Michelle Doherty has travelled from one Florida coast to another to assume her new position as spa director for The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter.
The much-anticipated Ritz-Carlton Spa in Jupiter will primarily service residents of the new 285-acre private residential enclave. Doherty says members of the spa can look forward to the highest level of personalised, service-oriented experiences.
“My role is to ensure that my staff delivers service that exceeds the stringent guidelines of The Ritz-Carlton,” Doherty said. “The difference between this spa and other local day spas is that we are part of a private community here in Jupiter, so we have the unique opportunity to get to know our members as neighbours.”
Doherty will provide comprehensive leadership, direction and supervision for the entire spa operation. This includes designing and implementing the spa menu, concept and theme, as well as establishing the spa’s standards, policies and procedures.
Doherty comes from The Ritz-Carlton family, as she was previously assistant spa director for The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. She was a key contributor to the grand opening of the five-star, 52,000 sq-ft resort spa on the west coast of Florida.
Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, Doherty spent two years training spa managers and spa staff members on board cruise lines as operations manager for Steiner Management Services. She also spent five years travelling throughout the world as spa director for cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruise Lines and Carnival.
The 15,000 sq-ft Ritz-Carlton Spa is scheduled to open this November. The facility will feature a garden courtyard, 10 spa therapy suites, junior Olympic-size pool, tennis facility, a nail treatment centre and private wet lounge dens. The state-of-the-art fitness centre will provide a movement studio, cardio centre, resistance training equipment, conditioning training for golfers, plus a variety of exercise activities.
According to Doherty, the tranquil, Mediterranean-style spa will be created to provide “An oasis of serenity, a tranquil wellspring of fitness, and a soothing retreat. The spa therapy menu offers treatments based on the healing effects of the sea and land, and the Ritz-Carlton Spa philosophy, sanitas per aqua, ‘health through water,’ honours the tradition of water therapies famous throughout the world since ancient times.”
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Jupiter will be the centerpiece of a 68,000 sq-ft clubhouse that will serve residents and members of the private club. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter features three distinctive home-ownership options - The Residences, which are Mediterranean-style courtyard homes; The Estates, homes with golf course views; and Club Homes, luxury vacation residences for members. The community also offers private social and spa memberships plus golf memberships to its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
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