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Wellness innovator taps top talent in luxury hospitality to helm first overseas immersion resort set on ancient lands of sun-drenched Aegean coast in Turkey

Forth Worth, TX - November 24, 2015 - Canyon Ranch®, the founding voice in holistic wellness for nearly 40 years, has appointed Markus Iseli Managing Director for its inaugural international immersion resort, Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya, slated to open July 2016 as the anchor brand of an exclusive waterfront enclave on the south Aegean coast, near the city of Bodrum.

Iseli brings more than 30 years of international luxury hospitality experience to the brand, which chose the site in Turkey for its confluence of stunning landscape, rich history, and thousands of years of healing tradition. In his new role, Iseli will oversee all operations for the strikingly modern property, which will boast 141 sea-view guest rooms; a 107,500 square-foot Spa, Fitness and Wellness center; two gourmet, Mediterranean-inspired restaurants; and the luxury residential complex, Canyon Ranch Living. Iseli will be influential in further establishing Canyon Ranch internationally, and for shaping the guest experience at Kaplankaya to create a sought-after, year-round luxury travel destination.

Throughout his career, Iseli has helped transform the standard of European hospitality, having led numerous high-profile property launches spanning three continents, including Four Seasons Damascus and Mahé. During his time in Turkey, Iseli served as an integral part of the opening team at the InterContinental Hotel in Istanbul, and held the position of Hotel Director at the Four Seasons in Istanbul for four years. He has held previous management roles at The Chedi in Muscat, Oman; Palazzo Parigi Milano in Milan, Italy; and Palace Luzern in Luzern, Switzerland. 

"I feel privileged to join the renowned Canyon Ranch brand in its global mission of advancing the concept of transformative wellness," says Iseli. "My innate creative nature fuels my love for curating guest experiences that are not only excellent, but extraordinary, and there is no place more inspiring to accomplish this than Kaplankaya."

Iseli is a native of Switzerland and studied at the Swiss Hotel Management Academy Lucerne. Iseli is happily married to his wife, Christine, with whom he has a daughter, Tiffany.

About Canyon Ranch®

Canyon Ranch® has been a pioneer and an industry-leading proponent of the wellness lifestyle for nearly 40 years, operating the world's most celebrated collection of life-enhancement properties. Canyon Ranch has wellness destination resorts in Tucson, Ariz., and Lenox, Mass. In addition, Canyon Ranch operates a SpaClub® day spa at The Venetian® & The Palazzo® hotels in Las Vegas, Nev., Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea® facilities onboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2® luxury ocean liner, Oceania® and Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, and on Celebrity Cruises®. Canyon Ranch is proud to bring its holistic and integrative approach to wellness to the global stage with its international destination resort Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya near Bodrum, Turkey, slated to open in 2016. Canyon Ranch is a 13-time winner of Travel + Leisure's Best Spa Award and an 11-time recipient of the Condé Nast Traveler Best Destination Spa Award.

About Kaplankaya

Kaplankaya is Capital Partners' prime coastal development project on the southwest Aegean coast of Turkey. There are precious few ideal locations where year-round sunlight brightens an unspoiled natural coastal habitat. Kaplankaya is one of them. Kaplankaya will present a refined, contemporary Turkish coastal living destination in touch with its surrounding environment and combine the natural elements of clear sea, crisp light and clean air with graceful architecture that integrates harmoniously with the area's local people and their cultural heritage.

Designed by the world's leading architects with a strong commitment to environmental and socio-economic sustainability, Kaplankaya will offer a highly attractive range of luxury homes and resorts, as well as an outstanding leisure, cultural and retail infrastructure. 

Contact: For Media - Gizem Ozcelik or Rachel Kasab - Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations

gizem@njfpr.com or rachel@njfpr.com / (212) 228-1500

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