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Five Reasons to Love The Spa at the Providence Biltmore

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

 

Sometimes the very best things are right up the street... and up a few flights of stairs.

I'm speaking here of The Spa at the Providence Biltmore, which has graciously taken over the spaces vacated by the Red Door, and is doing some of the best spa work in the region in beautifully freshened up spaces. Here are the five things any spa lover will love about the place.

1. Better use of spaces

It's always a challenge for a hotel spa to make the transitions work between lobbies and treatment areas, and Spa Director Deb Garman has taken over downstairs space just off the grande dame's historic lobby for just that. Surrounded by soothing and fashion-forward tones, these are spaces for checking in, nibbles, socializing, and chatty treatments like make-up and hair. Which means the upstairs spaces for treatments (plus two relaxation rooms) are now quiet and tranquil. As they should be.

2. Fantastic product

Deb Garman is a wizard. How else could it be that SkinCeuticals, a high-tech, high-results skin line that recently became only available through pharmacies, is both for sale and used in some of The Spa's best treatments? Magic.

Fans of SkinCeuticals, get in line. And if that's not your thing, there's Pure Fiji and Amala skin and body products, plus Jane Iredale cosmetics. This is a rich, well-balanced line. Impressive.

3. Treatments that make sense

Many spas get so caught up in packaging and cuteness, they lose sight of what a customer really wants: to feel better and to look better. The Spa gets this, and the menu of offerings is smartly sophisticated without overdoing it. Need proof? Check out the Pure Fiji Hydrating Body Treatment ($120), the Alpha Beta Facial (featuring SkinCeuticals, $125), and the Amala-based Nature's Firming Facial ($120).

 

4. Great day spa offerings

Garman knows that the local market has plenty of needs, and the new offerings at The Spa are a great answer for day spa guests. Not only is there full menu of hair, nails, and makeup appointments, there are also quick

and easy treatments for busy, working folks. Highlights: a 25-minute neck, back and shoulder massage ($70), a 50-minute Gentlemen's Facial with Scalp Massage ($120), and a 25-minute Instant Radiance skin boost for the multitasker ($65).

5. They love the locals

You from Providence, or work in Providence? You get a 20 percent discount on all treatments, every day. That's a serious savings, and with free parking for all spa customers, that's truly a thing of beauty.

The Spa at the Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance St, Providence, 800-294-7709.

 

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