I have been to the Spa at Old Edwards Inn five or six times and have had blissful experiences each time. I've never felt compelled to write a review because I figured, hey, everyone already knows this place is perfect. But I recently had such a terrible experience at a N.C. mountain spa that is "allegedly" high-end and award-winning (see my TripAdvisor review of Westglow Spa, and please enjoy the manager's hilariously hostile and defensive reply) that I felt I should give credit where it's due. And believe me, it is due here.
This is just what a luxury spa should be. There's a stone fireplace, an elegant dark brown "chocolate hallway" (as they call it) leading from the reception area to the "fireside" room, sanctuaries and treatment rooms and superior service.
I made an entire day of soaking in the atmosphere here. I hardly wanted to leave my spot by the fire when I was called for my facial. It was relaxing and suitable to my sensitive skin and refreshingly not a bit sale-y (as some spas can be). I returned to the solarium by the fireside room for my elegant lunch of a trout wrap with a hearty, rich pumpkin soup and -- just because it sounded so good -- a lavender Collins with the spa's homemade lavender syrup.
I left that reverie for my 50-minute foot rub. (That is not a typo. Someone rubbed my feet for nearly an hour with a peppermint scrub, followed by peppermint oil and then HEATED my spa sandals for me before I left.) Perfection!
But I wasn't through relaxing. I had the heated whirlpool to myself and then got in the shower that has about 12 shower heads to gently pummel you with water from all angles. Then, I returned to the fire to read more in my book. Oh, and to fall asleep.
The Old Edwards knows how to treat guests and is a stunning facility, to boot. It is worth every penny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Edwards Inn and Spa sits atop the beautiful southwest plateau of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The acclaimed European style resort fills several blocks filled with amenities, music, dining venues and individually appointed guestrooms, suites and cottages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Edwards Hotel Highlands
- Old Edwards Inn