True Spa Gems Along Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Spa Trail
- Published: Wednesday, June 1st 2011
- in Spa 101
Tucked away on the Mobile Bay of Alabama are several world-class hotel and resort spas just waiting to deliver supreme relaxation to locals and tourists alike.
The Marriott and Renaissance properties in Point Clear, Mobile, Montgomery, Hoover and Florence, Alabama, are renowned for their quality and value. Two of these properties —The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, and The Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa in Florence — rank in the top 10 for Marriott and JW Marriott guest satisfaction around the world. The highly ranked Grand and Shoals Hotels are two of five Four-Diamond-rated Marriott and Renaissance Hotels along the Robert Trent Jones Spa Trail.
The Robert Trent Jones Spa Trail is a carefully curated group of properties with superior spa facilities. The RTJ Trails concept originated with a golf theme, including 26 luxurious golf courses and year-round play. The trail’s success has thankfully inspired the Spa Trail, which collectively totals 57,000 square feet of spa space.
On a recent trip to Mobile I was able to visit two of the fantastic spas included on the trail; the Spa at The Grand, and the Spa at the Battle House, both of which greatly exceeded expectations. Located in one of many buildings on a sprawling waterfront resort, The Grand’s full-service salon and spa is a peaceful and relaxing hideaway where you’ll quickly forget about anything happening outside of the relaxation and treatment rooms. A variety of treatments are available using Skin Authority, B. Kamis, Decleor, Darphin, and Isle of Luxe products. A spa highlight: the Ashiatsu massage. An Asian technique that includes the use of the therapist’s bare feet, this modality is both exotic and effective, and gives a deep touch that breaks up knots and stretches muscles to relaxation.
At the Spa at The Battle House, comfort is king. In a modern wing of the restored Battle House, a large, luxury hotel chock-full of history and referred to as “Mobile’s living room,” lives a spa and salon where visitors can indulge in a bevy of sumptuous services. Using Eminence organic products, the spa’s treatments range from Fire and Ice facials, to prenatal massage, to custom barber services like hot lather shaves and beard trims. There is truly something for everyone!
For just $40 spa enthusiasts can purchase the annual RTJ Spa Trail Card, which grants them discounts on spa services, hotel rooms, dining and retail shopping. The card will also earn you a complimentary glass of wine, extended use of spa facilities and free makeup touchups! Guests who experience spa treatments at each of the RTJ Spa Trail’s five locations will earn a free treatment at their choice of any of the spas,” Steve Solberg, president and CEO of PCH Hotels and Resorts, says.
Talk about VIP treatment! Cards can be purchased at spa locations.
I highly recommend both the Ashiatsu massage at The Grand and the Eminence body scrub at The Battle House, both services were unique, relaxing and effective!
To learn more about the Alabama RTJ Spa Trail visit rtjgolf.com.