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Montara Hospitality invests US$209m into Thai wellness project Bangkok-based developer Montara Hospitality Group (MHG) is investing THB6,6bn (US$210m, €178m, £158m) into Asia’s upcoming comprehensive wellness destination and residential community, Tri Vananda, in Thailand. Scheduled to open in 2022, the project is being developed with help from Sue Harmsworth and Amy McDonald.

Tri Vananda is a specialist wellness resort

The project’s developer, MHG, is overseen by CEO Kittisak Pattamasaevi

Spread across 230 acres of hillside, the community will be surrounded by lakes and anchored by a wellness resort specialising in cognitive wellbeing and integrative and functional medicine, with a focus on medical and holistic wellness. Tri Vananda’s amenities have been planned to include a health centre with consultation rooms for medical and preventative treatments and traditional Thai medicine therapies, a cognitive health centre, and facilities for functional health diagnostics.


The development plan includes projects – with a similar concept to Therme Manchester – in London, Wales, and Scotland, all of which will be developed at sites located near to city centres. It’s believed the rollout will create 3,000 jobs and represents a major investment in the population’s wellbeing.

Our aim is to ensure a Therme wellbeing resort is within easy reach of 90 per cent of the UK population James Mark

Work begins on the 28-acre Manchester resort next year, and is due to finish in 2023. Therme describes its concept as a combination of nature, sustainable technology and culture, and says it’s already been ‘phenomenally successful’ in Europe for 20 years. Therme plans to expand across the UK

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Daniella Russell rallies key industry figures to push to reopen Dubai spas

Therme to expand into major UK cities Following approval to build a £250m (US$308m, €274m) wellbeing resort in Manchester, Therme Group has revealed plans to expand its concept in other major UK cities. “Our aim is to ensure a Therme wellbeing resort is within reach of 90 per cent of the UK population,” says Therme UK COO, James Mark.

Guests will able to visit a 30-treatment-room spa with separate-gender thermal rooms, relaxation spaces, a hammam, sauna and lakeside fitness centre. The destination will also be completed with a unique wellness club for young visitors and a dedicated mindfulness centre with visiting monks. “All of our residents and guests will enjoy access to proven health and wellness therapies and programmes,” says MHG CEO Kittisak Pattamasaevi.

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The Dubai government recently allowed spas to reopen following an open letter submitted in June by prominent industry figures, including Daniella Russell spa consultant Daniella Russell of DR Global. In the letter the group proposed a comprehensive set of COVID-19-safety spa sanitisation guidelines it compiled to show how prepared the sector was for reopening. Russell explained that the achievement is testament to the strength of the group, which consisted of a mix of spa owners and operators and hotel spa teams. It was also backed by independent spa supporters such as herself, Kathryn Moore of Spa Connectors, Salina Handa of Sensasia, Christian Kiefer of Rayya Wellness and Maria Dowling of Mariadowling salons. “We’re ecstatic to reopen after such a long time out of action,” Russel exclaims. More: http://lei.sr/K3D6D_B

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Spa Business issue 3 2020  

Spa Business issue 3 2020