Retreat. Relax. Renew.
By Hope S. Philbrick
“Is this the right place?” I asked the front desk attendant. “The spa for High Hampton?”
“Are you Hope?” she answered, not quite the yes or no that I’d anticipated but a form of confirmation.
Hampton Health Club & Spa is a quick drive down the street from High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, North Carolina. But in that brief time I’d forgotten that the name of the spa didn’t exactly align with the main campus (no “High”). The first thing visible inside the entryway is exercise equipment. Not quite the serene atmosphere I’d expected.
“Let me show you in,” said the attendant, after I’d completed the routine paperwork.
The first door she opened led to a waiting area where an elderly man sipped tea while reading a magazine, either waiting for his treatment or his wife, I assumed. The second door she opened led to a hallway with dim lighting. “I’ll put you in this room,” she said, indicating the first of three doors on the right. “You can use this,” she said, asked if I needed anything to drink, then closed the door behind her as she left.
It took me a moment to figure out that this was no standard spa locker room. Nobody else would be joining me in this two-room suite: It was mine for the length of my visit. The locker area was furnished with a closet, chaise lounge and a couple of tables. Beyond it was the bathroom with a loo, pedestal sink, tower of towels and other amenities, and a huge shower.
That little private locker room was at least double the size of my guestroom bathroom at the High Hampton Inn (as well as my bathroom at home), plus way cozier and more luxurious. I’d have been content to lounge there for an hour.
But I changed and headed out to wait for my massage therapist, who intercepted me in the hallway. She escorted me to a private treatment room, instructed me to disrobe to my level of comfort while she stepped out of the room then recline face down on the heated table under soft blankets. She returned and began the 50-minute warm river stone massage by placing warm towels and hot rocks on the small of my back.
“This will relax your muscles,” she explained. “Let me know if it’s too hot or too heavy.” It was sublime.
The river stones were smooth, held heat, and ramped up the effectiveness of a traditional Swedish massage. I like medium pressure, but the therapist would have adjusted to suit individual preferences.
By the time the treatment was finished, I felt renewed and refreshed.
“Do you have to get back to the High Hampton right away?” she asked. I said no, so she recommended that I linger in the steam shower.
Not only is that shower huge and private, it doubles as a private steam room?! Fantastic!
I hung out in that steam shower until I felt as wrinkled as a prune and then showered and dressed to head back to the High Hampton Inn to join my husband for dinner.
Me-time at Hampton Health Club & Spa is time very well spent.
Odds of Encountering Children: Slim. Children younger than age 13 are not permitted in the spa; teens age 13-16 must be accompanied by a parent.
High Hampton Inn & Country Club
1525 Highway 107 South
Cashiers, N.C. 28717
The Hampton Lake and Blue Ridge Mountain setting of this 1,400-acre resort has lured guests since the 19th Century. The family-friendly rustic inn offers 116 guest rooms and suites and there are also several cottages. The property also boasts golf, tennis, hiking trails, buffet dining, children’s activity centers and more.
Odds of Encountering Children: Guaranteed!
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