Wellness Weekly Round-up
Each week we pull together our top articles on the latest in the spa, wellness and hospitality industries.
Innovation: Hotel Rooftop Skiing
You might have trouble differentiating the ski hill from the hotel at the 75,000 square foot luxury Hôtel des Horlogersin Switzerland, scheduled to open in 2020. The roof of the hotel is being designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group to include a downward slope thats blends right into the surrounding landscape. The best part of this innovative design project is that the roof will actually be a functional ski hill. During the summer months, the roof is transformed into a green roof.
Article Link: New Atlas
Trending: The Connected Room
Mobile applications that allow for personalization of hotel stays and ease of access to services are popping up amongst all the major players in the industry. Hilton Worldwide just developed a mobile application at some of their properties that allows hotel guests to navigate lighting, television and temperature all from the comfort of their phone. At Marriott, guests can now stream content from their own device onto their guest room television and at Disney Hotels you can avoid the front desk entirely and check in using your cell phone. From a wellness perspective, Mandarin Oriental is making moves, announcing their partnership with Grokker, an exclusive provider of health content on the go. Guests staying at Mandarin Oriental properties can now access a variety of fitness programs from the comfort of their own room or suite.
Philosophy: AccorHotels Custom Approach to Wellness
AccorHotels has sat atop of our watch-list over the last year or so as we’ve seen the group make some major (and quite progressive) moves in the wellness space. In this recent Skift Interview, CEO Chris Cahill speaks to the philosophy behind their mindful moves to integrate wellness across their luxury brands: “We’re trying to figure out what the right balance is between the elements we’re putting in, what our guests value the most, and what they’re willing to pay for. We need to know what’s a “nice to have” vs. what’s now essential to a hotel stay”. Here at Core Essence, we love this – specifically the recognition that on many levels, wellness has now moved well beyond the perception of simply a “nice to have”.
Article Link: Skift
Groundbreaking: Female Migraines Uncovered
A groundbreaking story we came across this week, especially for our female readers, comes out of evidence presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 Conference, where researchers identified a major gap in historical studies on migraines, showing that only male rats were studied and thus ignoring the hormonal impact of migraines entirely.
“Based on our findings, we think women are more susceptible to migraines because the larger magnitude sex hormone fluctuations lead to changes in NHE1 expression, which may leave the brain vulnerable to ion dysregulation and pain activation,” Emily Galloway, University of Arizona
Hopefully this acknowledgement will lead us to a path of more holistic studies in the near future!
Article Link: Well and Good
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