New Wellness-Focused Properties to Visit

With health and wellness at the top of most people’s minds, it comes as no surprise when we see that more hotels and resorts are now focusing on wellness within their properties, offering various programmes and activities to help their guests feel refreshed and revitalised from their stay. We shortlist a few new properties that have just launched new wellness-focused programmes and what guests can look forward to during their stay.

NEOM by Capella Hotels and Resorts, Saudi Arabia

Capella Hotels and Resorts announces its first coastal destination in Saudi Arabia, set within NEOM at Elanan, one of Magna’s destinations, against the backdrop of stunning desert mountains and the Gulf of Aqaba coastline. The resort will open an exclusive wellness retreat as part of the sustainable development unfolding in northwest Saudi Arabia.

Emerging from a lush oasis embracing the landscape’s ancient natural springs, the resort features 80 bespoke rooms and suites. Guests are enveloped in a world of tranquillity where contemporary design meets the beauty of the environment. Capella’s craft of hospitality is further enriched by a holistic wellness experience and innovation driven by Capella Wellness, creating a sanctuary for relaxation infused with innovative design.

A Haven for Rejuvenation 

Paying homage to the region, Capella at Elanan incorporates interlocking geometric shapes that evoke a modern aesthetic reminiscent of nature. From the moment visitors set foot into Elanan, they embark on a journey enveloped in the soothing embrace of nature’s beauty. Guests can explore the expansive plazas, unwind amidst the sun-kissed gardens, or marvel at the breathtaking views from the observation tower’s summit. 


Wellness Offerings

From healing therapies to world-class facilities, Capella is synonymous with enriching wellness — where every experience is meticulously tailored to meet guests’ needs. The resort invites guests to enjoy an extensive menu of wellness offerings based on phases of the moon. Each treatment is crafted with authentic Arabian wellness practices and modern therapies for guests to embark on wellness journeys based on ingredients and rituals passed down through the generations.

Cristiano Rinaldi, President of Capella Hotel Group, said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with NEOM in unveiling our second property in the Middle East: Capella at Elanan, on the Gulf of Aqaba coast. Combining Saudi Arabia’s breathtaking natural landscapes with NEOM’s innovative technology, we are poised to provide guests with an unparalleled wellness experience that promises delight and discovery. This sanctuary will elevate Capella Hotels and Resorts’ esteemed wellness offering, featuring a curated series of exciting programs.”

Jeremy Lester, NEOM Executive Director, Magna, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Capella Hotels and Resorts at Elanan, a stunning haven blending luxury with the spectacular landscape, providing an exclusive sustainable retreat dedicated to holistic wellness. It’s a fusion of aligned values and aspirations. Together, we’ll craft an environment to set a new standard in luxury guest experiences.”

Culinary Experiences Redefined 

Home to four concepts, gastronomy at the resort sits at the intersection of rejuvenation and culinary innovation. Influenced by its coastal region, guests can indulge in a variety of unique flavours crafted by an international line-up of master chefs helming the kitchen. Private dining options are also available, with bespoke experiences extended for special occasions.

“The partnership with Capella Hotels and Resorts seamlessly combines their esteemed luxury, wellness, and exceptional culinary experiences with NEOM’s dedication to regenerative tourism, ensuring guests an innovative and revitalising escape on the stunning shores of the Red Sea,” shares Chris Newman, Executive Director, NEOM Hotel Division.

Visit www.CapellaHotels.com and www.NEOM.com for updates on the opening of Elanan.

JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa, South Korea

Hot Spring at JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa

You can cultivate mindfulness amidst nature’s embrace at JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa, where you are invited to pause, breathe, immerse yourself in the present moment and nurture an appreciation for life’s unexpected joys.

Believing in the restorative power of nature, JW Marriott seamlessly integrates the natural world into each travel experience. Reinvigorate your senses with a journey through JW Garden, where you can cultivate sensory connections and rooted introspection through activities like ingredient sourcing and landscape explorations. Discover curated serene spaces across our hotels that help you disconnect from daily stresses. Spa by JW also offers transformative experiences to rejuvenate both body and spirit. Indulge in signature treatments, fitness classes, and nature hikes that forge a profound connection with the environment, leaving you feeling revitalised from inside out.

Further enriching its RE FRESH well-being offerings, JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa will debut a hot spring facility in June. Reflecting the same ‘integration to Mother Nature’ design approach employed by famed interior designer Bill Bensley in this island retreat, discover a multi-faceted space comprising of hot and cold plunge pools, massage jets and steam rooms. Enveloped by natural light and panoramic sea vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows, this cozy facility provides a welcoming backdrop perfect for ‘pause and appreciate’ moments.

RAKxa Integrative Wellness, Thailand


Located just outside Bangkok, RAKxa Integrative Wellness is Thailand’s leading medical wellness retreat where tradition, technology and nature combine to offer profound healing. The retreat’s harmonious integration of ancient wisdom with cutting-edge medicine creates a powerful synergy that amplifies benefits, enriching guests’ lives with profound results.

RAKxa’s Integrative Diagnostics delve deep into understanding of one’s health by identifying underlying imbalances. A range of comprehensive tests and assessments conducted by RAKxa’s interdisciplinary teams help to create the foundation for a personalised treatment plan, consisting of a thoughtful integration of time-tested wisdom and modern medicine from Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Thai Medicine, therapeutic spa, energy medicine and more.

As one of RAKxa’s therapeutic modalities, understanding one’s elemental constitution in Traditional Thai Medicine is fundamental to achieving balance and wellness. This ancient holistic approach perceives the human body as a composite of four essential elements: earth, water, wind, and fire. Each individual possesses a unique blend of these elements, determining their physical attributes, emotional temperaments, and potential health predispositions.

Traditional Thai Medicine identifies external factors that can disrupt the body’s equilibrium, significantly impacting an individual’s health. Environmental changes such as shifts in weather play a crucial role in this imbalance. In the meantime, lifestyle choices including diet, sleep patterns and physical activity also exert significant influence on one’s physical and mental health.

At RAKxa, guests can expect transformational and sustainable results with the unified and scientifically backed method of care, encompassing a choice of modern and traditional treatments. There is on-site restaurants and nutritionist support that feature organic and anti-inflammatory cuisine serving international food and traditional Asian recipes infused with ancient healing properties. Guests benefit from nutritionist support for personalised dietary programmes.

Banyan Group, Various locations

Banyan Group, an independent, global hospitality company with purpose, introduces a series of in-person retreats designed to foster personal growth and wellbeing. Held at Banyan Group’s hotels and resorts worldwide, each Retreat invites guests to connect with themselves, as they receive tools and guidance to initiate and sustain their wellbeing journey.

Retreats join the Group’s robust portfolio of holistic wellbeing programmes, all working in concert to foster a global community of wellbeing enthusiasts, and like-minded individuals who share a commitment to personal growth and fulfilment. By extending the Banyan experience beyond traditional travel, Retreats supports guests on their journey of self-discovery, helping them achieve their desired goals and inspiring lasting transformation. In response to the growing interest in wellbeing holidays among families and friend groups, Banyan Group also offers bespoke Retreat options designed to meet guests’ unique preferences and requirements.

The inaugural “Women’s Retreat: Nature & Self-Growth” at Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, delivered a transformative experience for women, blending holistic personal empowerment with the serene natural splendour of Bali. As part of the journey, participants engaged in workshops and one-on-one sessions based on the Group’s eight pillars of wellbeing which encompass elements vital to mental, physical and emotional health, ranging from Rest and Nourishment to Groundness, Growth, Connection, Movement, Practice and Mindfulness.

For more information about the upcoming Beyond Retreat at Banyan Tree AlUla in Saudi Arabia, or  Annual Women’s Retreat 2025 at Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, please visit www.groupbanyan.com/spa-and-wellbeing.

2024 Summer Festival at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam


2024 Summer Festival” at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, which will showcase four months of fun activities and experiences from now until 31 August! The festival will encompass all areas of this spectacular 39-hectare resort, across all four levels: Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea.

Activities include:

Wellness: Discover innovative therapies and exclusive offers at Mi Sol Spa, including GuaSha & Jade face roller treatment, complimentary candle making classes, a special mani-pedi promotion, and full moon yoga sessions. The EnergyZen Retreat also returns for a new summer edition!

Gastronomy: Get ready for a series of exclusive culinary occasions and collaborations, including the Yves Cuilleron Wine Dinner on 24 May, “Vietnam Street Food Festival – A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain” which runs throughout June and includes cooking classes, Citron’s Greatest Hits from 4-5 July, and a guest chef experience at Barefoot from 15-17 July.

Nature & Wildlife: Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Son Tra Peninsula with a newly-launched Nature Tour, which includes the opportunity to see the resort’s native wildlife including critically-endangered red-shanked douc langurs. A new Son Tra Wildlife Series will also be staged at the BENSLEY Outsider Gallery.

Music & Entertainment: Soak up the serene seafront ambience with Sunset Jazz evenings at Buffalo Bar and Sunset Cocktail Parties at Barefoot Deck. And don’t miss the chance to experience the annual Danang International Fireworks Festival which returns to the city from 8 June to 13 July.


Images: Banyan Group, Capella Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, JW Marriott, RAKxa Integrative Wellness

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