I was so impressed with the reviews and photos. We were really looking forward to this retreat experience. We only booked a room, and did not try the massages due to the ridiculousness in pricing. Such as $50 for 30 minutes and $110 for 60 minutes. That doesn't make sense. The room we got was clean and the bed was comfortable. It looked nothing like the photos. The dining area was not a comfortable walking distance. There was no place outside to sit and read or meditate. Frankly, there was no place inside for that either. When I asked about these things, I was told they were working on them all. I wondered why we were paying full price for a hotel in progress. People were very nice, but offered little in solutions. The cost rationale was that they are planning to raise the prices so the 30 and 60 minutes are equitable. Then there was a fire alarm that went off very early the second morning. Thank goodness it was a false one, but no one bothered to tell us this. We all went outside. When there was no smoke or sirens other than the blasting of their fire alarm, we all mosied back in. Poor communication. I think it is over rated, difficult to find, not particularly special compared to other places that are described similarly, and a facade. Glad others had a nice experience, but mine was not impressive. I cannot recommend it when there are so many exceptional places in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Heaven Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center: Rejuvenate and relax with wellness retreats, spa getaways, restful rooms with incredible views, delicious dining and daily yoga and meditation. Located near Boone, NC, five minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. ... more less
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