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.
As visitors to Spa Theology slip into plush robes and slippers and nibble organic treats in the relaxation lounge, stress falls away?so does the rest of the outside world. Evoking a secluded country farmhouse perpetually filled with warm, late-afternoon light and truckloads of all-organic crops, the spa spirits guests away to a realm of rough brick walls, creamy curtains, and recessed nooks glowing with tea lights. Once pamperees have reached at least a level eight on the ahhmeter, they're ushered into a treatment room to be plied with only botanically-based, paraben-free salves.
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At Skin Spa Asheville, aestheticians utilize natural ingredients to offer soothing, noninvasive treatments that can correct skin issues and leave clients feeling beautiful and pampered. Treatments include a full slate of facials, including options that cleanse pores and attempt to work against the effects of aging. The spa also offers a variety of body-care treatments, such as wraps and waxing.
Active Asheville, Inc. has a straightforward goal: to help people lead more active lives. Resident massage therapist Jon taps into his background in massage therapy, yoga training, personal training, and an ongoing study of how the human body moves and heals to achieve this mission. Working with the belief that an aligned spine has much to do with feeling great, he combines yoga principles, trigger-point therapy, and neuromuscular massage?among other techniques?to get the spine to that happy, aligned place.
Laura Lochbaum has practiced massage therapy for more than a decade. During this time, she has amassed more than 1,000 hours of training, trained in Thailand, and never wrestled a bear. Having also studied meditation, breath work, and herbal medicine, Laura takes a holistic approach to massage therapy. Her massage specialties include Asian body treatments and specialized prenatal and postpartum massage.