More often than some would like to admit, a weekend away would be a welcome salve to the aches and drudgery of everyday life. Make this your year of self-pampering. Take the sick days that you never use and treat yourself to calm and relaxation.
Virginia’s newest resort, Salamander Resort in Middleburg, offers a special focus on equestrian activities and the well-being of riders. The Spa includes treatments for equestrians, mothers-to-be and couples, while their specialty programs include Yoga in the Stable and Yoga on Horseback, each 30 minutes long. Yoga in the Stable has you facing the sunrise and working poses to improve balance, flexibility, strength and posture while Yoga on Horseback needs no explanation. Book a complete Spa Getaway Package for a stay filled with pampering.
Check into Boar’s Head, Charlottesville’s only AAA Four Diamond resort, and enjoy their customized retreat package, a full spa day where you can pick three from an array of 50-minute treatments. If you’ve never experienced the luxury of a spa day, Boar’s Head has the First Time Spa Goers Package, a 140-minute treatment comprised of four spa treatments. Prices range from $230-$300 for the packages.
Set in Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, The Spa at The Omni Homestead offers guests the chance to relax in Virginia’s hot springs through the Spa Garden area. Traditional and Homestead-specific spa treatments are available, as well as daily yoga and other fitness classes. The Omni Homestead has two overnight spa packages, one with a $300 spa credit, and another with a $600 spa credit.
Ultimate pampering is yours at The Martha Hotel & Spa in Abingdon. Book the “Spa Delight” package for an overnight stay, a three-course dinner for two, continental breakfast, and a $150 spa credit. Priced at $160 for weeknights and $290 for weekends. Couples packages at the hotel and spa are also available.
The Spa at Primland Resort in southwest Virginia provides guests with a complete list of spa and wellness services including yoga and meditation classes, a mother-daughter spa package and healing ritual services. The resort currently offers several spa packages, including Valentine Rejuvination treatments, the Holiday Body Glow Package, and the Primland Signature Day Ritual Package. Services start at $150 per person.
Kingsmill Spa at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg has received a rejuvenation of its own. Book your stay for the Spa Getaway Package, an overnight stay for two in a one-bedroom condo paired with one of their 50-minute spa treatments. Rates start at $299 per overnight stay for two.
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The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers a menu of services rooted in five centuries of history. Try the 19th Century African Traditional Bath & Strengthening Massage Spa Experience. It reflects the African healing traditions that combined herbs, roots and fresh waters to enrich life and attract positive energy. The modern-day version is 120 minutes and includes Maize and Herbal Body Brushing, Root and Herbal Soaking Bath, and a Shea Butter Massage. $285 per person or $565 per couple.
If the family is headed to the slopes of Wintergreen Resort, maybe take a detour to The Spa at Wintergreen where a Winter Rose Rejuvenation is waiting for you. After a good skin brushing you’ll be treated to a warm rose oil application, a vial of which you’ll take home with you, along with a special skin brush to maintain your freshly renewed skin. The 50-minute treatment is $104 midweek and $114 weekends.
Lansdowne Resort near Leesburg boasts its AAA Four Diamond Spa Minerale. Stop in for the day or book the Spa Getaway Package, which includes luxurious overnight accommodations and two spa treatments per room. Prices from $326.
The Spa at Goodstone Inn in Middleburg offers both relaxation and deep tissue massages, which is often all you really need. Just take a time-out and enjoy the serenity of the rustic treatment rooms. Massages start at $120 for 55 minutes but 85-minute sessions are also available.
There is a new unique wellness center opening in Troutdale Virginia at the Sufi Lodge that specializes in Cupping Therapy with some of the most highly respected and trained practitioners in the field. Details at http://www.traditionalcupping.com Grand Opening in April.