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Castle Hotel & Spa Names Dawn Berry, LMT as Spa Manager
at the New THANN™ Sanctuary Spa

(Tarrytown, NY) – February 13, 2013 – Gilbert Baeriswil, General Manager at the Castle Hotel & Spa has announced the appointment of Dawn Berry of Nyack, NY as Spa Manager of the luxurious new THANN™ Sanctuary Spa.
Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Therapy from the State University of New York at New Paltz and is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in therapeutic massage. After achieving her bachelor’s degree, Dawn continued her education and experience in Massage Therapy, which enabled her to facilitate self-care and healing to those ranging from athletes to physically impaired persons of all ages.
In making the announcement, Baeriswil noted, “Dawn is driven and passionate about the healing elements found not only in nature, but in the practice of massage itself. Dawn is the perfect complement to the THANN Sanctuary Spa, known throughout Asia as an oasis of peace and tranquility and the art of natural therapy. We are delighted to welcome her to Castle Hotel & Spa.”
Dawn supports the philosophy of total respect for nature, its healing elements and their applicability as nurturing and healing properties. She commented, “I respect and admire both the teachings and principles of Eastern and Western Complimentary Health Services. Massage Therapy is one of the most beneficial ways to care for the body, mind, and soul”.
Prior to opening her own practice, Dawn served as a Spa Manager/Massage Therapist in Nyack, NY where she created and developed a comprehensive spa menu of services and implemented new and innovative treatments. Dawn ensured the highest quality standards of practice among massage therapists and estheticians to ensure satisfaction of client guest services.
Among her experience in management over the years, Dawn has excelled at initiating business growth and development tactics, managed weekly payroll, daily revenue, product inventory, troubleshooting, and monitoring overall salon performance and efficiencies at spas, salons, and health clubs in the New York/New Jersey area. She has facilitated team training for treatment services, service upgrades, innovations and promotions that focus on client/guest satisfaction in alliance with her training in concept business management. Dawn is also the Co-Founder, Hudson Valley Healing Group for Professional Healers.
The 7,800 square-foot Spa will features separate locker facilities, hot pools, and steam rooms for men and women, seven treatment rooms, and a VIP treatment suite. There is also an expansive relaxation lounge with tranquil views of the wooded grounds. The atmosphere of quiet and privacy is supported by architectural screening, protected views, and acoustical isolation. Interior finishes emphasize natural materials, subtle colors, and minimal detail.
The development of the THANN™ Sanctuary Spa is the first part of a ten-million dollar renovation project that includes 4,100 square feet of meeting & banquet space, the 31 luxurious guest rooms and suites, public spaces, and the award-winning Equus restaurant and kitchen. The luxurious space will open in May 2013 and will be a magnificent addition to award-winning Castle Hotel & Spa.

About Castle Hotel & Spa

Castle Hotel & Spa features the rich, time-honored ambience of Old-World style and elegance with contemporary amenities and is only 25 miles north of Manhattan. Accommodations include 31 luxurious guest rooms and suites of more than 1,000 square feet each. Each room features all the amenities you expect – and more. The Castle is highlighted by intricately carved stairways of dark burnished wood, glowing sconces, mammoth hand-hewn oak beams and leaded-glass windows.

Castle Hotel & Spa is perched majestically atop one of the highest points in the region overlooking the historic Hudson River in the lower Hudson Valley of Westchester County, NY.  The award-winning estate is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Historic Hotels of America and sits on ten tranquil wooded acres that provide a respite of refinement and luxury with Old-World elegance.

Castle Hotel & Spa features 31 traditionally appointed guest rooms and suites, 4,100 square feet of meeting and event space, 24-hour health and fitness center, whirlpool, landscaped jogging paths, and a spectacular outdoor seasonal swimming pool.  The renowned Equus restaurant has received Four Diamonds from AAA and Five-Star Diamond Award from The Academy of Hospitality Sciences.  It was named to Conde Nast’s “Gold List” and the elite Top Twenty US Small Hotels. Equus is highly rated from Zagat for extraordinary food, service and décor and received the prestigious Award of Unique Distinction from The Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Castle Hotel & Spa is owned and managed by Sankara Hospitality Group, known throughout the world for creating and managing contemporary luxury hotels that are defined by their warm and vibrant personality, and inspired by the spirit of their location.  Sankara is passionate in their belief of offering a service that is effortless, personal and genuine, enabling its guests to do the things they value most. For additional information, visit the website at: 


James M. Mahon

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Also See: Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown, New York Starts Five-Month, Multi-million Dollar Renovation; The Historic Property Owned and Managed by Sankara Hospitality Group has Closed Operations Through May 2013 / January 2013

Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown, New York Breaks Ground for Luxury $9 Million THANN™ Sanctuary Spa / December 2012

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