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SB Architects delivers Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Costa Rica with tree-house spa and private residences

The first Ritz-Carlton location in Costa Rica will launch in 2024, situated within the 1,400-acre private club and resort community Peninsula Papagayo. Hospitality specialists SB Architects are behind the design, with spa and wellness consultancy Blu Spas helping create programming, project design and concept for the wellness areas. Located in Guanacaste, Peninsula Papagayo sits on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, deemed to be one of the most biodiverse locations in the world. The new coastal retreat will be
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Designer Brian d’Souza launches Swell to create evocative soundscapes for physical environments

Music psychology specialist, Brian d’Souza, has launched a sound wellness business to offer transformative sound experiences to the hospitality, wellness and spa industries. Called Swell, the company delivers bespoke solutions combining field recording, music composition, nature and sound therapy to improve relaxation while promoting positive listening habits for deep relaxation. d'Souza says the traditional linear listening experience can result in 'listener fatigue' if guests and staff hear the same music on repeat. Swell is aiming to provide therapists with an
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Basalt Architects create geothermal Forest Lagoon in the wilds of Iceland

A new geothermal forest spa called Forest Lagoon will launch in April near Akureyri, in Northern Iceland, with design by Basalt Architects – the creative driving force behind Iceland’s iconic Blue Lagoon. The story behind Forest Lagoon began in 2014 when workers digging inside the Vaðlaheiðargöng heath – for an unrelated project – discovered a geothermal hot water spring. This water source will serve as the beating heart of the new 1,300sq m spa and power infinity-edge geothermal pools with
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Pharrell Williams to launch tropical Bahamian beach resort

Multi-Grammy award-winning musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams is creating a beachfront resort in The Bahamas in partnership with Miami Beach-based hospitality entrepreneur David Grutman. Named Somewhere Else, the project marks the duo’s third hospitality project. Their portfolio already includes an indoor-outdoor dining concept, called Swan, as well as the Goodtime Hotel, both of which are based in Miami. The upcoming beachfront resort will open in January 2024 on the Bahamas’ famed Atlantis, Paradise Island and find its home within the
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Banyan Tree curating solar-powered wellness retreat on private Mozambican island

Two Asian-inspired wellness sanctuaries crafted by Banyan Tree will open on luxury private islands off the coast of Mozambique in Q4 2022. The first, a signature Banyan Tree spa, will open at Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira – a new private island getaway. The resort will be joined by a sister island named Banyan Tree Veya Ilha Nejovo, dedicated to wellness and wellbeing. This adults-only 20-villa wellness destination will be located in the same archipelago as Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira and
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Foster + Partners designs Dorchester Collection's first hotel in Middle East

Hotel group Dorchester Collection and real estate development group Omniyat have joined forces to create a new luxury hotel named The Lana. The 225-room destination will open in Q4 2022 in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa district inside a 30-storey tower designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners. Situated next to the Dubai Creek and Marasi Marina, The Lana will mark the Dorchester Collection’s debut location in the Middle East. Parisian interior design duo Gilles & Boissier are designing the hotel and
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The Grade I-listed Wedgewood Suite features its original plasterwork ceiling and wood panelling, and offers views of the estate and of the River Thames

River retreat

With a rich history, a unique location and a spa on a floating barge, the newly opened Monkey Island Estate was worth the wait
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The old PE department has been transformed into Spa Chanterelle

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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The building, with its urban farm, is nestled into a popular residential area of Shanghai

A sense of balance

"The key to a happy and successful society is a philosophy that places wellness at the heart of everything"

Calvin Tsao and brother Frederick are reviving the Chinese culture of physical and mental wellbeing with their Octave Living development company, as Christopher DeWolf discovers
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Interview: Blurred lines

Scott Lee became president of SB Architects in 2000. Tracy Lee founded TLee Spas in 2015

"We design to connect the guest to the place, positioning people at the centre of the design"

Architect Scott Lee and spa consultant Tracey Lee on marrying the worlds of design and wellness in a series of interesting projects
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Grow features a variety of different garden options, with the aim of encouraging community interaction

Living well

"If you look at the amount of money we spend on healthcare in the US, and the amount of disease, we have you’ll understand why a lot of folks are starting to look for alternatives - Steve Nygren, Founder, Serenbe"

The US wellness communities providing a new model for living
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Despite being a single site in the middle of the Arizona desert “Miraval is a business that clearly punches above its weight” says Weissmann

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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Six Senses was founded in 1995

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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