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One&Only announces second European resort on Greece’s Kéa Island  
One&Only announces second European resort on Greece’s Kéa Island

By Jane Kitchen

Dolphin Capital Partners and Kerzner International Holdings Limited have broken ground on the site of One&Only Kéa Island in Greece. Situated in a 60-hectare beachfront site on the west side of Kéa Island, the ultra-luxury development on the Aegean Sea will encompass 75 resort villas, as well as a limited .... more>>
GWI launches Wellness Retail Initiative  
GWI launches Wellness Retail Initiative

By Jane Kitchen

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced a new initiative to explore opportunities wellness is creating in retail. Members of the newly formed Initiative will explore the value and opportunity of creating wellness experiences in both digital and physical retail spaces; researching consumer motivation .... more>>

Flyger, Fraenkel join GSN  
By Jane Kitchen

The Green Spa Network has elected to new board members to its team: Teresa Flyger, director, global brand wellness at Hilton Worldwide and Sallie Fraenkel, founder and president of Mind Body .... more>>
Second Lefay Resort with 5,000sq m spa set for August opening  
By Jane Kitchen

Destination spa Lefay will open its second luxury eco spa resort in the Italian Dolomites on 1 August. Located in the ski area of Madonna di Campiglio, Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti .... more>>
Architect Bill Bensley to speak about sustainability at Global Wellness Summit  
By Lauren Heath-Jones

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced that landscape-designer-turned-architect Bill Bensley will deliver a keynote speech on hospitality design and sustainability at this year's .... more>>
Third World Wellness Weekend will be the largest to date  
By Tom Walker

This year's World Wellness Weekend (WWW) will be the largest to date, with more than 2,000 spas, fitness studios and health clubs taking part across 100 countries. Now in its third year, .... more>>
Borgo Egnazia partners with Blue Zones for retreats  
By Jane Kitchen

Italy’s Borgo Egnazia has become the first hospitality partner to offer Blue Zones Retreats certified by the Blue Zones Institute. Founded by Dan Buettner, Blue Zones reflects the .... more>>
Fivelements Habitat opens in Hong Kong  
By Jane Kitchen

Integrated wellness lifestyle company Fivelements has officially launched its new urban wellness concept, Fivelements Habitat, with the opening of the first outpost in Hong Kong on 12 July. .... more>>
Pure Massage launches training courses for trainers  
By Lauren Heath-Jones

Pure Massage, a spa training method founded by Beata Aleksandrowicz, has launched a series of targeted education courses, devised specifically for massage trainers, that will enable them to .... more>>
London's COMO Metropolitan launches residences  
By Jane Kitchen

COMO Metropolitan London has opened ten luxury residences, offering private apartment-style accommodation adjacent to the hotel and opposite Hyde Park. The Residences offer the same .... more>>
Six Senses to open in France’s Loire Valley in 2022  
By Jane Kitchen

Six Senses has announced plans for a resort in the “Garden of France”, 90 minutes south of Paris in the Loire Valley. A UNESCO World Heritage region, the Loire Valley is known for .... more>>
Bad Ragaz’s Grand Hotel Quellenhof reveals redesign with a focus on thermal water  
By Jane Kitchen

After five months of construction and an investment of CHF 45m (€40m), the completely renovated Grand Hotel Quellenhof in Switzerland has once again opened its doors. For 150 years, the .... more>>
 

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Six Senses Maxwell launches spa pods  
By Jane Kitchen

The newly opened Six Senses Maxwell in Singapore has introduced five spa pods and two relaxation rooms designed to be an urban sanctuary amid Singapore’s hustle and bustle. “Created in .... more>>
Inaugural We Work Well event gets positive feedback  
By Lisa Starr

While there is no shortage of spa events on the calendar these days, an impactful newcomer arrived on the scene this month: We Work Well, which hosted its first event at The Langham Hotel in .... more>>
Hyatt opens 9th French property with 1,200sq m spa  
By Jane Kitchen

The Hyatt Regency Chantilly has opened in the French countryside outside Paris, with a 12,917sq ft (1,200sq m) Spa and Beauty Center. The ninth Hyatt-branded hotel in France. Hyatt .... more>>

Features
Dale Hipsh

Interview:
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The senior VP of hotels at Hard Rock International tells Katie Barnes why its music-centric spa menu is striking the right chord with consumers and the media
Lemi

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Lemi


From humble beginnings in a small Italian village, Lemi has grown a hugely successful global business in the massage bed market. As it celebrates its 30th anniversary year, we talk to GM Matteo Brusaferri
Blackberry Mountain

New Opening:
Blackberry Mountain


Sister property to iconic Blackberry Farm revealed
Jungle VIP

Spa Design:
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Kim Megson ventures deep into Mexico’s jungle to discover how two Chablé resorts with Mayan spas are aiming to redefine wellness
ISPA

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ISPA


After almost three decades serving members and contributing to the growth of the industry, we talk to ISPA’s Crystal Ducker about the work of the association and the future of spa
Civana

New Opening:
Civana


Civana opens spa with a focus on democratic wellness
Dr Tom Stubbs

People profile:
Dr Tom Stubbs


Dr Tom Stubbs talks epigenetics tests and spas
Bone loading

Fitness:
Bone loading


Spas can help guests avoid and reverse osteoporosis says Liz Terry
spa-kit.net

Product Innovation:
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Product and equipment launches
Kalloni Spa at Parklane Limassol, Cyprus

New Opening:
Kalloni Spa at Parklane Limassol, Cyprus


Lauren Heath-Jones reports from Kalloni Spa at Marriott’s first property in Cyprus
The Tides

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The Tides


Annemarie Wortman highlights a new, effective detox treatment and product line by The Tides Wellness
Multi-story

Family spa:
Multi-story


With the rise in multi-generational tourism, family spas are growing in popularity. Jane Kitchen reports
Earth Day 2019

News report:
Earth Day 2019


We take a look at how spas around the world celebrated Earth Day and Earth Hour
Spa product news

Anne Semonin creates body collection inspired by summertime

Anne Semonin creates body collection inspired by summertime

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Parisian skincare house Anne Semonin has created a bath and body care collection inspired by summer in the Mediterranean.
 
Starpool NatureSauna celebrates 'open air wellness'

Starpool NatureSauna celebrates 'open air wellness'

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Starpool, an Italian wellness consultancy, has partnered with design studio Aledolci & Co to develop a new outdoor sauna concept.
 
Lifehouse Spa announces brand partnership with Elemis

Lifehouse Spa announces brand partnership with Elemis

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Luxury skincare brand, Elemis, has been named as the new product partner for the Lifehouse Spa & Hotel in Essex, UK.
Beauty product news

Can your spa uniforms take the heat?

Can your spa uniforms take the heat?

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

Combining comfort and style is never easy, but when it comes to the demands of life as a spa therapist in a hot climate can your spa uniforms take the heat?
 
New Phytomer Marine Mist transports users to the seaside

New Phytomer Marine Mist transports users to the seaside

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French Marine skincare brand Phytomer has launched a new professional facial spray that will become an integral step in all Phytomer treatments.
 
Caudalie Suncare range protects the skin and the environment

Caudalie Suncare range protects the skin and the environment

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Caudalie has created a suncare collection that protects both the skin and the environment.
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VOYA organic beauty was the brainchild of founders Mark and Kira Walton back in 2006.

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Octave Living
A sense of balance

Combining Chinese and Western approaches to wellbeing, Octave Living aims to support a healthier, saner lifestyle, and balance profit with giving back. Christopher DeWolf finds out about the team behind the brand

By Christopher DeWolf | Published in CLADmag 2018 issue 3

Calvin Tsao and his brother Frederick are American, but they were both drawn to China from an early age. “Even though we’re immigrants, our parents had us steeped in Chinese culture,” says Calvin Tsao. After growing up in California, he made his way across the Pacific to work on I.M. Pei’s groundbreaking Suzhou Museum, the first foreign-designed project in a country that had just opened up after decades of isolation. His brother began to establish business links with the country of their ancestors.

Tsao eventually returned to the United States, where he founded an architecture firm, Tsao & McKown, with partner Zack McKown. Meanwhile, China transformed itself from one of the world’s poorest countries into one of its most powerful, but Tsao saw something was amiss. “I have a long view, having experienced the evolution of China over the last 30 years,” he says. “And while its economic and political presence and authority in the world is in ascent, their attention to social health has been spotty.”

Tsao was particularly alarmed that China seemed to have lost touch with some of the spiritual and cultural anchors that have held Chinese civilisation firm for centuries. One night, he and McKown pitched Frederick Tsao an idea: start a new company that would develop properties centred around cultural, physical and mental wellbeing. “My brother is an industrialist, he has a lot of resources, both political connections and financial strengths,” says Tsao. “We thought he could help. And indeed he took that idea to heart.”

GIVING BACK
The result is Octave Living, named for the interval between one musical pitch and another, as if to symbolise the switch from profit-focused development to something more enduring. “Can you make a sustainable endeavour that balances profit with giving back?” asks Tsao. “Octave is really about looking at economic models and seeing how we can do something that’s good for our society.”

Octave Living could provide a reference not only for Chinese development but for cities around the world, believes Tsao. Its message is straightforward: the key to a happy and successful society is not only more growth and more money, but a kind of personal and social equilibrium. It’s a philosophy to design and development that places wellness at the heart of everything.

With the help of Frederick Tsao, Tsao and McKown were able to launch Octave Living’s first project in 2016. The Living Room is a ‘holistic urban wellness centre’ located in a historic compound in Shanghai’s Former French Concession, a handsome district of streets lined by plane trees. Spanning 21,500 square feet, the centre includes space for early childhood development programmes, family therapy, art therapy, yoga, a restaurant and a small urban farm.

The architecture seems designed to soothe. Serenely minimal passages lead to spaces filled with natural materials like wood.

WELLNESS RESORT
The next project from Octave Living, which opened last year, is much larger and more ambitious. Sangha is a wellness resort located in Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai famous for its classical Chinese gardens.

Rising over one million square feet on the shores of Yangcheng Lake, the complex includes an event space, a chapel, educational facilities, a 75-room hotel, a spa, and a wellness centre with meditation rooms and a clinic that integrates Chinese and Western medicine. It’s a space not so much for a holiday as for a period of self-improvement. When guests check into the hotel, they’re given a medical exam and greeted by a personal wellness coach.

LIVING THE EXPERIENCE
It’s an experience that some will enjoy full-time. Sangha includes 109 single-family houses and 89 flats, whose construction were required by the local government. Tsao says he and his brother never wanted to include free-standing houses, since they find them unsustainable by nature, but they soon realised that the profits from selling the residential units would help fund the rest of Sangha’s programme.

And it’s the programme that led the design, not the other way around. “Living Room and Sangha have different proportions of programmes,” says Tsao. “But the gist of it is mind-body wellness, which means healthy mind, healthy body.” In terms of design, “it means capturing natural conditions like light, breeze and temperature in the man-made design,” he says. One example is the Living Room’s farm.

“When you look down from the higher buildings on the complex you see this greenery, which we use to produce ingredients for our eateries,” explains Tsao. A number of studies have shown that even a glimpse of greenery has important psychological benefits.

Another example is the way both Sangha and the Living Room deal with internal circulation. “We put in a lot of stairs and corridors and internal bridges that make you perceive the spaces both orthogonally and diagonally,” says Tsao. “You’re always changing your point of view. It addresses qualities of navigation and wayfinding – engaging your senses about where you’re going, where you’re coming from, what you see along the way.”

Tsao & McKown led the design for Sangha, but they also invited two other architects to take part: Yung Ho Chang of Beijing’s Atelier FCJZ and Lyndon Neri of Shanghai-based Neri & Hu. “We had an agreement that they had to conform to certain basics – grey, white and earth tones,” says Tsao. All materials are sustainable, in order to keep the project’s carbon footprint as low as possible. “We don’t use any quarried stone,” says Tsao by way of example.

The invited architects were allowed one special material of their own. Chang chose a kind of rough terrazzo that was popular in Shanghai in the 1930s. Neri chose a grey brick tile that evokes the kind of brick used in Suzhou's gardens. "There's a series of walls he designed called the sanctuary that creates shadows. It's very beautiful,” says Tsao.

THE BIGGER PICTURE
It all adds up to an eye-catching setting, but Tsao says aesthetics are only part of the picture. “The buildings are just containers for content,” he says. “And it’s the content in which the revenue will finally come.” In a country that has changed so quickly and so thoroughly, Tsao is banking on the need for a pause – and a new kind of architecture that encourages reflection, health and well-being. “We want to let people know that this can be done,” he says. “It’s a new way to develop our cities and our world.”

The Living Room urban wellness centre in Shanghai was Octave Living’s first project
Food comes from a small urban farm
Spaces are designed to soothe urban guests with natural materials
The centre is aimed at city dwellers seeking balance
The Living Room offers yoga, children’s programmes, art and family therapy
The building, with its urban farm, is nestled into a popular residential area of Shanghai
The building, with its urban farm, is nestled into a popular residential area of Shanghai
Calvin Tsao (left) and Zack McKown launched Tsao & McKown in 1985
Sangha encompasses a range of homes as well as a retreat, a boutique hotel and learning spaces Credit: Photo: Dwight Landscape
The Sangha Retreat was built on the shores of Yangcheng Lake in China’s Jiangsu Province Credit: Photo: seth powers
Natural tones and materials were used throughout to create a calming atmosphere Credit: Photo: richard bryant
Sangha features an indoor and an outdoor pool. Guests are given personalised programmes Credit: Photo: richard bryant
 


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