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Mr. McCarthy

Jeremy McCarthy

Group Director of Spa & Wellness, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Based in Hong Kong, Jeremy McCarthy is the Group Director of Spa & Wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group where he leads and manages the global activities of their internationally acclaimed luxury spa division. He is a well-known and respected spa professional with over twenty-five years of luxury and diversified hotel, spa and leisure services experience.

    Mr. McCarthy has served several years on the board of the International Spa Association (formerly Vice Chair) and currently chairs the Digital Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute. He is a regular speaker and writer for industry events and publications and teaches courses on Positive Leadership and Spa Operations.

    Prior to working with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Mr. McCarthy was the Director of Spa Development and Operations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts where he was responsible for expanding the company's spa division, growing the brand and providing conceptual design advice and project management for new spas. From 1989 to 2006, Mr McCarthy held a number of senior appointments with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

    With Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Mr. McCarthy has been leading some of the most advanced facilities and treatment programs available to spa-goers today, including signature holistic treatments, award-winning spa design and an acclaimed signature spa line. In recent years, Mandarin Oriental has been on the cutting edge of new treatments, retreats and programs focused on mindfulness and digital disconnection.

    Mr. McCarthy holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of a book on The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing and a well-respected blog on The Psychology of Wellbeing.

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

    Mr. McCarthy can be contacted at 852-2895-9288 or jmccarthy@mohg.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.