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Global Wellness Institute, plus Milan and Fiji

Dr Richard Carmona, above, was 17th Surgeon General of the USA, and today he is one of the two frequent spokespeople in the USA who are trusted when it comes to virus (when he is talking, Rich Carmona does refer, but not too often, to his colleague and friend Tony, who of course is Dr Anthony Fauci). Carmona is on the board of that leading luxury wellness resort company, Canyon Ranch, and he is also a board member of the Global Wellness Institute. As such, he will be instrumental in making sure that the 2020 annual Global Wellness Summit is a phenomenal success – it has just been announced that this will be held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, 8-11 November 2020.

The 2020 conference theme is “Resetting the World with Wellness.” With wellness at a pivotal moment, it’s a call to action—to wellness businesses, government leaders, and the medical and technology worlds—to come together and strategize how new, more comprehensive, and more inclusive wellness concepts could transform the world post-COVID-19. There will be focus on less elitist wellness concepts that can serve diverse populations; wellness technology, with the conference’s first Tech Innovation Pavilion; wellness design, communities and real estate (with a special post-Summit event at pioneering development, Serenbe),and mental wellness, and how the pandemic is spurring innovation across this landscape.

But do not expect the Summit to be overcome by virus – as Rich Carmona said on a Global Wellness Institute virtual tutorial last week, the USA has COVID exhaustion.  This is a remarkably down to earth specialist, by the way. He shared that his mother was extraordinary: she used to say the world would be a healthier and better place if women sat among the leaders  (he specifically admires New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden for the way she took charge of the virus in that country).


Rocco Forte has just announced it is, as rumoured, entering Milan.  It will take over management of the 63-room Carlton Hotel Baglioni on via Senato. Built originally as a fashion warehouse, it has been owned by Baglioni since 1992. A favourite room is #310, named for the Dalai Lama: Girlahead last stayed there in #403, and thought it somewhat unusual, in Italy, to have French butter and jams, namely Beurre d’Isigny and Bonne Maman.


In Fiji, InterContinental Hotels Group, IHG, is taking management of Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, to re-position it under its InterContinental collection by 2022. Following a refurbishment, InterContinental Grand Pacific Hotel Suva will be IHG’s third hotel on Vitu Levu, Fiji. This will be second for the brand, alongside InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola Bay, similarly owned by the Fiji National Provident Fund FNPF.  IHG’s Fiji portfolio also includes  Six Senses Fiji in the Mamanuca Islands, accessed from the capital, Nadi.