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DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE: ASIA & AUSTRALASIA


Shanghai Shimao Wonderland Songjiang near Shanghai, China Opening: Unconfi rmed


Design and engineering consultancy Atkins has said that construction of a 19-fl oor hotel in a quarry in Songjiang near Shanghai is in the early stages. The two lowest levels of the 380-key


hotel, to be managed by InterConti- nental, will be underwater and face an aquarium. This is where a spa – with 10 treatment rooms and a big pool and sauna area – will be situated. These levels will also house guestrooms, a restaurant and a leisure complex. Sustainability is key to the project


which will be built according to eco standards and will use geo-thermal heat and feature a green roof. Chinese conglomerate Shimao is the


developer of the hotel, which will form part of the 500,000sq m (5.4 million sq ft) Shanghai Shimao Wonderland themed development. Overall, the site will also comprise leisure, entertain- ment and residential elements plus an additional three-star hotel. Reports put the cost of the project at £345m (US$585, €420) and it’s estimated that it will take three years to build. Details: www.atkinsdesign.com


A circuit of fi ve Six Senses boutique spa lodges will be located throughout Bhutan


Six Senses Bhutan Bhutan


Opening: 2016


Five spas are to feature in a series of Six Senses lodges across the Buddhist nation of Bhutan – a country that is famously strict on development and tourism. The travel circuit of boutique lodges,


located in Thimpu, Punakha, Phobjikha, Bumthang and Paro, will have a total of 82 suites between them, and each will have between two to six treatment rooms. The spa concept will be based on the country’s unique standard of living indi-


cator. Instead of a gross national product, Bhutan uses a gross national happiness (GNH) index – focusing on the wellbeing of its people – as a measure of develop- ment across the country. The spas at each lodge will focus on


a diff erent strand of the GNH such as physical and mental wellness and environ- mental and social wellbeing. Other Six Senses developments planned


in Asia are located in Japan; Ninghai, China; Mount Qing Cheng, China; and Uluwatu, Bali. It also has two projects in India, including Six Senses World One in Mumbai where it will manage an entire club house spread over three fl oors. Details: www.sixsenses.com


Caprice Gold Maldives Gaakoshibee, Maldives Opening: Q4 2014


Two of the fl oors will be under water 36 spa business handbook 2014


Maldives-based ADK Company has signed an agreement with Turkish hotel brand Caprice Gold to create and operate one of the Maldives’ fi rst Islamic resorts. The 673-bed Caprice Gold Maldives on the Shaviyani Atoll will be one of the larg-


est resorts in the Maldives when it opens in October. Its spa will have separate facil- ities for men and women, eight treatment rooms, four of which will be situated over water, plus a beauty/barber shop and a health and fi tness centre. Beaches, villas and pools will also be segregated and the four restaurants will be halal-certifi ed. Caprice Gold, which specialises in


Islamic tourism, will invest MVR2.6bn (US$170m, €123m, £102m) in the project. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=k3X1A


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