5 winter spa escapes
January 1, 2023
Baby, it’s cold outside: Make time for yourself with a winter spa getaway.
by Vanessa Infanzon and Cathy Martin
After the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s time for a little self-care. Winter is a great time to take advantage of seasonal spa offerings and off-peak crowds at nearby resorts. We checked with a few popular spa destinations to find out what to expect this season.
Pinehurst may be best-known for golf, but the Sandhills resort just two hours from Charlotte is also home to a top-notch rejuvenating spa. Through Feb. 28, the resort offers a Spa Escape Package, including accommodations at one of the property’s three hotels, a 50-minute treatment (massage, facial or seasonal body scrub) for each night booked, breakfast and all-day access to spa amenities, including the sauna, steam room, saline lap pool and whirlpools. Rates including accommodations start at $236 per person per night.
80 Carolina Vista, Pinehurst
Omni Grove Park Inn
The iconic resort boasts one of the region’s most luxurious spas, a 43,000-square-foot subterranean space with two waterfall pools, a lap pool and three fireside lounges. It’s best to book treatments — from facials and massages to body treatments like the Mountain Honey Wrap (80 minutes, $299) — well in advance. The spa is so popular, it’s only available to overnight guests.
290 Macon Ave., Asheville
Wild Dunes Spa at Sweetgrass
Ready your body and soul for winter at Wild Dunes Resort’s Spa at Sweetgrass. Through the end of this month, take advantage of three seasonal specials: the Sparkle And Shine Facial (60 minutes, $185), Winter Warm Up Pedicure ($70) and the Holiday Bliss Body Ritual (90 minutes, $240) — a detoxifying shea coconut sugar scrub with CBD oil followed by a hydrating CBD body wrap. The 10,000-square-foot sanctuary features 14 treatment rooms and indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces, including a private spa garden with plunge pools and cabanas.
5757 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms, S.C.
A River Rock Hot Stone treatment or a couples massage in the newly renovated Spa at Chetola Resort is just what you need after a day on the trails in Pisgah National Forest. Nestled in a quiet nook on the 78-acre resort, guests can enjoy facials, massages and nail treatments — or schedule a visit to the salon before a day of shopping in Blowing Rock. Grab prosecco or tea from the Swan Bar and spend time in the relaxation room on chaise lounges by the fire. Finish the day lounging in the dry sauna, jacuzzi and heated pool.
185 Chetola Lake Dr., Blowing Rock
The Ballantyne Hotel
Book a staycation and take advantage of The Ballantyne’s winter spa offerings like the 80-minute EnchantMint massage ($240), a full-body dry exfoliation followed by a massage with an aromatherapy blend of peppermint and eucalyptus. Or try the First Snow Mushroom Facial (80 minutes, $200) — antioxidant-rich organic snow and reishi mushrooms hydrate the skin to enhance elasticity and reduce puffiness. Seasonal winter spa treatments are available through February.
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte