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Mr. Candeias

Mario Candeias

Regional Director, Lisbon, Pestana Hotels and Resorts

Mário Candeias is a 23-year hotel veteran, currently serving as Regional Director Lisbon of Pestana's Luxury Hotels. Pestana is Portugal's leading hotel chain, operating over 90 properties in 15 countries, with assets valued in over €1 billion. He is currently based in Lisbon, managing Pestana's luxury hotels affiliated to The Leading Hotels of the WorldTM, of which it is the largest operator in the Iberian Peninsula (by room count), namely the world-acclaimed Pestana Palace, Hotel & National Monument. He previously worked for other prestigious Portuguese hotel brands, in the luxury and upper upscale segments, managing both resort and urban properties. Mr. Candeias has also an extensive consulting and teaching collaboration with prestigious institutions in Portugal and abroad, such as the Faculty of Economics of the University of Algarve, Hotel Management School in the Algarve and Lisbon/Estoril. He has led seminars and master classes throughout the country, by request of Tourism & Hospitality related institutions. Areas covered range from Hotel Development to Operations, Destination Management and Competitiveness. Mr. Candeias is an avid writer, on Tourism and Hospitality, Economics, Management and Politics. Mr. Candeias holds a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management, from HotelSchool Algarve and Lisbon/Estoril, specializing in Hotel Operations (both Rooms and F&B) and Marketing & Sales. He then completed a College Degree in Marketing Management plus an MBA at the Faculty of Economics University of Algarve. Faithful to his lifelong learning commitment, Mr. Candeias coursed several Executive Education programs abroad, namely Advanced Hospitality Management in University of Cornell, Cornell School of Hotel Administration, NY, USA, and École Hotellière de Lausanne, Switzerland. He also studied Corporate Finance at Harvard Business School, MA, USA and Insead, France. Please visit www.pestana.com for more information.

Mr. Candeias can be contacted at 351-210-428-426 or mario.candeias@pestana.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.