Conde Nast Traveler

« Kill a Watt | Main | From the Gulf, With Love »

September 10, 2008

Virginia: Spa of Colonial Williamsburg

Spa Williamsburg
The spa's lush outdoor space.

Every May, Condé Nast Traveler releases its Hot List, a collection of the best new hotels, spas, restaurants, and nightspots. Check the Daily Traveler every day for a new post from this year's list.

Creative anachronisms, indeed. This spa takes its healing rituals from the past few centuries and makes them into contemporary spa sessions: Seventeenth-century Native Americans' herbal compresses become a body wrap ($265), nineteenth-century African Americans' lavender-and-rose powder mix morphs into an exfoliator ($285). It's a novel concept by spa guru Sylvia Sepielli--and an effective one, provided clients don't trouble themselves too much about the historical exactitude of the treatments, instead enjoying the soothing escape they provide in this crowded family destination. No matter what treatment you opt for, arrive early and tack on the Virginia Springs Ritual ($18), a self-service face-and-body scrubbing and soaking rigmarole using sea salt, oils, and mud (massages, $110-$120).

Further reading:
* Spa of Colonial Williamsburg Web site
* Hot List 2008
* View all Hot List posts
* Colonial Williamsburg guide
* Virginia Is for Earth Lovers


click to post a comment >

About this blog
The editors at Conde Nast Traveler answer questions and share travel secrets, tips, and dispatches

Twitter: CNTraveler
Email: Daily updates



Featured in Alltop

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

EXPRESS SIGN-UP Sign up for one of our exciting panels and receive the latest news, travel offers, and event invitations from Condé Nast Traveler and our valued advertising partners.
Traveler Magazine




I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, Privacy Policy, and Mobile Terms and Conditions.

iPhone App:

Create personalized postcards out of your favorite travel photos!

Learn More ›
Subscribe to our free RSS feeds:

Get the latest destinations picks, hot hotel lists, travel deals and blog posts automatically added to your newsreader or your personalized homepage.

Learn More ›

Special Advertisement

Contests, Sweepstakes & Promotions