North Carolina spas provide a rich range of experiences, with something for everyone. North Carolina has some of the countries finest historic mountain spas, including Grove Park in Resort and Spa in Asheville and Westglow Resort and Spa in Blowing Rock. The state is home to the world's largest golf resort, Pinehurst, so family-friendly that kids can get spa treatments. The Duke Center for Living and The Structure House focus on weight loss and health. The Inn on Biltmore Estate evokes Vanderbilt-style luxury, while The Chetola Resort is an affordable mountain retreat. Find the right North Carolina spa for you.
Pinehurst is another North Carolina classic a Spanish Colonial style resort first created in 1895 as a winter retreat. Set in the rolling sandhills, it's the largest golf resort in the world, with eight championship courses along with 24 tennis courts, a Kids Club, and top-notch dining. The elegant white 31,000 square-foot spa and salon is family-friendly, with treatments for kids and teens 6-17 as long as a parent is present. A co-ed three-lane lap pool at the spa's center has a cascade whirlpool. Men and women's changing areas offer whirlpools, sauna and steam room. It's in the historic village of Pinehurst, a 19th century charmer. 70 miles southwest of Raleigh. Tel. 800-487-4653 or 910-235-8507. Book now.
The heart of this well-loved historic Asheville resort was built in 1913 of granite stones, an Arts & Crafts masterpiece with original Roycroft antiques and lighting fixtures. Though vastly expanded, Grove Park Inn still offers panoramic views of the Blue Mountains. The 43,000 square feet spa was built underground, directly in front of the historic inn, with skylights to let in natural light. Its star attractions is a cave-like subterranean co-ed mineral pool area, with underground music, waterfall pools, contrast pools (hot and cold), a lap pool, a sauna, and a eucalyptus-infused steam room. It also has separate men’s and women’s relaxation lounges. Tel. 828-252-2711. Book now.
Dating to 1878, this luxury inn is set in the mountaintop town of Highlands in the southwestern corner of the state. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, Highlands' charming Main Street swells with visitors in summer, and Old Edwards Inn offers 61 individually designed rooms, suites and cottages with rainfall showers and heated tile bathroom floors and Old World Charm. Decorated with Oriental rugs, the 25,000 square feet spa has six spa suites, three outdoor treatment rooms, and fireplaces. The Spa Cafe makes use of produce from the inn's vegetable and herb garden, with juices, salads and raw foods. 85 miles southwest of Asheville, NC. Tel. 828 526 8008 Book now.
Set on the edge of the William B. Umstead State Park in Cary, NC, a suburb of Raleigh, The Umstead is a sophisticated urban hotel on its own 12 acre retreat. Perfect for small business meetings and weddings, the six-story hotel has 150 over-sized rooms with deep soaking tubs and balconies overlooking a three-acre lake. The Umstead Day Spa carries through the hotel's theme of "art and nature" with an outdoor meditation courtyard and treatment rooms with balconies. The spa has a commitment to organic treatments, like the Babassu sugar scrub. Enjoy eucalyptus steam room, sauna, and whirlpool. Tel. 866-877-4141 or 919.447.4000. Book now.
It's not The Biltmore, the colossal Vanderbilt estate completed in 1895 and a major tourist attraction in Asheville. But this inn is the only way you can actually stay on the 8,000 acre estate. Enjoy lovely woodland views from all its 201 guest rooms and nine suites, not to mention the outdoor rimless pool and hot tub. With lavish red brocade curtains, crystal chandeliers and lamp-shade wall sconces, the spa evokes the splendor of America's Robber Baron age, when a handful of titans held almost all the country's wealth. Book a Rose Petal Facial and imagine you were one of the lucky few. Tel. 800-411-3812, 828-225-1600 or 828-225-6772 (spa). Book now.
This residential weight-loss program for adults treats both obesity and binge eating/emotional overeating. Located on a 12-acre campus in Durham, Structure House follows a highly structured schedule with meals, lectures, exercise, and time for relaxation and spa treatments. Programs include Diabetes Management, Post-Bariatric Surgery, and Pain Coping Skills Training. Staff includes a physician, endocrinologist, nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists, nutritionists, and exercise specialists. Guests might be 20 pounds overweight or obese. Structure House's core four week program is recommended for new participants, but one, two and three-week programs are also available. Tel. 800-553-0052.