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Ms. Palmer

Mary Alice Palmer

Principal & Director of Hospitality Interiors, HKS

As Principal and Director of Hospitality Interiors and one of the 5 leaders of HKS' global hospitality practice, Mary Alice Palmer provides a distinctly unique vision. With a rich and widely varied career in film, fashion and interior design, her path has been an unconventional mix of creative perspectives resulting in her unique point of view. HKS recruited Ms. Palmer to start the Hospitality Interiors Studio, where in the role of Creative Director, she cultivated that point of view to advance the design process through research, and storytelling to craft a narrative that works as the spine and framework for the evolution of project design.

An education at Parsons School of Design prepared Ms. Palmer for an initiation into interiors in the rarefied world of John Saladino in New York where she worked as a luxury residential designer, but wanderlust led her to California and several years spent working on design in films, TV and videos, ultimately winding up the adventure working with director James Cameron. The art of designing to propel a story became ingrained through the experience of set design.

She has designed some of the most luxurious and intricate interior spaces for brands including Auberge Resorts, Grand Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Rosewood, St. Regis, W, Le Meridian, LVMH Cheval Blanc, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, etc.

Today, Ms. Palmer works with an exceptional team of creative thinkers, architects and interior designers to realize award winning environments geared to produce magical, inspiring, life enhancing experiences for guests. Through Wellness and sustainability concepts, their approach has health and well-being deeply integrated in the process, instilling better balance in a framework for travel and life. A history of successful design leadership has propelled Ms. Palmer into a globally recognized thought leader. 

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

Ms. Palmer can be contacted at +1 214-969-3012 or mapalmer@hksinc.com

Coming up in July 2020...

Hotel Spa: Back to Nature

As the Wellness Industry continues to expand, hotel spas are also diversifying, placing a greater emphasis on overall well-being. For some spas, this means providing clients with all-inclusive packages that include fitness classes, healthy dining, and offsite leisure activities, in addition to their core services. For example, spas near ski resorts are offering packages that include lift passes, pre-ski yoga sessions, after-ski dinners and spa treatments. Other spas are offering packages that include massages, saunas, mineral baths, hot springs, and recreational hiking and snowmobile activities. These kinds of spa offerings are also part of a "Back to Nature" movement that encourages guests to get out and experience the healing qualities of nature. One such therapy is the Japanese practice known as "forest bathing" which has become popular with spas that are near wooded areas. This practice relies on the ancient power of a forest for promoting a sense of health and well-being. Other spas are incorporating precious metals and stones into their health and beauty treatments - such as silver, gold, pearls and amber. Silver ion baths relax the body and mind, reduce fatigue, and restore energy balance. Gold keeps skin radiant and can even treat various skin diseases and infections, due to its antibacterial qualities. Amber is used to calm the nervous system and to relieve stress. Other natural products and therapies that are increasingly in demand include sound therapy, cryotherapy, infra-red saunas, and even CBD oil, which is being used in massages, facials and foot scrubs, providing a new form of stress relief. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will document these trends and other new developments, and report on how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.