A new spa in the city that takes a holistic approach, using locally sourced ingredients in its treatments and herbal teas from the nearby Viktualienmarkt. IRMA caught up with the new spa manager, Chelsea Dorgeist, who wants to make the Rosewood ASAYA Spa an urban oasis in the heart of Munich.
IRMA: Could you explain the source of inspiration that led to the development of the Asaya Spa concept at the Rosewood Munich?
CHELSEA DORGEIST: Asaya’s vision is to provide a holistic approach to wellbeing through our five brand pillars: Emotional, Physical, Fitness & Nutrition, Skin Health and Community. Munich has a vibrant, active, cosmopolitan energy and we want to welcome locals to be part of our concept as their personal oasis of wellbeing.
IRMA: Given the growing importance of wellness and holistic health among travellers, how does Asaya Spa align with this trend and what can guests expect in terms of distinctive wellness programmes or treatments?
CHELSEA DORGEIST: For our body treatments, we have partnered with Ground Wellbeing and OTO, a luxurious CBD-infused line of oils and products that can really help bring peace and sleep to anyone seeking mental clarity and a deep reset of their circadian rhythm. We have partnered with four product brands to ensure that our spa treatments offer something for everyone. Dr Barbara Sturm, as her products really target anti-inflammatory, calming results and have a scientific approach to molecular cosmetics, Evidens De Beaute, which combines French luxury with Japanese technology and anti-aging massage techniques that give the skin an instant lift.
IRMA: Rosewood has built a reputation for its commitment to sustainability and responsible luxury. Could you give us an insight into any environmentally conscious practices or initiatives that have been incorporated into the design and daily operations of Asaya Spa?
CHELSEA DORGEIST: Rosewood Munich aims to be the first hotel in our global brand to be completely plastic free. At Asaya, we have refillable water stations throughout our spa reception, fitness centre and pool. We will sell glass water bottles and of course provide reusable cups for our guests. We have partnered with as many local vendors and suppliers as possible to keep shipping to a minimum, and we aim to be as paperless as possible, going digital where possible.
IRMA: How does Asaya Spa incorporate elements of local culture or history into its offerings to give guests a sense of place?
CHELSEA DORGEIST: One of our partner product brands, Ground Wellbeing, helped create our Lost Remedies Journeys; these treatments honour our sense of place here in Bavaria. We have three body and mind journeys that incorporate healing herbs and oils from the Alps. We have The Aufguss Journey, German Monastery Remedy and Bavarian Forest Body Cure, each inspired by a deep connection to nature and using the aromas and oils of local flowers and herbs.