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January 23rd, 2012 | 1:22pm

Inn and Spa at Loretto's "Biggest Loser" Competition Ends with Silver Bullet Productions as the "Biggest Winner"

After three months of “Biggest Loser” rivalry at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Joe Bravo, the hotel’s human resources coordinator, emerges victorious. Losing 16 lbs. through diet, exercise and employee support, he ‘out sweated’ nine other employee competitors with a final weigh in of 201 lbs. As the “Biggest Loser,” Bravo donated his $170 prize to help Silver Bullet Productions purchase an additional high-definition camera pack to replace outdated film equipment at the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque. On January 25, Silver Bullet Productions will host a free film workshop on ‘Pueblo Sovereignty’ at the school and will present students with five new camera packs, including the pack Bravo’s donation helped make possible.                                                

Organized by the hotel’s Peers Enabling Progress (PEP) squad, the inaugural “Biggest Loser” competition was created to encourage a healthy holiday season. Initially, 18 competitors signed on, but only nine made it to the end. Participants were allowed to follow whichever diet and exercise plan they preferred, but each week, the PEP squad sent out health and wellness tips, recipes and exercise ideas. Each week, participants paid a weigh in fee, which is how they raised the prize money. In the end, Bravo emerged victorious with an initial weigh in of 217 and a final weigh in of 201.  

“This competition re-instilled in me the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Bravo. “I used to love to run, but I had to stop because of knee aches and pains due to weight gain. Since losing the weight, I am up to two miles a day and have my sights set on running the Boston Half-Marathon qualifier in 2013.”

The “Biggest Loser” competition is one of several internal initiatives executed annually to boost employee interaction and advocate community involvement. Each event aims to raise money or donate time to support local charities. This event’s beneficiary was the Silver Bullet Foundation, a non-profit educational film company that works to cultivate an appreciation, passion and career path in film among New Mexico’s rural and Native American communities. The $170 donation Bravo pledged helped the organization purchase one additional camera pack to donate to the Native American Community Academy. The pack includes a Cannon High-Definition camcorder, additional battery, extra microphones, SD computer and camera cards, camera bag, tri-pod, cleaning brush, and equipment warranty.

Throughout the year, Silver Bullet Productions hosts free educational seminars at rural schools to teach students how to use the film equipment, enhance writing, encourage research, and develop interview and introductory filmmaking skills. The organization then works with the students to develop student-led film projects. The workshop at the Native American Community Academy is slated for January 25 and will focus on the significance of Pueblo Sovereignty.

“People often think that in order to make a donation worthy, they need to pledge large sums of money,” said Pamela Pierce, CEO and president of Silver Bullet Productions. “Joe’s donation is proof that this ideology couldn’t be farther from the truth and there is no such thing as a small donation. Every dollar makes a difference and Joe’s donation gave us the additional money needed to purchase more equipment that otherwise would not have been possible. Joe is proof that one person makes a difference. The students at NACA will know about Joe and his generosity.”

For more information about the Inn, please visit or call 877-857-5685.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

January 17th, 2012 | 3:07pm

Outstanding Sacred Stone Massage

Had probably the best massage of my life at the Spa at Loretto. Bryan was my therapist and the whole experience was relaxing yet energizing. The room was comfortable with beautiful furnishings and a place to shower after, in privacy. I literally took me about 10 minutes to get up off the table after the treatment was complete. It will be a spa experience that is hard to top!

Posted by Sandra Morello on behalf of TripAdvisor Guest

January 9th, 2012 | 2:06pm

Inn and Spa at Loretto Represents New Mexico Among Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Gold List Elite

Nearly eight million votes were cast and in the end only 511 hotels, resorts and cruise lines earned the right to be ranked as the top places to stay around the world. Criteria for each varied slightly, but candidates were rated on five key components, including 1) rooms, 2) service, 3) food, 4) location, 5) design, and 6) activities. The Gold List is based on data collected from the annual Readers’ Choice Survey and to qualify for inclusion in the Gold List rankings, a property had to receive a required minimum number of responses.

“Guests choose hotels for a myriad of reasons, but it is up to the hotel to cultivate new and more personal reasons to influence a guest’s future decision,” said Stefan Huber, general manager at the Inn and Spa at Loretto. “We are grateful to all Condé Nast readers that nominated us for this prestigious award. It lets us know that our collective efforts are appreciated and valued.” 

With an overall rating of 91.4, the AAA Four Diamond Inn and Spa at Loretto made an impressionable first appearance on the Gold List and singlehandedly represented New Mexico against all other travel destinations. This first-of-the-year achievement concludes a streak of favorable 2011 rankings for the Inn, including placing no. 27 in the ‘United States Hotel’ category and no. 25 in the ‘Top Hotel Spas in North America’ category in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice survey.

“People from around the world travel to Santa Fe to immerse themselves in the region’s southwestern charm, culture and history,” said Huber. “This pursuit should not end at your hotel’s doorstep. The Inn’s award-winning amenities, rich history, and conscious effort to interweave the region’s spirit across all facets of the hotel, ensure guests have both the facilities and experiences to fully realize their travel aspirations.” 

To view the complete Gold List, please visit Condé Nast Traveler. For more information about the Inn, please visit or call 877-857-5685.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

January 2nd, 2012 | 2:58pm

Giving Back to the Community in Santa Fe

For three years the Inn and Spa at Loretto has partnered with the local nonprofit, Kitchen Angels. This is not only a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community, but is very rewarding to team up with other Loretto associates for a time of bonding, teamwork, fun, and fellowship. Erin Cohen, an employee at Luminaria, and her daughter participated this year. Below is a description of her experience.

My thirteen-year-old daughter and I had a great holiday giving experience volunteering at Kitchen Angels this year. We wrapped presents for housebound people all over Santa Fe along with many others at the Kitchen Angels offices and then stayed and had a delicious holiday lunch with the other volunteers.  It was a great thing to do with a young teenager to teach the value of giving of your time and yourself and we both found it very rewarding. Thank you so much for involving Inn and Spa at Loretto in this event.

Posted by Erin Cohen

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