Mar 23, 2011

Avani Spa

I'm really not convinced you can go wrong with a spa, but I'm sure there are places that don't offer a truly relaxing experience.  However, Avani Spa is NOT one of those places.

I was recently hosted to two days at the Avani Spa, courtesy of The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa and Morrocanoil.  I have to say it was a wonderful experience.

The first evening between our afternoon arrival and other scheduled activities, we didn't really have time to take in the full spa availability but I had an first class massage.  It's been several years since I've had a massage and I certainly hope it isn't that long until my next one.  The Avani Spa has a gorgeous facility and a wonderful, friendly and professional staff.  We waited in a beautiful relaxation room to be called in for our spa services.  When I was called back for my massage, I was led to a nice room with music and candles.  But the best part actually took my awhile to figure out.  The table was heated which helped in relaxing more than I'd ever thought of at the places without this feature.  The massage I got was called a relaxation massage and it was just that.  The pressure of this massage was perfect for relaxing.  I typically pick a deeper massage to have them work out a crazy amount of knots I always have.  But I find that if I am not able to get ice those muscles well afterward, I end up worse off the next day.  So for this occasion, the relaxing massage was perfect.  It warmed up and relaxed and stretched the muscles without getting in deep enough to need to be iced.  I VERY easily could have taken a nice long nap after this massage.  Once the massage was over, I was told to take my time getting up and ready and was reminded to drink plenty of water for the rest of the day.  I did make an effort to do so and did not tense back up that night at all.

The following day, my treatment wasn't until noon so after breakfast I decided to really check out the rest of the spa.  I put on my swimming suit and enjoyed the wonderful whirlpool in the woman's area.  I could have stayed there all day.  But there was a large sign warning of the lovely effects of 'prolonged' use such s nassea and dizziness, so after 15 minutes I hopped out and headed to the atrium pool.  (The hotel has an indoor pool as well but this pool is exclusively for spa visitors.)  I'm told that the pool can fill up on the weekends easily but on a Friday morning is was very quiet.  I spent a good half hour swimming only one other person was in the pool the entire time.  Then I made another stop at the whirlpool before getting dressed for my salon treatment. In addition to the pool and whirlpool, the spa has a sauna and steam room, and always has fruit and juices and teas available for all visitors.  The dressing area and showers are nice and stocked with anything I could think of that I would need.

In the salon, I had the Aqua Embrace treatment in the hair salon which is a series of of Moroccanoil products that left my hair super soft and healthy.  (A separate post about Morroccanoil will be coming soon.)  The treatment included a hair mask and heat treatment and was finished with the original Morroccanoil.  For me having my hair worked on or shampooed is relaxing, but the service included a scalp massage and quick neck and shoulder massage too.  It was very nice.

And I finished off my time at the Avani Spa by having lunch poolside in the atrium pool.  When I heard that we would be eating at the pool I was a little nervous thinking it might be hot and sticky in there and I had somewhere to go from there so being in dress clothes and sweating didn't sound exciting.  But it wasn't hot or sticky in the pool area.  It was nice and refreshing.  The food was delicious and the company was great too!

Atrium Pool in Avani Spa at The Abbey Resort

Sitting area in the woman's locker room

The woman's whirlpool


Me, Cher and Maria before we left. (don't we look relaxed?)


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Disclosure: Although this trip was complimentary, all opinions expressed are my own honest, personal thoughts.

3 comments:

  1. Looks like you gals had a great time.

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  2. Looks like you had a awesome time! The spa looks really, really, really nice!

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  3. Color me green :) What a great way for a busy mom to relax for a couple of days and get all rejuvenated again for her family!

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