Grand Hyatt Singapore

Interview with Karu Nanithi, Damai Spa Director, Grand Hyatt Singapore

What do you do and how did you get into the industry?

The wellness industry is unlike any other industry. I chose this trade out of passion as one can empower others to reach their peak performance and achieve a lifestyle of optimal wellness through spa experiences, fitness, yoga or meditation. I believe that every function of a person’s body is under total control through your wellbeing and this allows me to connect with others through my passion and journey with others.

What’s the best and worst part of your job? 

A truly valuable spa director is expected to balance the competing interests of maintaining a high level of service and products, along with the sustainability of a business. Everyone expects the spa director to take action on the spot, whether it’s the improvement in treatment room occupancy or a providing a more absorbent cotton pad. My accumulative time in this industry has equipped me to handle these demands expediently and in order of importance. An astute eye for detail that savvy customers are keenly looking forward is an absolute must.

Worst part of the job is that this role has triggered my ADHD. I don’t seem to let go of the fine attention to detail even in my home environment.

Your perfect day off would be…

6am: Trail run listing to my favourite techno music
9am: Off to my favourite breakfast place
10am: Cooking a wholesome meal for the family
11am: Attending my favourite Ashtanga Yoga session
1pm:  Picking up my lovely kids from school
The end of my perfect day would be complete with meditation.

A day in the life of a Spa Director is…

While many have or aspire for the title, few spa directors have found themselves solidly up to the task of successfully balancing the competing needs of spas, therapists, and the guests they serve. The perfect spa director is a host, service provider, mum or dad, confidante, punching bag, referee and superstar. The spa director is also subject to the praise, indifference, or the wrath of everyone they supervise or to whom they answer to. The prestige and satisfaction available in this career is earned through the exposure to conditions and situations that contain a potential to negate many of the perceived benefits.

What do you do for fun?

Sometimes I just like to relax from all the excitement and read a book at home. Outside of home, striking up conversations with strangers I sometimes meet during my morning exercises is also a great way for me to meet others outside of work.

What’s something you’d like guests to know about Damai?

Damai Spa & Fitness embraces the local environment and culture to provide an authentic indigenous experience of Singapore. Inspired by the Singaporean lifestyle, Damai brings together the cultural healing philosophies, techniques and traditions of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European cultures. Meaning “peace” in Indonesian culture, Damai takes spa and fitness members back to nature and their body’s and soul’s origin, focusing on organic and natural products for its treatments as well as guiding guests to a journey of total body rejuvenation and self-care. Personal trainings range from regular outdoor boot camps and nutritional counselling to guided one-on-one meditations, Pilates, yoga and fitness memberships.

Read more about Damai Spa and the Grand Hyatt Singapore here.


  1. I like his smile. 😀

  2. I love this sentence: The perfect spa director is a host, service provider, mum or dad, confidante, punching bag, referee and superstar. 🙂

  3. He has a beautiful and brilliant smile! I think he is definitely in the right career field!

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