Credit: Photos courtesy of Keswick Hall; Salamander Resort; Four Seasons

Grape Escape

Keswick Hall is a 48-room luxury resort on 600 acres near Charlottesville, Va. Tucked inside the resort’s members-only golf club is the Spa at Keswick Hall, offering spa treatments to both club members and hotel guests. Though the spa doesn’t currently offer manicures and pedicures, it has a range of facials, massages and body treatments, including a new one called “The Keswick Reserve” ($465). This 3½-hour regimen takes inspiration from the surrounding wine country and draws on the free-radical-busting power of antioxidants. It starts with a glass of red wine and includes a 60-minute grape-seed oil massage, Shiraz body scrub, red wine body mask and Pinot Noir facial.

Another popular winter package is called “A Day to Remember” ($340) and includes a hot stone massage; peppermint-and-wintergreen essential oil body treatment; 60-minute reflexology treatment; and a light lunch.

During the winter, the spa also offers a 20 percent discount on “The Skin Rejuvenator” (making it $260 instead of $325), which incorporates a lavender-infused mineral salt exfoliation, a hydrating body wrap and a multivitamin facial.

Keswick Hall, 701 Club Drive, Keswick, Va.; 434-979-3440;



Kick Back in Horse Country

Opened in August 2013, the 168-room Salamander Resort & Spa sits in the heart of Middleburg, Va., horse country. The resort’s 23,000-square-foot spa features six fireplaces and an outdoor fire pit, as well as 14 treatment rooms that are open to both hotel guests and the public.

The “Rebalancing Ritual” ($195-$220) is an 80-minute treatment that includes a dry exfoliation and massage with essential oils; the products change seasonally. This winter’s massage uses essential oils of pine, juniper and spruce.


Other winter treats at the spa include a self-administered Moroccan-inspired Rasul body treatment ($90-$165), an ancient cleansing ritual that comes from the tradition of Turkish baths. Popular with couples, the treatment includes applying a mud-based product to the skin and then entering a steam chamber. Afterward, you can relax in a mosaic-tiled whirlpool and on heated stone loungers.

Winter hands and feet always need help, and the “Quench Manicure and Pedicure” ($120) combines a sugar scrub with rehydrating shea butter oils and lotions. Add a 15-minute hydrating paraffin treatment ($15) if you’d like.

Salamander Resort & Spa, 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, Va.; 800-651-0721;



cozy up in the city

If you’re looking for pampering closer to home, consider the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, named one of the top 100 U.S. spa hotels by Condé Nast readers in 2012.


A new offering this winter is the “Moroccan Oil Hydration Ritual” ($265-$285), which uses the brand’s hair and body products to rehydrate skin. The “Kate Somerville Dermal Quench” ($230-300) uses a dermatological oxygen machine to deliver a serum of vitamins and nutrients directly to the skin’s pores. The “Kate Somerville Signature Treatment” ($360-$370) pairs the oxygen machine treatment with light therapy to even the skin tone.

For couples, the “Night Spa” package ($1,800) is always on tap but has added appeal when it is cold outside. It includes two monogrammed bathrobes, 80-minute massages, flowers, exclusive use of the hotel’s pool for several hours and dinner. For an additional fee ($500), you can stay the night.

Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-342-0444;