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Wahanda /wah-‘händ- aaaaaah/
noun; Website that provides access to the best beauty & wellness treatments and therapists

The what of Wahanda

Wahanda is the online home for health, beauty and wellness, with comprehensive listings of spas, salons and health centres across the globe at its very foundations. You'll also find that it's decorated with expert tips and advice, with everything you need to know about treatments, trends and therapies proudly on display for all to see. So, if you’re wondering where your nearest spa is, whether to wax or shave, what to eat before yoga or maybe you’re just curious about colonics, at Wahanda you can gather together a scrapbook of everything you need to know and all the exciting spas and clinics around the world you want to try out.

Wahanda is a Native American word for “great spirit and creator”. We think it sums up our energy and passion for health, beauty and happiness.

What we’re not:
We don’t own spas.
We don’t manufacture cosmetics.
We’re just people who are passionate about wellness.

The who of Wahanda

A true labour of love, Wahanda was founded on Valentine’s Day 2008 by Lopo Champalimaud and Salim Mitha, inspired veterans of lastminute.com and Yahoo! respectively. Salim and Lopo may do the talking but it's our merry band of crafty developers who make Wahanda sing and dance.

We’re lucky enough to have some great, high profile investors including the former engineering founders who built Skype, the investors behind last.fm and the former COO & President of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. In 2011 we had a further boost with a new investment from Fidelity Growth Partners, who are helping us to get even bigger and better.

We’re a small team with big ideas and we’re growing fast. If you’re talented and keen to join us, email jobs@wahanda.com with your CV and tell us how you can make our dream team that bit dreamier.

The why of Wahanda

Beauty is not just for women. Health is not just for young people. Whoever you are, Wahanda is here to help you make the most of what Mother Nature has given you.

We know that life can be tough. You’re not always super-cheerful, you don’t always get eight hours sleep and sometimes after a hard day’s work the last thing you want is to “feel the burn”.

We don’t want to tell you how to live your life - because we can’t. What we can do is show you an alternative. In fact, hundreds of alternatives - ways to stay fit and healthy, to be beautiful, to chill out and a few things you’ll want to do just for fun. So it doesn’t have to be a hard slog, with a whole world of wellbeing at your fingertips you can pick and choose as you please.

We also know that health, beauty and wellness can be mysterious and filled with intimidating places. What’s epilation? Should I bow to my yoga guru? When the therapist says to take my clothes off, does that include my underpants? We love all aspects of health and beauty and we want you to love them too. That’s why you won't find us humming and chiming our finger-cymbals; we want to give you straightforward answers to all those niggling questions and to put you in touch with other people who can tell you what they think too.

We want you to be the happiest, healthiest and most beautiful person you can be.

We're here to help our partners too - check out our health and beauty industry business blog for news on what we're doing to grow your business, and tips on making the most of Wahanda.

Our vital statistics:

Our official company name is Hotspring Ventures Limited (company number 06457679), but our friends call us Wahanda.

Our registered address is:

c/o Calder & Co
16 Charles II Street
London, United Kingdom
SW1Y 4NW

Our VAT number is 928 0472 19 which our accountants assure us is quite flattering.

Our lucky number is 23, our favourite trees are elms, we have mixed feelings about celery, but we get through bags of nuts like nobody’s business.

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