Spa Places in the News
Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan to Open Spa January 2009
at Crystal Mountain Resort play hard. They downhill and cross-country ski, they
snowshoe, they hike, they golf, they bike. Now, they can experience a lovely counterbalance
to all of that activity as the resort prepares in January 2009 to open a new,
$4 million spa in the heart of the 1,500-acre property.
spa will be a natural extension of the all-season resort, decorated in rich ambers
and gold and offering an indoor waterfall, stone courtyards, fountains and native
plants. The facility also captures an abundance of natural light and natural materials,
such as birch twigs in windows and bamboo flooring, a rapidly renewable material.
good spa puts you in touch with spirituality and nature," said Mary Witte,
owner and creative director of r.o.i. Design in Grand Rapids, the company overseeing
design of the new spa.
The 18,500-square-foot facility will
include 12 treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure area, men's and women's locker
rooms with steam rooms and saunas and an outdoor meditation garden with hot tub.
In addition, the fitness facility will include state-of-the-art fitness and strength-training
equipment and indoor and outdoor motion studios for classes such as yoga and Pilates.
spa will provide quiet places to relax, indoors near water and outside in garden
courtyards," Jim MacInnes, president and general manager of the resort, said.
"The human body is an amazing thing -- especially when you take care of it."
couple of specialty treatments in keeping with a "crystal" theme include
the Crystal/Hot Stone Therapy massage that uses warm stones from local lakes and
stream beds paired with various crystals placed on and around the body to balance
chakras and promote healing. The Stone/Crystal Facial offers exfoliation, massage
and a finishing mask. Warm stones then are used to relax the face and allow the
products to penetrate deeper into the skin while cold stones soothe and tone.
After the final mask, crystals and gemstones are placed along the body's seven
chakras to align the body's energy.
The spa is one of only
six spa facilities nationwide to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) certified and the only one in the Midwest.
compares the facility's green design to eating right.
needs to be a way of life," he said. "We believe in promoting healthy
lifestyles at Crystal Mountain, and the facility we construct is just as central
to that philosophy as the spa services and fitness activities we will provide."
reservations, go online to crystalmountain.com,
or call (800) 968-7686.