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GWI unveils wellness real estate report


From 2017-2020, the global wellness real estate market expanded from US$148bn (€126bn,£109bn) to US$275bn (€235bn, £203bn). These figures were released in the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) new study, called Wellness Real Estate: Looking Beyond COVID-19. The report provides market data and growth rates for both 2017-19 and 2019-20 – to capture 'the pandemic PHOTO:SERENBE

effect' – for every global region and the top 20 national markets, as well as forecasting key shifts that will define the market post-COVID.

■■ Serenbe is a sustainable wellness community in Georgia, US

Key findings included: ■ Prior to the pandemic, the

global wellness real estate sector

■ Wellness real estate is concentrated in

understood by consumers, builders,

grew 22 per cent on average

North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

developers or investors, but we

annually between 2017-2019.

■ The US China, Australia, UK,

predicted demand would soon hit

■ The wellness real estate sector still

Japan, France and Germany account

like a tsunami,” commented Ophelia

continued to grow 22 per cent during

for 82 per cent of the market.

Yeung, GWI senior research fellow.



New bathhouse to revive San Francisco's bathing culture Plans include 16,000sq ft of open indoor-outdoor space



Programme taps traditional Mayan healing rituals

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Chablé unveils new couples' retreat to rekindle romance


estate was a concept not well

construction shrinking by -2.5 per cent.


“Now, that moment has arrived.”

“Three years ago, wellness real

2020, despite the pandemic and overall


Secluded desert spa resort to open in Saudi Arabia Latest project from The Red Sea Development Company


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spa business people Neil Palmer announced as Six Senses’ new chief operating officer


eil Palmer has been

co-owner of Per AQUUM

appointed as Six

Retreats & Resorts.

Senses’ chief operating

In recent years, he also

officer (COO) to look after

held the role of CEO of

the brand’s growing portfolio

Elements HSC – a company

of hotels, resorts and

he co-established specialising

spas in 20 countries, with

in global hospitality consulting

a further 34 properties

and asset management.

signed into its international

“With his boundless

development pipeline.

experience, energy and photo: SIX SENSES

He will also focus on translating Six Senses’ vision of reconnection into emblematic resort locations, downtown addresses and

■■ Neil Palmer has 37 years of international hospitality experience

new residential offerings.

integrity, Neil is an exciting new protagonist in the Six Senses story,” commented Neil Jacobs, CEO. A graduate of the UK's Westminster Hotel

With his boundless experience and integrity, Neil is an exciting new protagonist in the Six Senses story

Palmer has 37 years of global hospitality experience, 25 of which he spent with

School in London and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality UK, Palmer firmly

Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

believes that learning and

In his role as senior vice

company’s hotel portfolio and

Following his tenure with

president operations Asia

oversaw the pre-opening hotel

Starwood, he became chief

be a constant in life.

Pacific, he developed the

pipeline within the region.

executive officer (CEO) and


developing should always

Trilogy Spa Holdings appoints Cheryl Sott and purchases spa asset management firm and its proprietary Spa Audit Service


pa management and operations company Trilogy Spa Holdings

Trilogy is proud of its role as a disruptor in the hospitality and spa industries

has announced the purchase of Trinity Spa

a consultant to the spa and

to the boutique firm – its

Advisors – a boutique spa

hospitality industry through

patent-pending, proprietary

asset management firm.

the companies she founded.

Spa Audit Service.

This deal also sees

■■ Trinity founder and

expansion of Trilogy’s asset

disruptor in the hospitality

Cheryl Sott added to Trilogy’s

management division, which

and spa industries,” said

team as vice president

works with operating partners

John Grunbeck, Trilogy SVP

of asset management.

and onsite management teams

business development.

Sott brings a combination

in an advisory role to mitigate

“Trilogy can help take

CEO Cheryl Sott is now

of experience from Wall Street

risk while maximising growth.

the Spa Audit to the next

Trilogy’s vice president

– in particular as an asset

of asset management


“We’re proud to be a

She will oversee the

Trinity’s founder and CEO

Sott will also spearhead the

level to truly make a

manager at Paine Webber (now

utilisation of one of Trinity's

difference in the industry.”

UBS) – and Main Street as

tool’s that attracted Trilogy


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Concept development


Sowing the seeds of wellness


On the move


Spa insights


Supplier innovation

■■ Barry Goldstein has been appointed WTS International's CEO

WTS is uniquely positioned in the industry with best-in-class hospitality and amenity services

WTS International names Barry Goldstein CEO


pa consultancy and

Prior to that, he was

management firm

executive vice president &

WTS International has

chief commercial officer for

announced the appointment

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts,

of Barry Goldstein as chief

senior vice president and

executive officer (CEO).

chief revenue & information

Goldstein has more

officer for Dolce Hotels &

than 30 years of executive

Resorts and VP of global

leadership experience at both

sales strategy, technology

Fortune 100 companies and

& operations, for Starwood

privately-held organisations,

Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

in management consulting,

“WTS International is

consumer packaged goods,

uniquely positioned in the

information technology and,

industry,” Goldstein said.

for the last 17 years, in

“I look forward to

the hospitality industry.

building on the company’s

Between 2019 and 2021,

value proposition for

he was chief commercial

our loyal existing and

& marketing officer for

prospective customers.”

Club Quarters Hotels.


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Six Senses names Neil Palmer as its new chief operating officer

Banyan Tree Group rolls out its Wellbeing Sanctuary concept to its two properties in Southern Thailand

The Global Wellness Institute launches a new initiative to get wellness and healthy habits into the classroom

Accor launches bespoke, premium fitness service for its upmarket Pullman Hotels & Resorts brand

noa* has sensitively transformed a 17th-century monastery into a boutique hotel and wellness haven and The Red Sea Development Company has unveiled plans for a new desert mountain resort and spa in Saudi Arabia

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spa business news RESEARCH

UK economy set to receive £3.5bn boost Gym and leisure centre

Corporate Banking (BCB)

managers are most likely

reveals that the leisure

to be very confident (45

and hospitality sectors are

per cent), with spas and

likely to contribute £3.5bn

wellness retreats (42 per

more to the nation’s GDP

cent) also especially positive.

in 2021 than in 2019. Based on projected sales

Findings show that healthy living choices, already on the

figures between April and

increase before COVID-19,

December 2021 – when the

have been further boosted

sectors have largely been

as lockdown enabled people

open again – this equates

to reflect on their physical

to £3.5bn more in Gross

and mental health.

Value Added than in the same period in 2019. In a new report called Leisure Rediscovered, Barclays’ data shows the vast

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New research by Barclays

More than nine in ten (91 per cent) operators are now

■■ The research reveals how people are accessing hospitality and leisure services

prioritising ‘healthy’ products among their portfolios. On average, consumers are

majority of businesses (94

prepared to pay 17.8 per cent

per cent) are confident about

more for accommodation that

their growth prospects for

includes wellbeing services,

this year following a post-

such as a gym or spa.

lockdown surge in trade.


Spa and wellness retreat businesses are feeling confident about their growth prospects

growing footprint

US wellness lifestyle brand Canyon photo: Canyon Ranch

Ranch is curating a members-only urban wellness club concept to help its guests lead healthier happier lives. The 26,000sq ft spa and fitness location

■■ The location will open in Texas in 2023

will open within the US$250m (€213.4m, £183m) mixed-use development Crescent

with our new wellness club,” said

Fort Worth Development, Texas.

Jeff Kuster, Canyon Ranch CEO.

Crescent Fort Worth is being

We’ve been helping people find a ‘well way of life’ for decades Jeff Kuster


photo: Canyon Ranch

Canyon Ranch to open first urban wellness club in 2023

Launching in 2023, the club will

developed by Crescent Real Estate,

extend the Canyon Ranch experience

a company owned by John Goff – the

from its two destination spas in Arizona

chair and owner of Canyon Ranch.

and Massachusetts, its Las Vegas day

“We’ve been helping people find

spa and its California property, Canyon

a ‘well way of life’ for decades and

Ranch Wellness Retreat – Woodside.

are excited to continue that mission


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and spa group Banyan Tree Group has launched its new healthy living concept at its properties in Southern Thailand, including Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi. The launch is based on

their stay and pick up new personal practices to sustain

Editorial director

even after returning home.

Liz Terry

Remko Kroesen, area GM

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who oversees both hotels: "We consult with guests Spa Business editor

and provide suggestions

ecotherapy and involves

that will help inspire

guests staying in a dedicated

their daily routines."

Wellbeing Sanctuary villa

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Banyan's plan moving

with a set pay rate allowing them access to up to 50 different types of wellness

We consult with guests to help inspire their daily routines

activities a week inspired

Remko Kroesen

by the destination, plus

forward is to roll out the


Wellbeing Sanctuary concept

Astrid Ros

at its resorts in Indonesia,

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Chablé launches new couples' retreat to foster reconnection

Assistant editor

Megan Whitby +44 (0)1462 471906

Head of digital

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hotel and spa brand Chablé Hotels has curated a wellness ■■ Cenotes are seen as a healing force in Mayan culture

journey for couples looking to rekindle the romance in their relationship following

spiritual guide similar to a

being taken into a traditional

a testing 18 months

Shaman – to understand the

Mexican sweat lodge.

enduring the pandemic.

couples’ needs and goals. A traditional ceremony,

Rooted in the Mayan

Couples then receive a deep Mayan Compress Massage,

healing tradition, couples

complete with an energy-

using a poultice filled with

are invited to take part in

healing ritual is then

herbs cultivated directly from

sacred rituals designed

performed, followed by a

the resort’s garden to undo

to help them reconnect at

private visit to a Mayan

the body’s pains and tensions.

the group’s jungle resort

healing well, called a cenote,

location, Chablé Yucatan.

that contains a natural

with Acoustic Energy and

The three-day Blissful

blend of detoxifying and

Cleaning which harnesses

restorative properties.

the vibrations and tones of

Romance journey begins with a private consultation

Guided by the Abuela,

The journey is completed

healing crystals and ocarinas

session with the resort’s

the couple is ‘reborn’ in the

– a Mayan sacred shell.

on-property Abuela Ak’be – a

waters of the cenote before


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spa business news DESIGN

Swan-inspired spa opens in Budapest Interior architecture and

inhabit the River Danube are

design practice MKV Design

infused within the design.

m spa in Budapest, The facility is housed within

Vafiadis explained: “The narrative of the spa is of light and dark, alluding to

Matild Palace – the latest

the mysterious depths of the

addition to Marriott’s Luxury

River Danube which flows

Collection portfolio and its

so near to Matild Palace.”

first location in Hungary. The hotel is the culmination

The spa is home to three distinct relaxation rooms, a

of a five-year project to

spacious hammam entirely

convert a neglected UNESCO

clad in white marble,

World Heritage Site into a

as well as a salt room,

grand European hotel.

steamroom and sauna.

Maria Vafiadis, MKV founder and MD of interior architecture

– one of which is for

and design practice, felt

couples – combine a

Matild Palace was destined to

palette of crisp white

have its own spa inspired by

shades with blue details.

the local bathing culture and

■■ The spa's interiors draw on the blue hues of the River Danube

Two treatment rooms

The spa menu

re-interpreted into a soothing

includes a host of rituals

sanctuary where the graceful

supplied by Espa.

forms of the swans which


photo: Dimitris Vlaikos

has created a 250sq

The spa's narrative focuses on light and darkness Maria Vafiadis

GWI unveils initiative to bring wellness into the classroom The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has launched a new programme to help educators introduce young school kids to the importance of physical and mental wellness.

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■■ The programme is first being piloted in US schools

It revolves around The Children’s Wellness Moonshot Calendar – a

lessons, conversations and games

colourful hanging mobile to be displayed

that make wellness fun and tangible.

in classrooms that gives 12 monthly

This is a perfect opportunity to plant the seeds of wellness Jessica Jesse


The concept and design was

wellness themes for teachers and kids

created by Jessica Jesse, CEO and

to explore. Themes include Show Love,

creative director of BuDhaGirl.

Explore Nature and Move Joyfully. The mobile hangs from ceiling to

She called the calendar “a perfect opportunity to plant the seeds of

floor, and each theme is designed

wellness for future generations ”.

to become a springboard for new


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spa business news Trends

Leisure shift drives wellness real estate leisure demand to drive both

exceeding US$1m (€852,700,

revenues and 65 per cent

£731,700) generated nearly

higher average daily rate,

75 per cent more in total

despite restrictions to travel.


Hotels with wellness revenues

revenue per available room in 2020, compared to locations with wellness revenues of less than US$1m.

Parker Spa™ Trolley

Roger Allen, group CEO of RLA Global, said: “Uncertainty and restrictions have meant that tourism now has a

The figure was revealed

domestic leaning, with money

in the Wellness Real Estate

being saved on flights and

Report from RLA Globa l– an

transfers, and reallocated

international consultancy specialising in leisure and wellbeing in real estate. Findings showed hotels with

Hotels with major wellness offerings were better positioned Roger Allen

significant wellness offerings

to local hotel, leisure and wellness experiences. “This meant hotels with major wellness offerings were better positioned. ” More:

were able to harness pent-up

New hydro spa to revive San Franciscan bathing culture Alchemy Springs Communal Bathhouse, a planned hydrothermal spa located

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public bathing

■■ The spa will bring a public bathhouse back to the city

in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighbourhood, has announced a vision to

and Lundberg Design are

revive the city’s bathhouse

working in partnership with

ft of open indoor-outdoor

culture and provide a

landscape architects Surface

space, complete with multiple

place for community and

Design & Habitat Horticulture

therapeutic baths including

wellness to intersect

to create the new location.

moon, mineral, massage

through social bathing.

Industry figure and consultant

and sun baths, as well as a

Mia Kyricos is also acting as

salt cave, herbal steamroom,

an advisor on the project.

treatment rooms, an elixir

Alchemy Springs will

lounge, café and boutique.

With a target opening of Q3 2024, Alchemy Springs is set to pay homage to

Plans include 16,000sq

San Francisco's iconic

incorporate a modern

oceanfront Sutro Baths.

biophilic design to bring the

Alchemy Springs becomes

The ultimate vision is that

outdoors indoors and provide

a facility that caters to

a renovated masonry and

a psychological and physical

members, day guests

timber warehouse built in

healing space to unplug

and city tourists alike.

1919. Architect Olle Lundberg

and immerse in nature.


It will be realised within

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UK's temporary insolvency measures end Temporary measures

small businesses and

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insisting on repayment of relatively small debts, by temporarily raising the current debt threshold for a winding-up petition to £10,000 or more.

pandemic – were given extra

Business Minister Lord

protection from creditor action

Callanan said: “We're seeing

this time last year, as part of the Corporate Insolvency

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Accor launches new bespoke boutique fitness offering Hotel giant Accor has launched a new bespoke, premium fitness service for its upmarket Pullman

■■Global fitness ambassadors anchor the new brand

Hotels & Resorts brand. Mills Live classes, they'll also

The new Pullman Fitness

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Squad will be driven by a

deliver on-property bootcamps

group of fitness ambassadors

and other special events. Emlyn Brown, Accor's

from around the world, who've been specially chosen to lead

global wellbeing VP, said:

this new wellbeing initiative.

“This is a game-changer as we push to evolve the

The ambassadors include Anthony Oxford, Maxime

face of hotel fitness. The


Vigeant, Fiona Fransisca,

Pullman Fitness Squad is

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■■ Half of the monastery – which is been left untouched

Divine inspiration noa* has sensitively transformed a 17th-century monastery into a boutique hotel and wellness haven


rchitecture and interior design

and cloister – where nuns continue to

firm Network of Architecture

live – and has been untouched.

Inside the spa, everything is designed to generate a sense of relaxation, from

The noa* project consisted of two

the milled wood panels that echo the

into the former Monastery

phases; renovating and converting the

stylised pomegranate symbol of the

serve di Maria Addolorata in

monastery into a hotel and adding a new

monastery, to the benches of the bio

Trentino at the northern tip of

500sq m spa.

sauna, which encourage meditation and

(noa*) has breathed new life

Italy's Lake Garda.

Named Monastero Arx Vivendi, the

Wellness facilities

are reminiscent of a prayer room. “Monastero Arx Vivendi is a refuge

40-room complex and its extensive

situated in the monastery garden,

that takes you back in time, closely

garden are encompassed by original

the spa consists of seven light glass

centred around the history and the

seven-metre-high walls and date back to

and metal volumes positioned along

particular features of this place,” explains

the second half of the 17th century. Half

a stone spine, which look out onto

Francesco Padovan, the noa* architect

of the grand building still hosts a church

the location’s lush green courtyard.

who developed the architectural project.

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occupied by nuns – has




■■ The benches of the bio sauna, are designed PHOTO: ANDREA DAL NEGRO

to encourage meditation and be reminiscent of a prayer room

surrounding landscape more so than with

“every construction choice, every

the monastery,” added Padovan.

material and detail has been studied to draw on the majesty of the pre-existing context, exalting it and giving it new life.” The new wellness area includes three relaxation areas; one complete with loungers; another facing the Monastery’s biolake – a pool of natural water with dark blue tints; and a third spacious outdoor area in an open gallery in the courtyards. “When designing the spa, our ultimate aim was to create a dialogue with the sBinsider Issue 362Issue ©Cybertrek 381 Ltd ©Cybertrek 2021 Ltd 2021

Every detail and material has been studied to draw on the majesty of the pre-existing context, exalting it and giving it new life

The spa is also home to a bio sauna and a Finnish sauna, hammam, two treatment rooms and a thermal cycle that revolves around a large heated dark stone. spa supplier the Hofer Group helped realise the saunas and steambath. Noa* finished the wellness area with materials and decor to create a warm and calming atmosphere. Details include warm tones, bleached oak, linen-effect textiles and cotton.●

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Desert rock is one of the world's most dramatic desert landscapes, which is why we wanted to use the architecture to honour it Chad Oppenheim, founder of Oppenheim Architecture

Desert getaway The Red Sea Development Company has unveiled plans for a new desert mountain resort and spa in Saudi Arabia


he Red sea Development Company (TRsDC), the developer behind the ambitious regenerative tourism project The Red sea Project (TRsP) in Western

saudi Arabia, has revealed plans for the destination’s new mountain resort named Desert Rock. Created by architectural design firm Oppenheim Architecture, Desert Rock is being designed to protect and preserve the environment and


■■ The remote desert resort will be home to world-class spa and fitness facilities

will allow guests to connect with the nature and local culture of the region. The 60-key resort will feature a world-class spa and fitness centre, remote destination dining areas and a feature lagoon oasis. Guests will enter the resort through a hidden valley nestled between the mountains. From there, they’ll find 48

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■■ 48 villas and 12 hotel rooms will sit within the mountain


We wanted to create a destination that allows guests to experience Saudi Arabia’s untouched beauty villas and 12 hotel rooms within the

concrete aggregate, which is the main

mountain, located amongst the vista,

building material for all the architecture.

rock to preserve its striking silhouette. “We wanted to create a destination

Chad Oppenheim, founder of Oppenheim Architecture, said: “Desert rock is one of the most dramatic desert

that allows guests to experience saudi

landscapes in the world, which is why

Arabia’s untouched beauty,” explained

we wanted to use the architecture

John Pagano, CeO of TRsDC.

as a way to honour and respect it.”

To provide undisrupted views across the landscape, most roads


leading into the resort will be hidden

site preparation works have

behind landscape mounds. This

commenced, and construction began

will also minimise sound and light

in July. TRsP is on track to welcome

pollution, allowing guests to fully

the first guests by the end of 2022.

absorb the desert landscape.

Design Materials excavated from the site will be used to create the infrastructure. stone will be used for interior and

Phase one, which includes 16

■■ Construction began on the project in July 2021

hotels – including Desert Rock, will complete by 2023. upon completion in 2030, the destination will comprise 50 resorts, up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than

exterior walls and floors, while ground

1,000 residential properties across

stone and existing sand will be used for

22 islands and six inland sites. ●

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■■  Sessions consist of 20 minutes of deep relaxation, music and vibrations inside a futuristic octagon bathed in blue and UVB light

Virginia’s Warrenton Wellness facility taps UVB light sensorydeprivation spaces to provide sanctuary during pandemic


irginia’s Warrenton

Sessions consist of 20

Wellness facility is

minutes of deep relaxation,

experience – a safe one too.

offering guests a sensory

music and vibrations inside

Plus, UVB light and viruses

deprivation experience provided

a futuristic octagon bathed

don’t get along,” she said.

by Blu Room, to give them a

in blue and UVB light.

calming and healing experience

Proposed benefits include

There are 43 operational Blu Room locations

for guests as they continue to

deepened focus, a faster

across the globe with nine

live through the pandemic.

healing process, greater

additional locations currently

self-awareness, pain relief,

under construction.

The Blu Room is a patented technology that shields users

alleviating stress and anxiety, as

■■  Sarah Shores, owner

from the outside world and

well as overall improved health.

of Warrenton Wellness

wraps them in a soothing

Sarah Shores, owner

Countries with Blu Room services include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada,

atmosphere of soft blue

of Warrenton Wellness,

Colombia, Germany, Italy,

and ultraviolet (UVB) light so

launched the facility in August

Japan, Mexico, New Zealand,

the mind is free to relax.

2020 and is celebrating its

Romania, Spain, Switzerland,

effectiveness and popularity

Taiwan and the US.

The Blu Room is designed for anyone who wants to step out of

on its one-year anniversary.

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abio Alemanno Design has expanded its collection with semi-precious

stones to enhance spas, wellness facilities, hotels and private residences. The company is working photo: Fabio Alemanno Design

with a host of semi-precious stones varying in colour, depth and texture, all of which can be complemented with delicate gold and silver details. Clients can choose from stones such as quartz,

■■ Alemanno believes the stones are well-placed in the spa environment

jasper, labradorite, malachite, lapis lazuli, aventurine,

loungers and bathrooms to

touch for any interior, from

and medical properties,

amethyst and more.

enhance the destination’s

classic to modern or from

which can help to positively

overall design and atmosphere.

romantic to contemporary,”

support the state of both our

he told Spa Business.

physical and mental health.”

Fabio Alemanno, CEO, explained that the stones

“Semi-precious stones

can be integrated into spas

express the essence

within feature walls, flooring,

of elegance, class and

appreciated for their

“The stones are also

pools, hammam tables, heated

beauty and are the perfect

extraordinary metaphysical

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Budapest’s oldest thermal bath partners with Thalion


rench marine skincare and spa brand Thalion has partnered with Budapest’s

first and largest thermal bath facility to supply spa guests with its signature spa rituals. Founded in 1913, The Széchenyi Thermal Baths are inspired by Roman, Greek and Eastern styles of bathing and

■■  Rodolphe Gagnepain,

is one of the largest bathing

Thalion’s export manager

complexes in Europe.

treatment rooms, the Széchenyi

efficiency, sensuality and

Thermal Baths’ medicinal

naturality. A brand that could

Thalion’s expertise to

waters are sourced from a

offer new experiences while

complement its mineral-rich

depth of 1,246 metres with a

expanding the baths’ services

hydrotherapy experiences

soothing temperature of 76°C.

with a mix of medical and

The facility has tapped

with the detoxifying powers

Rodolphe Gagnepain,

of its seaweed-powered

Thalion’s export manager,

spa treatments.

commented: “Széchenyi

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Thermal Baths was looking for a brand who could provide

wellness treatments. This is exactly what Thalion could offer.”

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SUPPLIER NEWS Aromatherapy Associates partners with The Laundress


romatherapy Associates has collaborated with premium fabric and home-

care brand The Laundress to launch a selection of new

■■ The homecare range is designed to enrich consumer’s daily lives

laundry and cleaning products infused with its 100 per cent pure essential oil blends. The range incorporates three of Aromatherapy

■ Support Breathe

pure, natural wellbeing with

Dish Soap

our understanding of how

■ Support Breathe

consumers are looking for

Surface Cleanser.

new ways to incorporate

■■ Anna Teal, Aromatherapy

Associates’ iconic blends –

Anna Teal, Aromatherapy

Associates CEO

Deep Relax, Forest Therapy

Associates CEO, explained

and Support Breathe – and

that the collection has

our collection allows you to layer

includes the following:

been conceived to enrich

our powerful blends to create a

consumer’s daily lives with

truly multi-sensory experience.”

■ Deep Relax Signature Detergent ■ Forest Therapy Signature Detergent

wellbeing into their lives. “With its potent essential oils,

vital moments of rest.

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“Our new home collection

marries our expertise in

BC Softwear launches post-swimming towelling poncho


C Softwear has introduced its brand new SwimSoft Towelling Poncho for photo: BC Softwear/ Thames Lido, Reading, Berkshire

spas and hotels offering outdoor wellness and hydrotherapy activities. The ponchos are made with SupremeSoft fabric for fast drying and energy-saving properties, alongside paired lightweight plushness on the outside and absorbent towelling for a cosy feel on the inside. Made in a generous, roomie

■■ BC Softwear has created sizes for both adults and children.

fit, the robes are designed to give full coverage – with a

said Barbara Cooke, BC

dip and observed how nice

spa and hotel operators have

hood for added warmth – and

Softwear founder and CEO.

it would’ve been to have a

begun to offer to guests.”

feature underarm slits and

“The SwimSoft Towelling

bespoke designed post-swim

The ponchos can be

side slits for easy changing

Poncho was inspired by an

robe. The pandemic also

embroidered are available in

on the beach or by the pool.

early morning wild swim in

kickstarted an interest in wild

both adult and children's sizes.

As with all our products,

Cornwall before Spa Fest

swimming and outdoor river,

our inspiration always stems

2019 when a group of spa

lake and beach activities

from initial customer interest,”

industry friends took a morning

which an increasing number of


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