Some hotels have spas the size of postage stamps; yet others devote an entire swath of land to the noble art of wellness.
Such is the case with the Mayflower Grace Hotel in Washington, CT, whose “Spa House” was designed by architect Reese Owens with interiors by the late Randall Ridless (his work includes Burberry, London and Van Cleef & Arpels on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan).
Ridless outdid himself when he envisioned a multidimensional space of calm, with shades of white, beige, eggshell and all the in-between nuances fusing together in texture and light. Plush throws on chairs face the Blue Heron pond; floor to ceiling windows give larger-than-life views to New England seasons, and there is plenty of leg room to boot.
The main room reminded me of the Snow Queen scene from the movie "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." I expected someone to arrive in a sleigh and offer me Turkish Delight.
Before my spa treatment, I took a Constitutional Wellness quiz which determined my body type (Ecto, Meso, or Endo). My capable aesthetician had set aside specially blended oils for my type; snacks in the spa are also categorized accordingly.
As Francine, scrubbed, wrapped and massaged my weary muscles as though I had just crawled past the finish line of a Marathon, I realized how comprehensive –even elaborate--all the treatments were. Tea Forte teas, water and wraps are there for the taking.
In the end, the spa is a focal point to anyone’s stay in this stately hotel.