor sports and allows the visitor to discover some truly unique locations.

The foundations of the church are Romanesque from the 13th century, it has a Gothic-Aragonese altarpiece (oil on panel) from 1480 and a reredos depicting saints in polychrome alabaster.

There is also a ski-resort, whose pistes are accessible from a large open area next to the river, where the cable car leaves from. In the summer it is also possible to undertake some amazing excursions using the same cable car which can take us to mountain lakes Asnos, Sabocos and the natural vantage point at Cuartale heights. Within, what is known as the municipal area of Panticosa, one can find the well known Panticosa Spa at a height of 1636 metres and El Pueyo de Jaca, a village on the banks of the Búbal reservoir, where the rivers Gállego and Caldarés meet.

The Panticosa Spa is a privileged and unique enclave, nestling at a height of 1630 metres in the interior of a depression of glacial origin. The sides are formed from granite with peaks of over 3000 metres, such as Argualas 3046 metres, Garmo Negro 3051 metres and Infierno 3082 metres. From the peaks rain water collects initially in mountain lakes such as (Azules, Perico or Bachimaña) and later flows down to lake Iso Baños located within the Spa.

The discovery of Roman coins from the reign of emperors Augustus and Tiberius in the vicinity of the Tiberius spring, demonstrates the presence of a Roman settlement and their use of thermal water in the area.

In 1286 King Pedro of Aragon gave the royal charter to the place known as ‘Quiñon de Panticosa’ (District of Panticosa), on Mount Plan de Ibón, where later the Spa was to be built. The written history of the Spa begins at the beginning of the 17th century and coincides with the rise of the traditional spa and the upsurge in interest in thermalism amongst the European elites. In 1694 the first building of the area was built.

It is in the 19th century when the spa acquires its present layout. A garden is designed and trees are planted in the grounds. Its distinctive buildings and springs are built. In the first half of the 20th century the spa becomes a very popular thermal resort for a large part of the Spanish bourgeoisie. Many illustrious guests at the resort have included Alfonso XIII, Niceto Alcalá Zamora, Ortega y Gasset, Ramón y Cajal, Primo de Rivera, Perico Chicote, Zarrra, Iriondo, Paniza…

In 1966 the Spa was designated a place of National Tourist Interest.

More info: www.comarcaaltogallego.es/fichapueblo.asp?idPueblo=23&amp…

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Panticosa (Pandicosa en aragonés) es una localidad de la provincia de Huesca, situada en la comarca del Alto Gállego en España. Panticosa es un pueblo de montaña de unos 600 habitantes (632 en 2006) en el que se encuentra la estación de esquí alpino Panticosa los Lagos, actualmente del grupo Aramón. Está situado en el valle de Tena a pocos kilómetros de Formigal y de Sallent de Gállego. Su economía, antaño basada en la ganadería, hoy en día está basada en el turismo ya que dispone de numerosos hoteles y restaurantes que se llenan al completo en invierno y en verano.

Se cita por primera vez en el siglo XIII, constaba de 4 vicos, el de Santa María, San Salvador, Sus y Exena ya desaparecido. Entre 1900 y 1950, llegó a contar con casi 900 habitantes, los edificios del pueblo datan en su mayoría del siglo XIX (epoca de máximo esplendor del Balneario), se pueden destacar la Iglesia Parroquial de la Asunción del siglo XVI de estilo gótico tardío y el puente de Caldarés construido en 1556 por Beltrán de Betbedé.

Panticosa puede jactarse de guardar una de las variedades de la lengua aragonesa (fabla) más conservadas, el pandicuto. Junto al patués, al ansotano, al cheso, al chistabín, esta lengua es una de las que mayor peso ha tenido para conformar el aragonés como lengua unificada debido a ser unión del aragonés oriental con el occidental. A su vez es el que mejor se ha conservado en el valle de Tena, (uno de los valles más masificados).

El balneario de Panticosa es un enclave privilegiado y único. Situado a 1.630 metros de altitud en el interior de la cubeta glacial del río Caldarés, cuyas paredes graníticas están formadas por picos de más de 3.000 metros de altura como Argualas-3.046-Garmo Negro-3.051-Infierno -3.082- y desde cuyas alturas comienzan a discurrir las aguas, recogidas inicialmente en ibones (Azules,Perico o Bachimaña) y que posteriormente bajarán hasta el Ibón de lso Baños situado en el mismo Balneario.

El hallazgo de unas monedas romanas de Augusto y Tiberio en las inmediaciones del manantial de Tiberio evidencia la presencia romana en este enclave y el uso consciente de las aguas termales desde esa época.

En 1286 el rey Pedro de Aragón hace la concesión real al llamado Quiñón de Panticosa, del monte Plan de Ibón donde se ubicaría posteriormente el Balneario de Panticosa.
La historia escrita del Balneario comienza en los primeros años del siglo XVII y coincide con la recuperación de la tradición balnearia y el auge del termalismo entre las élites europeas. En 1694 se construye el primer edificio en este paraje.

Es en el siglo XIX cuando el Balneario se configura como el lugar que hasta hoy hemos conocido. Se ajardina y foresta el recinto, se construyen sus emblemáticos edificios y sus fuentes.

En la primera mitad del siglo XX, el Balneario es el centro termal por excelencia para amplios sectores de la burguesía española. En el complejo se alojaron personales ilustres como Alfonso XIII, Niceto Alcalá Zamora,Ortega y Gasset,Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Primo de Rivera, Perico Chicote, Zarrra, Iriondo,Paniza…

En 1966 fue declarado de Interés Turístico Nacional.

Más info: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panticosa, www.comarcaaltogallego.es/fichapueblo.asp?idPueblo=23&amp…

2016 is off to an incredible start with the latest Spa finder Industry Trends. There is such a wide range of trends that are making headway this year, which is always exciting to see. The industry is progressively moving forward from enhancing sexual health, wellness, uberizing spas to fitness surfing. However for the small to mid size spa, these trends are sometimes hard to incorporate into your spa and market. There are often multiple limitations, however it is important to reflect on each trend and see if they are something that you as a business owner can build into your 2016 Spa Business Goals.

Consumers are savvy and are looking not only to enhance their beauty but wellness also. Time is limited and spa customers want to get the most out of their time and money. No matter what you decide to integrate into your current offerings, know that customization and creating exceptional client experiences will never go out of style. Clients want to make a personal connection to their therapists and feel that their time is well spent.

After reviewing the Spa Finder Industry report there are a few trends that stood out that could be adapted to the small to medium spa. They are Workplace Wellness, Uberizing Spa & Wellness and Wellness for Kids.

Workplace Wellness: There is no mystery here that healthy and stress free employees are productive employees, study after study has shown this to be the case. As employers are recognizing the importance of supporting the wellness of their employees, it opens the door for spas to jump and and be part of the program. How can your spa nurture local businesses? If you have not thought about it, now is the time. Think about creating a corporate wellness program that you can offer to local companies. Reach out and educate them on your services and benefits to their employees. You may even consider going on site and offering services at their place of business or schedule specific corporate days or times.

Uberizing Spa & Wellness: Who doesn’t love the convenience of an app? We sure do, its quick and immediate and convenient. The leaders in this market are massage, nails and beauty, newly created apps that allow technicians to be at your door in under an hour. However, spas still have the upper hand in offering a full service facility with all the bells and whistles that you don’t have at work or your home. How can a small spa compete with this growing trend? By offering specialized hours of operation to service your busiest of client. Take a look at your current utilization levels, what are your most and least buy times. Survey your clients and ask them what they would want. Use on line booking for convince and text messaging to service your clients.

Wellness for Kids: Families are busier than ever, and kids are feeling the stress like their parents. Pressures from school, television, poor diet are creating tension and stress in young children. Parents are looking for natural, healthy and non invasive ways to restore balance and calm. Resorts and fitness facilities are responding with family-centered activities that focus on experiences and relaxation. Now you may not have a fitness studio or a large spa, but your business can respond by offering a family spa day package or mini restorative treatments for kids, that will introduce them to the benefits of spa wellness. You could host a family spa day with mini treatments that get booked, finished with a healthy lunch catered by a local business. The trend towards kids wellness is going to continue and creating opportunities within your business to cater to that market will keep your spa ahead of the pack.

No matter where 2016 takes your spa business, know that keeping it personalized is the key. Take inventory of your spa clients, uncover their needs and desires and your spa will surely have a successful year.

Julie is a dedicated leader in the spa industry and constantly strives to take her team and spas to the next level. Julie is a well-rounded director; she is an expert at operations, marketing and team building. It has been a pleasure to work with her over the years. For more details click here http://www.jmpankey.com/

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