My friend and I stayed at the Lodge at Woodloch at the end of October (Friday and Saturday nights) for a much-needed girl’s spa getaway.
Our drive to Woodloch truly beautiful from our Philadelphia suburb area (autumn leaves and the lake), as well as the excitement of arriving and having the weekend be just about us and not taking care of husbands, kids, and other family issues.
We were on the all-inclusive spa package, and we were told that all gratuities were included, as well as our two spa treatments (up to $120 value). Prior to arrival, we booked Lodge Massages for our two treatments. After checking in with the gatehouse, we pulled up to the main entrance, where three men came out to collect our bags and take the car for valet parking. Attempts at tipping them were declined and we were reminded that this was an all-inclusive stay and no tipping would be accepted. With each step, I felt layers of stress pulling away from my body and knew that our weekend would be full of pampering, great girl chats, and relaxation. It was truly two of the best days of my life.
I am sorry I cannot remember everyone’s names, but after being shown the Chakra bowls in the lobby and feeling the vibrations send relaxation through our very beings, we were taken to the check-in counter, where our folios were waiting for us – obviously the gatekeeper had radioed ahead that we had arrived. We were then shown to our room – when we indicated we wished for a higher floor, the reservationist showed us three rooms to choose from and was very patient and kind with us. We ended up keeping the first room, and although we initially thought the first floor would not have a good view, we were wrong, and that location was so perfect, as it was easy to get everywhere from our room.
The tour of the facility and grounds found us not knowing what to do first. We unpacked, settled in, got into our robes and headed to the spa for our first massage treatment. We arrived early, as encouraged, so we could enjoy the water features, and we really did enjoy them. The outside spa is the best, with a beautiful view of the trees and lake, and it was chilly enough that the spa felt amazing. That was the best water temperature (in my opinion) of all the spas, but they were all really wonderful. We spent a lot of time at the outside spa and totally relaxed there.
My first massage was with Nichole, and not only did she exude a warmth and kindness, the massage was amazing. I almost wanted to ask for her for my massage on the last day, but I thought I should try someone else. As luck had it, my friend had Nichole on our second round and also liked her massage very much. I cannot remember the person that I had the second time – it didn’t start out great for me, but it definitely improved as the hour progressed. One thing that I think is important with massages is that touch is always maintained, and this person would just “let go”, which makes you lose your mind/body/soul connection during a massage. There were two or three times when I wondered if she had left the room….but towards the end, I felt it improved. There was also a request by me to skip the arms and legs and stay on the back, shoulders, and head, but she told me she knew what she was doing and that I should trust her. The array of choices for massage oil, as well as the nice warming blanket under the massage table and the relaxing music in the room made for a nice massage. After our massages, we returned to the water features and really enjoyed it.
We also went to the cooking demonstration, which was interesting, and we found ourselves wishing it had been a little more interactive as opposed to just instructional, but it was fun nonetheless. Yoga class was good, but we were the only two in the class. The instructor was very helpful with us. I enjoyed the aqua boot camp class and hiking, although it was fairly cold the weekend we were there. I think going a little earlier in the month of October would have been perfect so we could have enjoyed our balcony and more walks.
The entire spa – the rooms, the restaurant “Tree”, the spa, common areas, and amenities were just wonderful. We found the food to be outstanding – all meals were delightful, and although we did not opt to dine in our robes for the most part, it was relaxing even knowing that was an option (not at dinner though!). At dinner, some people were dressed up a bit more, but people were also in jeans, as were we. For me, this trip was all about comfort (and joy). I brought only comfortable clothing, very little make-up, and achieved my goal of having a very zen weekend!
The bedding was super comfortable, all towels were fluffy, and the staff in the ladie’s area (changing, lockers, showers) were amazing….if you throw something in the trash, it is emptied. I was using the water extractor to get the water out of my swimsuit, and there was Kate handing me a plastic bag for my swimsuit. She was also so sweet and helpful, as were all of the staff in the spa area.
The whisper lounge was a favorite place to read and just meditate. We sat at the fire circle on the first night and had hoped to meet more people. We met one couple and enjoyed chatting with them. We had a glass of wine sitting at the fire circle, and it was a chilly night but warm by the fire.
Finally, I want to say how amazing the dining staff were, especially the hostess, Robin, who felt more like a friend. She greeting us with a smile, gave us ideas on things to do, arranged a trip to the show at the sister resort, which her kids are in and we enjoyed thoroughly. When we left, we hugged her goodbye – what a wonderful and warm woman. Our dinners were great and service perfect. We loved the breakfast and lunch buffet – all food felt so fresh and healthy.
There were way more couples/men there then I was expecting. The last time I went to a destination spa, there were maybe 2 men, but this spa had a lot of couples there, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely.
I cannot wait to go back to the Lodge at Woodloch. It is not a cheap weekend, but we are worth it! Thanks to all the wonderful staff, including all the behind the scenes folks that make it work so well. You are all appreciated.
Donna and Sue
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