In two weeks I will be moving to Thailand.
It still sounds strange to say out loud. Despite the massive preparation of sending and receiving a variety of paperwork, going through my closet deciding what goes and what stays, discussions with my family and husband, it’s still surreal to say the least.
I have been offered the position of Corporate Trainer by Six Senses. (Shout out to Christine Hays)They are an award winning luxury spa Management Company with sumptuous resorts in exotic locales around the world. Scheduled to open by 2016 are the places my dreams are made of; China, Seychelles, St Lucia, Tunisia, Indonesia. My first opening will be Qing Cheng Mountain, China in the Fall of this year.
The wonder of it all is that the culture of Six Senses is exactly what I have been writing about for so long on my blog Ethnic Skin Aficionado.
I have always believed that to stay current you must embrace a culture of inclusion, respect for employees and guests, no matter what their race, religion or sexual orientation might be. You have to approach spa treatments from a highly personalized perspective and the key is proper training which includes ethnic skin. After all how can you recommend products if you don’t understand your client’s skin? And that does not even begin to address the cultural differences or the best way to engage with them.
Isn’t it funny how so many five-star spa groups overseas get it; and so many properties here in the U.S. do not?
They’ll catch up sooner or later.
In the meantime, I’ll be teaching and learning and writing and sharing. I hope that you’ll keep reading. It’s beginning to get very exciting.
Linda Harding-Bond is a Corporate Trainer for Six Senses, author, and licensed esthetician.