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INTERVIEW: PAUL SCIALLA


MGM Grand Las Vegas charges a 30 per cent premium for Stay Well rooms and it quadrupled the number of rooms to 171 in January


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Stay Well® room features


Energising light helps to increase energy levels


“We’ve also had several discussions about implementing the Stay Well features and the Well Building Standard itself into the architecture of the spa because it makes so much sense to do that,” he says. Of course Scialla is “absolutely open” to working with operators who run standalone spas too. Incorporating the Well Building Standard could enhance a spa’s offering – giv- ing it an edge over competition and possibly enable it to charge a premium. It could also help to attract a new audience – the more serious health and wellness traveller – or provide a unique marketing angle. For now the Well Building Standard is still


in its pilot phase and any company looking for certification would need to partner with Delos. The idea is that eventually an independent, but for-profi t, corporation – the International Well Building Institute – will govern the standards as they open up to the market. Scialla concludes: “We hope to achieve similar penetration to the LEED cer- tifi cation and Green Building movement. The Well Building Standard is already applicable to any type of real estate which will help us to achieve our ultimate goal.” ●


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The 17 health and wellness elements of the Stay Well rooms at the MGM Grand include:


1 Energising light: guests are exposed to short periods of blue-shaded lighting to increase energy and decrease the effects of jet lag


2 Water fi ltration system: purifi ed in- room water, thanks to a fi ltration system that reduces disinfectant by-products, chlorine and other chemicals


3 Air purifi cation system: reduces allergens, toxins and pathogens to create better air quality and breathing


4 Vitamin C infused shower water: to neutralise chlorine and promote healthy hair and skin


5 Cedar skirting boards: its natural properties keep enclosed spaces fresh and dry


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6 LED dawn simulator: alarm clock to awaken the body gradually


7 Night lighting: Long wave LED lamps illuminate pathways at night without disturbing melatonin levels


8 Aromatherapy diff user: an optional extra


9 Healthy mattress: provides comfort and support for any body type


10 Stay WellTM channel:


Dr Deepak Chopra educates guests on the features in the room


11 Hypoallergenic bedding: to address skin sensitivities and irritation


12 Well ShieldTM cleaning protocol: based on hypoallergenic, green-approved products


13 Well ShieldTM photo-catalytic coating: for bacteria- susceptible surfaces


14 Stay WellTM in-room


amenities: includes a 24-hour room service menu based on natural/ organic food; and healthy mini-bar items such as almonds and coconut water


15 Black-out shades: optimised to fully


eliminate outdoor lighting sources to improve sleep quality and duration and help with jet lag


16 Warm white room lighting: LED lighting that can be customised to enhance sleep


17 Electromagnetic fi eld shielding: reduces exposure to electrical frequencies


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