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  • A Couple’s Suite Spa Experience – The Perfect Way to Say It With Love

    Marilyn Monroe Spa, Kamaha'o, Maui, Hawaii

    Marilyn Monroe Spa, Kamaha’o, Maui, Hawaii.

    {2:30 minutes to read} Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday! As designers and architects of spas, we are responsible for creating places where couples can spend quality time and enjoy a romantic experience.


    My wife and I, some 18 years ago, had a concept for a spa “couple’s suite” experience. It involved a couple’s massage after a shared bathing experience in a relaxing Japanese steeping tub. This original suite was actually built and designed for the Mar-a-lago Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. It was very successful and became a very popular signature therapy. So we are happy to say, that we designed the first couple’s spa suite, a different take on “couples therapy.”


    Valentine’s Day conjures up remarkable exchanges of romance, which coincides with our design for the Marilyn Monroe Spa, which opened recently in Maui. It is being celebrated as one of the more successful new spas on the Island. Obviously, Marilyn Monroe is an icon of both beauty and romance. One of the spa’s unique features is the “glamour room” where a guest can have her nails, makeup, and hair done and emerge feeling pampered, beautiful, and glamorous – a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.


    Hollywood, CA - January 19: A lifesize wax figure of Marilyn Monroe is displayed on the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard outside of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in

    Marilyn Monroe wax figure.

    The property is the Kamaha’o, located in the Hyatt Regency in Maui, Hawaii. It’s a beautiful, romantic waterfront setting and the perfect place for couples to go and experience a couple’s massage and a relaxing bath. The spa offers a very popular treatment, which is called the Marilyn Monroe Signature Massage. The whole couple’s ritual combined with this beautiful, bucolic location and views out to the Pacific, provides the utmost romantic experience. With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I thought this was the perfect topic to commemorate the holiday and start planning a romantic escape.


    Robert Henry

  • Lessons from the Global Spa and Wellness Summit

    Lessons from the Global Spa and Wellness Summit

    Paul Scialla – Delos (left), Dr. Deepak Chopra (center) and Robert Henry (right).


    {4:06 minutes to read} The 2015 Global Spa and Wellness Summit was held in Mexico City in November. There were many dynamic speakers and presentations at this summit. Two of the most noteworthy presentations—one by Dr. Deepak Chopra and one by a group of school children from Mexico City—both shared wisdom, contrasting the intellect with purity of thought.


    Dr. Chopra spoke about our ability to influence the structure of our brains to optimize physical, emotional, and spiritual health. He explained that every day, our gene structure changes. If one were to take a vacation next year, from the standpoint of physical, emotional, and spiritual health, 98% of our cell structure will have changed; meanwhile, the suitcase we’d be carrying will still remain the same.


    Through a tremendous conscious effort, we can affect change. Dr. Chopra said it’s our being that transcends everything … our name, our identity, even who we think we are. It is really about beingas in a human being versus a human doing.


    These five factors profoundly affect our being:

    — Sleep

    — Stress Management

    — Flexibility

    — Emotions

    — Nutrition


    Many of us start the day with a prayer or meditation, but it’s equally important to be thankful at the end of our day. He suggested that we keep a gratitude journal where, each evening, we write down and celebrate the things for which we are grateful.


    The group of children were brought together by Esther Oldak, the head of Educational Development of Sustainable Intelligence at the Institute of Thomas Jefferson in Mexico, and Alfredo Carvajal, the president of Delos International located in New York City.


    Adults were asked to come up and speak with the children and share their frustrations. One gentleman was having difficulty at work; he felt that no one really listened to his ideas. As he was describing this, his anger started to build, his voice got louder and he began to lose control of his emotions.


    A 6-year-old girl was to act as his boss. She said, “Please, I understand what you’re saying. Take a deep breath and just relax. Let’s talk about this. It’s really not that bad. I think that if you can express yourself with more control, hopefully other people can hear you and understand what you’re trying to say because you do have good ideas and they’re very important.


    This led to a standing ovation from the audience. We often lose perspective as adults, get emotionally carried away, and act like children. Here was this first-grader explaining that it’s all going to be okay, building empathy, showing optimism, giving this gentleman a goal, and asking him to manage his emotions so that he can be a better communicator.


    Basically, the children presented the 5 Pillars of Health and Wellness.

    — Empathy – maintaining a positive relationship with the person you are speaking with.

    — Optimism – not allowing the outside world to affect your internal health and well being.

    — Goals and Planning – through visual clarity and having both short and long term goals.

    — Self-Management – managing your emotions.

    — Gratitude – don’t dwell on what you don’t have, but celebrate and be thankful everyday for what you DO have.


    The words of these children touched everyone so deeply. As adults, we grew up that day.


    Robert Henry

  • Governors Island Spa – Inclusive vs Exclusive

     In a recent interview with Sam Liebowitz of The Talking Alternative, Bob Henry spoke about their Governors Island project with QC Terme – Milan.  


    QC Terme is bringing a European grand spa experience to America, albeit we are tailoring it to the American audience. Governors Island will offer both co-ed hydrotherapy experiences within indoor & outdoor pools, as well as more private gender specific treatments. Spa experiences will include all types of body and facial treatments, eucalyptus steam rooms, hammams, aromatic saunas, kneipp-thermal walks, assorted hydro-massage pools and a number of unique relaxation rooms.


    The Governors Island project is meant to be inclusive versus exclusive which goes along with the current mayor’s social agenda, as it relates to Governors Island being a recreational experience for all of New York.


    Below is an excerpt from Bob’s interview: 


  • Exciting Wellness Projects Revealed

    {3:54 minutes to read} I am very excited to report that we are experiencing a tremendous growth spurt in our design studio. Below are developments on our current projects, and exciting news on what we are just starting.


  • Salt Inhalation Rooms: The Answer to China’s Poor Air Quality?

    Bob Henry was recently invited to do an interview regarding the latest Spa treatment regimens, on The Talking Alternative with Sam Liebowitz.


    Below is a video excerpt from that interview discussing how the salt inhalation rooms Robert D. Henry Architects designed for a 5-star Wellness Hotel in Guangzhou, China, might be a possible solution to the poor air quality in China. Salt inhalation helps to clear the lungs and reduce moisture in the bronchial system providing improved breathing for those suffering from air pollution, bronchitis and general respiratory problems. We designed a whole wellness regimen where guests move from the salt room into a temperate relaxation room then into a snow chamber. The hot to cold can boost the immune system, clears the lungs and is the perfect remedy to China’s inner city pollution problem.


    We also discuss how many major world leaders are becoming more aware of the need to encourage health and wellness initiatives within their countries.