LONDON, United Kingdom — City-based wellbeing resorts nurturing mental and physical health could become commonplace in the UK, as developer Therme Group announces plans to roll out its concept across the country.
Set to open in 2023, the first resort in Manchester — a £250 million project — will combine hundreds of water-based activities with wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology to create a unique destination that caters to the growing demand for healthy activities. It is hoped the resort will also build social cohesion with an experience that is inclusive, accessible and affordable.
“Therme Group is based on a belief that wellbeing should be accessible for all,” commented Richard Land, Chief Development Officer at Therme Group UK.
“The events of 2020 have shone a light on the necessity of this mission, especially for those in cities. Therme Manchester will redefine city wellbeing, enhancing mental and physical health through an experience-based in water and nature. Therme Manchester will offer a unique holiday at home, that acts as a catalyst for healthy lifestyles,” he added.
In addition to Manchester, similar projects in London, Wales, and Scotland are also said to be in the pipeline, as well as separate projects in mainland Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific.
The company, which already operates sites in Europe, opened its last resort in Bucharest in 2016. The venue, which attracts 1.3 million visitors annually, is home to a bio-diverse ecosystem of over 880,000 plants and claims to be one of the world’s most advanced sustainable buildings.
However, according to the company, the UK is now a key focus for the business’ international development programme.
Like its existing resorts, Therme Manchester will include a large family area with pools, steam rooms, relaxation areas and dozens of other healthy activities, as well as warm-water lagoons, botanical gardens, therapeutic mineral pools and a daily programme of fitness classes and other activities.
According to the technology-driven group, to make sure it is improving the health, wellbeing and quality of life for the general public, in a way that is affordable and accessible to all, it is working with local government bodies, investors and stakeholders to deliver the UK development plan.
“Now more than ever, people living in cities need opportunities to have relaxing and affordable wellbeing experiences close to home,” UK chief operating officer James Mark told blooloop. “
“Our concept, creating indoor biodiverse ecosystems that combine pure waters and natural environments, is already hugely popular in a number of European cities and it is a concept that will fundamentally improve the way we will live in the future,” he added.