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Ross is Appointed Spa Director at The Spa at Little Dix Bay
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (January 2008) Accomplished spa manager
and respected consultant Glen Ross has been tapped to oversee the operation of
the luxurious Spa at Little
Dix Bay. An idyllic retreat, the Spa is perched high on a bluff overlooking
the Caribbean Sea and the lush tropical gardens of legendary resort on Virgin
Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Ross was most recently Spa Director at another
renowned Caribbean resort, Sandy Lane in Barbados.
experience extends well beyond the islands, however. Martein van Wagenberg, Managing
Director, calls Rosss appointment a perfect match for Rosewood
Little Dix Bay. Hands-down, spas have emerged as the number-one guest amenity
and Glens diverse Asian and Caribbean blend of experiences will be invaluable
as we establish ourselves among the regions most sought-after spas,
With 14 years of experience ranging
from spa conceptualization and design to day-to-day operation, Ross is considered
one of the industrys most adept managers. At Little Dix Bay, we are
focusing on treatments that really take guests back to a place of peacefulness
and calm. Well be adding more indigenous treatments using local products
and creating additional spa facilities that take full advantage of the resorts
inspiring oceanside location. With spectacular views of Sir Drake Channel and
the islands, sailboats drifting by, and soothing breezes off the ocean, can you
imagine a more serene setting?, Ross says.
to arriving on Caribbean shores, Ross was Group Director of Spas for Langham Hotels
International in Hong Kong (2004 2006), where he formulated the direction
and implementation of the companys Chuan spa brand, which paired modern
Chinese design and architecture with treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine.
In this position, Ross was responsible for the overall spa performance across
all Langham resorts, as well as the development of new spas in London, Boston,
Auckland and Hong Kong.
From 2001 to 2004,
he was Resort Director for Mandarin Oriental Hotels Macau resort, tasked
with the operation of the spa, health club and innovative corporate team-building
facility. Prior to this, Ross helped open the five-star Kanuhura Beach & Spa
Resort in the Maldives, serving as Director of Spa & Recreation and Acting
General Manager (1999 2000) charged with development of the spas
concept, design and philosophy. A spa and leisure consultant both independently
and for US-based Collier & Collier Spa Consultancy, Rosss lifelong interest
in Asia inspired his move to Phuket, Thailand in 1994 where, as Group Spa Operations
Manager for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, he opened five Banyan Tree spas
over a three-year period.
An avid endurance
athlete, Ross recently moved on from triathlons to long distance running. He earned
a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Environmental Studies and a Masters
degree in Leisure Management at Sheffield University in Sheffield, England.
The Spa at Little Dix Bay
A postcard Caribbean
seaside setting distinguishes the Spa at Little Dix Bay with its 360-degree views
of the sea. Charming stone footpaths meander through three acres of lush tropical
gardens, guiding the way to the Spas separate cliff-side beach, two-tiered
infinity pool, and outdoor Yoga platform, and nine treatments cottages (including
a couples suite) and spa suite which has an ocean-facing terrace. Meditation,
Pilates and yoga classes are offered daily.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Located on Virgin Gorda in the British
Virgin Islands, Rosewood Little Dix Bay offers an arms-length respite from day-to-day
stress amidst lush foliage, a half-mile crescent-shaped beach, a colorful barrier
reef, and beautiful walking trails. Guests can choose from a wealth of elegant
villas and guest rooms with recently renovated bathrooms and outdoor rain showers,
including hexagonal cottages and two- and three-bedroom villas nestled along gorgeous
gardens and shaded footpaths. The resort's three dining venues specialize in fresh
Caribbean cuisine: the open-air Pavilion, the intimate Sugar Mill, and the Beach
Grill which serves light fare on the white sands. The Spa at Little Dix Bay offers
the finest in beauty and recuperative programs in a dramatic setting, with treatments
that utilize indigenous botanicals plucked right from the resort grounds. New
friends and experiences await kids at the Children's Grove. Complimentary services
include a wide array of water sports, use of the on-site fitness center and tennis
courts, and more. www.littledixbay.com.
About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas; The Carlyle
in New York; CordeValle in San Martin, California; Inn of the Anasazi in Santa
Fe; Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos, Mexico; Hotel Seiyo Ginza in
Tokyo, Japan; and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties Rosewood
Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John, and Jumby Bay on Antigua.
For more information on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, please call 888-ROSEWOOD
or visit www.rosewoodhotels.com.