Massage is a time-honored method of alleviating stress, as is the ancient art of crafting origami swans out of midterm exams. Ace relaxation with today’s Groupon: for $65, you get a spa package at The Spa at Kingsmill in Williamsburg (a $130 total value). The package includes the following:
- A 50-minute massage sampler (a $110 value)
- A foot scrub (a $20 value)<p>
The Spa at Kingsmill sequesters guests in a cottage near the James River for a luxurious enhancement of a Swedish massage. After drizzling skin in calming sunflower, aloe, and avocado oil or decanted cough syrup, a therapist sends waves of relaxation rolling through tense shoulders with the long, fluid strokes of Swedish massage. Strategically placed hot stones and warm compresses radiate healing heat as aromatherapeutic essential oils diffuse through the room and dispel anxiety. Reflexology therapy gently stimulates the soles of feet, which reap restorative benefits that resonate throughout the body via a sprawling game of Marco Polo. To conclude the 50-minute sojourn, nimble hands buff calluses and dry skin from tootsies with a chocolate scrub scented with a hint of raspberry.
Limp bodies may slither from their session into the spa’s whirlpool, sauna, and steam room to finish molting their hard exoskeletons. When guests redeem their Groupon, they may book additional services with a 25% discount.
The Spa at Kingsmill
Kingsmill Resort's grounds surround visitors in gardens, woodlands, and the gurgling of the James River. The aestheticians and stylists of The Spa at Kingsmill take inspiration and bottle nature's scents from these landscapes, developing spa and salon services to immerse guests in natural splendor. Facial peels draw on the organic enzymes of herbs and fruits, body wraps hydrate and invigorate skin with natural elements, such as chocolate, rose, or oatmeal, and massages alternate the placement of warm basalt and cold marble stones. Combining these naturally based treatments, the spa's staff curates full- and half-day spa experiences, including packages tailored for mothers-to-be, teenagers, and men. After guests are perfectly relaxed, they can pep back up with a fitness and wellness program of group classes such as yoga and water aerobics, all led by professional staffers.