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DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA


Amble Resorts & Residences Panama


Opening: 2014


A boutique jungle resort and spa built between old growth trees to blend in with the natural surroundings is being con- structed on a Panamanian tropical island. Amble Resorts’ Isla Palenque resort is situated off Playa Palenque (the island’s largest volcanic beach) and will offer 16 bed- rooms, including 10 in luxury tented suites. The main part of the resort is expected to open in mid-2013, while a simple, open-air pavilion spa will follow in 2014. In line with the resort’s philosophy of completely connecting with nature, the bijou spa will use products made from locally sourced mineral clays, aromatic oils, and fresh botanicals. While other ranges will be supplied by local company Cloud Forest Botanicals. Treatments will include an arrival day massage to replenish travel fatigue and


The resort is being designed to blend into its lush, natural surroundings


a morning massage to ‘align’ the body. Also available will be pre- and post-hiking and adventure massages as well as cou- ple massages and wraps featuring natural ingredients and techniques inspired by local wellness practices.


Pro Natal Wellness Mexico City, Mexico Opening: Q4 2013


Pro Natal Wellness, a centre designed to promote a healthy and happy pregnancy, is set to open in the Santa Fe, a major busi- ness district in Mexico City, this September. It will offer one of the first medically supervised maternity wellness programmes in Mexico and will be delivered by acu- pressure specialists, homeopathy experts, nutritionists and wellness coaches. The 900sq ft (84sq m) facility is an exten-


sion of the Medical Maternity Centre and will be located in the penthouse of the Bite


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Medical Hospital. Facilities will comprise three treatment rooms, including a double room for couples, a relaxation lounge and a spa retail boutique. A standout experi- ence is a steamroom infused with medicinal herbs from the Sonora desert which emu- lates a traditional Mexican temazcal. With a therapist monitoring the duration and tem- perature, the sessions are used to detoxify the body before pregnancy and to soothe the pelvic fl oor after the baby is born. The treatments have been designed for


each phase, before, during and after preg- nancy, aiming to sooth and alleviate swollen feet, sore lower backs, swollen breasts, sci- atic nerve pain and other general aches, which may be brought on by pregnancy.


The Isla Palenque resort represents the


fi rst phase of a 10-year development pro- cess. Upon completion of all phases, the site will have 220 homes on more than 400 acres (162 hectares). Read more: http://lei.sr?a=q2c8R


Gynaecologist Dr Jesus Lujan, who is director of the Medical Maternity Cen- tre, along with his wife Alexandra Volin have participated in the creation of the maternity wellness treatment menu in coordination with the consulting fi rm Mes- tre & Mestre Spa. Unique educating programmes and


seminars for breastfeeding, fertility and connecting with new born babies will also be key to the spa’s offering. All massage therapists will receive on- site specialised training on prenatal and postpartum by the hospital’s medical team, allowing the staff to help with pregnancy related issues. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=l3H5U


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