By Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher ©2016
Our most recent visit to Charlotte’s Ritz-Carlton Spa & Wellness Center, as usual, yielded some much-needed relaxation time and great treatments – an outstanding massage for Fletcher and a superb facial for Kathy. The big change was the new co-ed relaxation area that encourages guests to extend their spa experience either before or after treatments – or both. We also noted updated pool furnishings and décor poolside.
The spa features treatments utilizing 100% organic products. It also features a bromine-treated swimming pool designed to avoid the effects of traditional harsh pool chemicals. We made the most of our time with a pre-spa pool workout. The Wi-Fi-enabled Aqua Lounge pool complex puts you high above Uptown Charlotte on the Ritz-Carlton’s 18th floor, with expansive, floor-to-ceiling views of surrounding high-rises and all the activity on the streets below. It’s relaxing, yet steps from all the action – across the street is the restaurant/entertainment, three-level complex Epicentre. The spa and pool are so relaxing, though, that you might not want to tear yourself away. We opted for a poolside lunch post-spa as we weren’t ready to surrender the supersoft robes.
This visit, hotel General Manager David Rothwell gave us a tour of the new co-ed Relaxation Lounge, which he’d decribed in a previous news release as “stunning.” We agree. Design features include draped walls in shimmering bronze, hand-forged bronze drum tables, woven grass baskets, sculptural metal accents, a plush Moroccan rug and reflections of candlelight scattered throughout. (See images in the slideshow.)
We’re not the only ones raving about this sanctuary: Last summer, USA Today ranked The Ritz-Carlton Spa & Wellness Center among the Top 10 spas in North America (the only spa in North Carolina to make the list). In addition to its comprehensive spa menu of massages, skin care services, body treatments, mani/pedi signature experiences, waxing/tinting services and day spa packages, there’s a full fitness center offering personal training, yoga and kinesis cycling. We love the bees on the roof, honey from which goes into spa treatments, complimentary ice cream served in the lobby and other kitchen creations for guests.
Post-treatment, we checked out the retail boutique opposite the spa check-in desk. Kathy’s Ritz-Carlton Signature Facial was so wonderful that she went home with one of the products her aesthetician Cissy recommended: Stone Crop Gel Wash by Éminence, an organic skin care line. Fletcher’s take-home post massage, also all organic, was Yoga Balm for tired, achy muscles. His masseuse Joy excelled at deep tissue work for his Carolina Lily Muscle Ease massage. She’d provided him a treatment previously, and he commented how great it was to return to her knowledgeable hands. While this was Kathy’s first time with Cissy, she’ll happily request her again.
The spa just announced its new seasonal offerings including two new spa and nail treatments, preferred midweek pricing and a special Mother’s Day gift – offerings available to local residents as well as hotel guests. Offers may not be combined with any other spa promotions or discounts and are subject to date exclusions.
- Midweek Pricing on Body Treatments – From April through June 2016, guests reserving any 50-minute massage or facial can add a 50-minute Seasonal Body Scrub for $99, Monday through Thursday.
- Coconut Milk Melt Seasonal Scrub – 50 minutes, $135. Incorporates coconut silky softness from a fine-sugar crystal and shea butter polish. Marshmallow Melt Shea, cocoa butter and mango butter combine into a balm that melts into skin on contact, leaving skin summer-ready..
- Coconut Milk Melt Manicure/Pedicure Combo – 70 minutes, $105. Preps hands and feet for a beach retreat as a coconut, fine-sugar crystal and shea butter exfoliation is followed by deep moisturizing with a Marshmallow Melt Shea, cocoa and mango butter balm. Includes Spa Ritual polish experience.
- Mamma ME! – Throughout May 2016 – A complimentary ME! Bath ball for home use is included with the purchase of a Ritz-Carlton Gift Card of $150 or more at The Spa Boutique. The gift card is good at any Ritz-Carlton hotel or resort worldwide.
If You’re Going: Based on availability, book treatments from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, or 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 704.547.2244. Area residents booking spa treatments can enjoy complimentary valet parking and full access to the facilities on the day of their visit. In addition to the Aqua Lounge pool complex and new Relaxation Lounge, the spa features and separate men’s and women’s Vitality Lounges with dry cedar sauna, aroma-infused steam room and an experience shower with 16 shower heads. The Ritz-Carlton Spa & Wellness Center is located inside the hotel, which opened in October 2009 at 201 East Trade Street, at the corner of Trade and College streets in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, For more, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte.
We highly recommend this beautiful, pampering property, which we’ve been fortunate to sample three times including an initial stay in the amazing penthouse. The service is impeccable.
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Luxury Travel Examiners Kathy M Newbern and spouse J.S. Fletcher report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com their personalized romance novel business. Their travels inspire many of their book settings.