Make wellness a priority during the summer of 2023 with these new offerings from destination spas in New England.
By Kim Knox Beckius
May 25 2023
SPA Cabanas at Inn by the Sea are now available for al fresco massages, or rent one all day just for you and your boo.Photo Credit : Inn by the Sea
If you always book a Swedish massage, it’s time to change the way you spa. Here in New England, resort spas continue to elevate their offerings with creative, innovative treatments and new and expanded facilities. As you plan your next wellness escape, consider giving one of these unique experiences or even a sparkling new city spa a try.
AI is everywhere… even in spa treatment rooms in New England. Samoset Resort‘s Opal Spa has acquired new, custom-designed Oakwork BRITTA beds, which allow guests to sit back and enjoy a therapeutic session… without a therapist. Touchless treatments feature soundwave and vibration therapy, and your 30- or 60-minute session in the zero-gravity bed has benefits that range from reducing stress to easing pain, boosting immune function, and enhancing mental sharpness. Does BRITTA expect a gratuity? Hmm… worry about this latest dilemma of the Age of Artificial Intelligence later… not while you’re enjoying your “me and only me” time.
Forget piped-in New Age music. When you book an al fresco massage at Maine’s Inn by the Sea, you can bliss out to a soundtrack provided by the earth, wind, and ocean. This waterfront property, long known for its environmental sensitivity, has added two outdoor SPA Cabanas on the east end lawn. This summer, couples also have the option to rent a cabana for their private enjoyment for an entire day. The rate of $750 includes a $100 dining credit, morning and afternoon snacks and beverages, and WiFi and charging stations, although going off the grid is the better path to wellness.
Celebrate the “Summer of Tea” at New Hampshire’s Omni Mount Washington Resort, where a new 100-minute Green Tea & Lemongrass Herbal Infusion Wrap is being offered at the spa. The service starts with gentle exfoliation to boost circulation and prepare the skin for optimal absorption of hydrating products. You’ll be swaddled in warm, herbal-infused linens next. While your body drinks in a beneﬁcial concoction, you will be treated to a soothing scalp and face massage. Before you return to reality, your body will be slathered in shea butter mixed with lemongrass oil. Book the Simply Spa-tacular package, and you’ll receive a $150 spa credit to apply toward this tea-riffic experience.
Mayflower Inn & Spa is one of the best spa resorts in New England, and this summer, the Auberge Resorts Collection property is introducing a new, curated series of fitness experiences in collaboration with leading workout studios. There are three events in the Move at the Mayflower series, open to both overnight guests and day visitors.
First up: a restorative mat Pilates and breath class for whole-body wellness with senior instructor Cassidy Forman of NYC’s Erika Bloom Wellness Collective on Saturday, June 3. Next, experience a fusion of classical Pilates and reformer Pilates when Los Angeles and New York City boutique training studio Forma Pilates brings its exclusive instruction to the Connecticut countryside on Saturday, July 22. Lastly, book your spot for Saturday, August 5, when the Sculpt Society’s leading trainer, Katy Schuele, leads a session combining powerful toning exercises with dance cardio. Classes are priced at either $45 or $50 and include complimentary bonuses including a $50 credit to be used toward a treatment at THE WELL spa at Mayflower Inn.
When it opens later this summer, the much-anticipated Longfellow Hotel will also debut its 1,800-square-foot Astraea wellness spa. The focus here is on sauna, meditation, and massage: There are two massage treatment rooms and two private infrared sauna rooms. Be among the first to try state-of-the-art, stress-busting Mind-Sync Harmonic Sleep Loungers, available in the meditation experience room. This will also be New England’s only place to experience organic, seaweed-based skincare products from Irish company VOYA. Imagine the sensation of being massaged with steamed bags of orange, clove, ginger, and Fucus Serratus seaweed. Or of being enveloped in Laminaria seaweed leaves to detoxify, firm, and soften the skin.
Ocean & Harvest, the The Forbes Five Star Spa at Ocean House, has three transportive spa experiences that are new for the 2023 summer season. Close your eyes and imagine you’re in the tropics during a Papaya Paradise treatment featuring a papaya- and pineapple-scented full body salt scrub and whipped body crème application, which will leave your skin silky and scrumptious. The Papaya Mango experience begins with the same two steps, then adds on a 50-minute full body massage, plus a refreshing Papaya Spritzer cocktail to sip while you gaze out at ocean waves. Traveling with your love? The new Veuve Clicquot Couple’s Treatment, which can be booked for either 50 or 100 minutes, begins with jojoba seed back scrubs for two. You’ll both enjoy full-body massages with grapefruit-rosemary oil, too, followed by time together in the Solarium with two glasses of Veuve Clicquot rosé and a selection of confections.
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club’s Beach House Spa offers Cape Cod vacationers a new way to roll back time. In collaboration with Aperio Beauty, their new anti-aging treatment is tailored to each guest’s unique DNA profile. Aperio’s antioxidant-rich serums heal skin with safe, natural, plant-derived growth factors. Your personalized serum will be customized to your greatest aging-related needs. Reserve your treatment, available starting June 1, 2023.
The Spa at the Bar Harbor Inn is diving into the 2023 summer season with a line-up of new services, including several powered by some of the most unique spa products in use in New England. This is now one of only two spas in Maine offering Repêchage products, made with seaweed harvested on the coast of Downeast Maine. This includes Repêchage’s full oncology line for clients undergoing cancer treatment. Experience the benefits of seaweed when you book a signature four-layer facial, complete with a take-home mask. Make this your destination, too, for trying services featuring sea-inspired, vegan OSEA body care products.
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