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The Spa & Wellness Center Opens at The Blake at Taos Ski Valley

WTS International (WTS), the spa, fitness, lifestyle consultancy and management firm, is celebrating the opening of the Spa and Wellness Center at The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, for which it provided design consulting, pre-opening services and now daily management services.

Taos Ski Valley Resort was founded by German skiing pioneer, Ernie Blake, in 1955 and was influenced by Native American culture and Spanish Colonial history. Recognizing the importance of respecting these cultures, WTS collaborated with the hotel design team to incorporate elements of local Pueblo and Navajo tribes’ identities into the new spa’s design and layout.

The property showcases a collection of original art to give a true gallery feel, while original Pueblo pottery is on display in the relaxation lounge.

Mary Lynn Mellinger, Director of Planning and Design at WTS International, said: “There’s a real sense of place at the resort. We were tasked with making suggestions for ways of integrating the rich history of the region into the look and feel of the spa and wellness center. The spa menu’s services and treatments also draw on these traditional influences.”

The spa has four treatment rooms with one functioning as a couples’ room, and a relaxation space and mixed quiet room with a water feature.

An express treatment area offers chair massage sessions for guests who need immediate support after coming off the slopes.

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Innovative treatments developed for the spa include the Intentional Aromatherapy Massage, during which guests are invited to the aroma design bar where they work with an alchemista to create a custom blend of aromatherapy oils for use during the massage.

The choice comes from the finest organic- and therapeutic-grade essential oils from Body Bliss.

The spa also offers the Earth Elements massage during which hand-carved, organic salt stones, are warmed and incorporated into the massage experience to elevate it to another level.

The Earth Elements massage was developed in partnership with Saltability.

Steven Rose, Director of Hospitality at Taos Ski Valley said: “We’re delighted to have WTS International as a collaborative partner at The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, helping us develop our wellness programming, spa treatments, products and amenities.

“The design and feel of the spa is intended to honor and recognize the many cultures that make this region unique,” added Rose.

The fitness center provides equipment to suit guests who come to the region all year round. It also includes specific pieces of equipment designed for skiers’ needs.

Susan Shanmugham, Project Designer for fitness at WTS explained: “At this facility there will be a focus on recovery, to help skiers get back to optimal performance. For example, we’ve included Normatec Pulse Recovery Systems, which are dynamic compression devices to target the muscles which skiers use and to cater for guests who are looking for additional recovery after a day on the slopes.”

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Other key pieces of equipment in the fitness center include a SkiErg, an upright machine which mimics the motion of cross-country skiing and helps build strength and endurance by working the entire body in a rhythmic motion.

EAST-related spa treatments focus on cooling and rehydration, such as the Sole Renewal, while EAST fitness programs revolve around recovery clinics for the mountain sport enthusiast.

The SOUTH is associated with water and purification, with treatments such as Yoga and The Blake Signature Massage, while the WEST is connected to fire and is the most energetic of the directions, with spa treatments and fitness programs which build vitality and energy, such as the Peloton bike workout and the hot salt stone massage.

At the heart of all treatments is the Golden Center, which nourishes and supports the other directions and represents a state of optimum balance. Spa treatments and fitness programs focus on balancing the body’s energies and include small group circuit training and sports massage.

Andrea Dubois, Senior Project Designer for spa at WTS, concluded: “We want guests to sample a piece of Native American culture, even if it’s a ritual incorporated into a treatment. Local customs are very focused on the spiritual world and healing. We want guests who come to the spa and fitness center to experience that healing process.”

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Stephanie Batista at sbatista@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS International is Redefining Lifestyle Living in Las Vegas

WTS International (WTS), the spa, fitness and lifestyle consultancy and management firm, is taking lifestyle living to the next level in Las Vegas with new multi-family residential oasis, South Beach Resort.

The 220-unit, high-end apartment complex represents the next generation of luxury hotel-to-home living, providing a unique residential experience, with world-class amenities and services, located just 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

WTS deployed its 40 years’ experience of Building Better Lifestyles® when evolving the future of lifestyle living at South Beach Resort, creating a luxury residential experience like no other.

For WTS, modern multi-family living means developing and delivering innovative lifestyle programs, events, concierge services and amenities to create experiences that transform traditional residential spaces.

WTS provides the conceptual planning, design and, ultimately, the management and oversight of amenity programs and facilities for these types of communities, including single family, multi-family and mixed-use projects.

As WTS Senior Vice President Allen Jakubauskas explains: “Lifestyle living is about merging a person’s busy work life with their leisure interests in a convenient, social, healthy and active community that enhances their overall quality of life.”

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Created by visionary developer Bob Schulman, the five-star, upscale living experience at South Beach Resort takes lifestyle living to the next level, truly revolving around lifestyle and wellness, with cutting-edge services, and unique features and amenities.

Schulman believes the South Beach Resort represents an inspired, first-of-its-kind experience, that offers a luxurious, garden-apartment lifestyle of health and wellness, while benefitting from the legendary Las Vegas vibe, saying: “Recognizing that the future of multi-family living is blending world-class properties with a world-class lifestyle, South Beach Resort is partnering with WTS International to pioneer the future of lifestyle living.”

WTS helped steer the resort’s plan and equipment recommendations and is providing all programming, lifestyle and amenity management and operation. Apartment rentals range from US$1,095/month for a 1 x 1 to US$2,295/month for a 2 x 2 with den.

With lifestyle and wellness the defining features of the new complex, the amenities and services are key to the facility’s identity. As Jakubauskas adds: “This development has amenities, programs and services unlike any in the regional market, as well as being trend-setting within the US. With unique facilities such as non-stop social, fitness and recreational programs, a pet spa and extensive services such as telemedicine and fresh food deliveries to chilled food lockers, South Beach Resort is the ultimate in lifestyle living.”

Set in acres of lush grounds, resort homes are tech savvy with state-of-the-art security. Other features include a 24/7 concierge service, on-site luxury guest suites, and even customized pet amenities – think dog parks, agility courses, splash pads and grooming stations.

As well as a focus on time and convenience, other facilities offered include cutting-edge health, fitness and wellness amenities, 24/7/365 access to a doctor via telemedicine, a meditation area and the resort’s own organic garden. Rest, relaxation and entertainment needs are catered for with on-site complimentary classes and workshops, events, and evolving speaker series.

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Day and evening pool parties within a tropical, palm-fringed backdrop, poolside pavilion, multiple oversized outdoor viewing screens and even a one-of-a-kind vivarium, featuring the world’s first Amazon mini-jungle, complete South Beach Resort’s relaxation and entertainment amenities.

However, the presence of qualified activities and lifestyle directors at South Beach Resort are what truly sets the community apart, creating a residential experience centered on socialization, community, convenience and fun, with innovative lifestyle programs, events, concierge services and residential amenities management.

Jakubauskas describes how lifestyle managers, event planners and athletic directors differ significantly from yesterday’s property managers to create a community and experiences never before experienced in multi-family living. These Lifestyle Directors focus exclusively on the residents’ living experience and how it relates to their connectivity with other residents and their personal interests, while creating social, wellness and recreation opportunities.

Jakubauskas concludes: “WTS aims to create the most unique living environments for clients and residents. Multi-family living is a highly competitive market and developers are increasingly raising the bar with regard to the level, scope and breadth of amenities and services available. WTS is positioned to provide the industry with world-class, trend-leading expertise in the planning and operation of these experiential communities.”

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS International Builds on Success of 2016 for an Exceptional 2017

WTS International (WTS), the spa, fitness and lifestyle consultancy and management firm, is reporting a strong forecast for 2017, following a record year in 2016.

Last year was an exceptionally busy one for WTS and saw the firm expand its position as a global leader in the industry, with the delivery of 80 design projects and 22 new spa, wellness, fitness and corporate fitness openings around the world.

Commenting, WTS COO Frank Guengerich said: “Last year we exceeded all our own expectations in terms of design, performance and operations, and the 2017 project pipeline is looking even more robust.”

With some 2,500 members of staff worldwide, a corporate team of 65 employees and an executive committee of 20 people, WTS operates in over 30 countries and currently manages over 100 sites worldwide. It’s currently overseeing design projects in locations as diverse as Dubai, Switzerland, America and India.

With every project, WTS spends time consulting with clients to fully evaluate their needs, ensuring plans are firmly based on the company’s principles of excellence in both service and performance standards. Innovation is a key priority, as Guengerich says: “We approach every project with the aim of being relevant and cutting edge.”

Of the many projects in the pipeline for 2017, Oceana Bal Harbour, Florida, a condominium paradise with unobstructed views of the South Florida beaches, is significant for being the first building in the area to be LEED certified. WTS will manage the on-site spa and fitness facility, ensuring a five-star service to residents and guests.

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The spa and fitness facility at the brand new MGM National Harbor luxury resort on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland features a full-service spa and salon with men’s Barber Lounge and fitness centre. WTS designed the spa concept and handled all the pre-opening and ongoing management.

WTS will also provide ongoing consulting services for the destination and day spa within Trump International Hotel Washington, DC and the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver, where guests can benefit from signature treatments, as well as full lifestyle programmes. WTS has been involved in the development of the new spa concept for Trump Hotels, and has provided design consulting services throughout the development of both properties.

Other new openings for 2017 include VERDURE, a luxury wellness facility in Amarillo, Texas, for which WTS provided design review services, including operational feasibility, interior design review, equipment sourcing and layout, together with pre-opening services such as finance reviews, staffing, organisation and training, and program development, plus on-going management.

All aspects of the facility’s operations, from its luxurious amenities, exercise equipment and resort-style pools, to its personal training services and world-class spa treatments, are designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing with an uncompromising commitment to service.

The development is also intended to serve as a selling point for prospective residents and a value enhancement for current residents.

Building on over 40 years of spa, leisure and lifestyle consulting and management experience, WTS’s mission is to provide exceptional services to clients, and 2017 will be no exception.

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS Develops New Lifestyle Brand for YOO on the Park

Washington, DC—WTS International (WTS), the spa, fitness and lifestyle consultancy and management firm, has announced its collaboration with The Trillist Companies, Inc., the Atlanta-based development company, to design The Art of Living, a new lifestyle brand.

The Art of Living brand will officially be launched later this year at YOO on the Park, a new luxury apartment complex in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, US.

At the core of the new brand is WTS’s concept for creating an environment that stimulates the senses and inspires community wellness, improving the quality of life for residents of Trillist’s YOO branded apartments, through unique, luxurious and sophisticated design.

The Art of Living is about enhancing the lifestyle of residents who want to live better and smarter, giving them access to the things that bring meaning and balance to their lives, translated into exclusive services and offerings.

This is delivered at YOO on the Park by concierge services and a lifestyle director who connects residents with enriching experiences, such as local cultural events and fitness programmes.

Reward programmes tailored to include local merchants and restaurants mutually benefit both residents and the neighbourhoods in which they live.

The Art of Living experience will also be delivered through personal touches, such as providing a cup or two of a resident’s favourite coffee or tea and having it waiting for them every morning.

WTS President Gary Henkin said: “The high-end residential real estate market is fiercely competitive and developers know that if they want to move their investments quickly, they need to add something special to the mix. The Art of Living is just that – a new concept which will deliver the highest level of lifestyle and luxury to residents, to ensure the success of YOO on the Park.”

Located adjacent to Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, YOO on the Park combines the expertise of Trillist with design visionaries YOO Studio, which was founded in 1999 by property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and world-renowned designer Philippe Starck.

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The apartment complex is conceived as an extension of Piedmont Park, reflecting its greenery with a six-storey living green wall – North America’s largest – on the building’s exterior façade. This will be illuminated at night, creating a new landmark for residents and the wider community.

The building combines luxury imported finishes from Italy, Germany and Portugal with inventive design and state-of-the-art technology.

The YOO brand is all about designing the unexpected and at YOO on the Park, signature design elements that raise a smile combined with Trillist’s next-generation technology provides innovative lifestyle amenities to residents.

WTS International’s Corporate Operations Director, Roberta Kruse-Fordham, has collaborated with Scott Greenfield, Director of Development Services and Scott Leventhal, President and CEO of Trillist, at every stage of developing the lifestyle programming and concierge services, to ensure The Art of Living brand is delivered consistently throughout.

The result is a luxurious, ultra-modern environment where residents can escape from the outside world and enjoy high quality time with their families and friends. Communal spaces – from the distinctively designed billiards room to the controlled music zones and the theatre – are designed to encourage residents to relax and socialise with their neighbours.

Kruse-Fordham said: “The YOO on the Park project has been unique, exciting and fun. WTS, in collaboration with Trillist, has put a new definition on luxury vertical living and what residents can expect.

Lifestyle and concierge directors will offer a vast, varied menu of options to engage YOO on the Park residents. They will find themselves sipping signature cocktails at YOO on the Park socials, attending personalised fitness sessions in Piedmont Park and having VIP access to cultural happenings.

Residents’ canine friends are also taken into account, with their own signature Pet Respite for bathing and grooming.”

A 24-hour, fully-equipped fitness centre includes an outdoor exercise terrace and yoga area. A variety of classes, ranging from yoga to high intensity interval training, are offered on and off-site, as well as small group training and personal training.

“Brilliantly planned amenities, signature programming and responsive concierge services are designed to make every day satisfying and rewarding for residents of this innovative rental community.

WTS International is committed to helping YOO on the Park residents discover and express their own version of The Art of Living. WTS International signature programmes and events will enable residents to explore their community and beyond, engage positively with neighbours and enjoy all that Midtown Atlanta has to offer,” said Kruse-Fordham.

Residents are expected to start moving in from January 2017. Yoo on the Park is located at 207 13th Street, between Juniper Street and Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. The 25-storey building contains 245 luxury apartments.

Editors’ notes:

Technology
Together with the bold design, a host of innovative lifestyle amenities add value to The Art of LivingSM Brand. Stakeholders have partnered with industry-leading technology providers including Nest Thermostats, Hotwire Communications and Google Fiber to bring next-generation technology to residents at YOO on the Park.

Amenities
YOO on the Park’s public spaces will feature the latest technology and amenities. Residents will be able to play golf in the complex’s indoor golf simulator; iPad Minis will serve as hubs for both TV and Pandora radio; and a resident conference center will offer a large format television, complete with teleconference hardware, allowing residents to speak with colleagues and friends in a professional and private setting.

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS International Designs Ocean Spa for Marriott Autograph Playa Largo

Washington, DC—WTS International (WTS), the spa, fitness and lifestyle consulting and management firm, has designed the 6,000sq ft (557sq m) Ocean Spa at the Marriott Autograph Playa Largo Resort and Spa, which is set to open later this year.

The stars have aligned perfectly for the new property, which hits key milestones for the companies involved.

The first new-build in the Upper Keys in over 20 years, the Key Largo property – which is co-owned by Shaner Hotel Group and Prime Hospitality Group – is also the Marriott Autograph Collection’s 100th property.

The Ocean Spa, designed by WTS, will be the first full-service spa in the Upper Keys and includes a couples treatment room and five further treatment rooms, a co-ed lounge, hair and nail salon and a 1,500sq ft (139sq m) fitness center. It will be operated in-house by Spa and Wellness Director Caroline Wilmot, under the guidance of WTS.

Wilmot will oversee the development of all Ocean Spa’s wellness programs, as well as creating spa treatments, managing the salon, the fitness facilities, kids club and spa personnel, as well as running the day-to-day operations.

Commenting on the visitor experience at Ocean Spa, Wilmot said, “From the warm welcome and customized experiences, to enjoying refreshing Mango or Hibiscus Tea, to the tropical, ocean-inspired services, our guests will enjoy an island spa experience like no other.”

Ocean Spa’s treatments are inspired by Playa Largo’s seaside location. They incorporate high-end, marine-based products and indigenous flora to create four signature services, including the Tropical Body Glow, a 90-minute scrub and massage that immerses guests in aromatic coconut and pineapple shea butters that exfoliate the skin.

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Other inspired treatments include the Mojito Salt Scrub, the Awaken Coffee Scrub, the Coconut Sugar Scrub and the Ocean Dew and Bamboo Scrub.

All are created using locally-sourced fresh, organic ingredients.

Susie Hammer, WTS’ Vice President of Spa Operations, said, “We’re proud to be associated with the first new-build in the Florida Keys in more than 20 years.”

“With Playa Largo we have the opportunity to bring a new level of beauty and wellness to the island and its visitors. It’s a unique spa which provides guests with authentic, local spa experiences,” she concluded.

Designed and conceptualized by architects Prime Design Associates, with The Gettys Group responsible for the interior design, the US$100m Playa Largo Resort features 144 bedrooms and suites, 10 private bungalows, a beach house for small group and corporate events, a waterfront pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, and 745 ft. of white sand beach.

The resort features a private marina, three signature restaurants, Sandbar, a ballroom with private courtyards, a formal lawn for banquets and weddings, kids’ activity and nature learning center, and sports courts.

Editors’ notes:

As the first new-build in the Florida Keys for some time, the Marriott Autograph Playa Largo aims to offer a new level of luxury accommodations and service from the outset, to create an unparalleled resort destination in the Florida Keys.

As a result, it has more modern features, interior design and technology. For example, every room will be equipped with an iPad, giving guests one-touch control of their experience.

Playa Largo is aiming to be one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Key Largo. It will be the first commercial venture of any kind in the Florida Keys to invest in a Power Knot liquid food composter, decreasing the resort’s carbon footprint by a massive 147 tons annually.

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS Launches Corporate Charity Initiative, WELLness Begins with Water

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WTS International has launched its 2016 corporate initiative, WELLness Begins with Water. The initiative will include a number of charitable components in support of charity: water and also in partnership with the Green Spa Network and Global Wellness Day.

The initiative’s mission: to deliver clean, safe drinking water to developing nations. It costs the organization approximately US$10k to install a community well and WTS is aiming to raise this amount in partnership with its managed facilities, as well as corporately and through partnerships with selected preferred vendors.

Gary Henkin, president and CEO of WTS said: “We take our plentiful supplies of clean water for granted and our spa industry is founded on it, yet many people in the developing world do not even have access to clean drinking water.

We believe this is a basic human right and here at WTS we’re committed to working with charity: water and also our partners and clients, to raise funds to improve the lives of people who are without safe water, by empowering them to take charge of their own water supply.”

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In a related initiative, WTS will also work with the Green Spa Network on the development of protocols and recommendations aimed at significantly reducing the number of plastic water bottles and cups used at WTS-managed spa, fitness and lifestyle facilities.

The Green Spa Network will track and compare usage in WTS-managed facilities to show the improvements made, while an implementation guide will be created by WTS and distributed among both its own managed properties and those associated within the Green Spa Network.

The guide will provide solutions for reducing the carbon footprint created by plastic, as well as providing affiliated spas with suggestions on how to run their Global Wellness Day fundraising events. WTS has also made a policy decision to select vendors who can show they’ve reduced water consumption during the production process.

Global Wellness Day has been successfully incorporated into all WTS facility marketing plans, and an implementation kit and accompanying flyers have been developed to make the launch straightforward. All proceeds raised from attendances at GWD events will be donated to charity: water in the name of WTS International.

“I highly commend WTS for raising money for this worthwhile cause,” said Paul Schmidt, Green Spa Network executive director. “The Green Spa Network is proud to partner with progressive companies like WTS and collaborate to cause positive change.”

To learn more about the WTS corporate charity initiative, please email: initiative@wtsinternational.com.

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For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Pilch Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS International Names Penny Kriel Corporate Operations Director for Spa

WTS International is thrilled to announce the appointment of Penny Kriel as Corporate Operations Director for Spa.

Kriel is a fifteen-year veteran of the spa industry, having worked most recently as Spa Director for the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, a luxury historic destination that features integrative, regional treatments that focus on holistic, results-driven therapies.

In her new position, Kriel will be responsible for overseeing a set portfolio of accounts within the northeast region of the United States. She will work directly with WTS International’s clients and on-site directors to ensure successful operations, marketing, and financial performance.

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Gary Henkin, President of WTS International, said, “The power of WTS to successfully advise clients is directly related to the caliber of the WTS team. With her global perspective, high level management experience, and outstanding track record, Penny Kriel is a huge asset for both our company and our clients.”

Originally from South Africa, Kriel gained a CIDESCO diploma in advanced skincare and cosmetology, aromatherapy, reflexology and massage therapy from the Tina Scholtz Health and Skincare Academy in Potchefstroom.

She began her career as a therapist on board Crystal and Princess Cruises, which led her to be appointed lead therapist and later business development manager for The Image Institute in Rosebank, South Africa.

Kriel’s career led her to Mandarin Oriental, where she ran spa operations in Hyde Park, London, and was Spa Director in Washington, DC for seven years, before joining the Salamander Resort & Spa. During her time with Salamander, Kriel assisted in creating the company’s spa standard operating procedures, spa service standards and signature treatments.

“I’m delighted to join WTS,” said Kriel. “As one of the most-respected spa, fitness and lifestyle consultants in the world, WTS works on some of the biggest, most innovative, and most exciting spa projects out there and I’m thrilled to be on the team.”

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Pilch Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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Natural Resources Spa Consulting Merges with WTS International

NRi (Natural Resources Spa Consulting), has announced it has merged with WTS International (WTS), the global spa consultancy and management firm.

The move expands the WTS global business base and enhances the diversity and range of services the firm has to offer.

Specializing in consulting and operational services for wellness, spa, fitness and leisure facilities worldwide, WTS’ services include feasibility studies, concept and brand development, design consulting, pre-opening and daily management.

For over twenty years, NRi founder and president, Kim Matheson, has undertaken spa consultancy work, including design and pre-opening support, for a diverse range of clients; including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Marriott International, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, as well as many other notable hospitality firms.

This business will now become part of WTS International, with Matheson appointed Senior Vice President of WTS.

Matheson said, “We have merged NRi into WTS, to create a global, cutting-edge consultancy and management firm. Our team is prepared to craft the ultimate in authentic and luxurious experiences, with a sense of place and dramatic experiential components.”

Gary Henkin, CEO of WTS International added, “Kim Matheson is a world class spa and leisure consultant, and her involvement with WTS will allow us to further expand the breadth and diversity of our services, field, both in the US and on a global basis.”

Both organizations continue to be recognized as industry leaders for their creative and innovative approach to spa / wellness facility design and operations, with recent awards to their name. The Pearl Spa at Four Seasons, Dubai, a client of NRi Consulting, recently won Best Spa Design at the Middle East Pool & Spa Awards.

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Matheson spoke about the project and the work NRi carried out for developer H-H, saying: “We were commissioned by H-H to create a unique spa. I was inspired to consider how we could make this space innovative, while upholding Four Seasons’ standards and also delivering an experiential sense of place to reflect the diversity and vibrancy of Dubai.”

WTS International was recently awarded the ISPA Innovate Award for the Herb Wall experience the firm created for Spa Evangeline at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida. The Herb Wall has proven popular among spa guests who want aromatic herbs which are grown just a few feet away from the treatment tables and then incorporated into treatments.

“It’s a new way of customizing a guest’s treatment beyond simply choosing an aromatherapy add-on,” said Susie Hammer, WTS International vice president of spa operations, who collaborated with the WTS design team.

Commenting further on the merger with WTS, Matheson said, “Our goal is to create an unforgettable experience for each guest, resident or member. Moreover, our reputation and growth over four decades has been built on bringing together creative and distinctive concepts, unique elements in design, and operational excellence, all within designated project timeframes and budgets.”

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Pilch Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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Hotel Saranac Introduces Ampersand, a Luxury Spa, Salon and Fitness Center

WTS International (WTS) is thrilled to announce its newest client, the renovated Hotel Saranac on Saranac Lake, New York.

The renovated Hotel Saranac will be a social hub for the residents of Saranac Lake and an elegant base for visitors exploring the Adirondacks. That’s what makes Ampersand, the hotel’s newly introduced spa, so fitting.

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Hotel Saranac

Roedel Companies have partnered with WTS International to create a full service spa, salon and fitness center that will pamper guests staying at the Hotel Saranac as well as residents of the village. Whether it is getting a pedicure/manicure, a full body massage or a haircut in the barber’s chair, Ampersand’s amenities are just right for everything from a special occasion to the daily lifestyles of people in the region.

Ampersand takes its name from the nearby mountain popular with hikers, and its décor reflects that spirit of exploring the Adirondacks. The signature scents and treatments will include indigenous ingredients – pine, birch, maple – and reflect the true outdoor flavor of the region.

Mary Pilch Simpkins, Marketing and Communications Manager for WTS International, explained that Ampersand will be located within the historic retail arcade that makes up the hotel’s ground floor. “Upon completion, there will be a rustic elegance to the spa,” says Simpkins. “It’s very much about the outdoor enthusiast. Ampersand is meant to be a place to recharge and renew for the next day’s adventure.”

WTS International has over four decades of experience providing consulting and management services for over 300 spas, fitness/wellness centers, and leisure and lifestyle facilities worldwide.

From aroma therapy to skin treatments to full hair and makeup, Ampersand will be a place for people to come and feel revitalized. There’s a steam bath, experience shower and a series of massage rooms, including one for couples treatments. There will be a private room for group events that connects to the spa and has a food and beverage option for those special days shared by family and friends.

“The whole idea of this project is to restore the Hotel Saranac as the grand hotel of Saranac Lake. Ampersand is one more way we are doing that,” says Fred B. Roedel III, managing member of the Roedel Companies. “The spa will provide a place for hotel guests and the local community to relax and celebrate all that the Adirondacks have to offer.”

About Roedel Companies:
The Roedel Companies have 45 years of experience developing, constructing, managing and designing hotels. They own and operate nationally branded hotels throughout the eastern United States, including a growing portfolio of nationally branded and independent hotels such as Hilton Garden Inns, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites, Holiday Inns, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, La Quinta Inns & Suites and Courtyard by Marriott.

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Pilch Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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WTS Recreation Director Named VP of Florida Recreation and Park Association

WTS International, the global fitness, recreation and spa consulting and management firm, is pleased to announce that Mathew Eberius, Recreation Director for the new master-planned community Starkey Ranch, has recently been sworn in as Vice President of the Florida Recreation & Park Association (US).

The Florida Recreation & Park Association is one of the country’s largest in terms of membership of active recreation professionals. In Eberius’ position, he will assist the Association in delivering education, advocacy and outreach to the membership and growing partnerships with other state and federal agencies.

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Elected by the membership of the Association, Eberius credits his dedication to the parks and recreation field to his local hometown of Dunedin, FL where he grew up: “I was the ‘kid that never left’ and worked from a little kid in a recreation program to a supervisor and now I’m overseeing my own department.”

Eberius joined WTS International as the Recreation Director for the community of Starkey Ranch, located in Pasco County.

For more information, or to request high resolution images for this piece, please contact Mary Pilch Simpkins at msimpkins@wtsinternational.com.

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