Breathe Spa Opens on Daufuskie Island as Prototype for National Roll-Out

31st Mar 2003

The first Breathe Spa, a full-service destination spa with day spa services, planned for nationwide introduction over the next six months, is holding its grand opening on Daufuskie Island, SC.
Breath Spa at Daufuskie Island Club & Resort will feature an impressive 45 therapeutic treatments, presenting spa services from facials to hydrotherapy and a variety of massage techniques, body wraps, aromatherapy and reflexology therapies.

Gayle Bulls Dixon, a principal owner of Daufuskie Island Club & Resort, conceived the new spa and said it is specifically designed to offer a more personalised approach to the overall spa experience. Dixon appointed Colleen Stiers, an expert in spa development and operations to fulfill the Breathe Spa vision. A second Breathe Spa is already being built at Carefree Resort & Villas in Carefree, AZ, north of Phoenix, and a Breathe Spa is under design for Ocean Place Resort & Spa on the New Jersey shore. All three properties are managed by Carefree-based Tiburon Hospitality Management.

Jill Vitale has been appointed Director of Breathe Spa at Daufuskie Island Club & Resort and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the spa. Most recently, Vitale was with The Cypress, a continuing care community on Hilton Head Island. Prior to that, she was the administrator of a 2,000-member spa and wellness centre in Bloomington, MN.
“Our philosophy embraces a wellness centre approach that is based on balanced health, beginning on the inside,” said Dixon. “We are dedicated to providing relaxing, giving and professional services in comfortable surroundings that encourage our guests to feel at home, to unwind, to receive, to understand and to breathe.”


Stiers commented that Breathe Spa is designed so both men and women feel comfortable in its surroundings. “Unlike many other world-class spas, our guests are assigned a personal spa coordinator. This coordinator will know guests by name, understand their spa history and preferences and will be a personal spa contact throughout the duration of each visit. Our goal is to ensure the Breathe Spa experience begins with the first phone call and continues until visitors return ashore at the Embarkation Centre.”


Dixon added, she was enamored by Daufuskie Island (which is accessible only by boat) from the moment she first visited last year and realised that the island was an ideal setting for the spa she had always dreamed of establishing.
“The natural surroundings of Daufuskie Island, combined with the island’s stillness and exquisite beauty made it a perfect environment to introduce the Breathe concept.” She also approached the design of Breathe Spa using the Feng Shui methods of orientation as well as her own ideas gathered from visiting spas around the world.

Having become something of a spa connoisseur herself over the last several years, Dixon has travelled extensively and talked with scores of people with regard to their likes and dislikes of spas. “My own personal experiences helped me come up with a design and concept that would appeal to one’s whole being - encompassing mind, body and spirit,” concluded Dixon.

Located within a charming, Southern plantation-style building with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, Daufuskie Island’s Breathe Spa includes eight treatment rooms, lounging quarters, separate men’s and women’s changing facilities and an extensive retail area.
Guests who book spa services or packages can take the Daufuskie Island Club & Resort complimentary cruise boat from the resort’s Embarkation Centre on Hilton Head Island. The exclusive Daufuskie Island Club & Resort also features 190 rooms, two championship golf courses, five restaurants, beach club, equestrian centre and club memberships.



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