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Ms. Krohn

Laura Krohn

Director Spa & Wellness, La Cantera Resort & Spa

With more than 20 years dedicated to the field of spa and wellness, Laura Krohn, MPH, brings with her an understanding of the profound difference that spa professionals can make in their clients' lives.  Her extensive experience leading, and in some cases, launching, world class spa operations across the globe, includes properties in Beijing, China (Mandarin Oriental); Big Sur, California (The Spa at Ventana); at Silicon Valley's primary venture capital corridor (Sense Spa at Rosewood Sand Hill), Maui, Hawaii (Fairmont Kai Lani); St Regis, California (Remede Spa), and in Phuket, Thailand as Regional Operations Director overseeing 7 location, including Four Seasons, Bangkok.

Ms. Krohn's early career success in hospitality Food & Beverage preceded her studies at San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science and her Master of Public Health.  Her subsequent experience as a licensed massage therapist, personal trainer, nutritionist, and public health manager, uniquely qualified her to lead several prestigious spas across the globe as she combined her strong scientific knowledge of the foundations of wellness practices with her equally strong awareness of the role of care-giver service delivery.

Over the years, Ms. Krohn has also succeeded in educator and consultant roles with both established and up-and-coming wellness brands and resorts. Ms. Krohn also served as a Group Therapeutic Leader in an Acute Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Level I Detox Hospital and is licensed in Residential Care for the Elderly in the State of California.  

Currently, Ms. Krohn leads the Loma de Vida Spa at La Cantera Resort as Director of Spa and Wellness.  Volunteer work at the Community Food Bank (in Tucson, AZ) and previous service at the national International Spa Association have provided further channels for her compassionate professionalism that leads wellness teams to greater excellence.

Please visit http://www.lacanteraresort.com for more information.

Ms. Krohn can be contacted at +1 210-558-2232 or lkrohn@lacanteraresort.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.