The Spa at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island Golf Resort has long been known for its five golf courses and 30-plus tennis courts. I was especially interested in the spa, which is one of 13 Forbes Five Star Spas and number two on the Travel & Leisure “Best Hotel Spas in America” list.
Built to resemble an old southern seaside mansion, the Sanctuary fits beautifully among its surroundings, the lovely barrier Kiawah Island. The Five Star, Five Diamond hotel has done an excellent job with its new spa. You sense the old world charm of Charleston with treatments that reflect the nature of the surrounding area. They incorporate Kiawah’s botanical extracts, nourishing seaweed, mineral-rich mud, and natural enzymes of the Lowcountry coastline.
Strict attention to detail is evident in the 12 treatment rooms, which are decorated with soothing colors, hardwood floors, original artwork and shuttered windows. There is a relaxation area and a Riverbath Whirlpool. Both the women and men’s lounges feature an aqua retreat with a mineral whirlpool, steam room, and sauna. This was one of my favorite relaxation areas before treatments.
In addition, the spa has a full-service salon and a complete menu of services, including many signature treatments. One popular selection is The Fairway for men, which includes a botanical scrub and steam in the aroma of choice, followed by a golf sport massage.
Many of the treatments that attracted me were those that use botanicals and herbs to draw out toxins, as well as the nature-based enzyme moisturizers that nourish and hydrate the skin.
After treatments, the spa recommends a period of relaxation in its garden-like solariums.
I experienced The Signature Massage, which uses heated grain and herb-filled wraps that are placed on key tension areas and major muscle groups (60 min. $175 or 90 min. $245). This induces relaxation and increases benefits of the massage. It is described relieving muscle tension, increasing circulation, and providing a relaxed feeling–which accurately describes what I experienced.
Other massages offered are Cranio-sacral Therapy, Thai, Reiki, Foot Reflexology, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Sports, Classic, and Maternity. I returned the next day to experience the Foot Reflexology (60 min. $155), as I have found it difficult to find a good therapist who practices that specialty. Here, the reflexology was also exceptional.
The selection of facials include: Signature, Southern Hospitality, Stone, Mint Julep Hydrating, Bright and Balancing, Spring Tide Renewal, and Custom. Prices begin at $155 for 60 minutes. Numerous facial enhancements, including peels and lip treatments, are available for additional fees between $20 and $45.
Body treatments, starting at $180 for 60 minutes, are: the Head-To-Toe Sanctuary, Lowcountry Verbena Body Polish, Detoxifying Seaweed Body Retreat, Carolina Cloud Nine, Avocado Coconu Wrap, Ocean Fossil Mineral Therapy, and a Gracious Glow and Steam. Men’s treatments include an assortment of seven combinations.
Just steps away from the spa and salon is a fitness center with equipment, classes, training, coaching, and a swimming pool.
While staying at The Sanctuary or one of the Villas on Kiawah Island, you’ll find exceptional dining options and numerous activities, including a nature center and biking. I enjoyed walking the boardwalk along the 10-mile stretch of beach.
Learn more about The Sanctuary’s Spa and salon at www.kiawahresort.com. You can also call 877.683.1234. For early booking of spa services, call 843.768.6340.
Kiawah Island is about 30 miles from Charleston, SC.