Designed by legendary course architect Donald Ross in 1926, The Omni Grove Park Inn's 18-hole, par 70 course is a truly timeless track, as evidenced by its place on Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play list in 2014. The layout drapes tree-lined fairways over the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each hole begins at an elevated tee box?stretching the horizon to permit scenic views?and settles on bent-grass greens. For its mix of scenery and challenging course play, Omni Grove Park is a regular destination of President Barack Obama and the secret service agents who read putts for him.
Around the course, the resort rolls out a dizzying array of amenities including a world class Spa, a 50,000 sq. ft. Sport?s Complex, four unique locally sourced full service restaurants, an organic caf?, a Cabana Grill by the club house, and even a coffee shop with grab and go sandwiches and house made pizzas to furnish a full vacation experience within its grounds. Guests can enjoy hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood at the Sunset Terrace?an outdoor venue and eight-time winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence?or for something more casual try EDISON, craft ales + kitchen, featuring all NC Beer on tap and twists on your favorite southern foods. For those who overexert themselves at night or on the course, a massage at the 43,000s q. ft. subterranean spa awaits as an antidote.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 6,400 yards from the tips * Course rating of 69.5 from the tips * Slope rating of 125 from the tips * Four tee options
Within the tranquil, century-old walls of the Belvedere house, the staff of The Secret Spa & Salon beautify bodies from the toes up. Hair stylists transform coifs with Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf products, as owner Richelle enhances natural nails with OPI, CND, and Gelish polish or extensions made from acrylic, silk, or fiberglass. A massage therapist eases tension with hot stones, aromatic oils, and custom pressure, and Dermalogica skincare experts clear complexions with relaxing facials that combat fine lines, acne, and premature aging. The spa also uses Jane Iredale makeup products.
Built in 1905 by the same architect behind the historic Biltmore house, Belvedere?which is part of the historic society?now has a slightly more modern feel thanks to the spa's staff, who accented its wood floors and abundant natural light with green plants and paintings by local artists. The multigabled house also boasts a projecting bay window, which makes an ideal spot for drying nail polish or testing the reflective properties of freshly waxed skin.
After his residency at Albany Medical College, medical director Dr. David LaMond decided to continue his love for teaching by making patient education one of the core principles of Blue Sky MD's approach to total patient care. That's why Dr. LaMond and his team of physicians combine in-depth consultations, online resources, and medical vocabulary quizzes with their services, ensuring that patients undergoing supervised weight-loss treatments understand the results of body-composition analyses and how custom exercise and nutrition regimens work.
Blue Sky MD also follows the idea that overall well-being is not only about being physically healthy but also about being emotionally healthy. Thus, counselors work side by side with physicians and liberally compliment patients on the shininess of their shoes. The clinic further helps patients feel good about themselves by offering aesthetic services, such as chemical peels, beauty injections, noninvasive body contouring, and laser skin treatments.
Mind, body, and soul merit equal attention at Spa de la Vie, where therapists pair a holistic approach with a meticulous eye for detail. In line with their focus on results, the spa?s certified consultants begin each massage, and body wrap with an in-depth analysis that helps them discern the most suitable treatment for each visitor.
While devising a treatment plan to complement skin type and beauty goals, the spa?s staff sets the stage for relaxation with complimentary slippers, robes, and herbal neck wraps. Technicians take care not to disturb burgeoning states of serenity as they gently slather skin with all-natural products during body wraps that exfoliate skin and highlight natural contours. Therapists employ a similarly tender touch as they treat backs and shoulders to massage techniques culled from eight modalities. Their menu of services includes prenatal massages for expectant mothers and the option to add a 20-minute reflexology session for feet prone to protesting their soreness by stomping on the surfaces of icy lakes.
Upon checking in to Suraj Spa and Salon, clients can don a plush robe and spend a few minutes in the infrared sauna. It's one way for them to literally warm up for the botanically based treatments that follow. Perhaps the most impressive of these are the spa's facials, since they make skin glow using everything from naturally derived Privai skincare and LED light to the old "lantern earrings" trick. In the salon, clients entrust their cuts and colors to stylists who trained at the esteemed Aveda Institute and who engage in annual continuing education in New York City. Even the spa's decor suggests organic beauty, since earth-toned hues blanket the walls and wood planks line the floors. White lights twinkle through the gauzy curtain that encloses the lounge, where a blossom-shaped chandelier drizzles light upon couches that surround a brick fireplace.
Steve Mohrman, an alumnus of the New York College of Health Professions, is the official massage therapist of the UNCA athletic department. As the founder of Hands on Health, he has steered the practice toward treating clients to the soothing strokes of clinical-massage and sports-massage services. He and his crew have designed these modalities to treat chronic pain, improve athletic performance, and promote general health and wellness, which used to be colonel health and wellness. Steve and his team of licensed massage therapists take their bodywork treatments a step further than many spas do by offering integrated-massage sessions customized to address each individual's specific therapeutic needs, and they emphasize relaxation at all times.