Ina Bajaj

“What skill have you developed since leaving formal education that has been most useful in your career?”

Being brought up in Kenya to Indian parents resulted in the ability to speak 3 languages by the age of 5, English, Swahili and Hindi. I continued this interest right through to my university years when I took on the French, Spanish and Italian. After moving to Bali, I added Bahasa Indonesia to my suite of languages.

The ability to speak different languages has been most useful, as its opens up so many avenues professionally and personally. In addition to this the ability to communicate with staff in their own language always gives you extra brownie points.

Ina Bajaj

About Ina Bajaj

Ina Bajaj is New Zealand’s trail blazing pioneer of luxury day spas who took the notion of a simple suburban salon and massaged it into a multi-million dollar business. The one-time restaurateur turned corporate high-flyer performed a career turn in 2002 when Ina put her financial resources, energy, passion and extensive hospitality know-how into creating the East Day Spa in Wellington. Within 3 years Skycity Entertainment Group had secured EDS as their preferred luxury spa operator for the Skcyity Grand Hotel. In 2010, whilst in Bali, Ina thought that something was missing from the industry, "We like to be cutting edge and different so we created Spring as a social/lifestyle spa brand." Ina now has seven Spring Spa’s in world-class destinations such as Bali, Auckland and Wellington. The company regularly wins internationally competitive awards including the Best Spa in Asia at the 2016-2020 - World Spa Awards and Spring Bali was named as having Asia’s Most Relaxing Hair Ritual at the coveted Harpers Bazaar Best Spa Awards 2017/8.

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