You Can Make a Difference in a Child's Life this Christmas!
Each year the Kiwanis Club of Providenciales puts on a much-anticipated Christmas Program for the community here in the Turks & Caicos Islands, (TCI)! The Club hosts a Tree Lighting Ceremony including; Christmas Carols, Musical Performances and provides the community with 3,000 toys for tots in need.
A Story From Puerto Rico
By Mitchel Rivera
100 miles long by 30 miles wide, Puerto Rico is nestled in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean. My name is Mitchel Rivera and I am the CEO of YeloSpa, San Juan. Born and raised in a tropical paradise our culture is full of richness and our population is extremely diverse. Let me start by saying that this story is meant to paint a clear picture of what is happening in the island.
A Story From Anguilla
By Catherine Phillips
I have called the sunny and salty Caribbean my home for the past three years and although we don’t experience four distinct seasons, there is a particularly noteworthy time of year called hurricane season.
The Caribbean is coming back stronger than ever. The past month has been heartbreaking, as Mother Nature waged war in the Atlantic. However, the region is resilient and already made many strides to get back on their feet; The Turks and Caicos Islands are welcoming guests back now, USVI are inviting tourists back over the next few weeks, and even some of our partners in Puerto Rico are open for business.
What is a lesson you have learned as a Wellness & Spa Industry leader?
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” Maya Angelou
Wherever you are in your career-path, WE all began somewhere. Perhaps you did not envision being a leader. Your leadership path may be one that chose you or one that you were thrust into. However, you were set on this path, evidence shows that those who are actively in a mentor/ mentee relationship see just reward.
I just finished Spatec in Florida and had the pleasure of doing set up with Jennifer Thompson, Dir. of Business Development US and Caribbean, our very good friend and Diamond Sponsor from jane iredale.
Business is an Adventure?
You can say that again, BUSINESS IS AN ADVENTURE!
Caribbean Wellness & Education teamed up with Christine Clinton of Cancer Care and attended the recent seminar in Barbados hosted by Virgin Atlantic and Richard Branson himself, “Business is an Adventure”. An adventure, for sure and not one to be missed!
April 6, 2017
Godgia Robinson was born on March 14, 1999 in The Bahamas. She grew up in Turks and Caicos on the island of Providenciales and was raised by two very loving and supportive parents. They helped foster her love for people and their wellbeing. She also has 3 younger siblings who have always been her favourite clients.
How did you get your start in the spa industry?
After attending spa camp in the summer of 2014 at the age of 13, I was offered an internship at The Spa at The Palms as a locker attended. That was my doorway into the spa industry. I learned about different spa treatments and the type of clientele certain businesses will attract, as well as the different products and the unique benefits they offer. I was also able to see what is expected of a therapist and the different roles they would play in a spa setting.
- May 1st- 6th Belize City, Belize
- June 1st- 5th in Miami, Florida
- June 10th- 14th at the Warwick, Paradise Island Bahamas
- Save The Date November 30th- December 3rd Jamaica
WE are participating in the largest International Tourism Event of the Year!
American Spa, February 24th, 2017
Meet Stephanie Rest, spa director at Argentta at The Watergate Hotel (Washington, D.C.).
How many years have you been involved in the spa and hospitality industry?
Hospitality is in my blood. I grew up on a golf course, and at nine years old, I could drive a range- picker before a car. I worked in all aspects of the industry from culinary, golf, spa, wellness, to sales, and in most recent years, event and association management.
On Monday January 30th, 2017, Caribbean Wellness & Education (WE) travelled to Nassau’s Pompey Square with an empty banner (pictured below) and a dream to unite the Caribbean through Global Wellness Day (GWD). GWD is a day of awareness and celebration to promote a lifestyle that focuses on wellbeing. 2017 will mark the 6th annual GWD, observed on the 2nd Saturday in June, (June 10th, 2017). Last year 90 countries around the world said YES to GWD. WE had a mission prior to arriving to Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Marketplace (CHTA), where WE was a platinum sponsor and created the 1st ever Wellness Zone on the tradeshow floor, to make the Caribbean the largest region in the to support GWD in 2017.
Substance, Sustainability, Style and Sun Jan. 30 - Feb. 3
January 2017 - Washington D.C. In her quest to bring health, wellbeing and business opportunities to the Caribbean, spa industry insider Stephanie Rest is set to launch the first Caribbean WE (Wellness and Education) events in Nassau. The series of inaugural events is set for January 30 - February 3, 2017.
The Watergate Hotel hires Stephanie Rest The iconic Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. has named Stephanie Rest as the Spa & Wellness Director at the property’s new Argentta spa and wellness center. Renowned in the spa industry, Rest brings a wealth of hospitality, travel, and spa experience to the hotel, which reopened following a $200 million renovation in June 2016.
Written by Stephanie Rest
Published on December 7, 2016
Lili + I sat down over some Conch in the Bahamas + WE asked ourselves the same question WE had been hearing from all you. "What are WE doing?"
By Stephanie Rest
Originally posted Pulse, October 2016
When it comes to building a professional spa career, there's hardly one path to take. Some start as an intern or work as a front desk receptionist before rising through the ranks. Others carve their spa career path working as a therapist before becoming a spa director, respected educator or starting a a spa business. It is inspiring to hear different stories as to how spa professionals started in the industry and the way the persevered to grow into the roles the now play.
by Stephanie Rest
Stephanie Rest is currently based in Washington D.C working as a consultant, and collaborating wellness and educational projects in the U.S.A. and Caribbean countries. Stephanie's experience in the hospitality industry has been vast in these regions, as she has led opening teams for resorts and spas.
by Stephanie Rest
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!”
– Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
As a small girl, I would read and read some more, thoroughly fascinated by other people’s lives: where they lived, how they lived, and why.
by Stephanie Rest
Rarely at a spa industry conference do you find a blend of spa suppliers, spa operators, academia’s and policy makers. Washington, D.C. was the perfect backdrop for an unlikely mismatched group of industry professionals attending the 6th Annual Washington Spa Alliance Symposium on March 22, 2016.
by Jean-Guy de Gabriac
On June 11, 2016, over 3,000 properties in 83 countries will celebrate Global Wellness Day with the objective to touch the hearts and minds of 250 million people.
The combination of beautiful location, diverse ethnicity, and socially rich customs and food, make these islands an experiential mecca.
by Stephanie Rest
originally posted INSIDER'S GUIDE TO SPAS