APR 2017

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T h e S p a c e S a l a m a n d e r R e s o r t & S p a [ 28 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 green goals S ituated on 340 acres of a wetlands conservation area, Salamander set its responsibility standards high during its planning stages. When it opened in 2013, it became the fi rst new luxury resort and spa in the country to achieve LEED Green Building certifi cation in six categories: site control, water use, materials, energy, indoor air quality and innovation of design. Eco-friendly design elements include recycled building materials, low VOC paints and carpets, landscaping with native plants, and unobtrusive light fi xtures to preserve nocturnal views and minimize light pollution. The spa features natural lighting; is equipped with water-, heat- and energy-effi cient fi xtures; and uses linens that can be washed at low temperatures. Unused massage oils are repurposed into candles, and local, fair- trade and organic-forward products by the likes of Lab of Flowers and Zents are favored. In fact, all brands used in the spa are free of formaldehyde, BPA, toluene and dibutyl phthalate. This health-fi rst policy benefi ts employees as well as guests. "Our therapists touch products all day long, absorbing them through their skin," says spa director Cindi Moreno. "It's my responsibility to ensure that they're not regularly exposed to chemicals or artifi cial ingredients." Being acknowledged as a leader in sustainability is as important to the Salamander staff as being recognized for high service standards. "It takes persistence to commit to sustainability practices," says Moreno. "I encourage spa owners who want to care for their team and the environment to start small and build sustainability practices over time. Every little step can make a long- term impact." The Space 23,000-square- foot spa with 14 treatment rooms, aromatic steam rooms, relaxation lounges, and spa courtyard with a private pool and whirlpool Salamander Resort & Spa Middleburg, Virginia COURTESY JUSTIN KRIEL

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