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Global Spa Snapshot: Thalaspa Henri Chenot, Malindi, Kenya

By: Denis Gathanju
Posted: June 29, 2012, from the July 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
“We are a brand that is synonymous with excellence and high quality; and when we came up with the spa, we wanted to be unmatched in every respect,” says Vivaldi.

“We are a brand that is synonymous with excellence and high quality; and when we came up with the spa, we wanted to be unmatched in every respect,” says Vivaldi.

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The spa treatments carried out at the Thalaspa Henri Chenot follow the principles and teachings learned through many years of working hand-in-hand with Chenot, who is an expert in biontology science. The term “biontology” means the study of the essence of life and its evolution. Its main objective is to describe a new concept of health, which deeply analyzes the changes that take place in the body with the passing of time, and considers the interaction of body and mind to be fundamental. Guests enjoying services at the spa receive specific information relating to their treatment based on the concept of biontological philosophy.

Thalaspa, explains Vivaldi, features six treatment cabins, three seawater hydrotherapy facilities, a hairdressing salon, and the science and technology of Chenot. Seawater is used in thalassotherapy treatments combined with the massage techniques of traditional Chinese medicine alongside the latest discoveries of modern Western medicine. In line with Chenot’s wellness concept, guests at the spa are offered a biolight diet—a nonrestrictive alimentary regimen that teaches a correct use of foods. The diet includes fiber-rich foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables, vital cereals, and a choice of vegetable and fish protein instead of meat protein.

The diet is based on careful selection of the type and quality of the ingredients, and on the combination of the various dishes during a meal. The menu gives preference to bio-cultivated foods, which are rich in antioxidants, hypotoxic and highly nutritious. Unrefined, unprocessed ingredients that have not lost any of their properties are of fundamental importance. Finally, the cuisine attaches great merit to the correct combination of the ingredients, the method of preparation and the presentation of the dishes.

The spa, notes Vivaldi, utilizes the Chenot treatment methods that are a combination of advanced clinical and physiological techniques blended with the principles of ancient Chinese medicine. This, she says, helps unlock the energy channels within to bring about body equilibrium in the guest.

Signature spa treatments

Chenot is revered as the Italian king of detoxification, and because of this, detox is one of the signature treatments available at the Thalaspa Henri Chenot. This treatment is by far the most popular with guests staying at the resort or others who walk in from nearby resorts for the experience. The detox treatment at Thalaspa comprises a personalized biolight diet, six massages, six hydrotherapy treatments, six mud therapy treatments and six hydrojet services. For this kind of treatment, guests pay approximately $4,000 per person.