Sandie Johannessen

Health & Wellness Director
Zulal Wellness Resort by ChivaSom

A passionate advocate of multi-dimensional wellness for over 25 years, Sandie Johannessen’s quest for ‘pure experiences and forward-thinking techniques’ has taken her everywhere from the UK and Scandinavia, to India, Maldives, Malaysia and Seychelles. Sandie now brings her expertise to Four Seasons Bangkok as Senior Spa Director, along with supporting the spa team in Asia-Pacific. Prior to this, she served as Senior Director of Spas for two Four Seasons Resorts in the Seychelles, with the added responsibility of overseeing several spas in the Middle East and Africa. Sandie has long espoused the virtues of a harmonious approach, as exemplified by her own Ayurvedic lifestyle. “Applying yourself on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level ensures your priorities are always balanced,” she explains. “It’s the same in a spa – your success has to be rooted in a deep regard for the overall wellbeing of guests.” Drawing inspiration from her holistic outlook, the Wellness Centre at Four Seasons facilitates personal growth through three parallel paths – Mind (spirituality and self-awareness), Body (beauty and massage treatments) and Work (fitness and yoga). For Sandie, who is half Danish, half Thai, the move to Bangkok is a homecoming of sorts. “I’ve always wanted to get more in touch with my roots,” she says with a smile. “And I can’t think of a better way to connect with Thailand than through its incredible heritage of wellbeing.” Indeed, Sandie’s openness and love of learning have allowed her to soak in wisdom from across cultures – from studying the science of Ayurveda at an ashrama in India, to finding new facets of herself in an Israeli kibbutz, to meditating at silent Buddhist retreats. As she says, “I’m a self-confessed ‘truth seeker’. I like to seek out pure experiences and, in anything I do, what’s most important is that it feels right.”

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