By Susan Fornoff
I decided to do a bit of advance work on the convention and inspect Joya, the spa at Montelucia. I feel it’s now my duty to warn you that you may have a hard time justifying advancing your career unless you can persuade fellow networkers to join you in the steam room, under the deluge (yes, the reverse of the traditional cold plunge) or poolside gazing up at Camelback Mountain.
As a golf and travel writer these past few years, I have done quite a bit of spa research.
Joya rivals the St. Regis in Kauai with its opulent, sumptuous feel, beginning with the grand staircase where you enter. It has fitness and yoga classes for us, of course, but also a relaxation room for lounging and meditating (but not for reading unless you bring a book light – it’s got a dark, mysterious ambiance to it). I thought the pool area was especially appealing – and, did I mention, there are no kiddies here to annoy you with Marco Polo!
After my exploration, I felt a mysterious urge for chocolate. Lo and behold, just across the plaza from Joya, there was Crave, a shop full of sweet and salty treasures to satisfy every chocoholic.
Looking forward to seeing you all in June. I will lead the poolside nostalgia session on the early days of AWSM.
Discounts to Joya will be available for AWSM convention attendees.