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The infinity pool will blend seamlessly into the ocean backdrop PHOTO: RANCHO LA PUERTA PHOTOS: PURSUIT

The community will be home to 108 residences

This village is dedicated to wellness; it’s a place you can draw strength and become your most resilient self Sarah Livia Brightwood Szekely

Rancho La Puerta unveils plans for wellness community Destination spa, Rancho La Puerta, has announced plans to build a private, wellness-focused community on its 4,000 acre site in Tecate, Mexico. The Residences will be an extension to the Rancho La Puerta community and will be both connected to yet separate from The Ranch. The project is focused on creating a thriving eco-friendly village comprised of 108 homes, designed to support health and wellbeing. “For years we’ve nurtured the dream of creating a residential community,” says Sarah Livia Brightwood Szekely, Rancho La Puerta president. “This village is dedicated to wellness; it’s a place you can draw strength and become your most resilient self.” Brightwood designed the residences alongside developers, Grupo Espiritu and Paco Angel. Residents will have access to a 24-hour concierge centre, a gym, tennis courts, library and pool, alongside a meditation room and at-home wellness experiences. Brightwood says 40 residences had been reserved so far and that a completion date will be revealed soon. More: http://lei.sr/r5S7R_B

Reykjavik city centre to welcome ocean-side geothermal lagoon Attractions and hospitality brand, Pursuit, has unveiled plans to develop an oceanfront geothermal lagoon in Iceland – named Sky Lagoon. The destination’s multi-sensory oasis will feature cold pool and sauna experiences, as well as an unobstructed 70-metre (230 ft) ocean-side infinity-edge lagoon. Located in Kársnes Harbour, close to Reykjavik city centre, the destination will offer expansive ocean vistas enhanced by sunsets and the Northern Lights.

Sky Lagoon will open in 2021

Iceland is one of those authentic and remarkable places that has the power to excite and inspire David Barry

Additional amenities will include an in-lagoon bar and dining and retail offerings. Scheduled to open in 2021, construction has already begun on the destination. “Iceland is an authentic and remarkable place that has the power to excite and inspire,” says David Barry, Pursuit president. “We’re thrilled to grow our collection of travel experiences in Iceland.” More: http://lei.sr/S2c8R_B

Todd Walter becomes WTS president

Todd Walter

WTS International has snapped up Todd Walter as its new president, following the demise of Mynd Spa & Salon – formerly The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon & Spa – where he was CEO. Walter will oversee the WTS portfolio of managed facilities and design, feasibility and pre-opening work, reporting to CEO and founder Gary Henkin. Walter spent 14 years as CEO of Mynd, overseeing 25 facilities and 1,300 employees. Henkin says: “Todd has the right DNA to help us scale and create incredible wellness experiences.”

WTS has been developing a succession plan for founder, Henkin, with a new investor announced late last year when private equity firm, CI Capital Partners, acquired a majority stake in the business. At the time, CI Capital’s Steven Rudnitsky was appointed to the position of vice-chair on the WTS board of directors. The company announced expansion was planned and that existing management would continue to operate the business. More: http://lei.sr/a6S5C_B

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