Director of Spa & Wellness
Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 2018
- First Four Seasons Assignment: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
- Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan; RAAS Rajasthan, India; Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, Doha, Qatar; Rishikesh Yog Peeth, Rishikesh, India; Balance Wellbeing 360, Dubai, UAE; Landmark Group, Dubai, UAE; Life Positive, Delhi, India; SHREYAS, Delhi, India; Park Hotels, Delhi, India
- Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai, India; Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from IHM Pusa, Delhi, India
- Delhi, India
- English, Hindi
“Life is a balance of attention and intention,” says Faraaz Tanveer, Director of Spa & Wellness. “With focused attention and conscious intention, life flows smoothly and allows you to achieve so much more.”
This is the guiding principle Faraaz brings to Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi where he oversees THE SPA, Fitness Centre and Wellness Membership Program. With more than a decade of experience in luxury wellness across premier destinations such as Bali, Dubai and Rajasthan, his approach is complemented by a sustained and genuine interest in how we can become our best selves.
Even as a teenager, young Faraaz was naturally drawn to the realm of spirituality and self-knowledge – but his passion didn’t turn into a calling until later. A knack for communication and a desire for travel led him first to the broader field of hospitality. After completing his degree in hospitality management, he began his career with a luxury hotel group in India, then went on to earn an MBA.
It was in 2010 that the stars aligned. Thanks to a chance encounter while conducting an energy healing session, Faraaz was commissioned to launch a 360-degree wellness centre in the Middle East. “The role that brought together my experience in hospitality, my management skills and my love for wellness,” he notes. “It was eye-opening!”
Inspired to delve more deeply into yogic disciplines, he spent several months training in the Indian city of Rishikesh (the birthplace of yoga), and went on to facilitate workshops around yogic healing, meditation and breathwork. Along the way, he also trained in alternative knowledge systems such as Qi Gong, Reiki and Vipassana. He then returned to the world of hospitality to lead the opening of two “ila only” hotel spas in Rajasthan, which went on to be widely recognized, including by Conde Nast Traveller.
In 2018, Faraaz joined the award-winning Four Seasons resort in Ubud, Bali, where he was instrumental in launching a number of holistic wellness initiatives, including a Sattvic-inspired menu and a spa ritual under the stars. In addition, he helped launch a hugely successful residential wellness retreat and served on a strategic taskforce at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. In 2020, he won “Manager of the Year – Asia” at the Hall of Wellness Awards.
When it comes to leadership, Faraaz puts the spotlight on care and sensitivity, likening the role of a team leader to an orchestra conductor. “Everyone has different skills and personalities. You have to create space for each individual to shine, while still making sure they complement one another and create something extraordinary as a whole.”
Now in Tokyo, Faraaz is working with his team to further elevate the Hotel’s offerings. At the top of their priority list? Delivering wellness getaways that are both exciting and rejuvenating. “Until a few years ago, travellers had two choices. They could either escape their everyday routine with an indulgent vacation, or book themselves into a medical retreat. Now, it doesn’t have to be one or the other,” he explains. “Wellness holidays are about feeling good and discovering new things, while also creating a positive impact on your physical, mental and spiritual health.”
Another focus area for Faraaz is the Hotel’s longer-term wellness programming, available to locals and residents through membership. Along with a host of always-available benefits, members enjoy priority access to visiting practitioners who open windows into new dimensions of wellbeing.
Anchored by a vision of integrated wellness, Faraaz also takes a keen interest in creating new avenues to relaxation and renewal, often collaborating with other departments such as Food and Beverage, Rooms and Concierge. Indeed, the Hotel’s spa and fitness facilities are set to become a hub for all things wellness – “a uniquely urban oasis in the sky” that is ideally situated in Tokyo’s bustling business district.
Faraaz’s interests outside the Hotel overlap heavily with his work: “I think I have the perfect job!” On days off, one is likely to find him doing yoga, trekking, attending wellness workshops or simply spending time in nature. As a first-timer in Tokyo, he is always happy to explore new facets of the city’s culture, preferably through good conversations and great food.