A Yucaipa native specializing in creating new spa experiences, Chung began her career at Blue Marble Spa at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina. It was there she was given a project to research and develop concepts for Hyatt Abu Dhabi’s new spa, and she knew she had found her true passion.
Quickly moving up the ranks, Chung was offered an Assistant Spa Director position to open Accista Spa at Hyatt Regency Monterey. There, she had a strong influence on the development of all areas of the spa, from concept to menu to treatments utilizing local indigenous ingredients and the spa garnered significant regional media attention.
Following, Chung moved to Curacao to spearhead the opening of Atabei Spa at Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. As a result of her efforts, the spa was featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Spa Hot List” in 2011, Men’s Health, and Caribbean Travel and Life, among many other national media outlets.
Most recently, Chung was the Spa Director at Agua Serena Spa at Hyatt Grand Champions and at Ciel Spa at SLS Beverly Hills. Karina Chung enjoys drinking black tea herself and recently developed and launched a new spa menu utilizing all areas of the 30,000 sq. ft. wellness facility, indigenous plants and local health and wellness products.