Wellness Village Spa & Fitness outlets disappear? And to think that SIA Boarding Pass Privileges showcase the spa...

Wellness Village Spa & Fitness

SIA Boarding Pass Privileges: Wellness Village Spa & Fitness

Yes. SIA ought to relook at its Boarding Pass Privileges and immediately stop featuring Wellness Village Spa & Fitness.

CASE has received five complaints against Wellness Village Spa & Fitness since last year. Perhaps CASE might want to publish a newsletter about all the complaints received & distribute it to corporations (like SIA) for their information.

If only SIA knew about the complaints, I doubt Wellness Village Spa & Fitness will still be considered by SIA as part of its boarding pass privileges.

Okay, you may say that it's the duty of SIA to do its homework & check about the company. To be fair, if you go to CASE homepage, there is no a Search button or a link to the list of complaints & the companies involved.

For your kind consideration, CASE. On a positive note, I do like the Consumer Alerts section of the CASE website. Heh.

For over four years, it operated at the Pan Pacific Singapore hotel. But over the course of a day, the Wellness Village Spa left customers and the hotel in the lurch when it suddenly shut down, disconnecting its phone lines.

At its Pagoda Street outlet in Chinatown, the premises were empty, with the doors wide open when MediaCorp visited on Monday. Neighbouring shop owners said they saw movers shifting equipment and furniture on Sunday afternoon. In the quiet of the night, the same scene was seemingly repeated at the Pan Pacific outlet.

A nearby shop owner said the spa began retrenching workers last month. He noticed remaining staff packing up late last week, and believes that customers were told it was "fully booked" to keep them from coming down.

This was certainly the experience for one customer.

Ms Elaine Ong had been trying to make an appointment, but the spa kept telling her that it was fully booked.

The "first hint of trouble" came last Thursday when she called the Pan Pacific outlet and an employee told her only two therapists were being employed, said Ms Ong who is in her 30s.

As she has recently signed up for a $600 package, Ms Ong said she was a "bit alarmed".

At Pan Pacific on Monday, a hotel employee told guests the spa had closed without informing anyone. Dutch businessman Laros, 39, who had been peering through the spa's glass door, said the hotel's reception pointed him to the spa for a massage when he checked in.

The hotel told MediaCorp the spa "leases and operates the premises independently".

It "sincerely regrets any inconvenience experienced" and is now re-directing guests to nearby spa facilities. It will "continue to attempt" to contact Wellness Village Spa, it added.

Checks with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority showed that Wellness Village was incoporated in June 2004 and is still a "live company". Permanent resident Lia Meyrina is listed as its director. MediaCorp could not reach the company.

Wellness Village Spa and Fitness, a limited liability partnership with Ms Lia and a Mr Christopher Tan Khee Howe listed as partners, was struck off in September. It was registered in 2007.

Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) executive director Seah Seng Choon was "not surprised" by the spa's actions.

"Don't be fooled by the location. Spas are generally small businesses, unless they have an international chain ... Consumers have to be careful when transacting with them," said Mr Seah.

Since last year, CASE has received five complaints, including unsatisfactory services and difficulty in scheduling sessions, against Wellness Village. Four were made this year, with the latest complaint in October. CASE is trying to contact the company.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Has Wellness Village Spa left its customers in the lurch?".


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