Chenot enriches wellness with science


The Chenot Group has been raising the bar for 50 years as an operator of path-breaking health and wellness retreats. “Everything we do here is based on science,” Dr George Gaitanos, Chief Operating and Scientific Officer, Chenot Group, tells us in an interview.

“We act in a proactive way and not just from the repair point of view. We have a holistic vision of the body and thus we adopt a multidisciplinary approach to our method of work.

“Our concept is to integrate health and wellness in order for people to get healthier and reach their optimum health.”

Based in Switzerland, The Chenot Group has developed medical spa programmes, treatments, cosmetic products and food supplements that promote healthy living, wellness and successful ageing for over 50 years. Chenot Palace Weggis has recently partnered with Serandipians by Traveller Made and is listed as a top luxury boutique hotel on Virtuoso’s network.

“The body never shouts, only whispers. Pay attention and listen to what your body is telling you”
– Dr George Gaitanos


The group opened three properties in 2020: its new flagship property Chenot Palace Weggis in Switzerland, alongside Chenot Espace in One & Only Portonovi, Montenegro, and Chenot Spa in One & Only Desaru Coast. With this, the wellness powerhouse has nine locations spanning the globe with another announcement just around the corner.

Neither denying nor admitting to an imminent expansion in the Middle East, Dr Gaitanos says: “I can tell you this: our long-term objective is to create a boutique chain of health and wellness retreats in very select locations. We aim to be market leaders in the wellness and preventative medicine space.”

Dr Gaitanos, who also heads the research and development for Chenot, says: “Since everything we do is science based, we will keep working on developing cutting-edge treatments and diagnoses. Whenever we have a new technology, as always, it will be applied with ethos to help people achieve their maximum human potential. To be their best self. To achieve a greater level of functioning, build resilience and eventually, be able to adapt to the ever-changing environment.”

A good example of ongoing scientific advancements is Chenot’s newest development, The Chenot Molecular Lab for Optimal Living, which debuted late last year. The in-house, state-of-the-art molecular laboratory is a revolutionary approach designed to combat pre-mature ageing at the molecular level. It utilises ground-breaking epigenetic technology to analyse gene activity, determine biological ageing status and prescribe a personalised treatment plan to optimise wellbeing and health.

Almost 500 people have already benefitted from this unique molecular screening, which is not available commercially but can only be conducted in research labs.

The health and wellness programmes at Chenot Palace Weggis require a minimum one-week commitment and are based on the Chenot Method, which focuses not on treating disease but on proactive, preventative actions to promote wellness. It is the perfect marriage of Western and Eastern medicine and based on scientific accuracy.

First, the medical team asses an important array of biomarkers within the body. These Chenot Lifestyle Biomarkers help towards the personalisation of treatment plans. They also assess what is impacting the ageing process in the client’s body and determine their Vitality Index, a wellness score. A set of bespoke treatments and diet plans work in synergy to stimulate the body to then eliminate toxins, increase vitality, energy levels and to rebalance its physiology.

“Health is not the absence of disease, in fact, health and disease can coexist in a dynamic state of living,” Dr Gaitanos says. “Indeed, it is possible to remain in a state of wellness even when you die.

“Most of the players in our industry are focused on reports, statistical analysis, innovative screening, which we also have, but our focus is on the individual. If someone is diabetic, the Chenot approach is to respond to his needs as a healthy person with diabetes, while others may see him as a diabetic patient.

“We acknowledge the condition, prevent it by not allowing it to carry on. But, most importantly, we promote your wellbeing under any condition that you may have.”

What you get at Chenot can be transformational for life if you follow the specialists’ advice when you leave. You have to be the change, he says. 

Before we conclude, Dr Gaitanos mentions that he doesn’t like giving ‘tips’ because tips are the epitome of generalisation and the very basis of Chenot is personalisation. “Be kind to yourself,” he says politely. “The body never shouts, only whispers. Pay attention and listen to what your body is telling you.”


* Turn to pages 6-7 for a review of the Advanced Detox programme at Chenot Palace Weggis