Deorsey to oversee Henderson's spa

Special to The Log
Kim DeOrsey

Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel management company founded by Sheila C. Johnson, has appointed Kim DeOrsey as the spa director at Henderson Beach Resort.

The resort, which is anchored by a spectacular 170-room hotel named The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, is slated to open in Destin late in 2016.

During the span of her two-decade career as a spa and wellness executive expert, DeOrsey has held leadership roles at many premier resort spas in the U.S., including PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; The Spa at The Atlantic Hotel (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida); The Spa at The Tesoro Club (Port St. Lucie, Florida); The Spa at The International Polo Club (Wellington, Florida); The Spa at Mar-A-Lago Club (Palm Beach, Florida); The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa (Dana Point, California); Westin Diplomat Country Club & Spa (Hollywood, Florida); and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa (Farmington, Pennsylvania).

She most recently managed the spa and wellness program for The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Florida, having opened their $33 million capital improvement project. Prior to joining Ibis, DeOrsey opened The Omphoy Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, which readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted No. 1 Resort Spa in the United States (2012).

DeOrsey possesses the combination of intuitive leadership skills, business acumen and award-winning spa and wellness experience.

In addition to her hands-on leadership, DeOrsey has served on the Starwood North American Spa Council and provided Spa Advisory Task Force guidance for several luxury hotel companies.

She is a graduate of Central Michigan University and earned a bachelor of science degree in commercial recreation and facility management with a minor in advertising. She is an active member of the International Spa Association, as well as the Florida Spa Association and Club Spa Fitness Association professional organizations.

In her role, DeOrsey will oversee the spa, fitness, recreation and retail operations for Henderson Beach Resort. She is relocated her family from Jupiter, Florida, to Destin for this job.

“I am excited to call the Emerald Coast home and delighted to lead the team for The Henderson’s Salamander spa,” DeOrsey said. “I love being creative and delivering the ultimate experience for guests interested in leading a healthy wellness lifestyle. I am especially passionate about arming our guests with education so they take home key knowledge and insight that will forever enrich their lives.”

Drawing on its inspirational beach venue with treatments that incorporate the natural surroundings, The Henderson’s spa features 11 spacious treatment rooms, soothing water treatments and amenities, and a women’s lounge that opens onto a private relaxation terrace overlooking the treetops of a stunning 200-acre nature preserve nestled on the Gulf of Mexico.

With spectacular amenities, industry recognized spa expertise and a stunning Gulf view, The Henderson spa is poised to deliver an unparalleled wellness experience in keeping with a Salamander destination spa.

“We are thrilled to have one of the spa’s industry leaders to join our executive team at The Henderson,” said Henderson Beach Resort General Manager Douglas Hustad. “Kim brings strong energetic forward thinking leadership that will position our experiential Salamander Spa as one of the best in the world.”