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trends: spas

An all-white luxurious treatment room at the Spa at Glenmere.
32 islands. And, because the elite location is remote and a relaxation destination first and foremost, the new ESPA spa had to be exquisite enough to attract sophisticated jetsetters. “We would not have imagined a luxury property without a high-end spa,” says Mark Sawkins, vice president of operations, Harlequin Hotels & Resorts. “The spa was created from several villas situated around a freshwater pond and surrounded by tropical greenery.” As per the trend, the far-flung Caribbean location itself inspired the design, dreamed up by ESPA’s Laura Boss and Los Angeles-based Henriksen Design Associates. “St. Vincent is an undiscovered part of the Caribbean,” describes Sawkins. “The volcanic island is extremely lush with a wealth of flora and fauna, and the water is crystal clear.” That setting is mirrored in natural design elements like rattan, dark wood, billowing sheer cotton curtains, and jewel-colored silk pillows. ESPA also included gilded Thai statues to represent the signature spa brand, and each treatment room has its own shower and veranda overlooking the water. Exclusive treatments like the Tropical Soother incorporate indigenous lava stones and coconuts and can be performed outside on the veranda, which overlooks an active volcano and rainforest grounds.

The Spa at Glenmere’s cozy Relaxation Library.
hot stone massage with lavender aromatherapy oils was obviously not on their Gilded Age radar. Opulence, however, most certainly was. For the 2010 reopening, the 35-room villa with marble columns and dramatic staircases needed only to be (painstakingly) restored to its former grandeur—and of course modified slightly to include 18 guestrooms—to appeal to today’s most well-traveled set. The spa, which opened earlier this year, was created from the ground up. Its challenge: to remain in keeping with the historic spirit of the mansion itself, but also allow for the contemporary practicalities of an elaborate spa. In its décor and treatment menu theme, the 8,000-square-foot retreat has an exotic international flair. “The Gilded Age was all about extravagance and lavish entertainment. We wanted the spa to feel as if Goelet had brought back ‘treasures’ from his world travels,” explains Mindy Terry, president of Creative Spa Concepts, whose company collaborated with Marina Case Alario of the Red Shutters on the spa’s design. “One-of-a-kind pieces include the large door entering the spa hallway—a design from an old church in Spain—a European chandelier in the lobby, Moroccan light fixtures in the salon, and the Art Deco blue-lit sink in the powder room.” The color scheme is light but refined with cream, light blue, and shocks of pink flowers above black and white tiled and dark wood floors. The space that harkens most literally back to that original era is the Relaxation Library, in which one can imagine retiring after dinner for brandy and cards amidst ceiling-high bookshelves. But the main event at the Spa at Glenmere is without a doubt the Bath House & Hammam, where latticed Moroccan patterns like recessed palace windows are set into gray-blue walls.

The Spa at Glenmere
When Glenmere Mansion was first built in 1911 as an Italianate-style country home on 150 acres in the Hudson Valley by industrialist and real estate developer Robert Goelet, architecture firm Carrère and Hastings would hardly have had a spa in mind. Though it may have been en vogue to “take waters” (or soak in springs for health), an anti-aging facial or

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