Review: The Spa at Cranwell Resort
SPA INDEX VISITS THE SPA AT CRANWELL
For me, and anyone looking for relaxation, ambiance is essential. Those who drive to the Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club from the Northeast will find the drive to the Resort as relaxing as the spa experience it offers. Located in the bucolic Berkshire Mountains in Lenox, Massachusetts, surrounded by acres of still virgin farmlands, the Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club offers the perfect setting for skiing in the winter, and, golfing during the warmer months on a magnificent 18 hole golf course conveniently right on the premises during the warmer months.
The Cranwell Resort was originally a turn of the century private estate, and thereafter a boy’s school, before being converted into a 107 guest room resort. It’s gothic architecture, including elegant wood panels, is evident in the restaurants and lodging areas.
A stark but very inviting contrast is the 35,000 square foot Spa at Cranwell, which was completely remodeled and reopened in March 2002. The Spa at Cranwell is set in a newly constructed glass building filled with natural sunlight and linked to the hotel by glass walkways. These walkways enable the spa to be used year round by guests who don’t want to brave the cold outdoors conditions during the winter months. Both the hotel and spa facility are handicapped accessible, as well.
The Spa at Cranwell “glass house” features a bistro-like restaurant open for low-cal spa lunches, a gift shop, a 60 foot indoor pool, and both a dry and eucalyptus steam sauna. There are 16 treatment rooms in which to enjoy more than 30 spa treatments, including facials, massage, thermal clay and seaweed body wraps, and a Vichy shower massage. One appealing feature in the treatment rooms is the ability for two people to undergo massage at the same time — an optional social experience.
What I enjoyed is that the Spa at Cranwell staff really went out of their way to offer me a personal and individualized experience and made me feel very relaxed and welcome. Now I should detail the experience of getting a hot stone massage for the first time ever, and I won’t hesitate in saying it was wonderful. I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel their tensions melt away. My expert spa massage therapist, Suzanne, left me feeling de-stressed and wanting to experience all the other treatments — which I will have to leave for another visit.
I strongly encourage anyone who wants to experience great relaxation and superb attention to their every need to visit the new Spa at Cranwell and enjoy Suzanne’s expert attention, or, one of the 2, 3 or 5 day packages offered.
–Submitted by Margaret P. for for Spa Index Media