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Therapist
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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
DNA testing

Everyone’s talking about:
DNA testing


How are spas using DNA tests to offer the ultimate personalised services? Julie Cramer investigates
The Spa at South Lodge, UK

New Opening:
The Spa at South Lodge, UK


Katie Barnes visits the new purpose-built, £14m spa by the owners of Pennyhill Park
Training & education

Software:
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From bespoke training programmes to 24/7 support teams and company super-users, how are software suppliers helping spas get the most out of their systems?
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Product and equipment launches
InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland

New Opening:
InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland


Spa tranquillity at InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland – the world’s first underground hotel, underground hotel
Bone loading

Fitness:
Bone loading


Spas can help guests avoid and reverse osteoporosis says Liz Terry
Gharieni

Promotional feature:
Gharieni


Gharieni has long been known as an industry innovator. Now, Forbes Travel Guide has named the company as its official Spa & Wellness Equipment Manufacturer. Sammy Gharieni tells us more
Vana

First-person:
Vana


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


News:

Jim Root to head up wellness at Enchantment Group; Adrian Zecha’s Azerai brand expands; Aman ventures into medi-spa
Earth Day 2019

News report:
Earth Day 2019


We take a look at how spas around the world celebrated Earth Day and Earth Hour
Dale Hipsh

Interview:
Dale Hipsh


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
Miraval Austin

New Opening:
Miraval Austin


Miraval unveils second-ever wellness resort
Camylle

Promotional feature:
Camylle


Marc Massing from Camylle explains the benefits of aromatherapy in a spa’s wet areas
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

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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

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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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Spa Vision

Spa Vision was founded by Susan Auld and Neil Owen in 2006, with Colin Cameron joining as director in 2016 with the acquisition of Spa Developments Consultancy.

We offer a full service offering specifically catering for the luxury spa and wellness market. We thoroughly understand the market, with all directors having been industry operators in the past.
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Vana - Beyond Transformation

Spa expert Susie Ellis reflects on her dramatic changes at Vana – and why a good internet connection plays an important role

Stressed. Not sleeping well. Carrying a few extra pounds after the holidays and feeling bloated. I craved an experience that would change my health and life for the better. I’m not alone in this thinking. The growing popularity of ‘transformational travel’ has been highlighted by the Global Wellness Summit research team in its annual forecast. In its 2018 Global Wellness Trends Report, the authors describe transformational travel as connected experiences – rather than disconnected programming – that challenges people on a deeply personal level. While it’s wonderful to enjoy a massage, hike up a mountain, eat a healthy meal or make new friends at a retreat, today people are looking for more – including me.

Astonishing experience
After working in the wellness industry for four decades, visiting more than 1,000 locations around the world designed to help people renew body, mind and spirit, this January, I experienced transformative wellness at Vana, the destination spa retreat created by visionary Veer Singh in north, India. To describe my experience as “astonishing” is not something I do casually. I’ve been to many places – destination retreats and spas in particular – where I had a transformative experience and was a different person when I left than when I came. But I think of my experience at Vana as ‘beyond transformation’ because the dramatic changes lasted.

As I sit typing this article, it’s been two months since I returned and the unique inner feeling of stillness and confidence I discovered is still with me. I’m still drinking warm water before meals. I don’t have a desire for coffee or alcohol and I’m limiting my focused work to shorter time frames. I no longer go to bed with my iPhone next to my pillow, nor look at it first thing. In fact, I’ve reorganised my days and prioritise important projects before I even look at emails. This way I don’t let emails dictate so much of what I do. I’ve maintained most of the 5lb weight loss that resulted from my stay and in general have quieted the ‘monkey mind’ that kept me in an almost constant state of mental stress.

Moreover, the most wonderful thing about this lasting transformation is that it’s been very easy. There’s been very little willpower involved. I’ve learned more about my body and what it needs and wants. By giving it the rest and time it needs, I’ve rediscovered my younger child-like self – a self that was happy, joyful and carefree before the stresses of the world began piling on.

Wellness everywhere
Set at the foothills of the lower Himalayas in its own 21-acre (8.5-hectare) estate, Vana is not opulent or showy. It’s understated and excels in an artistic way. The 80-plus rooms are relaxing and beautiful and views of the surrounding Sal forest are integral to the design. Bedding is luxurious (you can choose your pillows). Even the TV is curated with uplifting viewing options such as Louis Schwartzberg’s nature films, the Disney animal channel and spiritual presentations from the Dalai Lama. Wellness is everywhere. The bathroom is stocked with pink Himalayan bath salts to increase magnesium intake and even the technology is thoughtfully designed. With a click of a button I can control lights, heat/air conditioning, privacy button and a discreet night light from my bed. And they provide all the comfy and stylish clothes I need for my entire stay.

Expertise and personalisation
The outstanding wellness practitioners who practice ayurveda, Tibetan or traditional Chinese medicine in one of 55 treatment rooms are the foundation of Vana’s transformative experience. Vana has done the work of finding them: I simply showed up and enjoyed the benefits of their expertise.

When it comes to affordable, democratic wellness, Vana is actually quite reasonable compared to many other destination type retreat experiences. Prices start at INR30,000 (US$426, €377, £324) a night for a minimum five-night stay.

Those of us in the industry hear a lot about ‘personalisation’. However, in my opinion, Vana’s doctors and practitioners went far beyond the buzz. They applied their expertise via pulse diagnoses, listened to me – my needs, desires and issues – and then designed a personal course, including treatments, programmes, food choices and lifestyle practices. And because this was a nine-day stay, I didn’t just have one reflexology session to help digestion but rather a series of appointments. I was at Vana long enough to see results and that was motivation to commit to a new lifestyle. I feel different, look different, my confidence is stronger and going back to old bad habits isn’t appealing. I can only imagine what I could feel like after 14 days or 21 days – or even longer.

A surprising revelation
I found Vana’s mobile phone policy extremely effective. You can only use your phone in your room and one discreetly private lounge. Period. In addition, guests cannot take any photographs on the property. Wellness is not a frivolous social media opportunity here. In this age of technology bashing, however, I also believe Vana’s programme is transformative in part because the property has an excellent internet connection, making it easy to stay connected with loved ones and to whatever important work you’re doing.

Over the years, I’ve suggested that if people want to truly transform their wellbeing they need more than a week: rather multiple weeks would be my suggestion. But, to be honest, I’ve never found a place where I really wanted to stay for that long. Vana was the exception. I could have easily stayed a month. And one reason this was possible – here’s the surprise – I need to carve out blocks of time to connect to work. Frankly, I think that’s the case for most people these days. No one can check out of their entire life for very long. Even a day or two is a stretch.

Realising that many people work remotely these days, there’s no reason why that can’t happen from a place of body/mind/spirit transformation. I suggested to Singh that he consider offering a wellness sabbatical programme where the guest engages in a deep dive Vana programme for the first few weeks and then adds on extra weeks as desired. And then I thought there’s no reason this couldn’t take place at other destinations such as Lanserhof, Canyon Ranch, Rancho La Puerta, Gwinganna, or Chiva-Som.

The timing could be perfect for people putting together their own wellness sabbaticals of a month or more. And come to think of it, even if Vana doesn’t offer something like this when I visit next year, I just might decide to move my workplace there anyway.

Vana at a glance

Bedrooms: 82

Treatment rooms: 55 – clustered around three treatment pavilions

Skin, body and haircare: In-house, nature inspired brand Vanaveda

Basic package: Minimum five-night stay includes food, a private consultation, one treatment a day and yoga, meditation, cuisine lessons, functional fitness, talks, music and more

Cost: INR30,000 (US$426, €377, £324) a night

Susie Ellis is chair and CEO of the Global Wellness Institute and Global Wellness Summit

susie.ellis@globalwellnesssummit.com
Talks and cuisine lessons are some of the many elements included in a Vana programme
Making it easy for people to relax yet still work remotely gives Vana an edge says Ellis
Wellness is everywhere - from the fresh food to the forest setting
Wellness is everywhere - from the fresh food to the forest setting
Veer Singh opened Vana in north India five years ago
Treatments are focused on ayurveda, Tibetan and traditional Chinese medicine
 


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