Posts Tagged ‘Tahoe’
On the heels of Heather Mikesell’s blog entry a few days ago about National Sleep Awareness Week, which ends today, I was thinking about a remarkable sleep treatment I had in December. I was going through a particularly stressful time in my life at the end of last year and was having trouble sleeping. Yes, I had broken into the Ambien and it was the only thing that allowed me to get some decent shuteye. I was in dire straits by the time I flew to Tahoe mid-month for opening weekend of The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe (here’s my story!).
While being quietly tucked away in the mountains did wonders for my stress level, the Drift to Sleep ($300, 2 hours) service at the spa really helped me get back on a reasonable sleep schedule. Developed in house, this service took place in a beautiful treatment room that offered views of the mountain. (Actually, the same room that ran on our cover.) I took a warm soak in a copper tub and watched the snowfall while I sipped a special blend of tea, which promotes relaxation. Following my bath, I had a stellar head-to-toe massage that really left me in a sublime state. The best part was that I didn’t have to rush out of the treatment room after my massage was finished—I had 30 minutes to myself to doze off and recuperate from weeks of insomnia. The treatment—and my weekend in Tahoe—helped me get back on track with sleep and sent me straight to Cloud 9!
For more on sleep-related treatments at the spa, click here.
Honoring the natural glory of Tahoe, the Woods and Water experience at The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe will give spa-loving outdoor enthusiasts a true taste of what the area and the brand-new resort have to offer. Through April 11th, the package, which starts at $575 including overnight accommodations, invites guests to a one-hour snowshoe tour of the neighboring forest, which takes off from practically the front door of the slopeside spa. Once the blood is flowing (you can burn upwards of 500 calories per hour!), guests retreat to the spa where they can warm up and soothe any sore muscles with a Pinyon Pine Nut Organic Massage, which incorporates supremely soothing essential oils, such as arnica and pinyon pine, which are indigenous flora from the Lake Tahoe Basin. This tweak is followed up by an Energizing Body Glow & Rain Shower to wash away any remaining stress and sloughs away any winter-worn skin. The skin is revitalized with warm towels that are infused with the fragrance of lemon, lime, peppermint, and pine.
To read about my experience at this woodsy wonderland, click here. Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a full-length feature in the February issue!
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to experience the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe. The forecast called for close to 48 hours of steady snowfall during the first part of my trip and I welcomed the excuse to stay indoors and truly experience the brand-new resort. Its sleek-and-chic look is carried through to the spa, which houses a number of modern art pieces and photographs that are inspired by the area. Also giving a nod to its surroundings, the treatment menu incorporates locally sourced products, such as Pinyon Pine Nut cultivated from the trees that populate the region. Leading up to the visit, I had been having trouble sleeping so I signed up for the Drift to Sleep Program. The soothing service took place in a spectacular room that had a panoramic view of the snowy Sierras. After a warm milk-infused bath in a copper tub, I was privy to an intense, head-to-toe massage and was left to rest—and drift straight to Cloud 9—for 30 minutes.
A beautiful blue bird day finally lured me outdoors to the slopes where I signed up to learn how to snowboard. After being battered by the mountain, I discovered a true appreciation for après-ski pampering. Following a six-hour lesson, I shuffled into the spa—in snowy ski pants and all—and went right for the Ski Patrol Aching Feet Rescue Pedicure. I watched the sunset from the windows in the salon, where I had a direct view of the pine-filled snowy mountains and a watering hole, which sometimes attracts local critters. I got lost in the view and ended up dozing off while my feet and legs were being brought back to life with a deep massage and an application of a menthol masque and peppermint cream. For more on this revitalizing alpine escape, be sure to check out our February issue!