Deborah Szekely has been a mentor of mine for many years. She hired me at the Golden Door in 1975 when I was just out of college.
Then, the Golden Door was still “the old Golden Door,” meaning that the beautiful “Japanese inn” facility for which the Door is now famous had not yet opened.
At that time, the Golden Door was still located in its original home right off of Highway 395. It was configured like a motel, with rooms around the pool (which were fabulous).
All the women guests wore “pinkies” and had oil put in their hair for the entire week!
I remember the first day I walked into the setting and saw the lush vegetation and fragrance of the gardens, the birds singing, and the happy atmosphere shared by staff and guests alike.
Little did I know that my entire career in the spa industry had started that very day.