Over the past few years, physical and mental wellbeing have become top priorities for our society. People are incorporating self-care into everything they do – including the way they travel and where they stay.
Luxury hotels, all over the world, have learned that people are considering their health when choosing accommodation. Health-improvement is a co-requisite alongside fivestar service. For many hotels, this has translated into financial-improvement, as they capitalise on the $3.7 trillion wellbeing industry.
The Four Seasons Hotels have seamlessly integrated wellbeing throughout their properties, tailoring their health and wellness programmes to reflect the culture and uniqueness of each location.
Recently the LSV team travelled to Hong Kong and stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel. Perfectly located on Hong Kong Island, this modern and grand hotel offers some of the city’s most impressive views. Known as a culinary and wellness destination for corporate travellers, the Four Seasons Hotel allows you to easily manage your work commitments and maintain your mind and body wellness… all while vacationing with the family.
Young guests are made to feel extra special with mini robes and slippers, and a welcome gift.
We were made to feel extra special with delicious cake and tempered chocolate awaiting us in our room. And the rooms are a great size with even more impressive views.
The restaurants are equally as impressive – boasting the world’s first Chinese restaurant to earn three Michelin stars. For the health-conscious, you can indulge in a menu created just for you by the hotel’s nutritionist and dietician.
Another menu worthy of your attention is the Holistic Healing menu offering treatments such as Nourish the Soul, Botanical Cure, or (my personal favourite) The Jet Lag Solution.
The infinity pool - with underwater music – is just incredible and I would say it rates as one of the best in the city. While relaxing by the pool - we were treated to an icy degustation of frozen fruits, delicious mango dumplings and a heavenly gelato bar.
Thankfully, the hotel's state-of-the-art fitness centre offers personal training sessions, yoga and complimentary tai chi classes.
The Four Seasons knows exactly how to pamper its guests. The concierge team are exceptional - ensuring all our reservation requests were met. And despite the hotel being corporate driven, the staff make every effort to assist you with your family requirements.
Most leisure travellers would go to Kowlong Island, and generally stay and shop at the Peninsula. For us, Hong Kong Island was perfect - it is less crowded, all our business contacts are located within close proximity of the Four Seasons, and there is an abundance of luxury shopping destinations!
What we did:
Hong Kong itself is fantastic. Its vibrant nightlife makes you feel excited and alive. We dined at Mott 32 (TIP: pre order the duck) and felt very cool at the 'secret' Please Don’t Tell (PTD) Bar. Originating in New York, PTD is located in the Mandarin Oriental, where entry into the bar is through a phone booth - for a little extra cool factor.
My daughter's birthday is on Mothers Day so it truly is a special day for me. I treated my little lady to a magical day at Hong Kong's largest theme park – Disneyland. Dinner back at our hotel's three Michelin star restaurant - Lung King Heen - was the perfect way to cap off the day. Surrounded by spectacular harbour views, we were greeted by Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak and presented with a signed mothers day menu.
May was a great time of year to travel – giving us holiday-perfect weather - we averaged 28-29 degrees each day.
How we got there:
Virgin Airlines Hong Kong Flash Sale, return was $399. Bid Upgrade $499. Amazing Value.
'Transformational travel' is 2018's tourism buzzword and the demand for wellness experiences is rapidly growing. Hotel operators are looking to diversify and extend their brand portfolios. With very few properties available on the global market, interest has piqued in Australia. More and more hotel developers are seeking out desirable locations in the Australia's major cities. We're also seeing inner-city hotels launching urban lifestyle sub-brands to target health-focused millennials.
As the wellbeing tourism industry continues to boom and competition becomes more fierce, professional market advice is critical. LSV offers current market insights and valuable advice on hotel sales, leaseholds, hotel management agreements and brand development. Guiding you through the complexities of the hotel sector, LSV will assist and guide operators to achieve the best outcome for your brand.