As spas evolve from sanctuaries of physical
relief to sanctums of mental restoration, one burgeoning wellness
enterprise is anticipating the next progressive step with services
and facilities that aim to "recalibrate the soul".
Scheduled to launch 1 March 2011 at The Andaman,
a Luxury Collection Resort in the foliage-shrouded archipelago of
Langkawi in Malaysia, V Integrated Wellness offers all the staples
of a modern-day holistic center.
"Yes, to therapeutic muscle treatments, yes yoga
and yes a world-class fitness center," said Christina Low, V
Integrated Wellness's wellness director. "But there has to be more
than that. Our visitors want more engagement and inspiration. They
want to leave Langkawi with a new spirit."
V Integrated Wellness will offer activities and
amenities such as meditation retreats, guided nature walks,
sunrise yoga classes and a food menu inspired by the "Tree of
Life", a sacred symbol that serves as a metaphor for how the
universe is connected — the basis of V Integrated Wellness'
A butterfly farm, an intimate relaxation garden
within the confines of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, is in the
Located 30 kilometres off the northwest coast of
peninsular Malaysia, Langkawi is renowned for its combination of
ancient tropical woodlands and paradisiacal white-sand beaches. In
2007, it became one of the first Southeast Asian destinations to
win entry into the Global UNESCO Network of Geoparks.
Set on the big island's northwest tip between
the lush Mat Chincang Mountains and picturesque Datai Bay Beach,
the first V Integrated Wellness center (another is slated for the
region by 2012) embraces its surroundings.
The spa rebranded V Botanical Spa, is perched
high on the verdant hillside with bird's-eye views of the bay. Organic treatments, such as Awakening and Bliss
- rituals that feature the use of 100% certified organic
Intelligent Nutrients skin-care products, are conducted in the
five open-air villas that branch out from reception and on the
beach, where a pair of Miami-style cabanas sit but steps from the
In the morning, that same kilometre crescent of
sand serves as the platform for sunrise yoga sessions.
On the resort's 4th floor, V Integrated
Wellness' 400-square-metre fitness facility (V Fitness) beckons
with a glassed-in workout area under a canopy of sky-scraping
trees. Advisors are educated in innovative programs such as
functional training, a method that promotes strength and agility
in every-day activities.
V Healthy Cuisine trades on the abundance of
nutritious foods found in and around Langkawi and reflects the
culinary team's keen understanding of what constitutes healthy
fare. Items such as Seared Sea Scallops with Marinated Wild
Mushrooms and Daikon Sprouts and Lime Tofu Cheesecake with Honey
Oat Crumble exemplify the dynamic menu.
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