Wellness-inspired hospitality brand Fusion hired former team member Hylton Lipkinearlier this year as GM of Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion, a natural hot springs resort and hotel on the outskirts of Vietnam’s imperial capital Hue.
Alba Wellness Valley, with its natural, mineral-rich hot springs, authentic Japanese-style onsen and open-air geothermal baths, is a member of Openasia group. Alba Wellness Valley joined the Fusion portfolio in December 2018, as the first existing hotel to be managed by the group. In the past Fusion has led the way from conception to construction to management with all its properties.
“We have a truly unique opportunity here in the Alba Wellness Valley that has yet to be fully realized,” said Lipkin. “Our spa waters, service and stunning natural scenery, are on par with what you’d find at natural hot spring resorts in Europe or Japan, but without the hefty price tag.”
A South African, Hylton has spent the last two decades honing his spa and management skills around the globe with roles in the Middle East, Europe, the USA and Asia Pacific. His most recent role was as general manager of a boutique property Lao Poet Hotel in Vientiane, Lao’s capital, where he guided the team through pre-opening.
Prior to that he was part of the Fusion organisation, working as executive assistant manager of Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, where he was also involved with pre-opening and the running of the property once it debuted. Among other tasks, Hylton was key in developing the property’s wellness concept. Fusion Resort Phu Quoc boasts the largest spa on the island at 11,210-square-metre (120,664-square-feet) with 26 double treatment rooms.
“Hylton’s in-depth knowledge in the spa industry helped shape Fusion Resort Phu Quoc into the success it is today,” said Atilla Erda, the group’s chief operating officer. “His proven experience at Fusion and throughout his career places him in the perfect position to bring Alba to the next level and put it on the map as a must-visit destination for hot spring lovers.”
Hylton has a wealth of knowledge in the spa industry, having worked as executive assistant manager and wellness director at Arovada by AKARYN, a private island wellness retreat in Cambodia, and the Ayurah Wellness Centers in Thailand from 2014 – 2016. Before he moved to Asia Hylton spent a year in India where he was head of operations for Apollo Life, one of the biggest players in India’s health and wellness space. His position put him in charge of Apollo Life Centers, Apollo Life Studios, and Tangerine Spa & Salons.
Hylton worked as spa and recreation director at Angsana Resort Balaclava Mauritius from 2011 – 2013 and as regional spa director for Angsana, based out of Bahrain, and overseeing six spas spread throughout Egypt, Morocco, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE from 2008 – 2011. He has also held spa director positions in Hawaii and French Polynesia.
“At Alba Wellness Valley, we want to offer our guests a holistic wellness experience, giving them the satisfaction of returning home with new insights into how to maintain a healthy and happy life,” said Mrs. Nguyen Thi Nhung, partner & CEO of Openasia Group. “Under the operational management of Hylton and Fusion, we are fully confident in giving our guests a true wellness journey.”
Alba Wellness Valley includes the upscale Alba Wellness Resort Hue and the neighbouring Thanh Tan Hot Springs.
WHERE OTHERS FOLLOW, FUSION LEADS
Since its launch in 2008, Fusion has become a leading innovator of wellness-inspired hotels and resorts and is now the only fully vertically integrated hospitality company in Southeast Asia. Under one roof, Fusion conceptualizes, designs, builds and manages beachside resorts and city hotels through its uniquely branded hospitality concepts. Fusion has opened six resorts and hotels in Vietnam so far, with a team now boasting more than 1,800 employees, including 300 spa specialists. At present, guests can experience Fusion’s original “all-spa inclusive” concept, and “breakfast anywhere anytime” service, along with their inventive approach to the hospitality sector, in Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, and Phu Quoc. The Fusion catalog of brands currently includes:
Fusion Resorts: Where original contemporary design meets traditional Vietnamese charm. Home to Fusion’s unique “all-spa inclusive” service, Fusion Resorts fully embrace the combination of ultimate wellness with a rejuvenating and down-to-earth lifestyle, all in natural, picturesque surroundings.
Fusion Suites: As well-located city hotels in key business and tourism hubs, Fusion Suites redefines holistic living and brings a wellness-inspired vacation experience to today’s urban adventurers. As 21st-century city life continues to accelerate, Fusion Suites aim to bring balance and harmony to the urban jungle through healthy and nutritious food and drink options, daily spa journeys included in the room rate, and original and rejuvenating interior design.
Fusion Originals: The individually branded Originals do not share a consistent style. Instead, Fusion tailors each hotel to evoke the life and times of a pioneering artist, inventor, scientist, or social leader. Originals aim to provide fun, fresh, and 100% unique hotel concept each and every time.
Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion: Located 30km from the city of Hue, this expansive project is located at the source of the Thanh Tan geothermal spring and comprises two accommodation options: the upscale Alba Wellness Resort by Fusion and the three-star Thanh Tan Hot Springs by Fusion. With a series of thermal baths at its heart, the valley also offers various outdoor facilities including a water park, a family-friendly craft village and organic farm, and a thrilling highwire course and zip line.