Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, Colorado Springs’ luxury resort, club and spa, announces the appointment of new leadership including Thomas Hartwell as Executive Chef and Chris Karpov as Director of Front Office.
Hartwell brings a distinguished career spanning the globe within the hospitality and culinary arts fields. Most recently, Hartwell served as Chef de Cuisine at Edgewood Tahoe Resort following culinary appointments at Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa, The Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, ZuZu Napa and The Meritage Resort and Spa among others. He is also a gold-medal accoladed American Culinary Federation (ACF) competitor.
As Executive Chef, Hartwell will lead the resort and club’s culinary offerings for guests and club members, including four restaurants and lounges and in-room dining, through his culinary discipline and industry wisdom.
Karpov, newly appointed Director of Front Office, joins the resort with a distinguished career in hospitality operations. As recent Director of Front Office Operations at Rancho Bernardo Inn, Karpov was responsible for all front office operations and under his tenure, the property accomplished marked guest service score improvements in the San Diego market. Before that, Karpov was Director of Rooms at South Coast Winery, Resort & Spa and Carter Estate Winery & Resort after serving in similar roles at San Diego Marriott Del Mar, Omni San Diego and Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa.
At Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, Karpov will oversee the front desk operations, guest services, concierges and reservations team.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce distinctive new leaders joining our organization –Thomas Hartwell as Executive Chef and Chris Karpov as Director of Front Office,” says James Gibson, President and CEO, Garden of the Gods Resort and Spa. “Each bestows their own experience, passion and industry knowledge to our resort that will undoubtedly contribute to meaningful experiences for our guests, club members and visitors alike.”
About Garden of the Gods Resort and Club
Perched atop a mesa in Colorado Springs, the AAA Four-Diamond Garden of the Gods Resort and Club is the premier retreat in the Rocky Mountain West that offers a world-class resort and wellness experience. Set among expansive vistas of the snow-capped Pikes Peak and awe-inspiring National Natural Landmark of the same name, Garden of the Gods Resort and Club boasts a legendary history, having played host to some of America’s most beloved characters such as Walt Disney, Gene Autry and John Wayne. Today, the same beautiful setting beckons travelers worldwide to undergo a personalized journey of restoration and renewal with its thoughtful spa treatments and integrative medical practices at Strata Integrated Wellness Spa. Here, a team of acclaimed, board-certified physicians and award-winning therapists integrate the best of Western and Eastern medical science with nutrition, fitness, meditation and mindfulness coaching to provide guests with a fresh perspective, greater level of wellness and a renewed sense of possibility. Guests will also enjoy luxurious accommodations in its 116 rooms and suites within its hotel, Cottages and Casitas, including one- to three-bedroom suites, many of which feature private patios with stunning views of Garden of the Gods Park. Activities include golfing at its 27-hole championship course; tennis on two outdoor, and four state-of-the-art indoor courts; three outdoor swimming pools and an array of dining experiences. For more information, call (800) 923-8838, visit www.gardenofthegodsclub.com, or follow @GardenoftheGodsResortandClub on Facebook, and @GGResortandClub on Instagram and Pinterest.
About Strata Integrated Wellness Spa at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club
Drawing upon Colorado Springs’ legacy as a century-old wellness destination and the indigenous red rock formations of its namesake, Strata Integrated Wellness Spa at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club is a destination for holistic well-being that is multilayered and all-encompassing. Here, medical director Michael Barber, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS, FAHA leads board-certified physicians and an award-winning team of therapists – comprised of a cardiologist and internist; kinesiologist; naturopath; nutritionist; energetic practitioner and physical trainer – to offer clients a dynamic combination of advanced clinical practices, naturopathy, nutrition, fitness and other wellness services. Featuring nine treatment rooms, an Austrian weightless environment bed, a salt inhalation room for halotherapy and an herbal sauna, the spa is directed by award-winning esthetician, Biologique Recherche ambassador and advanced lymphologist Rebecca Johnston and aims to restore balance for mind, body and spirit while dovetailing with medical treatments. Through personalized processes and tailored wellness programs, clients are empowered to obtain optimal health and approach their lives at the fullest potential, taking physical, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental and spiritual health into consideration. Refreshing and restorative by design, Strata offers experience-driven wellness with long-lasting and life-affirming benefits. Housed within a 30,000 square foot building, Strata is comprised of a 10,000 square foot medical center, 10,000 square foot spa and an 11,000 square foot event center for fitness and cooking demonstrations, didactic lectures and more. For more information, call (719) 428-2202 or visit strataiws.com.