Gruppo Espazio imagines Sofitel Philippine Plaza's aesthetic institute

Sofitel Philippine Plaza opened a health and aesthetic institute, the first inside a hotel in Asia. Called Vietura, the new facility offers an array of customizable health programs.

Vietura’s design was imagined by Gruppo Espazio, a Manila-based interior design firm that also conceived the 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 concept was developed by Dr. Mary Jane Torres. Treatments include: face contouring employing Platelet-Rich Plasma technology, and body sculpting using Italian-made resonance machines. Other services range from weight-management tools such as Calloblock 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.

Vietura has 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 ambient music is but one element of the consultation experience.

Vietura’s launch comes on the heels of another debut at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. The hotel only reopened the Spiral restaurant after a year-long, $11-million renovation. The culinary destination now features 21 dining ateliers.

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

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