Jumeirah Group rethinks wellness

Niamh O’Connell

Jumeirah Group, the luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, has announced the appointment of Niamh O’Connell as its first Vice President of Wellbeing, Group and Corporate. The move is part of the Group’s renewed focus to elevate the wellness offering across its portfolio and craft distinctive experiences that meet the needs of today’s discerning luxury traveller.

With nearly two decades of experience in luxury wellness and hospitality across Europe, the United States, and the Asia Pacific region, O’Connell will work alongside Jumeirah Group’s hotel and operations teams to craft an all-encompassing wellbeing strategy. This will include spa services, fitness offerings, longevity programmes, therapies, and holistic wellness as well as branding, design and programming.

O’Connell boasts an impressive track record in leading award-winning global teams recognised for their innovation and service excellence. Prior to joining Jumeirah Group, she held senior roles at Hyatt International Hotels & Resorts, and most recently, was the Group Vice President at Rosewood Hotel Group, where she was responsible for the strategic development of wellness and brand experience. Recognised for her strategic brand vision and consistent delivery of exceptional guest experiences, O’Connell has developed an outstanding reputation for creating unique touchpoints across the guest journey.

Commenting on her new role, O’Connell said: “It is a true privilege to join Jumeirah Group at this pivotal moment in the brand’s journey. Over the past three years, a remarkable shift in the landscape of wellbeing has been witnessed, and now the industry stands on the brink of an exhilarating transformation. I look forward to inspiring a new approach to wellbeing across our hotels and resorts, guided by the principles of lifelong learning, longevity, and inclusivity. By adopting this approach, my aim is to ensure we empower our guests to enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing through sustainable wellness practices.”