Spa People in the News
Jim Root, General Manager of Spa
Operations at Sea Island, elected chairman of the International Spa
Vegas, Nevada (November 6, 2006) Jim Root, General Manager of Spa Operations
for Sea Island, has been elected chairman of the International Spa Association,
also known as ISPA. He takes the position November 9th, 2006 at the
close of ISPAs annual conference, which this year was in Las Vegas.
Now in its 16th year, ISPA includes over 2,500 members
from 72 countries and is recognized worldwide as the leading professional
organization and as the voice of the spa industry.
Considered a spa visionary, Root joined Sea Island in
2005 after heading spa operations at the award-winning Miraval, Life
in Balance. He is also known for his innovative work at the top-rated
spas Rancho La Puerta, Green
Valley Spa, Meadowwood
Napa Valley, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Cornell School
of Hotel Administration.
The Spa at Sea
Island, Americas first new Atlantic Ocean-front spa in over
25 years, is scheduled to open on November 17th on Sea Island, Georgia.
The spa is located between an undeveloped five-mile long white sand
beach on its west and acres of green-gold salt marsh of nature preserve
to its east. Groves of braided, woven ancient oaks with Spanish moss
anchor the areas singular beauty.
Sea Island, Georgia, is best known for its year-round
weather, its fabled flagship hotel, The Cloister, and its 78 years of
continuously being family owned and family run. At 65,000 square feet,
The Spa at Sea Island is noted for offering all the attributes of a
destination spa, with proximity to the legendary Cloister, newly rebuilt
just this year. The Spa at Sea Island is also adjacent to The Lodge,
the founding familys other award-winning destination on Sea Island.
It is that tradition of stewardship, of land and of tradition,
which attracted Jim Root to join Sea Island last year. He is a serious
amateur naturalist who has earmarked sustainability and building a sense
of community as priorities for his upcoming tenure with ISPA.
I am passionate about spa as an industry, and even
more passionate about building a sense of spa community in which our
vision for health wellbeing and living a life in balance can be shared
with each other and also with the larger society and the greater
world around us, said Root.
He added, As spa professionals weve come to
realize that the question of our time is not how do we
want to vacation? but rather: how do we want to live?