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.
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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. Rates from $25 to $150 per person.
Check into Boar’s Head, Charlottesville’s only AAA Four Diamond resort, and enjoy the Health and Wellness Package: two nights’ stay with breakfast and dinner daily, plus three personal trainer sessions, and your choice of spa treatments for each day of your stay. To take home, a Boar’s Head robe and your own trainer-designed exercise program. Rates from $1,461. Available through February 28, 2014.
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 a couples “Loosen Up Massage” package for an aromatic hydrotherapy soak, 50-minute Swedish massage, and skin deep facial with your stay for $600.
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. One of Primland’s signature spa packages, “The Circle of Life,” is a two-night, mid-week package available Sunday through Thursday. The package includes overnight accommodations, two breakfasts, two dinners, one yoga class, and your choice of three featured spa treatments. Available through March 31, 2015. Rates from $1336.
Kingsmill Spa at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg has received a rejuvenation of its own. Book your stay and then add on a Customized Holistic Healing Service. Your therapist will combine treatments of Reiki, aromatherapy, and reflexology to give you the rejuvenation your body needs. The 50-minute session is $110 and available to overnight resort guests or resort members only.
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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 Wintegreen where a Rosemary Rejuvenation is waiting for you. After a good skin brushing you’ll be treated to a rosemary 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 $100 midweek and $110 weekends. Available through January 31, 2015.
Lansdowne Resort near Leesburg boasts its AAA Four Diamond Spa Minerale, the home of the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Body Scrub treatment. Stop in for the day or add this treatment to your overnight experience. It’s built to exfoliate, detoxify, and hydrate your dry winter skin. Warm body butter will leave you soft and vibrant. The 50-minute session is $105.
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 $100 for 55 minutes but 85-minute sessions are also available.
Perfect for the dry winter season is the Coconut & Mango Hydrating Body Wrap offered by Little Washington Wellness & Spa. This 60-minute treatment includes an exfoliation followed by a wrap of plant based products that promote cell renewal and deeply hydrate your skin. $145.