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Mr. Kipping

Martin Kipping

General Manager, Viceroy Zihuatanejo

Martin Kipping was appointed General Manager of Viceroy Zihuatanejo, the exclusive, 46-room beachfront resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in 2013. He came to Zihuatanejo from Viceroy Anguilla, in Anguilla, BWI, where he was Resort Manager. Since arriving at the resort he has launched a number of new programs and projects designed to further Viceroy Zihuatanejo's reputation as one of Mexico's top luxury resorts while significantly enhancing the guest experience, including new culinary offerings, innovative amenities and services, and renovations of guest rooms and facilities. The precedent-setting Way to Wellness program, conceived by Mr. Kipping and launched in 2016, established Viceroy Zihuatanejo as the destination's leader in the health and wellness fields, offering guests an extensive array of activities designed to help reduce stress and explore lifestyle improvements while on vacation. The program reinforced Viceroy Hotel Group's brand promise, “Remember to Live,” an affirmation to create lifelong memories for each and every guest. Mr. Kipping has more than 20 years of luxury hospitality management experience. He began his hotel career in Washington DC and went on to serve in various positions at Four Seasons properties in Nevis, Boston, Costa Rica, and Las Vegas. A native of Germany, he attended Les Roche International School of Hotel Management in Bluche, Switzerland, earning a degree in Hospitality Management. He is a member of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas, a non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of deserving and talented local students who are passionate about a career in hospitality or the culinary arts and to making a difference in the community.

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

Mr. Kipping can be contacted at 52-755-555-5500 or vz.info@viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. 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.