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Sara Thatcher Named New Spa Director of Award Winning
"The Palms", Turks and Caicos Islands
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PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (October 2, 2006) –  Sara Thatcher has been named Spa Director of The Palms, a 72 Two and Three Bedroom Suite resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  The announcement was made by Frank Klare, General Manager of The Palms.  Most recently, Sara worked as Sports & Leisure Manager at London’s prestigious Royal Automobile Club.  Previously she worked in London as a Spa Consultant for the Whitbread Group, the UK’s leading hospitality company.  Sara has been Spa Manager at various five-star, luxury properties in the UK including: The Spa at Pennyhill Park, Surrey, where she was involved in the development and set-up of the Spa; The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge; Nirvana Spa, Berkshire; and The Pavilion Spa at Clivedon, Berkshire. 

“I’m delighted to join The Spa at The Palms.  The Spa is a must for those spending a few days with us, and is the spiritual heart of The Palms, continually amazing guests with its traditional massages on our unique Mediterranean Float Beds, as well as, with the many facials, scrubs, wraps and infusions on offer." said Sara Thatcher, Spa Director, The Palms.

Sara has honed her Spa skills over the years with training in various areas including Phytomer Basic and Advanced Thalassotherapy; Ionithermie Body Treatments; Decleor Face & Body; Conseillere Beaute Clarins; E’SPA; and LaStone Therapy.

The Palms was recently awarded the 2006 World Travel Award for ‘Turks & Caicos Leading Spa Resort’.  The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate achievements in all sectors of the global travel industry. Voting is cast by travel agents in over 200 countries around the world.  Regional geographical categories are broken down from the Whole World category into eight smaller areas - Africa, Asia/Pacific, Caribbean, Central & Latin America, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America.

The Spa at The Palms, is nearly a destination in and of itself. Conceived by Angel Stewart of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, The Golden Door and Ritz-Carlton (Rancho Mirage) fame, it is spread over an acre site and encompasses 20,000 sq. feet of elegant space. Treatment rooms are stand-alone and surrounded by water, each with its own water feature by day and fire feature by night. In a garden area, two white tented cabanas provide a different setting for island-inspired herbal treatments. Two extraordinary spa suites are also available for individual guests or couples to create a custom experience of treatments, relax in a private plunge pool Jacuzzi, and enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner for two on a garden patio.

Signature treatments at The Spa at The Palms include ‘Mother of Pearl Body Exfoliation’ which uses a precious blend of hand crushed local queen conch shells to gently revitalize and soften, ‘Little Drops of Caribbean Rain’ whereby hundreds of tiny drops of essential oils are applied along the spine to awaken every nerve ending, and ‘Moonlight and Stars’ which enables two guests to enjoy a massage in the privacy of their own patio to the sound of the lapping ocean, beneath the twinkling of the stars.  The unique indigenous island treatment of ‘Zareeba’, meaning “protected enclosure”, allows guests their own herbal steam, cleansing and detoxification ritual, provided in private enclosures, including inhalation of aromatic steam from a blend of freshly brewed therapeutic herbs, followed by a cooling wrap and a toxin release body massage to complete the purification ritual.

Inspired by the classic estates of Oliver Messel, The Palms lies amidst 12 acres of landscaped gardens at the center of world-renowned 12-mile Grace Bay Beach. Its Luxury Room, One, Two and Three Bedroom Suites feature balconies or expansive terraces, marble floors, vaulted ceilings, custom-made mahogany furnishings, 488 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and high-speed internet. There are flat panel LCD televisions in each guest room and combination DVD and CD players in Suites, as well as, kitchens with classic cabinetry, equipped with Viking appliances. Other features include a $1.8 million infinity pool; international cuisine at Parallel23 or Plunge restaurant and bar, with the choice of swim-up tables or a sunken dining room; and Conch Kritters Club for kids. The Spa at The Palms was designed by renowned spa designer, Angel Stewart of Las Ventanas al Paraiso and The Golden Door fame, and is a lush, enclosed, one-acre oasis with serene gardens and reflecting pools. On the beachfront, use of Hobie Cats, snorkel equipment, kayaks, windsurfs and floats are included in the room rate. For more information, a brochure or reservations, call 1-866-877-PALM (7256) or visit www.thepalmstc.com; in Canada, call Resort to the Best, 1-800-567-5327. 

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Contact:

Emily Grubb
KWE Group, Inc.
305-476-5424
egrubb@kwegroup.com

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