Warm Up Your Winter with a Soothing Day at the Spa

The BallantyneWarm Up Your Winter with a Soothing Day at the Spa

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge features a day spa and salon with luxurious amenities

Winter can leave you feeling blah. But if you want to offset the shorter days and chilly temperatures of the season, treat yourself to a warming spa package. Across North Carolina, spas are countering the frigid weather with treatments and packages that will warm the soul and rejuvenate the spirit.

Here are seasonal specials from 11 of North Carolina’s leading resort spas:

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
Celebrate the season with a Mint Chocolate Manicure and Mint Chocolate Mistle-Toes Pedicure, featuring a thick butter brulee whole milk soak, sweet cream salt scrub and a hot chocolate mask. A massage with minty shea butter and complimentary Mint Chocolate Mistletoe drink complete each treatment. Or unwind with a Pumpkin-N-Spice Facial. Enhance it with a Girls Getaway, Luxury Spa Collection or Spa Escape overnight package for a total winter-warming splurge.

Chetola Resort
Blowing Rock
Take the stress out of the holidays with a the two-night Stress-Free Spa Package, including accommodations, a 60-minute massage, a fitness or yoga class and 15 percent off spa products. Or chase away the winter doldrums with a Spa Day-cation Package, featuring your choice of a manicure and pedicure, 60-minute massage or signature facial; plus, a spa lunch, unlimited use of the pool, Jacuzzi and dry sauna; full use of the fitness center, choice of fitness and yoga classes; and complimentary beverages. And be sure to check out the Hair Boutique at the Spa, exclusively featuring the full line of Aveda hair care products.

The Fearrington House Inn
To get you party-ready for the holidays, try the anti-aging Elemis Visible Brilliance Facial. And keep your skin rejuvenated during the harsh winter months with the Frangipani Salt Glow Exfoliation and Massage. The mineral-rich salts and hibiscus cleanse will exfoliate your skin, while an infusion of exotic Tahitian monoi massage oil and frangipani flowers seal in moisture.

Inn on Biltmore Estate
Enjoy the 8,000-acre Vanderbilt property and pamper yourself at The Spa at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Liven up your winter with a Sugar and Spice Massage, administered with warm organic ginger body butter and complemented with a restorative exfoliation to your back. Hydrate your winter skin with the Sugar and Spice Facial, featuring a luxurious cocoa masque as you relax in the aromatherapy of sugar and spice. Or treat your feet to an organic ginger foot soak, polished off with a hydrating ginger sorbet massage and color application.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Enjoy the serenity of winter with the Comfort and Joy Package, including deluxe accommodations for two nights, a three-course dinner for two in Madison’s Restaurant, two classic spa treatments and an Elf tuck-in for the wee ones. Or rejuvenate with the Winter Slip Away and Save Package, featuring accommodations, spa treatments, dinner at Madison’s and plenty of time left over to indulge in a little winter shopping therapy or outdoor adventure.

The Omni Grove Park Inn
Relax and celebrate the season at The Omni Grove Park Inn as the smell of gingerbread fills the air during the National Gingerbread House Competition display. Enjoy the world-class subterranean spa, featuring cavernous rock walls, arches, tunnels and 20 water features — and sip on organic herbal Cinnamon Plum tea in one of the relaxation lounges. Let the hustle and bustle melt away with a signature body treatment, massage or facial, including the Arnica and Hot Towel Massage, comprised of steaming hot towels, and extracts of arnica, eucalyptus, clove and peppermint.

Pinehurst Resort
Enjoy the season with the Wonders of Winter seasonal massage featuring Farm House Fresh’s Hello Yellow Shea Butter whip blended with cinnamon-spiced massage oil (think gingerbread). Combine it with a Honey Heel Glaze, with scents of cinnamon, clove and honey to let yourself unwind into the warmth of the season. If you prefer a traditional pedicure, the Cinnamon Cider Pedi combines a decadent Bourbon Bubbler scrub with a soothing cider-fizzing soak and a dollop of super-hydrating Hello Yellow Shea Butter.

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton Spa & Wellness Center offers winter indulgence and rejuvenation throughout the spa with seasonal sugar scrubs. For a decadent experience, try the Honey Detox and Chocolate Truffle signature treatment, which uses the hotel’s rooftop-grown natural honey, followed by a chocolate truffle wrap, warm shower and Swedish massage. Or make it a complete pampering with the Charlotte Signature Package, which includes a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure.

Sanderling Resort
The Sanderling will help you forget about your blues with the Toasty Marshmallow Melt Down winter special. It begins with a soak in a whole milk and chicory root bath tub to soothe your dry skin, followed by a drizzle of emollient shea, cocoa and mango butters infused with notes of marshmallow covering your body, and capped off with a Swedish massage. There are also monthly specials such as the Campfire Pedicure and Rum Plum Plum Plum body scrub.

Shoji Spa & Lodge
Shoji Spa & Lodge is the only Japanese-style bathhouse and spa on the East Coast, and its Winter Warmth Package offers up deep relaxation 2,500 feet above stress level. Enjoy a one-hour private spa pass featuring aromatherapy showers, a dry cedar sauna, and a private outdoor hot tub, followed by an 80-minute Swedish massage with your choice of a cypress and tea tree oil scalp massage or a warming ginger sake exfoliating foot treatment.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
A seasonal body mask is a perfect way to prepare for winter, experts at The Umstead’s spa believe. The Monarch Ritual Body Mask features a cocooning wrap that warms, relaxes, exfoliates, purifies and cleanses the skin. And it’s followed by a moisturizing body milk application that hydrates and softens the skin. The award-winning spa also offers signature “experiences” that will take you on a mental escape for hours.


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