This Guy Created His Dream Travel Job: Meet the Spa Whisperer
People often dream of leaving it all behind and finding a job in the travel industry. At Yahoo Travel we are profiling people who work in all fields of the travel industry—small jobs, big jobs, any jobs. This week we talked to Nigel Franklyn, the Spa Whisperer (it’s a thing!).
The Spa Whisperer at Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives. (Photo: Nigel Franklyn)
Nigel Franklyn wanted to change his life. Making that decision led him on a journey to create his dream job.
We don’t all wake up one day and think: This is what will make me happy. Franklyn did.
He was working as a journalist and a model in London, New York, and Los Angeles when he attended a conference on spas. Franklyn had always enjoyed spas. Who doesn’t? But he didn’t know too much about them. A chance meeting there landed him a job working with the skincare company Jurlique, helping develop their spas throughout the U.S.
Five years later, he had an epiphany. He would become a Spa Whisperer.
Spa Whisperer? That’s not a job! It wasn’t a job. But Franklyn dreamed it and the inspiring thing is, now he is living it. For the past eight years he has worked as an independent spa consultant with Sodashi, going into some of the best spas around the globe and working with their managers and staff to maximize the spa experience for guests.
We got the chance to catch up with Franklyn during a recent trip to the Maldives where he was working with the spa at the Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa. As we floated underneath a sunset in the Indian Ocean, he told us about crafting his own dream travel job from scratch (he is on the road 10 months out of the year). We told you his life was amazing!
Nigel Franklyn: I did make it up! What I do is go into spas and evaluate what is happening there and how they can be better and how they can fully develop the ultimate spa experience. I leave what is working alone and then I fill in the blanks. Filling in the blanks is what makes a very unique and memorable spa experience. The real spa experience is what happens off the bed. I do all the emotional work. I make sure the staff connects with the guests and with the spa’s vision. I teach the therapists how to help people surrender themselves to the spa and to the spa journey. I think of myself as a coach.
This boat takes you to the spa at the Four Seasons Maldives on the island of Kuda Huraa. (Photo: Jo Piazza)