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DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE: ASIA & AUSTRALASIA


City of Dreams Macau, China Opening: 2017


Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed plans for a 780-bedroom hotel to be built by property developer Melco Crown Enter- tainment in Cotai, Macau. The hotel will be located at Melco


Crown’s fl agship City of Dreams resort in an area that takes its visual inspiration from the Las Vegas Strip. The 40-fl oor hotel will include a spa


alongside gaming and event/conference facilities plus a rooftop pool. The design of the tower – encased in


a giant lattice mesh – merges traditional architectural elements of roof, wall and ceiling to create a sculptural form that also defi nes many of the hotel’s internal spaces.


The hotel will have a dramatic design “The design combines dramatic pub-


lic spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohe- sion,” says Zaha Hadid, the owner of the practice. Construction started last year and is set to be completed by 2017. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=T4H1Y


An ambitious US$3m (€2.22, £1.84m) wellness retreat in the Himalayas is being planned by Dr Robert Schneider, a leading US physician and researcher. Schneider, who’s a professor at the


Vadinolhu Island Laamu Atoll, Maldives Opening: 2017


Saudi Arabian real estate fi rm Best Choice Real Estate Development is investing US$100m (€72.6m, £59.7m) in a resort and spa in the Laamu Atoll in the Maldives. The eco-friendly, fi ve star development,


will be located on Vadinolhu Island and is set to open in 2017. Plans include 100 villas plus a spa with


suites, relaxation lounges, hot and cold plunge pools, a sauna and yoga pavilions. Vadinolhu will also have tennis, badmin-


ton, scuba diving and sailing facilities and a fully-equipped gym. Mohamad Rabih Itani, CEO of Best


The eco-resort will have a spa and 100 villas www.spahandbook.com


Choice Real Estate, told the local Arab News newspaper: “The Maldives off ers tremendous investment opportunities, especially in the hospitality sector, as it has rapidly emerged as a destination of choice for international tourists.” Its main target audience will be families and Itani is “confi dent of achieving an operating profi t in the second year with the cash payback period at six years”. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=Y0f9E


Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, specialises in integrative pre- ventative healthcare. He’s also the author of Total Heart Health – a book promoting the potential of ayurveda to prevent and reverse heart disease. The Total Health Centre aims to


tackle chronic disorders like heart dis- ease by combining ayurvedic therapies and integrative medicine with modern healthcare. “We want to off er the best of all worlds,” says Schneider, who’s already using this approach success- fully as medical director at The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa in Iowa. Designs drawn up by vedic architects


Raja Builders feature a 100,000sq ft (9,290sq m) spa and integrative health centre comprised of luxury private rooms and villas. The treatments will focus on detox, panchakarma, mind- body medicine, fi ve senses therapies and lifestyle education. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=W3H2P


spa business handbook 2014 41 The retreat will tackle chronic disorders


Total Health Centre Himalayas


Opening: Q4 2015


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