Spa Director, Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia
Originally from Mafikeng, South Africa, Penny Kriel gained an Honors and CIDESCO Diploma in Advanced Skin Care and Cosmetology, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Massage Therapy from the Tina Scholtz Health and Skin Care Academy in Potchefstroom. She began as a therapist onboard Crystal and Princess Cruises which then led her to be appointed as the lead therapist and later business development manager for the Image Institute in Rosebank, South Africa.
Eventually Penny’s career led her to Mandarin Oriental where she ran spa operations in Hyde Park, London and was the Spa Director in Washington D.C. for the past seven years. Penny is currently the Spa Director at the Salamander Resort and Spa, a luxury historic destination that features integrative and regionalized treatments that focus on holistic, results-driven therapies.
Penny also contributes as Secretary of the Washington Spa Alliance Board of Directors.
Superpower: The ability nurture, educate and empower.
My mission as a Beauty Superhero: To share my knowledge and experience guiding others on their wellness journey.