By Stephanie Rest, Originally Posted in the ISPA Magazine 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.
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.
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
Patrick Huey is Corporate Director of spa, fitness, and tennis operations for Sandals Resorts International (SRI) and is based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. However, with 27 properties in over 7 countries, you will find Patrick moving, shaking and playing tennis allover the Caribbean. Caribbean Spa Association (CSPA), caught up with Patrick off the courts for 5 Tropical minutes.
Each Caribbean island is unique, what makes Jamaica the ‘Get All Right’ island?
Jamaica has majestic mountains, beautiful white sand beaches and some of the calmest, bluest waters in the Caribbean. In addition, Jamaica has a beautiful mix of people and cultures from West Africa, India, China and Europe. So if you want to spend the day hiking in the Blue Mountains, you can. If you want to go snorkeling along a reef or deep sea diving, you can. Or you can taste the amazing foods of the entire world in Jamaica.
You've now been with Sandals for two and half years. What sets Red Lane apart from other island spas?
Red Lane Spa has just launched our own skincare line and reformulated our body care line. We have now created a completely proprietary spa treatment and retail experience based upon the unique ingredients and essences of the locations of our resorts. We also launched our Red Lane Institute so that we are able to train and certify our own therapists and ensure that they are working to international standards of excellence.
Is there something we should look forward to this season from Red Lane Spas?
We have curated two new experiences for Red Lane, which launch in 2016. Our Caribbean Dreams menu which is built around the story of lavender features four treatments designed to help our guests get a good night’s sleep. Using warmed lavender oils and mineral soaks these services are sure to give our guests sweet Caribbean Dreams. We are also launching Caribbean Dusk, which is Red Lane’s After Hours Spa Concept. We offer three beautiful massages - one featuring heated Chinese Jasmine Oil, one featuring a blended Neroli Jasmine massage candle, and the other featuring Egyptian Geranium – to celebrate the beauty and romance of twilight in the Caribbean. These services are performed in the privacy of the guests’ suites and end with champagne and chocolates for the couple.
The Caribbean has its own unique challenges. How do you think potential members could benefit from the Caribbean Spa Association?
I think it is always positive for people to come together to find workable solutions to challenges that exist in all the Caribbean Islands: a properly trained and sustained workforce, distribution challenges, fluctuations in the business demand, finding and/or creating the future leaders of tomorrow.
The Caribbean market is typically very seasonal. Most of our members are gearing up for their busiest time of year now. How do you keep numbers up in the slow and shoulder season?
We do rely on local guests using the spas in peak and non peak seasons. For us, however, we take advantage of the slower months to focus on training of new services and making sure that we are maintaining our treatment protocols and standard operating procedures.
Click here to find out more about Sandals International & Caribbean Spa Association.
Patrick Huey is Corporate Director of spa, fitness, and tennis operations for Sandals Resorts International (SRI) and is based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. However, with 27 properties in over 7 countries, you will find Patrick moving, shaking and playing tennis allover the Caribbean.
5 Tropical Minutes with karin Cofino, Spa and Retail Director, Ritz Carton Aruba
I’m very proud to report that spa history was made in Washington, DC, when the Washington Spa Alliance (WSPA) gathered for its 5th Annual Symposium at the National Press Club on March 17th.