Jeff Matthews of Steiner Spa Consulting reveals designs of future spa projects

by Helen Andrews | 06 Mar 2015

Steiner Spa Consulting president Jeff Matthews has revealed the company's concepts and designs for a burgeoning pipeline of projects in the Indian Ocean and Middle East through to 2017, in an exclusive conversation with Spa Opportunities.

Steiner has been chosen to refurbish and rebrand a spa in the North Ari Atoll of the Maldives at four-star hotel Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo – operated by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of John Keels Holdings.

Having signed a contract with Steiner Spa Consulting in January, the renamed Chavana spa features three double treatment rooms and one single therapy suite at present. This wellness facility will be refurbished, however, to reveal one double room with a bath and shower, three other double rooms, a single therapy room and two manicure and pedicure rooms. The completion date for this renovation has yet to be finalised.

Matthews also revealed he and his team are working on the renovation of an existing spa at the 273-key Herathera Island Resort in the Addu Atoll in the Maldives. The spa, which currently has five couples’ suites and two individual treatment rooms, will be refurbished with Elemis as the featured skincare supplier. The reopening date for this property is April 2015.

“Our scope [at this project] includes rebranding, concept and design, sourcing and supply of operating equipment, recruitment, training, as well as pre- and post opening support,” said Matthews.

Meanwhile, in June 2015, the Kudarah Island Resort in the south Alifu Atoll in the Maldives will unveil a spa created by Steiner Spa Consulting. The 45-bedroom resort, which opened in February, has brought Steiner Spa Consulting in to advise on the procurement of spa equipment, recruitment, training, pre- and post opening support. The spa will have three double treatment rooms and an ice fountain in the both male and female wet areas.

Steiner Spa Consulting is also working on a spa that is set to open in Q1 of 2016 as part of the King Abdullah Economic City development in Saudi Arabia. The giant coastal community development on the shoreline of the Red Sea, called Al Murooj, will feature a health complex and social hub with leisure facilities. The spa will be located at the Al Murooj Golf Club.

“The spa concept and design is yet to be finalised,” said Matthews, “and Steiner Spa Consulting will be working with Hirsch Bedner Architects on the spa component of the project.”

Other services provided by Steiner Spa Consulting at this location will include procurement of spa equipment, recruitment, training, plus pre- and post opening support.

Another scheme Steiner Spa Consulting is working on is a spa at a project owned by Delhi-based MBD Group – an investment company with a portfolio of businesses in sectors including publishing, stationery, hospitality, real estate, mall development and management. The development is called MBD Zephyr and is a mixed-use retail, entertainment and hospitality complex destination, entailing a 250-guestroom luxury hotel and 50 serviced apartments – located in Bangalore, India. Set to open in Q4 2016, Steiner is in charge of the location’s spa’s concept and design, sourcing and supply of equipment, recruitment, training, operational support and it will license the property’s use of Steiner Spa Consulting’s Mandara Spa brand name.

“The spa’s concept and design is yet to be started, but 20,000sq ft (1,858sq m) has been allocated to the wellness space,” said Matthews.

The most recently-opened spa by Steiner Spa Consulting is the Chavana Spa at DoubleTree by Hilton Moscow – Marina.

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Steiner Spa Consulting president Jeff Matthews has revealed the company's concepts and designs for a burgeoning pipeline of projects in the Indian Ocean and Middle East through to 2017, in an exclusive conversation with Spa Opportunities. Steiner has been chosen to refurbish and rebrand a spa in the North Ari Atoll of the Maldives at four-star hotel Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo – operated by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of
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