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• Iconic Red Door Spa rebrands as Mynd Spa & Salon
• InterContinental opens onsen resort






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The Spa at Windsor Court to undergo major renovation  
The Spa at Windsor Court to undergo major renovation

By Lauren Heath-Jones

The Spa at Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, US, is set to undergo a major renovation that will see the addition of new relaxation spaces and treatment rooms. The renovation, which is scheduled to complete in early Autumn, will be spearheaded by Houston-based design firm Montgomery Roth Architecture & .... more>>
Four Seasons to open resort in Los Cabos with Oasis Spa  
Four Seasons to open resort in Los Cabos with Oasis Spa

By Jane Kitchen

Four Seasons will open a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico this November, featuring a 15,855sq ft Oasis Spa. Designed by Guerin Glass Architects, the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas includes 141 bedrooms, including 23 suites, all designed to integrate indoor-outdoor living. Native landscaping and .... more>>

Emma Darby named COO of Resense  
By Jane Kitchen

Leading wellness consultancy Resense has announced the promotion of Emma Darby to the position of chief operating officer (COO). Darby benefits from over 20 years of experience within the .... more>>
ISPA research: More men visiting spas than ever before  
By Lauren Heath-Jones

Research by the International Spa Association (ISPA), has revealed that more men are going to spas than ever before, with stats indicating that 49 per cent of spa customers are now men, a 20 .... more>>
Global Wellness Summit relocates from Hong Kong to Singapore  
By Liz Terry

Susie Ellis, chair of the Global Wellness Institute, has announced the 2019 Global Wellness Summit will move from Hong Kong to Singapore. Dates will remain unchanged at 15-17 October and .... more>>
Healing Holidays opens Singapore office  
By Jane Kitchen

UK-based wellness travel specialist Healing Holidays has opened its first overseas office in Singapore. The new branch offers wellness solutions to health-conscious consumers from across .... more>>
Expanded spa and new treatment menu for Azerai La Residence, Hue  
By Jane Kitchen

Azerai La Residence in Hue, Vietnam – the second hotel from renowned hotelier Adrian Zecha – has unveiled a newly refurbished luxury spa which is more than 50 percent larger than before, and .... more>>
Lanserhof opens its doors at London's iconic Arts Club  
By Tom Walker

German wellness operator Lanserhof has opened its first UK location at the historic Arts Club in London. The six-storey luxury health and wellness club – situated on Dover Market Street in .... more>>
Equinox and SoulCycle face backlash after it's revealed owner will host Trump fundraiser  
By Liz Terry

Equinox and SoulCycle are facing a significant backlash from members after the Washington Post broke the news that the ultimate owner of the business, Stephen Ross, will host a .... more>>
Dr Ursula Levine to head up medical clinic at Grayshott Medical Spa  
By Lauren Heath-Jones

Grayshott Medical Spa, formerly the Grayshott Health Spa, in Surrey, UK, is set to launch a new medical clinic led by Grayshott's medical director, Dr Ursula Levine. Following its recent .... more>>
US spa industry hits US$18bn in revenues  
By Katie Barnes

Spas across the US generated US$18.3bn (€16.3bn, £15bn) in revenues in 2018 and have seen a steady growth across key financial indicators in the last nine years. This is according to .... more>>
The Alchemist Spa targets the teenage market with new treatment menu  
By Lauren Heath-Jones

The Alchemist Spa at Woolacombe Bay Hotel in Devon, UK, has teamed up with product house Natural Spa Factory to launch its new summer treatment menu, which will include treatments for .... more>>
 

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GWD one of only 15 Instagram accounts followed by Harry & Meghan  
By Jane Kitchen

UK’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have announced the 15 Instagram accounts that they’re following, after they unfollowed everyone and requested people to recommend worthy .... more>>
Red Door Spa rebrands to Mynd  
By Jane Kitchen

After more than 100 years in the spa industry, US-based Red Door Salon & Spa has undergone a comprehensive rebrand and will now be known as Mynd Spa & Salon. Mynd Spa & Salon will have a .... more>>
Aman to develop three resorts in Saudi Arabia  
By Jane Kitchen

In partnership with the Royal Commission for Al Ula (RCU), luxury hotel operator Aman will develop three resorts in Saudi Arabia, which are set to open in 2023. Located in Northwest Saudi .... more>>

Features
Finishing touch

Research:
Finishing touch


The benefits of face massage rollers have been given scientific backing from researchers in Japan
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
Neil Jacobs

People profile:
Neil Jacobs


Neil Jacobs reveals what the IHG buyout means for Six Senses
The Tides

Promotional feature:
The Tides


Annemarie Wortman highlights a new, effective detox treatment and product line by The Tides Wellness
Earth Day 2019

News report:
Earth Day 2019


We take a look at how spas around the world celebrated Earth Day and Earth Hour
Bone loading

Fitness:
Bone loading


Spas can help guests avoid and reverse osteoporosis says Liz Terry
Jungle VIP

Spa Design:
Jungle VIP


Kim Megson ventures deep into Mexico’s jungle to discover how two Chablé resorts with Mayan spas are aiming to redefine wellness
spa-kit.net

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Product and equipment launches
Blackberry Mountain

New Opening:
Blackberry Mountain


Sister property to iconic Blackberry Farm revealed
Vana

First-person:
Vana


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

Promotional feature:
Iyashi Dome


Iyashi Dome: the original Japanese far infrared sauna experience
DNA testing

Everyone’s talking about:
DNA testing


How are spas using DNA tests to offer the ultimate personalised services? Julie Cramer investigates
Spa product news

Ishga phases out plastic packaging for eco-friendly alternative

Ishga phases out plastic packaging for eco-friendly alternative

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Ishga, a luxury skincare brand specialising in organic seaweed products, has announced plans to completely phase out its plastic packaging, replacing it with sustainable alternatives.
 
Vital Tech's Nuage makes infratherapy accessible

Vital Tech's Nuage makes infratherapy accessible

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Vital Tech, a developer of infratherapy spa equipment, has developed an infrared lounger boasting a host of physical and mental health benefits.
 
Knesko masks tap into gemstone energy

Knesko masks tap into gemstone energy

FROM SPA-KIT.NET

Skincare brand Knesko has launched two hydrogel collagen masks to combat environmental damage to the skin using semi-precious gemstones as active ingredients.
Beauty product news

Elemis' Ultra Smart mask reduces water loss and seals in moisture

Elemis' Ultra Smart mask reduces water loss and seals in moisture

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

Luxury product house Elemis has launched a new face mask that is designed to protect the skin's moisture barrier.
 
Voya appoints Maggie Wright following significant growth in the US

Voya appoints Maggie Wright following significant growth in the US

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

Voya, an Irish thalassotherapy skincare brand, has announced the appointment of Maggie Wright to the role of Western USA business development manager.
 
Galgorm to launch exclusive Aromatherapy Associates Forest Therapy treatment following new partnership

Galgorm to launch exclusive Aromatherapy Associates Forest Therapy treatment following new partnership

FROM BEAUTY-KIT.NET

Aromatherapy Associates is set to launch its first Forest Therapy treatment at the Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, after entering into an exclusive product partnership with the resort spa.
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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

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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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