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Ms. Mestre

Diana Mestre

Founder, Mestre & Mestre Spa & Wellness Consulting

Diana F. Mestre is a respected leader and visionary in the wellness industry. Ms. Mestre offers more than 35 years of experience in the development of Spa and Wellness projects, integrating wellness design, and spa programs through her company Mestre & Mestre Spa & Wellness Consulting.

Ms. Mestre's portfolio of wellness healing spaces includes 60 world class Spas with prestigious hospitality companies such as: Auberge, Velas Resorts, Palace Resorts, Le Blanc, Ritz Carlton, 1 Hotels Los Cabos, Chable La Paz, Hyatt Ziva-Zilara, J.W. Marriott & Westin Monterrey and Hard Rock. Several of her Spa projects have been recognized by Virtuoso, Forbes, Five Diamond, World Luxury Spas and Conde Nast Johannessen and received the World Spa & Wellness Award "Resort Spa of the Year North & South America 2019 for Grand Velas Riviera Maya".

Ms. Mestre is a member of the consulting initiative task force for GWI, she graduated from CSU with a SCL Bachelors in Pre-Med Biology and a MS in Physiology of Exercise. She also earned a diploma in Quality and Global Competitiveness from UCSD.

Ms. Mestre has been a guest speaker in numerous conferences for the Mexican Ministry of Tourism and one of the main speakers at the GWS in Mexico and Aspen Colorado, for the Innovation through Indigenous Inspiration & The Pre-Hispanic Temazcal. She has also taught several Spa Management courses organized by the University of Monterrey.

Ms. Mestre's vision is to create and design genuine signature experiences with a sense of place, rooted in cultural themes while implementing world standards of excellence for the Spa Industry in Mexico & Latin America.

Please visit http://www.mestre-spa-mestre.com for more information.

Ms. Mestre can be contacted at +52 155-179-82567 or info@mestre-spa-mestre.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.