Who we are
We're a multi cultural team of industry experts, well versed in the challenges between profitability and a meaningful product, the push and pull of technology, nature and the 'perfect' guest experience. Working together with the right people is a vital component of what we do. We consider all the variables of geography, culture, language and environment alongside the specific needs of each development. We ensure you have access to the best team of people possible through our associations and global partnerships.
The convergence of wellness and travel is evolving rapidly. The result of recent research provides a qualified ability to expand and build upon a richer, more connected wellness tourism infrastructure and deliver a more tailored consumer product. We understand the different regional dynamics that present themselves alongside the commercial and socio economic advantages.
Knowing how the new pieces fit and how to successfully tap into this growth area will mean getting it right, now, to ensure success later.
Anni Hood - founder
Widely recognised as a leading global wellness consultant, Anni leads a cross section of spa, wellness and wellness tourism projects. She advises and supports ministerial, tourism and wellness organisations, private businesses and individuals.
Her work is largely anchored to conceptual development, strategic and operational design, operational delivery, programming and re positioning. Anni is the founder and visionary behind K.I.S LifestyleÒ – an online wellness community and superfoods store, enabling affordable and accessible integrative health expertise for the mainstream consumer.
Prior to returning to her home base in the UK Anni was based in Dubai for five years where she was the Group Director of Spas for the Jumeirah Group. It is there that she spear-headed the development of the first branded integrative health spa model exclusively for a hotel chain worldwide. The acclaimed innovation for Talise Wellness was for the integrative health and wellness aspect of the concept alongside strong business performance.
Brand development for the Jumeirah Group meant leading a professional team in conceptual design, facility planning, design review, financial modelling, retail proposition and operating standards. She oversaw the day-to-day operations of 7 Jumeirah spa and fitness facilities while concurrently managing the specialist team developing over 20 new spas which spanned Europe, US, India, Asia, Middle East and Latin America.
Earlier in her career, Anni held senoir positions with two other major players in the spa industry. She was Spa Director for the Madinat Jumeirah (Six Senses) Spa, a 26 room 6500sm/21,325sf resort spa in Dubai and one of the largest new builds in the world at that time. Prior to working with the Jumeirah Group, Anni was General Manager at the highly acclaimed Sanctuary Spa in London.
She is a sought after international speaker with engagements that include the Global Spa and Wellness Summit, World Travel Market, Wellness Spain, Lithuanian Congress and the Middle Eastern Summit (2009)
Anni writes for several spa and wellness publications – globally and regionally. Her passion and zest for wellness and the wellness industry is fully reflected in her own life. Some might describe her as a wellness activist. She champions the simultaneous advantages between public and private sector (in global regions and individual countries) by promoting and advising on the available benefits to GDP, creation of jobs and the socio economic gains that feature within a healthier population. She also excels at connecting people and is a formidable networker.
For over 17 years, Nancy Nemer has practiced interior design with the last 12 specializing in spas for the luxury hotel and resort sector. Using her thorough understanding of the design process and knowledge of how a spa operates, she has contributed to the successful concept creation, planning, interior design and technical specification for spas both domestically and around the globe.
Her environments are conceptually strong and possess a true sense of place which makes her an industry leader in spa brand development that considers not only its country of origin, but also how it integrates into its overall positioning.
Her innovative concepts have contributed to the success of numerous projects around the world. She is an authority on programming and schematic design, and uses her deep understanding of a spa’s public and private spaces to create environments that are operationally sound, visually striking and most importantly, profitable. Her experience spans multiple fields and countries where she has embraced the cultural sensitivities of her global projects. She is also responsible for developing innovative models in spa guest rooms that offer guests a new experience in spa, while increasing room revenues for owners and management companies. Some of her clients include WorldCare Health and Wellness Resort, Dubai; Tiger Woods, Dubai; Miraval Life in Balance; Marriott International, Inc.; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC; Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts; Host Hotels and Resorts as well as numerous independents.
A native of Canada, Nemer speaks three languages which brings a diverse cultural understanding to all of her projects. Because of her work on the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, she was a featured speaker at the Turning Point Global Spa Industry Conference in the Philippines where she presented her work in planning and designing Integrative Health Centers. Currently, Nemer’s company, Red Cashew, is based in Merida, Mexico with an office in Southern California. She and her well rounded team of professionals are dedicated to seamlessly intersecting the business of spa with the beauty of design.
-“Working with Nancy Nemer has been one of the most productive experiences in my professional career. She has been a trusted asset in my work as a Chief Executive of Miraval, Life in Balance Resort and Spa, the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine and most recently with our development and design for the spa and fitness for the WorldCare Health and Wellness Resort in Dubai, UAE. I would not do another spa or wellness center without her." Joseph DeNucci, COO, WorldCare, Dubai
Mr. Mackevicius has worked with TACK International, a leading management consultancy and training company in Lithuania since 2011, his second tenure since 2001. He leads all projects within the wellness and hospitality industries, working with clients to develop innovative concepts and effective strategy in operations, HR Management and business performance. In 2007 Lukas was one of the initiators to establish the National Spa Association in Lithuania, he has been the president for three years.
Mackevicius joined Spa Vilnius ( a leading player in wellness and hospitality) as their operations director between 2006-2011. During this period he developed a green field site location for a 5 star mineral springs destination spa and opened a luxurious Day Spa in Vilnius. He successfully prepared the venue for EuropespaMED certification audit, developed and successfully implemented enhanced operational and service standards, alongside development of the SPA Vilnius Academy.
Mackevicius began his profesional career after gaining a Masters’ degree in Applied Economics and Finance, from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Steve Brown FCA
Steve has a portfolio of interests, in both the private and public sector.
He holds a number of Non-Executive Director and Chairman roles including a Holiday Park operator, the Midlands region of the National Trust, a large Acute Hospital Trust and a Construction plc. He is a member of the VisitEngland Strategic Advisory Board and also a council member of the University of Derby. He acts as an advisor & consultant to a number of organisations on the acquisition and development of a range of businesses in the leisure, holiday and wellness sectors.
Previous executive roles include; Founding Director of Center Parcs for 10 years, Managing Director of the Champneys Health & Fitness Group, Director of the New Millennium Experience Company and Director for the Thomas Cook Group
Previous Non-Executive roles include; Director of VisitEngland, Chairman of Grand Leisure (a holiday park operator), Chairman of the holiday village company Bluestone Leisure, Chairman of a venture capital backed residential spa business, Chairman of the East Midlands Tourist Board, Deputy Chairman of the East Midlands Regional Development Agency and a Founding Director of the National Space Centre.
In addition, he held a number of senior Non-Executive roles within the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) including Chairman of the East Midlands region and member of the CBI National Council. These, together with various roles in economic development organisations and within the National Health Service amount to a rich, cross sectored expertise.
Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
David Andrew Smith MBE
David is a Health & Wellness Coach and has over 20 years experience in high level sport and across several sports which gives him the ability to see the beauty in bio-individuality when it comes to peoples health goals.
Having competed for Great Britain in 3 sports and winning Gold in London 2012 David understands the pressure of internal and external stress and shares his experience in helping people achieve their health goals, no matter what the stresses are that stand in your way.
Not just an athlete, David has coached several Olympic athletes to achieve their goals through his approach to training and wellness.
David’s greatest challenge was overcoming a spinal cord tumour that left him paralysed from the neck down and learning to walk again only two years out from the London 2012 games.
Going through this life threatening surgery he had to use all his strengths to make it back to the top level of sport. In his coaching he offers an insight into the key steps he used in regaining his full health and finding a greater health than at any time in his life.
He is a plant based athlete who can help you achieve your dreams and goals with a real motivation and passion for health and wellness.