2010 Golfweek for Her: The Spa at Pinehurst
Pinehurst, N.C. | You don’t need tar on your heels to appreciate the aroma of Carolina pine, magnolia and peaches. After a morning of being enveloped by these scents at The Spa at Pinehurst, however, you may begin to understand the substantial charm of this beautiful part of North Carolina.
The Spa uses a number of native materials in its treatments, from pine salt scrubs to masks using the red clay of nearby Seagrove. Nearly all signature treatments come in scents familiar to residents of the Sandhills: pine, magnolia, holly berry or peach.
I chose magnolia, a calming scent, for my Bath Escape and Pinehurst Signature Massage. The Bath Escape was like a super bubble bath, quite the opposite of the mineral baths I’ve experienced at other spas. Although I’ve always been encouraged to enjoy a sauna before a mineral bath, that would be a mistake here.
Starting with not-too-warm water that my bath technician, Beverly, called “baby bathwater,” powerful jets build magnolia-scented mounds of bubbles, the likes of which I didn’t know existed outside of Hollywood. Beverly recommended I skip a bathing suit; the bubbles would be difficult to get out of the suit, and the bubbles covered everything you might want covered, anyway.
Although you would never guess it, the water actually cools during the 30-minute treatment. There is a heat lamp in the ceiling above, and the invigorating jets draw the blood to the surface of the skin, making you feel warm and even flushed. The spa kindly leaves icy cloths in a bucket by the tub to cool your face, and you will appreciate them.
The 30 minutes of downtime before your massage – all Spa treatments begin at the top of the hour – would be an excellent time to sip on a complimentary strawberry smoothie or stick your toes in the pool to return your body temperature to normal.
The Pinehurst Signature Massage is a personalized massage in which the therapist pays special attention to whatever ails you. My therapist, Michelle, was quite skilled at working out every little muscle knot. Again, the scent of magnolia blossoms were omnipresent as Michelle used the Spa’s custom line of lotions to rub away the cares of the world.
– Sandra Dimsdale is a freelance writer from Lakeland, Fla.