January 18, 2017 - Spas of America has released their Top 100 Spas of 2016 and from over 500 Spas in the association from all throughout the Americas, The Spa at White Oaks ranked #11 overall. More exciting is the Canadian rankings of #1 Spa in Niagara, #2 in all of Ontario and #3 in all of Canada – for the second straight year!
Spa Director, Jennifer Hipwell states, “In an industry that is this competitive, rapidly growing and improving by the minute, we are extremely proud to be recognized for our consistent commitment to exceptional guest service and spa offerings. Over the past year we have continued to educate, stay on top of the trends with our unique and exclusive equipment and product lines to put Niagara on the map as a contending region for health and wellness. We look forward to seeing what the next year brings.”
Hipwell states, “Our new online booking tool is making life easy for our guests, and this year we just brought in Peony Skincare Line from skin guru Jennifer Brodeaur which you may have seen on Oprah’s favourite things! Our brand new expanded lobby is a stunning new space where we invite our guests to sip some wine, nosh on some spa treats in between treatments and is quickly becoming the place to be. We are using color therapy with the Max LED facial, oxygen therapy with our oxygen facial and of course, Silk Peel Microdermabrasion technology.
"The Spa at White Oaks Resort has grown in popularity with our targeted spa and wellness travel audience, with both Canadians and visitors to Canada drawn to this property" says Spas of America president Craig Oliver. "From over 600 resort, hotel and health spas on our website, The Spa at White Oaks was #3 in Canada and the #2 Wine spa experience in North America." Says Oliver, "For guests seeking to explore Niagara's growing wine region, and combine contemporary accommodations, exciting dining options, and personalized spa and wellness experience - all within a dynamic fitness and racquet club destination - the Spa at White Oaks is an ideal destination."
June 24, 2016 - At the Greater Niagara Chamber Excellence in Business Awards, held in St. Catharines, Ontario, White Oaks Resort & Spa was awarded Business of the Year. The awards are held annually and recognize businesses and individuals in the community that are excelling and making a difference. White Oaks was nominated along with two other outstanding businesses in Niagara and are proud to be recognized with this award.
The Business of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding organization that has demonstrated entrepreneurial achievement and community leadership. The award acknowledges excellence in business practices combined with a vision for future development. The company may be of any size and within any field.
“We are a family owned business and have been employing Niagara residents now for 38 years. It is amazing to sit in a room full of our partners, colleagues and other outstanding businesses and people and be recognized in this way. We are very honoured and send our congratulations out to all those that also won awards and were nominated. “ said Richard Reid, Executive Director of Sales and Hotel Operations.
June 27, 2016 - The bees have arrived! After quite extensive research by our Executive Chef Michael Price and our Green Team, we have proceeded with the purchase of 4 hives of Canadian Honeybees for our property. Our team at White Oaks believes it is very important to support our Niagara community, our local agricultural industries and give back to our region and our world by introducing pollinator habitats near farm lands that rely on bees for pollination.
Research is clear that due to mono crop farming, pesticides and other elements that have come along with modernizing agriculture, the wild bee population has been significantly dwindling. The answer to parts of this problem is creating habitats for pollinators to expand their population for pollinating our food sources. These small initiatives are what will keep our bee population, and in turn our ability to grow fruit, nuts, vegetables, berries, etc. active in the years to come. These costs are far too great for individual farmers to bear on their own, and in turn will make their operating expenses rise.
The majority of the stinging insects that are out and about aren’t honeybees. To put this in perspective, between White Oaks, and Niagara College, we have introduced 750,000 bees into this area without anyone noticing a disturbance. While we are not first or leading the pack with this initiative, we are definitely in very good company with our friends at Niagara College and Ravine Estate Winery in St. Davids. In summary, let them bee and they will buzz off. At the end of the day, we will have delicious White Oaks honey, and the farmers will have help from our bees. We believe that’s a great win-win scenario.
How Can You Help?
By supporting businesses that are doing their best to save the bees…support the bee supporters: B-Y’s Honey Farm: http://www.byshoneyfarm.com, an amazing local Niagara Apiary providing honey and honey products to the community. To find out more information you can visit the Ontario Bee Association’s website at: http://www.ontariobee.com
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