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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 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.