Good Grit Picks: Southern Spas

THERE’S NOTHING WE AT GOOD GRIT LOVE MORE THAN A GOOD SPADAY. FACIALS, MASSAGES, MIMOSAS—THESE ARE THE INGREDIENTS FORA GREAT TIME! HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE SOUTHERN SPAS.THE NEXT TIME YOU NEED TO RELAX, CHECK OUT ONE OF THESE GEMS.

THE SPA AT OLD EDWARDS

Highlands, NC
oldedwardsinn.com/spa

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina are said to exude a healing and restorative energy. The Spa at Old Ed-wards has channeled that energy into a unique experience where rough-hewn timber and native stone architecture, multiple fireplaces, and abundant relaxation areas create a sanctuary from the outside world. Nestled in the pristine setting of the Nantahala National Forest with its ancient mountains, fresh headwaters, rivers, waterfalls, and trails that lead to stunning vistas, The Spa at Old Edwards is the go-to escape for those seeking retreat, serenity, and rejuvenation. Rated Condé Nast’s Top Hotel Spa in NorthAmerica, this European-style sanctuary provides nourishment for the mind, body, and spirit. Guests enjoy soothing body treatment and restorative massages using herbs and botanicals from around the world, as well as from the resort’s gardens and greenhouses.Sumptuously appointed lounge rooms feature rainfall showers, whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, and 12-head Swiss showers. TheSpa Café serves healthy food and beverages in a delightful solarium-style environment. Each of the spa’s therapies are performed in a private treatment room or in the comfort one of the resort’s six spa suites. Other lodging options include multi-bedroom luxury suites, rustic-luxe cottages, and historic inn rooms, and the resort resounds with premium leisure amenities like heated mineral pools and whirlpools, several restaurants and cocktail lounges, a wellness center, and a full-service golf club. Rediscover the best version of yourself with a full-day immersion into the healing environment in The Spa at Old Edwards in Highlands, North Carolina.

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One of the most popular features of The Spa at Old Edwards isthe Serenity Solarium, just off the Fireside Lounge, with soothing fireplace, water feature, and oversized chaise lounges, where naps area favorite pastime. For a more secluded relaxation experience, take the spa elevator and venture up one floor where you will find the spa’s second Solarium, which goes undiscovered by many guests.

Book one of Old Edwards Inn’s six spa suites to enjoy elevator access into The Spa at Old Edwards and access to all the spa amenities and relaxation areas, even if you do not book a spa treatment. The spa suites provide convenient and quick access to the wellness center and historic inn, including Madison’s Restaurant, The WineGarden, and Hummingbird Lounge.

 

THE SPA AT CALLAWAY RESORT & GARDENS

Pine Mountain, Georgia
callawaygardens.com/spa-wellness

Discover The Spa at Callaway Resort & Gardens—a place where the elements of nature combine harmoniously to relax, restore, and inspire the mind, body, and spirit. This luxurious full-service spa embodies the vision of Callaway’s founders—that humankind benefits by connecting with the natural world. With a focus on natural products and non-invasive techniques, The Spa offers a diverse collection of rejuvenating treatments that draw inspiration from the essential benefits of herbs, plants, and the breath-taking landscape around us. Offerings include Massage Therapy, Facial Treatments, Botanical Body Treatments, Ayurvedic Treatments, Manicures & Pedicures, and Salon Services. And with a variety of Spa packages available, guests are able to sample a range of treatments.

Unwind in the soaking tub of the wet room suite. Take a dip in the heated pool. Relax in the eucalyptus steam room or dry heat sauna. Enjoy a light snack in one of the relaxation lounges. Every element of this serene environment is designed to enhance your complete Spa experience.

For a full holistic experience, Callaway also offers a series of annualWellness Programs, which are a perfect complement to any Spa get-away. Created with the Callaway mission and vision in mind, these programs are personally designed to be approachable, educational, and beneficial to each person’s body and well-being. Programs take place in organic, Eden-like spaces where participants have the opportunity to connect with nature, be still, breathe, and partake in the simple act of disconnecting from the busyness of life.

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Take the time to explore Callaway’s 2,500 acres of beautiful woodland gardens, nature trails, bike paths, and lakes.

Enjoy some sun therapy at Robin Lake Beach—the world’s largest man-made white sand beach. Make a splash with beach activities and water sports, or simply relax on the sand.

Delve deeper down the path toward complete health &wellness with one of Callaway Resort & Gardens’ multi-dayWellness Retreats. Packages include overnight stays in one of Callaway’s many lodging options, from the beautiful lakeside Lodge & Spa to cozy cottages hidden among the pines.

 

THE SPA AT PRIMLAND

Meadows of Dan, Virginia
primland.com/activities/spa

Nature is a wondrous healer. The Spa at Primland embraces the spirit of the outdoors in a calm, tranquil, and uplifting space inspired by Native American heritage. The Spa at Primland offers a sanctuary for its guests, providing all those who visit with a tranquil environment for complete and total rejuvenation amid sounds that soothe the senses.

Body, mind, and soul can be uplifted through Native American healing rituals, European spa techniques, and natural, organic products that will revitalize guests long after their stay. The design for the Spa at Primland draws the spirit of the rocks, rivers, trees, animals, birds, sun, and sky that sur round this majestic mountain getaway. Treatments such as massages, facials, yoga, and meditation come together to offer a specialized, personal experience for men, women, couples, teens, and children.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Primland is a destination for avid golf travelers and true outdoor enthusiasts. This12,000-acre luxury mountain getaway was designed in an eco-conscious manner that showcases the natural landscape and values conservation and rejuvenation. Primland is the ultimate luxury destination to unwind and reconnect with the simple pleasures of nature.

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Private yoga and meditation instruction is available at Primland. For experienced yogis, there are two private outdoor yoga and meditation decks located on the property for guests to use and be inspired by the majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Native walks are composed of a meditative walk through nature and is recognized for its rejuvenating and restorative benefits through the techniques of deep nature connection, physically and mentally. The walk concludes with a special ceremony at the Medicine Wheel that will leave you feeling revitalized.