Destinations

Wellness takes root in Al Zorah, Ajman

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Al Zorah, a premier mixed-use development by Solidere International and the Government of Ajman, sets another milestone with EZ Wellness Centre at the ground-breaking ceremony of the inaugural EZ Wellness Centre in the GCC region to be operated by The LifeCo.

Conceived as a place to unwind the clock of modern life and become one with nature, The EZ Wellness Center (EZW), is set amidst a natural environment and on the highest point of the 18-hole Nicklaus-Design Al Zorah Golf Club, allowing guests to enjoy breath-taking views of the creek and two million square metres of natural mangroves officially recognised by the Ramsar Convention – home to over 118 species of birds and diverse marine-life.

The LifeCo brand is associated with rejuvenation and wellness based on a holistic approach, supporting natural therapies with spa facilities and professional medical staff. Popular for its unique detoxing and health centres in Phuket, Thailand and Turkey, EZ Wellness Centre by The LifeCo at Al Zorah will be a welcoming retreat for residents and GCC visitors.

Mohammed Ameer Said, the lead partner of EZ Wellness said: “We are thrilled to mark the ground breaking of The EZ Wellness Centre at Al Zorah and will be building the brand’s award-winning concept for the first time in the GCC. Other EZ Wellness facilities will follow soon in other GCC countries. The centre will be designed to blend with Al Zorah’s dedication to state-of-the-art infrastructure and reverence for the environment. The EZ Wellness Centre at Al Zorah aims to provide a more personalised experience through its revolutionary and innovative programmes to all residents and guests. Al Zorah was selected due to its unique location, naturally protected zone and healthy uncontaminated air which is a catalyst to quick healing. This centre should be the health destination for local UAE residents, GCC and global travellers taking advantage of the great accessibility through Dubai airports with a capacity of up to 70 million passengers.”

The LifeCo Founder, Ersin Pamuksüzer, said: “The LifeCo’s renowned 360-degree holistic approach combined with Al Zorah’s relaxed surroundings will address the growing needs of people trying to prevent and cope with modern lifestyle diseases. The comprehensive wellness center at Al Zorah will reinforce the importance of physical and mental well-being for a quality life. With individualized health and beauty treatments, as well as advise on nutrition, weight control, exercise and stress management – residents and visitors will be able to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Al Zorah is a coveted mixed-use coastal living destination with a natural setting providing an ideal location for families and individuals to regain health, fitness and youth. The LifeCo Wellness Centre at Al Zorah will offer individualised services to meet every need, from beauty treatments, stress management and exercise, to nutrition advice, weight control and diagnostics for a healthier lifestyle.

Dubai’s Healthy Partnership

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World-class spas, wellness centres and health facilities will be key to the new partnership between Emirates Holidays and the Dubai Health Authority’s Health Tourism Council who are joining forces to offer visitors tailor-made health and wellness holidays in Dubai.

With the aim to attract more than 500,000 medical tourists by 2020, this new collaboration addresses the increasing demand for health and wellness tourism, leveraging on Dubai’s infrastructure for the wellness market to create a unique destination for health-conscious travellers.

Packages will includes return flights on Emirates, a three to four day stay at a hotel property renowned for its health and wellness facilities, a selection of spa and wellness treatments, including a health and wellness programme tailored to the client’s specific needs and daily meals. Initially, the two properties will include DNA Health at Madinat Jumeirah and Rayya Wellness Retreat at the Retreat Palm Dubai, M Gallery by Sofitel.

The health and wellness packages are being launched in association with Dubai Health Experience (DXH), a brand conceived by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to strengthen the medical facilities in Dubai and strengthen the position of Dubai on the world map of medical tourism.

Emirates Holidays will focus on Kuwait and KSA as the initial markets for its wellness holidays with the intention to expand this to other markets over time.

Healthy Tenerife

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The Tenerife Tourism Corporation is gearing up to promote the island’s medical, health & wellness tourism offering.

Visitors to Tenerife will benefit from a range of top quality medical, surgical and wellbeing treatments at very competitive prices, due to the island’s tax incentives, while also enjoying the island’s attractive landscapes and all-year-round spring-like temperatures.

A new brand, Tenerife Medical Destination, which has  been designed to provide visitors to the island with access to trusted healthcare professionals and medical facilities such as hospitals, spas and hotels, taps into the increase in demand for health tourism in Tenerife.

Mr. Alberto Bernabé, Tourism Minister for the Tenerife Island Government, comments: “The number of tourists combining healthcare treatments with their holidays in Tenerife keeps increasing”. In order to meet this demand, Tenerife Tourism Corporation has launched the new Tenerife Medical Destination brand to offer visitors advice and help in finding top-quality services across the island.

Treatments available on the island range from therapeutic recreation and rehabilitation, dentistry and cosmetic surgery to aesthetic or cardiovascular treatments. Wellness treatments are also available which  include yoga and meditation as well as beauty treatments.

 

 

Beauty whisperer in the Maldives

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Niyama Private Islands, Maldives sees the return of beauty whisperer to the stars Dr. David Alessi who is also the Maldives’ first and only licenced cosmetic surgeon. His residency starts 25 March – 5 April 2018.

Dr. Alessi is the founder and medical director of the Alessi Institute for Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Dr. David Alessi will be in residence to offer specialist treatments. He strives to make each one of his clients feel and look their best with non-surgical cosmetic procedures that include Botox and a range of dermal fillers to fortify the skin against ageing. In this relaxing setting, guests can choose treatments for wrinkles, contours and folds, all without the invasiveness of surgery, from a combination of Botox for crow’s feet and frown lines to Kybella, the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to destroy fat cells beneath the chin.

Dr. Alessi’s experience, training and desire to help people feel their best has resulted in thousands of patients from all over the world, including A-list celebrities, choosing Alessi Institute for facial rejuvenation. He delivers natural-looking results through a variety of trademarked techniques and procedures that he personally developed to reduce scarring and recovery times for patients.

Visit:www.niyama.com/en/niyama-spa and www.facialinstitute.com

To read our exclusive interview with Dr Alessi, go to the Review Section

A revival of the Ancient Hamman Ritual

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In times gone by hammams were used by Kings and Queens of the Ottoman Empire who would host their key social engagements within these ornate bathhouses.

Today, hammams are back in fashion with many resorts adding them to their wellness offerings and treatment menus.
Also known as a Turkish bath, a hammam is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, or a wet relative of the sauna. Although the first ones originated in Arabia, bath culture was a central part of Roman life, Turkey popularized the tradition by making hammams available to people of all statuses.

The advent of the modern spa and the convenience of baths at home have defeated this old concept. Modern-day hammams often reflect the rich design features of the original bathhouses and continue the tradition of water, air and heat-based body treatments. The treatment benefits include removing dead skin cells, deeply cleansing the skin, ridding it of impurities while stimulating blood circulation and the lymphatic system in remedial heat.

Various resorts and hotels such as The Anantara Spa group offer a number of hammams in various destinations with treatments that follow the traditional ritual procedure.

The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Desert, houses the Royal Moroccan Hammam and offers the traditional journey in the ritual experiences – first steam which purifies the skin, followed by lying on a heated marble bed for a cleansing and polishing ritual using traditional black olive soap and a kessa mitt. The skin soaks up the natural goodness of a mineral-rich rhassoul mask, followed by a hair treatment and mini facial. After time in the heated jacuzzi and ice room, a back massage completes the ritual.

Other hammams include Banana Island Resort in Doha and the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa close to Abu Dhabi City which offers both Turkish and Moroccan Hammam Experiences.

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas www.anantara.com.

Sleep tight!

pebbles 4A good night’s sleep is important for emotional, physical and mental wellbeing especially in our fast-paced lifestyles. There is an increasing number of therapies and products to help induce this much needed slumber. Hastings Hotels have introduced a natural therapy in the form of a tailor-made new Sleep Ritual spa ritual.

Performed in calming, candlelit surroundings, the ESPA Sleep Ritual is offered at The Culloden Estate & Spa and the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Northern Ireland. The treatment includes breathing and visualisation techniques to release physical and emotional anxiety and restore energy. A deep tissue massage to release deep-seated muscular tension is combined with hot stones and warmed fragrant ESPA oil poured onto the body. This concludes with a soothing scalp massage to relieve any final signs of stress ensuring guests completely switch off.

The 5* Culloden Estate & Spa stands on the forested slopes of the Holywood hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. In close proximity to Belfast City Centre, the luxurious spa is Northern Ireland’s premier sanctuary for mind, body and soul. Guests can revel in a range of ESPA products and therapies with eight treatment suites, two pre and post treatment relaxation rooms. The hotel also offers a variety of different classes at the Health Club including Aquafit, Yogalates and Pilates. Guests can also enjoy relaxing in the pool, Jacuzzi and eucalyptus steam room. In 2017, Hastings Hotels celebrated 50 years of the ownership of the jewel in its crown, the Culloden Estate & Spa, as well as the completion of a £4.8M renovation programme at the hotel over the last three years.

The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is situated on the seashores of the Irish Sea on Newcastle Bay. The hotel looks out to the Mountains of Mourne. Set in six acres of private grounds, the property is famous for its expansive and luxurious spa. Guests can escape to a cocoon of calm with over two floors of tranquillity, including a 20 metre swimming pool and Vitality Pool, amethyst steam room and high-tech fitness studio.

www.hastingshotels.com

Essential Facts Spain

Airport: Within Spain, numerous airports occupy the region. As the largest and busiest airport in Spain, Madrid Barajas is 12 kilometers from the centre of Madrid. The second largest airport in the country is Barcelona Airport, or El Prat, which is 14 kilometers from the Barcelona city centre. Other airports include Murcia San Javier, Alicante Elche, Valencia, Malaga and Girona Costa Brava Airports.

Voltage: 230 V

Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 1

Weather/Climate: In its Mediterranean climate, Spain has hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. In the central regions, summers are hot and dry, and the winters are cold while the spring and fall months are rainy. North of the Cantabrian mountains, these areas have cool summers and mild winters with frequently cloudy and rainy weather.
Language Spoken: Spanish

Currency: Euro

Dialing Code: +34

Essential Facts Italy

Airport: Italy has a variety of airports. The country’s largest airport is the Leonardo da Vinci Airport, which is 26 kilometers west of Rome and is near the Mediterranean coast by the city of Fiumicino. Another main airport is the Milan Malpensa Airport, which is 50 kilometers’ northwest of Milan. Others include Naples International, Florence and Venice Marco Polo Airports.

Voltage: 230 V

Time Zone: UTC + 1

Weather/Climate: Overall, Italy experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. In the north and mountainous regions, winters in Italy are cool and humid, but in the coastal areas, winters are relatively warm. During the summer months, the south of the peninsula witnesses hot temperatures with an average high of 28-33°C and frequent thunderstorms. However, along the coast, summers are accompanied by a breeze, and in the mountains, summer months see cooler temperatures.

Language Spoken: Italian

Currency: Euro

Dialing Code: +39

Lanserhof, Waakirchen and Hamburg

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With two locations in Germany, Resort Tegernsee and Lans Medicum Hamburg, Lanserhof is Europe’s leader in modern medicine. By acknowledging the healing powers of medical treatments, this designation uses a holistic medical approach to prevent pain and restore the body. Doctors and medical specialists tailor the wellness experience to fit the needs of the individual, which makes the holiday a worthwhile health excursion. Lanserhof’s utilization of medicine empowers individuals to develop a healthier and happier lifestyle. From Resort Tegernsee’s beautiful architecture and glorious natural surroundings to Lans Medicum Hamburg’s natural healing processes and reliance on sports medicine, both destinations use the latest methods for a holiday that guarantees results — both mental and physical.

http://www.lanserhof.com/tegernsee

http://www.lanserhof.com/hamburg

Schloss Elmau, Krün

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Schloss Elmau provides a peaceful sanctuary to restore mind and body within the calm surrounds of the Bavarian Alps. Located 100 kilometers south of Munich, this destination offers a number of healthy gourmet restaurants, six spas and pools, various fitness and yoga classes, aimed for guests to discover mental clarity and physical wellness within a relaxing environment. In addition, over 170 concerts with contemporary artists and talks with current authors are offered each year to cultivate a better mind-body relationship.

https://www.schloss-elmau.de