JAN 2016

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YOURWELLNESSSPA 66 DAYSPA | JANUARY 2016 IDEAL ESCAPE Developing tourism clientele has been a no-brainer for Island Spa Catalina, notes Maureen Fletcher Bankson, executive vice president of spa development and opera- tions for American Leisure, the property's management and consulting company. "When the tourist season was in full swing last summer, many of the hotels and vacation rentals on the island were sold out, which was great for us!" she explains. "Booking spa appointments has been a cinch, thanks to our island-inspired treat- ments and beautiful amenities." By the latter, Bankson is referring to the spa's 15,000 square feet of elegantly decorated relaxation areas, treatment rooms and hydrotherapy options. Island Spa is the only spa on Catalina to provide men's and wom- en's locker rooms, which feature turquoise-tiled steam rooms and cedar saunas, plus indoor quiet rooms. An outdoor soaking pool and Jacuzzi are surrounded by inviting lounge chairs, tempting sunbathing spa-goers to enjoy poolside service from the Encanto Café, which serves up a range of Sunrise and Mid-day healthful bites. A modular, pool-adjacent staircase leads to a wooden deck that functions as the spa's relaxation and treatment waiting area. Here, heat lamps hover over cozy wicker couches and armchairs, and guests nestle in to read or gaze out on Avalon's harbor. The facility boasts nine treatment rooms, including the Starlight Suite, where visitors can take in a view of Catalina's shoreline and experience the spa's Catalina Classic Massage (50 min./$125, 80 min./$180) or Island Deep Massage (50 min./$150, 80 min./$200) on a heated quartz sand table (additional $30/50 min. or $55/80 min.), which ergonomically envelops the body to relieve muscle and joint pain. A tower at the front of the complex is home to the El Encanto and Silver Peaks treat- ment suites, ideal for couples or intimate groups seeking Details in the women's locker room include hand-laid turquoise tiling and subtle decor that speaks to Catalina's ocean-centric culture. SNAPSHOT Island Spa's Starlight Suite features a signature, heated quartz sand massage table.

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