We are the Wellness Experts
We are a small and dedicated team with a worldwide track record and deep knowledge of the spa, wellness and hospitality sectors. We specialise in concept development, pre-openings, operations, training and boosting profitability.
Sonal has extensive operations and management experience in the wellness and hospitality sectors. Born in Kenya, of Indian origin, she has worked across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Sonal brings a uniquely global skill set and creative outlook to any project she takes on.
A law graduate, she honed her business and finance acumen working in London for the global investment firm Goldman Sachs. She eventually left the finance world to focus on building a business sparked by a powerful idea: to craft a meaningful legacy through making a positive impact in people’s lives. There was no better way to achieve that than by enhancing people’s overall wellbeing. Her idea turned reality when she founded her consultancy, Spa Balance, in 2008.
Sonal is the curator of Spa Sommelier, a multi award-winning fusion wellness concept. She is also the host of the Wellness in Hospitality interview series (available in podcast and LinkedIn articles), where she talks to thought leaders in hospitality such as Fernando Gibaja, John Nielsen and Rocco Bova. Follow her on LinkedIn and subscribe to the Wellness in Hospitality Podcast to get insider insights firsthand.
Based on insights culled from diverse collaborations with highly qualified teams of international experts and her vast industry experience, Sonal has crafted a unique and proven model, the ESSENCE model, to show hoteliers how to not only survive, but thrive, by putting wellness at the core. You can learn more about her unique model in her book The Wellness Asset.
Sonal is also a frequent speaker at international trade events and conferences and is part of the Global Wellness Institute’s Consultants Initiative.
Sonal Uberoi – Founder and Wellness Director
Hotels hire Sonal to help them design, set up, manage and optimise their wellness offering. Her unique finance background and diverse skillset combined with worldwide experience make Sonal the go-to expert for wellness in hospitality.
Pilar Santiago – Director of Therapies
Pilar has recently created a unique healing therapy combining the ancient techniques of Shiatsu with laser therapy to strengthen one’s immune and auto-regulation systems. For more information, email Pilar.
Pilar has more than 20 years experience in numerous types of healing arts and manual therapies. Born in Spain, and lived in the US, she has worked across central, south and north America, Europe and Asia.
Pilar brings a unique and holistic touch to her role through her passion: helping people live a better lifestyle.
A photographer by profession, Pilar decided to move on and embark on her journey of healing others. A certified therapist, her studies and experience include reflexology, lymphatic drainage, cranio sacral therapy, deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy, and skin care. Pilar is also a Karuna and Usui Reiki Master and practitioner. She has studied spirituality and meditation with Sant Rajiuder Singh Ti Mahraj and has travelled throughout India studying different approaches to meditation and relaxation.
Pilar has worked in many spas, hotels, and healing centers around the world. Since taking her first LaStone Therapy class with Mary D. Nelson, it has been Pilar’s desire to share this profound gift with anyone on this planet.
Quality is at the core of our philosophy. We strive to be impeccable in all aspects of our work, from designing tailoured and innovative solutions right through to the service we deliver. Our main focus is to exceed our clients’ needs and expectations, always.
The world is constantly changing and so are the needs of businesses. We are flexible and agile. We love change, and we welcome it. But we are thoughtful in how we adapt to change, always making sure we end up better and smarter.
We believe in creating win-win situations for all parties involved. We are generous with our know-how, time and network, and we encourage all our partners to do the same. It is the only way to prosper and advance in business.
4. Open Communication
Transparency is the key to developing fruitful and lasting relationships. Our philosophy is to treat others the way we would like to be treated. We strive for open and respectful communication with everyone we interact with.
5. Game Changer
The spa and wellness sectors are competitive and experiencing rapid growth. This requires sharp thinking and an open mindset. We are game changers; we are willing to define and redefine the sectors we compete in. We are brave and creative, and we don’t shy away from innovating.
We are dedicated to our projects from start to end, and beyond. We believe in what we do, and more importantly, we know what we are doing. We treat the project of every client as if it were ours, and we stay committed, no matter what the challenges.