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Spa Business Handbook - Development Pipeline

Spa projects

Development Pipeline

A round-up of some of the most interesting and exciting Spa Development currently underway Worldwide


Resense Spa
Accra, Ghana
Opening: 2014

A three-storey Resense Spa will open at The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra, Ghana, later this year.
Resense Spa is the ‘classically European’ concept by spa consultancy and contract management firm Resense. Its design, by architects Looney & Associates, is based on a reinterpretation of classical baroque and modern European styles to create a colourful area, finished in rich natural tones, stone, wood and gold mosaics.
The spa will cover 3,000sq m (32,291sq ft) in total and a key experience will be The Resense Bathing Kur. The bathing kur (or cure) is an 11-step spa journey to fully cleanse and revitalise the body, before culminating in a soap massage and chillout time in a relaxation Slumber Suite.

There will also be Schletterer-supplied wet areas and six single treatment rooms, two double treatments suites, two scrub rooms and two Slumber Suites, in addition to two lounges, a dining lounge, and a beauty/hair salon. There will also be a pool, health club and yoga studios. Product houses have not been finalised.

The resort will have 269 bedrooms and is close to an international conference centre and theatre which attract business and leisure travellers. The spa will be open to hotel guests, the day spa market and members.
Other Resense Spas are planned in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, Beirut this year, and in Cairo, Egypt in 2015.

The Resense company was set up in 2009 as a joint venture between hotel management company Kempinski Hotels and spa consultancy Raison d’Etre, but is now a business in its own right.

Its brands include Kempinski The Spa and Resense Spa, and it can also create white label spas. Resense currently manages 19 spas around the world and has 25 more in the pipeline.

Details: www.resensespas.com


Kempinski in Accra will be one of the first hotels with a Resense Spa

Olkaria Natural Spa
Hells Gate National Park, Naivasha, Kenya
Opening: Unconfirmed

Work is still ongoing to commercialise a geothermal attraction which is Africa’s equivalent to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.

The Olkaria Natural Spa is owned by African energy company KenGen and sits next to the Olkaria II geothermal power plant on land that forms part of the Hells Gate National Park in Kenya.

The site, which is an hour’s drive from Nairobi, already features four interconnecting open-air lagoons with natural thermal waters of temperatures up to 40°C. The lagoons, covering around 3,600sq m (38,750sq ft), are used by workers at the power plant and some locals members of the public too, but KenGen wants to put in changing facilities, a sauna and steamroom and a restaurant before it opens commercially. The hot springs can cater for up to 500 people and has been described as “the biggest natural spa in Africa”. It’s expected to attract tourists already visiting the national park and the nearby, vibrant market town of Naivasha.

KenGen’s already invested around US$300,000 (€215,650, £176,950) on the site so far and its long-term aim is to build cottages on the hills surrounding the spa and bring in a company to operate them. There are also talks of creating a visitor centre/museum which will highlight the story of the development of the geothermal energy industry in Kenya.
No completion date for the additional facilities has been given.

Details: www.kengen.co.ke or www.kws.go.ke


PHOTO: ©Black Rock Safaris

The site is owned by African energy company KenGen and has been likened to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland which is also a geothermal spa attraction

Clarins Spa at Royal Palm Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco
Opening: Q2 2014

The Royal Palm Marrakech hotel, operated by Beachcomber Hotels, will open a spa in collaboration with Clarins in mid 2014. The 135-suite hotel is located 12km south of the city on a 231-hectare (571-acre) estate planted with olive trees and includes an 18-hole golf course.

Beachcomber has nine other hotels in Africa – eight in Mauritius and one in the Seychelles – but this is its first one in Marrakech. And this is the sixth time it’s partnered with Clarins for a spa.

In total, there will be 15 therapy rooms for wet and dry treatments, plus a beauty parlour – featuring a hair and beauty salon, make-up room and barbers – and a relaxation area with a pool and yoga pavilion.

There’s also a thermal experience area, designed by Hydroconcept Monaco, with seven hammams (one of which can hold six people) and a sauna. A women’s only part of the spa will have a separate sauna, pool, hammam and massage cabin.

Details: http://lei.sr?a=p4I6z


Beachcomber has nine hotels in Africa, but this is its first in Marrakech

Baccarat Hotel Rabat
Rabat, Morocco
Opening: 2015

Luxury crystal glassware manufacturer Baccarat is one of the latest high end brands to enter the hotel and spa market.

Baccarat dates back to 1764, when King Louis XV of France authorised a glassworks business in the village of the same name. Since then, the company has been commissioned by international royalty and has collaborated with contemporary designers such as Philippe Starck to update its pieces. It was bought by investment firm Starwood Capital in 2005.

With Starwood as the driving force, Baccarat is to open six hotel/resorts/residences by 2016 – three of which will be located in Morocco. The spa concept in the facilities has been created by Swedish-based consultancy Raison d’être.

The 130-bed Baccarat Hotel Rabat is being funded by a local private company. When it opens in 2015, its Baccarat-branded spa is expected to be one of the largest and comprehensive in the area and will target local clients, via an exclusive membership, as well as hotel guests. Key facilities include six Moroccan hammams (three for women, three for men) using semi precious stones – two cooler 35?C jade rooms, two warm 45?C amethyst rooms, and two hot 55?C crystal chromotherapy rooms. There will also be eight single treatment rooms, two VIP treatment suites, an alchemy area, an indoor and outdoor pool, a beauty and hair salon, a spa retail area, and fitness and yoga studios.

The Baccarat Spa Resort in Marrakech will offer a destination spa on a 5-acre (2-hectare) estate with 60 villas alongside two restaurants. The resort is due to launch in 2015 and the spa “will stand out because of its all-encompassing wellness offering and results-orientated programmes”. It will offer glamour, socialising, fun and relaxation.

A spa will also feature in Baccarat Resort & Residences Marrakech – a far larger project in the city that will offer four hotels, 80 hotel villas and 70 branded residences. It will be built in the exclusive Palmeraie district and is set to open by 2016.

Other properties include Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York (2014), Baccarat Hotel & Residences at Dubai Pearl (2018) and Baccarat Residences Shanghai in China.

Details: www.baccarathotels.com


Baccarat hotel and spa interiors have been inspired by the beautiful, innovative designs of its crystal glassware

Avani and Anantara resorts
Opening: 2014

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) will operate three hotel spas in Mozambique by the end of 2014 as part of its long term, strategic partnership with Rani Investment which owns a number of high-end resorts across the continent.

The 185-bed Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa will be rebranded as Avani – MHG’s upscale, contemporary brand. It will feature a wellness facility that will be overseen by MSpa, MHG’s spa management arm.

Two other boutique properties will operate under MHG’s luxury brand Anantara. These include the 13-chalet Medjumbe Private Island resort and 24-villa Matemo Island resort, which is closed for extensive renovations. Both will have spa elements run by MSpa.

MHG has invested a 25 per cent equity in the three properties which are in north Mozambique and currently operate as part of the Rani Resorts portfolio. Rani Investment is one of the largest private hospitality owner-operators in Mozambique. MHG already co-owns the Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa in the country with Rani.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=B5M6v


MHG now has four sites in Mozambique

Grand Hotel Djibloho Kempinski
Equatorial Guinea, central Africa
Opening: Q4 2014

Kempinski The Spa will branch out into central Africa with the launch of a new location at the Equatorial Guinea Grand Hotel Djibloho Kempinski.

The 450-bed hotel is one of many new-builds taking place in the heart of Equatorial Guinea’s rainforest, as part of president Teodoro Obiang’s ambitious plans to make the rapidly-forming city of Oyala the country’s new capital.

Scheduled to open towards the end of 2014, the spa will be designed and operated by Resense – a company originally set up in 2009 as a joint venture between Kempinski Hotels and spa consultancy Raison d’Etre, which is now a business in its own right.

The 750sq m (8,073sq ft) spa will feature four single treatment suites and a wet area with sauna, steamroom and experience showers. It will also include a fitness studio and large indoor swimming pool as well as a relaxation area and whirlpools.

Therapists will offer tailored experiences to either detox, relax, energise or balance the body. There will also be therapies to help soothe the aches and pains of guests playing on the resort’s golf course and tennis courts.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=p0d9N


The hotel and spa will be located in Oyala, a new capital city that’s currently being developed for Equatorial Guinea

Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff
Johannesburg, South Africa
Opening: Q2 2014

The Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg, the operator’s first property in South Africa, is set to open in mid 2014.

The original Westcliff Hotel closed last June to undergo renovations after new owners signed a long-term management agreement with Four Seasons. The site was acquired from Orient-Express (now Belmond) in a joint venture partnership with two investor companies based in Dubai and Singapore in 2012.

The brand new Spa at Four Seasons will feature nine treatment rooms – one of which is a couple’s suite – pools, steamrooms and saunas for men and women. There’s also a 24-hour fitness centre, plus on- and off-site jogging trails.

Four Seasons has worked with the original architect of the hotel – Johannesburg-based RSL Architects – and interior design firm Jacket. It has 117 guestrooms and is located in The Parks, an affluent area adjacent to Johannesburg Zoo.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=S2Q4i


Once owned by Orient-Express, the hotel and spa has been refurbished and will now be run by Four Seasons

Once owned by Orient-Express, the hotel and spa has been refurbished and will now be run by Four Seasons

Seychelles Tourism Academy
Mahé, Seychelles
Opening: 2015

A full-service spa training facility is to be included in a purpose-built tourism academy in Mahé in the Seychelles.

The government is funding the new site for The Seychelles Tourism Academy, which is the islands’ only tourism college. The first 15 classrooms are to open in July, with the main admin block and restaurant/demonstration kitchen to follow. Work on a hotel and spa training facility is expected to start in January 2015

The academy already offers a two-year spa certificate qualification in partnership with the Constance Hospitality Academy that’s based in Mauritius.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=Z0R8M


PHOTO © shutterstock/Ersler Dmitry

A spa training facility will feature at the new government-funded tourism school

Six Senses Zil Pyson
Felicite Island, Seychelles
Opening: 2015

Six Senses will open two spas in Africa over the next two years.

Six Senses Zil Pyson on Felicite Island – a private island in the Seychelles – will be made up of 30 hillside pavilions and 17 residences. The spa will be set within a natural rock formation and according to Anna Bjurstam, head of spas and wellness, it will be “one of the most amazing spas in the world I dare to say”.
Meanwhile Six Senses Gammarth in Tunisia, will offer 67 suites and pool villas plus 31 residences on the beach.

Details: www.sixsenses.com


Gross Barmen Hot Springs Resort
Opening: Q3 2014

The NA$200m (US$19m, €13.7m, £11m) refurbishment of the Namibian Gross Barmen Hot Springs Resort in Africa is nearing completion.

The state-owned resort is 25km from the town of Okahandja and one of its main attractions is its hot mineral spring water. The water is pumped into a large indoor thermal bath (40?C), an open-air swimming pool (25-29?C) and private baths.

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) – another state-owned enterprise which manages camp sites and lodges in protected areas of Namibia – will run the site.

“After the completion of the project, the resort will consist of high-class facilities, an office and administration building, conference centre, restaurant, outside and indoor pools, shopping facilities and a spa,” NWR acting managing director Zelna Hengari told local media. The resort originally had four family chalets and 33 bush chalets, plus numerous camping sites

The site has been closed since 2011 for redevelopment by Namibia Construction. Accommodation facilities were completed at a cost of NA$64m (US$6m, €4m, £3.6m) and work on the swimming pool, conference centre and restaurant is almost finished. The spa is still under construction.

Reopening was initially pencilled in for June 2014, but its since been suggested that August is a more practical date.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=W6T9e


Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort
Cairns, Australia
Construction to start: 2015

Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has given the go ahead for a 340-hectare (840-acre) mega resort with nine luxury hotels in Cairns.

The FIRB’s approval in March has been described as “an important milestone” by developer Tony Fung. The Hong Kong billionaire is investing AU$4.2bn (US$3.75bn, €2.72bn, £2.4bn) on the Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort, with a view to establishing Cairns as one of the world’s leading premier destinations. He’s hopeful that construction will begin in 2015 if not before.

As well as the hotels, there are plans for a casino, a 25,000-seater sports stadium and a high-end retail space.

Projects in Cairns have sparked fierce debate in recent times – given the Great Barrier Reef’s stance as a World Heritage Site – with groups lobbying to prevent interference with marine life and the local environment.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=p4e7Z


Nine hotel spas will be developed

The Brando
Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Opening: 2014

A spa built on the shores of a tropical pond is a key feature of The Brando eco-resort, which is aiming to become one of the first resorts to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification when it opens in July.

The Brando is located on Tetiaroa – a 12-island atoll bought in 1965 by actor Marlon Brando who envisioned it as a sanctuary for environmental research and education. Developer Pacific Beachcomber made this vision a reality when it built the 35-villa resort – complete with a green research facility – which has sustainability at its core. The resort and spa is built on the Onetahi, one of the 12 motus (small islands), and uses renewable sources like solar panels alongside coconut biofuel for energy and an innovative sea water air conditioning (SWAC) system.

The Varua Polynesian Spa is located inland, in a large planted area partly built over a pond with a waterfall backdrop.

Designed by Lonsdale Western Design, the spa has a village style with facilities – two double treatment rooms, two steamrooms, a cold bath, relaxation area, yoga pavilion and tea lounge – housed in separate bungalows that blend into the surroundings. A special couple’s spa suite is also located high up in the palm trees.

The spa consultants for the project were Deep Nature, a French-based group that operates more 35 other spas worldwide.

Details: http://lei.sr?a=s2k7C


PHOTO © Tim McKenna

The Varua Polynesian Spa has been created by spa consultancy Deep Nature

Ngai Tahu Hot pool complex
Queenstown, New Zealand
Opening: Unconfirmed

Plans have been proposed for a NZ$25m (US$20.6m, €15m £12.6m) hot pools and spa complex in Queenstown, New Zealand which is expected to draw more than 300,000 customers annually.

Ngai Tahu Tourism, the tourism arm of the native Ngai Tahu Maori tribe, is in talks with Lakeview Holiday Park about leasing 1.8 acres for development. The plans include 12 large public hot pools, four smaller private hot pools, a health spa, a retail building and a café-restaurant.

Ngai Tahu Tourism already owns and operates nine other attractions in New Zealand, such as the Glacier Hot Pools at Franz Josef on the west coast, which has three public pools, three private pools and a spa.

Other proposed plans for the Lakeview site include a NZ$50m (US$41.2m, €30m, £25.2m) convention centre linked to a casino-hotel complex that would be built by SkyCity Entertainment Group.

Ngai Tahu Tourism regional boss David Kennedy has said that its “ongoing negotiations would centre around working with the convention centre site.”

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=j4i3A


The Maori tribe already owns another hot springs attraction in New Zealand

The new NZ$25m site

Shanghai Shimao Wonderland
Songjiang near Shanghai, China
Opening: Unconfirmed

Design and engineering consultancy Atkins has said that construction of a 19-floor hotel in a quarry in Songjiang near Shanghai is in the early stages.

The two lowest levels of the 380-key hotel, to be managed by InterContinental, will be underwater and face an aquarium. This is where a spa – with 10 treatment rooms and a big pool and sauna area – will be situated. These levels will also house guestrooms, a restaurant and a leisure complex.

Sustainability is key to the project which will be built according to eco standards and will use geo-thermal heat and feature a green roof.

Chinese conglomerate Shimao is the developer of the hotel, which will form part of the 500,000sq m (5.4 million sq ft) Shanghai Shimao Wonderland themed development. Overall, the site will also comprise leisure, entertainment and residential elements plus an additional three-star hotel. Reports put the cost of the project at £345m (US$585, €420) and it’s estimated that it will take three years to build.

Details: www.atkinsdesign.com


Two of the floors will be under water

Six Senses Bhutan
Opening: 2016

Five spas are to feature in a series of Six Senses lodges across the Buddhist nation of Bhutan – a country that is famously strict on development and tourism.

The travel circuit of boutique lodges, located in Thimpu, Punakha, Phobjikha, Bumthang and Paro, will have a total of 82 suites between them, and each will have between two to six treatment rooms.

The spa concept will be based on the country’s unique standard of living indicator. Instead of a gross national product, Bhutan uses a gross national happiness (GNH) index – focusing on the wellbeing of its people – as a measure of development across the country.

The spas at each lodge will focus on a different strand of the GNH such as physical and mental wellness and environmental and social wellbeing.

Other Six Senses developments planned in Asia are located in Japan; Ninghai, China; Mount Qing Cheng, China; and Uluwatu, Bali. It also has two projects in India, including Six Senses World One in Mumbai where it will manage an entire club house spread over three floors.

Details: www.sixsenses.com


A circuit of five Six Senses boutique spa lodges will be located throughout Bhutan

Caprice Gold Maldives
Gaakoshibee, Maldives
Opening: Q4 2014

Maldives-based ADK Company has signed an agreement with Turkish hotel brand Caprice Gold to create and operate one of the Maldives’ first Islamic resorts.

The 673-bed Caprice Gold Maldives on the Shaviyani Atoll will be one of the largest resorts in the Maldives when it opens in October. Its spa will have separate facilities for men and women, eight treatment rooms, four of which will be situated over water, plus a beauty/barber shop and a health and fitness centre. Beaches, villas and pools will also be segregated and the four restaurants will be halal-certified.

Caprice Gold, which specialises in Islamic tourism, will invest MVR2.6bn (US$170m, €123m, £102m) in the project.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=k3X1A


Octave Living Destination Retreat
Suzhou, China
Opening: 2017

The Octave Living Destination Retreat – which is one of China’s first wellness communities – is now under construction just outside of Shanghai on the shores of Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou.

A project by IMC Octave, the hospitality arm of Singapore-based IMC Group, the retreat has been designed by New York City-based Tsai and McKown Architects.

GOCO Hospitality is the master consultant for the project and will also oversee the design and technical services. Horwath HTL – which joined forces with GOCO in September 2013 – was involved with market research and feasibility.

The 19-hectare (47-acre) development is being built in five phases, three of which are already underway. The final opening date is scheduled for 2017.

The 85,000sq m (914,932sq ft) retreat will have a destination spa with 69 treatment rooms, 104 private villas, 100 serviced apartments and a 50-bed boutique hotel. There will also be a commercial village and lakefront real estate with retail, F&B, art and entertainment facilities and a learning centre.

The spa will include two aquatonic pools – one indoor, one outdoor – featuring therapeutic hydromassage stations.

A thermal area, by Hong Kong-based Deckelmann Wellness, will offer male and female facilities, as well as a unisex zone with five thermal experiences.

“GOCO Hospitality saw a clear opportunity to create wellness communities in China, because they’ve existed successfully in Europe and the US for centuries,” says Josephine Leung, the group director of design for GOCO.

“The wellness facility will offer comprehensive health programmes – combining both western and traditional treatments and advice to improve guests’ lifestyles,” she adds. “This will be the place where generations meet and interact in an urban resort setting – discovering, sharing and learning together.”

The main target audience of the Octave Living Destination Retreat will be local city professionals in their mid-30s to 50s.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=n2t3b


Octave Living, which will have a spa with 69 treatment rooms, will be one of the first wellness communities in China

Octave Living, which will have a spa with 69 treatment rooms, will be one of the first wellness communities in China

Ciputra World Jakarta
Jakarta, Indonesia
Opening: Unconfirmed

Owned by the Indonesian property developer, Ciputra Group, the IDR15 trillion (US$1.3bn, €937m, £768m) mega super block of buildings in the business district of Jakarta is currently under construction.

The 15-acre (6-hectare) Ciputra World Jakarta project will have 15 towers in three separate Ciputra World Jakarta clusters, built in three phases.
Ciputra Jakarta 1 consists of an office tower, a 180-bed Raffles Hotel Jakarta – with an 11,840sq ft (1,100sq m) spa, retail space, an art museum, a 1,200-seat auditorium, serviced residences and a tower for apartments. The site is expected to open this year.

Construction on Ciputra World Jakarta 2 began in 2012 and is due for completion in 2016. It will feature four towers used for office space, the W Hotel Jakarta – most likely with a spa – and serviced apartments.

Ciputra World Jakarta 3 is the next development, expected to provide meeting space, office and apartment towers but the opening date for this has not been announced.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=b6f9O


A Raffles and W hotel will be included

Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel Beijing
Beijing, China
Opening: Q4 2014

Kempinski is set to unveil one of its largest properties in China this November – a 14sq km (5 square mile) hotel, villa and spa complex which is being lined up to possibly host major political events such as APEC 2014 and future G20 summits.

Situated at the foot of the Yanshan Mountains, 60km (37 miles) to the north of Beijing, the development will boast 595 bedrooms in total. Of these, 306 bedrooms are located in the Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel Beijing, while there are 111 bedrooms at a State Guest House and another 178 bedrooms which are spread across 12
boutique villas.

Spa facilities are spread over the whole complex. The hotel will have a four-floor Kempinski, The Spa facility which will include eight treatment rooms, plus a pool, gym, juice bar and tea area.

The spa in the State Guest House will feature 11 luxury treatment suites – including a VIP room with its own hammam and two treatment beds – in addition to a thermal experience zone, relaxation area and foot massage rooms, plus a gym, exercise studio and games rooms.

The boutique villas, which are envisaged as being individual lodgings for heads of state attending summits, will each have their own spa, 25m lap pool and gym. The villas have been designed by different international agencies, including well-known names such as Wilson, Rockwell, HBA and DiLeonardo.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=M0n8L


Spa villas have been designed to host presidents attending major political events on-site

Solar Floating Island
Opening: Unconfirmed

Italian designer Michele Puzzolante of MPD Designs has unveiled a new concept resort called the Solar Floating Island (SFI). It will be energy self-sufficient and will use the sun as its sole source of power.

The resort, which will be constructed of floating pontoons, is set to feature a five-star, 54-bed hotel comprising a 410sq m (4,413sq ft) spa and wellness centre. A range of massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, body wraps and exfoliations will be available at the spa, in addition to a 150sq m (1,614sq ft) boutique area.

Puzzolante estimates the entire development could be built for US$145m (€104m, £87m) and the concept has received full support from Maldives’ president Abdulla Yameen. Work on the first SFI is expected to start in the next few months, with parts constructed in a factory before later being assembled on-site.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=n4C3a


Floating pontoons form the base of the 54-bed resort, which will have a 410sq m spa

Las Vegas Sands
Macau and Singapore
Opening: Unconfirmed

Former England football captain David Beckham is to help develop leisure, retail and dining experiences at the Las Vegas Sands resorts in Asia.

Beckham, one of the world’s most iconic men, will initially focus on Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and Sands Macau. He already co-owns a London eatery with Gordon Ramsay.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=H9p3d


LVS will brand it like Beckham

Waldorf Astoria
Jakarta, Indonesia
Opening: 2018

A 181-bed Waldorf Astoria hotel is in the planning in Jakarta and will be the brand’s second property in Indonesia when it opens in 2018.

Wellness facilities will include a spa, health club and pool alongside F&B and business amenities.

Waldorf Astoria will operate the hotel, which is being developed by Jakarta-based PT Putragaya Wahana.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=i7Q1U


Angsana Teluk Bahang
Penang, Malaysia
Opening: 2016

Work has started on Banyan Tree’s first property in Malaysia – the Angsana Teluk Bahang on the island of Penang.

A reported MYR500m (US$154m, €110m, £91m) will be spent on the property which is set on a 3-hectare (7-acre) beachfront site in Teluk Bahang – a fishing village that’s being transformed into a luxury eco-tourism hub.

Three main buildings will house around 300 bedrooms, as well as an Angsana Spa with 12 treatment rooms, three pools and five food outlets. There will also be 150 residential units.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=T3H1a


The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Taipei, Taiwan
Opening: 2014

A two-storey spa will feature at a new 303-bed Mandarin Oriental hotel that will launch in Taipei, Taiwan imminently.

The spa, with interiors by hospitality design firm Yabu Pushelberg, will cover 3,500sq m (37,673sq ft) in total. It will have two distinct components – the spa with 12 treatment suites, hydrothermal area, beauty salon and tea lounge; and a fitness centre and pool. Products will be supplied by Biologique Recherche and Aromatherapy Associates.

Mandarin will run the hotel on behalf of owners Kai Tai Fung International.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=O3q5c


Senkyaku Banrai
Tokyo, Japan
Opening: Q2 2016

Senkyaku Banrai, a 1.7-hectare (4.2-acre) shopping and entertainment complex in walking distance of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic venues, will feature one of Japan’s largest thermal spa facilities, according to national newspaper The Asahi Shimbun.

It’s reported that the complex, which is being planned by the Tokyo metropolitan government, will include a seven-storey tower with thermal bathing and spa facilities plus accommodation. At the top of the tower will be an open air bath.

When it opens in March 2016, Senkyaku Banrai is expected to attract up to 4.2 million visitors a year.

Other facilities include a multilingual tourist information centre, 140 food stores, a food court big enough for 1,000 customers and cooking schools.
Operators announced so far include Kiyomura, which runs the Sushi-Zanmai food chain; and Daiwa House Group.

The complex will sit next to Toyko’s relocated fish market which is scheduled to open around the same time.

The original site for the for the iconic Tsukiji wholesale fish market is only 4km away, but the new location will be up to 40 per cent bigger and more modern.

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Senkyaku Banrai, close to Tokyo’s Olympic venues, will have one of Japan’s largest thermal spa facilities

City of Dreams
Macau, China
Opening: 2017

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed plans for a 780-bedroom hotel to be built by property developer Melco Crown Entertainment in Cotai, Macau.

The hotel will be located at Melco Crown’s flagship City of Dreams resort in an area that takes its visual inspiration from the Las Vegas Strip.

The 40-floor hotel will include a spa alongside gaming and event/conference facilities plus a rooftop pool.
The design of the tower – encased in a giant lattice mesh – merges traditional architectural elements of roof, wall and ceiling to create a sculptural form that also defines many of the hotel’s internal spaces.

“The design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion,” says Zaha Hadid, the owner of the practice. Construction started last year and is set to be completed by 2017.

Read more: http://lei.sr?a=T4H1Y


The hotel will have a dramatic design

Vadinolhu Island
Laamu Atoll, Maldives
Opening: 2017

Saudi Arabian real estate firm Best Choice Real Estate Development is investing US$100m (€72.6m, £59.7m) in a resort and spa in the Laamu Atoll in the Maldives. The eco-friendly, five star development, will be located on Vadinolhu Island and is set to open in 2017.

Plans include 100 villas plus a spa with suites, relaxation lounges, hot and cold plunge pools, a sauna and yoga pavilions.

Vadinolhu will also have tennis, badminton, scuba diving and sailing facilities and a fully-equipped gym.

Mohamad Rabih Itani, CEO of Best Choice Real Estate, told the local Arab News newspaper: “The Maldives offers tremendous investment opportunities, especially in the hospitality sector, as it has rapidly emerged as a destination of choice for international tourists.” Its main target audience will be families and Itani is “confident of achieving an operating profit in the second year with the cash payback period at six years”.

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The eco-resort will have a spa and 100 villas

Total Health Centre
Opening: Q4 2015

An ambitious US$3m (€2.22, £1.84m) wellness retreat in the Himalayas is being planned by Dr Robert Schneider, a leading US physician and researcher.

Schneider, who’s a professor at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, specialises in integrative preventative healthcare. He’s also the author of Total Heart Health – a book promoting the potential of ayurveda to prevent and reverse heart disease.

The Total Health Centre aims to tackle chronic disorders like heart disease by combining ayurvedic therapies and integrative medicine with modern healthcare. “We want to offer the best of all worlds,” says Schneider, who’s already using this approach successfully as medical director at The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa in Iowa.

Designs drawn up by vedic architects Raja Builders feature a 100,000sq ft (9,290sq m) spa and integrative health centre comprised of luxury private rooms and villas. The treatments will focus on detox, panchakarma, mind-body medicine, five senses therapies and lifestyle education.

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The retreat will tackle chronic disorders

Trump Collection
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Opening: 2016

Trump Hotel is to make its debut in South America in Brazil in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The 171-bed Trump Hotel Rio de Janeiro will overlook Barra da Tijuca beach which will host a number the Olympic venues.

A spa and fitness facility will take up around 4,000sq ft (371sq m), while a pool and lounge area will be of a similar size. A nightclub and meeting amenities will be included too.

Brazilian developer LSH Barra SA is building the BRL200m (US$83m, €61.4m, £50.8m) hotel with the help of development consultant Polaris Brazil. WATG is one of the design firms.

Donald Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions says: “This is an exciting time to develop our first project in South America and the perfect location to do so.”

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It will be open for the 2016 Olympics

Dreams Las Mareas
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Opening: 2014

The Guanacaste region in Costa Rica is becoming a hub for luxury tourism. One of its latest developments is the 15sq km (5.7 square mile) Santa Elena Reserve, which will include a US$125m (€89m, £75m) Dreams Las Mareas resort.

Due to open in November 2014, the resort will feature a Dreams Spa by Pevonia with a hydrotherapy circuit, beauty salon, spa boutique and 10 therapy cabins for individual and double therapies.

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Harmony Cove
Telawny, Jamaica
Opening: 2017

Chinese firm Sinohydro concluded negotiations for the financing and equity investment of the US$2.5bn (€1.8bn, £1.5bn) Harmony Cove Development project in Telawny, Jamaica in March.

The 3.6 square mile (9.3sq km) development on Jamaica’s north coast, will be transformed into a mega resort with its own private airport and marina. A luxury health spa, will feature alongside hotels, private residences, restaurants, three golf courses, a casino and a convention centre.

The developer is Tavistock, while design and architecture firms include Leisure and Hospitality Design International, Mode architects and MSI.

The first phase of the project, to cost US$800m (€583.7m, £478.1m), will take three years to complete and will include 2,000 hotel rooms. The much-delayed project – construction was originally scheduled to start in 2009 – has strong backing from Jamaica’s government.

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Kittitian Hill
St Kitts, Caribbean
Opening: 2015

Caribbean resort, Kittitian Hill, on the island of St Kitts, will be celebrating the region and its heritage with its treatment menu, when the spa opens in 2015.

Local sea salt will be used to make scrubs for the Mango Walk spa and all botanicals and oils used will be organically harvested on-site. The spa team are currently researching indigenous treatments, to give the spa its identity.

The 20 treatment rooms have been designed by architect Bill Bensley, who's created a spa with the vernacular of local architecture. There will be a focus on active relaxation in nature. Meditation gardens are being created and there's a self-guided meditation walk through nature and a yoga studio is being built in a bamboo cathedral structure. A hyper saline pool and hot and cold water treatments will also be included.

Mango Walk will be run by Sedona Resorts on behalf of the developer, Caribbean entrepreneur Valmiki Kempadoo.

Kittitian Hill is a 400-acre resort that will feature four boutique hotels, villas and one of the world’s first ‘edible golf courses’.

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The 400-acre resort will feature villas and four boutique hotels

Grand Caicos, Turks & Caicos
Opening: Unconfirmed

Initial plans have been revealed for a 41-acre (17-hectare) beachfront luxury resort on the island of Grand Caicos in the West Indies.

Aniyana, which takes its name from the native Lucayan Indian name for Grand Caicos, is an eco-sensitive development and there are plans for
it to incorporate one of the island’s largest nature reserves for indigenous flora and fauna.

It will comprise a residential element, as well as a ‘world-class’ boutique hotel and spa, plus a fine dining restaurant. Exact details of the spa are yet to be confirmed, but it will be located in a secluded part of the island and offer invigorating and relaxing experiences.

The land is owned, and will be developed, by Grand Caicos Holdings while Caribbean company 7th Heaven Properties has been appointed as the master agent. The 48 square mile island is renowned for its picturesque stretches of secluded beaches and outstanding natural beauty. 7th Heaven Properties founder Walter Zephirin says: “Aniyana represents a game-changing project for Turks and Caicos.”

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The project is said to be a game changer

Thermal spa
Amélie-les-Bains, France
Opening: 2017

Spanish architectural firm Francisco Mangado has been appointed as the master-planner of a French thermal spa project following a global design competition.

Francisco Mangado, along with five other architects, will transform an old military thermal hospital in the municipality of Amélie-les-Bains in southern France into a spa covering 3,143sq m (33,830sq ft).

Due to open by 2017, the €6.5m (US$9m, £5.3m) spa will be set over three floors and feature extensive thermal and bathing facilities – using water from the town’s natural resources – as well as a spa with more than 10 wet and dry treatment rooms.

A hot zone will comprise three saunas and three Turkish baths in addition to a Roman-style caldarium steamroom. Meanwhile a cold zone will boast experience showers, a tepidarium and a frigidarium. On top of this, there will be a large interior bathing area leading to an outdoor relaxation courtyard, plus a sun terrace and bar.

The proposed renovation will see glass surfaces superimposed on the hospital’s solid stone walls to give it a modern look, while retaining the original architecture.

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€6.5m will be spent on transforming the old thermal hospital into a modern spa

One&Only Portonovi
Kumbor, Montenegro
Opening: 2016

Health and wellness specialist Henri Chenot is partnering with One&Only Resorts – a Kerzner International brand – to provide the spa concept for the €500m (US$688m, £413m) Portonovi marina development in Kumbor, Montenegro.

In March, owner Azmont Investments announced the partnership with Chenot who’s known for the Chenot Method – a wellness approach which combines Chinese medicine with biontology: identification and explanation of the body’s functions at the different stages in one’s life. With forty years’ experience, Chenot says his method is designed to rebalance the body’s natural processes to eliminate toxins, increase vitality and energy levels.

Set to open in 2016, the 5,000sq m (53,819sq ft) spa will offer treatments from Henri Chenot’s worldwide spa brand, Espace Vitalité Chenot.

“Henri Chenot’s arrival as part of One&Only Portonovi will enable us to offer both peak and off-season tourism, specifically in the wellness sector," says MD of Portonovi, James Wilson. "We are delighted to have two widely respected brands team up for the first time as part of the luxury offering at Portonovi.”

Azmont wants to establish the 60-acre site as 21st century riviera for Montnegro. As well as the 150-bed One&Only hotel, there will be 550 residences, a 250-berth marina and a tennis academy.

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Wellness specialist Henri Chenot will provide the spa concept for the resort on the Montenegro coastline

The OvaVerva
St Moritz, Switzerland
Opening: Q3 2014

Due to open in July, after two years of construction, the OvaVerva pool, spa and sports centre in St Moritz, Switzerland is looking to attract 100,000 visitors in its first year and around 35,000 spa-goers.

Owned by the municipality of St Moritz, OvaVerva has been developed as a year-round attraction for the ski resort and cost CHF64.7m (US$71m, €52, £44m). It’s been designed by Swiss architects Bearth & Deplazes and Morger + Detti.

OvaVerva is set over three floors, the first of which is dedicated to a variety of pools, with a total water area of 915sq m (9,850sq ft); waterslides; and a snow sports and bike shop. The floor above will have a 600sq m (6,458sq ft) fitness centre and a bistro serving healthy, regional cuisine.

At the very top will be a 1,620sq m (17,437sq ft) wellness area with views over the Engadine mountains. Communal experiences will include a one-of-a-kind Rosatsch bath – a large whirlpool based on those in the nearby Rosatsch region – plus Kneipp and steamrooms and four saunas as well as rest and quiet zones. In addition, there will be six treatment rooms and a ladies-only wet area.

Products are supplied by Swiss skincare company Soglio.

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OvaVerva is owned by the municipality of St Moritz and has been developed as a pool, spa and sports centre. Its goal is to attract 100,000 customers in the first year

Gainsborough Bath Spa
Bath, UK
Opening: Q3 2014

Natural thermal waters in the UK spa town of Bath will be a key feature of the two-floor Spa Village Bath at the Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel when it opens later this year. They will be pumped into three
therapeutic pools of different temperatures and also be used in water body therapies.

Other facilities at the 1,300sq m (14,000sq ft) spa include 11 treatment rooms, a beauty salon and hydrothermal facilities by Dalesauna and Barr + Wray.

The historic hotel will feature 99 guestrooms, including three spa accommodation rooms directly above the facility.

YTL Hotels took over the development from Bath Hotel and Spa Limited – a joint venture between the Trevor Osborne Property Group and CP Holdings – in 2011.
Malaysia-based YTL Hotels operates over 15 resorts worldwide and is famed for its signature Spa Village concept.

In homage to YTL’s background, the Spa Village Bath will feature Asian therapies such as campur-campur which blends Malay and Thai massage techniques.

The conceptual design for the spa has been carried out by Sylvia Sepielli, who worked on the original YTL spa village concept. The interior design has been overseen by Alexandra Champilmaud, who’s also worked on previous YTL hotels and spas.

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Bath is a UK spa town and natural thermal waters will be used

Paris Peninsula
Paris, France
Opening: Q3 2014

The Paris Peninsula Hotel and Spa is expected to open in August this year on the Champs Elysées, only a few paces from l’Arc de Triomphe.

Construction of the first Peninsula hotel on European soil began in 2010 and upon completion, the neo-classical 200-bedroom hotel’s spa will be situated in the basement and will cover more than 1,800sq m (19,375sq ft).

Spa consultants were Hydroconcept, while interior design has been overseen by Hong Kong-based Sabrina Fung Fine Arts. There will be six single and two double treatment rooms alongside a hammam, whirlpool, male and female relaxation areas and a gym and pool.

Other amenities include two restaurants – one on the roof and another serving Chinese food.

The architect for the hotel is Richard Martinet and interior designers include Hong Kong-based Chhada Siembieda Leung and the French Studio Kompa.

Katara Hospitality Hotels owns 80 per cent of the hotel and 20 per cent belongs to the Peninsula's parent company the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels group.

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This is the first Peninsula hotel in Europe

Raffles Instanbul Zorlu Center
Istanbul, Turkey
Opening: 2014

A 32,292 sq ft (3,000sq m) Raffles Spa will feature at one of two FRHI properties that are due to open in Turkey in 2014. The 180-bed Raffles Istanbul will be the main facility of the Zorlu Center – one of the country’s only mixed-use developments.

Meanwhile, the Swissôtel Bodrum Beach is situated on the waterfront of Turgutreis. The two-storey hotel is set to include 66 guestrooms plus 72 private residences.

FRHI is the parent company of hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel. It has more than 100 hotels and 50 spas in the development around the world.

The group’s new vice president of spa and wellness is Andrew Gibson who joined the company in January following seven years at Mandarin Oriental. Read our interview with him in Spa Business magazine.

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The Raffles spa brand focuses on seamless service and caters to well-travelled, affluent customers

Palazzo Versace Dubai
Dubai, UAE
Opening: Q4 2014

The widely anticipated opening of the Dubai Palazzo Versace resort has been scheduled for the end of 2014.

The Italian design house revealed its first Palazzo Versace on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2000, which it claimed was the world’s first fashion-branded hotel. The second Versace-branded resort in Dubai was due to follow in 2009, but has faced a number of set backs – despite being 80 per cent complete since 2010. In recent reports, however, developer Enshaa Services Group confirmed the AED2.3bn (US$626m, €475m, £405m) Dubai Palazzo Versace will be ready by 2015.

Located in Dubai Creek, the resort will have 214 suites, 168 condominiums and a spas for women and men, as well as a fitness studio, steamroom, sauna and pool.
The design of the hotel and spa will be strongly influenced by the fashion house founder Gianni Versace who’ll use Italian furnishings to help create a “an ambience of pure glamour”. The company’s corporate logo – the Greek mythological figure Medusa – is expected to feature prominently throughout, while an on-site boutique will offer Versace clothes, accessories and cosmetics.

There will also be an outdoor lagoon pool, beach and a marina-edge promenade.

Enshaa took control of the project in 2011 in a swap deal that saw Emirates Sunland Group take full ownership of the Gold Coast Versace hotel (it was previously only part-owner of the Australian facility).

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The first Versace hotel and spa opened in Australia in 2000; the fashion brand's logo was a key design feature

Marilyn Monroe Spas
Multiple sites in the USA
Opening: 2014

Marilyn Monroe™ Spas is to rollout its fun, flirty and glamorous facilities across the US.

The company, set up by spa businesswoman Niki Bryan and ex-president of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Al Weiss, has a licensing agreement with Authentic Brands Group and has created three spa concepts based on the beauty icon.

The full-service spa offering, for resorts and luxury locations, is the Marilyn Monroe Spas model. Meanwhile Nail Boutiques is focused on manicure, pedicure and waxing services and its Glamour Rooms concept includes hair, nail, make-up and some select spa treatments.

There are five facilities already open including three full-service spas in Hyatt hotels in Maui, Hawaii; Monterey, California; and most recently at the Hyatt Times Square in New York (pictured).
There will be five more launches by 2015 – two in Orlando and one in St Petersburg, Florida and others in San Diego, California and Phoenix, Arizona – although it’s not confirmed what type of facilities they’ll be.

Marilyn Monroe Spas have a sleek design, reminiscent of Hollywood film sets, with accents of bright red and pictures of Marilyn throughout. Treatments have a touch of fun and glamour.
Ginger Kane, head of marketing for the company says: “Although we’re in the early process of launching... we believe we’ll see 25,000 to 35,000 treatments per year in our Nail Boutiques and Spas. We expect a similar number in our Glamour Rooms.”

Bryan and Weiss founded Marilyn Monroe Spas in 2012 and between the two of them they have a majority control of the company’s shares. Bryan, who’s the founder and CEO, has been in the spa, beauty and fitness industries for nearly 30 years and is also the owner of spa management company Niki Brayn Spas International. Weiss is the executive chair of the company.

Other well-known spa industry figures in the team include Dan Shackleton-Jones who’s COO and Gordon Tareta who’s COO of hotels and resorts.

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PHOTO ©Marilyn Monroe™.

Three spas have opened in Hyatt hotels, including one in New York. Five other facilities will launch in 2014 Photo by Milton H Greene © 2014 Joshua Greene. Photo by Sam Shaw © 2014 Sam Shaw Inc.

Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort
California, USA
Third phase starting: 2015

Two Bunch Palms, a 52-bungalow mineral springs resort in California, USA is undergoing its second phase of redevelopment which is being headed up by Kevin Kelly – the former president of Canyon Ranch.
The resort, two hours from Los Angeles, is famed for its 600-year-old thermal waters which feature in its hot spring grotto.

The first phase of the US$24m (€17.4m, £14.3m) renovation, completed in 2013, saw improvements to infrastructure, a remodelled 3,000sq ft (280sq m) yoga dome and a new healthy gourmet restaurant. Starting in June, the second phase will focus on converting existing bedrooms into 70 rooms.

The third phase will include the construction of a stand-alone spa with 25 treatment rooms, its own café, a fitness centre and a second hot springs grotto and pool. Work on this will start in 2015.

WATG are the architects of the project and design is being overseen by Gulla Jonsdottir, founder of G+Gulla Jonsdottir Design, who’s known for her natural, contemporary yet high-drama design style.

Two Bunch Palms sits among 220 acres (89 hectares) of land which is also being eyed up for 1,280 residential units and 22 acres (9 hectares) of natural, open space.

Kelly says: “Many of our guests seek refuge here to enjoy the calming grotto, open space and healing arts [t’ai chi and yoga]. The essence of this experience will be preserved as we expand.” It’s also hoped that the renovation will “capture a larger share of the growing wellness market by targeting the affluent, health-orientated leisure traveller in the region and nationally”.

The property went bankrupt in April 2012 but was bought out of receivership by four LA investors – including two Hollywood film producers – for less than US$8m (€5.8m, £4.7m). They hired Kelly as CEO based on his wealth of experience in the wellness industry. Kelly is also a part owner.

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Another natural hot spring grotto will be added as part of a US$24m, extensive overhaul

Miraval at Natira
New Jersey, USA
Opening: 2015

Michael Tompkins, CEO of Miraval and newly appointed chair of ISPA, says growing international awareness of Miraval is in part due to its successful partnership with Clarins, which has leveraged its international press contacts to raise the profile of the Tucson-based resort.

A second US site will open in 2015 at Natirar in New Jersey, an hour outside New York City, putting Miraval on the doorstep of the European and East-coast US markets and opening up opportunities for the brand to go global.

The new Miraval at Natirar will be built in and around an existing operation, which is owned and run by founders Bob and Kim Wojtowicz. The stunning house, set in 400 acres (162 hectares), was the former home of the King of Morocco and already boasts a high-end farm to table restaurant called Ninety Acres, a cooking school, farm and membership club.

Miraval replaced previous shareholder, Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, as a partner in the project in 2012.

Under the scheme, the existing mansion will be converted and a second building constructed, says Tompkins: “The new-build will have the same architecture and brick. There’ll be 66 keys and an underground tunnel to the new spa.”

Rockwell Group’s design for the spa is a dramatic, grass-roofed, minimalist glass building with a cascading waterfall.

As part of the development, Natirar’s fitness centre will be expanded by 6,000sq ft (557sq m) and its stables used for Miraval’s famous Equine Experience. In addition to hiking and biking trails, there’s also a lake on the property.

Tompkins says an announcement about a third US site is imminent.

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The new Miraval will be built around an existing operation set in 400 acres

Originally published in Spa Business Handbook 2014 edition

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