Established in 2005, Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa is located a 2-hour drive from Istanbul Airport where Lake Sapanca meets the forest. The wellness resort offers 131 guestrooms (20 of which are suites) and close to 30,000 sq. ft. of spa space housing steam baths, Turkish baths, hot tubs, recreational areas and the Vital Bar, where spa guests can enjoy a variety of herbal teas. Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa serves domestic and foreign guests with its outdoor pool and lakefront beach, massage cabanas in the garden, restaurants, tennis court, walking trail, meeting rooms and fitness center.

The Main Points of Distinction
Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa offers personalized care programs, healthy menus and innovative therapies designed to help guests meet their personal health and wellness objections. In addition to its own staff, the spa facility also welcomes guest therapists, doctors, astrologers and fitness experts throughout the year.

Hakan Balcan, general manager, Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa, says “Turkey’s first and only destination spa, which was granted Europe’s ‘Best Luxury Destination Spa’ award offers unique opportunities for physical and spiritual cleansing where Sapanca Lake meets an amazing forest view.” Another highlight is the collection of steam baths, with temperatures ranging from 30°C to 110°C.

On the food scene, both international and Turkish cuisines are available along with a special Beautyfood Menu prepared for those who prefer vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or raw food    diets with calculated calories.
 

Health & Safety Protocols and Procedures
Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa, has met the requirements of the Turkish government’s “Safe Tourism Certification Program.”

New programs Offered in a Post-COVID-19 World
Richmond Nua’s Immunity Boost Program is a tailor-made 3-night program designed to make a guest feel both stronger and calmer. The program supports research that negative conditions such as stress and uncertainty tend to weaken our immune system, and prioritizes a balanced high-nutrition diet and food supplements over ready-to-eat processed foods.

Hakan Balcan, general manager, Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa points out that “outdoor walks, along with serene, oxygen-rich Sapanca atmosphere, and the escape from the usual noise and chaos of city life, can help promote positive thinking and boost the immune system by simply making the person feel good.”

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Poolside at Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa. (Photo courtesy of Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa.)

Activities & Programs Offered
A number of different all-inclusive programs are available on a year-round basis and include the following:

  • The three to 14-night Green Juice and Raw Food Detox program offers packages priced from $760 pp for the 3-nights.
  • The Hypoxi (a healthy body contouring method) Marathon Program is designed to help guests to drop at least one size in just four days. The program, which uses exercise and vacuum therapy with Hypoxi devices, is also supported with an individually-tailored Hypoxi nutrition menu.
  • The minimum-stay, 7-night Nua Slim and Nua Fit programs, specially developed for Richmond Nua by nutritional experts, has been designed to help participants achieve a healthier weight and gain a stronger and fitter body. The complete program is $1.455 pp.

All of the above programs/packages include a 20 percent discount on any additional expenses (such as for add-on spa treatments and food and beverage.)

Types of Clients the Property Caters To
While maintaining an environment of serenity is at the forefront, Richmond Nua welcomes a variety of guests (14 and older) mostly local, plus guests from the Middle East and Europe. Spa guests are mainly Generation X (early 40s to late 50s) and Millennials (mid 20s to early 40s), including couples who want to spend private time together, business people, journalists, those who embrace the wellness lifestyle, those looking for a romantic atmosphere, those who want to enjoy a girls’ day at the spa and even expectant mothers.

Beyond leisure travelers, institutions and companies choose Richmond Nua’s wellness-concept meeting packages for their strategy and motivation camps.

Client Goals & Intentions Achieved at this Property
Clients looking to adopt a new lifestyle, achieve a healthier weight, and feel more fit upon departure, will most likely benefit from the resorts’ 7-night, or longer, programs.

Guests who have limited time, but still want to relax, get in touch with nature, and achieve a clear mind and a serene mood after a busy and stressful period in their lives can also benefit from a shorter stay as part of a longer travel agenda.

Can Programs be Customized
Programs, including slimming and weight loss programs, are planned and customized by experts according to personal needs after the initial one-on-one health screening. Upon request, guests can also add activities and services such as yoga, Pilates, personal training and nutrition counseling to the programs.

Best Time to Travel 
In April, May and June, the average temperature is 77°F and is thought to be the ideal time to enjoy the nature that surrounds Sapanca, including walks in the forest and exploring the region. Outdoor activities such as downhill skiing, horseback riding and local trekking are also available seasonally. Of course, the steam rooms can be enjoyed whether it’s raining or even snowing outside. “Richmond Nua offers a different experience every season,” says Balcan.

For more information, visit richmondnua.com.

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