For many guests, a hotel stay can offer a sense of rejuvenation, both mentally and physically. Taking the concept of therapeutic travel more literally is online behavioural health company Talkspace, which has partnered with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to bring accessible mental health support to both hospitality employees and visiting guests. Recognising that traditional therapy can be difficult to access for many audiences, the Kimpton and Talkspace partnership offers up to 1,000 complimentary video therapy sessions with licensed counsellors, available exclusively to travellers staying at Kimpton properties. It has also extended its year-long complimentary subscriptions to employees, recognising the challenges those in the hospitality sector have faced during the pandemic.
With the gaming sector only set to accelerate in the coming years, video game giant Nintendo’s original headquarters has been transformed into the luxurious hospitality destination Marufukuro. The Kyoto site, designed by renovation company Plan Do See and supervised by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, targets both gaming fans and unassuming luxurians. While not specifically tapping into Nintendo’s present-day identity, the Marufukuro building pays homage to Nintendo’s humble beginnings as a creator of Western-style playing cards. Originally built in 1933, and vacant since 1959, the boutique hotel transports travellers into bygone eras while offering premium experiences including a restaurant and bar.
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