The Spa at Stoweflake
Recently, I was fortunate to experience the Spa at Stoweflake in Stowe, Vermont. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, a Baraw family run establishment, has been in Stowe for over 45 years. They continue to keep raising the bar, and the property has been awarded 4 diamonds and 4 stars. The staff is responsive and helpful, which could account for their being honored in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List.
Recently, my husband, Norm, and I stayed in the new spa wing, which more than met our expectations. There were comfortable seating areas with fireplaces throughout the rest of the hotel. Stoweflake has two good restaurants.
Stoweflake Spa is one of New England’s premier spas. Elle and Forbes named it among America’s top ten spas. Condé Nast gave it a perfect score, and was included in Fodor’s Choice Top 10 Destination Spas in the U.S. The spa has more awards, but let’s talk about the service.
The first thing I ask is always: “What do you offer that is unique to your spa or signature treatment?”
I received two answers from Spa Director Samantha Johnson, Vermont Maple Sugar Body Polish and Ayurvedic Wellness & Sound Therapy and Body Turning.
My schedule started with the Vermont Maple Sugar Body Polish ($150 to $175). While enjoying the sweet scent of maple sugar, you have hot towels compressed on you, then a full body maple scrub. This was followed by a moisturizing massage with body butter. My body soaked up this butter, and I walked out feeling decadent. I did not shower after the treatment, as I wanted to enjoy the scent and savor the feeling.
The next day started out with an Ayurvedic schedule. The Ayurvedic Face Treatment was first (50 minutes $135). It consisted of Ayurvedic herbs, facial oils, and marma therapy (Ayurvedic energy work). My face felt wonderful.
Then, I progressed to Full Body Tuning (80 minutes $185). This was an intuitive exploration of the “bodymind” through sound and dialogue. Even though somewhat skeptical, I kept an open mind and was amazed as it revealed many aspects of my life. The Spa Director said, “This unique treatment reveals the pattern of emotional and environmental frequencies and the original blueprint of the body’s natural harmony. Sound waves bring the body into deep alignment, allowing pain, tension and anxiety to slip away. “ I now see the benefit of repeating this treatment several times.
Within the Ayurvedic Services, there were also the following: Abhyanga-Garshana-Herbal Oil Treatment and Lymphatic Stimulation (80 minutes $185); Vishesh – Ayurvedic Deep-Tissue Massage – Vigorous Herbal Oil Treatment (50 minutes $135); Pinda Sweden – Ayurvedic Joint and Muscle Detoxification (80 minutes $185); and several others.
Stoweflake also provides a full menu of the treatments you’d expect at any full-service spa. They have 30 treatment rooms and offer 120 unique rejuvenating spa treatments. Stoweflake also offers salon and nail services. I found prices to be within an average spa range and encourage you to check their website for spa specials and packages.
The spa has a selection of services for men in male-only and combined male-female areas. This combined area features their signature Bingham Hydrotherapy Waterfall and Hungarian Mineral Soaking Pool. In addition, there is a poolside café where you can enjoy spa cuisine.
The Spa at Stoweflake has exceptional service, as does the entire resort. Its décor is the essence of New England. Stowe, Vermont is a New England village with charming shops, galleries, and restaurants. It is also home to Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot Cheese, and many other New England treasures.
Spa at Stoweflake