March 20, 2023

The American South is known for its southern hospitality and charm, which you can experience at these five luxury spas.

1. Lakehouse Spa, Lake Austin Resort – Austin, TX

Lakehouse is a one of a kind twenty-five thousand square foot facility featuring private couples suites. The spa menu offers an a la carte selection of more than one hundred treatments and services. Enjoy seasonal fresh dining at the Aster Cafe, the outdoor Palm Pool, or indoor junior Olympic heated lap pool. The spas signature treatment is a variety of Aquatic therapies involving the pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms. Guests may choose from six aqua options such as float away massage, aqua stretch, aquatic bodywork, aquatic craniosacral, floating meditation, and Watsu.

2. The Cloister Sea Island Spa – Sea Island, GA

This is a Forbes Five Star spa and fitness facility focusing on overall health and stress relief. The spa features a eucalyptus-infused steam room, dry sauna, garden atrium, and retail areas. Mineral pool baths are provided in each locker room and there are couples suites with private balconies. Sea Island’s signature service is the “all the right moves” massage combining rhythmic Thai stretching, Hawaiian Lomy forearm work, and Swedish massage.

3. Spa Terre, Little Palm Island Resort – Florida Keys

Spa Terre features a number of unique treatments, body excursions, and ritual bath experiences. They combine Balinese spa therapies with Thai body rituals using the healing properties of flowers and spices. One signature service is the Madrugada water massage, which is a grounding experience where the therapist stands in the water with you laying on a table surrounded by the ocean. The massage involves a sea shell technique and is only offered in early mornings when the waves, sounds of birds, and weather are ideal.

4. Ritz-Carlton Spa, Reynolds Lake – Oconee GA

This resort spa focuses on the healing elements of water and Georgia botanicals. The facility hosts a pool, sauna, steam room, and plunge pools. A few featured treatments include a warm golf ball massage to target and knead away knots and a Georgian body experience that combines red clay, sweet tea, and magnolia to detoxify and restore your skin. An original “mens only” spa service is the “on the rocks” shave which offers a single malt whiskey, custom hair cut, and facial shave.

5. Spa Montage, Palmetto Bluff Resort – Bluffton, SC

The setting of Spa Montage promotes relaxation with flowing waterways, nature trails, and giant oaks lining the property. This is a full-service spa providing beauty treatments such as hair, make-up, and waxing, wellness offerings, personal training, private fitness classes, and spa therapies.  The signature High Cotton massage includes a body massage, nourishing hair mask, scalp renewal, reflexology, and hot towel compresses.

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