About every March, I head to Camelback Inn, our Marriott resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a vacation with my family. It’s usually spring break for the kids and I celebrate my birthday there and have every year since 1967. I’ve been going to Camelback since I was 16 and love that part of the world.
One thing that we really enjoy while we’re there is going to the spa. For many, getting a massage is an incredibly relaxing and mind clearing activity. In addition to the spa at Camelback, we manage 169 other spas worldwide and we have more than 90 new spas in our pipeline. Spas are really becoming a major part of our business.
The exciting new Saray Spa that just opened in our Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites highlights Middle Eastern treatments and pays homage to ancient Arabic healing rituals. The heart of the spa is the hammam -- a place to cleanse and nurture. And, the products used in the Saray Spa are all authentic and local to the region such as Dead Sea salts and olive soaps.
Taking some time to relax and rejuvenate is the key to maintaining a healthy, balanced life. I encourage all of you to take a minute and give yourself a break now and then. You’ll be amazed how good you’ll feel.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.