Past Tradition Meets Future HEALTH
GlobalSpa|December 2021
WITH OVER TWO DECADES EXPERIENCE IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, DANIELE VASTOLO, GENERAL MANAGER, ZULAL WELLNESS RESORT BY CHIVA-SOM, QATAR IS ALL SET TO BRING DEDICATION AND A PASSION FOR WELLNESS AND SUSTAINABLE CHANGE TO THE TEAM AS ZULAL WELLNESS RESORT OPENS.
Parineeta Sethi
Tell us a bit about your foray in the wellness hospitality industry. How did that come about?

Before joining Chiva-Som and embarking on the adventure of opening the first holistic health and wellness resort in Qatar, Zulal Wellness Resort, I have worked with an array of global brands, such as Kempinski, Nikki Beach and Shangri-La. My first steps into wellness were with Shangri-La, where I worked on the opening of the first 10.000m2 spa village, bringing a wellness-focused aspect to the famous luxury brand.

During that period, I discovered Chiva-Som’s brand and my passion for health and wellness has grown ever since, not only professionally but also personally. I have been leading an active lifestyle for quite a while, but over the years developed lower back problems that forced me to look at wellness more seriously.

I am a firm believer that health is wealth and working in the industry has been a blessing for me. Spreading Chiva-Som’s excellence and knowledge and making health and wellness a way of life rather than just a trend, is extremely fulfilling.

What is the vision you’re leading at Zulal Wellness Resort?

Our main goal is to become the reference in the region when it comes to holistic wellness and family wellness, by applying the most efficient and time-tested practices from a variety of medical traditions, including Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM), Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Unani, while using cutting-edge techniques, a unique wellness cuisine and professional guidance for our guests in all health-related matters. A holistic approach is at the heart of Zulal’s philosophy as we design our offer and retreat programmes paying equal attention to the Body, Mind, and Spirit. We aim to build a destination that will not just serve as a short-term treatment, but rather a place offering a truly sustainable lifestyle direction that our guests will be able to follow continuously outside the resort.

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