The Spa At Kingsmill: An Unexpected Gem
Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia has been known for its golf first and tennis second. But that may soon change: the spa is improving at a rapid pace and reaching for world-class.
Spa manager, Shari McGhee, and her team are constantly on the lookout for new natural products and Shari is willing to have those tried out on her. Her excitement and enthusiasm are contagious throughout the spa and among its therapists.
Since Kingsmill was purchased by Xanterra Parks & Resorts in 2010, funds have been allocated for major spa improvements each year, and it shows. This year, anti-bacterial macrobiotic flooring was added, and the plans go on and on. Shari’s ideas are boundless and she is great at prioritizing what she feels is the most beneficial.
My day started with a tour of the spa, followed by a deep tissue massage ($110), signature renewing facial ($100), and finishing with a shampoo with deep conditioning, blow-dry and style ($45).
Kingsmill Spa offers so many standard and unique treatments in each category of service. Of its nine different massages, the sampler is a good choice for someone who is uncertain about what they want to experience. Most massages are either 50 or 75 minutes. Five different facials are offered, as well as three peels, plus enhancements. Body treatments are worth mentioning, as six are offered; the decadent chocolate wrap sounds good enough to eat. Four different manicures and three pedicure selections are offered.
The salon performs hair styling and coloring, as well as make-up and waxing.
As some men have finally caught on to the benefits of spending time at a spa, they have been provided with a full line of services.
The wet suite includes a whirlpool, sauna and steam room. Men and women have separate waiting/quiet rooms.
I think Kingsmill Spa has all the features of a destination spa. Attached to the spa is a sports club with indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a state-of-the art fitness center. I believe the selection of packages will keep expanding and improving. For an established resort, the spa prices seemed reasonable to me.
Accommodations at Kingsmill are condos, so a group can easily get together for a getaway. If you want to leave the property, shuttles are available to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. The Williamsburg Winery is also a worthwhile stop if you are driving.
Check out their spa packages online at the Kingsmill Spa.
1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
800.965.4772 or 757.253.8230 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer, is president of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA).