Doesn’t the job title “well being manager” sound lovely? Well, we got that too! Meet chRisto Rein (that is not a typo, just a special way he spells his name).
chRisto guarantees that all guests at The Standard, Miami, leave the hotel rested, relaxed, and full of clarity — just before returning back to the rat race. We asked him a few questions by the pool on a sunny day in Miami Beach.
Name: chRisto Rein
Title: Well Being Manager
Sun Sign: Gemini
The Standard: We’ve never seen you at work not wearing a sarong. Where do you get them and how many do you own? We’re a bit jealous.
chRisto Rein: The sarong style (also known as Keikoy), the one I wear at work is from our very own Boutique. I have others that I picked up during various vacations (Costa Rica & Africa) with some great patterns. My sarong wardrobe is around 15. They’re incredibly versatile not only for pool or beach wear but also for traveling, and men are commonly seen wearing them around the world.
Boxers, Briefs or Commando under that sarong?
Some days Calvin Klein briefs and others free balling… depends on my mood. I don’t go Commando on windy days, because this dude doesn’t give “free shows” … LOL
What’s a typical day like in the life of chRisto Rein, both personally and professionally?
At work I check in at the Front Desk & Spa Desk to pick up daily reports and get current info of what’s going on. I change into my keikoy, then walk through the pool area, ensuring that the entire area looks great for our guests. Next I’ll have one-on-ones with the pool team getting them up-to-speed on arrivals, VIPs, daily occupancy percentage, events, and anything else that they may need to know for the day to better prepare them for their day — “knowledge is power!”. We even try to predict the weather on our own, even though we check the weather forecast like 10 times through the day — hehehe. Me and my team interact with the diverse range of our pool patrons and explain to them the numerous hydrotherapy benefits our property has to offer. I conduct weekly Bath Lab tours for our newly hired hotel staff as well as tour guests through our spa land as well. Great stuff to talk about!
Personally my typical day may seem boring, but I enjoy every moment. The way I see it, there’s a difference between being still and doing nothing. I choose to “Be Still”. After I shave my face & head and take a 5 minute shower (deliberately quick to conserve water), I’ll burn some incense, have breakfast — usually at a local restaurant (Balan’s on Lincoln Road is my fav), walk down Lincoln Road, meditate, maybe go see a movie. I love movies. Then I do some grocery shopping, which also relaxes me, and also listen to some music. I’ll chill with a friend or 2, and that’s about it. Ok, maybe watch some TV, too. My bedtime is usually around, well, I’ll just say it’s before midnight.
What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve seen happen at The Standard, Miami pool?
One day I saw somebody walk right up to our Arctic Plunge with determination—he jumped right in without hesitation, but he jumped out just as fast—screaming in pain! He mistook the 58 degree Arctic Plunge for our Hot Tub and when he got out he was shivering (and a little embarrassed). The handrail to the Arctic Plunge is blue (indicating cold) and the Hot Tub handrail is red (indicating hot)—but not everybody makes the distinction right away, especially if they’re very focused on just getting into the water.
Can you give our friends your favorite thing to do in Miami that they probably would never find or do on their own?
Let me think… one of my favorite Miami places is Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. The setting is a lush green space, detailed with flowers all over the place –a perfect place to meditate. Just watch out for the iguanas! I also enjoy watching a thunderstorm brew over the bay, and cast it’s temporary rain spell on the land.
For more info, go to Standard Spa & Wellbeing