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Piscina & Wellness Barcelona announces competition to build seaside aquatic centre  
Piscina & Wellness Barcelona announces competition to build seaside aquatic centre

By Andrew Manns

Piscina & Wellness Barcelona (PWB) has launched an international contest for architecture students to conceptualise a new aquatic centre. According to the company, the future leisure facility will be designed for public bathing and will occupy a tract of land on Barcelona’s waterfront, between “Drassanes Quay .... more>>
GOCO Hospitality to create advanced medical wellness destination in Kazakhstan  
GOCO Hospitality to create advanced medical wellness destination in Kazakhstan

By Jane Kitchen

International wellness consultancy, development and management firm GOCO Hospitality is working on a wellness resort in a heritage property in Kazakhstan that was once one of the most advanced sanatoriums during the Soviet era. Now, the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan has .... more>>

Glamping resort Shinta Mani Wild opens luxury spa  
By Lauren Heath-Jones

Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild, a luxury glamping resort in Cambodia, has opened a new spa which fuses alfresco riverside treatments with ancient Khmer practices and products made .... more>>
Okura Tokyo to bring Annayake brand to Japan with new 27th floor spa  
By Jane Kitchen

Hotel Okura Tokyo Co., Ltd. has announced that The Okura Tokyo, due to open on 12 September 2019, will offer the Okura Fitness & Spa Annayake beauty and wellness facility. This new .... more>>
 Lotte New York Palace to be home to first American ila Spa  
By Jane Kitchen

Lotte New York Palace has partnered with luxury, organic-grown skincare and lifestyle brand ila to open its first branded spa in the US. The 7,000sq ft ila Spa at Lotte New York Palace .... more>>
 Wellness Tourism Association introduces new  
By Jane Kitchen

There was business as well as wellness on the agenda as the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) held its second annual membership meeting at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, US, from 29-30 .... more>>
Troon Pacific unveils US$34m wellness mansion in San Francisco  
By Andrew Manns

California-based real estate group Troon Pacific has completed “Residence 2646” a US$34m (€30.1m, £26.7m) wellness-orientated mansion in San Francisco. Conceived by the company’s in-house .... more>>
China’s ‘city of the future’ will have wellbeing as its focus  
By Andrew Manns

Design firms Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) and TLS Landscape Architecture (TLS) have teamed up to masterplan a wellness-focused city in a recently incorporated district of Hebei, China. .... more>>
Cornish spa to reflect the area’s rich mining history  
By Jane Kitchen

A multi-million pound spa is set to debut on England’s most southerly coast this summer. The Mullion Cove spa – at the hotel by the same name – will feature expansive views over .... more>>
Guests to sleep in ‘Human Cocoons’ at upcoming Mexican resort dedicated to the search for happiness  
By Jane Kitchen

A new project in Mexico will be focused on a transformational travel experience designed to increase guests’ level of consciousness and help them live a happier, healthier and more abundant .... more>>
Mindbody appoints new European managing director  
By Jane Kitchen

Wellness industry technology platform Mindbody has appointed Phil Coxon as managing director of Mindbody Europe. The company said Coxon’s role will see him take the lead on managing all .... more>>
Private lagoon watsu treatment, detox elixirs: Le Sereno St Barths debuts new spa  
By Jane Kitchen

Sereno Hotels has unveiled a new spa at Le Sereno St Barths following damage from Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The expanded spa and wellness area includes a menu from new treatment .... more>>
 

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The future of medical spas explored in first-ever Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank  
By Jane Kitchen

The EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) hosted the first Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank on 6 June 2019 in Chur-Passugg, Switzerland. This one-day forum saw .... more>>
GWI Initiative names top hot springs trends worldwide  
By Jane Kitchen

The Global Wellness Institute has released the top five trends in hot springs as identified by the GWI’s Hot Springs Initiative. The new forecast draws attention to World Bathing Day, a .... more>>
First renderings revealed for Front & York Residences in Brooklyn's DUMBO district  
By Andrew Manns

Morris Adjmi Architects have unveiled the first set of renderings of the Front & York Residences, a resort-style residential development currently taking shape in Brooklyn’s DUMBO district. .... more>>

Features
Dale Hipsh

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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
InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland

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Spa tranquillity at InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland – the world’s first underground hotel, underground hotel
Jungle VIP

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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
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Product and equipment launches
Vana

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Susie Ellis explains what made her stay at Indian health and wellness retreat Vana so “astonishing”
Book4time

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Book4time


As Book4Time celebrates its 15th anniversary, we talk to founder and CEO Roger Sholanki about his passion for the spa and wellness industry
Multi-story

Family spa:
Multi-story


With the rise in multi-generational tourism, family spas are growing in popularity. Jane Kitchen reports
Finishing touch

Research:
Finishing touch


The benefits of face massage rollers have been given scientific backing from researchers in Japan
John & Karina Stewart

Interview:
John & Karina Stewart


The inspirational couple behind Kamalaya in Thailand talk to Neena Dhillon about emotional therapies, why stress-busting is the new detox and how they’re evolving the concept
On the menu

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On the menu


Olivia Newton-John skincare, Sounds of Africa and jet lag butlers feature in our programming series
Comfort Zone

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Comfort Zone


Skincare brand Comfort Zone has partnered with Wellness for Cancer to create a new programme of spa treatments for people touched by cancer. Barbara Gavazzoli tells us more
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
Civana

New Opening:
Civana


Civana opens spa with a focus on democratic wellness
Spa product news

Aromatherapy Associates x Aera collection encourages users to be at one with nature

Aromatherapy Associates x Aera collection encourages users to be at one with nature

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Aromatherapy Associates has partnered with Aera, an innovator in scent and microdroplet technology, to create a series of fragrance capsules.
 
Saltabilty opens new head office following significant growth

Saltabilty opens new head office following significant growth

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Saltability, a specialist in Himalayan salt stone massage, has relocated to new headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida after significant company growth.
 
Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama reveals 'most technologically advanced' massage chair on the market

Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama reveals 'most technologically advanced' massage chair on the market

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

DreamWave, developers of luxury full-body shiatsu massage chairs, has launched the DreamWave M.8.
Beauty product news

New Phytomer Marine Mist transports users to the seaside

New Phytomer Marine Mist transports users to the seaside

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

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

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

Caudalie has created a suncare collection that protects both the skin and the environment.
 
Vinésime launches Élixir Du Temps to combat signs of ageing round the eyes

Vinésime launches Élixir Du Temps to combat signs of ageing round the eyes

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

Vinésime, a professional vino-cosmetics brand based in France, has launched a new eye emulsion that is designed to combat the signs of ageing.
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Comfort Zone

Comfort zone’s comprehensive face and body range allows clients to experience memorable facials and rituals at day and destination spas.

Made in Italy since 1996 with competence and care, [ comfort zone ] is a professional lifestyle brand offering results-oriented skincare solutions, developed following a science-based, sustainable, holistic approach.
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DNA testing

More commonly associated with crime scenes and paternity tests, DNA testing is becoming mainstream. Julie Cramer finds out what this means for spas

By Julie Cramer | Published in Spa Business 2019 issue 2

Fuelled by the growth of popular companies such as US-based 23&Me, DNA testing is more readily available to consumers than ever before. And it’s also becoming a service offered by health and wellness providers.

DNA testing involves a simple saliva swab which can be analysed to deliver powerful health information directly into the hands of the consumer. UK-based firm Chronomics has taking things a step further by launching one of the world’s first consumer epigenetics testing kits and we take a closer look at that on p20.

But what should people do with this data once they receive it? Is this where spa facilities should be stepping in as the experts to prescribe lifestyle changes and assist with their implementation? What sort of services are spas offering?

The good news is that, with the growth of third party DNA testing providers, spas don’t need to have a medical component onsite as everything can be outsourced, with specialist training provided for staff. But how do they choose a credible partner?

There are caveats to consider too. How can such sensitive data be protected, and how can spas deal with the delivery of often life-changing information? And with the extra infrastructure a spa might need, will the service be profitable?

We talk to leading wellness providers and industry experts about how spas can tackle these issues.

Simone Gibertoni CEO, Clinique la Prairie
Simone Gibertoni

The future of wellness is based on genetics. Soon there will be no ‘standard' detox or wellness programmes. Instead, they'll be customised according to genetic tests.

We chose to partner with Gene Predictis (GP) because of its expertise. It's tests are based on the most recent validated knowledge in the field of health and genetics and proprietary algorithms.

GP developed genetic testing panels specifically for Clinique La Prairie, which launched in December. A saliva swab is sent to the GP labs for DNA analysis and in three days a personalised report giving an overview of inherited risk factors is made available to our doctors for review and health recommendations.

Our physicians, who have also been trained by GP scientists, can identify risks of developing certain diseases, for which a treatment or preventive care is available. In addition, they can help by giving guidance on how to improve quality of life by focusing on things like nutrition, stress reduction, better sleep etc.

The genetic test has been added to our renowned Revitalisation programmes and the Master Detox programme, and will soon be integrated into Weight Management offering and maybe more programmes in the future. Prices for these all-inclusive, multi-night packages start at CHF14,900 (US$14.7k). 

The future of wellness is based on genetics. Soon there will be no ‘standard' detox or wellness programmes"

So far clients are keen and very impressed that they can get such personalised medical information and advice.

I'd say the main success of our DNA tests is that they promote an increased awareness for prevention and give greater motivation to adopt a better lifestyle. Recently we had a patient who was hesitating in doing further cardiological investigations, even though the medical consultations indicated a need for it. But when his DNA results showed an increased genetic risk for heart attack, he decided to go further into preventive care.

Gibertoni joined Switzerland's Clinique La Prairie in 2016. He's worked in the luxury, cosmetics and industrial sectors for 20-plus years

Mary Huddleston Tabacchi professor emerita, Cornell University
Mary Huddleston

I can see a number of advantages and disadvantages to spas offering DNA testing, for both the consumer and operators.

Tests usually only require a saliva sample, which is easy to collect, and spas could be seen as a one-stop shop for this kind of service (instead of going to the doctors). This will allow customers to find out about health markers they otherwise might never have known about.

Offering DNA testing could help set the spa apart from other facilities, increase their standing as a wellness provider and even increase occupancy.

But there are potential downsides too, of course. Important psychological factors must be taken into consideration. Is it the place of a spa practitioner to deliver certain kinds of results and what kind of impact might that have on them psychologically – for better or worse? On the other hand, they are the best placed to help clients achieve the lifestyle modifications that might be needed.

"Spas might have to consider extra personnel costs and insurance against potential misinterpretation"

There’s also a debate that DNA blood samples may have less impurities than saliva. If blood is to be taken, it’s likely that the spa will have to employ a phlebotomist. Who will interpret the findings? Will there be a need for a doctor on the premises? And how will the spa protect the privacy of the information?

The added costs could end up outweighing the extra revenue these tests bring. Spas might have to consider extra personnel costs, more space, and increased insurance against potential mistakes or misinterpretation.

In addition, while personalised nutritional approaches may be a step in the right direction, few scientific organisations believe we even have enough current genetic information to assist in diet effectiveness. It’s clearly a complex matter.

Huddleston Tabacchi has a PhD in biochemical nutrition, biostatistics, and a specialist knowledge of the global spa industry

Lina Lotto, spa director, SenSpa
Lina Lotto

I’ve long been aware of DNA testing as a tool, not only to discover ancestry but to identify individual health markers and biological influences. I’ve always wanted to use it personally, but it was initially expensive.

I found DNAFit to be a very affordable and excellent choice. After testing it on our team, we’re just about to launch it to our 380-plus SenSpa members at a cost of £149 (US$194, €172).

Our fitness team have completed 23 DNAFit training modules and four exams so they can now programme PT sessions using the DNA tool.

Although the reports are user friendly and self-evident in the way information is presented, our team is able to interpret genetic markers that determine the body’s functionality. For example, am I better built for power or endurance, am I likely to suffer injury and how quickly might I recover from a workout?

"Reports help us to home in on the most effective means to achieve wellness goals without wasting time"

The reports help us to home in on the most effective means to achieve wellness goals without wasting time, energy and resources on activity or nutrition that adds little or may even be detrimental.

We’re seeing now, especially with the treatment of disease, that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. We’re in an era of personalisation and there‘s nothing more personal than DNA testing to tailor and eliminate activities or foods that aren’t beneficial.

We may already be doing what’s good for us. For example, I instinctively prefer a lower carbohydrate diet – which is exactly what my DNA says is right for me. But I also gained a huge amount of insight that I can put to practical use every day.

Lotto is a senior executive at Greenclose Hotels, UK, and has overseen its SenSpa at Careys Manor for 15 years

Marina Efraimoglou, CEO and founder, Euphoria Retreat
Marina Efraimoglou

We see the huge value of DNA testing. It’s something that can have a highly personalised influence on lifestyle interventions that can be used to reduce the expression of a ‘bad’ genotype.

We chose to partner with the Greek firm Eucrasia, whose experts have been studying human metabolic function for more than 20 years, producing a significant track record of over 15,000 clinical cases.

One of the tests we offer is 3GL, which costs €110 (US$124, £95). Through a simple finger prick blood test, we measure the levels of glutathione, the master protection cell for our metabolism. We also measure blood glucose levels. From this we can we determine a person’s precise antioxidant nutritional needs and identify the ideal isoglycemic diet to keep blood glucose balanced. Balanced sugar levels promote wellness, longevity and metabolic homeostasis.

Our advanced seven-night Nutrigenomics Programme, priced at €3,471 (US$3,925, £3,000), measures the influence of your lifestyle and nutritional habits in the expression of your genetic code.

"It can have a highly personalised influence on lifestyle interventions"

Using a blood panel that measures around 200 parameters, our scientific team can assess a person’s cellular respiration, gut flora, general detoxification and how they metabolise macro and micro nutrients.

We use this information to prescribed diet and exercise, but nutrigenomics is so much more than that. It also encompasses elements such as recovery, psycho-emotional balancing, detoxification and meditative therapies.

This is a life-changing approach which, at a scientific level, goes right to the core of the nucleus of the cell – ie DNA and expression, and it’s why Euphoria is fundamentally changing clients’ health for the long term.

Formerly a high-profile banker, Efraimoglou set up Euphoria Retreat in Greece last year

 


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