Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Spa Review: Spa of Colonial Williamsburg

Because of my limited budget and because of two little chains tying me to the house (AKA my darling children), I don't get to a lot of spas. But last spring I went to Williamsburg, VA on a business trip and so I booked myself a massage at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. I chose the WIFI massage. Here's the description:

"Step back in time and enjoy a true getaway from technology! Our WiFi massage soothes and treats points of wireless sensitivity and overuse. This full-body massage includes a focus on your hands, arms, neck, and shoulders. A soothing eye treatment relieves eye strain."

First, the facility was beautiful, both the buildings and the grounds. It's definitely easier to relax when you are in such a peaceful environment, and this spa is actually in the historical section of Williamsburg, which contributed a lot to the atmosphere.

The massage was great. I like my massage to be almost painful (so I feel like I'm getting something for my money), and the therapist (I wish I remembered her name) used great firm pressure. There was also some great aromatherapy touches, including the use of some herbal tea that smelled delicious.

I wish I had a chance to use some of the other facilities, such as the steam room or the whirlpool. They also had a really nice boutique, but I refrained from buying anything.

My only complaint (and this is not exactly about my massage) is that the signature scent used by the spa and the hotels in the Colonial Williamsburg resort, where I was staying, had a very strong lemongrass smell. I kept walking around the hotel wondering why so many people were wearing the same perfume. Turned out it was the smell from the complimentary bath products in the room that were created especially for the resort. I'm not super sensitive to smells, but it was way too strong for me. I would recommend that they make a fragrance adjustement to their freebees.

Despite the lemongrass debacle, I would definitely give the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg an A. Check it out if you have a chance.
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