Friday, March 23, 2012

AMAZING Spa Resorts - because you asked

I was in the middle of PMing (private messaging for the non computer lingo folks) one of my friends from church about these FABULOUSLY AMAZING properties that I have always drooled over.  Seriously, my keyboard needs a towel from my drool.  When it dawned on me that I had a similar question from one of my aunts LONG-time friends, so all that means is you want to know and thus I should BLOG!

A few perfectly incredible spa resorts that I have ALWAYS wanted to visit.  If my husband ever wanted to surprise me and take me somewhere I have always wanted to go, he could simply check out this post!  Both women who asked the questions said money isn't really an issue (one case the boss is picking up the tab and in the other I think this women's husband must REALLY adore her) SO my playground grows infinitely....  Special THANKS to Nancy and Lisa thanks for the ?s!  First up~

Blackberry Farm, Walland Tennessee

Hidden in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains of Eastern Tennessee is this pristine gem.  To call Blackberry just a farm is a travesty.  It is one of the most acclaimed small luxury resorts in the world.  To explain a bit of the luxury you can expect at Blackberry I have heard from friends who have been that upon your departure (ie. heading home) they packed you a gourmet picnic lunch for the ride.  Blackberry Farm has many accolades one being a prestigious member of Relais & Chateaux.  With so many activities from horseback riding to relaxing at the spa you will appreciate every minute of your time spent at Blackberry FarmSpa menu link


Barnsley Gardens, Adairsville, GA

Heading to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains (are you seeing a theme here?) Barnsley Gardens is situated on 1,400 acres of beauty.  This historic resort gives guests the intimate familiar feeling of staying at friend's home instead of a resort.  A special "magical" touch that Barnsley Gardens offers is a Fairy Godmother Service (what they call their concierge services) - there doesn't seem to be any wishes that this Fairy Godmother can't grant.  This resort has received many awards for their superior level of service. Spa overview link

 Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Greystone Inn is settled on a private lake in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.  This North Carolina inn has received AAA's Four Diamond Award EACH of it's 26 years of operation.  In addition to numerous awards from Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure and Southern Living.  One of the attractions that I just know I wouldn't want to miss is The Miss Lucy ~ the resort's 26 passenger mahogany launch that sets sail every day for a complimentary champagne cruise.   Almost everything is included in your stay at Greystone including are evening hors d'oeuvres and a six course gourmet dinner!  Spa menu link

Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is an Auberge Resort which simply means you can an expect an experience of a lifetime not simply a getaway.  At the "Bluff" you can count on fine accommodations with down bedding, Italian linens, enticing low country flavor gourmet food AND adventure or relaxation.  With "Experiences" I am talking TRUE experiences like Alligator Tracking, yes, I said Alligator Tracking you will make the crocodile hunter side of you very happy.  Or maybe birding or endangered species viewing or master craftsmen furniture making is more your speed, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff has it all.  Their spa is not to be missed

Westglow Resort and Spa, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Another Relais & Chateux property, Westglow was just named #2 Destination Spa in the WORLD 2011 by Travel & Leisure magazine.  Enough SAID!...  With stunning views and incredible food you couldn't be more content.  Their all-inclusive spa vacation packages includes accommodations, three gourmet meals daily, access to all health spa amenities including the fitness center and fitness classes, and morning nature hikes with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Spa services link.

Winvian, Litchfield Hills, Connecticut

This northern find has been featured on countless luxury resorts television shows that I have been fortunate enough to catch.  This resort has been the winner of AAA's FIVE Diamond award for several years.  Their whimsically themed accommodations will thrill the kid in all of us!  They range from a luxury Tree House to a Helicopter ~ I am talking the REAL DEAL a helicopter!  Spa link

Gorham's Bluff, Pisgah, Alabama

Another location I wanted to be sure to mention is Gorham's Bluff.  Located on Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama, this resort community offers a memorable getaway with fine amenities, gourmet dining, exceptional service and a soothing atmosphere.  I am unsure if they currently have an on-site spa but they do offer something a little different form other resorts ~ The Gorham Bluff Institute.  The Institute brings art to life right here in this impressive community.  So, whether you stay in The Lodge or one of the beautifully appointed cottages you will be happy you made the journey.

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DebZ said...

Omg - we just stayed in palmetto bluff, sc...truly amazing. Kind of like a river version of rosemary beach. Beautiful homes, lush landscaping, high end southern charm. Just lovely. A must do!

kara said...

SO JEALOUS!!!! have been stalking that location forever! Someday I will sit on a front porch and sip a mint julep there.

Sarah said...

Barnsley Gardens looks so beautiful! You're definitely making me consider taking a trip to Georgia sometime :) It'll definitely have to wait until next summer, though.

Sarah | Spa in Manhattan

kara said...

It really is a lovely location - I have yet to have a girls trip there but it is on my list!