Sandra Sadowski


“I love exposing my children to as many cultures as I can, and I think that the world would be a better place if everyone could do the same.
After losing my best friend at a young age, I decided to live each day to the fullest, to balance my life, and be kinder.

Director of Operations, ESPA International

For a self-confessed country girl, the lure of the big city must have been hard to resist. But for Sandra Sadowski, Director of Operations at ESPA International, after living in NYC for 15 years and summering at the beach, when the opportunity arose to move her family back to a more rural setting she leapt at the chance and happily moved to Southampton, New York for full time beach living: “It was about giving my children a taste of what I experienced as a child.”

Sandra’s roots – upstate New York (Kinderhook—approximately 2.5 hours north of NYC) meant a childhood living off the land, without the temptations the digital age now presents all of us. “It wasn’t that I didn’t value a city experience or want my children to have one, but it’s so difficult to give children a well-rounded childhood when modern conveniences are available all day, every day, as they are in New York.”

Sandra’s journey into spa began within days of graduating with a bachelor’s in Recreation Management when she called her aunt in New York City and asked if she could stay while she looked for a job. “This was the late 1990’s, such an exciting time to be getting into our industry. I found a job through an ad in the New York Times, which now seems incredibly old-fashioned! After a couple of years, I moved on to Elizabeth Arden then eventually spa at The Sports Club LA, at 30 Rockefeller Center. I was lucky enough to become friends with some people who went on to become household names.”

Sandra’s time in New York also included an event that would shape her outlook on life as much as that rural upbringing. “My best friend died of cancer at 47.  We met one summer in The Hamptons through our boyfriends, and although the boyfriends didn’t last our friendship did! Like me, she ate only organic and was a great believer in wellness and exercise. So when she was diagnosed with cancer she was so positive she was going to beat it. But I watched her slip away, day by day. I decided to live each day to the fullest, to balance my life, and be kinder.”

And like so many in the spa world, Sandra also loves to travel. Having never traveled abroad as a child, she is making up for it as an adult. “I love exposing my children to as many cultures as I can, and I think that the world would be a better place if everyone could do the same. I love to remember travel by collecting hotel room keys and I keep them in a clear glass bowl so I can remember all of my wonderful trips.”

She also tries to bring a little bit of those travels to her kitchen: like making truffle fries with parmigiana cheese. “Yes, I make this at home! It’s much easier than you might think.” And yes, this country girl serves it with ketchup – organic of course!


“I love exposing my children to as many cultures as I can, and I think that the world would be a better place if everyone could do the same.