Kintsugi Space, a first-of-its-kind women-only wellness membership club, has opened on Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, an entirely new concept for the destination.
The global wellness brand draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese art of repairing ceramics with gold. The Kintsugi project is led by renowned wellness coach and spa designer Patrizia Bortolin and her team of experts, including celebrity facialist Anastasia Achilleos and Dr. Asma Naheed, a clinical psychologist, who hope to inspire people to embrace imperfections and prioritize self-care.
Sought after Al Reem Island is the location of the flagship seven-floor pale pink Kintsugi Space that houses wellness experts, therapists, and a supportive community. In addition to 3, 6 and 11 months membership options, there will also be six-day retreats with membership existing for the duration of the programme, as well as an international membership for four days a year.
Stay tuned: There’s more to come in early 2024 including an online membership option to connect a global audience with workshops, classes, and retreats.
Bortolin said of the launch, “I felt honoured to be asked to develop and uplift the concept behind the Kintsugi movement and lead it to its full potential – one of the most fascinating visions I have come across. We are creating a movement to expand hearts, increase energy, and unlock enthusiasm for a more meaningful and harmonious life. Abu Dhabi feels vibrant and extremely charming and the team is an alchemy of inspiring women from all corners of the world”.
Inside the Kintsugi Space on Al Reem Island
Guests start with a Quantum Assessment led by Naturopathic Indian Doctor Keerthana, an in-depth analysis inspiring you to see yourself and life’s dynamics from a different perspective. The wellness journey travels through different dedicated floors and outdoor spaces for an all-encompassing healing experience where life feels more joyful and nourishing. Laughing and crying are welcome, and celebration of the body is encouraged through dancing, massage, community, and purifying.
The ‘Lay Down and Heal’ floor focuses on therapies and wellness rituals, where women can freely share experiences or enjoy them privately.
There is an elegant blend of high-tech and natural techniques with a touch of fun. Find new inspiration in the Happiness Room, share an oxygen bar session, improve your health in the hyperbaric chamber, regenerate your system on the LED bed, enjoy a sound bath on a quartz bed, or recalibrate your joints and posture on a revolutionary invention.
The Wisdom Studio is where sound healing happens.
The relaxation area is called Activation and features a conceptual reading experience designed for Kintsugi, a balcony with DIY Kintsugi art and creativity, and outdoor area protected by bamboo, with an artisanal Japanese touch.
A meditation stone path for inner contemplation leads to the Gazebo where you can practice the awakening of feminine rituals, meditation, and tea tasting.
The Wet and Dry facilities are on a leisure concept floor, with an infrared sauna, obsidian crystal sauna, Hamman room, relaxing corners, and healthy pool bar at your disposal.
The indoor-outdoor pool has a feminine aesthetic and invites guests to take a foot bath, an Onsen bath, or use the over-water swings to look up at the sky or enjoy an inspiring movie.
The Fitness Studio hums with the ethos that the body is a process and not a structure.
Dining & Artwork
An Italian restaurant, led up by Emanuele Giorgione, former Chef at Chenot, offers an elegant setting to taste evocative dishes redesigned to create a healing, nourishing and vegan experience. The dining perfectly suits the effect of the treatments and the regenerative frequency of the Kintsugi Space.
Original artworks from international and local artists inspired by frequencies, spirituality, feminine power, and love interact with members and unveil new nuances at every visit. All amenities have been curated and selected to add a sparkling touch, inspire a more sustainable routine, and activate the inner healer that resides in all of us.
The online membership will allow people from all over the world to tap into the powerful healing rituals, therapies, and community of Kintsugi; including workshops, classes, and retreats.
The Kintsugi Product Line
Available to buy on the Kintsugi website and at Kintsugi Spaces, this line of beautiful, hand-crafted products will officially launch in 2024 and will reflect the essence of the brand. The range will include clothing, beauty, and healing products drawing inspiration from the myriad sources that make up the Kintsugi wellness movement.
For more details visit: www.kintsugispace.com
About Patrizia Bortolin
Patrizia Bortolin has been recognised by The New York Times for her work at Preidlhof Luxury DolceVita Retreat* and celebrated by Conde Nast Traveller as creating the ‘Best Life Changing Spa Experience’*. Thanks to years of global research, new technology , and niche transformational wellness techniques, Kintsugi offers a unique approach to self-care, combining Western and ancient Eastern healing rituals.
About Al Reem Island
Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, is a fascinating archipelago made up of over 200 islands, many of which are accessible to visitors, including Al Reem Island, one of the fastest-developing neighbourhoods of Abu Dhabi, dotted with residential and retail propositions.
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Photos courtesy of Kintsugi Space