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Ms. DeOrsey

Kimberly DeOrsey

Spa & Fitness Director, Omphoy Resort

Kimberly DeOrsey spa career began in 1992 as an Intern at PGA National Resort & Spa, one of the pioneer Resort Spa's in the Country. She worked with the opening-management team for The Spa at PGA National (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida). Based on her accomplishments and reputation, Ms. DeOrsey was recently recruited as Spa Director for the 2012 US Resort Spa Ranked Number One Best by Conde Nast Traveler Readers, The Spa at The Omphoy in Palm Beach, FL. Other prior career accomplishments include spa leadership positions at a couple of other prestigious Resorts and Spas across the country: • Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (Boca Raton, Florida) • The Spa At The Atlantic Hotel ( Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) • The Spa at The Tesoro Club (Port St. Lucie, Florida) • The Spa at International Polo Club (Wellington, Florida) • The Spa at Mar-A-Lago Club (Palm Beach, Florida) • The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa (Dana Point, California) • Westin Diplomat Country Club & Spa (Hollywood, Florida) • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa (Farmington, Pennsylvania) Ms. DeOrsey is a highly sought after and respected spa director due to her unusual combination of talents and accomplishments. Behind her elegant and stunning, bright-eyed, personable exterior is a deeply caring, intuitive, versatile and visionary spa leader. She is admired for her commitment to integrating cutting-edge holistic treatments into the spa environment, for always putting the guests first, ensuring exceptional guest experiences and repeat clients along with an unrelenting commitment to profitability. In addition to her hands-on leadership, Ms. DeOrsey has served as consultant to hotel companies. She also served on the Starwood North American Spa Counsel and provided Spa Advisory Task Force efforts for hotel companies. Ms. DeOrsey is a graduate of Central Michigan University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree is Commercial Recreation and Facility Management, and a Minor in Advertisement. She is a 15-year member of ISPA.

Ms. DeOrsey can be contacted at 561-585-8116 or kdeorsey@omphoy.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.