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• Virgin gets right to wipe out rent arrears
• Fitness industry mourns passing of Jan Spaticchia
• STA offers mindfulness resources

Property & tenders
30 acres at Clays Lane, Debden Green, Loughton
Location: Loughton, IG10 Company: Knight Frank
Tender: retail units at The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle
Location: Grantham, Leicestershire Company: Belvoir Castle
To Let – Potterne Park Sports Ground
Location: Verwood, Dorset Company: AVISON YOUNG
Tender: Open Day at Hall Place, Bexley to discuss commercial opportunities
Location: Hall Place House, Bexley, DA5 1PQ Company: London Borough of Bexley
Tender: Forestry Commission - Forest Nets Concession Opportunity
Location: 15 Concessions across the nation's forests Company: Forestry England
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News headlines
Raffles to open mountainside retreat in Neom’s Trojena project  
Raffles to open mountainside retreat in Neom’s Trojena project

By Megan Whitby

Accor’s high-end brand Raffles Hotels & Resorts is set to land in northwestern Saudia Arabia in 2027 as part of Trojena, a brand new year-round adventure sports destination. Launching in 2026, Trojena will be a mountainside tourism location within the vast US$500 billion (€462.7 billion, £396 billion) Neom* .... more>>
London’s BT Tower to become luxury hotel following £275m deal  
London’s BT Tower to become luxury hotel following £275m deal

By Megan Whitby

British telecommunications company BT Group has sold its iconic BT Tower for £275 million (US$347 million, €321.3 million) to hotel management company MCR Hotels. The 620ft telecommunications building opened in 1964 and was once the tallest structure in London until 1980 when it was surpassed by the NatWest .... more>>

Luxury hotel market immune to cost of living cutbacks, reports RSM  
By Megan Whitby

While the UK hotel sector ended 2023 on a high, new data shows this was largely driven by the luxury market with a spike in room rates and profits – according to the RSM Hotels Tracker: .... more>>
Cornwall’s St Moritz Hotel + Cowshed Spa undergoes multi-million-pound upgrade  
By Megan Whitby

St Moritz Hotel + Cowshed Spa, based in Trebetherick, Cornwall, will unveil its upgraded leisure facilities following a £2 million (€2.3 million, US$2.5 million) refurb in June 2024. The .... more>>
Ritz-Carlton, Portland unveils skyline spa inspired by unfolding petals of a rose  
By Megan Whitby

A new urban wellness retreat has opened in downtown Portland, Oregon, at the recently opened luxury hotel The Ritz-Carlton, Portland. Situated on the 19th floor of the 35-storey, .... more>>
Heartbreak for Swedish theme park, Liseberg, as fire breaks out  
By Kath Hudson

A fire has destroyed part of the new water world, Oceana, at Liseberg in Sweden, and a construction worker has been reported missing. According to Per Nyqvist, the rescue chief at the .... more>>
Surrenne private members club will bring Tracy Anderson to London as part of four-storeys of wellness at The Emory hotel  
By Kath Hudson

Surrenne, a luxury private members club gym and spa launches in London in April, with membership costing £10,000 a year. Spanning almost 2,000sq m across four floors, Surrenne is part of .... more>>
Conrad Orlando unveils water-inspired spa oasis amid billion-dollar Evermore Resort complex  
By Megan Whitby

The healing power of water has inspired the concept behind a large new spa in Florida at the recently-opened Conrad Orlando hotel. The 433-key Hilton hotel was developed by Dart Interests .... more>>
Studio A+ realises striking urban hot springs retreat in China's Shanxi Province  
By Megan Whitby

Architecture and interior design firm Studio A+ has revealed the design inspiration behind its recent boutique hotel and hot springs retreat project in Fengxi New City, Shanxi Province, .... more>>
Raby Castle reveals ambitious plans to become a major visitor destination  
By Rebecca Skeel

Raby Castle, known as one of the finest medieval fortifications in England, is nearing the end of an ambitious two-year renovation project. The Castle, near Staindrop in County Durham, was .... more>>
Dormy House spa refreshed with new programming and nature-inspired thermal suite  
By Megan Whitby

Rural countryside retreat Dormy House in the Cotswolds, UK, has reopened its House Spa to guests following a month-long renovation project. A new contrast bathing journey Following .... more>>
Minor Hotels to bolster Anantara portfolio in Oman with beachfront retreat and spa  
By Megan Whitby

Global hotel owner, operator and investor Minor Hotels is expanding its luxury Anantara brand’s footprint in Oman with a new resort in Bandar Al Khairan, Muscat. Located on the rugged .... more>>
Dorchester Collection's The Lana, Dubai to launch first Dior Spa in the Middle East  
By Megan Whitby

The Lana, the Dorchester Collection’s first property in the Middle East will open on 1 February and welcome the first-ever Dior Spa in the UAE in April 2024. Bathed with natural daylight on .... more>>
Touchless therapies meet traditional wellness at newly-renovated Privai Spa + Fitness Center in Miami  
By Megan Whitby

Arch Amenities Group (AAG)* has announced the opening of its first Privai Spa + Fitness Center in a hotel – the 411-room Kimpton Epic Hotel in Miami, Florida. The newly-renovated 5,000sq .... more>>
One&Only One Za’abeel opens in Dubai featuring Clinique La Prairie Longevity Hub  
By Megan Whitby

Kerzner International has officially opened the doors to its striking new vertical resort, One&Only One Za’abeel, in Dubai. The opening marks the launch of the first-ever urban One&Only .... more>>

TechnoAlpin: Chilling out at Krallerhof

TechnoAlpin: Chilling out at Krallerhof

TechnoAlpin’s Snowroom brings winter conditions to a stunning indoor spa at Austria’s Hotel Krallerhof
Dynamic pricing

Everyone's talking about:
Dynamic pricing

What pricing lessons can the industry learn from travel and hospitality and how can it best apply these?
On the road

On the road

With its Scenic Routes project, Norway has turned the road trip into an attraction, and boosted tourism in a huge way. Terry Stevens gets behind the wheel
Theory of evolution

Jeremy McCarthy:
Theory of evolution

From spa to wellness and now leisure – Spa Business’ contributing editor looks at where hospitality experiences are heading
Ana Ramirez

Spa People:
Ana Ramirez

On her plans to roll out Ancestral Handmade, her regenerative wellness hotel concept, across South America – starting in Colombia
Ingo Schweder

Spa People: 20th anniversary issue:
Ingo Schweder

GOCO Hospitality's Ingo Schweder shares his personal wellness journey and highlights major market disruptors
Matrix Fitness: Outstanding performance

Matrix Fitness: Outstanding performance

Bicester Hotel & Spa is working with Matrix Fitness to enable wellness guests to train like athletes with a unique offering
Amanda Al-Masri

Spa People: 20th anniversary issue:
Amanda Al-Masri

Is leading the charge for democratic wellness in one of the biggest global hotel chains
Gharieni: Cutting edge

Gharieni: Cutting edge

Ara Patterson from Equinox Hotels talks about a partnership with Gharieni that’s delivering ROI and innovative treatments for guests
Product news
Klafs introduces Enya sauna infusion bowl

Klafs introduces Enya sauna infusion bowl


Heat experience specialist Klafs has created an automatic infusion bowl as part of a series of upgrades for its commercial saunas.
Galgorm and Elemis announce new partnership

Galgorm and Elemis announce new partnership


Northern Ireland’s award-winning spa Galgorm has announced a partnership with British skin wellness and spa brand Elemis.
Klafs acquired by Kohler from Egeria Group

Klafs acquired by Kohler from Egeria Group


Spa operator and bathroom fixtures company Kohler has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire saunas, steamrooms and hydrothermal area specialist Klafs from investment company Egeria Group.
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Life Fitness

The Life Fitness family of brands offers an unrivalled product portfolio, providing customers with access to tailored solutions they need to target every segment of the fitness market.

The Life Fitness family of brands offers an unrivalled product portfolio, providing customers with access to tailored solutions they need to target every segment of the fitness market.
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Featured Suppliers
Countdown begins for World Spa and Wellness 2024 London

The World Spa & Wellness London Convention is back from 3-4 March at ExCeL London and is a fantastic opportunity for spa professionals to network and learn from industry leaders, with lots of chances to develop your business and career.
  Countdown begins for World Spa and Wellness 2024 London
Keep your groups booked and busy with SpaSoft

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02-04 Mar 2024

World Spa & Wellness Conference

Excel exhibition and conference centre , London, United Kingdom

03-05 Mar 2024

IBS New York

Javits Convention Center, New York, United States

20-20 Mar 2024

Global Massage Makes Me Happy & Healthy Day

Virtual, United States

20-22 Mar 2024

APSWC Round Table & APSWC Awards 2024

The Salil Hotel Riverside, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

21-24 Mar 2024

Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna

Fair District, Bologna, Italy

11-14 Apr 2024

FIBO Global Fitness

Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany

14-15 Apr 2024

Natural & Organic Products Europe

ExCel, London, United Kingdom

23-25 Apr 2024

ISPA Conference 2024

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, United States

08-08 May 2024

Hospitality Design Conference

Hotel Melià , Milano , Italy

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