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When we asked Beau Rivage Spa Director Sara Chatham about the Biloxi, MS, spa’s philosophy, she had an instant two-word answer: “Southern charm.“I

Then, just as quickly, she praised her team: “We are so blessed with our staff. We have talented and tenured staff. The service is so special here. I don’t know if you’ve gotten that vibe as you’ve gone through, but with everybody, it’s just like they’re welcoming you to their home e...

Dear Ritz-Carlton Spa: You had us at VIP Salon, the site of our 50-minute Reconnect Couple’s Massage.

Turns out we had exactly what we needed to address travel-weary muscles: a beautiful setting, thoughtful décor, a ready-to-relax mindset and two expert therapists who knew exactly how to melt away the hour by massaging away our stress. Hats off to Prissilla and Dee.

At check-in, we were offered add-ons ($24 each) that included s...

April 1, 2012

We’ve loved The Umstead Hotel and Spa ever since its 2007 opening. This five-star property is a truly luxurious getaway in the Research Triangle Park area of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC.

Our first visit, we were wowed by the elegant décor, the incredible museum-quality artwork, beautiful imported woods used on walls, floors and in furniture pieces — all of which came from the visionary team headed by Ann Goodnight, the hotel...

Sandering is an iconic oceanfront, luxury resort in the community of Duck on the North Carolina barrier islands known at the Outer Banks.  

The Sanderling is remote enough for blessed isolation and old-fashioned solitude, yet it’s the first and only AAA Four-Diamond resort on the Outer Banks. Plus, there's plenty to do just up the road at Corolla on the Currituck Outer Banks, or down the road in communities like Kitty Hawk, Kil...

November 10, 2011

The Langham Boston is home to the Chuan Body + Soul Spa, which we happily sampled on our first visit to Boston.

"Chuan" is Chinese for "flowing water," and spa literature notes that water is a foundation of life.

We adore this spa's wholistic approach that incorporates the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in its signature treatments, ambience and decor. While small, the spa is well designed, elegant and c...

Relâche Spa is the destination for relaxation at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, a striking property on a whopping 63 acres of prime Kissimmee, FL, real estate, but the hotel’s soaring 4.5-acre, glass-enclosed atrium is what people are wowed by. It’s Florida under glass, and when outside temperatures are rising and humidity levels border on intolerable, the futuristic concept of cities enclosed by giant domes is bein...

August 22, 2010

The 13,000-square-foot, bi-level penthouse Spa & Wellness Center of the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is the icing on the cake for this Uptown Queen City luxury hotel.

You can read in two prior reports in examiner.com about our surprise upgrade to the Charlotte Ritz-Carlton’s penthouse suite, and how this new hotel is the first Charlotte property and first in the chain to achieve LEED®-gold certification for environmental stewardship...

August 21, 2010

Happily, we were present at the glamorous grand opening of the spa at Asheville, NC’s venerable Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa (GPI) in 2000, complete with outdoor laser-and-music show projected on the ancient rock walls followed by a ballroom extravaganza.

Our arrival at the underground spa a decade later featured far less fanfare, but we still found the eye-popping features and top-notch service dating back 10 years.

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Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offered us pampering in the candlelit couple’s room of the stand-alone spa.

We immediately noticed a few things about the spa: First was its size. While outside, it matched the look of the Grand Floridian, inside it lacked the same grandeur and especially the spaciousness. It is a perfectly fine mid-size spa - 15 treatment rooms, 10,000-square feet - but after the eye-popping G...

Sometimes a girl just needs pampering. Well, ladies, you can get plenty of that at Charlotte's Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, especially in their welcoming spa.

The Spa is located on two floors, the hotel lobby level and one level below, with stairs and elevator access. The layout is such that you go through spa reception to the outdoor pool or down one floor to the Fitness Center and indoor pool area.

It does seem odd, though, tha...

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