Seek­ing Sanc­tu­ary at these Bliss­ful Spa Des­ti­na­tions

In­dulge in holis­tic treat­ments, peace-in­duc­ing dé­cor, and breath­tak­ing views at these brand new spas.

LuxeGetaways - - Contents - BY SA­HAR KHAN

Lo­cated on Cape Ned­dick in South­ern Maine, the Cliff House ho­tel has been perched atop a rock ledge over­look­ing the At­lantic Ocean for 145 years. The prop­erty un­der­went a full, mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar ren­o­va­tion in 2016, and re­opened in Au­gust. With a sea­side palette, and a few art­fully con­ceived nods to nau­ti­cal life (think: towel hang­ers made of rope and table­tops printed with ocean cur­rents), in­te­rior de­sign­ers TruexCullins lent a New Eng­land look to the decor without in­dulging in clichés.

Climb­ing the spi­ral stair­case from the lower lobby, you dis­cover that this mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion ex­tends to the 9,000-square-foot spa. The quiet lair, hid­den be­hind a se­ries of doors, re­calls a hushed tem­ple that wor­ships re­pose, with dark hall­ways lead­ing to eight treat­ment rooms, in­clud­ing a cou­ples’ suite where a loung­ing nook is warmed by a fire­place. Tak­ing cues from the ho­tel’s ocean-side place­ment and uti­liz­ing Red Flower and El­e­men­tal Her­bol­ogy prod­ucts, the spa menu is a creative blend of treat­ments that re­flect the restora­tive power of the sea.

Case in point: In the sig­na­ture Salt of the Sea Mas­sage, warm stones carved from Hi­malayan sea salt are placed on strate­gic points along the body, which is kneaded into heavy re­lax­ation with deep tis­sue work. The stones smolder pink­ish-or­ange from high con­cen­tra­tions of trace min­er­als and gen­er­ate neg­a­tive ions that help re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and im­prove sleep. Or the Green Tea Detox Fa­cial, which har­nesses the cleans­ing prop­er­ties of sea­weed, as well as the clar­i­fy­ing traits of ap­ple and pa­paya Alpha Hy­droxy Acids, to boost com­plex­ion with a healthy glow.

The bliss con­tin­ues post-ther­apy in the re­lax­ation room, com­posed of blonde woods with aqua and off-white tones. Here, plush loungers face floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that look upon ex­pan­sive skies and an end­less sea with waves that crash in­ces­santly against the bluffs be­low. The space smells of salty sea breezes; crack­les with the flames of a wood-burn­ing fire­place; and tastes of com­fort with mugs of steam­ing Rishi Teas (the turmeric gin­ger is a stamina-in­creas­ing win­ner). The Spa at Cliff House pro­vides a lo­cal­ized and bliss­ful spa ex­pe­ri­ence filled with sea­side in­spired op­tions. It is dif­fi­cult to not love this place.

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Cliff House

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