Do Some Sippin' and Spa'ing at These Auberge Resorts
There are gimmicky spa treatments that make our brows furrow in confusion (a sake bath? a massage on a gondola? ) But, we can get down with the sippin’ and spaing concept at Auberge Resorts.
The idea is simple: have a cocktail while enjoying your treatment. Now this may go against the holistic idea behind getting spa service in the first place, but, eh, we don’t mind. At Napa's Auberge du Soleil guests signing up for the Summer Thyme Bliss Treatment ($350/2hrs) soak in a warm chamomile milk bath infused with fresh thyme, lemon verbena and orange zest.
Afterwards, they'll receive a full body massage bwith special scalp and foot attention. This is followed by a glass of "Free Thyme" a fragrant cocktail made with Pinot Gris, camomile grappa, mandarin napoleon, fresh thyme and lemon juice.
The Tequila Soother ($335/2 hours) at Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas starts with a salt and lime body exfoliation, follows with a aloe vera and honey mask, a tequila agave body wrap, then another facial with yogurt and oats, and ends with a massage. The reward for all that work? A Paloma, made with white tequila, grapefruit and lime juice--aka the original "skinny margarita".
We thought some good old spiked Country Time Lemonade would be perfect to go along with the Southern Orchards Treatment ($300/2 hrs) at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. They do something a bit more classy, tho. Following a summer soak of nectar milk (see? it's already getting fancy) on an outdoor private veranda, the body is exfoliated with a fresh citrus grass salt scrub and wrapped in honeysuckle blood orange custard.
A 30-minute massage completes the the experience and then you're handed a “Blood Orange Breeze” a blend of blood orange vodka, lemon-lime soda and fresh-squeezed blood orange juice. Have you ever? Well, we never!
[Photo: Auberge Resorts]