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Philippines: Manila Sofitel opens health and aesthetic institute

March 28, 2013|By Rosemary McClure
  • A private lounge at the Vietura health center inside Manila's Sofitel Philippine Plaza hotel features vertical gardens.
A private lounge at the Vietura health center inside Manila's Sofitel… (Sofitel Philippine Plaza )

International travelers who want to put on a happier face may find just what they’re looking for at Manila’s Sofitel Philippine Plaza, which has opened Vietura, a health and aesthetic institute that's said to be the first facility of its kind inside a hotel in Asia.

The center is more than a spa, said Chanelle Garvey, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.

"Its key programs focus on weight management, detox, face contouring and mini-lift, anti-aging procedures, colonics, body sculpting and cosmetic dentistry,” said Garvey, adding that the facility offers specialized programs, from noninvasive treatments to nutritional and life counseling.

The Vietura concept was developed by Dr. Mary Jane Torres, a Filipina who studied in Europe and promotes noninvasive, nonsurgical solutions.

The 609-room Sofitel Phililline Plaza, built in 1976, has a resort setting and is adjacent to the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

“Manila is a tremendous destination for international travelers who want cost-effective aesthetic treatments,” said Goran Aleks, the hotel’s general manager. “Watching them exit the hotel for wellness clinics [downtown] sparked an idea: Why not take it to the next level, and develop a concept that goes beyond the quick fix to full-on behavior modification?”

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