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Amanpuri Appoints Dr. Alison Stone as Director of Spa & Wellness

PHUKET, TH. August 15, 2017 - Aman is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Alison Stone, Director of Spa & Wellness at Amanpuri, the collectionís peaceful, beach resort in Phuket. Alisonís role is a first for the resort and emphasizes the brandís ongoing commitment to wellness. Having recently completed a PhD Degree in Metaphysical Science, Alison brings over 20 years of experience as a wellness consultant, holistic practitioner and detox specialist to the role. Alison will manage and supervise every aspect of Amanpuriís spa and wellness operations, managing all recruitment and training of spa staff, and supporting Amanís Global Director of Spa & Wellness, Nichola Roche.

Alison began her foray into the industry by studying for a Bachelorís Degree in Alternative Medicine at Calcutta International University of Alternative Medicine, and has continued to grow her knowledge over the years with diplomas in a host of alternative and complementary therapies.

After graduating in 2001, Alison joined Chiva Som, earning Diplomas in Spa Development and Spa Operations & Management while working as the resortís Ayurvedic Development Manager in Hua Hin, Thailand. Alison later joined Six Senses, taking up the role of Director of Integrative Health in Phuket, as well as consulting in business development and wellness to Six Senses Oman from 2008 to 2010.

In October 2010, Alison moved to Zanzibar as Retreat Manager for Kempinskiís Holistic Health Retreat. This involved the development of health and nutrition programs, individual packages and planning for the promotion and marketing of the new facility.

Thailand once again drew her back in September 2011, when she joined Kamalaya Sanctuary in Koh Samui as Wellness Director. Here she was responsible for overseeing daily operations, and managing a team of over 60 staff including international TCM doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists, life coaches, Ayurvedic therapists and spa therapists.

Alison began the next stage of her career in the UK, where she honed her managerial and business development skills as Business Development Manager of The Private Clinic on Harley Street. In 2015, Alison decided to once again focus on wellness itself rather than its management, and so began her research activities for her PhD in Metaphysical Science.

An active Ayurvedic Consultant, Cellular Detox & Rejuvenation Practitioner and Doctor of Metaphysics, Alison is particularly excited about Amanpuriís unique Individual Wellness Immersion Programs which launched in 2016 as part of Aman Wellness. Alison believes guests need to be empowered to continue their wellness journeys long after leaving the resort, extending the benefits into their home life and every day routine.

ďMy greatest realization after over 20 years in the health and wellness industry is that the ultimate goal of each and every one of us is to have control over the quality of our life. Whether we engage in health and beauty programs, fitness, yoga, anti-aging treatments, stress reduction or meditation, this seems to be the core intention for everyone seeking good health. True wellness is taking back the control that our external life has hijacked and getting back into the driving seat of life again.Ē

A highly capable and proactive professional with a deep intuition for healing and love of people, Alison is thrilled to be returning to Thailand and to be joining Amanpuri, where she can implement her knowledge and experience to further enhance the holistic and wellness offering at the resort.

Inspired by its tranquil setting, Amanpuriís 3- to 14-night Individual Wellness Immersions are designed to promote profound changes, whether it be increasing fitness levels, shifting unwanted weight and its emotional root causes, deep cleansing or attaining renewed awareness through private movement and specialist therapy sessions, spa treatments and nutritional support. The Individual Immersions are complemented by the extensive spa facilities which comprise six spacious treatment rooms, a fully equipped gym and Pilates studio with reformer machines, four flood-lit tennis courts, a 27m swimming pool and on hand personal trainers offering individual or group training sessions in Thai Boxing, HIIT, Beach Bootcamp, Pilates and TRX.


Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private residence. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept, and since then, Aman has grown to encompass 31 hotels and resorts located in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, France, Greece, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the USA, and Vietnam.

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