Spa People in the News
Palm Springs gains new Executive Chef and new Spa Director as Viceroy collection
prepares for expansion
January 21, 2009 (Los Angeles)
Viceroy Hotels and Resorts, one of Kor Hotel Groups luxury brands,
announces two senior management appointments to its Viceroy
Palm Springs property. As Kor prepares to expand the brands provocative
blend of intuitive service, innovative culinary experiences, and holistic wellness
programs with the 2009 openings of Viceroy Miami and Viceroy Anguilla, creative
new voices also bring an infusion of energy to the collections desert gem
in Palm Springs.
James Bailey appointed Executive Chef
Melissa Solis-Caluya appointed Spa Director
of these individuals represents an inspiring new asset to the evolution of Viceroy
Palm Springs, said Nicholas Clayton, President of Los Angeles-based Kor
Hotel Group, in making the announcement. With James refreshing creativity,
as he demonstrated at our Delfina property, and Melissas holistic insight,
the property is destined to attain even greater heights of excellence.
James Bailey: To his position as Executive Chef for Citron restaurant at Viceroy
Palm Springs, Bailey brings a culinary concept that centers on simple, seasonal
ingredients elevated into amazing epicurean explorations. Applying the classic
techniques of his formal culinary training, he draws on flavor profiles often
inspired by the family cooking of his southern upbringing in Richmond, Virginia,
and his world travels.
Bailey received a Pro Chef degree at the esteemed
Culinary Institute of America and is a certified member of the American Culinary
Federation. He comes highly experienced in the operational challenges of a full
kitchen and professional staff, as well as in banquets, special events, and food
and beverage management. During eight years of professional experience in the
hospitality industry, he quickly ascended to Executive Chef status for a number
of prestigious venues, most recently Perla Restaurant at Sheratin Delfina and
just prior, the Richmond Country Club in Richmond, Virginia.
Solis-Caluya: As Spa Director for the Estrella Spa at Viceroy Palm Springs, Melissa
Solis-Caluya brings a career in hospitality marked by innovative contributions
and steady promotions. Most recently she was Manager of Sage Spa and Oasis Pool
at Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, where she ensured
that both the spa and pool services continually fulfilled their four-diamond expectations.
During her tenure at Morongo, she also served as Gift Shop Manager (in tandem
with her spa responsibilities), Assistant Spa Manager, Assistant to the Director
of Hotel Operations, and as an opening team member, Front Desk Supervisor. Solis-Caluya
began her hospitality career as a Front Desk Agent at the Four Seasons, Beverly
Hills providing unwavering five-Star, five-diamond guest service.
arrangements and photography (including headshots) are available upon request.
Please contact Kor Hotel Group or Hawkins International at the numbers listed
About Viceroy Palm Springs Resort and Estrella Spa
Nestled beneath the ever-changing hues of the dramatic San Jacinto Mountains
and amidst the distinct retro-appeal of Hollywoods Golden-era playground,
Viceroy Palm Springs Resort & Estrella Spa is an intimate boutique resort
with 68 custom-designed rooms, studios and suites, as well as sumptuous private
villas. Set amongst three secluded courtyards, Viceroys grounds feature
three sparkling swimming pools and artistically manicured gardens. All hotel interiors
were conceived by sought-after designer Kelly Wearstler, including Citron Restaurant
& Bar and the resorts full-service Estrella Spa. With a striking décor
of soothing white and radiant yellow, set with dashes of ebony black, the hotel
provides an appropriate continuity with the brilliant beauty of the Mojaves
ethereal desertscape. The full-service Estrella Spa offers a wide selection of
desert-inspired signature treatments, some specially tailored for brides and couples,
in a private and serene indoor-outdoor setting.
hotels and resorts exemplify a passion for authentic, world-class, visionary design
and inventive service. From skyscraping cities to pacesetting playgrounds, every
Viceroy destination re-imagines the essence of style and service and inspires
discriminating guests to indulge in glamour, reinterpret cultural traditions and
redefine their notions of luxury. Current Viceroy properties include Viceroy Santa
Monica and Viceroy Palm Springs. Under development are Viceroy Miami, Viceroy
Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya on Mexicos Caribbean coast, and Viceroy Snowmassin
Colorado, as well as Kors initial overseas venture,Viceroy Anguilla in the
British West Indies.
The official site for the Viceroy brand is viceroyhotelsandresorts.com.
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