Latest
issue
GET SPA BUSINESS
magazine
Yes! Send me the FREE digital editions of Spa Business and Spa Business insider magazines and the FREE weekly Spa Business and Spa Business insider ezines and breaking news alerts!
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Uniting the world of spa & wellness
Get Spa Business and Spa Business insider digital magazines FREE
Sign up here ▸
News   Features   Products   Company profilesProfiles   Magazine   Handbook   Advertise    Subscribe  
Industry insights
Deborah Szekely

The wellness industry’s very own testament to longevity, Deborah Szekely, co-founder of Rancho La Puerta and inaugural Fellow of the Wellness Hall of Fame, has celebrated her 100th birthday. Spa Business caught up with her to hear her views on what makes for a long life...


Reaching your 100th birthday is such an impressive feat. How does it feel to have led such a long and active life?
It feels wondrous, each and every day. A wondrous surprise.

Is there anything you’ve learned that you wish you could have told your younger self?
Yes. In no uncertain terms I would have told myself to stop worrying about most things. I know now that most of what worried me at the time never ended up happening. I came to a point in my life when I quit stewing and fretting, and it opened the door to a long, happy life.

What practices do you follow which have supported your health and longevity?
Doing good! Doing good to others and yourself. Living a good life depends on doing things which make sense. My philosopher husband, Edmond, had a saying: ‘The past is all evil, the present is but a moment, the future is all.’ In short: never dwell on the past – it’s over; live in the present, but understand it is but a moment in a long life. Live life with the belief it will be long and glorious.

What are your thoughts on longevity becoming a burgeoning trend in the wellness industry?
Longevity has always been in the back of everyone’s mind for as long as I can remember. One of the main reasons people choose to bring the spa experience into their life is that they want to live long and live happy and they’re willing to work at it. I’m referring here to ‘fitness spas’ in particular, which offer a complete mind, body, spirit experience.

What would you like to see spas offer in this respect?
Prioritise your clients’ understanding of their future wellness. Help them understand it is their choice to eat right, act right, think right, or not. Fitness spas have moved in this direction since the beginning. Even in 1940, day one at Rancho La Puerta, changing the lives of people was our priority, and it can be achieved in a very short period of time. Edmond, would say, Siempre Mejor - always better – which became our mantra.

Have you seen any inspiring spa practices recently?
I don’t travel as much as I used to however, I am delighted meditation has become a staple activity at many spas.

• A more detailed interview with Deborah Szekely is available in Spa Business issue 1 2022

Spending time in nature: Deborah Szekely with her daughter, Sarah Credit: Rancho La Puerta
Deborah advocates meditation Credit: Rancho La Puerta
FEATURED SUPPLIERS

Step into a world of wellness with the Himalayan Source Salt Capsule
Himalayan Source has launched the Himalayan Salt Capsule to help spa, wellness and fitness facilities or residences upgrade their offering with halotherapy. [more...]

The sound of success: three ways music can boost spa revenue according to Myndstream’s Freddie Moross
At Myndstream, we understand the power of music elevates the spa experience. But did you know it can also be a powerful revenue generator? [more...]
+ More featured suppliers  
COMPANY PROFILES
Aquaform

With thirty years of experience, Aquaform presents a diverse array of water wellness experiences. [more...]
TLEE Spas + Wellness

TLEE Spas + Wellness is a globally recognised spa design and consulting firm created in 2010 by Tr [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

18-22 May 2024

Eco Resort Network

The Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Mauritius
23-24 May 2024

European Health Prevention Day

Large Hall of the Chamber of Commerce (Erbprinzenpalais), Wiesbaden, Germany
+ More diary  
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
SPA BUSINESS
SPA OPPORTUNITIES
SPA BUSINESS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2024
Uniting the world of spa & wellness
Get Spa Business and Spa Business insider digital magazines FREE
Sign up here ▸
News   Products   Magazine   Subscribe
Industry insights
Deborah Szekely

The wellness industry’s very own testament to longevity, Deborah Szekely, co-founder of Rancho La Puerta and inaugural Fellow of the Wellness Hall of Fame, has celebrated her 100th birthday. Spa Business caught up with her to hear her views on what makes for a long life...


Reaching your 100th birthday is such an impressive feat. How does it feel to have led such a long and active life?
It feels wondrous, each and every day. A wondrous surprise.

Is there anything you’ve learned that you wish you could have told your younger self?
Yes. In no uncertain terms I would have told myself to stop worrying about most things. I know now that most of what worried me at the time never ended up happening. I came to a point in my life when I quit stewing and fretting, and it opened the door to a long, happy life.

What practices do you follow which have supported your health and longevity?
Doing good! Doing good to others and yourself. Living a good life depends on doing things which make sense. My philosopher husband, Edmond, had a saying: ‘The past is all evil, the present is but a moment, the future is all.’ In short: never dwell on the past – it’s over; live in the present, but understand it is but a moment in a long life. Live life with the belief it will be long and glorious.

What are your thoughts on longevity becoming a burgeoning trend in the wellness industry?
Longevity has always been in the back of everyone’s mind for as long as I can remember. One of the main reasons people choose to bring the spa experience into their life is that they want to live long and live happy and they’re willing to work at it. I’m referring here to ‘fitness spas’ in particular, which offer a complete mind, body, spirit experience.

What would you like to see spas offer in this respect?
Prioritise your clients’ understanding of their future wellness. Help them understand it is their choice to eat right, act right, think right, or not. Fitness spas have moved in this direction since the beginning. Even in 1940, day one at Rancho La Puerta, changing the lives of people was our priority, and it can be achieved in a very short period of time. Edmond, would say, Siempre Mejor - always better – which became our mantra.

Have you seen any inspiring spa practices recently?
I don’t travel as much as I used to however, I am delighted meditation has become a staple activity at many spas.

• A more detailed interview with Deborah Szekely is available in Spa Business issue 1 2022

Spending time in nature: Deborah Szekely with her daughter, Sarah Credit: Rancho La Puerta
Deborah advocates meditation Credit: Rancho La Puerta
LATEST NEWS
QC New York to unveil 15,000sq ft multimillion-dollar expansion in July
QC New York, a luxury Italian day spa on Governors Island, will expand its offering this July by adding an extra 15,000sq ft of space. This new area will feature sensory saunas, waterfalls, a salt room, an ice room, a lavender room, a 142-seat bistro and a waterbed relaxation room.
Wellness real estate market booming – forecast to reach $913bn by 2028, reports GWI
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has released promising new research on the wellness real estate market at its third-annual Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium in Manhattan.
Banyan Group appoints Paul Hawco to spearhead wellness strategy
Paul Hawco, a seasoned figure in the international wellness industry, has assumed the role of executive director – integrated wellbeing at independent, hospitality group Banyan Group.
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, unveils new-look lakeside destination spa
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in the southeastern US state of Georgia is celebrating a new milestone after unveiling its newly renovated 27,000sq ft destination spa.
Art-inspired urban spa to launch at stylish new London hotel, Art’otel London Hoxton
Art’otel, Radisson’s contemporary art-inspired lifestyle hotel brand, has strengthened its presence in London with a new hotel in Hoxton fusing art, design and hospitality.
Saga Holographic hits Kickstarter target to roll out holographic indoor bike
HoloBike, a holographic training bike that simulates trail rides in lifelike 3D, is aiming to push indoor cycling technology up a gear.
Exclusive: Yuki Kiyono goes behind the scenes of Aman’s social wellness brand Janu
Luxury hotel brand Aman, widely known for its strong spa focus, has just launched its much- talked-about sister brand Janu in Tokyo – complete with a 4,000sq m urban wellness retreat.
Equinox teams up with Dr Mark Hyman's Function Health to offer $40k annual healthspan programme
Equinox, has teamed up with health platform, Function Health, to offer 100 comprehensive laboratory tests, giving members vital insights into their internal health.
SHA Wellness shares vision for “world’s first healthy living island” in UAE
Spanish wellness brand SHA Wellness Clinic is busy preparing to bolster its wellness portfolio in 2026 with a hyper-exclusive island wellness enclave in AlJurf, UAE.
Breakers Hotel in Long Beach to relaunch as Fairmont property with tech-forward spa in 2024
The historic Breakers Hotel in Long Beach, California, is set to reopen in mid-2024 as a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property after a significant restoration and redevelopment project.
Kempinski to make Vietnamese debut with riverside resort and spa designed by Kengo Kuma
High-end five-star hotel company Kempinski Hotels is making its mark in Vietnam with a luxury waterfront property overlooking the Saigon River.
Marriott to realise Ritz-Carlton Reserve at Trojena, the Mountains of Neom
Marriott International has signed a new deal with Neom to open a Ritz-Carlton Reserve property as part of Trojena, a brand new year-round mountain adventure destination in Saudi Arabia.
+ More news   
 
FEATURED SUPPLIERS

Step into a world of wellness with the Himalayan Source Salt Capsule
Himalayan Source has launched the Himalayan Salt Capsule to help spa, wellness and fitness facilities or residences upgrade their offering with halotherapy. [more...]

The sound of success: three ways music can boost spa revenue according to Myndstream’s Freddie Moross
At Myndstream, we understand the power of music elevates the spa experience. But did you know it can also be a powerful revenue generator? [more...]
+ More featured suppliers  
COMPANY PROFILES
Aquaform

With thirty years of experience, Aquaform presents a diverse array of water wellness experiences. [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

18-22 May 2024

Eco Resort Network

The Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Mauritius
23-24 May 2024

European Health Prevention Day

Large Hall of the Chamber of Commerce (Erbprinzenpalais), Wiesbaden, Germany
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2024

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS