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26 Sep 2023
Dior’s flagship spa at Hôtel Plaza Athénée refreshed with new treatments and facilities
Dior’s flagship spa at Hôtel Plaza Athénée refreshed with new treatments and facilities   The Dorchester Collection’s Parisian outpost, Hôtel Plaza Athénée, has refreshed its Dior spa with new facilities and exclusive wellness programming. Complete with five single treatment rooms, a couple’s treatment room, a sauna and a hammam, The Dior Spa Plaza Athénée launched in 2008 and is the luxury brand’s .... More>>
21 Sep 2023
Mental health now the 'main motivation for exercise'
Mental health now the 'main motivation for exercise'   Improved mental health is now a stronger motivation for Brits to exercise than staying in shape. More than half of respondents (54 per cent) to a survey of 2,271 people – commissioned by UK Active and conducted by Savanta – said their main motivation for keeping physically active was to help their mental health, .... More>>
20 Sep 2023
World Health Organization reports on 'devastating impact' of high blood pressure – calls for physical activity to be used as prevention
World Health Organization reports on 'devastating impact' of high blood pressure – calls for physical activity to be used as prevention   The World Health Organization (WHO) has published its first-ever report on the "devastating global impact" of high blood pressure, along with recommendations on the ways to win the race against the condition. The report, called Global report on hypertension: The race against a silent killer, shows how .... More>>
20 Sep 2023
Demand for wellness tours and retreats is ramping up reports WeTravel survey
Demand for wellness tours and retreats is ramping up reports WeTravel survey   Wellness travel is one of the fastest-growing tourism segments globally and was most recently valued at US$436 billion (£349.8 billion, €407 billion) by the Global Wellness Institute. In 2022, WeTravel surveyed nearly 200 travel businesses to find out more about wellness tourists’ booking trends and evolving .... More>>
19 Sep 2023
Soneva’s new hospitality concept Soneva Secret launching January 2024
Soneva’s new hospitality concept Soneva Secret launching January 2024   Soneva will open a new US$40 million (£32.1 million, €37.4 million) resort in the Maldives’ secluded Haa Dhaalu atoll on 10 January 2024. The intimate 14-key resort will be the flagship Soneva Secret property – an all-new concept for the barefoot luxury hotel and wellness brand. Sonu Shivdasani, co-founder, .... More>>
18 Sep 2023
RSG Group opens new flagship John Reed club in the heart of Berlin
RSG Group opens new flagship John Reed club in the heart of Berlin   RSG Group has opened a new, flagship John Reed health club in the German capital Berlin. Located in the city's Prenzlauer Berg district, the high-end John Reed Berlin Bötzow club is housed in the historic, listed Bötzow Brewery building. Spread across 3,136sq m, the club features cardio zones, a free .... More>>
16 Sep 2023
Planet Fitness board ousts CEO Chris Rondeau
Planet Fitness board ousts CEO Chris Rondeau   The board of Planet Fitness has ousted Chris Rondeau from his role as CEO, effective immediately, replacing him with Craig Benson, a member of the board and business heavyweight. Board chair Stephen Spinelli said: “As we enter the next chapter of Planet Fitness’s journey, the board felt now was the right time to .... More>>
18 Sep 2023
Ensana to branch into Bulgaria this October with seaside wellness resort
Ensana to branch into Bulgaria this October with seaside wellness resort   European health spa hotel operator Ensana has announced plans to operate its first Bulgarian location this October. Launched in 2019, Ensana manages 27 hotels in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and the UK, many of which are located in historic spa towns renowned for their natural healing resources .... More>>
15 Sep 2023
Pocket Planet attraction to bring 'immersive miniverse' on London's famous Oxford Street
Pocket Planet attraction to bring 'immersive miniverse' on London's famous Oxford Street   A new immersive experiential attraction is being planned for the famous Oxford Street in the heart of UK capital city, London. With a target of attracting more than a million visitors per year – and to support the revitalisation of the area, famous for its retail offer – Pocket Planet will feature small scale, .... More>>
15 Sep 2023
Eric Liddell Gym opens at Edinburgh University as celebrations for the 100th anniversary of his Olympic gold medal win take shape
Eric Liddell Gym opens at Edinburgh University as celebrations for the 100th anniversary of his Olympic gold medal win take shape   A new gym, named after one of Britain's most famous sporting heroes, has opened at Edinburgh University's Pleasance Sports Complex. The opening of the Eric Liddle Gym – named in honour of Paris 1924 Olympic gold medallist and University of Edinburgh alumnus – is part of a comprehensive redevelopment and .... More>>
15 Sep 2023
ESPA promotes Samantha Ashton to director of spa for UK & Ireland
ESPA promotes Samantha Ashton to director of spa for UK & Ireland   Samantha Ashton has stepped up to a new role as director of spa UK & Ireland at UK-based global spa and wellbeing brand ESPA. Having worked at ESPA for five years, Ashton initially joined as a retail area manager for the North of the UK and was promoted to the position of head of education and development in .... More>>
14 Sep 2023
Specific types of physical activity, diet and lifestyle promote powerful reasoning skills in young children
Specific types of physical activity, diet and lifestyle promote powerful reasoning skills in young children   Children who take part in organised physical activity or sport over their first two school years, while also having better diets and spending more time reading have more powerful reasoning skills than peers who don't have the benefit of these kinds of support or engagement. Reasoning skills are crucial in .... More>>
14 Sep 2023
Rancho La Puerta names Eliezer Quiñones new general manager
Rancho La Puerta names Eliezer Quiñones new general manager   Iconic wellness and fitness destination Rancho La Puerta is under new leadership with the appointment of Eliezer Quiñones as new general manager. A hospitality industry veteran with more than two decades of experience, Quiñones will be leading the iconic Baja California resort in Tecate, which spans 4,000 .... More>>
13 Sep 2023
White Crane Lake visitor centre in Yingtan, China glows like a shining lantern on a lake
White Crane Lake visitor centre in Yingtan, China glows like a shining lantern on a lake   A newly opened visitor centre at White Crane Lake in Yingtan, China, has been designed to look like a shining lantern within a forest. The White Crane Lake Visitor Center forms part of an ambitious tourism development initiative for the area in Jiangxi Province. Designed by Beijing-based architecture firm, .... More>>
13 Sep 2023
Having a gym membership can make people feel better about themselves – even if they don't go
Having a gym membership can make people feel better about themselves – even if they don't go   People can feel real, powerful benefits from having a gym or health club membership even if they never step inside the facility they are members of. A new research study which set out to understand why members continue to pay for a service they’re not using – often referred to as "sleepers" – found that nearly .... More>>
13 Sep 2023
Gym Group sees healthy jump in memberships and revenue – trials new pricing structure
Gym Group sees healthy jump in memberships and revenue – trials new pricing structure   The Gym Group saw its membership grow by nearly 10 per cent in the first half of 2023, resulting in a major boost to revenues, with the million member milestone now in sight. Reporting its results for the first six months of the year, the low-cost operator said it had 867,000 members on 30 June 2023, an increase .... More>>
12 Sep 2023
Aman names Maria Sharapova global wellness ambassador and secures US$360 million from UAE investors
Aman names Maria Sharapova global wellness ambassador and secures US$360 million from UAE investors   Former world number one tennis player Maria Sharapova has entered into a multi-year partnership to become Aman’s first-ever global wellness ambassador. In her new role, the Russian former elite athlete will co-create a series of retreats across different Aman properties focused on preparation, performance and .... More>>
11 Sep 2023
Dyaco buys Sweatband.com to create 'global powerhouse' for B2B and consumer fitness products
Dyaco buys Sweatband.com to create 'global powerhouse' for B2B and consumer fitness products   Fitness equipment specialist, Dyaco UK, has acquired online fitness marketplace Sweatband.com. Founder, Maz Darvish, will remain a shareholder in the combined business while moving on to launch a new AI start-up called Cognition Hub. “As I embark on a new venture, I look forward to continuing to work .... More>>
12 Sep 2023
Serotonin Centers opens new longevity club in Orlando and reveals US expansion plans
Serotonin Centers opens new longevity club in Orlando and reveals US expansion plans   US longevity franchise Serotonin Centers has expanded its footprint with a second Florida location in Winter Park. The brand will open three additional private member clubs in Orlando within the next year. Named after the hormone which stabilises feelings of wellbeing and happiness, Serotonin's anti-ageing .... More>>
11 Sep 2023
New designs unveiled for Therme Canada Ontario Place and Therme Manchester
New designs unveiled for Therme Canada Ontario Place and Therme Manchester   Therme Canada has released a newly evolved project design for its West Island of Ontario Place destination. The facility will deliver Therme Group's signature year-round family-friendly destination attraction concept alongside four more acres of public parkland. It comes at the same time as Therme Manchester .... More>>
10 Sep 2023
Construction work to begin on Universal Resort Beijing's second phase 'by 2025'
Construction work to begin on Universal Resort Beijing's second phase 'by 2025'   Construction work on the second phase of the Universal Resort Beijing is set to begin by 2025. The expansion of the resort, which first opened in September 2021, will form part of the Chinese government's wider action plan to invest in Beijing's tourism infrastructure and to develop the city into a global .... More>>
09 Sep 2023
Crunch Fitness adds Amazon One palm recognition for club access control
Crunch Fitness adds Amazon One palm recognition for club access control   Members of Crunch Fitness gyms can now enter their club using the Amazon One palm recognition service. The franchised fitness operator has become the first gym chain to utilise Amazon One at its locations. Members who use Amazon One will no longer need their Crunch membership tags or mobile app to enter – .... More>>
09 Sep 2023
Garmin launches Venu 3 smartwatch with 'nap tracking' and range of new fitness and wellness functions
Garmin launches Venu 3 smartwatch with 'nap tracking' and range of new fitness and wellness functions   Garmin has launched its Venu 3 and Venu 3S GPS smartwatches, which offer a number of upgraded fitness and wellness tracking capabilities. The tech giant says that the Venu 3 has been designed to support every health and fitness goal and to help users get a more complete picture of their health. New features .... More>>
08 Sep 2023
ISPA crowns Tammy Pahel 2024 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award winner
ISPA crowns Tammy Pahel 2024 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award winner   Industry figure Tammy Pahel has been recognised by the International Spa Association (ISPA) with its 2024 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. Currently vice president of spa operations for Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Pahel will accept the award at the 32nd annual ISPA Conference at the Phoenix Convention .... More>>
08 Sep 2023
Lumin Fitness wants to be 'world’s smartest fitness studio' – launches franchise model
Lumin Fitness wants to be 'world’s smartest fitness studio' – launches franchise model   A new fitness franchise launches its first location tomorrow in Irving-Las Colinas, Texas (9 September 2023), looking to establish itself as "the world’s smartest fitness studio". Lumin Fitness was co-founded in 2019 by former Gold’s Gym CEO, Brandon Bean and former KWEST CEO, Omeed Shams. Having proven the .... More>>
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