Thursday, 29 June 2017 23:13

Spa Review: Jamaica Inn

 

As you arrive at the renowned Jamaica Inn, you are immediately welcomed ‘home’. Whether you are a returning guest or a first time visitor, the staff invite you to feel comfortable in your surroundings, and go out of their way to ensure you do just that during your stay.

 

The timelessly elegant Jamaica Inn has been in operation since 1950 and has welcomed royalty, politicians and celebrities alike, who enjoy the intimacy and privacy the resort provides. The 48 suites and cottages, decorated and painted in crisp white and Wedgewood blue encircle a small, secluded bay on the outskirts of Ocho Rios (‘Ochy’ to the locals). Each suite is afforded spectacular views of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea.

 

The Carillon Miami Wellness Resort sits a on a 750 meter stretch of private beach overlooking the ocean and boasts a multitude of wellness facilities and offerings to suit all activity levels. On arrival at the resort, guests are provided with a activity schedule packed full of wellness related endeavors such as yoga, Pilates, meditation, cycling, zumba, ballet, strength training, kettlebells, TRX, barre, aerobics, rock climbing and pool based fitness classes. I chose to try a rock climbing class in the afternoon and sunrise meditation followed by yoga the next morning. With expert instructors always on hand to provide guidance and ensure safety, guests at the Carillon are always in good hands.

 

In addition to the impressive list of 40+ activities per day, the Carillon boasts an expansive fitness area with ocean view and state of the art equipment including Technogym ARTIS cardio machines and Technogym Kinesis functional training equipment. There are several pools to choose from at The Carillon. Family pools are at ground level while the adults only Atlantic Rooftop Pool provides the perfect setting for a morning aqua fitness class or a relaxing quiet place to spend the day.

The World Travel Market portfolio of events and the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) have agreed upon a strategic partnership, which will start at Arabian Travel Market (April 24-27) in Dubai.

 

The agreement will launch with the Global Wellness Institute, the leading global research and educational resource for the wellness industry, organizing a Wellness Symposium at Arabian Travel Market.

 

The Symposium will put the spotlight on the growing wellness travel industry in the Middle East/North Africa, which is now worth $8.3 billion with 8.5 million trips (inbound and domestic combined) taking place in 2015. The United Arab Emirates is by far the largest Middle Eastern market with 1.7 million wellness trips worth $2.7 billion annually. It will also analyze MENA’s thriving domestic (4 million trips) and inbound (4.5 million trips) wellness tourism markets – as well as trends in outbound wellness travel from the Middle East.

 

In 2016, ATM launched a dedicated Wellness and Spa Lounge, connecting Middle East wellness and spa buyers with international suppliers. The Lounge helped ATM 2016 generate more than $2.5 billion in deals for the region’s travel and tourism industry.

 

Exhibitors in this year’s Wellness and Spa Lounge include:

Swiss Diamond Hotel, Lugano
Hôtel Barrière Le Royal La Baule
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
L' Albereta, Lake Iseo, Brescia
O.K.A.H. Hungary KFT, Budapest
Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes
Sparkling Hill Wellness Resort and Spa, Veron, Canada
The Travel Collection
Velaa Private Island Maldives
Atmantan Wellness Resort, Maharashtra, India

 

The partnership will continue at World Travel Market London – the leading global event for the travel industry (November 6-8) - with a focus on the global wellness industry, which has grown to $3.72 trillion. And wellness tourism is one of its fastest-growing sectors, with 691 billion wellness trips worth $563.2 billion taking place in 2015. The global wellness travel market is expected to grow another 7.5% each year (to reach $808 billion) by 2020.

 

WTM London will also host a dedicated Wellness Lounge facilitating deals in the wellness travel and tourism sector. WTM London is responsible for £2.8 billion in agreed industry deals.

 

World Travel Market London and Arabian Travel Market Senior Director, Simon Press, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce a strategic partnership with the Global Wellness Institute. The wellness tourism sector is one of the fastest growing and most important in the travel industry and the symposiums at both Arabian Travel Market and World Travel Market London will give delegates the vital information they need to take advantage of the popularity of wellness tourism and grow their businesses.”

 

“The Global Wellness Institute is honoured to partner with the WTM and ATM, two powerful travel industry events that attract more global travel professionals than any other,” said Susie Ellis, chairman and CEO of the GWI. “Wellness travel is not only growing twice as fast as tourism overall, it’s evolving in bold new directions, both globally and across the Middle East. Our mission will be to bring together the top experts and latest research and trends in this travel space to ATM and WTM’s tens of thousands of attendees.”

 

About World Travel Market: World Travel Market’s (WTM) portfolio is comprised of six leading B2B events across four continents generating more than $7bn of industry deals, including:

 

-WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend three-day exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry. Around 51,500 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media embark on ExCeL-London every November, generating around £2.8 billion of travel industry contracts. Next event: Nov. 6-8, 2017. http://london.wtm.com

 

-Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the leading international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM attracts around 40,000 industry professionals, agreeing on deals worth US$2.5bn over the four days. Next event: April 24-27, 2017. http://arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com

 

About the Global Wellness Institute: The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a non-profit 501(c)(3), is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the global wellness industry, and is known for introducing major industry initiatives and regional events that bring together leaders and visionaries to chart the future. GWI positively impacts global health and wellness by advocating for both public institutions and businesses that are working to help prevent disease, reduce stress, and enhance overall quality of life. Its mission is to empower wellness worldwide. www.globalwellnessinstitute.org

 

2017 Summit makes unprecedented choice of lead sponsor — a hotel property versus a destination; delegates to be immersed in wellness-focused resort business that prioritizes employee well-being and social responsibility above all.

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the world’s preeminent gathering of decision makers in the wellness industry, today officially announced The Breakers Palm Beach as this year’s host sponsor, a first for a hotel property, which will have a key role in shaping the content of the 11th annual conference, to take place in Palm Beach, Florida, October 9-11, 2017. The Breakers is supported in their GWS sponsorship efforts by two Florida-based institutions, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Cigna Corporation.

“Bringing the Summit back to the U.S., whose last gathering took place in collaboration with the Aspen Institute in Colorado, opens up great opportunities for a dynamic agenda that includes visionaries and entrepreneurs that make up one of the largest and most innovative wellness markets in the world. And easy international access to Palm Beach, as well as The Breakers’ inherent beauty and coveted beachfront location, will undoubtedly be a draw for our global delegation,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO. “However, we anticipate that the biggest impact The Breakers will have on attendees is understanding their unwavering commitment to the well-being of their team, community and environment, and how that ultimately drives guest satisfaction.”

GWS delegates, key influencers from the $3.72 trillion global wellness industry, will be given the unique opportunity to experience some of The Breakers initiatives first hand. Attendees will learn of the resort’s longstanding, committed owners and executive team, who have developed a wellness-focused business that empowers team members to attain professional and personal goals and reach their greatest potential. The result is an engaging, collaborative and high-achieving workforce, to which CEO Paul Leone attributes the resort’s success as one of America’s leading and most profitable independent hotels. Thanks to Leone’s leadership (since 1994) and the owners’ relentless dedication and unrivaled investment of over $30 million each year in capital improvements, The Breakers stays on a path of continuous renewal to thrive in the highly competitive hospitality market.

“We believe that the heart and soul of an organization drives its long-term success – a belief that was instilled in our culture over 120 years ago by our founder, Henry Morrison Flagler,” said Leone. “We look forward to not only sharing our many initiatives - including our dedicated Wellness Team, unique wellness incentives, healthcare discounts, and financial wellness programs that include college and retirement planning – with Global Wellness Summit delegates, but anticipate engaging them directly in our spirit of community service and environmental advocacy.”

Leone also thanked The Breakers’ co-sponsors Palm Beach Atlantic University, a comprehensive, interdenominational Christian university, and Cigna Corporation, a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their well-being.

Community and civic responsibility is a core tenet of The Breakers, and in 2016 alone, its team volunteered 20,670 hours to build homes for the homeless, provided support to enhance the welfare of individuals and families with start-up resources and advocacy, and raised awareness and funds to eradicate illnesses.

The resort’s sustainability initiatives include innovative water conservation practices, energy efficiency programs and highly impactful waste reduction measures designed to reduce landfill.

“Hotels and resorts, especially those with spa and wellness offerings, need to make the wellness of people and planet a priority. At The Breakers you can really see and feel that this is taking place and is part of their organizational DNA. It’s a great model,” said Ellis.

This year’s Summit is co-chaired by Professor Gerry Bodeker, PhD, clinical psychologist and public health academic (University of Oxford, UK; Columbia University, New York); Clare Martorana, formerly of Everyday Health and WebMD, now Digital Service Expert, United States Digital Service; and Maggie Hsu, advisor for U.S. online platform Zappos.

The Global Wellness Summit attracts leaders from every sector of the wellness industry: hospitality, tourism, spa, beauty, fitness, nutrition, finance, education, environment, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, wellness communities and technology.

The Summit is an invitation-only gathering for senior executives; for information about attending click here. For sponsorship, contact 

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The next will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.

 

About The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach is an iconic, luxury oceanfront resort, renowned as a destination of world-class hospitality and service, and seaside glamour. Situated on 140 acres in the heart of Palm Beach, Florida, the hotel features 538 guest rooms and suites, which includes the private-access Flagler Club, an ultra-luxury boutique hotel nestled atop the resort. Its multi-faceted amenities and services include nine distinctive restaurants; two championship golf courses and a golf academy; a new luxury spa; a Mediterranean-style beach club with poolside bungalows for daytime rental, four oceanfront pools and watersports, tennis, a Family Entertainment Center and an extensive program of family and children’s activities; and 11 on-site boutiques. The Breakers also features 70,000-square feet of meeting and event space and services, including an oceanfront conference center, ballrooms, executive meeting rooms and outdoor venues. Thanks to the dedication of its longstanding family ownership the resort continues to thrive independent of chain affiliation, re-investing over $30 million each year in capital improvements and revitalization.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

SPA & WELLNESS MEXICO REBRANDS AND EXPANDS TO COVER THE CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICA

 

  • Spa & Wellness Mexico rebrands to Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe
  • Circulation of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine will increase to over 12000 around Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. 

 

Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 17th February 2017. Spa & Wellness Mexico, the publication specializing in spa, wellness, wellness travel and industry events announced its expansion to cover the Caribbean and Central/Latin America.

 

"Through the collaboration with Asociación Americana de Spa (AAS), Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine will now be sent to over 12000 subscribers and association members around Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. It can now reach a wider audience very much in need of high quality international information," said Sara Jones, editor of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe.

 

“The AAS and Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe have confirmed their alliance to work together promoting the spa and wellness community throughout the region,” said Eduardo Finci President of AAS, “The growth observed in the wellness market and the desire to meet the needs of professionalism within the sector are the fundamental motives driving this alliance.

 

Sara Jones of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe assisted Caribbean WE (Wellness & Education) with the CHTA Marketplace and WE Bahamas events in Nassau, Bahamas Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2017, delivering marketing and social media solutions during the successful events. The magazine will now reach spa and wellness destinations across the Caribbean bringing exposure for product brands, events, current education and relevant industry information to the region.

 

Caribbean WE founder Stephanie Rest partnered with Liliana Grajales the Principal Owner of LG Wellness Advisor for this event. "Working with Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe was a great opportunity to increase the profile of the Caribbean WE event and reach an audience of millions via social media." Said Stephanie Rest of Caribbean WE. “The WE Bahamas and CHTA events delivered spa & wellness education and awareness specific to the environment in the Caribbean.” Says Liliana Grajales of LG Wellness Advisor. “I always make sure everything we do has a focus on substance, sustainability and style.”

 

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About Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe: Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe magazine specializes in industry and consumer information for Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America. With over 12,000 subscribers, it is an influential publication, informing readers throughout the region on the happenings of one of the fastest growing industries in recent years.

 

 

Contact:

Sara Jones

 

Asociación Americana de Spa

www.asociacionspa.com.ar

 

Caribbean WE

www.caribbeanwe.com


 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 20:32

Global Wellness Summit: Day 3

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Day 3 kicked off with the student challenge. Over 60 submissions were received this year, and it came down to three finalists who presented their ideas to the judging panel. The winner was announced as Shahrin Ali of North South University in Bangladesh who, unable to attend the summit in person, made her presentation via Skype. Her idea is to make sustainable sanitary napkins accessible to the 80% of women throughout Bangladesh who currently rely on unsanitary and ineffective options. Mukto Sanitary Napkin concept promises to reduce the health and social problems associated with this issue. Shahrin Ali received the $5,000 top prize.

 

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Irene Forte of Rocco Forte Hotels outlined strategies for engaging the market segment of millenials and advised everyone that, based on the research “Like it or not, millenials are quite important!”. Having developed the wellness program for Rocco Forte, she then focused her attention on career development within the hotel industry with an app that helps staff focus on their career goals, learn remotely at their own pace, and advance through the ranks on their chosen career path.

 

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Global Wellness Day was recognized and celebrated as Ambassadors and Key Supporters from around the globe came up to the stage to cheer along to the GWD song. Later on GWD Founder Belgin Aksoy was invited onto the stage to receive the Leading Woman in Wellness Award.

 

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In total, five awards were presented to leaders in the industry:

 

Leader in Workplace Wellness: Dr. Fikry Isaac, former VP of global health services for Johnson & Johnson, a pioneer in the field of workplace health promotion and global health.

 

Leading Woman in Wellness: Belgin Aksoy, founder of Global Wellness Day, a movement that has reached over 90 countries.

 

Leader in Sustainability: Balthasar Hauser, owner of Biohotel Stanglwirt, was honored for his pioneering, sustainable Tyrolean spa resort.

 

Leader in Innovation: Richard Schmitz, CEO of H/S/M Hotel and Spa Management, for his forward-thinking addition of the phrase “& Spa” to the name of the iconic “Brenners Park Hotel & Spa” in 1983.

 

Debra Simon Award for Leader in Furthering Mental Wellness: Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa & Wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and author of The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing, received this first-ever honor for his work in bringing the power of positive psychology to the spa industry.

 

 

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Over the course of this 10th Anniversary summit we were encouraged to write our predictions for the future and drop them into the time capsule. This was sealed by Edie Weiner of The Future Hunters and will be opened in 10 years time at the 2026 Global Wellness Summit. Will you be there when it gets opened? I hope to be!

 

We toasted with champagne to another successful summit completed. The exciting news is that next year’s GWS will be held at The Breakers, Miami, Florida. An easier journey for those of us coming from Mexico, the Caribbean or within the US!

 

Sara Jones

Editor

 

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:44

Global Wellness Summit: Day 2

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Day 2 of GWS started with a bang. Edie Weiner's session, ‘The Double Paradigm Shift: The Global Economic Transformation Plus The Beginning Of Civilization Alpha’. This predicted future changes, opportunities and reactions. Weiner outlines how we are moving into the Metaspace Economy and need to consider 10 major areas of growth:

 

  • Inner Space

  • Outer Space

  • Micro Space

  • Cyber Space

  • Time Space

  • Design Space

  • Green-Blue Space

  • Storage Space

  • Play Space

  • Inter Space

 

She warns that, with this fast moving economic change happening at such a pace, the result of leaving large sections of the population ‘behind’ will inevitably lead to denial, backlash, gridlock and authoritarianism.

 

The afternoon of Day 2 was set aside for wellness activities, as we hiked, paraglided, mountain-biked and lunched atop the famous Hahnenkamm Mountain. Although we weren’t treated to the spectacular sunshine of our arrival day, the rain and fog didn’t stop the fun as everyone enjoyed the activities and the delicious, well-deserved lunch.

 

The evening gala dinner was held at Swarovski Crystal Worlds where we glittered and sparkled for a fantastic evening. We meandered through the dazzling ‘Chamber of Wonders’ enjoying cocktails and then settled for a delightful meal surrounded by more crystals than you can imagine. The 10th Anniversary Auction managed to raise $108,000 to benefit the future Global Wellness Institute research projects, and Susie Ellis was surprised with an award of $27000 to further her own development as an international leader of the wellness industry.

 

Sara Jones,

Editor

 

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:22

Global Wellness Summit: Day 1

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For me, the most prevalent theme of day 1 at GWS was the connection between beauty and wellness. This 999 billion dollar industry is a huge sector of our industry and I believe beauty is still the driving force and motivation, behind so much of the spending in the entire wellness industry overall. Beauty has become almost a ‘dirty word’ in the wellness industry in recent years with connotations of superficiality and narcissism. At times, beauty is seen as only skin deep. We all want to promote 'beauty from within' and feelings of wellness.

 

We cannot deny the fact that we are hard wired to recognize beauty in nature, in sound and all around us. Surely it can only be a good thing to see and feel beauty when we look in the mirror. By embracing beauty and acknowledging we are part of this industry along with all other aspects of wellness, we can work together to encourage a healthy view of beauty, body image and aging.

 

Skincare companies gathered together in a session to develop ‘The Intersection of Beauty and Wellness: Understanding the Emotional, Physical, Psychological and Social Relationship between Beauty, Health and Wellness.’

 

We also heard from Katherine Johnston and Ophelia Yeung, who allowed us a sneak preview of the most recent industry research which they effectively demonstrated with a visual representation of blow up balls. A lighthearted, interesting session highlighting some pretty serious numbers:

 

Global Wellness Economy is worth US$3.7 Trillion 
• Beauty and Anti-Aging: $999 billion 
• Healthy Eating, Nutrition & Weight Loss: $647.8 billion 
• Wellness Tourism: $563.2 billion 
• Fitness & Mind-Body: $542 billion 
• Preventative & Personalized Medicine & Public Health: $534.3 billion 
• Complementary & Alternative Medicine: $199 billion
• Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate: $118.6 billion
• Spa Industry: $98.6 billion 
• Thermal/Mineral Springs Facilities: $51 billion
• Workplace Wellness: $43.3 billion

Johnston and Yeung advised that, from 2013 to 2015, the global economy shrank by 2 per cent. However, in this same time, the global wellness economy grew by over 10 per cent. This is due to the growth in the middle classes who have more disposable income and can dedicate to their lifestyle. The increase in chronic disease and aging populations also means more spending on healthier lifestyles and disease prevention.

 

Sara Jones

Editor