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Press Release

NEW PALTZ, NY (MARCH 2024) – Shannon Malave, a distinguished leader and visionary in the spa and wellness arena, has been named Spa Director at Mohonk Mountain House, the Hudson Valley’s most iconic resort. In her new role, Malave will lead the 30,000-square-foot spa’s operations, and guide 80 team members, leveraging her two decades of multifaceted expertise to enhance guest experiences and further Mohonk’s legacy as a premier destination for recreation and renewal of body, mind, and spirit.

With an impressive resume spanning over 20 years, Malave brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments to Mohonk Mountain House. Most notably, she served as the Corporate Director of Spas for Walt Disney World’s spas, salons, and fitness centers worldwide, where she spearheaded major renovation projects and led the transition of all spa, salon, and fitness centers to align with the company’s core values as it related to the wellness space. Her leadership roles have also included Director of Wellness at Avatar Holdings, and National Director of Skincare Education at Steiner Education Group. While with Steiner, she was an instructor for the Spa Business degree and skincare certification program. Her role as an international educator has positioned her as a knowledgeable resource for luxury spas around the world. Shannon’s tenure at Marriott International and Omni further solidified her reputation as a leader in the hospitality and spa industry.

“Shannon’s appointment marks an exciting chapter for Mohonk,” said Barbara Stirewalt, Vice President and General Manager of Mohonk Mountain House. “Her demonstrated ability to lead and make an impact in her field aligns perfectly with Mohonk’s commitment to providing exceptional spa experiences rooted in environmental stewardship and wellness. We’re thrilled to welcome her expertise and vision as we continue to improve the Mohonk experience for our guests.”

“I am thrilled to join the Mohonk family and lead the Spa into its next phase of growth,” said Malave. “Mohonk’s legacy of excellence and commitment to sustainability resonates deeply with me, and I am eager to work alongside the talented team here to introduce new wellness initiatives and cultivate rejuvenating and memorable experiences.”

Malave holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, licenses in Massage Therapy and Skincare/cosmetology, and is a certified Phlebotomist and Yoga Instructor. Her diverse skill set and passion for holistic wellness will undoubtedly assist her in elevating the legacy of Mohonk Mountain House as a pinnacle of spa and wellness excellence.

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About Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark resort and Historic Hotel of America centrally located in New York State in the picturesque Hudson Valley, just 90 miles north of New York City and 220 miles west of Boston. Owned and operated by the Smiley Family since 1869, the resort has been a sought-after family destination for generations. Throughout Mohonk’s storied history, it has been recognized by publications including Condé Nast Traveler (Gold List and Readers’ Choice Awards), Travel + Leisure (World’s Best Awards), and USA Today’s 10Best (Best Historic Hotel, Best Family Resort). A champion of the environment and the Hudson Valley community, Mohonk maintains over 85 miles of trails for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and offers earth-friendly activities and programs that preserve the land and educate guests about the surrounding environment. Mohonk also offers exquisite gardens, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, an ice-skating pavilion, horseback riding and horse-drawn carriage rides, and a glacial-formed lake that is ideal for boating, fishing, and swimming. The award-winning spa features a menu of nature-inspired treatments, the outdoor Lakeview Summerhouse Treatment Room, an outdoor heated mineral pool, an indoor heated pool, a comprehensive fitness center, and yoga/motion studio.

Overnight rates at Mohonk Mountain House include historic accommodations, three meals, afternoon tea and cookies, and most resort activities. For additional information, please call 855.274.4020 or visit Connect with Mohonk: or Instagram @MohonkMountainHouse.