|LE Magazine December 2000 |
Life Extension Meets Royal Resorts in Cancun, Mexico
by: Melanie Segala
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A match made in heaven may describe the new working relationship of the Life Extension Foundation and Royal Resorts, a five-star rated vacation ownership company based in Cancun, Mexico. What, you may be asking, does Life Extension have in common with a luxury beachfront resort? The answer to that question is the brainchild of Richard Sutton, one of the founders and General Director of Royal Resorts and an enthusiastic 18-year member of the Life Extension Foundation.
Richard Sutton is such a strong believer in the Life Extension mission of preventing disease and slowing premature aging that he would like to see all 45,000 members of Royal Resorts benefit as he has from membership in the Life Extension Foundation. And, at age 67, Richard seems to be a walking testimonial to the fact that The Foundation’s health and dietary recommendations to prevent and treat the diseases of aging are paying off. He faithfully takes up to 30 nutritional supplements throughout the day, but needs no prescription medications, and his yearly medical checkup and blood workup reveal that he is in optimal health.
At a time when most men his age have slowed down or retired from the workforce completely, Richard is committed to improving Royal Resort member benefits and providing “an uncompromised level of customer service unique to the timeshare industry.” Introducing his guests to The Foundation and providing the incentive and convenience to enroll while on vacation is a unique health-giving benefit that he can happily provide Royal Resort members year-round.
The lobby of the Sands has a distinctive Mexican-Caribbean influence. The furnishings are hand-crafted in Mexico, exclusively for Royal Resorts.
Life Extension, for its part, is as enthusiastic about this budding working relationship as the management staff of Royal Resorts. According to Tom Gregory, Life Extension Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer, “We are very pleased with our new working relationship with Royal Resorts. Royal Resorts is in the business of providing a relaxing and invigorating respite from the pressures of modern life in their Caribbean beach resorts.” Gregory continues, “Life Extension supplies a line of needed and proven products that help a person live longer and better. By taking a holistic approach to health and wellness, members of Royal Resorts and Life Extension are in a win-win situation. Who doesn’t want to live longer and better? Regular vacationers to Royal Resorts who join the Life Extension Foundation are taking a giant step towards that goal. You vacation in paradise, you round out your diet with the optimum set of vitamins from Life Extension and voilà, happiness!”
Bill Faloon, Co-Founder of Life Extension Foundation noted that the personalized service given to Royal Resorts’ members truly sets it apart from other resorts and hotels. “I was really impressed during our early discussions with their management team at how far they will go to create a special vacation for their members and guests.”
Life Extension at work
Sandra Gunn, Life Extension’s consultant for Royal Resorts, has a comfortably appointed alcove in the luxurious Spa, Salon & Fitness Center in the recently opened Spa at the Sands. There, health-conscious guests can make an appointment or just stop by the Life Extension desk to learn more about The Foundation’s work, available products and member benefits. Both Life Extension and Royal Resorts believe that the ultra-modern spa is the perfect setting for guests to take their health and wellness program to the next level by becoming Life Extension members.
Life Extension consultants are conveniently located in each of the other four Royal Resort facilities in Cancun, and there are plans of expansion into properties outside of Cancun. At the weekly orientation session on Sunday, arriving members receive an orientation package that includes the new Life Extension member benefit. There, resort promoters and Life Extension consultants give a presentation on The Foundation that includes product information, website access and features (www.lef.org), and the kind of health-building information that is available in monthly issues of Life Extension magazine and in Life Extension’s reference book, Disease Prevention and Treatment.
Monday through Friday at the Life Extension desk at each resort, consultants provide guests with additional information about The Foundation and will often access the product advisors on-line for a health-related chat or to answer a product-specific question. Consultants report that most people are interested in weight management and anti-inflammatory products. How Life Extension guarantees the quality and efficacy of its products in an unregulated industry is also an important topic to potential members.
The spa experience
Guests at the Spa, Salon & Fitness Center enjoy relaxing hydrotherapy as part of the "total spa experience."
Designed by MCM International, a leader in spa design and management at some of the world’s most exclusive health resorts and spas, the Spa, Salon & Fitness Center located at the Sands is truly “the spa with something else,” as its literature states. Open since early June 2000, the state-of-the-art facility is staffed by certified trainers, instructors, and massage and facial therapists.
The well-equipped fitness center has 17 different types of machines designed to exercise every part of the body for a complete strength and cardiovascular workout. A trainer is always present to assist with equipment and workout needs. Maintaining meticulous standards for cleanliness throughout the facility is of utmost importance. The machines are disinfected several times daily according to Spa Director, Lupita Leyva, to maintain ultra-sanitary conditions for guests. In the aerobics center, which features floor-to-ceiling mirrors and hardwood floors, a certified instructor leads daily classes to the latest workout music.
The truly luxurious spa experience begins with several different facial treatments that include enzyme peeling, deep pore cleansing and an anti-stress facial massage. Other skin-rejuvenating treatments include an anti free radical lifting mask made of micronized vitamins, a deeply absorbed cellular application that will help prevent premature aging, and a freeze-dried fresh cell therapy to minimize crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes. A special skin-repair treatment for men is designed to relieve razor burn and folliculitis through application of botanical liposomes.
Body care services range from indulgent to therapeutic—deep tissue massages to loosen tight muscles, aromatherapy salt massages to remove dead skin cells and improve circulation, and a detoxifying seaweed body wrap rich in algae minerals and enzymes. For those seeking a uniquely natural experience, a Rise & Shine or Moon & Stars full body massage is available at the spa’s outdoor terrace.