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perspectives 5 questions for ingo schweder Founder and CEO GOCO Hospitality, Bangkok 1 2 3 4 5 How was GOCO Hospitality started? After working on projects like Ananda in the Himalayas and Mandarin Oriental (where I set up the first-ever hotel spa division for an international luxury hotel company), I returned to my entrepreneurial roots and started a fully integrated wellness company offering market research and feasibility studies, branding and conceptualization, and design and development services in addition to pre-opening assistance. We also developed our own spa brand and currently operate GOCO Spas at Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof in Germany and the Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, in the UAE. Next month, we open our first GOCO Spa in Europe at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa in Italy [shown]. Frankfurt, the UAE, and now Venice-what about this location attracted you? Its distinct character and rich culture make Venice a great city to develop a spa, and the 10-acre Isola delle Rose island is the perfect location. The JW Marriott is away from the noise and bustle of the city but close enough to spend the day there. What is the overall design aesthetic by Matteo Thun? The spa is located in one of the brick buildings on the island, carefully renovated to include serene, uncluttered interiors featuring locally made bricks, glass, and tiles. Uniquely shaped large windows allow the island's garden landscape to merge with the interiors while maximizing the view over the lagoon. You also have GOCO Retreats. GOCO Retreats are destination wellness resorts focused on creating healthy habits. They are not only a retreat from guests' busy everyday lives, but they also encourage guests to find a 'wellness way of life' by blending Asian traditions and knowledge with contemporary Western medical science. Tell us about the Bhutan and China properties opening in 2016? GOCO Retreat Thimphu, Bhutan is located in Thimphu's river valley and offers views from each of its 30 guestrooms and suites. GOCO Retreat Xiangshan in Ningbo, China is nestled in 150,000 square feet of natural landscaping, spread over four floors, and features unobstructed views of the East China Sea.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - May 2015

Online TOC
From the Editor
Business Sense State of the Industry
Sustainable Studio El Mangroove
Project Breakdown Tuscany Penthouse
Trends Lighting Design
Trends Serviced Apartments
Places Chengdu
Places Dubai
Places Nicaragua
5 Questions for Ingo Schweder
Profile Connie Kolman
Trends Marsala
Window Coverings
HD Expo Preview
From the Show Director
Places Las Vegas
ICFF Preview
ICFF Studio
Drake Devonshire
Baccarat Hotels & Residences New York
Aman Tokyo
Le Cinq Codet
Q&C Hotel/bar
The Goodland
Hotel SP34
Martha Washington
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Urban Cowboy
Vincci Gala
Vino Veritas
The Grey
Stacked at Ozo Chaweng Samui
Bottega Americano
Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.
Parq Restaurant & Nightclub
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - May 2015