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Sofitel Philippine Plaza unveils health, aesthetic center

Sofitel Philippine Plaza has announced that it teamed with one of the country’s most renowned wellness experts to open the doors of a health and aesthetic institute, the first inside a hotel in Asia.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza has announced that it teamed with one of the country’s most renowned wellness experts to open the doors of a health and aesthetic institute, the first inside a hotel in Asia.

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Called Vietura, the new facility offers an array of customizable programs designed to help clients look better and live healthier. Services range from weight-management tools such as Calloblock — which naturally binds carbs and fats in the food consumed and speeds up the calorie-burning process — to anti-aging procedures that involve the administration of medication directly into the fattiest layer of skin. Vietura also has remedies for complexion problems and digestive disorders. All solutions are non-invasive and begin with a full-body assessment — the first step in Vietura’s three-step ‘Measure, Mentor and Monitor’ philosophy.

Vietura’s concept was developed by its chief practitioner, Dr. Mary Jane Torres, a Filipina who spent years studying mesotherapy methods in Europe and is a hard-core believer in non-invasive, non-surgical solutions. For face contouring, she employs Platelet-Rich Plasma technology, which harnesses the healing powers of platelets found in the blood. For body sculpting, she uses Italian-made resonance machines, which produce electrodes that speed fat dissolving and skin tightening. During the course of any treatment, she runs tests to make sure every move is the right move.

Vietura’s staff consists of 12 registered nurses, a dietician and a lifestyle coach. The workplace is a collection of 20 treatment rooms. The facility may be accessed via the back of the hotel, thereby providing privacy to visitors. There is no common waiting area, either. When a guest enters, they are escorted directly to a treatment room, where soothing, ambient music is but one element of the consultation experience.

Another is the design itself, which was imagined by Gruppo Espazio, a prolific, Manila-based interior design firm that also conceived the stylish LeSpa at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. In Vietura, Gruppo Espazio devised a space that is sleek yet natural, thanks in large part to warm lighting and a live, vertical garden feature in each treatment room.

Vietura’s launch comes on the heels of another debut at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. On November 8, the hotel officially reopened Spiral restaurant after a year-long, $11 million renovation. The culinary destination now features 21 dining ateliers helmed by Eric Costille, the regional executive chef for Sofitel Asia-Pacific.

Built in 1976 with input from former President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda, Sofitel Philippine Plaza is the only 5-star hotel with a resort setting in Manila is adjacent to the iconic Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and within 15 minutes of the international airport, Mall of Asia and historic Spanish walled city of Intramuros. At 609 rooms, the property is the biggest in Sofitel’s portfolio.

For more information on Vietura, visit Sofitel Philippine Plaza at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Metro Manila; call (+63 2) 5515555; or visit www.sofitelmanila.com.

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