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Mr. Savic

Veljko Savic

Spa Director, Coronado Island Marriott

With more than a decade of experience working in high-end spas, Veljko Savic brings special expertise in holistic treatments including aromatherapy, bio-energy and psychokinesiology, and has led award-winning programs at spas throughout the world, including the Coronado Island Marriott, Hotel Del Coronado, Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton brands. Mr. Savic has also served as a member of the Marriott International Spa Advisory Council.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, health and wellness have been dominant forces in Mr. Savic's life since childhood, from his earliest memories mixing face creams in his mother's pharmacy, to the hours spent honing his fitness for Serbia's junior national water polo team, his passion for the workings of the mind and body led him to seven years of study in physiotherapy.

Mr. Savic spent the next few years working as a therapist in spas and aboard cruise ships, using hands-on techniques to improve people's wellness and soaking up the regional spa trends of America, Europe, the Caribbean and the Baltic states. His luxury spa expertise, therapist background, hands-on approach to leadership and passion for spa has led his teams to win industry recognition awards, including the 2012 CondeNast Readers' Choice Award and the 2009 Best Signature Treatment Spa Asia Award.

Currently, Mr. Savic oversees The Spa at Coronado Island. The spa's holistic approach to wellness focuses just as much on healing therapy as indulgent services, and includes 3,500 square feet of indoor space and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space, featuring 10 treatment rooms, co-ed relaxation room, outdoor spa garden, men's and women's locker rooms with steam rooms, as well as a manicure and pedicure salon. Inspired by its seaside location, the new design captures true tranquility, comfort and relaxation through coastal hues, chic new spaces, luxurious rooms and conscious cuisine.

Please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanci-coronado-island-marriott-resort-and-spa/ for more information.

Mr. Savic can be contacted at +1 619-522-3043 or Veljko.Savic@marriott.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.