Yesterday, I spent the day at the Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock. John and I went there on Saturday for facials, and I wanted to go back and get a day spa to enjoy a little more R&R. On Saturday we did an a la carte package (i.e. just the facial) and yesterday I splurged on a day pass. With the day pass, you get a spa treatment (or two or three), access to their fitness facility, workout classes, the relaxation lounge, the pool, hot tub, steam room and a four-course lunch.
When I called to book my day, they had a hard time finding me because they had totally messed up the spelling of my name on Saturday’s visit. But, no bother, got that fixed over the phone. But then, when I arrived, they asked me to fill out an intake form again…because they still hadn’t fixed my name. It wasn’t a big deal but considering the price I was paying, it should have been a perfectly smooth check-in and fixed on the first go.
With the day pass I selected, I got two treatments–a salt scrub and a massage. The salt scrub was amazing. The scrub part was quick, but then I was rinsed with a “vichy” shower which rinsed me off while still laying down. Pretty cool. The treatment finished with a massage. If I had known that, I wouldn’t have booked the massage in the afternoon! Before my scrub, I attended a yoga class…which was really low-key, but nice. I lounged around reading books and sipping tea before heading in for my scrub. There was a brief break in the rain and stepped out onto the deck to take in the views. I’m sure it would be amazing to lounge outside with better weather than we had that day!
After the scrub, I sat down for lunch which was in the small dining area right next to the pool. The portions were all small, but I was very full after four courses. The black bean soup, green salad with grapes and almonds, and gluten-free blueberry goat cheese crisp were awesome. The entree was meh – the snapper was over-cooked and a bit rubbery and the forbidden rice was undercooked and crunchy. I really appreciated that they were able to accommodate my dietary restrictions though!
After more reading time in the lounge, I headed to the treadmill for a short run before my massage. While I was running, I noticed a massage therapist at the front desk, looking around, and I just had a bad feeling. I hopped off the treadmill and confirmed that they were looking for me and they informed me I was 15 minutes late to my massage. I thought they had said 4:30 for my massage, but they had me down for 3:30. I truly don’t know if this was their error or mine, but it was really disappointing to be cut short on my massage. When I’ve been to one other day spa (the Grove Park Inn Spa), they gave me a folder when I checked in outlining the schedule of my treatment (I only had one but it was nice to reference!) and details about how things worked there. I feel like Westglow could really benefit from providing a folder like that; they seem to cater more to people who buy an annual membership there and know how everything works there.
The massage was mediocre (I’ve had better at my local Hand & Stone franchise), the therapist wasn’t very friendly, and she had really loud breathing which was distracting. I’m not sure if she had a cold or if it was a medical condition… hopefully the latter because I didn’t exactly want someone working on me that was sick.
After my massage, I sat outside one more time for some calming, fresh air before heading home. The view really was spectacular.
It was a nice visit, but it didn’t blow me away like the Grove Park Spa in Asheville did. That place is just unreal. I feel like you definitely get more luxury for your dollar at the Grove Park! So, would I go back to Westglow? Ummm maybe. I loved my salt scrub and it was definitely relaxing, but I’m not sure it’s worth the price.
What’s your favorite spa treatment? Massage, facial, salt scrub, something else? I’ve always liked facials because I feel like they are “productive” – they make me look good and relax me. 🙂