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Ms. Steinke

Gaye Steinke

General Manager, Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Gaye Steinke is the General Manager of Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. She also serves on the Leadership Committee of the Park Hyatt. Located in the heart of Beaver Creek, at the base of one of Colorado's most celebrated mountain resorts, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa provides guests unprecedented access to some of the best outdoor experiences all year round. Allegria Spa is an indulgent escape that provides soothing spa and body treatments - from massages to organic scrubs - that utilize the healing elements of Beaver Creek mountain to rejuvenate and replenish. Ms. Steinke is also involved in the concept, planning and development of spas and fitness centers for East West Partners including Allegria Spa (opened 1998), Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront (opened 2007), the Spa at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe (opened 2009), Moonlight Spa, Big Sky MT(opened 2002) . Prior to that she was General Manager of Aria Spa and Club in Vail, CO. She has traveled throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia staying current on spa trends and best practices. Dedicated to sustainable efforts, Ms. Steinke was on the Board of the Green Spa Network 2013-2015 and has been a presenting speaker at the Green Spa Congress in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Please visit http://www.hyatt.com for more information.

Ms. Steinke can be contacted at 970-949-1234 or gaye.steinke@hyatt.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.