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Ella Stimpson Joins Sea Island as Spa Director

Sea Island (GA) announced the appointment of Ella Stimpson as spa director of the resort’s renowned Spa at Sea Island, which has received the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award for six consecutive years and was recently named the number four spa in the continental U.S in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards . Stimpson will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the 65,000 square-foot spa, including developing innovative treatments, services and classes, and leading a staff of therapists, consultants, and providers. She comes to Sea Island from Las Vegas, where she recently served as executive director of spa...

FRHI Hotels & Resorts Appoints Andrew Gibson as Vice President

FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI), the parent company of luxury hotel brands Raffles Hotels & Resorts , Fairmont Hotels & Resorts , and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts , has announced the appointment of Andrew Gibson as vice president of spas and wellness. Based out of FRHI's regional office in Dubai, Gibson will be responsible for the development and execution of the company's spa strategy, including defining and implementing spa standards globally across all of the company’s leading hotel and spa brands. "I’m very pleased to be welcoming Andrew to the FRHI team,” says Jennifer Fox, president international of FRHI and...

Spa Gregorie’s Promotes Scott Duncan to President

Spa Gregorie’s (multiple locations, CA) announced the promotion of Scott Duncan, who is now president of Southern California’s day spa and salon. Duncan has since been a significant contributor to the company’s growth and success since 1998. Spa Gregorie’s has grown to three locations—Del Mar, Newport Beach, and Rancho Santa Margarita — and has captured industry awards, such as American Spa Magazine Professional Choice Awards “Favorite Day Spa,” Spa Finde r’s Reader’s Choice for “Best Day Spa,” and Skin Inc. Magazine’s “Best of the Best.” In his new role, Duncan will oversee day-to-day operations, senior leadership, strategic direction, and finance...

The Dolder Grand Appoints New Spa Director

The Dolder Grand (Zurich) has appointed Therese Martirena as spa director of the award-winning The Dolder Grand Spa . Martirena will be responsible for overseeing the entire range of services and products offered. She is a Swiss native with an extensive spa background. Martirena completed a commercial apprenticeship at the Wellness & Spa Hotel Ermitage (Schönried, Switzerland). She later became a qualified massage therapist. She comes to The Dolder Grand Spa with years of experience at award-winning properties, including spa manager at the Hilton Barcelona Hotel (Spain). In 2008, the year The Dolder Grand reopened; she took on the role...

Leah Strohecker Joins L'Auberge Del Mar as Spa Director

L'Auberge Del Mar (CA), by Destination Hotels & Resorts , appointed Leah Strohecker as spa director for its 5,000 square-foot beach cottage-inspired Spa L'Auberge . Strohecker's responsibilities will include overseeing the spa. "Leah is a natural leader who has the unique combination of experience in both spa management and massage practice," says Michael Slosser, vice president and managing director for L'Auberge Del Mar. "She will be integral in helping the hotel continue to provide an upscale, beach spa experience with the latest in healing therapies." Strohecker has more than a decade of experience working in the spa industry both as...

Stella Gustafsson Named Spa Director of The Norwich Spa at Foxwoods

Foxwoods Resort Casino , the largest resort casino in North America, announced the appointment of Stella Gustafsson to spa director at The Norwich Spa at Foxwoods . Gustafsson, who brings years of professional experience in the hospitality and health and wellness industries to the spa, is a native of Iceland. She has overseen spa and wellness programs at luxury properties in the U.S., including the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (FL), Crystal Mountain Resort (Michigan), and PGA National Resort and Spa (Palm Beach, FL). Most recently, she was director of the Elemis Spa at Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT). In addition...

Arizona Biltmore Names Leslie Johnson Spa Director

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Phoenix) has appointed Leslie Johnson the resort’s new spa director. “Leslie comes to the Arizona Biltmore with an impressive background developing spa concepts, programs, and facilities at leading resorts nationwide,” says David Kirken, general manager. “We look forward to her drawing upon this experience to introduce exciting new ideas and enhancements at our spa.” Johnson has years of experience as a spa consultant, handling a variety of projects for top resorts including: La Quinta Resort and Club (CA), The Cloister Spa at Sea Island (CA), and The Lodge at Woodloch (Hawley, PA). As program...

Hotel Matilda Names New Spa Director

Hotel Matilda appointed Ledia Camara as spa director of the boutique hotel. Camara, who has 14 years of hotel and resort experience, will be responsible for the operations and creative direction of the award-winning Spa Matilda , which offers guests individually customized treatments and an apothecary showcasing healing traditions. The 4,700-square-foot spa has four treatment rooms including a couple’s room, wellness studio for yoga and Pilates, and a private luxury spa suite featuring a meditation garden, lounge, steam shower, soaking tub, and dedicated grooming area. Camara comes to Hotel Matilda from Esencia resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya where she was...

Revision Skincare Appoints New Account Executive

Revision Skincare appointed new account executive, Rita Balzano, who will cover the territory of Southern Florida and be in charge of growing the brand’s presence, as well as maintaining relationships with existing accounts to meet quarterly and annual sales goals. She comes to Revision with 25 years of sales experience with 15 of those years spent in aesthetic sales. She will also be responsible for offering educational support and training to solidify the understanding of the brand and its offerings. In addition, Balzano will prepare and execute sales presentations and business plans for all accounts in the Southern Florida region...

Sandals Resorts International Appoints New Spa Director

Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Caribbean-based Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts , has appointed Patrick Huey as corporate spa director for Red Lane Spa , the company’s signature spa concept. Huey’s responsibilities include refining the Red Lane philosophy, developing services and products to enhance the guest experience, and ensuring each spa within the company meets and exceeds the highest levels of international luxury standards. Under his direction, the Red Lane Spa will soon introduce signature treatments unique to each island destination. “Red Lane Spa has developed a wonderful reputation for its ability to infuse Caribbean elements into a...

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