01 October 2008

Unique Beauty, Spa and Wellness Website Opened by Wahanda

London, October 1 2008 – October sees the launch of a revolutionary new health, beauty and wellbeing website Wahanda. Until now, there hasn’t been a site where consumers can connect with such a wide range of spas, salons, fitness centres and therapists, discover the latest treatments, be inspired by community ratings and reviews, and find the ultimate pamper experience all on one fresh, clean and easy-to-use website.

Wahanda fills that gap, providing users with an inspirational online health and beauty bible that promises to become your virtual best friend by doing the leg-work for the customer. Offering an unrivalled choice of spas and wellness facilities in the UK and Ireland, Wahanda is already the most comprehensive spa website in Europe – and growing every day.

Customers can pick from leading destinations including Elemis, Champneys, Dove Spa, The Sanctuary, Lanesborough Hotel, One Aldwych, Four Seasons, Linda Meredith, Chewton Glen and Stoke Park, or for something closer to home, typing in the exact location to discover a hidden gem just around the corner.

“There are thousands of spas and treatments out there and so finding and choosing the right one can be intimidating. Until now! Wahanda has been created as an easy-to-use website that is on the consumer’s side, whatever it is they are looking for. With a wide range of spas, salons and treatments on offer, Wahanda is the place to find the ideal pampering gift for any budget,” says Lopo Champalimaud, CEO Wahanda.

Thanks to Wahanda’s buzzing community, press and user-generated reviews will give the inside scoop from like-minded consumers and professionals, guaranteeing a well–informed decision about the wellness experience. By creating a Wahanda profile, users too can join the discussion, and along with writing their own reviews, they are able to compile a personal scrapbook of all favourite hotspots and must-try treatments.

Wahanda even has the perfect pamper presents, courtesy of the Wahanda monetary spa vouchers that are completely flexible, beautifully packaged and in various denominations from £25 to £200. Accepted at hundreds of locations across the UK, these golden tickets to tranquillity will have the owner grinning from ear to ear. Wahanda also offers exclusive online deals and vouchers from a growing number of well-known spas, salons and fitness centres to help users find the best beauty and wellness inspirations.

So whether the user is seeking advice on Ashtanga yoga, looking for a personal trainer, wants to try the celebrity massage of the moment, or purchase a Wahanda gift voucher for those in need of a little R & R, the straightforward search tools will lead the user to dream destination at the click of a button.

About ASI
Ambient Sound Investments was founded in 2003 with the objective of managing and investing the assets of Skype‘s four Estonian founding engineers. ASI made its first investment in March 2006. Since then, ASI has financed a total of 21 technology start-ups worldwide: in Asia, the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, Finland, and Russia. In late 2007 ASI launched ASI Incubator to nurture promising projects with a strong idea and business potential and turn them into solid technology companies. For further information, please visit http://www.asi.ee/

About Wahanda
Founded by veterans of lastminute.com and Yahoo!, Wahanda has brought together investors who were behind some of the leading businesses in the hospitality and internet industries, including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, lastminute.com, Skype, and last.fm (see editor’s notes). It is their passion for wellness, their online expertise and their insight into what is missing in the wellness market that has created an exciting new concept for us all to enjoy. For further information, please visit: http://www.wahanda.com/

For more information, please contact:

Lopo Champalimaud
CEO, Wahanda
E-mail: lopo@wahanda.com
Skype: lchampalimaud

Eileen Burbidge
Investment Manager, ASI
E-mail: eileen@asi.ee
Skype: eileenbroch