Really relax in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
By Hope S. Philbrick
There’s just something about Pinehurst, the storied North Carolina resort, that is inherently relaxing.
Midway through the Saturday evening chef’s dinner at Pinehurst’s inaugural Chef & Maker event, the guy sitting next to me leaned over and said, “This has been such a relaxing weekend!” True. Though the themed weekend included several activities, the pacing and presentation of each element was stress-free and thoroughly enjoyable.
I suspect that simply driving through the Pinehurst property could erase concerns from your mind…though it’s even better to stop and stay awhile. Surrounded by lush rolling green hills, tasteful décor, friendly staffers, Pinehurst is a place to put your feet up, take a deep breath and enjoy life.
Thanks to The Spa at Pinehurst, you don’t have to settle for feeling relaxed. You can really relax and by that I mean banish even the tiniest lingering nag of stress you might be feeling from your life off property.
Walk through the doors into The Spa and tension falls away. Poke through the offerings of the gift shop, then head to the reception desk to check in for your scheduled treatment. You’ll be escorted to the locker room and invited to change into a robe and slippers—bring a swimming suit if you plan to dip into the indoor co-ed lap pool or whirlpool before or after your treatment.
Whether you’re wearing only a robe and slippers or more, head to the pool area to meet your scheduled therapist.
A wide range of treatments is available, including massage, facials, body treatments, nail care, salon services, and wellness sessions like yoga and pilates.
I chose a hot stone massage, which combines Swedish massage with deep heat for immediate and long-lasting results of muscle relaxation and stress reduction (50 minutes for $135 Sun-Fri. or $145 on Sat.; 80 minutes for $175/$185). The therapist was skilled at releasing tension in muscles I didn’t even know that I had. She mixed long and short strokes, customized pressure, and thumbed pressure points. The hot stones were seamlessly incorporated into the massage to help relaxation sink deep below the surface.
After the treatment I went back to the locker room and sat in the steam room for about 15 minutes to let all the lotions and potions the massage therapist had applied to my skin sink in even deeper. I then showered in what are arguably the best-attended shower stalls ever—a staff member whisks away traces that any gal used the shower immediately after that gal steps out of it—and then redressed to stroll back to my guestroom…though I was so relaxed that walk felt more like floating.
Odds of Encountering Children: Very low. The Spa at Pinehurst welcomes guests age 18 and older. Minors may receive salon services only if they are accompanied by an adult. Resort guests must be 16 years old to use the Fitness Center (which is adjacent to The Spa).
Guests of The Spa may enjoy several luxurious amenities: indoor lap pool, fitness center, light refreshments, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, locker facilities, boutique and resort food service. If you’d like to enjoy the pool and wet areas of the spa without getting a spa treatment, purchase a $40 tranquility pass.
– Photos courtesy The Spa at Pinehurst
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