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Spa Business
2016 issue 1

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Ivanka Trump

Executive vice president of development and acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Ivanka Trump www.ivankatrump.com
The Old Post Office in Washington DC will be the first hotel with The Spa by Ivanka Trump when it opens later this year
The spa at Trump
The spa at Trump
The spa at Trump
Ivanka, her brothers and father Donald – who has a US presidential campaign – break ground in Washington DC

Ivanka Trump’s signature 10,000sq ft (929sq m) flagship The Spa by Ivanka Trump is set to debut this year at The Old Post Office in Washington DC – soon to be the Trump International Hotel, Washington DC – before being rolled out across Trump’s nine existing hotels, as well as future properties.

Ivanka is a former model and Trump Hotels is owned by her father Donald Trump, the US real-estate developer who’s currently making headlines worldwide with his 2016 presidential campaign.

Spa consultants WTS International and Robert Henry Architects are both involved with the spa project in Washington DC, which is part of the historic property’s US$200m (€144.4m, £119m) redevelopment.

Robert Henry says the spa will be a prototype introducing Ivanka’s “unique positioning within spa and wellness”. He adds that “Ivanka has mandated that this will be a game-changing wellness project establishing a new benchmark for the wellness industry”.

WTS will help to launch and manage first spa in Washington DC. It will also be the management company of choice for The Spa by Ivanka Trump says WTS senior vice president Kim Matheson Sheldrick. She says: “WTS has partnered with Trump Hotel Collection Management, Ivanka Trump, as well as the Trump family to craft a fresh, authentic and purposeful spa concept. Ivanka Trump is synonymous with unpretentious elegance, exquisite design and sophistication.”

Matheson Sheldrick points out that in addition to Ivanka’s role as executive vice president of development and acquisitions at The Trump Organization, she’s also a busy mother, wellness enthusiast and avid traveller.

“Every moment of the guest journey and each touchpoint have been scrutinised by Ivanka and her team, as well as WTS to curate experiences gathered through Ivanka’s international travels, made contextual to each spa location,” says Matheson Sheldrick.

Ivanka has worked on previous spas for the hotel group and at the launch of Trump International Tower Chicago in 2008 she said: “Being female, I’ve been to quite a few different spas and given my travels and all of the different locations we have hotels in, I’ve really experienced a lot.”

Matheson Sheldrick adds: “The Spa by Ivanka Trump personifies her lifestyle, embarking on every endeavour with energy and passion, but always taking the time to pause, heal and recharge.”

Colony Capital LLC, a private investment firm, partnered with the Trump Hotel Collection to preserve the landmark post office building. The new hotel will feature 263 bedrooms, restored historic woodwork as well as crystal sconces and chandeliers.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redevelop one of this country’s most historic buildings and we will spare no effort to ensure that the hotel, once completed, lives up to the legacy and integrity of this iconic landmark,” said Ivanka at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Completion and opening of the hotel and spa are anticipated before the US elections in November this year.

The Trump Hotel Collection also includes locations in New York; Chicago; Las Vegas; Waikiki Beach, Hawaii; Panama; Toronto; Miami and Ireland. Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver is also slated to open in 2016.

Previously at Trump

Ivanka has been involved in spa design and concepts at Trump hotels in the past, but this is the first time she’s put her name to the brand

The spa at Trump

Originally published in Spa Business 2016 issue 1

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