Open-Air Spaing

So many healthy experiences are so much better in the fresh air this time of year—food, exercise, and spa treatments. The fresh air has a way of heightening the senses and enhancing these already lovely diversions. Luxury spas across the country are tuning in to this and offering services alfresco to allow guests to savor the season.

  1. The ocean breeze is front and center during an outdoor Cabana Massage ($140, 60 minutes; $160, 90 minutes) at The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn (Cape Cod, MA). This custom spa service also features refreshing scents of rosemary and mint, and uses a cooling stone and botanical hydrolats to beat the summer heat. Light fare from the Inn’s spa menu is available poolside to complete the spa experience.
  2. Thanks to last year’s top-to-bottom spa renovation, The Umstead Spa (Cary, NC) is now home to a stunning open-roof coed current pool with 12-foot-high privacy walls that frame the Carolina blue sky above.  It’s the perfect regroup space after a spa treatment like the Skin Perfecting Facial ($160, 75 minutes), which combines healing herbal products, a customized peel, and a vitamin C mask to boost skin’s natural radiance.
  3. The spacious Aqua Terrace at Mirbeau Inn & Spa (Skaneateles, NY), is an outdoor oasis for guests featuring a large heated spa pool complete with massage jets and waterfall, an oversized fireplace, and a bar serving small plates and beverages.
  4. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Sunrise Yoga is a perfect wakeup call for early birds to beat the desert heat in Scottsdale, AZ. After their morning practice, guests can cool down with a dip in the resort’s picture-perfect infinity-edge pool.

How does your spa integrate the great outdoors with luxurious spa treatments and amenities?