Remède Spa at The St. Regis Aspen Resort is taking the spa menu literally with a five-course prix fixe menu combining spa treatments and food. The "Farm To Massage-Table" experience uses the same aromas, textures and flavors in both spa treatment and food so the body feels the same ingredients the mouth tastes. The debut of this spa concept follows the grand opening of Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE and the completion of the $40 million redesign of The St. Regis Aspen Resort.
Spa Director Julie Oliff and Executive Chef Thomas Riordan created this treatment and tasting menu, which uses ingredients from local growers. The spa treatments will remain the same year-round, while the food will change seasonally.
So how does the Remède Prix Fixe Menu begins? With an amuse-bouche, the tiny sample that some chefs send out to a table of diners. This amuse-bouche ("amuse the mouth") is rejuvenation time in the Oxygen Bar paired with fresh-pressed juice.
Next comes the appetizer, a Savory Salt Glow Scrub in your choice of three different flavors, each of which comes with its own food match. The Cabernet-Neroli scrub is accompanied by Cabrales (a strong Spanish cheese) served on a miniature toast point with bitter orange marmalade. The Cucumber-Mint scrub is accompanied by a chilled cucumber consommé in a shot glass with freshly-picked mint 'caviar' garnish. The Oatmeal Milk & Honey scrub is served with abaked miniature oatmeal cake topped with organic & local honey butter.
The main course is a 60-minute Customized Massage, followed by the intermezzo, a 'palate-cleansing' warm Eucalyptus compress.
To finish, you get an application of whipped body butter, a matching dessert, and a chilled glass of our "315" champagne. The lavender-vanilla body butter comes with a blueberry financier, a miniature muffin topped with vanilla-lavender Chantilly sauce. The almond biscotti flavor comes with a house-made almond biscotti dipped in dark chocolate and topped with almond mousse. The coconut-mango flavor comes with coconut-poached Maine lobster, topped with a mango espuma. This spa, food and wine experience costs $500 and must be reserved 48 hours in advance.
If you can't squeeze in the full prix menu experience, you can get a food-inspired addition to any 60-minute treatment. They include an organic honey myofascial massage, a savory salt scrub or sweet body butter application with freshly-made take-home product, and a chocolate mousse massage. These do not include the tastings and only encompass the treatment portion.
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