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Ms. Wolski

Leslie Wolski

President, Wolski Spa Consulting

With more than two decades in the spa industry, veteran Leslie Wolski brings a wealth of experience to her clients as a Spa Operations Consultant. Most recently, Ms. Wolski was the Spa Director at Villagio Inn & Spa, overseeing the daily operations for the luxurious 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio and its staff of seventy-five massage therapists, estheticians, concierge and spa attendants, Ms. Wolski was directly involved in the design and development of the Spa Villagio project. Spa Villagio was recognized as a top resort spa by both Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure. Ms. Wolski has worked as a spa consultant to nationally-recognized full service spas and clubs nationwide. Her clients have included such notables as: The Houstonian in Texas; Ventana Resort & Spa in Big Sur, California; The Mayacama Club in Sonoma County, California; The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California; Turnberry Ocean Colony in Sunny Isles, Florida; and The Spa at the Hilton Cancun Resort, in Cancun, Mexico. Previously, Ms. Wolski worked as spa operations manager and then spa director, serving on the executive committee of the well known Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California. In her capacity with the hotel, Ms. Wolski oversaw the resort's multi-million dollar spa upgrade and renovation, opening the new Sonoma Mission Inn Spa in 1999 to rave reviews. Boasting a passion for spa education, Ms. Wolski is an accomplished author of SPA - Refreshing Rituals for Body and Soul which was published in 2002 for The Body Shop. The book focused on how to care for yourself with simple treatments from around the globe that cleanse, relax and revitalize the body and spirit. Ms. Wolski is a former executive committee member of the International Spa Association (ISPA) board of directors, an instructor at The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology in San Francisco, as well as, being a contributing writer to ISPA's Pulse Magazine and SKIN INC. Magazine. Ms. Wolski also serves as a spa industry speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications Studies, where she graduated with Cum Laude from California State University, Sonoma. The Santa Rosa, California resident is married with three children and enjoys spending time with family and training for triathlons in her spare time.

Ms. Wolski can be contacted at 707-953-2202 or lwolski@sonic.net

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.