How Wellness Suites Became the Latest Spa Industry Trend

Le Relais Bernard Loiseau

As the idea of wellness continues to infiltrate all areas of life, the hospitality and spa industries are introducing wellness-themed suites designed to appeal to health enthusiasts with a host of amenities that promote wellbeing. It’s no surprise really when you consider that nine out of 10 Americans are currently focused on some sort of wellness goal.  

A new Influence of Wellness study by global communications firm Ketchum found that of those polled, three-quarters of consumers believe that achieving wellness is now as valuable as achieving financial stability, and 66 percent would choose products or services with embedded health benefits over those without. It certainly helps explain why resorts, hotels, and spas are jumping on the wellness bandwagon with suites that cater to those seeking a host of healthier options. 

InterContinental’s Even Hotels, for example, encourages guests to keep active, eat well, rest easy, and accomplish more with in-room training zones, eucalyptus-fiber bedding, fresh scents, and more. Asaya, Rosewood’s new holistic wellness concept, recently debuted at Rosewood Phuket and will soon launch at the Rosewood Hong Kong, the flagship property for the brand. The Asaya Suites will offer a range of distinctive features including integrated wellness facilities. 

With Well+Good listing high-tech sleep science as one of its wellness trends for 2018, it’s fitting that wellness-related technology be incorporated into today’s accommodations. In November, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills debuted five wellness-themed rooms and two suites on its fourth-floor spa level. The accommodations been so well-received that the property just added a third suite. “We are targeting the busy executive who wants to have wellness options on the road and those coming to town for minor non-invasive surgical procedures, such as dermatology work, and thus far, they are proving to be highly requested by guests,” says general manager Michael Newcombe, who is also vice president of the Global Spa and Wellness Task Force Sales Team for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The accommodations, designed to optimize guests’ wellbeing, feature the latest technology from Delos, a leader in wellness-oriented building and design. The rooms come with exercise equipment, such as stability balls, weights, and Alo yoga mats; a mini bar with nutritious snacks; a healthy in-room dining menu approved by the Cleveland Clinic; natural toiletries from Lather; and guided meditation videos from Deepak Chopra. The suites also feature Peloton bikes. 

What is especially impressive, though, are the rooms’ technological highlights. For instance, a Mood Box, engineered to simulate the color temperature and intensity of outdoor light, controls the room’s circadian lighting. It helps revitalize the body during the day and enhance sleep quality at night. Guests can opt for the Energizing light, which is a bright white light with a strong blue component designed to suppress melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. For those wanting to wind down before bedtime, there is the Relax setting, which creates long wavelength lighting with a soft amber tone. A state-of-theart air purification system is also on hand to reduce allergens, toxins, and microbes, and a dechlorinator, located in the shower, reduces chlorine from the water.

Earlier this year, Le Relais Bernard Loiseau debuted the VIP Spa-Suite on the top floor of its spa and restaurant, Villa Loiseau des Sens. Considered a private spa within a spa, the suite features a panoramic view of the Auxois Mountains and the lush garden of the hotel. It comes with a treatment room for two, a hammam, a sauna, and a balneotherapy pool. The 807-square-foot suite can accommodate up to eight guests during the day. However, it can also be booked for an overnight stay for two.

“Wellness is becoming more significant in our day-to-day lives, in the ways we work, eat, sleep, and socialize,” says Niamh O’Connell, group vice president of guest experience and wellness of Rosewood Hotel Group. From providing innovative in-room fitness equipment to circadian lighting for promoting better sleep to mini bars stocked with nourishing snacks for healthier eating, these spa-like sanctuaries are proving to be a hit among health-conscious guests. 

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