Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By He­len Hayes

A brand-new spa was added to the iconic Sun Val­ley Lodge when it was ren­o­vated in 2015, en­sur­ing vis­i­tors could be pam­pered from head to toe af­ter a day on the ski slopes in win­ter, or a day hik­ing, bik­ing or golf­ing in sum­mer. The spa is truly spec­tac­u­lar; even the re­cep­tion area-cum-shop is gor­geous, with clever gas fires act­ing like pieces of art on the walls and divine win­ter fash­ions and out­door wear prov­ing hard to re­sist. Es­corted up in the el­e­va­tor, we emerge to beau­ti­ful views over the huge heated pool, be­fore head­ing into a change room to don robe and slip­pers. Suit­ably at­tired, I wait in the el­e­gant ladies’ re­lax­ation lounge with a hot her­bal tea and a good mag­a­zine, be­fore my ther­a­pist ap­pears, lev­i­tat­ing me into our treat­ment room – one of 15 in the 1858 sq. m com­plex. I am treated to the 50-minute Sig­na­ture Mas­sage, with my ma­gi­cian, sorry, masseuse, teas­ing, smooth­ing and un­knot­ting my tight mus­cles with the per­fect amount of pres­sure and rhythm. Stum­bling out of the room in a happy daze, I study the spa menu while lolling about in the women’s lounge area, plan­ning what to do next.

With a full ser­vice sa­lon, yoga stu­dio, enor­mous gym, steam room, sauna, hot tub, pool and café, and pages of other mas­sage treat­ments to choose from, I de­cide I could stay here, in the spa, for a week. But alas, the snowy de­lights of Bald Moun­tain await out­side, vy­ing for my at­ten­tion. Is there any bet­ter way to spend a day? I don’t think so. sun­val­

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