Suppliers To Know 2017: Spa Products

In a growing spa industry, we look at the suppliers you need to know about

Dubai outranks the other Middle Eastern city in terms of number of hotel spas.
Dubai outranks the other Middle Eastern city in terms of number of hotel spas.

The Middle East and Africa spa market was valued at AED11 billion (US $3 billion), in 2016, according to a report by Euromonitor International which also states that the UAE shared more than 14% of this market with a value of AED1.59 billion ($435 million).

Another report by Colliers Experiential Travel Series: Wellness, Spa and Medical Travel 2017, points out that the UAE spa industry is projected to be valued at AED 1.7 billion ($0.46bn) this year and expected to surpass AED1.85 billion ($0.5bn) by 2020.

With the increasing number of hotels opening in the country and region, the number of new spas and advanced wellness services are soaring. The recently opened The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is a wellness-based property with its main focus on spa and health.

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It is the first spa wellness hotel in the region that seeks to offer its guests a healing of the mind and body. Introducing the world’s first Rayya Wellness Centre, the hotel aims to treat its guests to a holistic spa and wellness experience right from the check-in to check-out.

With most of the hotels in the country providing spa treatments, the wellness tourism market is a fast-growing component of the UAE’s burgeoning tourism industry drawing in tourists and travellers who make sure a spa day is included in their travel itinerary.

Susie Ellis, the chief executive of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), was quoted by The National as saying that the wellness tourism market is the country’s fast-growing tourism industry. “In 2015, the UAE’s Minister of Economy reported that tourism contributed $36.4 billion to the country’s economy, 9% of the total GDP. And wellness tourism comprises 13.4% of that total tourism spend including both domestic and international, at $2.72bn in revenues. So, about one in seven of total tourism dollars generated comes from trips with a wellness component,” she said.

A growing trend within the hospitality industry is the rise of numerous wellness treatments which is generating sizable amounts of revenue. Beach spa resorts in Dubai have been reported to generate the highest RevPAR as resorts benefit from a steady based of demand from in-house guests. The overall demand for spa treatments in the hotel industry has increased as guests have become more heath conscious.

The Colliers report says that due to a greater focus on healthy habits and overall well-being, hotel spas are experiencing a positive impact.

Dubai outranks the other Middle Eastern cities in terms of number of hotel spas and quality of service offered. The emirate has more than 200 spas currently in operation and more than 25 new spas within hotels are expected to open this year, the report stated.

Among the luxury spa openings anticipated in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the Bulgari Hotels and Resorts to be operated by Marriott International, Nikki Spa at Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Dubai, Ola Spa at the Lapita Hotel Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dahlia Spa at Four Seasons Al Maryah Island, Sense at Rosewood Abu Dhabi, and Saray Spa at Marriott Al Forsan.

Spa amenities

Guest Supply

Have you introduced a new spa product range for 2017? We have launched EE Spa, English Spa & Pure by Gloss.

What is your core business concept and product range?

As the world’s largest and fully integrated supplier of hotel guest amenities, textiles and in-room operational supplies to the hotel and travel industry, Guest Supply is continuing to grow its brand profile worldwide, acquiring Gilchrist & Soames in order to further enhance its premium luxury tier offering within the amenities industry. As a global company, Guest Supply provides luxury retail brands; including Salvatore Ferragamo, La Perla, Korres, Ungaro, Aromatherapy Associates, Tara Smith, Acca Kappa, Institut Karité Paris, and many more to major hotel groups around the world through its offices in the UK, the US, Canada, China, UAE, and Asia Pacific.

With specialist knowledge of the growth and needs of the mid-range hospitality sector in the Middle East & Africa, Guest Supply will be introducing a strong portfolio of dispensers and individual amenities designed to offer enhanced guest experiences, whilst also meeting budgets.

Did you know?

Guest Supply recently signed a global contract with Wyndham Worldwide.

Get in touch

Tel: +9714 880 8551
Web: The Guest Supply microsite can be found on the BOH section of

Spa amenities

Sagma Corp

Sagma specialises in the distribution of niche perfumes and hotel guest amenities, managing director Eric Torchet tells us

Will you be introducing a new spa product range for 2017?

Yes. We are planning to introduce a new product range in the coming two months which will be high-end products. Unfortunately, I can’t disclose more about it right now.

What is your core business concept and product range?

Sagma Corp is a company based in Business Bay – Dubai, operating since 2009. We are a master distribution company specialised in the distribution of niche perfumes and hotel guest amenities. Our perfumes division deals with high-end retailers and international sub-distributors, while our hospitality division deals mainly with five-star hotels. We currently cover most of the countries in the region (UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Lebanon), as well as Africa (Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco), Maldives, Mauritius, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan.

Which hotels have you partnered with of late?

We recently partnered with a few new five-star hotels in the region including some Mövenpick and Accor properties.

Have you expanded the company?

We have expanded a bit this year, not as we planned to do, but considering the economic situation in the whole region, we are quite happy with our 2017 development.

Are there any new initiatives that the company has developed?

We have recently improved our logistic and deliveries, which were already good, but we reinforced this department to offer the most efficient experience to our clients.

Did you know

Sagma Corp recently signed an agreement with a Saudi Arabian service provider to serve its clients better in the Kingdom.

Get in touch

Tel: +9714  454  8402

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