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Mr. Collier

Cary Collier

Principal, Blu Spas, Inc.

Cary Collier, a native Texan with degrees in Marketing and Finance, has held positions as Managing Director, Director of Projects, or Spa Designer and Planner for spa projects around the world since 1984. He is concurrently principal of Blu Spas Inc. and principal of Collier & Collier Spas. While living in Hong Kong and Bali, Mr. Collier and his wife Kim founded Collier & Collier Spas in 1990 and are credited with pioneering the spa industry in Asia. As Blu Spas' principal designer, Mr. Collier has worked on over 250 spa projects in 25 countries planning, designing and managing spas for owners and developers of hospitality, residential, mixed-use, and retail projects, primarily start-ups or renovations for upscale hotels and resorts, ranging in size from 25 rooms to 3000 rooms. Mr. Collier was one of the founders of the ISPA (International Spa Association) Asia Pacific and served as Vice President on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for Asian Spa Summits. He has been a speaker and panelist for Cornell University's spa conferences, Global Spa Summit, General Manager and Spa Director Conferences for Four Seasons and Marriott, and for ISPA conferences in the USA and Asia. Mr. Collier also served on Sanijet Corporation's Spa Industry Advisory Board. In design collaboration with Sanijet, the ‘Cary Collier Collection' of luxury whirlpool spa baths was launched in 2006. In 2007, this collection was expanded to include spa loungers and treatment tables from Living Earth Crafts for spas, hotels and resorts. Mr. Collier contributed as an advisor for the publications Tropical Spas of Asia (1999) and 100 Best Spas in the World (2001) and has been featured in, or authored, contributed to numerous articles for spa, lifestyle, hospitality, design and travel magazine publications.

Mr. Collier can be contacted at 562-312-9722 or cary@bluspasinc.com

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.