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.
The experienced therapists at Asheville Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork enlist organic products and eclectic modalities from around the globe to help alleviate aches and stress. Staff members knead muscles using ancient techniques such as Hawaiian lomi lomi, which utilizes fluid hand movements on multiple body parts at once, and Thai bodywork, a more intense method designed to increase flexibility. Clients can sip homemade herbal tea as soothing music cultivates an atmosphere as tranquil as a zen garden planted on a cloud.
Signature Service: Lomi Lomi Massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Come ready to relax and don't schedule anything after your massage except more "you" time.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
First client, as she was leaving the office, asked [the] second client coming in, "Do you have a massage scheduled with Gary?" Second client: "Yes". First client: "You're in for a treat."
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
My wife was experiencing the effects of post-polio syndrome. After going for [reiki] treatments, she suggested that I have a session, too. I was amazed at how relaxed I felt. Our practitioner suggested that we learn it so we could provide it for each other, which we did. I was so taken by people's reactions after [they received] reiki that it led me to attend massage school on weekends for two years. I have been a licensed massage and bodywork therapist in North Carolina since 2006. Working with people on a personal level is far more rewarding than the work I did in the corporate world.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Massage therapy is the work that I was meant to do.
Spa Materna’s licensed therapists specialize in pampering mothers-to-be with pregnancy massage modalities, including fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum, as well as Swedish rub-downs for nonpregnant women or men. Beginning each session with aromatherapy, therapists tailor hand movements to suit the first, second, or third trimester, alleviating physical tension, fatigue, and emotional stress at each stage. Fertility massages strive to open and balance bodies in preparation for conception, and a postpartum massage ameliorates the stresses of motherhood and resolves tiredness linked to late-night feedings or daytime feedings while running a marathon.
After each relaxing massage, guests can check out Spa Materna's boutique that is stocked with organic skincare products, mobiles handcrafted by a local woodworker, and the staff's own tie-dyes. Tucked inside a relaxation room, a lending library fills minds with pregnancy-related knowledge, such as which Dostoyevsky audiobook to play for babies in the womb.:m]]
Jenny Burgess named her massage studio "Hyla" in honor of the tree frogs she remembers from her youth in Haywood County. To her, these frogs symbolize nature’s ability to soothe and renew the senses, which isn’t so different from what she does with her therapeutic massages. A licensed massage therapist and a member of the first graduating class of Haywood Community College's therapeutic massage program, Burgess maintains a strong emotional connection to the area in which she grew up. Perhaps that’s why local residents feel so at ease with her as she relaxes their tensions with massages that draw on hot-stone, deep-tissue, reflexology, and reiki modalities. Not all of her inspirations come from Haywood County, however. Take, for instance, her lomi-lomi massage, a native Hawaiian modality that melts stress with gentle strokes and volcanic lava.