Suzanne Chavez

GSN Programs Committee
Spa Director, Inn & Spa at Loretto; Head of Destination Earth Green Team

Suzanne began her hospitality career in 1982 managing a natural food restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  In 1986 she moved into a position as manager of a country inn located in the village of Galisteo, New Mexico.

In 1996 Suzanne became the Spa Director of a destination spa just outside of Santa Fe.  Her background in hospitality management, bodywork and spirituality seemed a perfect fit for the growing trend of spiritual / body wellness in the spa industry.  Suzanne developed and managed the Spa at Vista Clara Ranch for four years, during which time the spa was voted “World’s Best Spa” by Discovery Channel.

In 2000 Suzanne developed a spa at a healing retreat in Santa Fe.  The property with its natural springs, unheard of in the desert southwest was a natural fit for spa goers and spiritual seekers.   In addition to the spa, Suzanne developed a comprehensive global meditative arts department including practices and ceremony from Japanese tea to Native American sweat lodge.

In December 2004, Suzanne accepted the position as the director of The Spa at Loretto at the Inn and Spa at Loretto where she resides today.  Suzanne has grown the spa’s reputation as more than a hotel spa, but of a place of wellness and healing within the Santa Fe community.  The Spa at Loretto has garnered many awards and accolades, but is especially proud to be on the Conde’ Nast Traveler’s list of top hotel spas in the world 4 years running.  In addition to the position as spa director, Suzanne is head of the “Destination Earth” green team, a companywide initiative dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen our footprint on, our changing environment.

Suzanne has had a life-long interest in spiritual studies and esoteric thought. This has led her on the path of healing and wellness, studying with master healers, naturopaths, counselors, and medicine people.  Her love and respect for the healing work of many traditions has prompted her to include a wide range of treatments in her spa menus.  She was instrumental in bringing several Asian style healing modalities, traditional Thai massage and Japanese KoBiDo to New Mexico which have now become regular menu items in the spas in the region.

In her free time Suzanne can be found at the golf course, playing with her dogs or working in her 2 acres of organic perennial and vegetable gardens.