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The pursuit of happiness
Vair Spa, Borgo Egnazia, Italy


Pioneering a ‘psycho-emotional’ approach to spa, Vair Spa at Borgo Egnazia is an eclectic and award-winning wellness offering that draws heavily on the culture and traditions of Puglia

Deeply rooted in Italian tradition, Borgo Egnazia resort and hotel is designed in the style of a traditional masseria, or Apulian country estate; constructed from tuff stone and surrounded by millennia-old olive groves, a sense of authentic, old-world charm complements that of its rural location.

Belying this traditional ambience, however, the hotel’s star attraction, Vair Spa, is a truly modern proposition that aims to restore and rebalance guests through a focus on their ‘psycho-emotional’ wellbeing. Vair means ‘true’ or ‘authentic’ in Italian and these qualities have guided the spa’s philosophy with a holistic healing approach that encompasses physical, spiritual and emotional improvement.

“Vair is a concept spa where everything is connected to the inspiration that is leading this caring wellness community,” explains the resort’s managing director, Aldo Melpignano. “It’s welcoming, enjoyable, light but consistent in the way we are enhancing our guests’ lives.”

Borgo Egnazia is one of five family-owned properties under the San Domenico Hotel Group banner, along with three others in the Puglia region and the 17-room San Domenico House in London’s Chelsea. The Group was formed in 1996 when the Melpignano family, under the guidance of matriarch Marisa Melpignano, turned an old, family-owned farmhouse into a luxury hotel.

Opened in 2010, Borgo Egnazia truly reflects the company’s bid to offer luxury, refined hospitality and cultural authenticity. The property shot to fame in 2012 when popstars Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel married there, and it has since received international accolades including Vair Spa being named best wellness spa in Europe and the world at the 2016 Boutique Hotel Awards, and commended for the ‘Most life-changing experience’ at the Conde Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2017.


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T: +39 080 225 5000
Managing director: Aldo Melpignano
Spa director: Patrizia Bortolin
Executing architect: Teo Moccia
Size: 1,800sqm
Treatment rooms: 14
Suppliers: Akua, Stenal, Nilo, Gis
Project designer: Pino Brescia
Facilities: Roman bath with a tepidarium, Kneipp bath, caldarium, frigidarium, biosauna, plunge pools and marble scrub room, manicure and pedicure suite, cinema

An island of calm
Park Hyatt Mallorca, Canyamel, Spain


Park Hyatt’s first European resort includes the unveiling of a spa for all seasons on the Spanish island of Mallorca. We find out how the global brand incorporates locally inspired wellbeing

In the early 1900s, modernist painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol christened Mallorca the ‘island of calm’ and that title remains apt for this jewel in the western Mediterranean, which has been selected by Hyatt Hotels Corporation for its very first European resort venture. Set on the island’s largely undeveloped eastern coast, the new resort, carved into the rocks in traditional Mallorcan village style, overlooks the beautiful Canyamel Valley with the beach and Balearic Sea below.

“We are very proud of our first European resort hotel,” says Eric Brun, vice-president, brands and commercial strategy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and south-west Asia. “This property is truly a fantastic addition to our portfolio and is definitely a brand-building hotel among our Park Hyatt resorts worldwide.”

Following construction by the property’s Mallorcan owner, Cap Vermell, the Park Hyatt Mallorca resort opened in time for the 2016 summer season complete with 142 hotel guest rooms (including 14 Park Suites and two Presidential Suites) four restaurants, three outdoor pools and a ballroom, together with surrounding residential villas for private purchase.

It was, however, the unveiling of its stunning 2,000sqm Serenitas spa in October last year that truly differentiated the brand’s offering by placing an exclusive all-season day spa at the heart of the resort.

“Park Hyatt guests typically possess a refined appetite for local culture and embrace unique and enriching experiences,” explains Brun. “Based on that, we created a relaxing and exquisite spa experience rooted in local traditions, designed specifically to provide a total sense of purity, tranquillity and peace of mind and spirit.

“Serenitas is dedicated to offering our guests uncompromised attention to detail within a calm and serene atmosphere. Every element has been created to evoke traditional Mallorcan authenticity and hospitality. We seamlessly integrate local traditions and philosophies with international brands, time-honoured rituals and contemporary techniques.”


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T: +34 (0) 871 81 1234
Management company: Park Hyatt
Property developer: Cap Vermell
General manager: Michael Schmid
Marketing manager: Cristina Beteta
Spa manager: Patricia Fuertes
Spa size: 2,000 sqm
Design: Michelle Evans Associates
Treatment suites: Seven including two couples’ suites
Spa team: from 7 to 15
Treatment room equipment: Gharieni
Spa product partners: ESPA, Gaia, La Ric, CND Creative, Flor de Sal

Through the grapevine
Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux, France


We visit Caudalie’s flagship vinotherapy spa, Les Sources de Caudalie, to witness its recent expansion and explore the French brand’s use of grape polyphenols in its world renowned products

The seed from which the Caudalie brand grew was first planted in 1993 when Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas met with Dr. Joseph Vercauteren, professor at the University of Pharmacy, Bordeaux, in the vineyards of the family’s Château Smith Haut Lafitte estate.

One of the world’s leading experts on grape polyphenols, the professor explained how the skins and seeds left over from the harvesting of the grapes were rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, which are extremely beneficial for the skin. It was the beginning of a journey of discovery for the husband and wife team, and two years later, having registered a patent for extracting and stabilising grape-seed polyphenols, Caudalie’s roots began to take hold.

Set deep within the Château Smith Haut Lafitte vineyards, Les Sources de Caudalie pays homage to the vine and offers guests the opportunity to totally immerse themselves in both the brand and the Caudalie experience. An authentic representation of the Thomas’s story and their values, it places the comfort of guests and results-driven treatments at the forefront of its spa journey.

Imbued with a sense of light and space, the spa building offers views of the vineyards as far as the eye can see. The structure, designed by architect Yves Collet, combines stone and wood with screens to let in the light, and grand treatment rooms of blonde wood, red cedar and teak.

The spa’s offering has recently been expanded to include four new VIP treatment rooms, a large indoor hydrotherapy pool and additional relaxation space with loungers offering more stunning views of the vineyards. The connection to nature, to the source of the brand and to the vines, is deliberate and links to the heritage and history of the brand with a sense of style and class.

“Les Sources de Caudalie is a dream; a place of wellbeing where you can enjoy divine treatments using Caudalie products,” says Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas. “The spa is the ‘fashion show’ of Caudalie. It’s here to show our beloved customers everything we can do to make them look and feel better, and it helps to be super relaxed. It’s our jewel box for the brand.”


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T: +33 (0)5 57 83 82 82
Founders: Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas
Spa owners: Florence and Daniel Cathiard
Managers: Alice and Jérôme Tourbier
Spa manager: Delphine Duffours
Architect: Yves Collet
Treatment rooms: 24
Spa size: 2,500sqm
Wet and pool area supplier: Stas Doyer Hydrotherapie
Facilities: Indoor pool, outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, hydrotherapy pool, relaxation lounge, retail and reception zone

Pure alchemy
Brimstone Spa at Langdale, Great Langdale, Ambleside


Surrounded by stunning Cumbrian grandeur, Brimstone Spa, on the Langdale Estate, promises the ultimate in Lake District luxury. We meet the team to find out more

The Langdale Estate is set against a striking Cumbrian backdrop that beautifully showcases the craggy hilltops and glacial lakes that attract around 15 million visitors a year to the Lake District National Park.

Owned and operated by Langdale Leisure, the estate’s varied offering includes 100 timeshare lodges, the four-star Langdale Hotel, the high-luxury, 16-suite Brimstone Hotel and most recently the sumptuous Brimstone Spa.

Representing the culmination of a £4.5 million investment in the surrounding estate, the 990sqm spa, launched in December 2016, features ten treatment rooms as well as a double treatment suite called The Bubble which is equipped with a spa bath, twin treatment tables, and a double shower.

Deftly complimenting the estate’s ‘beyond-boutique’ Brimstone Hotel, which opened in June 2013, the spa took just over two and half years to create, with its opening delayed by the onset of severe flooding in Cumbria following Storm Desmond in late 2015.

Both the hotel and spa represent a brave investment on behalf of their owners, who took a relatively small combined timeshare and hospitality enterprise and had the vision and determination to transform it into a large and successful luxury hotel and spa offering.

With a comprehensive thermal offering and an indoor/outdoor pool, Brimstone Spa has been designed to echo its unique surroundings with natural but luxurious finishes in timber and stone as well as a strong emphasis on providing a simple, intuitive guest journey.


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T: +44 (0) 15394 38014
Spa manager: Richard Bell
Hotel & spa interior design: Curveline
Spa development consultant: HL Concepts
Project consultants: SPArticulate, MSWG
Spa team: 16
Size: 990sqm
Full capacity: 40
Treatment facilities: Ten treatment rooms including The Bubble, a double private spa suite; a manicure/pedicure area; Spa Deli serving light food with indoor and outdoor eating and a range of chillout areas
Wet spa: Thermal experiences include a Himalayan Salt steam grotto; fragrance columns; foot-spas and a lava sauna; one indoor/outdoor pool
Product houses: Pure Alchemy, Elemis and CND
Suppliers: MSWG, John Preston Pools; Collingwood, Chantelle, Lutron, ESL furniture, Alexander Rose outdoor furniture, Gharieni








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