A Spa Journey for a Sunday: A Visit to the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
The delicious aroma of fresh peaches wafted through the air as my therapist massaged the sweet-smelling peach oil into my sore muscles. All I could do was think to myself, “Is there a better way to spend a Sunday?”
A few weekends ago, I visited the spa at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta to experience the Peaches and Cream Journey. (Disclaimer folks, I was hosted by the hotel for this treatment.) It was another tough assignment for the blog — 1 hour and 45 minutes of bliss.
This was my first time visiting this Atlanta spa spot, and I was really impressed. When you arrive, you are greeted with a hand towel and small cup of tea, and your shoes are traded for a pair of spa sandals. I arrived with plenty of time to enjoy the steam room, sauna, and whirlpool. (Side note: The locker room is one of the more beautiful I've seen, with tons of natural light.)
About 10 minutes prior to my treatment, I headed to the relaxation room and enjoyed a bit more tea and some of the light snacks. Once I was in the treatment room, my therapist, Amber, performed a foot bath ritual (which included a lovely foot massage), and she discussed what was to come during my treatment.
For the next almost two hours, I enjoyed a full-body exfoliation (with a dry brush and a yummy- smelling scrub) and a lengthy full-body massage with the peach oil I mentioned earlier. The grand finale? A scalp massage with a red clay concoction that made my hair silky soft. Amber did an excellent job of checking on me throughout the journey to make sure I was comfortable — and her massage was phenomenal.
By the end of the treatment, all of my stress had been smoothed away. I headed back to the relaxation room (where I enjoyed a tasty berry smoothie, which can be special ordered, if you so desire) to enjoy the peace and quiet for a few more moments before returning to the real world.
I can safely say that this spa is now one of my favorites in Atlanta — a FWABulous “fit!” And even better, I’ll be returning to the hotel and spa for a spring detox retreat this Saturday with Tammy Stokes of West Coast Workout. (Tammy was part of the Blackberry Farm wellness retreat that I attended last year, and I love what a motivating force she is!)
If you’re interested in attending the retreat, find out more here. Or stay tuned for next week’s blog to hear all about my experience!