Date: August 16th, 2016
Location: The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
We experienced pure heaven at the FSA “Spa Elegance” event at the Breakers, an elegant, all frills included affair! On the morning of August 16, spa directors and general managers arrived to experience the opening of the Vendor showcase in the Ponce Ballroom. Attendees were able to mingle with many exciting vendors presenting their brands.
The mid-morning break was comprised of a lovely set-up in the exhibit area, offering a variety of trail mixes, coffee, tea, and juices to tempt everyone’s taste buds.
From 9:30 to 11:30, treatments were offered to guests followed by a delicious lunch in the elegant Mediterranean Ballroom, where of course, mixing and mingling was at its peak. It was great to listen to the valuable keynote presentations by principal industry leaders, Wendy Kallergis (President, Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association), John Bevan, (COO, Spafinder Wellness 365) and Jeff Mayers, (General Manager, The Resort at Longboat Key Club). Our platinum sponsor, Frank Pitsikalis, Founder and CEO for Resort Suite, offered insight into the powerful benefits of Revenue Management. Our Gold Sponsor Sammy Gharieni, Owner of Gharieni presented his high tech spa equipment and we watched a motivating video presented by our other Gold Sponsor TechnoGym. These presentations were instrumental as well as captivating contributions from our colleagues in such a beautiful environment!
After lunch, general managers were treated to a special workshop on Building Management Guidelines for Resort and Spa Construction, held by Tom Moses of Tom Moses Consulting, while spa guests returned to the expo to network with vendors and experience more spa treatments from 2:30-4:30. General managers were then invited to tour the spa.
A midday break was offered with delicious desserts and coffee, drinks, etc. and we were fortunate to be able to listen to Silver Sponsor, Christopher Kuever of Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, who offered insight on skin science. The event came to a close at 5pm. But the fun didn’t stop there! At 5:30, guests gathered for a Cocktail Hour at the beautiful HMF near the Wine Cellar with pass-around, delicious hors d’oeuvres. While the cocktail hour lasted until 7:30, many guests hung around a bit longer to continue the fun.
What an incredible, successful day we had! Word has it that this was the most elegant and best event in the industry…and seeing how we are a tad partial…we tend to agree. We can’t wait to see all of you at the next FSA event!