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Demand surging for wellness communities, major GWI study reveals

Wellness communities are seeing high consumer demand, according to new research from the Global Wellness Institute due out in January. GWI researchers Ophelia Yeung and Katherine Johnston presented key findings from their report, Build Well to Live Well, at the Global Wellness Summit being held this week in Palm Beach, Florida. Johnston and Yeung called the report “the most important research we’ve undertaken”. “It’s not just because it’s a hot new industry market – but because it’s about where and
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Chapman Taylor masterplan mammoth Vietnamese eco resort

The Vietnamese government has granted approval for a mammoth resort to be built in Mui Dinh on the country’s southeastern coast. The Bangkok studio of global architects and masterplanners Chapman Taylor are creating a 1 million sq m masterplan for the Mui Dinh Eco-Resort, which will include six resort hotels – with a combined 7,000 rooms – a theme park, a casino, a spa, a beach club, a boutique hotel, 500 ocean-facing villas and a mountain clubhouse. The design team
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Waterpark and hotel planned as part of Deira Islands beach resort in Dubai

Developer Nakheel and Thai hotel group Centara Hotels and Resorts have unveiled plans to open a hotel, beach resort and waterpark on Dubai’s Deira Islands. The two companies have formed a joint venture agreement for the “family-centric lifestyle destination,” which will be part of the newly-formed Deira Islands – a 15sq km (5.8sq mi) group of four reclaimed artificial islands currently under development. Set to open in 2020, the 600-bedroom resort will be managed by Centara, which has a portfolio
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Reimagined Lux* Grand Gaube to open with focus on wellness

The Lux* Resort Grand Gaube in Mauritius has undergone a US$32m (€27m, £23.8m) renovation and is set to reopen in December with a “wellness centre like no other,” according to the company. The new Lux* Me spa has been developed with an aim to connect guests to nature, and ncludes a hydrotherapy pool, aromatic steam room and sauna. Located on the African island’s north coast, the Lux* Grand Gaube has been reimagined by creative duo Kelly Hoppen and Mauritian architect
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Nordic design, Middle Eastern culture meet at LivNordic’s two-storey Katara Beach Club

LivNordic’s Katara Beach Club in Doha, Qatar, is set to open at the beginning of October. Located at the Torch Hotel, the two-storey, 4,600sq m (49,514sq ft) club is described as “a unique fusion between Middle Eastern hospitality, Nordic design and treatment heritage, and innovative fitness facilities.” It will include separate male and female floors with gender-separated entrances, an Aurora Borealis light fixture in the relaxation lounges, Nordic bathing rituals, imported handcrafted products from Sweden, the first snow grottos in
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Vast Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne re-opens among Swiss Alps

One of Europe’s most iconic resorts has had a soft re-opening after nine years of construction, with its Qatari owners claiming to have overseen “the project of the century.” Sophia Loren lived there, Audrey Hepburn was married in the local chapel, Charlie Chaplin was a regular visitor and Sean Connery’s James Bond dropped by in Goldfinger. Now the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne has been transformed to appeal to a new generation of visitors passing through the Swiss Alps. The refreshed
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Clodagh allowed the views to take centre stage in Miraval’s residential villas

Interview: Rich Weissmann, KSL International

Before KSL, Weissmann headed up the hospitality and gaming practice at Goldman Sachs

"We don’t leave design and development to chance as you can lose a lot of money doing bad renovation"

After becoming majority shareholders of US spa Miraval, KSL Capital Partners are preparing to roll out the brand. KSL partner Rich Weissman gives us the inside scoop
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The mushroom motif draws on both fantasy and history, Bensley says

Interview: Bill Bensley

Bill Bensley's latest resort project is on the site of a former university

"In this very competitive world of hospitality design it’s paramount that everything we do is original"

The inspiration behind his new Vietnam resort
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MGM Grand Las Vegas charges a 30 per cent premium for Stay Well rooms and it quadrupled the number of rooms to 171 in January

Interview: Paul Scialla

Paul Scialla

"We spend 92 per cent of our time indoors so if we can introduce preventative medical intentions into the very spaces we’re spending our time in, it’s a huge win"

Delos founder talks to Katie Barnes about creating the first set of wellbeing building standards and securing investment from Leonardo DiCaprio
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The Wadi Darbit is a popular destination

Interview: Fabio Scacciavillani

Fabio Scacciavillani is chief economist for the Oman Investment Fund. He started his career working for the International Monetary Fund

"The region has a microclimate thanks to the monsoon, so the summer is cool and rainy"

The Oman Investment Fund’s chief economist talks us through plans to redefine Oman as a high end leisure and tourism destination
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Six Senses is opening the Zil Pasyon resort on the private island of Félicité, Seychelles, later this year

Interview: Craig Cogut

Craig Cogut founded Pegasus in 1996 and serves as chair and president

"Urban retreats are hard to find. There’s a segment of guests who’d welcome Six Senses hotels in urban locations"

Three years after Pegasus Capital bought Six Senses, how close is the private equity firm to realising its goals for its first spa and hospitality investment? Pegasus’ founder Craig Cogut tells us what’s been achieved and what comes next
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The Brickyard supports the Slow Food movement and meals are based on homegrown produce

Interview: Jim Spear

"I designed the spa to first please us. It’s not huge or gold-plated. It’s a concrete expression of the ‘luxury of simplicity’"

The man behind a sustainable tourism enterprise in rural China
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Atelier Ten are providing environmental consulting services for the Downtown Doha master plan, which includes a hotel, shopping mall and spa

Healthy buildings

Atelier Ten's Younha Rhee

"Pushing for more daylighting has led to overglazed buildings in the last two decades where visual comfort has been compromised"

Designing buildings that support wellbeing is a growing trend which will transform the way we think about architecture says Younha Rhee
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