Unwind at These 7 Southern Spas
As summer comes to a close, we lament the end of days too stifling to do anything but lie down and read a good book. And especially as school gets back in session and regular work hours resume, we wonder where those lazy days of summer went. Get them back — if just for an hour or two — at one of these seven spas near you. They offer everything from mountain massages and views to seasonal scrubs and polishes for the ultimate R&R.
The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville, North Carolina
There’s a reason this hotel was a mountain retreat for F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it can be for you too. Day passes are available to experience private men’s and women’s contrast pools, inhalation rooms, saunas and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms. Treatments include the mountain Honey Wrap with local Sourwood Honey and lavender essential oil for exfoliation, the Gentlemen’s Mountain Stream Foot Treatment and the Mountain View Massage in an outdoor pagoda overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa
New Orleans, Louisiana
Louisiana residents can get 20 percent off their spa services in this French Quarter hotel while indulging in the sweet scent of citrus, coffee or incense during the Southern Satsuma, Cafe Au Lait and Voodoo massages, respectively. Sidle up to the Apothecary Scrub Bar or sign up for a Marie Laveau Voodoo Love Bath at this spa, where full-service includes draped chandeliers, bubbling fountains, a cafe, fitness center and boutique.
LakeHouse Spa at Lake Austin Spa Resort
Located in the Texas Hill Country, this award-winning spa offers both overnight and day treatments for those looking to relax and escape. Outdoor treatment options allow couples to enjoy nature in a Bamboo Garden Suite with a private hot tub and waterfall, lush gardens and outdoor shower. Indoors, treatments include the LakeHouse River Rock Massage, Tour of Texas (prickly pear scrub, agave nectar wrap and full-body massage) and the Lakeshore Fig Scrub inspired by fig trees that grow on the resort grounds. You’ll want to leave plenty of time after a treatment for relaxing on the veranda and taking in the view of one of the most scenic spots in Austin.
Blackberry Farm Wellhouse
Blackberry Farm is an elegant, 62-room mountain resort nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. You can find farm-fresh inspirations in many of the spa treatments they offer, from the Hesse Creek Stone Massage to the Southern Sorghum Beautifying Body Wrap and Cruze Farm’s Buttermilk & Lavender Wildflower Honey mani/pedi. Seasonal spa packages using ingredients only found during certain times of the year are also available, like the Lay-By Time Experience, which includes a cucumber and grapefruit mask, scalp, neck and shoulder massage with fresh lemon essential oils and special milk and wildflower honey pedicure – available through August 31.
The Spa at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff
Bluffton, South Carolina
This award-winning spa offers a sanctuary of relaxation, where Southern hospitality and natural elements help you find tranquility. Discover complete relaxation in a setting overlooking maritime forests, an avian sanctuary and the lagoon waterways of Palmetto Bluff, where treatments incorporate Carolina Lowcountry mud and locally sourced essential oils. Indulge in Palmetto High Cotton or Palmetto Body Bliss massages or treat your toes with a Lowcountry Lemon Aide Pedicure.
Relache Spa & Salon at Gaylord Opryland
Only steps away from the indoor botanical garden at the Gaylord Opryland, you can find a peaceful oasis without leaving the excitement and energy of Nashville. Relache, which means to rest, offers a wide variety of treatments in its 20,000 square feet, from the deeply relaxing 4-Hand Massage to the Gentlemen’s Hot Towel Facial and packages like a seasonal watermelon and star fruit infused massage, facial and pedicure and the Johnny & June experience for couples.
Spa at Four Seasons Midtown
As busy as it gets in Atlanta, the Four Seasons Spa is designed for peace and privacy, with all treatment rooms soundproof. Indulge in a Georgia Pines Massage with evergreen notes and smooth river rocks or treat your skin with the Piedmont Park Polish. Seasonal treatments include the Peaches & Cream Manicure and Pedicure complete with a Prosecco Bellini. A Happy Hour menu is even available Monday through Friday from 5-8 p.m. for those who need to unwind after a long day at work.
Photo credits, from top: Featured photo from Blackberry Farm Wellhouse by beall + thomas photography, Omni Grove Park pagoda courtesy of The Omni Grove Park Inn, Lake Austin grounds courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort, Cottage Spa courtesy of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort, and Peaches & Cream treatment at Four Seasons Spa by Peter Vitale.