Corinthia Hotels appoints Kerry Turpin as global head of spa and wellness

Turpin has more than 25 years' spa and wellness industry experience


By Wendy Golledge

28 August 2023

Kerry Turpin has joined the Corinthia Hotels team as its new global head of spa and wellness.

She brings with her more than 25 years of experience in spa and wellness, including leadership roles at Marriott International and Ritz-Carlton.

Beginning her career as a spa day manager at Champneys Forest Mere, Turpin went on to work for ESPA International as spa operations international business manager before moving back into operations.

“I’ve joined Corinthia at an exciting time! Its rapid global growth has allowed it to enhance its guest spa experience, develop new concepts and expand its spa and wellness offering."

Kerry Turpin

Global head of spa and wellness, Corinthia Hotels

At Ritz Carlton, Turpin oversaw spa and before becoming senior manager of luxury spa across EMEA for Marriott International.

“We are delighted to welcome Kerry Turpin to the Corinthia family,” said Roderick Micallef, Corinthia’s chief operating officer.

“The experience she brings to the expansion of our health and wellbeing experiences through our portfolio and new openings will be imperative to the continued success of Corinthia Hotels.”

Corinthia Palace's Athenaeum Spa in Malta

Broadening the spa offer

Turpin’s new role involves building upon how Corinthia delivers spa and wellness concepts across its portfolio. “We are dedicated to broadening our offering as well as enhancing the guest journey throughout our properties,” she said.

“This is an exciting time for Corinthia Hotels. Our impending international growth has created opportunities to develop new concepts. I am truly excited to be part of this journey and have hit the ground running with the impending openings in spring 2025.”

The Pool at ESPA Life at Corinthia, London

Exclusive interview

European Spa spoke exclusively to Turpin, to find out what she hopes to bring to her new role and where she sees the wellness movement shifting in the coming year:

Tell us about your experience and what skills you bring to your new role:

“I began my career as a spa therapist when I was 18. Now, with more than 20 years of experience, I have seen spa change from a non-profitable hotel amenity to the recognised revenue-generating necessity it is today.

“I believe my extensive 360-degree extensive experience will be my biggest asset. I understand every element of spa, from performing treatments to guest relations and management, multi-site multi-market operations and concept development.”

Corinthia Budapest Royal Spa swimming pool

Where do you see wellness shifting in the next 12 months?

“Awareness of and knowledge surrounding wellness continues to grow. Guests are informed and are looking for more than an hour’s treatment.

“They demand ethical products and brands whose social governance resonates with their own personal values. This guest education can only continue.

“Corinthia’s growth is speeding up, with three new openings in New York, Rome and Brussels. We also have projects planned in the Middle East, with luxury properties opening in Qatar and Riyadh.”

The Corinthia story

Founded by the Pisani family in Malta in 1962, Corinthia’s portfolio includes hotels in London, Budapest, Lisbon, St. Petersburg and Malta.

Current developments underway include hotels in Rome, New York, Brussels, Bucharest, Doha, Riyadh, as well as a new resort in the Maldives, set to open in Q5 2025.


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