The St. Regis Aspen Resort Appoints Michael McDonald as Director of Spa

USA, Aspen, Colorado. September 25, 2019

The St. Regis Aspen Resort is thrilled to announce its most recent hire and new Director of Spa, Michael McDonald, who will oversee daily operations, programming, events and initiatives at the resort's Remède Spa - Aspen's only full-service spa. Possessing a strong passion for wellness and hospitality, Michael will play an integral role in expanding the spa's programmatic offerings and facilitating new ways to benefit guests and the Aspen community's health and wellness.

"Our spa has long been regarded as one of the finest in world, and we attribute this success to the incredible team and culture we have cultivated over the years," said Heather Steenge-Hart, Area General Manager of Marriott International's Luxury Mountain Resorts (The St. Regis Aspen, The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, The St. Regis Deer Valley, and W Aspen). "Michael contributes an ideal balance of experience, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking needed to helm the spa and maintain its positive trajectory."

Guided by a lifelong passion for wellness, Michael began his spa career as an Assistant Spa Director at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, where he was eventually promoted Director of Spa. He then went on to hold the position of Spa Director at Mokara Spa and Salon in Dallas and The Spa at Hilton Marco Island. Most recently, Michael served as the Spa Director at Aspen's Hotel Jerome.

"As someone who deeply understands the importance of overall wellbeing and the rising trend of wellness-focused travel, I am immensely grateful to have the opportunity to lead such a revered spa," said Michael McDonald. "I look forward to positively influencing the spa and resort's guests, as well as creating a space that plays a pivotal role in Aspen community members' wellness routines."

Born and raised in Flagler County, Florida, McDonald earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Penn State World Campus, as well as an Associate of Arts degree from Daytona State College. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, live music, and volunteer work.

Subscribe to our newsletter
for more Hotel Newswire articles

Related News

Choose a Social Network!

The social network you are looking for is not available.

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.