Sofitel Philippine Plaza Opens Asia’s First Health, Aesthetic Institute Inside Hotel

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

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.

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.

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 Manila-based interior design firm that also conceived the stylish LeSpa at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. In Vietura, Gruppo Espazio devised a space that features warm lighting and a live, vertical garden feature in each treatment room.