Serenity at The Spa at Rock Barn

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May 28, 2024

The Spa at Rock Barn pool

by Krisha Chachra

Drive a little over an hour north from Charlotte to Catawba County and you’ll uncover a rare find — an oasis of relaxation and respite. The Spa at Rock Barn, often referred to as a hidden gem by those who work there, can curate and customize your next girls’ getaway, couples date or personal self-care day.

Day visitors can indulge in a European-style hydrotherapy circuit, including the saltwater main pool with tranquil underwater music. Soothe your tired muscles in the waterfalls or jacuzzis, and restore ailing joints in the salt cave, sauna and steam rooms. Massages, body and beauty treatments are also available. After dining on a nourishing poolside lunch, guests may build up the courage to brave the cold plunge pool.

“We have all the amenities to create a memorable day-spa experience, complete with services that promote health and wellness,” says spa director Flame Deal. “But it is our staff and customer service that will keep you coming back.” Deal has worked with the spa for 11 years after moving from New York City, where she managed restaurants and ran her own events company. Born in Tanzania, she later moved to Statesville with her American father and half-Chinese, half-Vietnamese mother. She believes her cultural background and upbringing helps her relate to people from all over the world. “Everyone has a story, and I try to connect with them and learn how we can meet their needs.”

At a recent birthday bash at the spa, Deal and her staff gathered detailed information about the guests ahead of time. When the party arrived at the spa, proper sized robes and slippers were awaiting each woman in their individual lockers, along with birthday crowns and sashes. After the spa treatments, the women indulged in some pool time with floating baskets of Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and cheesecake.  

Spa attendants regularly make the rounds, offering samples of their refreshing fruit smoothies and snack mix. Patrons can also order drinks and food from the Spa Café. Most packages include a session in the Himalayan salt cave, where guests can inhale mineral-rich salt air known for its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects while relaxing in zero-gravity chairs. 

Beyond the spa, Rock Barn Country Club is home to two award winning golf courses. The 18-hole Jackson course is open to the public.  

“Our goal is that guests — whether golfing or spa-going — leave with an elevated sense of self, rejuvenated body and nourished soul.” Deal says.

This season, The Spa at Rock Barn offers a summer-escape special on weekdays: For $595, two people can choose either a 50-minute Swedish or a deep tissue massage or a signature facial. The price includes lunch, two adult beverages, chocolate-covered strawberries, access to pools and amenities, and a 45-minute Himalayan salt cave experience. In addition, educators, first responders and healthcare workers receive 20% off a la carte massages and facials through the end of July and special pricing on spa day passes.    

Getting there: The Spa at Rock Barn in Conover is about a 1-hour drive from Charlotte

Featured photograph of The Spa at Rock Barn pool, courtesy The Spa at Rock Barn.

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