The Spa at SanderlingA Serene Outer Banks RetreatSanderling ResortThe Spa at Sanderling on the Outer Banks It all starts with the setting. The Spa at Sanderling sits on the banks of peaceful Currituck Sound in Duck, where views and sunsets are almost as soothing as the spa services and many treatment rooms overlook the sound. It’s hard to feel stressed with that view – and that’s even before any scheduled appointments. Whether you stay at the adjacent and highly recommended Sanderling Resort, this is truly an Outer Banks retreat worth the journey. Spa treatment options are quite varied and designed to suit any timeframe or need, with shorter stand-alone choices complemented by packages of services. Utilizing both American and European techniques, many massage, body, skin and nail care treatments use sea mud and minerals of local origin created specifically for the Spa at Sanderling. The many massage possibilities can include hot stone, reflexology and even one for the mother-to-be. Body treatments range from various wraps and scrubs to the “Sea of Life,” which features a facial using seashells and the therapeutic sounds of the ocean, as well as numerous soothing treatments specifically for the hair, hands and feet. Packages are quite popular for good reason. Many value-packed combinations are available, along with a custom-designed series of treatments following a consultation with trained staff. The 80-minute “Serenity Ritual” is the ultimate in relaxation, where two therapists work in tandem in the Spa’s hydrotherapy room. It includes a hydro tub massage, a facial massage and mask, scalp treatment, sea salt glow, sea mud wrap, Scotch hose massage and Vichy rain shower. For couples, the “Soul Mate Sanctuary” is performed in the exclusive Couples Suite, with an aromatherapy soak for two, an 80-minute couples massage with a view of Currituck Sound, and a gourmet spa lunch with champagne that’s served in the Spa’s Solarium. The Spa’s creative cuisine was designed to nurture the body, with tasty and healthy fare. It certainly enhances the menu of offerings at the Spa at Sanderling. Of course, the offerings at Kimball’s Kitchen next door, as well as the more coastal-inspired Lifesaving Station, feature more decadent dining options. Insider Tip: Try to arrive at least 30 minutes before appointment times to complete any paperwork and to enjoy Spa at Sanderling’s facilities, including the steam room and an indoor pool, that all serve to relax the muscles before soothing treatments. Ask for one of the treatment rooms with a view of Currituck Sound.