About

Lisa Dobloug
Lisa Dobloug is an internationally recognized spa and fitness expert. She has designed and managed spas from Thailand to Hawaii to France and has been the personal trainer to presidents and movie stars. Her name is closely linked with such renowned spas as:
  • Ihilani Resort and Spa, Hawaii
  • Marriott’s Camelback Inn and Spa, Arizona
  • Marriott’s Desert Springs Spa, California
  • Spa Deus, Italy
  • VIZ Resort and Water Park, Japan
  • Perle Resort and Thalasso Spa, Greece
  • Al Manahil Spa Center, Saudi Arabia

Lisa’s reputation is built on successful, innovative, inspired and professional service with a deep understanding of what spa Clients want and need. One of her most well-known and successful therapy concepts were the introduction of an authentic Thalasso water therapy in the western U.S. This therapy was first developed in France for medical and therapeutic applications. Lisa spent several weeks in St.Malo, France to study these therapies, the equipment needed, and therapy applications before introducing these in the US.

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The treatment amongst other modalities uses pure seawater piped into sophisticated hydrotherapy tubs . This therapy is now the trademark of the famous Ihilani Resort and Spa in Hawaii. With Saga and Lisa’s work in the Middle East where Hammams are traditional heat and cleansing environments, she integrated its use into new and modern spa concepts and facilities in Saudi Arabia already in 2002 when planning Al Manahil Center in KSA. Saga is the first company to introduce Hammam in an American spa. Wherever she has worked, Lisa has left her signature mark of excellence. The projects where she has provided her experience, expertise and unique insight are varied, extensive and read like a list of the world’s top spas and resorts.

Internationally Recognized Expertise

Lisa‘s work and that of Saga have been the subject of many articles in the international spa, travel, health and fitness press. Both her destination spa and spa/resort expertise and personal training methods are highly regarded and sought after worldwide. She has been the mentor and teacher for an entire generation of trainers, fitness instructors and spa managers. Lisa started her own company, Saga Fitness, in the early eighties. For more than three decades Saga has provided outstanding design and development planning, operations and marketing services for a new generation of luxury hotel/resort spas as well as health clubs in the U.S. and abroad. She also founded the Saga Club in Washington, D.C., the first health and wellness center in the US to integrate a complete spa / therapy concept with fitness and personal training. The Saga Club became a haven for Washingtonians, politicians, White House staff and members of the diplomatic corps. Over the years her clientele has included Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy Reagan and her staff and the former Brazilian President Figueredo. Her work with Ms. Taylor was directly responsible for the star’s well-publicized weight loss. Even with her far-flung projects, Lisa still maintains a small clientele for whom she provides personal training services.

Experience

Lisa Dobloug majored in Physical Education and Psychology and studied body movement, biomechanics and music at the University of Oslo. She speaks English, Norwegian, French and German. Born and raised in Norway, where exercise and sports are a way of life, Ms. Dobloug has excelled in the sport of fencing. Her knowledge of fitness and training, along with her drive for success, has produced championship results. She was a member of the US Women’s Epee Championship Team in 1992 and repeated this accomplishment eight years later in 2000. She recently earned her way to the World Veteran Championships, and in 2005 became World Champion. Even with her extremely busy schedule, Lisa continues to train and compete in this demanding sport. The name Lisa Dobloug is synonymous with destination spas and resort spas as well as personal fitness excellence. She enjoys the challenge of a new project and is eager to help people realize their dreams, whether it is developing a world-class spa or simply improving a lifestyle through personal fitness.

Larry StrickerLarry Stricker is an award-winning architect of the KAHALA SPA SUITES at the Kahala Hotel, Honolulu and other resort properties. Many of his designs for hotel / spa / golf resorts have been 5 star properties, such as Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows in Hawaii, the VIZ, an indoor wave pool and spa in Japan, Ko Olina Country Club, Hawaii, The Phoenician Resort and Centre for Wellbeing, Arizona, the Guangzhou Lu Hu Country Club in China, Bali Hilton Spa, Bali as well as all his collaborative designs with Saga Fitness Inc. Mr. Stricker is a graduate of the California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo with more than 30 years of experience.

Karen-Marie Amper is a Trainer and Consultant for Saga with extensive experience and expertise in planning and implementing of skin -, wellness and spa care treatments for women and men. Her skills in both educating and training specialist staff to excellence in performance have been recognized both nationally and internationally. She has trained in Oriental massage techniques for the face as well as European aesthetic care and aromatherapies, and brings her passion and excellence to all her students.

Kristin FoellmerKristin Foellmer has worked with Anik Goutal Interiors in the Washington D.C. area on residence and professional properties, including penthouse apartments at the Watergate. She planned and supervised remodeling and renovation of the Turkish and Hungarian Embassies. She is assisting Saga Fitness on special projects that require extensive detailed interior planning and cost estimating.

Tanya LeeTanya Lee has developed several of the Marriott Destination spas, such as Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Marriott Sawgrass Resort and Spa, Jacksonville, FL, Breakers Resort and Spa, Palm Beach, FL and Hilton Resort and Spa, Hawaii. She has become one of the best Spa Operator-Administrators in the US today. She has a Masters Degree in Education and great skills in hiring staff and training them to become excellent professionals. She knows how to develop teamwork and produce exceptional results. She contributes her operational and training skills to Saga Fitness.

alshingiti spa designAlmamoun Alshingiti has an M.S in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition and has worked with Gold’s Gym, YMCA and Florida State University Fitness Center in the US. He has also worked as Marketing Director for PepsiCo in Atlanta and Jeddah, KSA and for Proctor and Gamble. He has 25 years of Martial Arts experience and was on the Saudi National Karate Team. He lives in Jeddah, KSA.

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