As part of The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort being awarded Five Stars in the Forbes Travel Guide, we’re featured on their www.startle.com web site. Below are some of the spa answers that our resident spa expert, Jerilyn Kuthe (Spa Director) has answered for Forbes:
What are the best amenities at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island?
The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island offers wonderful amenities to you that truly make the experience even more enjoyable and noteworthy. Here are the best amenities at the spa.
1. The microfiber robes and sheets used in the treatment rooms. This material is soft, soothing and a nice change from the typical all-terrycloth robes and regular cotton sheets. The fabric will transport you to a world of relaxation far superior to anything you’ve experienced, even at other high-end spas.
2. The solarium area. This welcoming room manages to be both relaxing and energizing at the same time, with a waterfall feature and large plantation shutter windows overlooking the gorgeous hotel grounds. You can even replenish your fully relaxed body after your treatment with homemade granola, fruit and nuts, along with a variety of hot teas and citrus-infused water.
3. The sauna, steam room and whirlpool with waterfall area, which the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa calls its “aqua retreat.” Housed in one large room, these features sit under a cove ceiling that looks as if rulers of the Roman Empire could have designed and enjoyed back in ancient times. You’ll feel like you’re in an underground cave far away from the rest of the world.
4. The shower and bathroom areas provide everything you would need to pamper and primp after your services. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash containers hang in the showers, while shaving gel, shavers, hair products, blow dryers, deodorant and other products are all available for your you after you freshen up in the shower, post-treatment.
5. The furniture. The luxury Kiawah Island spa selected comfortable lounge chairs that you’ll find in both the solarium and whirlpool area. These lounge chairs are soft and inviting, making it easy to sit back and enjoy a book, magazine or newspaper; you can even just close your eyes and listen to the waterfall trickling in either room.
What are the robes and slippers like at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island?
The robes and slippers provided at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island are as high quality as you would expect from a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa. The robes combine terrycloth and a microfiber suede material that’s both soft and soothing for a wholly original feel. The microfiber suede material also adds heaviness to the robe that makes you feel like you’re in a comfortable cocoon that isn’t at all stifling. The slippers are made of gel material and are just your standard spa sandals; nothing out of the ordinary. But that’s about the only things that’s ordinary at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, which offers so many world-class treatments and services; no wonder it’s a Five-Star spa.
What is the interior design of The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island?
The interior design of The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island creates a relaxing environment that soothes you in preparation for a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa treatment. The color palette is a mixture of green, beige, grey and blue that combine for a nature-inspired setting. The waterfall whirlpool, sauna and steam room area of the spa feels as if it were carved inside a mountain, offering total peace and tranquility away from the outside world. This aqua retreat also has a grand, Roman Empire aura, with a high cove ceiling and strong architectural features. The solarium pre- and post-treatment area is a garden-inspired room with large, plantation shutter windows overlooking The Sanctuary’s lush landscape. This room also has a soft trickling water feature and plenty of potted greenery that add to the garden feel. Stone-colored tiles further create the feeling of being in someone’s private garden. Elegant with a nod to the Southern coastal surroundings, The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island’s interior design creates a soothing atmosphere to help you get the most out of your time at the luxury Kiawah Island spa.
What does the relaxation area look like at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island?
The relaxation area at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is a solarium that looks and feels as if you’re sitting in someone’s private garden or sunroom. Large, plantation shutter windows overlook the hotel’s lush landscape, and natural light pours in. A light waterfall trickles down one wall of the solarium. and the stone-colored tiles look as if they’d be at home on an outdoor patio. Plenty of large, soft lounge chairs offer a relaxing place to enjoy the house made granola bars, fruit, nuts, tea or water refreshments while you flip through one of the provided magazines or newspapers. Large, potted greenery divides space between each lounge chair, providing an increased sense of privacy and solitude. Soft beige-and-green accents complete the décor to make the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa a truly inviting and comforting place.
When was The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island last renovated?
The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island was built from the ground up in 2004 — no major renovations have been necessary. Despite its recent construction, the staff does aim to keep the entire facility — from the palatial solariums to the posh treatment rooms — clean and looking like new. The facilities, designed to evoke a Southern estate’s tranquil garden porch, are still in excellent condition overall; we suggest taking time to relax in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa’s separate women’s and men’s lounges pre-treatment to enjoy the vitality pool, steam room and sauna.
What is the view like from the treatment rooms at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island?
Designed to evoke a Southern mansion’s back porch (think heavy greenery and chaise lounges), The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island has 12 treatment rooms with soothing colors, hardwood floors and quaint ivory-shuttered windows. You’ll only see a glimpse of the hotel grounds from these small windows, which are intended to keep noise and light at a minimum for a peaceful, disruption-free environment. Want more of an outside feel? Head to the garden-inspired solarium post-treatment. Here you can relax in chaise lounges and end your spa experience surrounded by nature. And if you’re craving a view of the famously picturesque Kiawah Island shoreline, head to the beach — just a short walk from the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa.
More to come…