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Robert D. Henry Architects (RDH-A) is an international “wellness design” firm prioritizing wellbeing for its user.

Robert D. Henry Architects (RDH-A) is an international “wellness design” firm prioritizing wellbeing for its user.

Robert D. Henry Architects (RDH-A) is an international “wellness design” firm prioritizing wellbeing for its users, promoting personal health and longevity. Founder Bob Henry was inducted into Hospitality Design’sPlatinum Circle for innovative wellness design for both hospitality and residential projects and is called the “sensuous architect for serenity”.

The design firm integrates the (5) senses in their work, while creating an experiential journey for guests. RDHA integrates evidence-based design systems to promote the quality of air, water, natural light, noise mitigation, and human centric comfort for a sustainable future. Clients include: Mandarin Oriental, Canyon Ranch, Steve Wynn, Setai-NY and the royal family of KSA.   RDHA strives for an architecture that not only looks good, but feels, sounds, and even smells good.

Bob has developed several wellness design industry firsts over his 30-year career including: NYC’s first Medical Spa, Canyon Ranch’s “wellness tower” prototype and the Setia’s “urban retreat” in NYC.  He was recently selected by Hilton hotels to develop their “wellness standards” across all 13-brands. He established well-being guest standards including design guidelines for their Spa and Fitness areas, while integrating healthy lifestyle features for guests from the moment they check-in to the time they check-out. This included, “wellness suites’ w/ in room spa and fitness amenities along with signature bathing rituals for their luxury suites at the Waldorf Astoria properties.

Bob is author of Spa: The Sensuous Experience and is a keynote speaker at Hospitality and Wellness conferences internationally.

See www.rdh-architects.com for further details, examples of their work and inspirational videos.

The 21st century wellness experience and the value of authenticity

The 21st century wellness experience and the value of authenticity

Gone are the days where pampering is the sole objective of the Spa and Wellness experience. It is now an established well-known fact the net winner of the pandemic era is Wellness – and not just any wellness – but that which delivers on disease prevention, healthy aging, and all things life optimization.

Add to this situation a consumer that is now seasoned and empowered with the ability to verify claims, and facts. This means that Wellness brands are being challenged to be part of an eco-system where the wellness offering must deliver an authentic experience to claim the hearts and minds of the Wellness consumer!

A meta-analysis published in January 2020 concluded unambiguously that “authenticity, or the feeling of being true to oneself, is key to both well-being and employee engagement.” Furthermore, Authenticity is associated with greater well-being and buffering negative effects. 

Brands will need to work harder to deliver reliable information about the promises they make and balance scrutiny and authenticity. Consumers’ desire to know potential outcomes will manifest in the development of predictive technologies that can anticipate real benefit as evidence-based Wellness.

At Gharieni, we know the benefits of our Mind/Body Wellness Technologies are “Verified” by science. This is paving the way to transforming the Guest experience with proven wellbeing outcomes – all about authenticity and our brand promise to deliver results!

Gharieni is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor for HotSpa Paris 2023. Join us! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Nilo Spa Design is the Italian specialist in design treatment cabins, which become the center of spa from an emotional and functional point of view.

Nilo Spa Design is the Italian specialist in design treatment cabins, which become the center of spa from an emotional and functional point of view.

Nilo Spa Design is the market trend setter thanks to constant research in both design and ergonomics, for the customer and for the operator, which they consider to be their two clients.

Nilo SPA Design strongly believes that the treatment cabin is the business unit of the spa, the place of profitability, that’s why the entrepreneurs are so interested in investing in this area.

The firm focuses on creating a complete wellness concept for the spa, a collection of elements that can be combined into endless solutions.

For Nilo SPA Design it no longer makes sense to talk only about product, it’s necessary to talk about service: Nilo’s R&D department is always focused in understanding the new trends in treatments, identify the right products, set them in experiential spaces that allow entrepreneurs to create innovative services, so that customers can live unforgettable moments and will promote, consequently, these spaces. This policy makes the spa become a destination, improving the customer retention.

That why Nilo’s cabins can be considered also communication & marketing tools

Nilo SPA Design has recently presented two revolutionary products:

Eterea is the cabin that the wellness  Alberto Apostoli has studied for Nilo and has been presented during the last Cosmoprof.

The name wants to evoke a place where body and soul can live a unique experience. Moreover, the elements fluctuate in the space, thanks to the sensory lighting that makes the elements float like clouds.

This cabin is innovative not only in the design, but it has been studied to be multisensorial by stimulating the five senses.

To achieve this effect in the cabin you can also find aromatherapy, integrated speakers, sensory lighting and ,over the bed ,a warming light that hugs the client during the treatment making the overall experience unique and memorable.



HUB is the innovative device, designed and developed in collaboration with Rossano Ferretti and Studio Giovannoni Design, that brings the experience of the best service of a hairdressing salon into a guest room or a spa, offering incredible comfort and complete privacy.

Hub is a unique product designed for suite rooms, hotels, VIP rooms and spas in the luxury segment, which wants to provide exclusive and premium  services to their customers. 

 With Hub, hair treatments can be provided in complete privacy in your own suite, making the overall stay experience unique and memorable and making every woman’s dream possible: a dedicated and personalized beauty service.

Hub is the bridge between Maletti and Nilo Spa Design.

Nilo Spa Design is a brand of Maletti Group, leader for 86 years in furnishing for hairdressers, barber salons, spas and beauty & wellness centers, worldwide.

It was born with the intention of proposing design solutions for all places where wellness is at the center of the experience.

The 2 brands have the same vision: to make use of the best designers and consultants to translate customer needs into products and services.


Finally, what does Hub represent for the wellness market?

 •A unique and exclusive service for hotel & spa, which becomes an effective marketing and communication tool 

 •A design article, which reinforces the positioning of the structure

 •A limited investment, with an evident ROI in terms of services provided and brand reputation 

 •A self-efficient product that does not require connections of any kind and does not require structural changes to the structure

Discover one of our eminent speakers: Dr. Franz Linser

Discover one of our eminent speakers: Dr. Franz Linser

Discover one of our eminent speakers: Dr. Franz Linser.

With over thirty years of experience in the wellness and hospitality industries, Franz is a sought-after expert in developing innovative, cutting-edge health and wellness projects. He is founder and managing director of Linser Hospitality, an international consulting company based in Innsbruck, Austria. Its portfolio of services includes all facets of the strategic development of hotels, resorts and wellness destinations. Franz is a strategist, a mastermind of innovation in hotel concepts.

Prior to entering consulting, Franz studied sports science and literature in Innsbruck and Los Angeles. At the age of 28, he was appointed coach of the famous Austrian national ski team, overseeing all training programs for these exceptional former athletes, including Olympic champions and World Cup winners.

After his career as an Olympic coach, Franz established his first consultancy business for the wellness industry and established Austria’s largest wellness cluster, which now has more than a hundred employees. wellness companies. He co-founded a medical center management company and today he is the co-owner of another hotel company that manages innovative hotels focused on sports and outdoor activities. Franz has put his extensive experience in tourism to work in politics, notably as a member of the European Parliament in the 1990s. Since 2014, he has served on the board of directors of the Global Wellness Summit.

Franz is a frequent speaker at spa and wellness conferences around the world. His passion and innovative visions are widely appreciated in the industry.

We invite you to discover one of our eminent speakers, Cornelia Kausch.

We invite you to discover one of our eminent speakers, Cornelia Kausch.

Cornelia KauschExpert in Leadership Development – Senior Consultant – Psychodynamic Coaching Founder & CEO of CK Collective & CK Hospitality.

When it comes to leadership, Cornelia Kausch has walked the talk. After serving as a Managing Director/CEO of international hotels for over two decades, she started her consulting & coaching business in 2005, empowering companies, leaders & their teams to face turbulent times head-on. Since then, she has fine-tuned her methodological toolkit and embraces the psychodynamic approach she learnt at INSEAD. Cornelia Kausch brings to each coaching challenge an invigorating can-do attitude as well as non-judgemental patience, deep insight and resourcefulness forged from real experience.

TEDxTalk – Lausanne October 2021

Service isn’t the first thing on people’s minds when it comes to leadership – yet it is what we need to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This talk takes us from humanity’s beginnings in the steppe to the days of Covid, arguing that our acts of service don’t just benefit those around us, but are indeed essential to finding fulfillment in our lives and careers.