Wellness Round Up: Tuscan Retreats, A Unique Japanese Spa, Wellness Real Estate & More

Wellness Weekly Round-up 

Each week we pull together our top articles on the latest in the spa, wellness and hospitality industries.    

Inspiration: Retreat Yourself   

Yoga and wellness retreats are on the rise and instructors around the world are transforming lives by offering vacations that integrate everything from daily yoga practices to wine tastings to olive tastings to countryside bike rides. Our very own Ashley McEachern is leading a group to Tuscany this September 30th-October 6th, 2018 and early bird pricing ends August 15th. Take a peek at what a week of wellness looks like and be one of millions of travelers to choose wellness for your next vacation.  

Article Link: True Nature Travels

 Photo Credit: Belmond

Photo Credit: Belmond

Innovation: A Japanese Tunnel Just Got A Spa

Perhaps the most innovative design creation in the news this week comes from Japan, where walking through a tunnel just took on a whole new meaning. At Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan, the architecture team from MAD has installed five awe-inspiring art pieces to represent how nature itself is like a mirror. The designers have called this the “Tunnel of Light” and installed a series of mirrors to reflect the lakeview, a private hot springs foot bath in a wooden dome, coloured lighting throughout the tunnel, a domed room with convex mirrors and a toilet with a view of the world beyond. We love the trend in integrating wellness and mindfulness oriented design in the most unexpected places. 

Article Link: Dezeen

 Photo Credit: Phoenician Scottsdale

Photo Credit: Phoenician Scottsdale

Wellness Real Estate: Canyon Ranch and Soho House  

If you had any doubt that wellness real estate was trending right now, this should confirm any suspicions. Some of the highest-ranking property developers are all in on a bid for a Canyon Ranch/Soho House amalgamation based on the argument that “health and wellness activities ring the cash register”. Can the zen found in intimate, nature-centered, wellness retreat centers truly translate to the busiest areas of cities like New York? We think so. With mindful design, wellness programming and the right hands on deck, wellness can transform and inspire in any environment. The business behind this move is the Well – which intends to offer medical doctors, health coaches, spa services, acupuncturists and yoga/meditation programming in exclusive high end clubs. Well has raised $4 million to launch their brand and open their first private club in NYC and intends to build a 13,000 square foot club including an organic restaurant, bar, reflexology lounge, private training gym and ten treatment rooms. 

Article Link: Wall Street Journal

Investment: Hyatt Selects Senior Leader to Advance Global Wellbeing Strategy  

It is happening. Job positions in wellness are rapidly moving to the upper echelons of hotel management. Just this week, Hyatt has selected Mia Kyricos, previous founder of Spafinder Wellness, Inc, as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Wellbeing. Her job is wholeheartedly devoted to building a global wellness platform and vision at the Hyatt including the opening of new resorts, developing a point system on the Hyatt credit card for fitness purchases, improving guest wellness experiences and making wellness a very real part of the bottom line business planning at one of the world’s leading hotel chains. In her own words, “this is the first time I’ve seen a company of its kind establish a cohesive position on wellbeing that fully encompasses all parts of the organization. I am excited to join such a forward-thinking leadership team to help meaningfully implement innovative wellbeing strategies for Hyatt’s colleagues, guests and members of the communities in which Hyatt hotels operate around the world.” We are just as excited as you are Mia! 

Article Link: OA Online

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