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Clive McNish Named Wellness Director at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa

Koh Samui, Thailand… As Wellness Director at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, British-born Clive McNish ensures the seamless delivery of Kamalaya’s holistic wellness concept, presiding over a team of more than 50 multi-disciplinary wellness practitioners that includes four naturopaths, a doctor of Western medicine, and two doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Clive came to Kamalaya in September 2009 after two years at the helm of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya. Here he oversees operations and wellness facilities encompassing more than 40,000 square feet. These include 30 treatment spaces ranging from consultation suites and Ayurvedic treatment rooms to open-air massage salas, as well as the Shakti Fitness Centre, herbal steam cavern, three plunge pools, two yoga pavilions, far infrared saunas and the Wellness Centre’s Elixir Bar.
Clive and his team maintain Kamalaya’s deep respect and empathy for individual choice in integrating holistic medicine traditions from East and West. The wellness menu offers 70 treatments and therapies, and Clive also oversees a daily schedule of holistic activities and classes open to all guests, including Pilates, various yoga styles, Qi gong, tai chi, meditation, fit ball, stretching, and talks on forms of healing.
Kamalaya co-founders John and Karina Stewart and Managing Director Marc-Antoine Cornaz were delighted to find in Clive a Wellness Director whose personal philosophies so closely matched Kamalaya’s commitment to integrity and authenticity in providing the guest experience. They also chose him for his extensive experience in running five-star spas: He possesses a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the spa industry, from operations and design to recruiting and training. 
Clive chose to move to Kamalaya for the opportunity it offered to develop the wellness offering while helping guests to reap the greatest possible benefit from the Kamalaya experience.
“It’s such an honour to be leading the Wellness team here at Kamalaya,” says Clive, who moved to Koh Samui with his wife Jacquelyn and their baby daughter Tiegan. “I wanted to do it because this was a wonderful opportunity to work within a Wellness environment that is passionately driven by hands on owners whom I can help to make a difference. “
Before moving to Mandarin Oriental Clive was Spa Director at the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche.  He also served as Spa Director at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Spa, voted “Best UK Hotel Spa” in 2006 by Conde Nast Traveller readers, and was Acting Director of Spas at the Four Seasons Bali. Previously he was Spa Manager at Chewton Glen Hotel Spa Country Club, which won honours including being named “Best British Hotel Spa” while Clive was there.
Clive studied in England at St. Albans School and the University Of Kent. He has a diploma from the Fellowship of Sports Massage Therapists, and certifications in nutrition & fitness training, people management, and health & safety, among others.
Kamalaya Koh Samui is a Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa set on a lush, tropical hillside on Koh Samui’s southern coast. Kamalaya integrates healing practices and treatments from East and West, a beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, customised programs and wellness retreats, offering a unique concept in personal wellbeing and holistic lifestyle possibilities. For reservations and bookings, please visit www.kamalaya.com.