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Mr. Morris

John Morris

Director of WELL Spa and Salon at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Director of the WELL Spa + Salon at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, John Morris, joined the team with more than 30 years of experience working and managing spas and fitness centers throughout the eastern United States. Mr. Morris entered the industry working at the Amelia Island Plantation in Florida as the Director of Spa and Fitness and Tennis Operations. There he managed facilities used by 1,800 club members and coordinated several parts of the WTA Bausch and Lomb professional tennis tournaments. He also worked as the Director of Spa and Recreation at the top tier WaterColor Inn and Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, where he managed a staff of over 80 people and created and managed the ASBA's number one tennis center in America. Mr. Morris then moved to Essex, Vermont where he worked at the Essex Resort to design the spa, the membership plan and then coordinate the grand opening of The Spa at The Essex. Most recently, Mr. Morris has worked as at several top tier locations including The Serenity by the Sea Spa in The Hilton Sandestin Beach in Florida, Hawks Cay Resort under WTS International in the Florida Keys, and The Avani Spa at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. In these locations, Mr. Morris has served as Director of Spa and Fitness where he has managed budgets of over $2.5 million, supervised and mentored staff, managed several successful redesigns and renovations, and landed several prestigious awards for the properties including Conde Nast and Trip Advisor accreditations. A Massachusetts native, Mr. Morris attended Boston College where he received his degree in marketing and minored in finance.

Mr. Morris can be contacted at 800-558-3417 or info@grandgeneva.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.