By Katie DeTar
Retreating to Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Skaneateles, New York is more than a simple getaway. It is an immersive, luxurious experience that floods your senses and eases your mind.
The intimate 34-room resort, inspired by the paintings of Monet and the architecture of France, feels like your own private château. Eighteen rooms nestle into the main building above the 14,000 square foot spa, and four romantic cottages house 16 plush rooms, each with a balcony or patio overlooking the gardens.
While the entire space enchants with French design, it is the gardens that captivated my husband and I during a recent stay. The cottages, spa building and restaurant encircle cascading ponds and water gardens, inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies. Here, colorful koi fish dance among lily pads and willow trees. Sitting on the deck of the inn’s restaurant, we gazed out to the arched wooden bridge while the sun beamed off the ponds. We were firmly planted in upstate New York, but could have easily believed we’d been transported to France for the weekend.
Our server, Julianna, expertly guided us through a leisurely two-hour meal of carefully crafted seafood, a nicoise salad, and incredible house-made desserts. The pot de crème and fresh beignets melted in our mouths with just the right amount of cinnamon sweetness. We could sense Julianna’s enthusiasm for the food, and for Mirbeau—a feeling we gathered from the entire attentive staff eager to make us feel at home.
Mirbeau loosely translates to “beautiful reflection,” and it certainly is. As the sun set, golden yellows and oranges danced off the cattails, and our waterside table ideally positioned us to watch the stars rise between the trees. We finished our last sip of wine as the big dipper shone bright in the night sky.
Our stroll back to our cottage room reminded us of evenings spent in a European village. Here, in this moment, time slowed as we walked along a cobbled path, past three buildings, while soft music wafted through the air.
The next morning, we enjoyed breakfast on our brick patio overlooking the gardens, before heading to the spa for the day. The centerpiece of the resort, the spa’s design reflects a Roman bath. The relaxation room, with its circular headed foot pool, plush cushions, and fresco-style artwork soothed our minds as we rested on arched teak recliners.
The treatment rooms, most with fireplaces, are warm and quiet. Here, I melted into a massage with a skilled therapist. Infused with essential oils, my muscles felt at ease for the rest of the day.
It was an easy task spending the afternoon in the spa space. We alternated between the indoor foot soak and the outdoor aqua terrace. The heated pool sits amid a fireplace and gardens. Come lunchtime, we enjoyed sandwiches and salads on the patio, still dressed in our spa robes. The resort policy of promoting comfort and relaxation allows for spa robes in all resort areas right up through the dinner hour.
The day was one of relaxation and comfort. As someone who thrives on a busy schedule, this was a welcome change. And in a world where we rush about with no end in sight, an overnight of rest at Mirbeau offers a beautiful oasis of calm.
Every guest room at Mirbeau features the following amenities:
- Large claw-footed soaking tub
- Spacious tiled walk-in shower
- Flat-screen television with DVD player
- DVD library and In-Room Movie Packages
- Bose stereo system with CD player
- Exclusive “Essentials” line of body and hair care products
- Plush bathrobes
- Daily newspapers and magazines
- Turndown service
- Complimentary high-speed internet access
- Use of the Spa Mirbeau’s relaxation, health, and wellness facilities
A small number of “Club Rooms” feature three guest rooms opening onto a joint living room area. The Club Rooms include the following additional amenities:
- Continental breakfast in Mirbeau’s Dining Room from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
- Afternoon wine and cheese service in the Club Living Room
- Milk and cookies in the Club Living Room each evening at 8:00 p.m.
- Complimentary coffee, tea, bottled water and fruit available all day
- Guaranteed early check in at 2:00 p.m.
- Located walking distance to the village of Skaneateles
- Special packages available for bridal groups, parents-to-be, and couples. Special event space also available for private dinners and intimate weddings.
Odds of Encountering Children: Very low. Spa guests must be 18 years of age and older. The resort caters to romantic getaways and restful solo or girlfriend retreats.
About Skaneateles, New York…
Skaneateles is an upscale resort town located at the head of Skaneateles Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The region is characterized by rolling hills, scenic lake vistas, and more than 100 wineries dotting the landscape. Skaneateles is brimming with upscale dining options, bakeries, art galleries, specialty shops, lakefront parks, and scenic tour boats.
– Photos by David Lalley
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