Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale
- 525 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33304, USA
Director of Spa & Wellness
Director of Spa & Wellness
Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 2017
- First Four Seasons Assignment: Spa Director, Four Seasons Resort Lanai
- Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach; Four Seasons Resort Lanai; Healing Arts Center & Spa at Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate, San Francisco; Evergreen Chiropractic Center, Seattle
- City College of San Francisco; University of Nevada
- Yerington, Nevada, USA
A true proponent of wellness, it is Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale Director of Spa & Wellness Shaw Coté’s wealth of knowledge, experience and passion that drive him to make Fort Lauderdale the most idyllic, zen-centric spa destination in South Florida.
His mission, to democratise wellness, has a positive effect on every guest he so warmly welcomes to paradise, explaining “in our everyday lives, we often don't take enough time to nurture ourselves, to heal and repair, to take enough rest and refuge, or even just be in the moment to fully celebrate the joys of our lives.” His hope for all who visit the spa? That they “have the opportunity to create a personal oasis of space and time where every moment can be perfect, nourishing, transformative, and precious.”
Joining the pre-opening team at Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale, Shaw has led the release of a complete spa journey where guests can sample industry-leading skincare partners in the experiential boutique before relaxing in soothing lounges with salt-wall saunas, aroma steam rooms and ice fountains.
Born in Yerington, Nevada, Shaw spent most of his life on the west coast, living in Reno, Seattle, San Francisco and most recently, Lanai. Ready for a change after a decade in marketing and public relations, he made a pivot and never looked back, noting “life changed the moment I discovered the power of massage therapy, teaching me how to trust and tap into my intuition - it’s stuck with me ever since.”
Shaw’s first foray into the health and wellness industry was at Seattle’s Evergreen Chiropractic Center in 2007, where he also became a Certified Exercise Instructor. In 2008, he began what would become a nine-year appointment at the Healing Arts Center & Spa at Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate, where he was a member of the pre-opening team, serving as lead therapist for eight years and spa treatment manager for four years before becoming the spa manager in 2016.
It was in 2017 that Shaw joined the Four Seasons family as Spa Director at Four Seasons Resort Lanai. He led the team through intensive trainings and a menu refresh that featured culturally inspired treatments, Zen Sports Wellness, and an equestrian-specific menu of sports massages and meditation and yoga classes, including Zen Horse Yoga, which won the coveted ISPA’s Innovation of the Year Award 2018.
In February 2019, Shaw made his way to another island within the Four Seasons portfolio as Spa Director of Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, which also includes oversight of the Resort’s fitness, tennis and wellness programs, and introduced an innovative menu featuring an array of cutting-edge treatments, partnering with the world's top skin and body care delivering highly personalised treatments.
Today, Shaw’s journey has brought him to the glistening beachfront of Fort Lauderdale, to the Spa at Four Seasons, a sanctuary where holistic remedies meet modern innovations and treatments take the inspiration of Fort Lauderdale’s ubiquitous waterways to new depths. As Director of Spa & Wellness, in addition to the spa and salon, Shaw oversees the Hotel’s wellness and fitness programs. “We’ve honed in on our connection to the waves of the ocean and to life’s rhythms of ebb and flow,” he adds.
Shaw has quickly taken to the easy, breezy Florida lifestyle. “Having been raised in the Nevada desert, I’ve always been drawn to the water, which led me to Washington’s lush Puget Sound, California and Hawaii. Here I get the awe-inspiring joy of oceanic sunrises and driving through a city of endless boats and water ways.”