October, 2018 - The Club at White Oaks is approaching their 40th year in business this fall and part of the celebration has been to bring in a whole new refresh with state of the art equipment.
Partnering with Stak Fitness, The Club has purchased 40 new pieces from Matrix as well as 26 Johnny G spin bikes. The list includes treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, hybrid cycles, ascent trainers, rowers, climb mills and Matrix S Force performance trainers.
What’s so impressive about new equipment in a gym?
“This equipment is the most technologically advanced pieces we’ve ever had and make the experience for our club members beyond anything else available. Each piece is connected to wifi allowing you to enjoy Netflix, regular TV, check your facebook or take a virtual tour while working out. The tours are really amazing and are actual cities or places in the world so you can run in a downtown city street in Singapore or maybe cycle in Arizona. The visuals are amazing. As well, there is a fitness tracking app that goes along with these pieces, customized to The Club of course, where our members will be able to download the app, sync it to the piece of equipment and track their progress right on their device” states Sandra Lynch, Club General Manager.
“The feedback from the members has been tremendous and we are thrilled with this new purchase. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate 40 years in business, and lead us into the next 40!” says Lynch.
The celebrations will continue with an open house event Saturday, October 27th from 10am – 4pm where non-members can check out the facilities, try the classes and of course the brand new equipment. This November the annual Club Member Christmas party will be extra special, held in Exhibition Hall, with a live band, and special tributes to the founding members of the club. Lynch tells us, “It’s a fantastic year to be a member here and we are excited about all the great things we have planned this fall.”
July, 2018 - Plastic is on its way out at White Oaks Resort & Spa. Following in the wake of many top brands and destinations world-wide, The Green Team at White Oaks have eliminated plastic straws resort-wide. Guests will be able to request a straw and an earth friendly compostable option will be provided. Along with straws, starting this month, all plastic water bottles will be replaced with a water program from Naturizzata Bottle Co.
“Instead of arriving at your meeting with unlimited bottles of water on the table, or in our continuous coffee break fridges, beautiful custom etched glass water bottles with glass wear will be set up. All filtered right here onsite, both still and sparkling options will be available” commented Traci Luongo, Director of Conference Services and chair of the White Oaks Green Team.
David Cassidy, Director of Food & Beverage was responsible for vetting and selecting a plastic bottle alternative. “We chose Naturizzata to partner with because of their dedication to preserving the environment” says Cassidy.
According to the Naturizzata website, “…we have designed the most eco-friendly water systems anywhere on the planet. Our commercial water purification systems can prevent thousands of single-use glass or plastic bottles from littering our landfills, oceans, and parks. We believe even small steps to becoming a greener company can lead to big changes. That’s why we can bottle our fabulous tasting water right at your establishment, reducing the pollution created by traditional manufacturing and transportation processes. We are very proud of the fact that our pure water is not only great for your health, but also the environment!”
The new program plans to faze in across the resort to other areas too. “The Naturizzata program is very exciting and we plan to install units in our conference centre, spa and kitchens. Our restaurants, LIV and Play will now carry our own custom still or sparkling water as options and our Spa can create beautiful non-alcoholic mocktails and sparkling options. The versatility of this program is perfect for our property” states Richard Reid, General Manager. “Our conference clients can even have the glass bottles custom etched with their company name, or brides can have a custom message or their names on bottles presented at the tables. The benefits of this program are fantastic.”
Look for Good Drink brand in the grab and go fridges at Grow! Good Drink is a bottling company out of British Columbia who have partnered with Acts, a group that builds gravity based water systems in developing and third world countries. They provide communities with fresh water while having no maintenance.For each bottle of GoodWater, GoodTea, sparkling water, or organic spritzers purchased, GoodDrink matches drop for drop the amount purchased to free obtainable water. “We are proud to carry GoodDrink at Grow and love the impact to the world” states Cassidy.
“We truly believe in making changes that reflect our commitment to a greener world wherever we can.” sites Traci Luongo. “Even our coffee breaks and our coffee cream counter at Grow Kitchen & Café feature our own honey from our bee hives. This week we installed a butterfly habitat in our gardens. It’s small actions that can really add up to make a difference” Green initiatives are part of the overall strategic plan at White Oaks Resort and will continue to be so as we move forward.
January, 2018 - Spas of America has released their Top 100 Spas of 2017 and from over 750 Spas in the association throughout the Americas, The Spa at White Oaks ranked #9 overall. More exciting however, is our Canadian rankings where The Spa at White Oaks has been ranked the #1 Spa in Canada!
“We’ve been very impressed by the growth of The Spa at White Oaks Resort with our targeted spa and wellness travel audience” says Spas of America president Craig Oliver. “From over 750 resort, hotel and health spas on our website, The Spa at White Oaks was the most popular spa in Canada and the #9 spa experience in North America,” says Oliver. “For guests seeking to explore Niagara’s popular wine region, while desiring comfortable accommodations and exciting dining options, all within a personalized spa and fitness experience - the Spa at White Oaks is a perfect destination.”
Ameer Wakil, Chief Executive Officer comments, “Achieving the number one position in all of the country is truly an honour, especially from such a prestigious organization such as Spas of America. We are fortunate to have a beautiful physical space, however of equal importance, we have the privilege of having a terrific leader, Jennifer Hipwell our Spa Director, along with her amazing, caring and compassionate team is truly what makes us number one in Canada. We will never rest on our laurels, we will continue to improve and strive to maintain this position as our loyal customers only deserve the best.”
Spa Director, Jennifer Hipwell states, “We are very honored and excited to be ranked #1 in Canada. At White Oaks, we are passionate about providing our guests with the absolute best treatments, service and skin care lines possible. We continually research, compare and study the industry to bring on the newest and most effective results driven solutions and products. But overall, it’s not just about the treatments, or the products we use or retail we bring in but more importantly, it’s about crafting an experience for each individual guest. We do that through our environment certainly but at White Oaks, it’s the genuine service excellence. The people that work at White Oaks, and definitely within the spa, truly want to be here and are dedicated to ensuring you leave with more than dewy skin or relaxed muscles.”
Spas of America 2017 Top 100 List
Spas of America 2017 Canada Top 50 List
Spas of America White Oaks listing
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