Sangha Retreat By Octave Institute on Yangcheng Lake on the outskirts of Suzhou (near Shanghgai) has appointed Alan Navarrete as spa director.

Sangha Retreat is a transformative, holistic health and wellness retreat and Navarrete will oversee its daily operations. The 65,000-sq ft spa, integrates wellbeing programmes and fitness classes.

Navarrete has previously worked at Ixchel Spa at the Hilton Los Cabos and was spa director at The Resort at Pedregal and at the Auriga Spa at Capella Pedregal, both in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Navarrete’s passion for spa culture and travel led him to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club on-board Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises, where he also served as spa director for two years.