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Ms. Hernandez

Cassie Hernandez

Director, The Spa at The Broadmoor

Ms. Cassie Hernandez is the director of The Spa at The Broadmoor, one of two Forbes Five Star Spas in Colorado. A Chicago native, Ms,Hernandez began her career with Estee Lauder Corporation as a beauty consultant in a busy Chicago department store before later going on to become a professional makeup artist at Mario Tricoci, an award-winning Chicago hair salon and day spa, working for several top daytime TV shows, including The Oprah Show and The Jenny Jones Show. From 1996 through 2009, Ms. Hernandez worked with Red Door Spa Holdings Company as General Manager of the Red Door Spa at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona and later as a Regional Manager. In 2008, she was named one of the top ten spa directors in Arizona by Arizona Woman magazine. After working in the spa industry for several years, Ms. Hernandez developed a new love for the art of relaxation, beauty and pampering. Ms. Hernandez joined The Broadmoor in 2011 as the Spa Director. Hernandez helps maintain the spa's Forbes Five-Star rating. The Spa at The Broadmoor is one of the few spas across the country to adopt the completely natural and organic Australian-based spa line USpa. The entire USpa line is carried at the Spa and two of the most popular products are the Aloe Hydrant Gel and the Mandi Susu Bath, which are also used in spa treatments. For a true, Five Star Spa experience at The Broadmoor, the Lu'Lur Ceremony is recommended, a three-hour experience which includes a body scrub, body wrap and a body massage.

Ms. Hernandez can be contacted at 866-837-9520 or chernandez@broadmoor.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.