Old Edwards Inn & Spa
When you first arrive at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa, a historic luxury spa resort surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Highlands, a staff member offers you a glass of champagne upon check-in. Afterwards, you will be led to one of the Inn’s 30 individually appointed guest rooms or one of two three-bedroom cottages located across the street.
Each of the opulent guest rooms and cottages is decorated in period style with antiques, Oriental rugs and European bedding, but this is combined with modern amenities such as a universal touch-pad remote for climate, lighting, music and television. A heated-tile floor, rainfall shower, a plush robe and Bulgari toiletries await you in the bath. For the ultimate spa experience, reserve once of the six spa suites, offering spacious, luxury accommodations, a private porch, a marble soaking tub and a private elevator that takes you directly to the spa.
The classically trained culinary team at the Inn’s restaurant, Madison’s, are sure to delight your palate with their elevated Southern cuisine. Pair a wine from their excellent list with their Seared Escallops of Wild Salmon, Ricotta Stuffed Sauteed Chicken, Steamed Carolina Mountain Trout or Seared Filet of Beef.
If a more casual dining experience suits your taste, dine at The Wine Garden adjacent to Madison’s. Enjoy their extensive list of by-the-glass wines or a cocktail from the full bar. Munch on a sandwich or salad from their light menu in the lush landscape or relish one of their tasty deserts with a cup of coffee after dinner.
The crowning jewel of this incomparable resort is the 25,000-square-foot European-style Spa at Old Edwards. Relax in the sauna or whirlpool before your Rainforest Rejuvenation treatment, a rain shower and water massage with aroma and light therapy and botanical scrubs. Relax on velvet-upholstered furniture in the fireside lounge before your Hot Souffle Pedicure or Journey to Bliss Facial. Antique crystal chandeliers and heated limestone floors complete the experience. The Spa at Old Edwards Inn uses native herbs and botanicals from their spa garden for their signature Carolina Cocoons, the ultimate rejuvenation with exfoliating, moisturizing full-body treatments.
Superior customer service and a bounty of luxury amenities lead Old Edwards Inn and Spa to be named the #1 Hotel Spa in North America in Condé Nast Travelers’ 20th Annual Readers Choice Survey. In addition to being named top spa, they were also the first to receive a 100% rating for all three criteria: treatment, staff and facilities.
The Condé Nast announcement comes on the heels of Old Edwards Inn and Spa being chosen as a Best Relaxation Spa Hotel by TripAdvisor® in its 2010 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Now in its eighth year, the annual award honors the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers.
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Old Edwards President, Richard Delany says, “This is truly one of the greatest honors since it comes from the people that we strive to provide the best service and hospitality to every minute of the day. Our goal is always to create “Raving Fans” through every touch point at our resort, and we are delighted to know that our guests are experiencing and appreciating what we work so hard to deliver.”
added: December 22, 2008
updated: March 30, 2010
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