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Mr. Vance

Robert Vance

Managing Director, Well & Being Spa, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Robert Vance is the managing director of the Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (a spa concept at luxury resorts featuring immersive, fully-customized wellness experiences) where he is responsible for brand and program development and integration. Mr. Vance also has responsibility for financial management, and talent acquisition and development of the 44,000 square-foot facility which features 30 treatment rooms and a diverse menu of fitness, nutrition, wellness, spa and holistic experiences. Prior to joining the Well & Being Spa in January 2016, Mr. Vance was the spa director at Mii amo, an all-inclusive destination spa at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. Before Mii amo, Mr. Vance was the regional vice president of mid-Atlantic operations for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, the spa and fitness Director for the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, opened the Golden Door Spa at the Naples Grande as the spa & fitness director, and started his resort-spa career at the Golden Door Spa at the Boulders, working his way from spa concierge to spa operations manager in three years. In addition to his career in spa leadership and operations, Mr. Vance is heavily involved in the spa industry community, serving on the board of directors for the International Spa Association and chair for multiple committees, serving as an active member of the Arizona Spa Association, the Washington Spa Alliance and the Advisory Board for Florida Gulf Coast University's School of Resort and Hospitality Management. Mr. Vance holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Pepperdine University. Please visit http://www.fairmont.com for more information.

Mr. Vance can be contacted at 480-585-2676 or robert.vance@fairmont.com

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.