The experienced Mangosteen Ayurveda Spa Team with Dr. Subhash (Ayurvedic Doctor) and Rose von Keller (Spa Manager)!
Hajo von Keller, German National, grown up in Munich (Bavaria) moved to Thailand in 1996 to develop the families sporting goods business, initially opening an office with warehouse in Bangkok and later a Sport Shop in Phuket Town. At this stage, he did not plan to stay in Thailand very long, however the business was growing very fast and the team grew to around 25 staff, so the option to leave was diminishing monthly. Due to the Asian crisis in 1997, he decided to consolidate the business, moved to Phuket to leave the at this time depressed city of Bangkok and started to work on the “resort idea”. Completely new to the hospitality industry, he was studying possibilities carefully, contacting several experienced hoteliers, as he believed to have found an interesting market niche. A Boutique Resort with lots of space, comfortable but not snobbish, different from the classic “square building” hotels. It took 6 months to find the land in Rawai, 3 months to convince the bank and 18 months to build the Mangosteen Resort, which opened in March 2003.
In the meantime the resort is more a hobby, a lifestyle, rather than work for him, enjoying every minute of it. But honestly, he would not like to work alone! Luckily, he has his wife Rose, sharing the same passion!
Rose von Keller, Thai National, born in the northern town of Chiang Rai, grown up mostly in Bangkok has been studying at St. Theresa Secretarial School and hotel business from Vittyanukorn, graduated from UTCC (University of Thai Chamber of Commerce) and worked in famous hotels like The Mandarin Oriental in Koh Samui as GM Secretary. She moved to Phuket in 1994 as Personal Assistant to GM at Colony’s Hotel in Kamala. Then in year 1997 was joining to a leading publishing company, as Office Manager and Sales Manager for 8 years.
Her experience in organization and her skills in human resources, her ability to negotiate the best deals for the company have been essential for its success. Charming and always in good mood, she is a great motivator for the whole team and of course her children, who are studying hospitality to make sure the resort remains family managed. In 2018, she received the official “Spa Manager” Certificate by the Ministry of Public Health, Bangkok. Her knowledge about Food nutrition, Spa treatments, products, equipment and hygiene from Spa Manager course is definitely very useful for Mangosteen Ayurveda Spa. Together with Dr. Subhash she has created the new Ayurveda Food Menu and Super Drinks for the Mangosteen Restaurant.
Dr. Subhash Annoji Shanbhag
Dr. Subhash, a practitioner of ancient medicinal system from India, “AYURVEDA“. A Bachelor’s Degree in Ayurveda science, trained and practiced in India under well-known teachers he has the ability to adapt and plan tailor made treatments to every individual. A core believer in LIVING WITH THE NATURE he utilizes the best of the nature has to offer at the best time. His sessions begin with detailed counseling on DOSHA, MEDICAL HISTORY and PULSE DIAGNOSIS.
A keen believer in YOGA and Meditation offers free YOGA session for all once a week for beginners and gives his best to all who are on a wellness holiday. Definitely give a try of the morning PRANAYAMA session with him with the Yoga an excellent base to any kind of meditation practice or well-being. He started his career at Bangalore, India with Ittina Wellness in the year 2005 and is being practicing in Phuket under the proud banner of MANGOSTEEN Ayurveda Spa since 2011 offering private sessions of Ayurveda vital point Therapy, PANCHAKARMA detox programs, Group Spa Retreats, Diet Workshops, Health Talks and Hands on Retreats, Diet Workshops and Health Talks and Hands on Training.
Dr. Subhash has been working with hundreds of guests at the Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, many of them called to ask if he would still be around when they came back. He is the mastermind of our concept and the success of the treatments, as well as the Ayurveda Spa Menu.