Guest Author - Rachel Rome
Exploring and relaxing along the spa and golf trail in Alabama offers road-trippers a themed approach to traveling this southern state. In this second part of my Alabama Spa and Golf Trails find out the most unusual as well as popular spa treatments.
The Spa at The Grand Hotel invites you to step into a world of gracious Southern Hospitality. The serene scenery plus Southern comfort give the spa a unique mystique. It is in the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, near the art-filled, charming Fairhope along Mobile Bay. Its 20,000 square feet includes an indoor pool and fitness center, featuring nine treatment rooms and six stations in the salon. Forty Spa associates pamper you seven days a week. Telephone 251-990-6385 for more information and reservations.
A favorite treatment is Aromatic Warm Stone Massage and Signature Grand Facial. ASHIATSU Barefoot Massage is the most unusual service -- the masseuse gives the treatment with bare feet.
The Spa at the Battle House, in The Battle House, a Renaissance Hotel & Spa in downtown Mobile is grand with 10,000 square feet, eight treatment rooms and four sttations in the salon. It's open seven days a week; call 251-338-5700 for more information and to make a reservation.
The Spa at The Battle House offers an urban escape at the top of Mobile’s historic Battle House hotel, with spectacular views of downtown and Mobile Bay. The decoration in the spa is a delight in itself, with Venetian plaster ceilings swirling with the fiery colors of a sunset. allow the peaceful sounds of the water walls to wash over you, taking you inward, away from the hustle of the day. Daydream in front of the Zen fire pit or just sip a soothing cup of tea.
Try the Signature Aromatic Warm Stone Massage, Signature Organic Facial, or Signature Urban Foot Rejuvenation. The most popular service is the Urban Relaxation Massage; the most unusual service? The Hungarian Mud Wrap, whose recipe is a well-guarded secret I was told.
The Spa at Montgomery is in the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, Montgomery.
Signature Treatments include Renaissance Signature Massage, Resurfacing Pedicure, and the Glycoderm Facial.
What makes the spa unique is the international themes. Treatments include choices from spas in Bali, Bombay, Napoli, Rio and Singapore. Enjoy the Mysterious Turkish wrap or the Egyptian Gold Experience. The most popular treatment here is the Signature Massage and the Transformation Facial. The most unusual service is the Mysterious Turkish Massage. Phone: 334-481-5210.
The Spa at Ross Bridge is in the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Hoover outside of Birmingham. It's spacious, covering 12,000 square feet. With ten treatment and six stations in the salon, 32 spa associates provide a full range of services. Phone: 205-949-3041.
Signature Spa Treatments feature their Signature Massage, Facial and Pedicure; Lavender Heaven Body Treatment, Hot Oil Scalp Massage and Back Exfoliation; Signature Body Treatment, Mud Body Wrap and Seaweed Mineral treatments.
Clients feel Scottish in this spa, with a haunting tune played by a Highland piper at The Spa at Ross Bridge, Birmingham, where peace and relaxation is the spa’s ultimate goal. After a wonderful day of massage, a Vichy experience and a head to toe makeover, this is the ultimate 19th hole. The most requested service is the Signature Massage and Signature Facial so book it early.
Last but not least the 6,000 square feet Spa at the Shoals is in the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa in Florence. Nestled on the banks of the Tennessee River, The Spa at The Shoals boasts an intimate setting and associates. Features include luxurious couples room to thermal waters. The most requested treatment is the Shoal Stone massage, a restorative and restful choice. Their signature spa treatment is the Nourishing Body Service and Aromatherapy Massage. The most unusual service? Diamonds are Forever Facial. Call 256-246-3696 to book a room and treatment.
For more information on the RTJ Spa Trail, the Resort Collection and the RTJ Golf Trail, visit www.pchresorts.com or www.rtjgolf.com.