Kim Milton, director of spa and recreation, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
1) What’s the best thing about your job?
I can’t limit my answer to one best thing. My current job has me in Oman. The friendliest country in the GCC. Working and living in the well-acclaimed Jabal Al Akhdar with dramatic canyon views and spectacular sunsets. I work side by side with 35 nationalities and we launched a luxury five-star hotel 2,000m above sea level.
2) What made you choose your current role?
Having always managed five-star luxury spas, I was offered the opportunity to become director of spa and recreation for the pre-opening of an iconic property. It was an opportunity I couldn’t resist as I was given cart blanche in the concept, menu design and final roll out of all the services and activities now being offered – every manager’s dream!
3) What do you do when you’re not working?
I enjoy being close to nature. Living in Jabal Al Akhdar allows me to take leisurely walks and hikes in the mountains, as well as an endless amount of sunset photographs.
4) What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever received in the workplace?
My current GM comes to mind: “Act, act, act”. He is very results driven.
5) Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m very happy working for Minor Hotel Group. They have several hotels opening globally, and I see myself being part of more pre-openings and progressing into a regional position in Minor Head Office.
6) Tell us something that none of your colleagues know about you?
I have a deep love for horses.
7) If you could stay in any hotel in the world right now, where would you go?
Anantara Kihava on the Maldives.
8) Can you tell us why you wanted to join this industry?
The industry found me. As a little girl I regularly gave the family pets massages.
As I got older my friends and family had the benefits of my massages.
In high school a well acclaimed international beauty school from Cape Town hosted a presentation; which sparked my journey in the beauty industry.
9) What would you say to anyone who is starting out in your sector?
The spa world is endless, ever expanding and evolving. Whether you work in the private sector, cruise lines or hotels you will find opportunities: As a therapist, trainer, consultant, beauty school, product rep, wellness, fitness etc. on your journey, work hard, keep focused, stay informed with global trends, let your passion find your niche in the field and your succession progression will unfold.
10) What’s the worst thing about your job?
Having worked internationally on luxury cruise liners and five-star spas – I’ve made many friends whose careers took them in a new direction. Saying goodbye never gets any easier.