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commune (1991 pop. 10,140), Liège prov., E Belgium, in the Ardennes. Its therapeutic mineral springs and baths, frequented since the 16th cent., made it an internationally fashionable watering place. Its name became so well known that the word spa is used to designate any health resort. The town had its ultimate vogue in the 18th and 19th cent. At the Spa Conference (1920) the Allies accepted a German plan for the payment of war reparations.
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a city in eastern Belgium, in Liège Province; situated in the Ardennes, on the Vaya’i River. Population, 12,000 (1966). Spa is a well-known balneological health resort.

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Abbr. for “Southern Pine Association.”
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a mineral spring or a place or resort where such a spring is found


a town in E Belgium, in Liège province: a resort with medicinal mineral springs (discovered in the 14th century). Pop.: 10 491 (2004 est.)
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(1) (Software Publishers Association, Washington, DC) In 1999, SPA merged with the IIA (Information Industry Association) to become the Software & Information Industry Association. See SIIA.

(2) (Single Page Application) A Web app that loads into the browser as a single page of HTML/JavaScript code and never fully reloads. SPAs use the AJAX function in JavaScript, which allows data to be retrieved from the Web without refreshing the page.

The Multi-Page Application (MPA)
In contrast, an MPA loads new complete Web pages as required and is typically a very large site such as an e-commerce store.
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Set inside a plush five star hotel, which boasts a 30,000 bottle wine cellar, the spa offers a range of spa days and evenings, plus lavish one and two night spa breaks.
The Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet is renowned for honouring the splendour of Istanbul's Ottoman roots through its design and architecture and this element extends to its dedicated spa Afiya.
Most of us know that there is not only one type of spa, and that the end of the 20th century has brought about a large number of spa centers, which have conquered the hospitality industry.
Epitomising authentic luxury, Anantara Spa journeys embrace the indigenous culture and nature of each locale through a passionate integration of architecture, treatments, service and ambience.
"It has been a pleasure to recognise them at the 3rd annual World Spa Awards and I hope their recognition, both by their peers and members of the public, will inspire them to aim ever higher in the pursuit of excellence."
"The entire team works tirelessly to ensure that Rockliffe Spa is the best in the industry and we're so pleased to have this confirmed by winning such a prestigious accolade."
"A visit to the spa has been a trend since the beginning of time," says Mark Perkins, spa director of One Spa in Edinburgh.
Spas are also bringing local flavour and setting into the therapies.
Late last year, the spa developed an innovative social space complete with glamorous lounge and bar for after-spa treats.
Sona explains: "Spas tend to occupy the most prominent part of the real estate in hotels.
"Treatment room utilisation in stand-alone day spas is highest as they tend to be smaller than hotel spas," the report adds.
With a wide range of mid-week spa day and weekend spa break packages, Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa really knows how to offer the ultimate in relaxation.