Spa, Anyone?

By Christine Neuberger

Unless you’ve been holed up in a cave for the past year or two, you know that spas are hot. New resorts and hotels are giving top billing to their full-service spas, and existing properties are scurrying to add spas with treatments galore. So unless you’re taking the company top producers on an extreme adventure, incentive groups increasingly expect this year’s trips to include pampering, spa-style. And Spa Finder, a prominent U.S. spa travel company, is making it easier to offer this form of rejuvenation to top producers. Spa Finder has introduced Day Spa Gift Certificates to inspire and recognize worthy employees. Remember: massage and other body treatments contribute to employee wellness by alleviating stress – and that’s healthy for a company’s bottom line. “These certificates highlight the importance that companies are placing on the health and well-being of their staff and clients,” says Frank van Putten, president of Spa Finder.

Here’s how the new service works: the certificates are welcome at more than 350 premier day spas nationwide. A certificate reaches the qualifier in a gift packet with a directory of participating day spas plus tips for maximizing the spa experience. Recipients like the freedom to pick a day spa with the services and products that fit their needs. They can also choose a location convenient to home, work or an out-of-town business trip. The recipient can add onto the certificate’s value or save remaining value for a future visit.

For busy managers, the program offers flexibility. Certificates start at $50. Typically, a half-hour manicure and pedicure costs $50. The certificates can be customized with a company logo and a two-line message. Choose from certificates good for anything from a basic treatment to an extended spa vacation. Spa Finder also provides a turnkey program by offering customization, administration and fulfillment. Gift certificates can be redeemed at more than 220 destinations and resort spas worldwide as part of spa vacations booked via the Spa Finder reservation service. Visit on the Web.