Recharge Your Body and Soul
April 9 2012 by Michael Gelfand
You know the feeling. Your body starts to sag like a wet paper bag and ache in all the usual places. Even your brain feels sluggish, not snapping into gear quite as quickly—and we’re not just talking about on the occasional jet-lagged Monday morning; we’re talking every day. When you hit that proverbial wall, there’s no better way to restore your body and rejuvenate your mind than a resort spa getaway.
Any spa worth its salt can deliver the de rigueur “mani-pedi-ina-terrycloth robe” spa experience. But we’ve ferreted out exclusive escapes that elevate luxurious relaxation and mind-body renewal to an exquisite art form, pampering you with a highly customized and ultra-sophisticated experience that goes well beyond mere creature comforts. All three of these destinations integrate their spas into top-notch resort environments, allowing you to reap the rewards of highly trained therapists focusing on your wellness, while enjoying amenities and activities that help you further relax and refresh yourself during your brief respite from the rat race.
Rosewood Tucker’s Point
Only a 90-minute plane ride away from most major East Coast airports, this 88-room luxury residential and resort community in Bermuda boasts a 12,000-square-foot spa with an astonishing array of à la carte exotic massage, body and water therapies, along with traditional treatments designed to satisfy your every want and need. With so many choices on the menu, you might want to kick your stay off with one of the four Day Journey packages, such as the Bermuda Day Journey. For $700, you receive five hours of bliss, including an aloe massage, a seaweed-algae skin cleanser and detoxification treatment, a citrus facial and a spa lunch at the reflecting pool, finished off with—you guessed it—a signature manicure and pedicure.
If you would prefer to begin your five hours of therapy on the resort’s 18-hole, 6,361-yard, par-70 golf course, check in at the spa later for an individual massage treatment (they typically last between 25-80 minutes) or hit the barber and salon to get you looking and feeling tip-top in time to enjoy fine dining, tennis, croquet and breathtaking views of Castle Harbour, Harrington Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda’s longest private pink-sand beach.
Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans
If you’re looking for an extravagant spa experience that rouses all of your senses, you need go no further than the Ritz-Carlton Spa. Located on the fringes of NOLA’s timeless French Quarter, the Ritz-Carlton’s 25,000-square-foot day spa and fitness center recently received the top slot on Travel & Leisure’s hotel spas in the U.S. and Canada list—and for good reason. Its staff of expert technicians offers nearly 100 state-of-the-art therapies, ranging from the synchronized Royal Four-Hands massage ($295 for 50 minutes) to the quick pick-me-up Café Au Lait Massage ($140 for 50 minutes, $200 for 80 minutes), that will alleviate stress and reinvigorate you from head to toe.
Even the stodgiest traditionalist will enjoy the relaxation lounges, steam and sauna rooms, whirlpool baths and resistance pools, but the spa is most well-known for its collection of massage therapies, hydrotherapies, aesthetic and exfoliation treatments, and salon services. Each of the 22 treatment rooms is lavishly appointed with chandeliers, fountains and the perfume of magnolia blossoms in the air, elements that have the effect of slowing down time so that you can properly unwind. And then, of course, there’s everything the Big Easy has to offer…
California’s Napa Valley has long been an area nationally regarded for its spa culture, and Calistoga Ranch remains its standard bearer of excellence. Rated the second best spa in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler readers, Calistoga’s commitment to working with nature is evident in all of its spa treatments and across every inch of its lush 157-acre Upper Napa Valley property. The luxuriously appointed outdoor-themed interiors of its lodges complement their wooded surroundings, enhancing the experience for guests by keeping them connected with nature at all times.
Calistoga offers an impressive array of highly customized, individualized services, ranging from massages and body wraps to detoxification and exfoliation. There’s something here for everyone—even “personalized yoga”—but the spa takes great pride in using products made from its own bee colonies, which factor in many of its seasonal specials, including honey and shea butter massages ($230 for 90 minutes) or lavender honey milk or milk and honey body wraps. If you’re looking for something more invigorating, try a hike over some of the 140 acres of natural trails, followed by an Immune Boost Bath Therapy of essential oils and mineral salts to accelerate your natural immune responses ($85 for 30 minutes) at the secluded Bathhouse at the top of the property. Then take a seat in The Lakehouse, the spa’s private dining facility overlooking Lake Lommel, to enjoy Napa’s renowned foods, wines and artist products under the starlit sky.
Rosewood Tucker’s Point
Hamilton Paris, Bermuda
441.298.4000 or 866.604.3764
Located steps away from the spa, the one-bedroom Walsingham Suite ($2,500-$3,600/night [off-peak/peak]) provides the perfect balance of spaciousness and intimacy for entertaining with friends or private time. This 1,650-square-foot suite features a living room with a service entrance and pantry, as well as a study, powder bath, wet bar, fireplace and dining area. And don’t miss the 340-square-foot balcony with waterfront views of Castle Harbour and a landscaped pool below.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa
New Orleans, Louisiana
The lushly appointed Ritz-Carlton Suite ($5,000/night) is a 2,800-square-foot penthouse offering breathtaking views of the Crescent City from 15 floors above Canal Street. Recalling the residential aesthetic of Garden District mansions with its art, antiques and luxe furnishings, the suite’s foyer, butler’s pantry, dining room, master bedroom and bath, and living room with fireplace are nothing to sneeze at. But the balcony, featuring sweeping views of the French Quarter and Mississippi River, is what wins the most raves. Complimentary access to the Club Level lounge is included.
800.942.4220 or 707.254.2820
Nestled near the banks of Lake Lommel, the Estate Lodge (seasonal from $2,300-$4,200) is a perfectly appointed creek-side haven set against a bucolic mountain backdrop. With 2,400 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space, the lodge features two spacious master bedrooms, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and dining area to accommodate four adults and two children under 18 years of age, plus private entry, butler service and exclusive use of a Mercedes S Class car throughout your stay. Conveniently located near all resort amenities but wholly private and sheltered from outside distractions, it’s ideal for a family or romantic retreat.