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A day in the life of a Spa Manager

15/08/2018

We all need time to slow down, unwind and take a break from our fast-paced and hectic lifestyles and where better to do so than at one of our stunning spas. So, to celebrate National Relaxation Day on 15th August we asked Shirley, the spa manager at Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa how she got where she is today, what makes the Shandrani Spa Beachcomber special and what a day in the life of a spa manager involves. 

Shirley has followed her passion for the world of beauty and spa throughout her career "I started as a hairdresser in 2000 at the Spa of Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa.Following training she developed into the role of a Beauty and Spa Therapist harnessing the key skills needed to deliver the Art of Wellness to our guests.

After many years she took on the role of Assistant Spa Manager before moving to Shandrani Beachcomber in 2017 as the Spa Manager. When she joined the "new Beachcomber Spa concept by Santayarea was being introduced, along with the launch of the 'Be Beautiful' products which harness natural Mauritian ingredients." Combining sugar cane, almonds, coconut or honey blended with shea butter, clay or beeswax oils these products help the Spa Therapists to deliver indulgent spa treatments for guests looking to relax and unwind. Taking individual guests needs into account is crucial and something that Shirley and her team "identify right from our first contact, so we can create a bespoke tailored treatment plan based on five elements."

A typical working day as a Spa Manager is very varied and starts by "checking the bookings for the day, greeting team and holding a briefing meeting to motivate them for the day ahead and listen to any suggestions they may have." Shirley then carries out a quick spot check of the premises then checking stock levels of products and linen. Creating a relaxing environment and great experience for guests is one of her favourite aspects of her role "throughout the day I take time out from my other duties to meet guests, receive their feedback and see if there is anything else we can do to ensure their time at the spa is unforgettable."

The Spa at Shandrani Beachcomber is as Shirley describes "a haven of well being." Set within a beautiful garden, the treatment rooms resemble reed huts and create a truly tropical relaxing ambiance "from the moment you walk in, our skilled therapists devote themselves to your well being." Offering a vast array of indulgent treatment options our expertly trained therapists are constantly learning new techniques. Of course everyone has their favourite treatment and Shirley loves the Thai massage "it enables you to experience the flexibility and strength of the therapists and leaves you feeling extraordinarily relaxed and free from tension."

If you are looking for the ideal way to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your senses, view our Spa & Wellness holidays and give our friendly reservation team a call to discover more about relaxing spa holidays.