Spa at Ritz-Carlton Hotel New Orleans Surpasses Expectations
Checking into The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, I was tired and in dire need of relaxation—exhausted physically and mentally is a more accurate description. Having just completed a conference, I was now accompanying my husband to one of his at a nearby hotel.
As soon as you check in to The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, you immediately understand why this hotel was voted Number One in New Orleans by the 2012 U.S. News and World Report.
My destination during this visit was the spa, which received Travel + Leisure’s 2011 World’s Best Award as the #1 Hotel Spa in the U.S. and Canada. In this small and intimate 147-room hotel, you would not expect to find a 25,000 square foot spa featuring nearly 100 services and 22 treatment rooms.
Choosing the services I wanted to experience from such a varied menu was daunting. However, I was able to confer with spa director Daisye Sudran, who is responsible for development of most of its services. Daisye assisted me to make choices based on my personal needs, and so I was able to enjoy a customized restorative day.
The standard program is designed to leave your body feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and rehydrated. This day of ultimate bliss includes Aromatherapy Bath, the Ritz-Carlton Signature Massage, Apothecary Scrub, Spa Cafe Lunch, Signature facial, Classic Manicure and Classic pedicure. I skipped the manicure and pedicure, as my nails were in good shape.
For the complete six and one-half-hour day, the cost is $645.Spending one day in this environment allowed me to leave refreshed and able to socialize in the evening. When I checked out of my treatments, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a lovely gift bag to help me remember my experience, as well as to enjoy additional spa benefits once I got home.
Since both spa and restaurant use fresh herbs, the hotel has its own herb garden. The spa uses both fresh and dried herbs as a component of its Apothecary treatment line, and this essence is in the air.In addition to treatments, the spa offers a full-service salon, spa café, retail store, fitness center and is open seven days a week. It has received accolades from many, including Self Magazine, Elle Magazine, SpaFinder Magazine, Top Urban Hotel Spa, Celebrated Living Magazine, and the list goes on and on.
The spa credo is: “First, we make the world revolve around you. Then we gently slow it down.”
Having visited wonderful award-winning spas worldwide, I found my experience in this urban environment to be unexpected and appreciated. It surpassed my expectations in every sense. I’d recommend that after reviewing the list of services, you make your appointments ahead of your stay to assure availability.
All Photos Credit Ritz-Carlton
921 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Maralyn D. Hill is president of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. Read more of her stories at The Epicurean Explorer.