To paraphrase Gloria Steinem’s manifesto, “This is what 40 looks like”—this is what 125+, or 132, to be exact—looks like!
Deborah Szekely, founder of the modern American spa industry, has done it again—landing a one-two punch at the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards ceremony in New York City last night.
The Golden Door, founded by Deborah in 1958, captured the number-one spot: World’s Best Destination Spa, while Deborah’s Rancho La Puerta, which she co-founded with her late husband in 1940, garnered the number-two spot.
As many insiders already know, the Ranch was founded by Deborah when she was only 18 years old and just last month, it celebrated 75 years.
Mary Bemis is Founder & Editorial Director of InsidersGuidetoSpas.com. She is a pioneering spa journalist, most recently honored as one of the "Top 30 Influential Voices Transforming Wellness." She is an inaugural recipient of Folio's Top Women in Media Award, and was honored by ISPA with its distinguished ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. In 1997, she launched American Spa magazine, and in 2007, Mary co-founded Organic Spa magazine. A pioneer in the sustainable spa and beauty worlds, Mary is co-curator of Cosmoprof North America's Discover Green Pavilion. She is a Global Wellness Day Advisor, and a co-founder of the Washington Spa Alliance.
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