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Minor Hotels Appoints Sandie Johannessen as Group Director of Spa and Wellness – Asia

Minor Hotels Appoints Sandie Johannessen as Group Director of Spa and Wellness – Asia

Minor Hotels, a Bangkok-based hotel owner, operator and investor, is delighted to announce the appointment of Sandie Johannessen as Group Director of Spa and Wellness – Asia, effective October 2023.

In this role, Sandie will oversee Minor Hotels’ spa and wellness operations, development, and brand standards across all hotel brands in Asia. She will also be responsible for strategic spa, wellness and medical partnerships including VIVID by Verita Health, Clinique La Prairie, VLCC and BDMS Wellness Clinic.

Sandie brings over 20 years of experience in the spa and wellness industry, having worked with some of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. She has a proven track record of delivering exceptional spa services and creating innovative wellness programmes, which have received numerous accolades from industry authorities such as Condé Nast Traveller and World Spa & Wellness, as well as establishing strategic partnerships with leading medical experts. Prior to joining Minor Hotels, Sandie was Health and Wellness Director at Zulal, a wellness resort by Chiva-Som in Doha, Qatar.

“I am honoured and excited to join Minor Hotels as the Group Director of Spa and Wellness – Asia. I have always admired the company’s vision and values, and I look forward to contributing to its growth and success. I have a deep affinity with Thailand, as it is the homeland of my grandparents. I feel privileged to be able to work in this beautiful country and share my passion for spa and wellness with our guests and colleagues”. Sandie Johannessen, Minor Hotels Group Director of Spa and Wellness – Asia

Trained to be a dietary analyst and educator in Middlesex University, UK, Sandie holds a Bachelor in Yogic Science from Bangalore University, India. She is passionate about holistic wellness and nutrition, and incorporates these elements into her spa, medical and wellness programmes. The Danish national is also an avid writer, speaker, and panellist on spa and wellness topics, as well as an official judge for prestigious awards and an active member of VL Business Club, which comprises leading executives from the Scandinavian business community.


“We are thrilled to welcome Sandie to our team. She is a visionary leader with extensive experience and knowledge in the spa and wellness industry. As Minor continues its expansion in the region, Sandie’s expertise in developing and implementing comprehensive wellness programmes will play a key role in enhancing our spa and wellness offerings across our portfolio of brands in Asia. We look forward to working with her to deliver memorable and meaningful experiences for our guests”. Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO Minor International and CEO Minor Hotels

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