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Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
Julie Register visits the new spa at this popular Georgia destination in July 2007

Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia was conceived and created by Cason J. Callaway and his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway, "for the benefit of mankind with the purpose of providing a wholesome family environment where all may find beauty, relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world."

Click to Enlarge - Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
*Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel

Mountain View Golf Course at Calaway Gardens
*Mountain View Golf Course at Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens holds special memories for my husband and me. When we were both students at Georgia Tech many years ago, we would escape the heat of Atlanta summers to the cooler mountains and these beautiful gardens. We liked them so much, we wanted to be married at the chapel in the gardens. We ended up getting married elsewhere, but we did stay at the resort to celebrate Jeff's graduation from GT. We played golf on the rolling Mountain View Course - one of three on the property. We enjoyed meals prepared with fresh vegetables grown in the property's garden (the Southern setting for the popular PBS television show, The Victory Garden). My first hummingbird sighting was here.

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Banner announcing the coming of the new spa at Callaway Gardens in 2006

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Artist's rendering of the upcoming spa at The Lodge at Callaway Gardens in 2006

My husband and I visited Callaway Gardens again last summer. The golf courses still looked beautiful. Miles and miles of nature and biking trails still meandered over the 13,000-acre resort. The beach still attracted water lovers. The chapel was still serenely tucked in the woods on the lakeshore. Over the years, the resort has grown and expanded. A butterfly center was added. There's a conference center. The Lodge is new, and there were banners announcing the coming of a new spa.

Click to Enlarge - Entrance to the Lodge at Callaway Gardens
Entrance to The Lodge at Callaway Gardens in 2007

Click to Enlarge - Entrance to the Lodge at Callaway Gardens
The Lodge at Callaway Gardens in 2007

Fast forward a year. We returned to Callaway Gardens this summer and, of course, I experienced the new spa.

Click to Enlarge - Entrance toSpa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens
Entrance to Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens

The new spa's name is Spa Prunifolia. While the name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, it is perfectly appropriate. The beauty and uniqueness of the brightly colored Prunifolia Azalea inspired Cason and Virginia Callaway to transform acres of depleted land into the sanctuary of natural beauty that is now Callaway Gardens. The new spa echoes the theme of renewal on a personal level.

Click to Enlarge - VIP Suite with a Purist Bath Soaking Tub at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
*VIP suite with a Purist Bath Soaking Tub and private shower at Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens

Click to Enlarge - Fitness Center at Callaway Gardens
*Fitness Center at Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens

Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens opened in March of 2007. It is available exclusively for Lodge guests and has 13 treatment rooms including a Couples Room and a VIP Suite with a Purist Bath Soaking Tub and private shower, locker rooms with saunas, steam rooms, and showers, and women’s private dressing rooms, luxurious men’s and women’s relaxation lounges with juice bar and fireplaces, full-service salon and spa boutique. The Spa Fitness Center offers a weight and cardiovascular training studio, state-of-the-art weight resistance machines, free weights, treadmills, exercycles and elliptical trainers, and cardio equipment with built-in personal TV screens and stereos.

Click to Enlarge - Women's Locker Room in Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens
Women's Locker Room in Spa Prunifolia
at Callaway Gardens

Click to Enlarge - Women's Private Changing Rooms in Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens
Women's Private Changing Rooms in Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens

Click to Enlarge - Lounge in Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens
Women's Lounge in Spa Prunifolia
at Callaway Gardens

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Refreshments in the Women's Lounge in Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens

I visited the spa to experience a Callaway Gardens Custom Massage. After changing into a soft robe in the changing room and securing my belongings in a locker, I enjoyed the steam and sauna. When I couldn't stand the heat any longer, I headed to the lounge to wait.

Click to Enlarge - Treatment Room at Callaway Gardens
*Treatment Room in Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens

At the appointed time, I was escorted to my treatment room. I climbed in between the very comfortable Comphy Sheets and the Callaway Gardens Custom Massage began. The therapist gave an excellent Swedish massage with a Deep Forest Infusion. This purifying respiratory oil contains Silver Fir, Pine and Red Mandarin to open sinuses and clear the lungs while promoting deep relaxation. And it was Totally Relaxing. Other organic herbal and aromatherapy oils inspired by Callaway Gardens I could have chosen include:

  • Arnica Infusion: This warming oil is blended with extracts of Arnica, Basil and Bay Laurel. Perfect for the sports enthusiast.
  • Lavender Infusion: This calming oil is blended with extracts of Lavandin and Lavender.
  • Lemon & Cypress Infusion: This reparative and energizing oil contains fresh Lemon and is blended with extracts of Geranium, Juniper and Cypress to enliven the senses. Perfect for travel-weary bodies.

Many of the other services offered at Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens are inspired by regional herbs and plants. They include:

Massage Therapy

  • Callaway Gardens Custom Massage
  • Irish Moss Detox Body Massage
  • Evergreen Hot Towel Body Bliss
  • Ginseng & Peppermint Muscle Repair Treatment
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Reflexology

Botanical Body Treatments

  • Rosemary Citron Sea Salt Scrub
  • Lemon Verbena Body Polish
  • Botanical Body Melt Scalp and Body Treatment
  • Super Saturation

Garden Journeys

  • Soak and Relax Journey - Create Your Own Therapy
  • Mountain Escape
  • Garden of Earthly Delights
  • Nature's Antidote

Facials Treatments

  • Prunifolia Signature Facial
  • Organic Garden Enzyme Peel
  • Moisture Drench Facial
  • Soothing Earth Facial
  • Baby Boomer Facial

Hair Styling Services

Garden Discoveries Packages

Treatments for Two

  • Couples Massage
  • Side-by-Side Facial
  • Lemon Body Polish / Massage
  • Dual Choices

Just for the Gentleman

  • Callaway Gardens Custom Massage
  • Post-Round Massage
  • The Piedmont Gentleman's Facial
  • The VIP Treatment
  • Super Saturation
  • Men's Conditioning Pedicure
  • Men's Restoration Manicure

For Young Adults

  • Teen Discovery Facial
  • Peaches 'n' Cream Manicure
  • Build-Your-Own-Sundae Pedicure
  • Natural Beauty Makeup
  • Massage for Two

The Image Center

  • Callaway Classic Manicure
  • Callaway Classic Pedicure
  • Garden Aromatherapy Manicure
  • Garden Aromatherapy Pedicure
  • Enhancements
    • Polish Change
    • French Nails
    • Aromatherapy Paraffin Treatment
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Spa Prunifolia
 Address: GA Hwy 18/354
, Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822-2000
706-663-5125 or

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Spa Admission
Spa treatments are available exclusively to Lodge overnight guests age 18 and over. Guests ages 14-17 may engage in specifically designed Young Adult Services when accompanied by a parent or adult.
Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is complimentary and exclusively for all Lodge overnight guests ages 16 and over. Personal training is available.
Exercise Classes
A variety of group exercise classes are available to Callaway Gardens overnight guests ages 16 and over. Reservations are suggested.
Appointment Scheduling
Please call as far in advance as possible to ensure availability of your requested service or therapist. A credit card or resort room number is required to confirm your appointment.
Rescheduling or Cancelling Appointments
The full value of the service will be charged for rescheduling or cancellations made after 4 pm the day before the appointment.
Gratuity / Service Charge
For your convenience, a 20% gratuity/service charge will be automatically added to all services and packages.
Special Requests
Based on availability, the spa will make every effort to accommodate special requests.
Medical and Well Being
Please inform the spa of any medical or special needs such as high blood pressure, allergies, pregnancy or any physical conditions or ailments that require attention. for your safety and well being, the spa strongly discourages alcohol consumption prior to spa treatments, immediate sun exposure following skin care therapy, and shaving before or after exfoliation treatments.
Spa Attire
Complimentary use of spa robes, slippers and lockers is provided for all spa guests. Most guests prefer to fully undress for treatments. The spa staff is professionally trained in proper draping designed to ensure modesty and comfort throughout the service. However, if you would be more comfortable, you may wear undergarments during your treatments.
Arrival Time
Enhance the effectiveness of your scheduled treatments by first unwinding in the steam rooms
, saunas and relaxation lounges. We invite you to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled spa service to check in, change into spa attire and relax. Please note that treatments begin and end at the time scheduled. No adjustments can be made for late arrivals. To ensure that all Spa Prunifolia guests receive their full treatments, appointments for late arrivals will end at the scheduled time.
Your Experience
discuss any of your preferences or special needs with the spa staff prior to your visit. This will help the spa better prepare to meet your needs and make your spa experience exceptional.
Also, please communicate with your therapist regarding room temperature, pressure and technique to ensure your overall comfort.

do not bring jewelry or other valuables to the spa. Unfortunately, the spa is not able to assume responsibility for valuables that are lost or left at the spa.
To preserve tranquility, Spa Prunifolia is a pager-, cell phone-, alcohol- and smoke-free environment.
Gift Certificates
Gift Certificates for Spa, Image Center and Fitness Center services and spa retail items are an ideal year-round gift for any special occasion. Please inquire at the Spa Reception Desk.
Spa Boutique
Bring your Spa Prunifolia experience home with you. Your favorite spa products used in the spa's treatments and spa gift items are available in the Spa Boutique.

Photos copyright 2007 Julie Register
unless marked * which are provided by Callaway Gardens



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