The next level in hotel wellness programs

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Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

Over the past few years, luxury resorts around the globe have been focused on expanding their spas beyond the traditional massage and facials to include more health programs.

And as the demand for wellness tourism continues to boom, many are taking it to the next level with medical programs.

Six Senses, a pioneer in wellness tourism, this month announced its newest program, “Six Senses Integrated Wellness,” that it says was developed over the last two years by working with doctors and wellness professionals, including the celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, to develop an approach that addresses some of the most common issues people face in their stressed daily lives.

Under the program, the group’s in-house experts can measure and analyze key physiological biomarkers to provide guests with lifestyle and nutritional advice and design a personalized program of spa treatments, fitness and wellness activities.

At its resort in Turkey, meanwhile, the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum has partnered with Mayo Clinic to open its Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, which merges Mayo Clinic staff, health assessments and research-driven therapies with Mandarin Oriental’s spa and wellness approaches.

At the Peninsula Hotels, officials said during a media breakfast at the International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes that they have a new training program for their spas that includes more medicinal offerings.

It’s a trend that the latest report from the Global Wellness Institute indicates luxury hotels and resorts would be wise to invest in.

“There's a strong feeling that more cutting-edge standalone wellness, and medical wellness, properties are coming to market,” hospitality investor Omer Isvan, president of Servotel Corp, said in the report released by the Global Wellness following its conference last month in Mexico City. "And that wellness will only become a bigger player in the destination resort space, while resorts without wellness and purpose will decline”.

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