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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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.
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.
A member of the International Chiropractic Association, Dr. Nicole D?Ippolito seeks to spread good health and wellness in as many ways as she can. In working with her clients, she attempts to find and treat the root of each of their problems, and in the community, she spreads her knowledge through educational workshops, speaking engagements, and outreach as a local and UN ambassador for Foot RX. Along with chiropractic care, the wellness center offers massage therapy, decompression treatments, and the Beautiful Image treatment, a procedure that reduces the appearance of fine lines on the face through noninvasive, microcurrent skin tightening.