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Eldorado Hotel & Spa Appoints Wendy McGowan as Nidah Spa Director


Santa Fe, NM – (May 26, 2009) – Eldorado Hotel & Spa is pleased to announce Wendy McGowan as spa director of the Nidah Spa.  McGowan brings 10 years of spa expertise to the acclaimed property and now oversees daily operations of the 4,300 square-foot facility.  McGowan is excited to be back in New Mexico where she started her career a decade ago.  Nidah Spa, known for its unique treatments such as the Turquoise Gem Stone Therapy, features seven treatment rooms and uses ingredients prepared fresh daily, drawing from the natural healing properties of plants, legumes and herbs indigenous to New Mexico. 
“The Nidah Spa is an important cornerstone of our hotel and the Eldorado experience.  It was key to have the right person at the helm and Wendy is a perfect fit,” said Alfred Matter, general manager of Eldorado Hotel & Spa.  “Her innovative vision and luxury spa experience will continue to position Nidah Spa as one of the leading spas in the region.”
McGowan joins the Nidah Spa at an exciting time as the hotel recently took the signature spa experience to new heights with its in-room spa oasis, Nidah Spa Suites.  Promoting peace and tranquility, these plush accommodations feature an in-room spa bar, oxygen pods, special spa dining menu, a nightly turndown service including travel candles or neck wraps, daily in-room spa treatment and more.  In addition, Nidah Spa is the exclusive Santa Fe venue to offer exotic treatments such as the Venom Facial and 24-Carat Gold Facial.  Both anti-aging treatments lift, tighten and hydrate skin giving the spa-goers the key to the fountain of youth sans botox.
Before joining the Eldorado team, McGowan was the spa manager at W Hotel San Diego’s Away Spa where she supervised the daily operations of the five-star facility.  McGowan knows first-hand the intricacies and techniques that go into pampering, as she was the lead aesthetician and massage therapist at Miraval Tucson Luxury Resort and Spa and at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson.  McGowan embarked on her spa career at Albuquerque’s Zen Babies Day Spa as the spa manager. 
McGowan attended the University of New Mexico and received certification in massage therapy from the Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute and certification in aesthetics and nail technician from the Aveda Beauty College.  McGowan has completed various trainings in specialized services and products such as JAMU Balinese facial, Glo Therapeutics advanced peel, Phytomer, MD Skincare and B. Kamins. 
For Nidah Spa information visit or call 505-995-4535.  For hotel information and reservations visit or call 800-955-4455.
About Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Santa Fe’s premier AAA four-diamond luxury hotel, Eldorado Hotel & Spa is located next to the historic Santa Fe Plaza.  The recently-renovated hotel is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the ultimate luxury collection featuring more than 150 exceptional hotels and resorts in the most desirable locations around the world.  All enhanced 213 lavish non-smoking guestrooms boast 32” flat-screen HD-compatible televisions, terry-cloth bathrobes; a workstation with task light, high-speed internet access; overstuffed lounging furniture paired with a reading lamp and tables; a refrigerated mini-honor bar, and optional turndown service.  Deluxe rooms, in addition to offering more space, feature a wood-burning kiva fireplace and shared terrace.  The 2,000 square-foot Presidential Suite features a 37” flat-screen HD-compatible televisions.  Recently added are six Nidah Spa suites boasting daily in-room spa treatments, customized iPod Nano playlist, special spa bar, plush linens, comfortable robes, daily breakfast and much more.  For dining, the Eldorado Hotel & Spa’s award-winning, four-diamond The Old House restaurant serves up contemporary global cuisine with a regional flare.  The Eldorado Court & Lounge offers a casual and comfortable environment for breakfast and lunch and is a perfect spot for evening drinks and entertainment.  The hotel also features 20,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including Santa Fe’s largest ballroom, a rooftop pool and whirlpool, and a business center.  The 4,300 square-foot posh Nidah Spa features seven treatment rooms and offers a bevy of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments using ingredients prepared fresh daily and drawing from the natural healing properties of plants, legumes and herbs indigenous to New Mexico.  Santa Fe is known for its superb restaurants, southwestern shops and outstanding art galleries, which generate approximately $200 million yearly, making it the second largest art seller in North America.

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