Jumeirah Group appoints Niamh O’Connell as vice president of wellbeing

The new role, working alongside the Group’s hotel and operations teams, will create an all-encompassing wellbeing strategy


By Mark Smith

15 June 2023

Jumeirah Group, the luxury hospitality company has appointed 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. It plans  to craft distinctive experiences that meet the needs of today’s discerning luxury traveller.

With nearly three decades of experience in luxury wellness and hospitality across Europe, the United States, and the Asia Pacific region, O’Connell brings a wealth of experience to the role.

She 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. She will also develop branding, design and programming with the team.

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“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.”

Niamh O’Connell

Vice president of wellbeing, Jumeirah Group

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. Most recently she was the group vice president at Rosewood Hotel Group. There she was responsible for the strategic development of wellness and brand experience.

Inspired vision

“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,” says O’Connell. “By adopting this approach, my aim is to ensure we empower our guests to enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing through sustainable wellness practices.”

Recognised for her strategic brand vision and consistent delivery of exceptional guest experiences, O’Connell has developed a reputation for creating unique touch points across the guest journey.

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Jumeirah Group includes the iconic Talise Spa at Burj Al Arab

 “The relationship our guests have with wellness and wellbeing today has transcended from isolated treatments offering a functional fix, to an all-encompassing guided approach to longevity, life balance and self-care,” says Katerina Giannouka, chief executive officer of Jumeirah Group. “Niamh is a world class expert in this space and I’m delighted to have her join our team at Jumeirah Group as the vice president of wellbeing. This is a new role we deemed essential as we begin to invest strongly in advancing our wellbeing offering through new concepts, therapies and partnerships, designed to enrich the life and wellness experience of our guests while staying at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.”

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Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

About Jumeirah Group

Jumeirah Group is a member of Dubai Holding and a global luxury hotel company. The company operates a world-class 6,500+-key portfolio of 26 luxury properties across the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

The group boasts some of the most prestigious properties in the world. From the iconic flagship hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, to its contemporary Maldivian island resort at Olhahali Island and The Carlton Tower Jumeirah in the heart of Knightsbridge, London.


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