Hot Springs dives into spa business |

Hot Springs dives into spa business

Pete Fowler
Inside Business
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” Go to the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool in the fall of 2008, and you’ll find a new 20,000- square-foot spa.

That’s the plan for the popular Glenwood Springshot spot.

Plans include eight massage treat­ment rooms and one wet treatment room. It’s designed as a full-service natural spa with a focus on healing.

“We haven’t fully outlined spe­cific treatments,” general manager Kjell Mitchell said.”But in gener­al, treatments will focus on natu­ral healing elements as opposed to a pampering spa.”

He said a consultant who has designed spas around the globe outlined the spa’s focus, but some details may be refined once the spa hires a director. There will be eight massage treatment rooms and one specialized hydrotherapy treatment room.

Tub treatments, manicures and pedicures also will be available.

Treatments would be similar to normal spa environments, including such services as Swedish massage and facials.

Mitchell said the spa industry is growing, and surveys of at least 500 to 1,000 pool, club or lodge visitors indi­cated interest in a new spa.

“We’re looking to expand a niche for growth potential for the company as well as filling a need for what people are saying they want,” Mitchell said.

The Hot Springs Lodge and Pool has worked toward a business plan to include a spa for more than five years.

Mitchell said that during renovation in the mid-1990s, the company uncov­ered some of the old, sunken Roman tubs that were originally in the historic stone bathhouse building. The history of the property and the hot springs pool will make an excellent fit with a spa, he added.

“The healing aspects, and just the fit with the water and our history ” those things are synergenic with the spa and this property,” he said.

Patsy Steele, owner of the neighbor­ing Yampah Spa and Hot Springs Vapor Caves, didn’t voice concern about competition when asked about the plans.

“Glenwood Springs is a spa destina­tion. What more can I say?” she said.

Mitchell said the Yampah Spa and Hot Springs Vapor Caves has a focus.

“I just think we’re offering a setting and environment next to the hot springs,” he said.

Construction is slated to begin sometime in October. The athletic club at the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool will lose one of four racquetball courts to make room for the spa. The snack bar also will be moved. The pool area won’t be infringed upon and should remain open throughout construction, Mitchell said.

There will be a new administrative office built between the current athlet­ic club and old stone building. The cur­rent business office will be temporarily relocated in an office in the main pool lobby during construction. Many of the management offices will relocate to the upper floors of the bathhouse building.

A canopy that extends from the front entrance will be enclosed. Visitors will enter a vestibule and will then be able to turn to the west to go into the spa and to the east to enter the rest of the facility. The separation of the spa provides a quieter, more relaxing envi­ronment which will be enhanced by glass that is more sound restrictive, Mitchell said. A covered porch over the old stone building and a covered area where patio dining near the west end of the property also will be enclosed.

“Our mission is to make people feel better, and this spa is a perfect compli­ment to our athletic club and pool facilities,” Mitchell said.

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