Spa Review: The Bermudian Willow Stream Spa

Who among us has not dreamt of traveling to a distant and exotic land to seek adventure, excitement and perhaps even… employment?

This fantasy is not such a stretch in the spa-operations field where, once you’ve made a name for yourself, the world can truly be your oyster. After all, these days, what luxurious hotel or opulent resort tucked into a far-flung corner of the globe doesn’t have a spa that relies on the talents a good director?

Paul Schmidt recognized one such opportunity when he was offered a key position at the Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Southampton Princess Resort on the main island of Bermuda earlier this year. And the veteran wellness professional, yearning to fuel his sense of adventure and sate his desire to work with an established spa brand belonging to a world-class leader in hospitality, couldn’t imagine letting the opportunity slip away. But to do so would mean saying goodbye to his life and (temporarily) his wife in Wyoming, and creating an entirely new reality on an isolated island in the middle of the sea. And, as he was soon to discover, the process wouldn’t be easy.--L.Brooks Baldwin