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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 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.