CIVANA Carefree has announced the addition of two members to the team preparing to run the resort’s new spa. Opening December 20, the 22,000-square-foot spa will finish the wellness resort’s $40 million renovation.
Sharon Otaguro will head up the wellness division. Most recently working at Grand Wailea Resort, Otaguro is a veteran of the spa business, working at locations in Hawaii, Jamaica and Fiji. In her new position, Otaguro will shape CIVANA’s wellness program and be a key part of the development and execution of the programming offered at the spa and resort.
Dr. Fabio Almeida will operate The Center for Integrative Healing and Wellness, an independent practice at the resort. An integrative oncologist and functional medical physician, Almeida will also conduct guest lectures and be available for the resort to consult. Elsewhere, Almeida also directs the Phoenix Molecular Imaging Facility and is a fellow of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona.
CIVANA Carefree is the first property in the portfolio of CIVANA, a wellness-focused hospitality and real estate company. The resort began a multi-million-dollar renovation in August 2017. The overhaul updated the property’s guest rooms and public spaces and transformed the property’s conference space into wellness programming space. CIVANA Carefree is located 25 minutes north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in the Greater Scottsdale, Arizona area.