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360 Magazine, Hotel

SONEVA JANI LAUNCHES CHAPTER TWO

Soneva, the luxury resort operator with sustainability at its core, has announced the launch of Soneva Jani, Chapter Two in the Noonu Atoll of the Maldives, including the unveiling of 27 brand-new overwater villas, a full-service spa and “Soneva Unlimited” all-inclusive dining, drinks and activities offered.

Ranging from one to four bedrooms, the new Chapter Two villas at Soneva Jani (accessible via butler-driven buggies and bikes along the winding jetty off the southern tip of the resort’s main island) are among the largest and most luxurious overwater villas of their kind in the world. Each features vast indoor and outdoor living spaces and sweeping terraces with sunrise/sunset views, private pools with slides straight into the private lagoon, and outdoor bathrooms for bathing under the sun and stars. The One- and Two-Bedroom Reserves also have the iconic retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing. Ideal for families, all the rooms can be closed off, with a children’s sleeping area located just behind the master bedrooms for maximum peace of mind while staying over water.

With the launch of Soneva Unlimited, the price of a villa at Soneva Jani, Chapter Two now includes unlimited: dining at all bars, restaurants and In-Villa Dining; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at all bars and restaurants; visiting Michelin-starred chef dinners and experiences; wines from the Soneva Unlimited list; experiences, diving, and children’s experiences; and spa treatments. Also included under Soneva Unlimited is a dedicated Barefoot Butler, return shared seaplane transfers from Malé, daily laundry service, and daily replenishment of the in-villa minibar. The full Soneva Unlimited menu can be viewed here. Two of the new dining experiences at Soneva Jani, as part of the launch of Chapter Two, include Overseas by Mathias Dahlgren (which originally opened in October 2020), featuring plant-based and pescatarian dishes from the noted Swedish chef, and So Wild by Diana Von Cranach, a fully plant-based restaurant in the resort’s organic garden.

The new Wellness Centre on Soneva Jani’s South Beach will follow in the second quarter of 2021. The 18,750 square-foot center has been designed to harmonize with its breathtaking beachside setting and will feature two indoor therapy rooms and three open-air treatment pavilions with unmatched views of the spectacular natural surrounds. The Wellness Centre includes a dedicated Ayurvedic Clinic as well as an indoor consultation room for visiting specialists. Alongside a cross-functional fitness area, an open-air yoga pavilion includes facilities for aerial yoga. The new complex also features a retail area, featuring sustainable apparel, wellness products and accessories.

“As we continue to celebrate Soneva’s 25th anniversary into the middle of 2021, Chapter Two will mark the start of an exciting new era for Soneva Jani,” says Sonu Shivdasani, Founder and CEO of Soneva. “At this milestone moment in our story, we will continue to set the standard for sustainable luxury with even more choices of exquisite accommodations, remarkable gastronomy and rare, unforgettable experiences for our guests.”

The starting price for a One-Bedroom Water Reserve in Chapter Two starts from US $3,560 per night in the shoulder season, which includes all meals, transfers, experiences, drinks and spa treatments.

For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com.

ABOUT SONEVA
Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world-class resorts to outstanding natural locations.  Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand rebuke the traditional concept of luxury and instead promise the luxury of time, purity and solitude. Every day, guests are encouraged to discover sandy feet, inspired minds and full hearts. Combining luxury with a conscientious approach to sustainability and the environment, and proactively changing the nature of hospitality, it delivers intuitive service and meaningful experiences to the guests.

ABOUT KSL CAPITAL PARTNERS
KSL Capital Partners, LLC is a private equity firm specializing in travel and leisure enterprises in five primary sectors: hospitality, recreation, clubs, real estate and travel services. KSL has offices in Denver, Colorado; Stamford, Connecticut; London, England and Singapore. Since 2005, KSL has raised approximately USD 12 billion of capital across both debt and equity funds. KSL’s current portfolio includes some of the premier properties in travel and leisure. In line with Soneva’s philosophy, KSL has a Responsible Investment (RI) policy, the purpose of which is to define their approach to integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities into investments made through its private equity funds. They believe that effective management of ESG issues is critical to preserving and creating long-term value for investors, operators, employees, guests and communities. For more information, please visit www.kslcapital.com.

360 Magazine, Purdue University, Swimming pool, COVID-19

Expert: Swimming pool facilities water unlikely to spread coronavirus

WHAT: Pools across the U.S. are set to reopen in the coming weeks. If recommended chlorine levels are maintained as usual, the pools themselves should pose minimal risk of spreading the coronavirus to swimmers, says a Purdue University engineer who studies pool water decontamination.

For indoor pools, the greater risks to coronavirus spread would include poor air circulation, crowds, and contaminated surfaces such as handrails.

EXPERT: Ernest “Chip” Blatchley III, Purdue’s Lee A. Rieth Professor in Environmental Engineering, researches how chlorine in swimming pools reacts with contaminants such as human body fluids, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products. He is a professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering.

QUOTE: “There are no data to show how the coronavirus responds to chlorine, but we do know that chlorine effectively inactivates similar viruses.

In the U.S., the general guidance for keeping pools properly disinfected is maintaining a free chlorine concentration between 1 and 5 milligrams per liter. If a pool has that concentration, there would be very little infective novel coronavirus in the water.

On the other hand, the air in an indoor pool is liked to pose similar risks of coronavirus spread as other indoor spaces. A person’s risk would not be affected by the water. The most relevant issue would be contamination of the air or surfaces in these facilities.”

MORE INFORMATION: Blatchley has studied pool water treatment and chemistry for more than 20 years. His work has resulted in dozens of peer-reviewed published papers on pool water chemistry and he is currently serving on two committees within the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code to develop guidance on pool management in the U.S.

More information about swimming safely when pools reopen is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked the No. 6 Most Innovative University in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at purdue.edu

Writer: Kayla Wiles, wiles5@purdue.edu. Working remotely, but will provide an immediate response.

Source: Ernest “Chip” Blatchley, blatch@purdue.edu. Available for interviews via phone and web conferencing platforms.

Schloss Elmau

Geoffrey Weill Associates has been appointed US public relations representative of Schloss Elmau, a breathtaking spa and cultural resort in the Bavarian Alps. Once characterized as “an Aman resort on steroids,” Schloss Elmau is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and is arguably both the most luxurious spa resort in Germany and one of the most unusual resort hotels in the world. 

“Schloss Elmau is everything you wouldn’t expect when you hear the words ‘resort in Bavaria,'” says Geoffrey Weill, “there are no thatched roofs, no flower-filled window-boxes, no lederhosen, no Alpine cutesiness. Instead, you discover a world-class combination of Jugendstil and post-modern architecture, utter luxury, total understatement and casualness, extraordinary food, a cultural program that could shame many of the world’s most sophisticated cities — a paradise for families and couples, all set high in the Alps with a view of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.”

Schloss Elmau is separated into two wings, a five-minute stroll apart. The original “Schloss” combines its original Jugendstil architecture with awe-inspiring 21st-century details. It contains 115 rooms and suites, five restaurants (one with a Michelin star), a kids’ club, the largest bookstore in any hotel in Germany, and the original concert hall. The “Retreat” opened in 2015 with 47 spacious suites, three restaurants and a gym and yoga pavilion. All told, Schloss Elmau has six separate and lavish spas, some for families, others for adults only, including one discreetly sited for nude bathing and sunbathing. Outdoor pools are heated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. There are year-round programs for children and teens, and copious opportunities for hiking, tennis and skiing.

The ambiance of Schloss Elmau separates it from every other spa resort not only in Germany, but in most of Europe. There is never a dress code, children are welcomed, and there is not a breath of enforced formality. Guests can relax in spacious lounges and order Dom Perignon and foie gras and, at the next table, their kids can play battleships and munch hot dogs. The goal is to provide guests with a carefree stay in an atmosphere of health, fitness, learning and cultural enrichment, with some 200 concerts and talks scheduled throughout the year. In 2015, the G7 met at Schloss Elmau with the participation of US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The original Schloss was opened in 1916 as a cultural retreat by Dr. Johannes Müller (1864-1949), a renowned Protestant theologian and philosopher and has a rich and complex history. Today, the resort is owned and overseen by his grandson: entrepreneur, visionary and hotelier, Dietmar Mueller-Elmau.

Schloss Elmau is a sister hotel to the Hotel Orania.Berlin, a 21st-century hotel set in an art-nouveau landmark building in the hip Berlin neighborhood of Kreuzberg.

For more information about Schloss Elmau, visit: http://www.schloss-elmau.de/. To know more about all Geoffrey Weill Associates clients, go to: www.geoffreyweill.com.

Roadtrip Ready!

Check out some of the essential things you need for your roadtrip this summer!

PediPocket $59.99

Stay warm and comfortable on your next road trip with PediPocket! This Ultra plush velvet seat fleece blanket has a clever 20-inch pocket that will keep your feet warm and is nearly 6 ft long, ideal for the smallest to tallest person.

nodpod $25

Catch up on your zzzz’s with nodpod! It delivers the power of Weighted Sleep Therapy in a unique shaped, microbead filled eye pillow, nodpad allows you to sleep comfortably in any position! Weighted Sleep Therapy is the way your body response to gentle, constant pressure. This is why hugs feel good and why babies experience relief while swaddled. Weighted Sleep Therapy naturally reduces Stress and Anxiety while promoting deep restful sleep.

SafeGo $39.95

Take comfort in knowing your valuables are safe during your vacay. SafeGo is a portable, lightweight safe designed to be durable, resistant to water, sand, and salt. It features of patent lock, custom combination, key access, and convenient to your earphone and charger accessibility.

Mouth Watchers $5.99

Packing up for your next road trip? Wherever you go, let Mouth Watchers maintain your mouth healthy! Doctor Plotka’s designed this toothbrush with anti-microbial Bristol’s to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows in between uses. These bristol’s are ten times thinner to reach and brush away food and plaque in those hard-to-reach areas!

Laundreez $30

Wherever the wide-open road may take you, let Laundreez help keep your suitcase light! Thanks to an inventive new way to wash your clothes, you can just pack the essentials because you can have clean clothes wherever you go! Laundries is a self-contained laundry system- no washer, no dryer needed! Just throw your clothes in the bag, add a few drops of detergents, let it sit, shake and drain. You rinse in the same bag, drain, squeeze and hang to dry.

Sweatopause $30

Don’t let hot flashes ruin your road trip! With Sweatopause, you are wearing a fashionable scarf and cooling down your skin at the same time! Thanks to its patented coolcore technology, the more you sweat, the more Sweatopause cools you off. When the fabric is wet with sweat or water, it’s cooling magic can begin. The super comfortable, stretchy fabric cools 30% below your skin temperature like a delightful blast of air conditioning right when you need it most.

Showaflops $32

This road trip, avoid stepping in public showers, pools, bathrooms! Keep your feet healthy with Showaflops. They have unique drainage holes for faster drying flops and antimicrobials to help protect feet from bacteria on floors and prevent odors. It also has slip-resistant soles for safer trips on wet slippery floors.

Vessel’s NEW Boston Duffel $265

Let Vessel help you take all your things on this road trip! This signature piece has unique features including a 300 degrees zippered compartment! Keeping your daily essentials secured and organized for your next trip, rep your favorite colors with an expansive collection of color ways and material.

Showaflops

As the summer season approaches, it’s time to get vacation-ready! No matter where you’re headed, whether it be to a new country, new city, the beach, lake or Disneyland, make sure you pack all the necessary items! One item that you will definitely want to add to your packing list is Showaflops! Perfect for hotel pools, spas, beaches and gym showers, the stylish, durable and lightweight Showaflops keep your feet disease free.

Showaflops have unique drainage holes for faster drying flops and antimicrobials to help protect feet from bacteria on floors and prevent odors. Showaflops also have slip resistant soles for safer trips on wet slippery floors. With NEW designs, you can complete your vacation look from head to toe. From flip flops to slides, choose your style of choice and enjoy your summer vacation without worrying about the germs or wet soggy flip flops! Showaflops is the must-have summer item for kids going to camp or waterparks!

Explore the features of this summer vacation must-have:

  • Unique drainage hole designs
  • Antimicrobials
  • Slip resistant soles help protect feet against mold, fungus and bacteria on floors
  • Flip flops perfect for public showers, gyms, steam rooms, dorms, camps, pools, locker rooms… or anywhere that germs lurk!
  • Available in Men’s, Women’s, Boy’s and Girl’s
  • Prices range from $22-$34

For more information go to: http://showaflops.com/.

AYANA RESORT AND SPA × BALI

AYANA UNVEILS REDESIGNED LUXURY VILLAS AT ITS FAMED ‘SPA ON THE ROCKS’ IN BALI

AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, Bali’s premier oceanfront resort, set on 225 acres of property overlooking Jimbaran Bay and home to the only Thermes Marins Spa in Southeast Asia, announces the completion of its two newly renovated state-of-the-art Spa on The Rocks Villas.

AYANA’s Spa on the Rocks Villas allow guests to experience world famous spa treatments while being fully immersed in nature; surrounded by the Indian Ocean on three sides, each of the two treatment villas offers an immersive sensory experience and utmost seclusion and privacy.

The AYANA team worked with critically acclaimed interior design firm P49 to reimagine its two treatment villas, introducing fresh design elements to the most exclusive treatment facilities on property while retaining their Balinese charm. Updated design elements include the installment of rustic white Sungkai wood throughout each villa and the incorporation of authentic Balinese patterns woven around doors and mirrors, and across cabinets and ornaments.

Featuring two relaxing treatment beds, a changing area, a bathroom and a showroom, plus an ocean view bathtub made for two, each villa makes for an ideal couples hideaway or “just for me” escape. Both villas also come equipped with a terrace, on which a traditional outdoor foot-bathing ritual can be performed prior to any massage or treatment.

To complement the Spa on the Rocks renovation, AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI has introduced an all-new treatment menu exclusive to the Spa on The Rocks Villas; treatments include:

• Lava Me Tender: A wellbeing ritual drawing on the healing properties of natural volcanic lava. Experience includes foot soak, mineral lava body scrub, luxurious black rice bath, full-body deep-tissue massage, and a volcanic earth body wrap to restore the skin’s radiance and elasticity.

Time:   2 hours

Cost:    US$679 for a couple

US$465 for a single guest

• Jade Sensation: A Jade Stone foot-bath ritual, foot reflexology, a Swedish and deep tissue body massage, and a clarifying Jade Stone facial, all using an all-jade set of warm and cool stones.

Time:   1.5 hours

Cost:    US$525 for a couple

US$300 for a single guest

• Diamond Miracle: A therapeutic foot soak, Coral Algalea Body Scrub, sensual ocean splash rose bath with petals from 500 red roses, a Balinese Massage using oils bound with elements of silk and pearl, and a La Mer facial using a precious formula of sea quartz and pure diamond dust.

Time:   2.5 hours

Cost:    US$930 for a couple

US$600 for a single guest

• Dazzling Pearl: This 90-minute dream experience starts with a therapeutic foot soak, Wild Harvested Pearl body scrub, and ends with a Balinese massage using oils bound with Mother of Pearl elements.

Time:    1.5 hours

Cost:     US$590 for a couple

US$315 for a single guest

In addition to the aforementioned treatments, AYANA’s two Spa On The Rocks villas are now available for a number of shorter duration treatments for an additional fee of $280 per villa; additional treatments include:

• Balinese Massage: A deep tissue massage that employs age-old Balinese techniques to relieve even the most stubborn knots in one’s body. 

• Deep Relaxation Massage: Massage with aromatherapy herbal balm using a combination of Balinese long strokes and Hawaiian lomi-lomi technique to eliminate stress and increase lymphatic drainage.

• Shiatsu Body Massage: Shiatsu is a non-oil massage that  uses the varied techniques of kneading, pressing, tapping and stretching to relieve stress, stimulate the nervous system, aid digestion, and reduce muscle stiffness.

For more information, please see the complete spa brochure here or visit ayana.com.

ABOUT AYANA:

This luxurious resort located in stunning southern Bali is a unique award-winning destination for leisure and business travelers alike, whether they seek an intimate couples’ retreat, a fantasy family playground, an awe-inspiring event venue or state-of-the-art business retreat facilities. With a name meaning “place of refuge” in Sanskrit, the tropical-elegant AYANA Resort and Sp BALI and The Villas by AYANA is situated on the 225-acre Karang Mas Estate, perched above majestic Jimbaran Bay, seven miles from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Chic RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA, with a name meaning “forest”, nestles nearby on 20 acres of lush gardens within the same estate. Together they offer 78 private pool villas, 693 guest rooms and suites, 12 pools, 19 restaurants and bars, 15 wedding venues, 19 MICE and meeting venues and much more, all accessible by complimentary shuttle service, together with stunning design details and unsurpassed service and amenities, including extensive spa and recreational facilities.