Imagine the valet whisking your car to the underground garage and the doorman welcoming you with his trademark greeting. You stroll through the sun-washed serenity of a three-story atrium and bask in the ambience. Life is good, because this isn’t an all-too-brief visit at a luxury hotel. This is home.
Luxury is a way of life for St. Louis seniors who live at The Gatesworth, a Ladue-area retirement community surrounded by 12 manicured acres. Although the setting is exquisite, it is the service that makes The Gatesworth special, according to operations director Bob Leonard. “Our service and amenities are unmatched,” he says. “We were the first senior residence to provide a doorman, for example. People expect that at a luxury hotel, but no one had ever thought of it at a retirement community.”
Haute cuisine is another everyday luxury, thanks to the creativity and skill of executive chef Brian Hardy. Named 2010 Chef of the Year by the prestigious Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, Hardy has been delighting residents with his signature recipes since 2001. With an award-winning chef on staff, it’s no surprise residents love entertaining their guests in one of the private dining rooms. “Brian is a treasure! ” says Leonard. “Because of him, our residents will often choose to host their parties here, rather than at their own country club. We’re delighted to know that we are their first choice.” In addition to the dining rooms, residents can also reserve the 104-seat Starbird Theater for a special event.
Although many Gatesworth residents drive their own cars, on-call limousine transportation is always available, offering comfort and convenience for errands, shopping or doctor visits. The service is so popular that a second limousine was added. “Listening to our residents has always been key to designing our multitude of services,” emphasizes Leonard. “In fact, our dog-walking service began because a resident was hesitant to walk her dog on icy streets.” Dogs are welcomed at The Gatesworth, and courtyard apartments can even be outfitted with underground electronic fences. “Everyone knows the dogs’ names when they come through the building and walk the grounds,” Leonard comments with a smile. “Even if someone doesn’t have a dog of their own, they always know the names!”
Living well means living healthy, which is why The Gatesworth fitness center offers such amenities as an indoor pool, daily fitness classes and ‘senior-friendly’ Keiser equipment. Leonard says that the diverse options keep residents motivated. “There is something for everyone at every level of fitness,” he says. “Instead of just one ‘activities’ staff member, we have at least six, all of them certified personal trainers.”
When it’s time to paint the town in style, The Gatesworth sponsors monthly dinners at popular St. Louis restaurants like Harvest and Kemoll’s. Pampering, whether in preparation for a night out or a relaxing evening at home, is covered too, at Spa One, the on-site full-service spa. Residents can enjoy everything from a relaxing massage or facial, to a complete makeover. Spa One also offers a line of beauty products specially designed for seniors. And if the dinner dress or the tuxedo is at the dry cleaners, a quick call to the concierge will bring it right to the door. After all, at The Gatesworth, ‘The answer is always yes!’
On the Cover: Since opening in 1988, The Gatesworth has established a tradition of luxury, winning local and national awards for service. Surrounded by meticulously landscaped gardens, The Gatesworth features fine dining from an award-winning chef, valet and limousine services, a full-service spa, a senior-friendly gym and trainers, and a gift shop. For more information about The Gatesworth, call 993-0111 or visit http://www.thegatesworth.com">www.thegatesworth.com