Spa wars Spa connoisseurs travelling to Cape Town (below) can look forward to a specially designed 150-minute spa package to beat the southern-hemisphere winter blues. The Angsana Spa Vineyard Hotel's Winter Warmth range of spa delights uses sandalwood heat treatment to loosen strained muscles and improve circulation. A pampering body massage is also included in each session. The Angsana's new spa doffs its cap to Asia in its treatments, using essential oils, massage oils and incense sticks. It comes with five double treatment rooms, including two deluxe rooms with steam and shower facilities, five single treatment rooms and one signature Rainmist treatment room with twin beds - the first of its kind in South Africa. The promotional period lasts until the end of next month and treatments start at US$110. See www.angsanaspa.com for more details. Girl power Asian women will shake up the Asian tourism market for at least the next 10 years, according to travel-agency umbrella organisation Abacus International. A recent Abacus survey found Asian women are making about 125 million trips a year in Asia alone and are propelling developments in travel, hospitality and tourism. 'Asian women are travelling like never before,' says Abacus president Don Birch. 'From the young to businesswomen to energetic grandmothers, they're travelling more often and farther, solo, in pairs with their female companions or as members of women-only interest groups.' The latest travel-trend figures from Mastercard show roughly four in every 10 Asian trips are undertaken by women, up from 10 per cent in the mid-1970s. The data also suggests women will eventually overtake men as the most frequent travellers. According to the survey, health, wellness and beauty are high on the agenda when women plan their holidays, the female dollar being the single largest factor behind the explosion of the spa industry in Asian hotels. The top five activities for female travellers, however, relate to shopping, cultural or historical interest, beach resorts, nature or adventure holidays and family. 'To tap into the spending power of women travellers effectively, travel service providers such as airlines, hotels, resorts and restaurants must understand the needs of women travellers,' adds Birch. 'Only by knowing what women want can they work with travel agents to offer deals to capitalise on the opportunities presented by women travellers.' Deal of the week Two nights in a junior suite at the Allamanda Laguna Phuket ( www.allamanda.com ) are on offer for HK$3,090 from Farrington American Express Travel. You may upgrade to the newer Sheraton Grande ( www.sheraton.com ) nearby for HK$3,590 or jump a couple of rungs with a Deluxe Villa at the Banyan Tree for HK$5,490, where you will receive a third night free. These prices, which are per person based on two sharing, include breakfast, transfers and insurance, and will be available until October 31. Round-trip, economy-class flights are with Dragonair. Call Farrington American Express Travel on 3121 3000 (Hong Kong) or 3121 3900 (Kowloon), or e-mail email@example.com , quoting package ID: L2007FSP0068.