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Salamander Hotels & Resorts Appoints Reggie Cooper as General Manager of Salamander Resort & Spa

Reggie Cooper
Reggie Cooper

Reggie Cooper

Reggie Cooper is the general manager of Salamander Resort & Spa

MIDDLEBURG, VA – Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel management company founded by Sheila C. Johnson, today appointed Reggie Cooper as the new general manager of Salamander Resort & Spa, located outside Washington, D.C. in the historic village of Middleburg, VA.

Cooper joins the acclaimed 168-room resort after a notable hospitality management career, which includes nearly a decade spent as managing director of Canyon Ranch in Lenox Massachusetts, where he was recognized for his role in developing the resort’s noted spa and wellness programming. Cooper also previously spent nine years at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont, where he served as president and general manager of the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four Diamond property.

“Salamander is truly a unique destination resort experience.” said Cooper. “I am excited about the opportunity to use all of my experience and apply them to this extraordinary world-class resort.”

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Cooper is highly vested in the communities in which he lives and works. During his time at Canyon Ranch, he served as the chair of 1 Berkshire Strategic Alliance and Foundation, the chair of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and is a past board member of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. He moves to Middleburg with his wife Linda, daughter Lucy and son Sam.

“Reggie is an expert in delivering attentive and anticipatory service for his guests,” said Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. “We’re thrilled to welcome him and his family to the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country, and know he will continue to elevate our destination spa experience which is already considered one of the finest in the country.”

Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the resort features 168 rooms and suites and is only 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport and one hour from Washington, D.C. The property features an award-winning, nature-inspired spa; Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, a state-of-the-art Cooking Studio; and a chef-inspired Culinary Garden. The resort includes a full-service equestrian center with unique programming, and also features 12,000 square feet of indoor conference and event facilities, including a 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom and a recently restored, century-old Stallion Barn.

Salamander, which celebrated its first anniversary on August 29, was recently awarded the prestigious LEED Green Building Certification for its sustainable initiatives, including placing nearly 200 of the property’s 340 acres into conservation easement. The resort has also received numerous accolades throughout its first year in lifestyle and travel publications including Travel & Leisure, Departures Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Elite Traveler, Southern Living and National Geographic Traveler.


About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company has a portfolio that features a collection of three stellar golf resorts including Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; and the development of the new Tryon Resort in Tryon, NC. For more information, call 540.687.3710 or visit

About Salamander Resort & Spa

Managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and acclaimed as one of the finest new resorts in the world, Salamander Resort & Spa is located in the historic village of Middleburg, VA. Opened in August 2013 and located on 340 picturesque acres, the resort is only one hour from Washington, D.C and just 20 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport. Designed to respect the architectural traditions of Virginia’s countryside, it features 168 spacious rooms and suites that blend into their natural environment. The property features a stunning 23,000-square-foot spa with one-of-a-kind features like outdoor treatment terraces and a spa courtyard, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, the Gold Cup Wine Bar, a dedicated Cooking Studio, a chef-inspired Culinary Garden as well as the Salamander Tree Top Zip Tour by Empower. The resort also features a full-service Equestrian Center with unique programming, a 22-stall stable and riding arena. All spa, culinary and equestrian facilities and programs are open to the community. For more information, visit or call 866.938.7370.


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Reggie Cooper

Reggie Cooper

Reggie Cooper is the general manager of Salamander Resort & Spa