Published on : Thursday, March 9, 2017
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company and largest luxury spa operator, has appointed Michael Newcombe as Chair of the company’s Global Spa and Wellness Task Force. Comprised of passionate and visionary Four Seasons spa professionals from around the world, the Spa and Wellness Task Force guides Four Seasons global spa strategy, supporting the success and development of a growing portfolio of Four Seasons spas worldwide.
In his new role, Newcombe will place holistic wellness at the forefront of the Task Force’s mandate. As an avid cycler and lifelong advocate of health and wellness, Newcombe explains, “Wellness isn’t just about appearance or feeling good, it’s about restoring and maintaining balance, both physically and mentally. Whether it’s eating healthy and staying active while on a business trip or taking time to relax and recharge while on vacation, our goal is to create highly personalised, holistic spa experiences for each of our guests, helping them regain balance and find tranquility in their travels.”
As current General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and the Americas Task Force Lead for the past four years, Newcombe has long been immersed in the world of spa and wellness. Since joining Four Seasons in 1991, Newcombe has overseen management of some of the company’s most renowned spas, including Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas – the first hotel in North America to offer a full-service spa; Four Seasons Hotel London; and the comprehensive spa and wellness program at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California. Having started his career in wellness at the single-room spa at the former Four Seasons Hotel Toronto in 1997, Newcombe has seen Four Seasons spa portfolio grow to the largest collection of luxury spas in the world, with 97 full-service spas of up to 28 treatment rooms. Combining a wealth of traditional knowledge alongside state-of-the-art technology, Four Seasons spas offer an extensive variety of services from hammams, laconium beds, underwater treatments and vitality pools to personalised weight loss programs, diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatments, advanced air massage facials, electroporation and LED light therapy among other offerings.
Globally Minded, Locally Grounded
Speaking to Four Seasons global spa strategy, Newcombe comments, “Authenticity and service have always been fundamental to Four Seasons spa experiences and the key to our global success. As our portfolio of spas has expanded, we’ve tapped into the unique wealth of local wellness knowledge that each destination holds while harnessing the world’s most advanced therapies. Helping our guests stay grounded is a vital part of any wellness experience, and a great sense of that grounding comes from genuine service and local authenticity.”
From the design of the treatment rooms to the locally-sourced, chemical-free ingredients on many spa menus, each Four Seasons spa is designed to be in harmony with its destination, incorporating local traditions and techniques as well as the latest scientific breakthroughs to achieve an authentic spa experience that is deeply connected to the destination.