Numerous exhibitors with spa products will be present at ITB Asia this year, many located in Asia, where the art of massage is part of the culture.
From Onsen spas in Japan to Indonesian herbal massage, from Indian Ayurvedic spas to centuries-old traditional Thai massages in temples, Asia is a continent where the spa industry has turned into one of the most sophisticated in the world. According to the Global Wellness Trends Report, eight countries in the top 20 wellness destinations around the world are in Asia. The largest number of wellness trips were recorded in 2017 in China with a total of 70.2 million, followed by India with 56 million wellness trips, followed by Japan with 40.5 million.
Many hotel chains in Asia even built their reputation thanks to their spas. And virtually all resorts present at ITB Asia from the Maldives are equipped with fabulous facilities and services. Today, all luxury international luxury chains in Asia Pacific have dedicated facilities.
Bali also has its share of resorts equipped with spas. There are the Bali Mandira Resort & Spa, the Jayakarta Bali Beach Resort & Spa, the Nandini Jungle Resort and Spa, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, the Senetan Villas & Spa Resort and the Ubud Village Resort & Spa. Also in Indonesia, but located in Central Java, is the MesaStila Resort and Spa in the vicinity of the famed temple of Borobudur.
Thailand’s spa resorts include the Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, the Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa as well as the Kee Resort & Spa Phuket. From Malaysia, exhibitors such as Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu and Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai offer exceptional services. Both are in the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo. Another property is the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Penang.
Japan is represented with the Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa which overlooks the East China Sea. Vietnam is home to the Hoi-An Resort & Spa in the vicinity of the old historical town while the Maldives presents the Furaveri Island Resort & Spa.
Photo: Auriga spa, Body Massage