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Spa Business Handbook - Development Pipeline

Future view

Development Pipeline

Jane Kitchen outlines some of the world’s most interesting and significant spa projects that are in the planning

Jane Kitchen, Spa Business

Development pipeline - Africa
Moulay Yacoub Thermal Station

Moulay Yacoub, Morocco
Opening: Q2 2017

Moulay Yacoub is a traditional thermal bathing complex that’s in the middle of a US$30m (€26.5m, £20.6m) redevelopment project in conjunction with Sothermy, a subsidiary of the Moroccan financial institution CDG. Sothermy already manages a number of thermal facilities in the area.

After a US$9m (€8m, £6.2m) upgrade of a public bathing facility last year, work has now started on a health spa and a new-build 100-bed hotel. This part of the project is expected to cost up to US$12m (€10.6m, £8.2m) and will include 68 treatment rooms plus a medical zone for respiratory and rheumatology therapies when finished. It will be branded as Vichy Thermalia Spa Hotel to boost its international profile.

Sothermy will run the public bathing centre, but the 100-bed hotel and spa will be operated by French firm Vichy Spa International. Omar Alaoui Architects are working on the project.

Last year, Vichy Spa renovated and extended the traditional Moulay Yacoub baths from 2,500sq m to 4,500sq m and created an authentic hammam and a spa centre with social orientation. The complex is expected to attract more than a million people a year.



Traditional thermal baths have been renovated and a new hotel and spa are now underway

Traditional thermal baths have been renovated and a new hotel and spa are now underway

French firm Vichy Spa International will run the new 100-bed hotel and spa
Development pipeline - Africa
Leeu Collection

Franschhoek, South Africa
Opening: 2016

Analjit Singh, father of Veer Singh, who owns India’s Vana destination spa, is to add a spa to his Leeu Collection portfolio in South Africa imminently.

The Leeu Collection is set in and around the picturesque village of Franschhoek, in South Africa’s winelands. It encompasses three five-star boutique properties including Leeu Estates, where the spa and wellness centre will be located.

Surrounded by vineyards, the Leeu Spa is designed as a tranquil wellness sanctuary with four treatment rooms, steamrooms and pools, plus a herb garden and yoga lawn. It will boast meditative panoramic views of the Franschhoek Valley and offer holistic treatments inspired by centuries-old Asian traditions. Suppliers include The Madison Collection for linen, plus a South Africa first for Ila skincare.

Singh is a partner in Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines which produces its wine on the estate.



Leeu Spa is owned by Analjit Singh
Development pipeline - Africa
Six Senses Zil Payson

Félicité, Seychelles
Opening: Q3 2016

Six Senses Zil Pasyon, located on the 652-acre (264-hectare) Félicité Island in the Seychelles, will incorporate dramatic granite boulders that fringe the shoreline into its design.

The 7,000sq ft (650sq m) Six Senses Spa, designed by Six Senses in-house team and London-based Studio RHE, will be spread over towering rocks, boulders and oceanfront to accentuate the island’s natural geography. Mixing contemporary architecture and sustainability, the spa is designed to become an integral part of the island’s ecosystem and to offer guests a symbiotic experience of Félicité’s environmental and built features.

Facilities include five treatment villas, along with a hammam, sauna, saltwater pool, steamroom, yoga platform and nail bar. Holistic treatments from both in-house experts and regular visiting wellness practitioners will be offered.



Contemporary and sustainable design underpin the island spa

There will be five treatment villas
Development pipeline: Africa
Blue Rock Village

Cape Town, South Africa
Construction to start: Q3 2016

Architecture practice Swisatect have outlined plans for Africa’s “most environmentally friendly estate” – a car-free leisure village in Cape Town that will include a therapeutic spa centre.

Blue Rock Village will be a 40-hectare (100-acre) extension to an existing water ski resort and is envisioned as “a pioneer for an exciting new standard of living”.

Wellness will be high on the agenda, with an emphasis on trees and greenery. Landscaped trails will encourage walking and hiking and various sports facilities are planned, including a gym, yoga centre and pool. Therapeutic and medical centres are also planned for the residents of its luxury apartments and hotel guests.

The project is worth around ZAR14bn (US$900m, €790.5m, £631m) and construction will begin in August.



Wellness is high on the agenda at the car-free eco leisure village in Cape Town
Development pipeline: Africa
The Oberoi, Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco
Opening: Q4 2016

The spa at The Oberoi, Marrakech will occupy a private island on a lake within the resort and will feature Moroccan hammams and ayurvedic treatments, as well as daily yoga classes. It will also include an indoor swimming pool as well as a large outdoor pool set in the lush gardens with views of the Atlas Mountains, plus a fitness centre.

The resort itself it set in 25 acres (10 hectares) of citrus orchards and olive groves. Its 77 villas, built in the style of traditional Moroccan architecture, will have private pools and gardens.


Development pipeline: Africa
Lake Turkana city development

Lamu Island, Kenya
Opening: 2030

Three resort cities are being developed on Lamu Island, off the north coast of Kenya, one of which will be devoted to wellness tourism and capitalise on the area’s natural alkaline hot springs.

The development – billed as the largest infrastructure project of East Africa – will cost KES2.3tn (US$22.7bn, €20.1bn, £15.6bn) and include roads, railways and oil pipelines from Lamu across Kenya to Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda.

The KES3.7bn (US$36.6m, €32.3m, £25.1m) Lake Turkana wellness city will include various health offerings centred around hot springs, while archeology tours and trekking will also be on offer.

Meanwhile, the KES86.9bn (US$888m, €785m, £609m) Lamu resort city development will offer watersports, a country club, convention centre, cultural centre and other leisure facilities. Nearby eco-villages are in the works, while a fisherman’s wharf and casino are also planned.



Alkaline hot springs are a key feature
Development Pipeline: Asia & Australasia
Banyan Eco Resort

Bangalore, India
Opening: Unconfirmed

British-based architecture firm Mohsin Cooper are working with prominent Indian landowner Sreenivas Gupta to create an organic farm and resort in a 117-acre (47-hectare) plantation near Bangalore, India.

The company’s design for the Banyan Eco Resort – located 28km (17 miles) from the city – comprises a cluster of low-rise entrance pavilion buildings positioned around an ancient banyan tree. The buildings will contain a hotel, organic restaurant, villas and character retreat spa – featuring a hydrotherapy pool, ayurvedic and Indian massage suites and a sauna.

The project’s lead architect, Abe Mohsin, tells Spa Business: “Our main source of inspiration was the sense of place of the existing landscape, which is a heavily contoured, lush and beautiful organic farm with several lakes.

“Upon arrival, the main entrance pavilion to the hotel will frame an open view of the historic and beautiful tree. We felt it very important to retain the sense of nature and openness on the site.”

The development is expected to cost around £18m (US$27.7m, €25.2m).



Views of a lush, beautiful landscape will bring extra tranquility to the spa, which is to focus on ayurveda and Indian massage

It’s expected to cost £18m to build
Development Pipeline: Asia & Australasia
Qi’n Wellness

Haikou, China
Opening: Q1 2018

Destination Spa Management is creating a wellness community in Haikou, China, that will have a 7,000sq m (75,000sq ft) wellness facility alongside a 110-bed resort and a village with 975 houses.

Samantha Foster, director at DSM, says that Qi’n Wellness is targeting the high-end Chinese community. “According to a 2014 study of this target market by SpaChina magazine, 92 per cent of respondents are concerned about their current or future health,” she explains. “This resort will address those needs.”

Services will be sold as all-inclusive packages to make them easier for consumers to understand and buy, but will comprise a full gamut of diagnostics, health, spa and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including TCM and rejuvenation medicine.

Healthy food, education and socially engaging activities will also be key.

“The spectrum of wellness services is currently unmatched in China and is comparable to the offerings of the world’s most famous health resorts,” says Foster.

She adds that Qi’n will have a strong focus on Chinese culture – “not just Chinese medicine, but also rediscovering traditional values and ways of living.”



Destination Spa Management is designing the community, which will have 975 houses
Development pipeline: Asia & Australasia

Suzhou, China
Opening: Q3 2016

Architecture practice Tsao & McKown are designing one of China’s first wellness communities along Yangcheng Lake outside of Suzhou which is due to open in late 2016.

The project is being built through Octave – a development company owned by studio co-founder Calvin Tsao that’s dedicated to creating wellness retreats.

The 189,000sq m (2m sq ft) Sangha retreat will comprise residences, hotels and learning spaces. A 69-bed wellbeing hotel will offer an assessment and treatment centre, mind-body practice, coaching and counseling, spa, medi-spa and mindful dining.

Sangha is heavily influenced by Confucian thought, including ideas of relationships with self, community, society and nature, which will be incorporated in the design by architect Calvin Tsao. The spa will be “a subterranean space pierced with skylights” with an “undulating ceiling” to encourage introspection and sense of relocation, for example.



Sangha has been two years in the planning
Development pipeline: Asia & Australasia
GOCO Retreat Thimphu

Thimphu, Bhutan
Opening: 2017

Through a partnership with Bhutan’s Queen Mother, GOCO Hospitality is developing projects in the country’s top five tourist destinations.

GOCO Hospitality took over the management of Terma Linca Resort and Spa in January 2016, which is the flagship development of this partnership, constituting the largest of the five resorts.

Located near Bhutan’s capital of Thimphu and perched on the bank of the Wangchu River, the Terma Linca Resort and Spa showcases local architecture and Bhutanese charm. Currently there are 30 bedrooms and a full-service, five-treatment room spa, plus male and female thermal areas inclusive of traditional herbal hot stone baths and fitness studios.

Next year, the spa will be extended with an indoor vitality pool and bigger organic gardens. The development will also see the riverfront being incorporated further into the retreat programme.

The second phase will also rebrand and rename the resort as the GOCO Retreat Thimphu, with a vision to develop it into Bhutan’s leading wellness destination.

The second resort to be developed will be the Punakha site, which will have the most substantial wellness programming components, followed by sites in Paro, Gangtey and Jakar.

The proposed circuit is envisioned to offer a unique, integrated, sustainability-conscious, cultural experience that merges Bhutan’s ancient healing and spiritual traditions with diverse natural settings, topographies and climates.



The retreat will form one of five wellness properties by GOCO in Bhutan
Development pipeline: Asia & Australasia
Cachet Wanfeng Valley

Guizhou, China
Opening: Q3 2016

A cSpa by WTS International is to feature at the Cachet Wanfeng Valley vertical forest hotel that’s being built in China.

CSpa is an environmental and design-led concept that WTS has created as the in-house brand for China’s Cachet hotel group. WTS describes it as “a modern spa palace with intuitive service and captivating luxury expressed in the context of local culture”. The design will be defined by clean lines and based on LEED standards.

The 182-bed hotel has the hallmarks of tree-loving Italian architect Stefano Boeri and will have trees on every terrace to promote wellness in an urban setting.

Cachet has two sites in China. Nine more are due in Asia and North America in the next two years.




A design-led, eco spa by WTS will be a fitting addition to Cachet’s vertical forest hotel
Development pipeline: Asia & Australasia
Dusit Thani Wellness
Resort Suzhou

Jiangsu, China
Opening: Q4 2018

Dusit will bring a 250-bed hot springs resort to Suzhou City, China, in 2018.

The Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou, Jiangsu will include more than 30 indoor and outdoor natural hot springs pools, as well as oxygen rooms, infrared cabins and salt saunas. It will also include Dusit’s signature Thai-inspired Devarana Spa brand, with six treatment rooms.

Situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, Suzhou is known as the ‘Venice of the East’. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has canals, stone bridges, pagodas and meticulously-designed gardens.

Dusit is also planning a hot springs resort in Fuzhou, Fujian province and Hainan Island. The company recently announced a robust expansion plan with more than 40 properties in the pipeline in the next five years.



Devarana is Dusit’s in-house spa brand
Development pipeline: Asia & Australasia
Bellagio Shanghai

Shanghai, China
Opening: Q1 2017

Hospitality architects WATG are designing a 160-bed Bellagio Shanghai, set to open in early 2017. With a ‘hip and cool’ urban setting, the hotel’s architecture aims to capture the essence of the old and new Shanghai with a modern art deco feel.

Its Zen spa has been designed by sister company Wimberly Interiors and will feature a collection of natural materials and neutral tones for a calming effect.

It will have five treatment rooms, male and female wet rooms, relaxation lounge, indoor pool with tepidarium, vitality pool, a fitness and exercise studio and a panoramic co-ed sauna.

WATG opened an office in Shanghai in November 2015 as part of its strategic global expansion.



WATG has created a Zen spa with neutral tones in contrast to the modern, art deco hotel

WATG has created a Zen spa with neutral tones in contrast to the modern, art deco hotel
Development pipeline: Asia & Australasia
GOCO Retreat

Ubud, Bali
Opening: Q1 2018

GOCO Hospitality is planning a retreat in Ubud, Bali, set to open by early 2018.

It will include a wellness centre with 45 treatment rooms, as well as consultation rooms, TCM rooms, an ayurvedic centre, nursing facilities, a medi-spa, fitness studios, outdoor salas and an extensive outdoor rainforest bathing area.

The retreat will deliver integrative wellness programmes that are designed around the guest’s personal wellness journey, utilising extensive professional consultations to prescribe specialty treatments, along with focused nutrition and exercise.

A comprehensive range of services that are rooted in best practices, Asian traditions and knowledge will be blended with contemporary western medical science-based treatments.

The retreat will include 74 guestrooms as well as 80 branded residences, along with a wellness restaurant, tea lounge, thermal bathing cafe, farm-to-table restaurant, cooking school, artists’ studios, aromatherapy distillery, organic farm and gardens, amphitheatre and jogging and bike trails.



An extensive rainforest bathing area is a key feature

There will be up to 80 residences
Development pipeline: Asia & Australasia
Mitsubishi Estate
hot spring development

Tokyo, Japan
Opening: Q4 2016

The first natural hot spring has been found in the heart of Tokyo’s Otemachi financial district by Mitsubishi Estate, one of Japan’s biggest developers.

It found the thermal water source in June 2014 and has invested JPY100bn (US$900m, €795m, £616m) to complete an 18-storey spa hotel for businessmen by late 2016.

It will be operated by Hoshino Resorts, which already runs a number of high-end thermal hotels in Japan.


Development pipeline: Asia & Australasia
Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Niseko Village

Hokkaido, Japan
Opening: 2020

Ritz-Carlton is to develop a Reserve hotel and spa in partnership with YTL at the Niseko Village ski resort in Hokkaido, Japan. YTL bought the 462-hectare (1,142-acre) ‘Aspen of the East’ resort for JPY6bn (US$55.4m, €48.8m, £38m) in 2010.

The ski-in, ski-out Reserve property, to open in 2020, will sit at the base of Mount Niseko-Annaupuri. It will have just 50 rooms – in keeping with the brand’s highly personlised feel.


Development pipeline: Asia & Australasia
Alila Villas Bintan

Bintan, Indonesia
Opening: Q3 2017

Alila is set to launch one of its most comprehensive spas to date when it opens a property on the island of Bintan, a location which has been dubbed ‘the new Bali’, in mid-2017.

Situated on a scenic hillside, Alila Villas Bintan is a 14.4-hectare gated development with a combination of 30 residences, a 40-bed boutique hotel, and a village with a museum, gallery, retail shops, restaurants.

Its Spa Alila will include a holistic experience that combines all-natural spa treatments with yoga, meditation and nutritional wellbeing.

The resort, which is a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore, has been designed by Singapore-based WOHA architects and will be constructed to EarthCheck’s environmental standards.

The 4-hectare (10-acre) village is designed to celebrate Asia’s arts and cultural heritage and create a vibrant community loaded with arts, culture, culinary and wellness experiences.

Steve Jeisman, group director of spa, created the ‘natural and nurturing’ Spa Alila concept in 2006 and oversees 10 of them across Asia.


Bintan is dubbed ‘the new Bali’ and this will be one of Alila’s most comprehensive spas to date

Service is high on the agenda at Spa Alila
Development pipeline: Asia & Austalasia
Peninsula Hot Springs

Victoria, Australia
Opening: 2017

Australia’s Peninsula Hot Springs has plans to grow its offerings substantially over the next two years, adding overnight accommodation and creating an official hot springs region near its location in Victoria.

Peninsula will add 16 new pools, plus a mud area, an ice cave, a large group sauna and an amphitheatre for entertainment and education. The natural hot springs currently has 41 bathing pools and experiences, and will add the first eight new pools by the end of this year and another eight in 2017, growing its offerings to a whopping total of 57 pools.
Open since 2005, Peninsula Hot Springs’ globally-inspired bathing experiences are open to friends and families to enjoy. Highlights include a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish hammam, barrel bath pool and hilltop pool with 360-degree views of the region.

The Spa Dreaming Centre, for those aged 16 and over, focuses on tranquil spaces, private pools and treatments, such as Australian Aboriginal-inspired kodo full-body massages and facials, mud and salt wraps as well as ancient healing stone experiences.

“The emphasis of Peninsula Hot Springs is on relaxation and wellbeing for all of the community,” says facility owner Charles Davidson. “We want guests to relax in the natural environment and with each other.”



Peninsula Hot Springs will add 16 new pools to bring its total number of bathing experiences to 57
Development pipeline: Central & South America
Naku Healing Centre

Opening: mid-2016

Hollywood a-lister Channing Tatum is championing a native healing centre that’s being built deep in the Ecuadorian rainforest and which is scheduled to open in mid-2016.

The eight-room Naku Healing Centre will see local the Sápara tribe treat people with Amazonian plants and rituals while scientists document the efficacy of indigenous methods. Patients suffering a variety of illnesses already diagnosed by western doctors will go through the Amazonian healing process, which includes cleansing rituals, medicinal plant baths and herbal saunas.

The Sápara think of the Amazon as a living pharmacy. Talking on YouTube Tatum says: “The people who live in the rainforest hold the key to unlocking the Amazon’s healing potential. But with destruction of the rainforest… a civilisation’s worth of medical knowledge could disappear.”

The Naku project is funded by the non-profit foundation of Runa, an organic, ‘clean energy’ tea company which sources its key ingredient from the Amazon. Tatum is a brand ambassador and investor in Runa and seen the Sápara tribe’s healing methods first hand.



©Brian Bowen Smith

A local cleansing ritual

©Brian Bowen Smith
Tatum with Runa foundation members who back the project

©Brian Bowen Smith
Channing Tatum has been to see the centre and witness traditional Amazonian therapies first hand
Development pipeline: Central & South America
Blackadore Caye: a Restorative Island

Opening: 2018

Anti-ageing and renewal will be the focus of Deepak Chopra’s wellness facility, which is part of a green development that’s being built on Leonardo DiCaprio’s private island in Belize.

This is only the second spa for the alternative health guru in 10 years and Chopra says that anti-ageing and renewal was an obvious route. “We now know that through comprehensive lifestyle changes, we can prevent and reverse disease – and live longer and in better shape,” he tells Spa Business. “We’ll teach visitors practical ways to change their behaviours and help decrease their biological age through things such as stress management and meditation techniques, pranayama breathing exercises, yoga, exercise, healthy cuisine, emotional wellbeing, restful sleep, mind/body coordination and detox procedures.”

DiCaprio’s Blackadore Caye: a Restorative Island is being developed by wellness real estate firm Delos and will offer 68 villas and 48 homes, with construction set to begin this year.



©McClennan Design

The island, owned by Leonardo DiCaprio, will be transformed into a green development with an age renewal centre by Deepak Chopra

PHOTO: Shutterstock/Denis Makarenko
Leonardo DiCaprio
Development pipeline: Central & South America
Deep Water Cay Resort

The Bahamas
Opening: 2023

The Bahamian government says an international, five-star operator will run the expanded US$168m (€150m, £116m) Deep Water Cay Resort which is to include a two-storey spa and fitness facility when it reopens. Its preferred management firm is Six Senses, but the company has not confirmed its involvement.

The fishing resort will be transformed into a mixed-use site over a phased, seven-year build-out.


Development pipeline: Central & South America
Half Moon Bay Resort

Opening: Unconfirmed

Replay Resorts is to give a new lease of life to the former Half Moon Bay Resort site in Antigua, which has been abandoned since Hurricane Luis devastated it in 1995.

The new resort will include a to-be-named luxury hotel brand, oceanfront villas, a retail village and spa.

Replay’s spa advisor Amy McDonald, of Under a Tree consulting, suggests the spa will integrate natural and locally-inspired food, treatments, fitness, yoga, mindfulness and outdoor adventure activities.


Development pipeline: Central & South America
Viceroy Cartagena

Opening: 2016

A luxury resort and two spas will form part of Viceroy’s redevelopment of Obra Pía, a former Franciscan convent in Columbia. Viceroy and investment firm KIT Capital are spending US$50m (€44m, £34.2m) on the project in Cartagena – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The restored convent is due to launch later this year and will feature a 102-bed hotel and an 8,000sq ft (743sq m) spa.
An affiliated resort on Rosario Islands will include 15 cabanas and an Asian-themed spa. Yachts will take guests to the site, which is about 40 minutes away.



Viceroy’s spa will form part of a restored Franciscan convent
Development pipeline: Central & South America
Nayara Tented Resort

Costa Rica
Opening: Unconfirmed

A tented resort is to join Nayara Hotels, the Costa Rican wellness brand set in the rainforests of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park.

Nayara Tented Resort will include 24 tented lodges, each 954sq ft (88sq m), which have a plunge pool filled from the nearby hot springs.

Guests will have access to spas at Nayara’s two sister properties – Nayara Hotel, Spa & Resort, and the adults-only Nayara Springs. But Nayara Tented Resort will also include its own three-treatment-room Wellness Oasis, which will incorporate local elements, such as volcanic mud, into its treatments.

The lodges are being built by Luxury Frontiers, which specialises in conceiving, designing and developing luxury tented suites and tree-top experiences.



A tented Wellness Oasis is a key feature
Development pipeline: central & South America
Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Opening: Q4 2017

The iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay resort in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, is to undergo a complete renovation – the most substantial upgrade since it was founded by Laurance S Rockefeller more than 50 years ago. The resort is set to reopen towards the end of 2017.

New York City-based Meyers Davis Studio Inc will lead the renovation and oversee the overall resort design. The Sense spa will remain in its famous cliff-edge location, but will also be remodelled as part of the project.

Sense, A Rosewood Spa offers “an environment of luxury and tranquility” and is inspired by authenticity with signature treatments using natural ingredients. Rosewood launched the brand in 2007 and today it has 13 spas in its global portfolio.

Elsewhere, in São Paulo, Brazil, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel and international hotel designer Philippe Starck are transforming a complex of 20th century landmark buildings (including a former maternity hospital) into a hotel managed by Rosewood. The hotel will include a large Sense spa with six treatment rooms.

In Papagayo, Costa Rica, Rosewood will also open a forest resort with a Sense spa and striking treehouse villas in 2019. The resort has been designed by Dallas architects HKS.

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Development pipeline: Europe
Lanserhof Lans

Innsbruck, Austria
Opening: Q1 2017

Lanserhof Lans, the world-famous destination spa that’s focused on the Mayr method and alternative therapies, is undergoing a major renovation between May and November 2016. The existing facility will be extended and a new building by German-based architect Christoph Ingenhoven will also be added. Ingenhoven is one of many regular guests who visit the Austrian detox retreat.

The new structure – an oval building with a wooden façade and grass roof – will have 16 rooms with views stretching over the Nordkette mountain range. A new sauna complex and indoor-outdoor seawater pool will be located on the ground floor. Other fresh facilities include three cryotherapy chambers.

While renovations take place, the spa at Schwarzer Adler hotel in nearby Kitzbühel will offer Lanserhof’s signature LANS Med Concept to keep business on track.


PHOTOS: © Hiepler & Brunier for Lanserhof

New spa facilities will be in a purpose-built, standalone building with mountain views

The new structure has been designed by German architect Christoph Ingenhoven, who is a regular Lanserhof guest
Development pipeline: Europe
Chanel au Ritz

The Ritz Paris
Opening: 2016

The first Chanel-branded spa will open at the soon-to-be renovated Ritz Paris.

Chanel au Ritz Paris will be “a new beauty concept dedicated to Chanel’s skincare” and will “provide guests with a unique sensorial and customised experience inspired by Chanel’s art of skincare”.

The Ritz Paris, open since 1898, closed in 2012 for extensive renovations and the existing spa has been “entirely rethought” to accommodate Chanel. The opening has been moved back from March to mid 2016 due to a fire.

The Ritz Paris is a natural place for Chanel to make its spa debut – Coco Chanel famously lived in the hotel for 34 years, bringing her furniture with her, and the hotel has always featured a Coco Chanel suite.



Coco Chanel used to live at Ritz-Paris
Development pipeline: Europe
Lofoten Opera Hotel

Opening: 2020

Work is underway on the coil-shaped Lofoten Opera Hotel in Norway’s stunning Lofoten archipelago.
The striking hotel design will cover 11,000sq m (118,400sq ft) and will feature as-of-yet unnamed spa facilities in addition to 95 rooms, seawater basins, an amphitheatre and resources for many outdoor sporting activities.

Norway-based Snøhetta Architects are behind the eco project and say the hotel’s curvaceous design helps it to blend into the surrounding seascape, while creating an inner and outer area for activities.
The remotely located hotel will be aiming to attract active guests to the Lofoten area, which is on one of the 18 national tourist hiking routes in Norway.



The spa will be a welcome respite in the area, which is popular with hikers
Development pipeline: Europe
Mamula Island

Opening: Unconfirmed

A former Austro-Hungarian fortress and concentration camp on Mamula Island in Montenegro is to be turned into a luxury resort and spa.

Serbian architects Salt & Water and the Sima Multimedia company in Gibraltar have designed and produced the renderings for the project. Swiss-Egyptian developers Orascom will invest an initial €15m (US$16.2m, £11.3m) for the restoration and are also developing the nearby Lustica Bay into a luxury residential community.

Some local groups have protested against the development due to the site’s violent history. The fortress was occupied by Italian forces under the rule of Mussolini during World War II and thousands of local people were imprisoned there.


Development pipeline: Europe
Le Méridien Limassol Spa & Resort

Limassol, Cyprus
Opening: Q2 2017

The well-known spa at Le Méridien Limassol is getting an extensive overhaul as part of a multi-million euro renovation.
Covering 3,000sq m (32,292sq ft), the indoor/outdoor thalassotherapy spa has won numerous awards. Specific details of the new-look facility, to open next April, have not been revealed but previously it had 34 treatment rooms offering therapies by Elemis and Thalgo (with specialist consultants giving individual treatment advice), as well as four indoor and three outdoor seawater pools.

The resort is currently closed, but once work is complete the goal is to have “the leading international upscale hotel in Cyprus where guests love to stay and experience personalised attentive service”.



The well-known thalassotherapy spa is having an extensive overhaul as part of a multi-million euro investment

The well-known thalassotherapy spa is having an extensive overhaul as part of a multi-million euro investment
Development pipeline: Europe
Kemeri Park Hotel & Wellness Village

Riga, Latvia
Opening: 2018

Latvian-based wellness consultancy Inbalans Group is working with development company Griffin Partners and in collaboration with the Jurmula City Council to develop a substantial wellness community in Kemeri National Park in Latvia.

The community, west of the capital of Riga, will include a five-star hotel with a 1,500sq m (16,146sq ft) spa, due to open in 2018, as well as a wellness clinic comprising multiple historic buildings with a focus on balneotherapy treatments, which is due to open in 2022.

The wellness village will also include fertility, sleep and performance programmes, and the hotel will feature balneotherapy suites and mineral water inhalation stations in addition to the 12-treatment-room spa.

A source of natural mineral waters and curative muds, Kemeri has been a wellness destination for centuries.

Alla Sokolova, CEO and founder of Inbalans, says there are also plans to create a four-star hotel to open up treatments to a broader audience.

She also plans to create a knowledge centre with the city council. It will include a ‘laboritorium’ where guests can test the muds and waters and “understand the compositions and what it takes for a source to become healing,” says Sokolova.


Development pipeline: Europe
Fuente Santa Hot Spring Baths

La Palma Island, Spain
Opening: Unconfirmed

A levitating coastal spa complex was among the winners of the Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards announced in March.

The awards celebrate the most exciting unbuilt designs by international practices across 10 categories.

The Fuente Santa Hot Spring Baths by Spanish studio GPY Arquitectos won the Retail and Leisure category.

The judges hailed the spa for its “striking and unusual flowing forms”. The building is imagined as a bridge seemingly hovering over a volcanic, coastal landscape on La Palma Island, Spain.

The spa’s public baths are designed as an ‘unfolded pool’, creating a new, suspended shoreline. Inside, the common areas of the thermal water circuit incorporate the volcanic landscape.



The design was a winner in the Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Awards
Development pipeline: Europe
Neues Schloss Baden-Baden

Opening: 2018

Hyatt is developing a hotel in a 16th century castle in the German spa town of Baden-Baden, including a modern extension that will feature a spa, pool and sauna area, with views of Baden-Baden and the Black Forest.

Scheduled to open in 2018, the Neues Schloss Baden-Baden castle will be restored to include 146 guestrooms. Formerly, it was home to military commanders who protected Germany’s borders and later the summer residents of grand dukes.

Baden-Baden is famous for its ancient Roman baths and thermal spas. The property will be the seventh Hyatt-branded hotel in Germany.


Development pipeline: Europe
Center Parcs Longford Forest

Opening: 2019

Center Parcs Ltd is building a new £167m (US$257m, €233m) holiday village in Ireland – its first venture outside the UK.

Center Parcs Longford Forest will be developed on a 395-acre (160-hectare) site in Newcastle Wood, County Longford and will have 470 lodges and 30 apartments nestled into the surroundings.

Center Parcs offers more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities and one its most successful elements is the Aqua Sana spa. The spas at its other sites generate more than £15m (US$21.9m, €19.2m) a year and attract over 300,000 customers.

Key to the Aqua Sana spa model is the World of Spa – a dedicated hydrothermal facility boasting around 25 heat and wet experiences on average, which enables people to socialise while relaxing.

The spa in Ireland will be similar to the one at its Woburn Forest location – which covers 7,000sq m (75,347sq ft) and boasts 22 treatment rooms as well as the World of Spa – but slightly smaller.



Center Parcs’ Aqua Sana spas generate more than £15m a year and attract over 300,000 customers

Center Parcs’ Aqua Sana spas generate more than £15m a year and attract over 300,000 customers
Development pipeline: Europe
Elizabeth Baths Spa Complex

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Opening: Unconfirmed

Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic is to revitalise its Elizabeth Baths Spa Complex, originally opened in 1906.

The facility, in the city centre, is currently in operation, but the local municipality is looking for a company to renovate and operate it and to also build and run up to 100 bedrooms on-site. It will contribute around €11m (US$12m, £9m) to the renovations.

Elizabeth Baths, which utilises local mineral water, claims to attract 100,000 customers a year, especially those suffering from digestive system disorders, metabolic disorders and neurological diseases. There’s also a team of five medical doctors with specialisations from gynaecology to plastic surgery.

Some of the more unusual therapies include oxygen and dry carbon dioxide bag treatments as well as cryotherapy, herbal baths and purifying enemas.



The baths attract 100,000 guests a year
Development pipeline: Europe
Redsand Forts

Kent, UK
Opening: Unconfirmed

London-based Aros Architects have produced early plans to turn World War II sea forts seven miles off the British coast into a luxury hotel and spa. The unused Redsand Forts in the Thames Estuary near Kent, built in 1943 to defend Britain against a Nazi attack, could become a hotel with executive apartments, where guests can fly in by helicopter.

It’s proposed that the old gun towers will be turned into a complex with around 40 rooms. A health club and spa will be built in a tower known as Bofors.

A heritage museum and its own separate arrival jetty will be developed in the Searchlight Tower to celebrate the historic significance of the site, which was designed by civil engineer Guy Maunsell.

Charitable group the Redsands Project is working with Aros Architects and businessman David Marriot Cooper to find a hotel group to lease ownership and back the scheme.



The forts were used to protect Britain from Nazi attack in World War II
Development pipeline: Europe
Blue Lagoon

Opening: 2017

Around 766,000 visitors flock to the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal destination spa in Iceland each year, making it one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. And now the owners are investing €40m in an expansion and redesign project.

A new thermal bathing pool built into the surrounding lava field will connect to the existing lagoon and enlarge it by half. A luxury 60-bed hotel will also be included in the changes, as well as a refresh/upgrade of other facilities.

Sigridur Sigthorsdottir of Basalt Architects will lead the project which is due for completion in 2017. She’s been the architect at Blue Lagoon for 20 years and is known globally for her work in harmonising man-made and natural environments.



Up to €40m will be spent on expanding the geothermal Blue Lagoon – a top tourist attraction in Iceland
Development pipeline: Europe
Chenot Palace Health Wellness Hotel

Gabala, Azerbaijan
Opening: Q3 2016

Architect and designer Michel Jouannet, whose work includes the Cipriani in Venice, is working on a new project for wellness specialist Henri Chenot – only his second destination spa in 35 years.

Chenot opened his original flagship in Palace Merano, Italy, but has moved to Azerbaijan for his latest venture which launches in November. The Chenot Palace Health Wellness Hotel will be dedicated to hosting Chenot Method holistic detox and revitalisation programmes. The Chenot Method combines Chinese medicine, western modalities and biontology – a discipline concerned with psycho-physical ageing.

There’ll be a 6,000sq m (64,583sq ft) wellness zone with departments covering sports and fitness, traditional aesthetic spa therapies, aesthetic biontology, hydro biontology, aesthetic medicine, human performance plus medical diagnostics.

The 72-bed hotel, 225km (140 miles) west of the capital of Baku, is surrounded by the forests, lakes and mountains of the Gabala region, making it an ideal setting for the Chenot health retreat.



The Azerbaijan project is the second destination spa by Henri Chenot

The hotel will specialise in Chenot’s detox and revitalisation programmes
Development pipeline: Middle East
Time Royal Hotel

Healthcare City, Dubai
Opening: 2017

Spa consultancy Soul House is creating Rhythm Wellness, a 1,500sq m (16,146sq ft) spa for Time Hotels in Healthcare City, Dubai.

Rhythm Wellness is described as “a fusion between a comprehensive therapeutic and medical approach to health issues and our inborn need to be in touch with nature”. Its ultramodern design has been inspired by nature, and water therapies are key.

The spa will have a specialised therapeutic menu with a wide range of alternative and recovery therapies, conducted and supervised by alternative wellness consultants such as anti-ageing specialists, dermatologists, osteopaths, naturopaths and chiropractors.

A men’s fitness studio is guided by the principle of “getting fit in a smart way” and tailored solutions will be offered in response to medical screening results. The spa will also feature a yoga and pilates studio, rooftop yoga studio and booster bar with rooftop greenhouse.

Soul House is a headed up Daniella Russell and Helen Coulon, two well-known industry figures who worked in spa operations and on numerous projects around the world before setting up the consultancy in 2014.


Development pipeline: Middle East
Kempinski Hotel Summerland Hotel & Resort

Beirut, Lebanon
Opening: 2016

A Resense spa in a striking circular building forms part of the 153-bed Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort that’s being built on Lebanon’s coastline.

Resense is the full-service brand of the spa consultancy with the same name. It’s a classical European spa concept with male and female wet areas and a fusion of modern and traditional design, art, music, therapies and bathing.

With interiors by Beirut’s Architectes Anonymes led by the Resense design team, the spa features nine treatment rooms – including two scrub rooms – male and female lounges; a cafe and outdoor terrace with a 150-year-old olive tree and a vitality pool. Suppliers are Forll’d, HydraFacial and Resense (with its own massage oils). There’s also a fitness centre featuring Lebanon’s first interactive Zone Dome screens.



A striking circular building will be home to the European-style spa

a resort overview
Development pipeline: Middle East
Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya

Kaplankaya, Turkey
Opening: 2016

Canyon Ranch is building its first international resort, the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya, which is set to open in mid-2016 on the Turkish Riviera near Bodrum.

There will be a 141-room hotel, while the 107,500sq ft (10,000sq m) Canyon Ranch Spa, Fitness and Wellness Center will have 40 treatment rooms. It will showcase treatments combining traditional and eastern medicine practices – an integrative wellness experience the brand is known for.

Designed by the Office of Architecture in Barcelona, the Canyon Ranch development will include a “strikingly modern” resort that combines “a rarefied mix of natural beauty and contemporary design”. Geometric shapes and sustainable materials will be used to create eco-friendly buildings that integrate with the landscape.



Canyon Ranch’s first destination spa on international soil will be based in Turkey, near the resort of Bodrum
Development pipeline: Middle East
WorldCare Wellness Village

Healthcare City, Dubai
Opening: 2020

The developers of Dubai Healthcare City – a health and wellness destination occupying over 90 acres (36 hectares) – have announced plans to create “the world’s largest wellness village”.

The city, which launched in 2002, is expanding to feature a WorldCare Wellness Village which will occupy an area equivalent in size to 16 football fields.

Located on a waterfront site, the village will contain holiday villas, personalised spas, sports venues and other leisure facilities. It will be anchored by a 100,000sq ft (9,200sq m) wellness centre that will focus on prevention and management of diseases by offering medical programmes built around patient education and lifestyle change.

“We are confident that the expansion will drive wellness tourism together with medical tourism, boosting Dubai’s diversified economy,” says Dr Raja Al Gurg, executive director of the city authority. “It will bring together unique wellness concepts and specialised services such as rehabilitation, counseling, sports medicine and elderly care for both residents and visitors.”

The site is expected to be operational in about four years time.


Development pipeline: Middle East
Al Zorah

Ajman, UAE
Opening: 2017

Al Zorah is a mixed-use development being built in a coastal location just 30 minutes from Dubai and which will feature both residential and hotel components, including the Oberoi Al Zorah and Lux’s first property in the UAE.

Designed to be a luxury eco-destination, Al Zorah will be nestled within 247 acres (100 hectares) of forest, with a long beachfront and lagoons, and more than 60 per cent of its land devoted to protected mangroves and public spaces.

The spa at the Oberoi Al Zorah is inspired by the architecture of ancient Medina and will include private therapy suites and hammam rooms accessed along naturally lit, open-air corridors dotted with trees. It will also feature a 50m (82ft) pool and gym as well as yoga pavilions.

The 180-bedroom Lux* Hotel will feature a 1,500sq m (16,146sq ft) Lux Me Wellness Center that will include an indoor pool, adults-only outdoor pool with private gazebos, 10 treatment rooms and a central multipurpose hammam that will cater to men and women at alternate times. It will also include an indoor and outdoor Zen garden zone for meditation, tai chi, yoga and pilates, as well as salon and retail experience zones.

Above the spa will be 15 adults-only accommodation suites that will allow guests to participate in the Lux* Me wellness programmes. A Signature Wellness Concierge service allows guests to have bespoke programmes tailored to their spa and wellbeing needs.



Hotels and spas by Oberoi (pictured) and Lux will feature as the mixed-used development
Development pipeline: Middle East
Mandarin Oriental Doha

Doha, Qatar
Opening: Q1 2017

Spa facilities at the Mandarin Oriental Doha, due to open in March 2017, have been designed with great sensitivity to the local culture and customs, says Mandarin’s group director of spa Jeremy McCarthy.

There’s complete gender separation starting from male and female receptions and continued along the whole spa journey. Should couple’s wish to spa together, however, there are two VIP treatment suites accessed by private elevators. One has a scrub room and the other a vitality pool and both are connected to a traditional Thai treatment room in a nod to Mandarin Oriental’s heritage.

Small prayer rooms are incorporated in each changing room as well as a tea lounge for guests to relax in before being led to luxury bathing areas or one of six single treatment rooms. There’s also an extensive gender-separate fitness offering and a focus on grooming treatments – a barbers for men and a hair and beauty salon for women.

The 160-bed Doha property is part of a reinvigoration project of the city’s old commercial district.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, Mandarin Oriental is planning a contemporary hotel and residence in Beirut which will include a “spacious” spa. The hotel is being designed by Singapore-based Kerry Hill Architects.



Tea lounges and prayer rooms are part of the Doha spa, which offers gender separation throughout the whole wellness experience
Development pipeline: Middle East
Vichy Celestins Spa Hotel

Doha, Qatar
Opening: Q1 2017

French-based consultancy Vichy Spa International is setting up a medical thermal spa resort in Qatar that will specialise in the detection and prevention of diabetes.

The project is being is being built near Doha and positioned close to the only thermal park in the country, which is owned by the Hala Group Enterprises company.

Vichy Spa has developed a new international concept under the name Vichy Celestins Spa Hotel, which is oriented towards both thermal spas and health prevention, and will include treatments for metabolic and body balance, nutrition, sleep disorders and stress management.
Set to open in 2017, the resort will include 168 bedrooms along with a 3,300sq m (35,521sq ft) health spa.



Beauty and health prevention are a focus
Development pipeline: Middle East
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

Saiq Plateau, Oman
Opening: Q3 2016

The Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is set in the rocky contours of the vast Saiq Plateau on Oman’s fabled Green Mountain, and perched 2,000m (6,562ft) above sea level on the curving rim of a large canyon.

Its 1,450sq m (15,608sq ft) Anantara Spa will include five treatment rooms and will focus on Thai and Arabian treatments, while a hammam can also be used to accommodate Bikram yoga.

Separate male and female thermal suites will each include a Himalayan salt steamroom, aroma-infused sauna, indoor relaxation bed chambers, outdoor patio with heated vitality pool and a health station with nutritious snacks and drinks.



Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is set in the rocky contours of Oman’s fabled Green Mountain

MSpa International will run the spa
Development pipeline: Middle East
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

Dubai, UAE
Opening: Q3 2016

A 117-bed Nikki Beach Resort and Spa is being developed in partnership with Meraas Holding and will feature a 1,640sq m (17,653sq ft) Nikki Spa.

The spa will be managed by ESPA and will include nine treatment rooms – supplied with Gharieni beds – along with internal and external relaxation lounges for both men and women.

The Dubai property will be located on the waterfront of Pearl Jumeirah and will also accommodate 15 villas and
61 lifestyle residences.

DSA Architects and interior design firm Gatserelia Design are working on the project, which showcases the brand’s signature modern, all-white decor, blended with tribal influences, organic shapes and calm colours.


ESPA will manage the spa, which has Nikki Beach’s signature all-white interiors
Development pipeline: Middle East
Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront

Muscat, Oman
Construction starts: Q2 2016

Some of the world’s best-known hospitality and spa operators are vying to get in a new multi-million mixed-use waterfront destination in Oman, which will regenerate one of the oldest ports and market districts in the Arab world.

Brands such as Hyatt, Hilton, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Banyan Tree and Viceroy have declared their interest in opening hotels in the Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Project, which will enter the first phase of construction in June 2016.

The state-owned Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) will establish a new company to develop the OMR500m (US$1.3bn, £917.7m, €1.19bn) waterfront scheme. Omran says the development will “set new standards for authentic waterfront destinations in the region” – on a 101-hectare (250-acre) site in the centuries-old Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat.



Global spa brands are showing interest
Development pipeline: North America
GOCO Retreat Temescal Valley

Temescal Valley, California, USA
Opening: Unconfirmed

GOCO Hospitality has acquired the 155-year-old Glen Ivy Hot Springs Resort in California’s Temescal Valley, as well as an adjacent 65-acre (26-hectare) plot where it plans to develop a world-class wellness resort community.

The iconic hot springs attracts more than 160,000 annual visitors. It boasts 19 pools and thermal mud-bathing facilities in botanical gardens, a self-reflection labyrinth and 40 treatment rooms.

The first phase of development will see improvement to existing facilities including the addition of overnight lodging and evening access. In the second phase, the aim is to add a 90-room hotel along with a comprehensive wellness centre, medi-spa, organic farm and retail village, hiking trails, extra bathing zones, yoga academy and 125 residential units.



There are 19 thermal mud and bathing pools
Development pipeline: North America
Governors Island

New York City, New York, USA
Opening: Unconfirmed

A 72,000sq ft (6,689sq m) European-style hydrotherapy spa is planned for Governors Island in New York City.

Architect Bob Henry is working on the project in conjunction with Milan-based QC Terme, which operates nine thermal spas in Europe. This is QC Terme’s first US project.

A range of co-ed and gender-specific indoor and outdoor pools will sit alongside salt inhalation rooms, treatment areas, relaxation rooms, yoga studios and a cafe. The inclusive recreational development will see guests paying an “affordable day rate” to access facilities.

The entire island is being developed to include bike paths, children’s areas, hiking and biking trails – and the spa, which will also include 30,000sq ft (2,787sq m) of outdoor space with views of New York City and Wall Street.

The island is a short ferry-ride away from both Manhattan and Brooklyn.



Bathers will have views of Wall Street
Development pipeline: North America
Cliff House

Ogunquit, Maine, USA
Opening: Q3 2016

Set on 70 oceanfront acres (28 hectares) on Maine’s south coast, Cliff House Resort is undergoing a landmark transformation, and adding in a new seven-treamtment-room spa.

Created by Blu Spas, it will have an emphasis on the “wild and free” elements of coastal Maine, channeling the transformative interplay of water, stone, sky and sand. There will be a circuit of saunas, steam and aroma showers; a signature water suite with side-by-side soaking tubs and lounge seating with sound therapy.

The spa will also include a Sun Lounge – a pre- and post-treatment lounge where guests can interact, reflect and unwind. The expansive lounge features diverse seating zones and a connection between indoors and outdoors with natural light, terrace seating and fire elements.
The resort will also feature Spa Go, a service that brings spa to guests at the poolside. Treatments offered will include bodywork, foot massage and head/neck/shoulders massage.


Cliff House is undergoing a major transformation. Its new coastal spa will focus on water and relaxation
Development pipeline: North America
Sentierre Padre Canyon & Sanctuary

Padre Canyon, Utah, USA
Opening: Unconfirmed

Sentierre, a new US hotel brand with a focus on wellbeing, will include a full-service spa created by Sylvia Sepielli in its first resort in Utah.

Designed by architects Allen+Philp, the Padre Canyon Sanctuary encompasses more than 14,000sq ft (1,300sq m), including six treatment rooms, relaxation areas, a pool and lounge. The sanctuary will also feature 14 standalone luxury spa guests suites.

The hotel will be built on a 43-acre (17-hectare) parcel of land in the Mojave Desert. The brands aim is to transcend traditional hotels by offering a range of pathways to stimulate all of the senses. Visits are designed to be introspective, interactive and invigorating and enable guests to discover personal wellbeing.

A unique aspect of Sentierre is the path guides – individuals who will help guests pursue their interests, specialising in crafting interactive life experiences.



Spa designer Sylvia Sepielli has been a key advisor for Sentierre – a new US hotel brand which has wellbeing at its core
Development pipeline: North America
La Cantera

San Antonio, Texas, USA
Opening: Q2 2016

Destination Hotels is opening a 25,000sq ft (2,323sq m) indoor/outdoor spa sanctuary in mid-2016 at its La Cantera Hill Country Resort, just outside of San Antonio, Texas.

Part of a multi-million-dollar transformation of the resort, Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness will offer holistic, meditative and restorative treatments. Blu Spas consulted on the project.

The 17,000sq ft (1,579sq m) Loma de Vida – or Hill of Life – will have 15 rooms including suites with old-fashioned cowboy bathtubs. Products by Lavende, a Texas-based lavender line, will be used alongside Ila and Comfort Zone.

It’s hoped that wellness, education and communal events will make this more of a social spa.

Another 8,000sq ft (743sq m) of lush outdoor space, cabanas for al fresco treatments and a saline grotto pool rounds out the spa facility.



Blu Spas consulted on the project
Development pipeline: North America
Trump International Hotel

Washington DC, USA
Opening: Q4 2016

Ivanka Trump’s flagship spa is set to debut this year at The Old Post Office in Washington as part of a US$200m (€174.2m, £138m) redevelopment.

The 10,000sq ft (929sq m) Spa by Ivanka Trump is a prototype for the ex model and will be rolled out across the 14 existing international properties in the Trump Hotel Collection as well as at future sites. Trump Hotels is owned by Donald Trump – the US real estate developer who’s the Republican nominee to run for presidency.

Spa consultants WTS International as well as Bob Henry Architects have both been involved with in the project. WTS is also the favoured spa management company for the brand.



Ivanka Trump’s signature spa will roll out across Trump Hotels worldwide
Development pipeline: North America
Four Seasons Napa Valley

Calistoga, California, USA
Opening: 2018

Four Seasons is planning a luxury resort in Napa Valley, California, that will include a spa using the natural geothermal waters unique to the Calistoga region.

It’s set to offer treatments such as mineral-rich clay and volcanic ash baths, as well as skin and bodycare therapies.
Owned by equity firm Alcion Ventures and developed in partnership with Colorado-based firm Bald Mountain Development, the resort will include 85 guestrooms, 20 residence villas and its own fully-operational winery.


Development pipeline: North America
Miraval rollout

Across the USA
Opening: Unconfirmed

Famous US wellness destination Miraval is to open up to seven more “full blown” resorts in the next five years, according to new CEO Steve Rudnitsky. On top of that, it has plans to rollout its Miraval Life in Balance spas at other possible resorts – the first has just launched at St Regis Monarch Beach Resort in California with 24 treatment rooms and more than 70 signature therapies on offer.

Private equity firm KSL Capital Partners, which also has a stake in spa brand ESPA, entered into an agreement to jointly own Miraval with Revolution Places in June 2014.

“We know that we can easily adapt this experience to the California wine region, the Colorado mountains, parts of New England, Hawaii, as well as parts of Florida,” says Rudnitsky. Mexico and other international locations have also been hinted at.


Expect to see up to seven more ‘full blown’ Miraval resorts within five years
Development pipeline: North America
Kohanaiki Resort

Kona, Hawaii, USA
Opening: Q3 2016

Tracy Lee of TLee Spas is designing a spa for Hawaii’s Kohanaiki Resort that’s inspired by the two words ‘aloha aina’ (love of the land).

The 450-acre (182-hectare) oceanfront village resort has views across dramatic coastal landscapes with ancient lava flows.

The spa design – with four treatment rooms all boasting outdoor showers and soak tubs – will use natural materials, and blend the indoors with the outdoors, with architecture that makes use of natural breezes and the warmth of the sun.

Its underlying treatment philosophy will draw on the teachings of native Hawaiian healers and be organised according to three foundational principles: mana, or spiritual energy; palua, or complementary opposites; and pololei – the ancient Hawaiian belief that each person takes responsibility for the balance and harmony in his or her life.



Tracey Lee is behind the healing spa
Development pipeline: North America
Mar Adentro

Los Cabos, Mexico
Opening: Q2 2016

At the upcoming design-led, all-white hotel Mar Adentro in Los Cabos, Mexico, Bonnie Baker, co-founder of Satteva Spa & Wellness Concepts, is creating a spa in stark contrast – a dark, cave-like area inspired by local cenote swimming holes.

The Mar Abierto Spa is located deep within the property and a spiral walkway provides the sense of entering into a secluded cavern. Reflecting cenotes, seawater cascades from an opening in the ceiling into an aqua therapy lounge. The decor has been inspired by the colours and textures of the ocean and the rhythm and motion of the waves.

There will be six multi-purpose treatment rooms and an organic apothecary and blending bar will allow guests to personalise products using essential oils, base oils and pure waters.

Baker’s concept focuses on the idea of the spa as a portal that enables guests to open up to existence, life and wellbeing. She says: “It speaks to that ability to remove yourself from what’s happening out there and find yourself in such a deep place.”

A signature hotel for architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés, the stylised Mar Adentro is set to open in mid-2016.



A dark, cave-like spa will be in stark contrast to the all-white hotel

Originally published in Spa Business Handbook 2016 issue 1

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