How did you become a spa director?
I started my career in hospitality in 2003, where I gained experience in various departments throughout the hotel operation side. Then, I continued my education in the USA and obtained my bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Switzerland. This became a turning point in my career, as I had the opportunity to join Six Senses Resort and Spas in the position of Spa Fast Track Management trainee and I moved to Thailand in 2012. Since then I have enjoyed a vibrant career in the spa and wellness industry.
What does your day-to-day job look like?
I believe that most of us have chosen a career hospitality because no day is the same. My day starts the evening before, by carefully planning the up-coming day, checking on all meetings in my calendar and reviewing all to-do items on my list. Usually upon arriving to work I will catch up with team members, before heading to the office to start catching up on my e-mails. After a short while, I will ensure that the spa operation is all in order and that my team is aware of everything that is happening throughout the hotel operation. Once we have had our management briefing, I will return to my office to carry on with my day, occasionally meeting clients and guests.
Tell us a little about the brand-new spa set to open in April.
At The Athenaeum Spa the emphasis is on caring for one’s own mind and body – and the facilities have been carefully curated to enable guests to do exactly that. Here, you will have the space and time to focus on generating a lasting feeling of wellness.
There will be seven treatment rooms on the upper level which are supported by the post treatment serenity lounge and the beautiful terrace overlooking the hotel gardens. The vitality lounge will include a sauna, a steam room, a vitality pool, a plunge pool, two experience showers and heated loungers. The reception boutique sits adjacent to the nail lounge and an indoor pool is a calm space to relax and unwind. The hotel's stunning external pool and gardens also form part of the complex.
What are key words you would use to describe The Athenaeum Spa?
Connected, crafted, dedicated and enlightened.
Which brands will you be working with at the spa?
In partnership with leading skincare brand ESPA, the spa will offer luxury products, treatments and expertise, guided by a holistic philosophy to enhance both physical and emotional wellbeing. There is a natural synergy between the vision for the Athenaeum Spa and ESPA’s philosophy, so it was an obvious choice. The spa will join the other ESPA spas across the Corinthia portfolio - the flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia London, Royal Spa at Corinthia Budapest and THE SPA at Corinthia Lisbon.
We are also proud to be working with local artisan aromatherapist Stephen Cordina, who is exclusively supplying the products for our signature treatments. He will be using intuitively-chosen natural ingredients to highlight the authentic synergy between Maltese herbs and oils and a genuine sense of wellness.
What's your favourite spa treatment?
In our current operation, the candle massage using the nourishing and aromatic oils of our Stephen Cordina massage candles under the caring hands of our excellent therapists. After the relaunch, I highly recommend the ESPA Optimal Skin Care Facial, it is deeply reviving a leaves the skin with a natural, radiant glow.
Which treatment do you think will be the most popular in the new spa?
I believe our clients will be drawn to our signature treatments, using the artisan products by Stephen Cordina. These treatments, as well as the products have been carefully designed and curated for the Athenaeum Spa, to reflect the beautiful natural environment of the Maltese Islands.
What's the perfect way to end a day spent in the spa?
Enjoying a crafted herbal tea after the treatment, while sitting out on the terrace of the Serenity Lounge overlooking our outdoor pool, wondering which treatment to book next.
What's the one unmissable thing for visitors to Malta?
Malta has so many beautiful sites and experiences, so it is difficult to narrow down. One of my personal favourite places in Malta in the Silent City of Mdina.
What does wellness mean to you?
Connecting with my family and my fiancé, by talking to them every day. Time is such a valuable gift, so being present in my experiences makes a big difference to my personal wellbeing. Taking a hot bath, using the natural and handmade bath bombs from the Soap Café in Sliema is another important part of my self-care routine.
What does your ultimate ‘self-care’ Sunday look like?
After a restful night’s sleep, I will make a cup of herbal tea (I recently gave up coffee) and get ready for the day. I usually clean my apartment on Sundays physically and energetically, as there is something incredibly soothing about a de-cluttered and neat home. After that, I will meet with friends and indulge in a hearty lunch or brunch with lots of laughter and great conversations, topped off by either shopping or a nice walk. In the evening I will treat myself to a nourishing homecooked meal.
What wellness trend will you be following in 2020?
This year, I am dedicated to mindfulness and connection. Our lives are becoming faster every day, especially with our constant connection to our gadgets and the internet, e-mails and various messengers. So being mindful of what I am spending my time on has been a game-changer. Breathwork is another big focus for this year, as it has an incredible impact on the nervous systems and works magic to boost focus and efficiency.