Archive - May 2019

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Screening out the risk to marine life at Six Senses
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Minor to launch Asian Institute of Hospitality Management
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Lest this day pass unnoticed
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Six Senses teams up with Timeshifter to create new jet lag app

Screening out the risk to marine life at Six Senses

 IN AN EFFORT TO BE LOCALLY SENSITIVE at its coastline locations and globally sensible in all environments, Six Senses is initiating a brand-wide ban on all toxic sunscreens and embracing environmentally-friendly and biologically-safer alternatives.

All approved sunscreens have been recognized as 100% reef-safe, passing safety measures established from acceptable Environmental Working Group standards and the latest scientific research on coral reef health, Six Senses has also selected products that use plant-based or fully compostable packaging.

As of Sept. 1, 2019, all Six Senses properties will be compliant with providing only sun products that do not pose a threat to marine ecosystems.

Its  new high-quality sun products will be available for guests through purchase at all spas and boutiques.

“We’re proud to be the first hotel group to feature a selection of environmentally-safe sun products throughout our organization. We undertook extensive research in selecting the best products on the market that are not only good for the land and ocean, but good for us too. We know that what we put on our skin ends up in our bodies,” said Anna Bjurstam, wellness pioneer at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

“ Multiple studies around the world have examined sunscreen use and the results have shown that significant penetration of toxic chemicals agents into the skin can result in cancer.

“ It was our goal in mandating that all hotels and resorts use the new products that we provide our guests with the healthiest sun products available and that we do the right thing for the earth too.”

According to Marine Life, a marine conservation NGO, there may be up to 82,000 different chemicals from personal products entering the oceans, particularly around areas popular with swimmers and divers.

Most sunscreen products are comprised of synthetic chemical ingredients such as Oxybenzone, one of the most hazardous chemicals. Introducing these compounds into the marine environment, along with the current state of ocean acidification and climate change, causes significant damage to corals.

This includes a breakdown of defences against bleaching, damaged DNA, deformities in younger corals, and disrupted endocrine (hormone) systems which ultimately cause toxic concentrations in the aquatic organisms.

Most coral reef-safe sunscreens contain the active ingredients of non-nano zinc oxide and titanium oxide, protecting the skin by reflecting UVA and UVB rays off the skin like a mirror.

These ingredients are not absorbed into skin easily, and as a result provide a longer period of protection for sunbathers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Six Senses has engaged with a dozen brands and over 50 products that meet the established criteria for environmental and human health, with the list growing as more products are found.

Six Senses is hoping to use this initiative to not only create an environment of safety for biological communities, but also as a learning environment for guests as they become more aware of safer options.

For guests, communication will be shared prior to arrival, informing them of the group’s commitment and suggesting options for use during their stay.

Guests who choose a diving experience will be educated by the Green Fins education material that will be installed in all diving shops. Green Fins is a United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and Regional Seas program tool for sustainable tourism in dive operations and water behavior that strives to ensure conservation of coral reefs.

 

 

Minor to launch Asian Institute of Hospitality Management

MINOR HOTELS IS LAUNCHING the Asian Institute of Hospitality Management in academic association with Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, ranked among the world’s top three higher education institutions for hospitality and leisure management.

Set is set to launch in September, 2020, with campuses in Bangkok and Chonburi in Thailand.

The institute is poised to become the leading hospitality education facility in Southeast Asia, and will offer certificates, diplomas and bachelor degrees in hospitality management in academic association with Les Roches.

Les Roches follows the exceptional Swiss model of education and operates under the umbrella of Sommet Education, a hospitality education leader committed to delivering exceptional student experiences and developing the leaders of tomorrow.

The Asian Institute of Hospitality Bachelor degree will be modelled after the Swiss education system and can be completed in seven semesters, or 3.5 years, combining classroom studies and practical training. Students who qualify will be offered opportunities to transfer to Les Roches campuses in Bluche, Switzerland and Marbella, Spain.

The strategic decision to open campuses in both Bangkok and Chonburi, a coastal area lined with popular beaches, means the institute is well placed to support the needs of Thailand’s fast-growing tourism industry, particularly that of the Eastern Economic Corridor.

Bridging the gap between an ever-increasing demand for experienced hospitality leaders and limited domestic supply, the institute will also be offering development training for hotel industry professionals.

“Our decision to partner with Les Roches stems partly from Minor Hotels’ rapid expansion, both domestically in Thailand and internationally – a growth spurt that sees us recruit over 6,000 additional staff members every year just to keep up with our expansion plan,” said Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels.

“It also ties in with our vision to set up a world-class Thai hospitality institute independent of any hotel brand to provide best-in-class bachelor’s degree education for real-world application, in the context of a fast-evolving business environment,” said Rajakarier.

“We are happy to support Minor Hotels in addressing the regional need for specialized talent and expertise in the field of hotel management. Thailand is ranked in the top five global tourism destinations alongside France, Spain, Italy and the US, an ideal location for a hospitality education centre,” said Benoit-Etienne Domenget, CEO of Sommet Education.

“Future students will benefit from the extensive expertise and knowledge of two renowned leaders in the industry. We are very excited to embark on this partnership.”

 

Lest this day pass unnoticed

Evening. May 16, 1763. James Boswell, an impressionable 22-year-old from Scotland, is about to meet Dr. Samuel Johnson for the first time. 

Boswell had tried to meet Johnson a number of times but something always went wrong at the last minute. Then, quite unexpectedly, while he was having tea with Mr. Davies, the bookseller and sometime actor, Johnson suddenly made an appearance.

By this time, Boswell, who liked to hobnob with the talented and famous, was highly agitated and nervous, wanting to insinuate himself to Johnson, yet frightened of saying the wrong thing.

Here’s how he remembered it in his biography of Johnson:

Mr. Thomas Davies, the actor, who then kept a bookseller’s shop in Russel Street, Covent Garden, told me that Johnson was very much his friend, and came frequently to his house, where he more than once invited me to meet him; but by some unlucky accident or another he was prevented from coming to us.

At last, on Monday the 16th of May, when I was sitting in Mr. Davies’s back parlour, after having drunk tea with him and Mrs. Davies, Johnson unexpectedly came into the shop; and Mr. Davies having perceived him through the glass door in the room in which we were sitting, advancing towards us — he announced his awful approach to me, in somewhat the manner of an actor in the part of Horatio, when he addresses Hamlet on the appearance of his father’s ghost, “Look my Lord, it comes.” I found that I had a very perfect idea of Johnson’s figure from the portrait of him painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds soon after he had published his Dictionary, in the attitude of him sitting in his easy chair in deep meditation, which was the first picture his friend did for him, which Sir Joshua very kindly presented to me …

This passage still resonates, even after 256 years, as does this memorable account of Johnson’s meeting with David Garrick, a famous actor of the day and a former pupil from Johnson’s teaching days. They are standing backstage in Garrick’s theatre, and Garrick had just asked Johnson how he liked it.

“I’ll come no more behind your scenes,” said Johnson, “for the silk stockings and white bosoms of your actresses excite my amorous propensities.”

Six Senses teams up with Timeshifter to create new jet lag app

 

SIX SENSES HOTELS RESORTS SPAS HAS partnered with Timeshifter to improve the guests’ traveling experience. Guests booking directly with Six Senses will get access to the

Timeshifter jet lag app which is developed with Harvard Medical School Associate Professor Dr. Steven Lockley, and based on the latest research in sleep and circadian neuroscience.

The app helps you to eliminate jet lag, and enjoy high energy levels from the moment you land.

Timeshifter, which named Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas their official hotel partner, offers highly personalized jet lag plans based on the traveler’s sleep pattern, chronotype, flight plan, and optional preferences such as pre-travel adjustment or the use of melatonin for an even faster adaptation.

Timeshifter incorporates a real world “practicality” filter, ensuring that the advice is realistic and easy to follow. There is also a unique quick turnaround feature for business travelers who want to be at their best during short business trips that are not long enough to allow full adjustment.

A notification system provides simple yet powerful advice, even while in flight. Using Timeshifter is a straightforward and empowering experience, and requires no special equipment.

The algorithm behind the new Timeshifter app is already helping astronauts, elite athletes, and top CEOs eliminate jet lag, and perform at their very best. Now, this much-needed tool is available for everyone.

“We all love to feel good when traveling on business or pleasure, but when flying long distances jet lag.”

It can cause stress, fatigue, moodiness and restless nights. We’re delighted to partner with Timeshifter and to provide our guests with a state-of-the-art tool so they can get the most out of their time when staying with Six Senses and to be their best after they arrive back home,” said Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Jet lag is caused when the sleep-wake and light-dark cycle shift too quickly for the 24-hour circadian clock in the brain to adapt.

Timeshifter not only provides advice to alleviate the disruptive symptoms of jet lag such as insomnia and sleepiness, but addresses the underlying circadian disruption by rapidly resynchronizing the circadian clock to the new time zone and reducing the negative impact of jet lag on other brain and body functions.

“The partnership between Six Senses and Timeshifter is showing what the future of luxury travel can be.”

By combining the Six Senses Integrated Wellness experience with the Timeshifter jet lag app, based on the latest in sleep and circadian neuroscience, guests will enjoy their vacations even more and perform at their very best on business trips,” said Mickey Beyer-Clausen, CEO of Timeshifter.

Guests who book a stay through SixSenses.com, via email or phone will be given a special code in their reservation confirmation so they can unlock a complimentary jet lag plan inside the Timeshifter iOS or Android app.

The brand’s overarching philosophy, Six Senses Integrated Wellness, provides the best base possible to help guest flourish, in tune with their natural flow: From a wide range of signature massages to high-tech science and high-touch therapies, and the food guests eat to the way they sleep and the experts they meet.

Wellness is integrated into the whole guest experience. Guests, who wish to go further, can take the non-invasive wellness screening and let Six Senses experts assess their health and lifestyle and recommend a personalized program in steps that they feel comfortable with.

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