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15 Apr 2019
Donnington Valley launches gin-inspired spa package
Donnington Valley launches gin-inspired spa package   The spa at Donnington Valley Hotel in Newbury, Berkshire, UK has launched a new spa package inspired by gin. Called 'Spring into Gin', the package gives guests the opportunity to re-energise and relax in the Berkshire countryside, whilst celebrating 'the nation's favourite tipple'. The Spring into Gin .... More>>
15 Apr 2019
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park reopens after £100m makeover
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park reopens after £100m makeover   The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, an ultra-luxe hotel located in one of the UK capital's most affluent districts, has reopened following a £100m (US$131m, €115.8m) renovation. The extensive overhaul – the largest in the building's 117-year history – saw the Edwardian-age landmark gain expanded and .... More>>
15 Apr 2019
AFSO complete work on mansion-like St Regis hotel in Hong Kong
AFSO complete work on mansion-like St Regis hotel in Hong Kong   Chinese design practice AFSO have created a panoply of interior spaces at the St Regis, Hong Kong, a recently opened resort that has been likened to a "curated mansion". Located in the city's Wan Chai district, the 27-storey flagship – the first venue from the St. Regis Hotels and Resorts hospiality group to .... More>>
15 Apr 2019
Leigh Mulholland named as spa director at Oulton Hall
Leigh Mulholland named as spa director at Oulton Hall   Oulton Hall hotel in Leeds, UK, has named Leigh Mulholland as its new spa director. Mulholland previously worked as the sales and revenue manager for One World Spa - which included stints working in Sydney and Miami - where she was responsible for the spa and fitness facilities across 28 cruise ships. In .... More>>
15 Apr 2019
Rutgers study: is popularity of HIIT behind increase in gym injuries?
Rutgers study: is popularity of HIIT behind increase in gym injuries?   A study on exercise injuries has suggested that people who engage in high-intensity interval training (HIIT) could be putting themselves at greater risk of injury. Research by Rutgers University in the US, published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, shows that there has been a steady .... More>>
14 Apr 2019
Healing Hotels' Anne Biging receives ‘Woman of the Decade’ award from Women’s Economic Forum
Healing Hotels' Anne Biging receives ‘Woman of the Decade’ award from Women’s Economic Forum   Anne Biging, co-founder and CEO of Healing Hotels of the World, has been named ‘Woman of the Decade in Business & Leadership’ at the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi, India. Biging was honoured last week at a gala ceremony by the network of All Ladies League (ALL), which organises the event, and she .... More>>
14 Apr 2019
Sheraton Grand Tbilisi invites guests to ‘pause’ with new 1,500sq m spa
Sheraton Grand Tbilisi invites guests to ‘pause’ with new 1,500sq m spa   The Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace in Georgia has undergone a complete renovation, adding a 1,500sq m wellness centre with a spa and fitness experience. The spa, called p’auza, takes its name from the Georgian word for pause. Spa consultant Claire Way, managing director of Spa Strategy, worked on the .... More>>
13 Apr 2019
£50m industrial heritage visitor attraction planned for Wales
£50m industrial heritage visitor attraction planned for Wales   An industrial heritage visitor attraction at a castle in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, is being planned and will tell the story of the town, which was the largest producer of iron in the world in the 1800s. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is currently seeking out a team of consultants to prepare a strategic .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
US$650m LA County Museum of Art building given green light
US$650m LA County Museum of Art building given green light   A new home for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – worth an estimated US$650m (€574.6m, £497.3m) – has cleared a major hurdle having had its plans approved. Designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, a former Pritzker Prize winner, the new building’s plans were approved at a county vote, which also .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
Know your people, know yourself: insights from Disney’s top female execs
Know your people, know yourself: insights from Disney’s top female execs   What does it take for a woman to be successful at Disney? Talent and determination are a given, but a panel of the organisation’s female leaders at IAAPA gave extra insights into their journey to the top and the challenges they faced along the way. Tracey Powell, for example, is now vice president of revenue .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
Hanneke Stoop named director of Bürgenstock’s Alpine Spa
Hanneke Stoop named director of Bürgenstock’s Alpine Spa   The Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, has named Hanneke Stoop director of its Alpine Spa. Stoop brings extensive experience in spa management for some of the world’s leading luxury hotels and resorts, including La Clinique La Prairie, Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat and the Hotel Martinez. .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
United Arab Emirates lifts lid on 400-acre wellness megaproject
United Arab Emirates lifts lid on 400-acre wellness megaproject   The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to develop a seemingly Edenic residential community on Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi. The AED5bn (US$1.3bn, 1.2bn, £1bn) scheme will see the semi-arid isle transformed into an 800-home village that will be able to accommodate between 5,000 and 6,000 residents. The development .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
Construction set to begin on Scottish tapestry visitor attraction
Construction set to begin on Scottish tapestry visitor attraction   A new £6.7m (US$8.8m, €7.7m) visitor attraction housing the Great Tapestry of Scotland is coming to the country, with construction to begin on a site in Galashiels in the coming weeks. The Scottish Borders Council has appointed Stirling-based construction firm Ogilvie Construction to build the new facility, .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
Study: exercise more important than diet in maintaining weight loss
Study: exercise more important than diet in maintaining weight loss   Physical activity is crucial in order to maintain substantial weight loss – and more important than a person's diet. That is the finding of a study by the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC), published in the March issue of Obesity journal (to access the full article, click .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
Washington’s National Children’s Museum to open in November
Washington’s National Children’s Museum to open in November   After a nearly five year closure, the National Children’s Museum in Washington, DC, has announced that it will re-open on 1 November 2019. Its new home is a 30,000sq ft (9,144sq m) space between Pennsylvania Avenue and the Mall – a US$15m (€13.3m, £11.47m) development that will focus on STEM education and will .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
Tony Robbins teams up with rapper Pitbull to launch new boxing fitness brand
Tony Robbins teams up with rapper Pitbull to launch new boxing fitness brand   Self-styled life coach 'guru' Tony Robbins and American rapper Pitbull have partnered with entrepreneur Bill Zanker – founder of training company The Learning Annex – to launch a new boxing fitness chain. Grit Bxng is set to open its first location in New York, US in June and its offer is based on a 50-minute .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
SOM and MIT plan for interplanetary future with 'Moon Village' concept
SOM and MIT plan for interplanetary future with 'Moon Village' concept   American architecture office Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have teamed up with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop the "Moon Village" project, the first full-time human habitat on the lunar surface. According to the design team, the future .... More>>
12 Apr 2019
Corinthia to open first hotel in the Middle East
Corinthia to open first hotel in the Middle East   Luxury hotel brand Corinthia will open its first hotel in the Middle East, the Corinthia Meydan Beach Dubai, in 2020. The contemporary beachfront hotel marks the beginning of ambitious expansion plans by the hotel group, and will feature the region’s first ESPALife Spa. The flagship ESPALife Spa will be .... More>>
11 Apr 2019
Atmosphere Spa Design, bbspa create partnership
Atmosphere Spa Design, bbspa create partnership   Spa and wellness consultancy bbspa and Atmosphere Spa Design have partnered to create turn-key solutions for spas and resorts around the world. Bbspa has an international, multicultural team that focuses on efficiency, creativity and rationality in a 360-degree management consultancy. Atmosphere Spa Design .... More>>
11 Apr 2019
Studio Seilern-designed Andermatt Concert Hall all set for June opening
Studio Seilern-designed Andermatt Concert Hall all set for June opening   Andermatt Concert Hall, a 700-seat music centre taking shape in the canton of Uri in the Swiss Alps, is scheduled to open on 16 June with symphonic performances by the Berliner Philharmoniker. Designed by Christina Seilern Architects, the new arts venue – formerly a war bunker – will feature an auditorium planned .... More>>
11 Apr 2019
Za’atar exfoliation, camel milk bath, Arabic Dunes sound therapy: Jumeirah Al Wathba’s new spa takes inspiration from its surroundings
Za’atar exfoliation, camel milk bath, Arabic Dunes sound therapy: Jumeirah Al Wathba’s new spa takes inspiration from its surroundings   A new Talise Spa has opened at the Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa in Abu Dhabi, featuring treatments inspired by Arabic culture and the rich desert landscape. The spa features 13 treatment rooms, including two couples’ suites with private terraces, as well as both private male and female changing .... More>>
11 Apr 2019
Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure restructures finance to fund growth
Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure restructures finance to fund growth   Ardent Leisure Group, owner of the Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint theme parks in Australia, has secured a new financing deal that it says will allow it to invest further in its parks. The US$200m (€177.3m, £152.8m) term loan facility is secured and guaranteed by Ardent’s wholly-owned US subsidiary, .... More>>
11 Apr 2019
Revamped Art Deco tower slated to feature 74,000 sq ft wellness centre and residences
Revamped Art Deco tower slated to feature 74,000 sq ft wellness centre and residences   One Wall Street, a 56-storey Art Deco skyscraper in Manhattan, New York, is undergoing an extensive refurbishment and will soon be home to a series of luxury condos as well as a 74,000 sq ft (6,900 sq m) Life Time Fitness-branded wellness centre. The limestone building, which was designed by prolific 20th-century .... More>>
11 Apr 2019
800-year-old public hospital reborn as grand hotel in Lyon
800-year-old public hospital reborn as grand hotel in Lyon   The Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon, a hospital founded in the 12th century by the semi-monastic Pontifices Fratres brotherhood, is set to reopen as a five-star resort in June following a four-year restoration. Situated on the banks of the Rhone in Lyons, France, the UNESCO World Heritage-designated hospital – in operation .... More>>
11 Apr 2019
Boutique operator Ritual Gym to open first US site
Boutique operator Ritual Gym to open first US site   Boutique HIIT studio operator Ritual Gym will open its first site in the US next month. The Singapore-based company, launched in 2012 by professional mixed martial artist Brad Robinson and fitness coach Ian Tan, has secured a site in Santa Monica, California. The pair plan to open the studio in May. Ritual Gym .... More>>
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