Nancy Nemer

Wellness Development Specialist

Anni Hood is widely recognized as a leading spa and wellness industry expert.  She consults across a global portfolio of work specializing in conceptual model development, performance optimization, strategic planning and brand expansion.  Her spas have performed among the top in the industry showing strong profits, consistent standards and award-worthy excellence.  She is the founder, creator and strategist behind K.I.S Lifestyle – a revolutionary new wellness brand concept that targets a broad-based consumer market across the United Kingdom.  Its intention focuses on health optimization including the stabilization and reduction of obesity for all ages. 

 Prior to returning to her home base in the UK to develop K.I.S, Ms. Hood was based in Dubai for five years where she served as the Group Director of Spas for the Jumeirah Group.  It is there that she spear-headed the development of the first branded integrative health spa model exclusively for a hotel chain worldwide.  Overseeing its conceptual design, facility planning, design review, financial projections, operational standards and pre-opening critical paths, she created the full brand package for Talise Spas.  She oversaw the day-to-day operations of 7 Jumeirah spas while concurrently managing over 20 new spas in the development pipeline which spanned Europe, US, India, Asia, Middle East and Latin America.  She also directed the creation and content for the award winning Talise magazine for Jumeirah.  This bi-monthly wellness and lifestyle magazine received its first award in January 2009 after only one year of distribution.

Early in her career, Hood held upper level management positions with two major players in the spa industry.  As Spa Director for the Madinat Jumeirah Spa, a 26 room 6500sm/21,325sf resort spa in Dubai and one of the largest new builds in the world during her tenure, she successfully built and developed an international team into a world class operation that quickly became the new benchmark for many spas to follow.  Under her direction, the spa won its first Spa Finder’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2005 for the Best Spa in the Middle East.  Prior to working with Jumeirah, she was General Manager at the highly acclaimed Sanctuary Spa in London where she optimized business capacity, profitability and raised the asset value for its subsequent sale. 

Ms. Hood is a sought after international speaker with engagements that include the Global Spa Summit in both 2007 and 2008, The Monaco Spa Event in 2007 and The Middle Eastern Spa Summit in 2009.  She is a columnist and writer for several spa and wellness publications in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.  Her passion and zest for the health, spa and wellness industry is fully reflected in her own life.  She has run in the New York marathon, competed in an international dragon boat race and participated in several triathlons in both the UK and the UAE.  Alongside her passion for fitness, she continues to study and investigate wellness destinations and integrative medical facilities that concentrate on holistic healing.  Ms. Hood maintains an office and residence in the North East of England while traveling the globe where she draws inspiration to create a more innovative future for the health and wellness industries.