JAN 2014

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SPA HOPPING The Aqua Garden's hydro-massage waterwalls and swimming pool allow for both relaxation and exercise. But what really separates The Lodge from neighboring woodland retreats is its highly sophisticated, 40,000-square-foot spa. The three-level structure is home to a whopping 27 treatment rooms on the first and second floors. The third floor is devoted to a 3,500-squarefoot cardio and weight studio, which hosts dozens of daily exercise classes, from spinning to yoga. Here, as in the spa, directors are always on the lookout for the next hot trend. "Our clients demand it!" says Jennings. Admittedly, along with these top-notch facilities come ticket prices that could give even jaded New Yorkers sticker shock, so guests are encouraged to book appointments during the less-crowded weekdays, when services are generally offered at a discount. However, emphasizes Jennings, this isn't the place for a quickie manicure or 15-minute chair massage. "We appeal to a city audience by doing two things," she explains. "First, we keep up with the latest trends in skincare treatments and product lines that are resultsdriven. In the information age, spa guests are extremely savvy and know what's out there—and they want to see results. Second, we stay true to who we are: Allowing nature to truly nurture always provides something unique to those traveling from urban destinations." Not surprisingly, treatments inspired by The Lodge's natural surroundings figure heavily on the service menu, with many of the protocols showcasing seasonal ingredients and, at certain times of year, herbs grown on the property. Most popular are the Lodge Massage, a standard Swedish rubdown with choice of aromatherapy, and the Lodge Facial, which follows the classic European technique but employs enzyme peels of sweet 18 DAYSPA | JANUARY 2014 cherry, pear and fig. However, reports Jennings, the most talked-about service is the Rosemary Awakening (100 min./$260), a signature treatment that includes a rosemary and citrus body polish, full-body massage using rosemary-infused oils and herbal heat packs, and warm seaweed wrap and scalp massage. The Woodloch spa experience doesn't end when the therapist leaves the room. Both day and overnight guests have access to The Lodge's Aqua Garden, featuring multiple soaking pools, heated hydro-massage waterwalls, ECO-CAUTIOUS As is to be expected, The Lodge places a huge emphasis on being environmentally friendly. "Today's in-the-know spagoers are looking for an eco-conscious experience, and The Lodge is no exception," says Jennings. "Staying 'green' and trying to conserve resources whenever possible is one of our highest priorities." Among the facility's unique initiatives are reusable water bottles given to guests at check-in, and in-room faucets with spouts providing filtered water to help cut down on the use of plastic water bottles. Likewise, compostable cups are used in the coffee and tea bars, and the spa recycles as much as possible and opts for recycled products whenever it can. The three on-site gardens, including a dedicated farm-to-table one with a soon-to-be-restored 50-year-old, hand-built cistern for irrigation, further reduce The Lodge's carbon footprint.

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