Saturday, March 14, 2009
Simple yet elegant and, above all else, quiet and RELAXING
Everything about this place is perfect. It has it's own small parking lot so you don't have to deal with the headache of street parking. Upon entering there's a small but cozy reception area and waiting room that offers tea and water for free. The receptionists are sweet, calming, and explain everything in a comforting way. Having never been there before they led us back and showed us everything. There's a beautiful changing area with large and small cubbies to hold your belongings. The sink area has some wonderful decor and a water cooler with cups. The shower area is open and has 4 shower heads and foaming shower gel in a lovely tiled room. It was the most relaxing shower I've ever had. The sauna smells beautifully of cedar and is kept at just the right temperature. Normally I feel overheated and uncomfortable in them but I had a blissful experience in this one.
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The tub outside is a genius design in the shape of a "C" so that there are two effective sections allowing you to feel a little more alone and private than you would otherwise with that many people in the tub (we were alone when we got there at 6 p.m. and by the time we were done there were about 9 people total). While outside, the soaking area is completely quiet except for the occasional bird chirp. We delighted in watching the sky change colors overhead at sunset. The lighting and decor throughout the changing, shower, sauna, and tub areas are simple but elegant without being pretentious, dim, and thoroughly relaxing. It's the best combination of low-key and hippy with upscale and elegant.
It is clothing optional and I brought my swimsuit just in case I felt the need for it but everyone who was there while we were was respectful and I feel completely comfortable nekked as a jaybird. My boyfriend wore his swimsuit and was also comfortable w/o feeling awkward for keeping it on.
My boyfriend and I went here after I got him a GC for X-mas and we had the most divine and relaxing time. Honestly, I was expecting to be fairly relaxed, but after my hour there I literally had difficulty concentrating on the drive back home and we sat around in blissful state for the entire rest of the evening practically unable to move. I felt like we'd spent the entire day meditating and getting massaged. I was so impressed and can't wait to return. The prices are reasonable and worth every penny. There was even lotion by the sinks which helped my skin feel divine after all the time in the hot tub, saunas, and showers which ordinarily would dry my skin out a bit.
Pros: Beautiful decor, showers, sauna, hot tubs, clean
Cons: They were out of lotion and ran out of water while there