The Largest Sofitel Takes Wellness to New Heights


The 609-room Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila has announced its presence in the medical tourism game. With medical tourism on the rise throughout Southeast Asia, Sofitel Philippine Plaza has jettisoned the traditional spa playbook, teamed with one of the country’s most renowned wellness experts and opened the doors on a health and aesthetic institute, the first inside a hotel in Asia. Called Vietura, the new facility offers an array of customisable programs designed to help clients look better and live healthier. Services range from weight-management tools such as Calloblock to anti-aging procedures that involve the administration ofmedication directly into the fattiest layer of skin.

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 is not your typical medical spa; it’s a lifestyle experience,” Aleks said. “It’s for the person who understands that the path to greater confidence isn’t dramatic change. It’s a long-term holistic approach that results in a more natural glow and prompts friends to ask, ‘Where did you go on vacation?’ instead of ‘What surgeon did you just see?’”

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.

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