I am a native Oregonian, but this was my first time staying at Salishan. I must say, after our stay this past weekend, I felt a little robbed of potentially great childhood memories since my parents never took us here growing up and I could just imagine all of the amazing summer vacation memories this place would have produced. I got the feeling that a lot of families have been coming here for generations - you could just feel the history and happy times.
The sprawling resort complex is tucked up in a hillside forest on the east side of Highway 101. Although it is not on the beach, the property is nice enough that we did not miss this. Our room, in the Cheiftan North complex, room 175, was pet-friendly and had a great balcony overlooking the golf course. The kind size bed was HUGE and very comfortable. The fireplace was a nice touch and the bathroom was spacious and modern looking with double sinks and a large shower head. The room was nicely decorated. The only two drawbacks I noticed was that the TV in this particular room was faced away from the bed. But all that meant was that we spent a lot less time (as in none) watching TV which is nothing to be complaining about! The only other detractor was that the carpet was quite stained. This may or may not be due to the room being pet friendly. Otherwise the room was very clean and beautiful.
We brought our two dogs and I really appreciated their pet policy. They only charge $35 per stay if you are bringing a dog(s). Some places on the coast charge $20 per night, per dog, which can add up in a hurry. This alone will ensure that we return.
Another aspect we loved was the room service. When traveling with pets, this can be a life saver. Plus, who doesn't love breakfast in bed? We didn't get a chance to eat in any of the restaurants on site (I believe there are three), but each room service meal we received was delicious and warm (which at first I doubted it would be due to the distance of our unit from the main lodge). Breakfast was perfect, as was dinner the night we ate in. My husband got the full order of baby back ribs and could barely finish them.
But, the highlight of the trip was my experience at the spa. The spa is located a ways from the rooms, on the other side of the highway. It has amazing views of the Siletz Bay. One of the things that makes the spa so great is that they only let people use it who have treatments booked, so that cuts down on the number of people there. I booked one of the last time slots on a Saturday and only saw a couple other people there - for the most part I had the entire women's spa area to myself. Everything was extremely clean and modern/naturalistic looking. Smooth stone pebbles and wood accents. Clean modern lines. Soft new-agey music. The women's side had a large whirlpool tub, steam room, sauna, locker room and huge private showers. The floor to ceiling windows look out on the bay. This area is clothing optional since it is women only. There is a co-ed, outdoor sheltered hot tub that also looks out onto the bay; however, I did not use it as I did not want to be the only single lady in a tub with two or three other couples. Lastly, there is a resting room with lounge chairs looking out onto the bay along with a fire pit and magazines. I could have stayed here for hours, just looking out the windows and letting my mind wander. Tip: they let you arrive at the spa 1 1/2 hours prior to your treatment and I highly recommend taking advantage of this time. I was a little rushed and only ended up there 30 minutes prior to my appointment which wasn't nearly enough time.
The treatment I had was the Salishan Signature Body Treatment which was 90 minutes of pure bliss - a full-body salt scrub massage, followed by a mud wrap and then lotion. Tanya, the therapist I had, was absolutely top notch. She was so kind and cheerful and knew exactly when, and more importantly when not, to talk. The pressure she applied was perfect and you could feel through her touch that she really enjoyed doing what she does. I will request her next time I return, and there will definitely be a next time. There was no high-pressure sales pitch at the end to buy any product. It was really an amazing experience.
Anyway, I can't believe that I have lived in Oregon this long and had not been to Salishan until last weekend. I already can't wait for my next stay!
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