A hot-water soak in a rustic setting relaxes cold, tight muscles and frees the mind to wander back to work, where it may complete tasks left undone. Increase productivity by cutting out the corporeal middleman with today’s Groupon: for $72, you get a two-hour private spa-tub pass for two at Shoji Retreat (a $144 value).
A perennial top-three finisher in the Best Spa category for Mountain Xpress's Best of Western North Carolina, Shoji Retreat pampers patrons in an outdoor wooded hillside retreat designed to celebrate Japanese bathing and soaking philosophy. Customers can shower to warm up if they so please, before reclining with a companion in the gently swirling waters of a private, enclosed spa tub, overlooking forested vistas that spread out beyond the secluded compartment’s knotty, wooden banister. Shoji Retreat furnishes bathers with Japanese cotton Yukata robes for covering up in public areas, as well as sandals, towels, and storage lockers; in the private tubs bathing suits are optional, but snorkel gear is mandatory.
Customers may also avail themselves of the sauna and take a cold plunge as they exit, allowing the frigid immersion to serve as a bracing precursor to the welcoming warmth of the tub. Flavorful visitors who fear turning into human soup can request a cool spa tub. Shoji Retreat's serene ambience manifests aesthetically in warmly appointed, wood-trimmed interiors and Japanese-influenced angular architectural flourishes. Patrons will have two hours to use as they please, between the private spa-tub enclosure, public sauna, and cold plunge. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
96 Avondale Heights Rd.
Asheville, North Carolina 28803