The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Office of Communications
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg
A Continuum of Wellness
307 S. England St
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Telephone: (757) 220-7720
Fax: (757) 220-7424
Web site: www.colonialwilliamsburg.com
Spa Director: Kate Mearns
Overview: The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers relaxing, rejuvenating and healing therapies
inspired by five centuries of wellness practices. The 20,000-square-foot Spa
radiates Southern charm, harmonizing with its historical surroundings and the
personality of its colonial heritage.
Designed by Sylvia Sepielli, recipient of the 2006 International Spa Association
(ISPA) Visionary Award, and her team, the time-honored health practices of
centuries past are blended into modern spa experiences for each guest. The Spa’s
philosophy that wellness exists in a continuum is reflected in the healing therapies
that have emerged through the ages. A continuum of wellness affirms that personal
health ebbs and flows through time, and the development of new healing therapies
is reflected in the Spa’s signature experiences.
The Spa is located in a Georgian Revival building on South England Street, a few
steps from the Williamsburg Inn and Williamsburg Lodge, directly adjacent to the
Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Guests enter via a wisteria-draped paved pathway
alongside a fountain and formal garden. The Spa is open to guests of the resort and
to day visitors.
Spa Facility: The Spa includes 12 private treatment rooms and a suite for couples, a full-service
salon with three pedicure, five manicure, four hair salon and two makeup stations,
heated indoor athletic pool and two outdoor pools (one heated) and complete fitness
Separate locker rooms for men and women feature private changing rooms and
aromatherapy steam rooms. The men’s locker room includes a large-screen TV and a
cold plunge pool, while the women’s locker room has an experiential shower with
multiple shower heads. Rain head showers and large whirlpools are inviting aspects
of both locker rooms. Separate elevators transport men and women to their
designated treatment rooms. Separate men’s and women’s lounges and one co-ed
lounge provide quiet relaxing spaces to read, relax or enjoy a spa cuisine meal before
or after services.
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A conservatory salon located on the main floor of the spa offers a full menu of nail
and hair treatments for men and women. Heated indoor and outdoor pools are
available for lap swim or leisure, and the fitness training quarters offer a full range
of new Nautilus fitness equipment, as well as group exercise classes. A spa cuisine
menu is available to guests receiving services in the Spa.
Inspired Spa Experiences:
All inspired spa experiences are available for individuals, while some are offered for
couples as well.
17th century – American Indian Practices
Health practices among the Powhatan Indians involved inducing sweating to
detoxify and eliminate aches and pains. Heated stones were placed in the center of a
sweathouse, and as people entered, water was thrown on the stones to create steam.
People then left the house and plunged into the nearby cold stream, where they
applied a mixture of oils and herbs to their skin to close the pores and deter pests.
Cleansing Hot Stones Spa Experience
Individuals or couples can enjoy this two-hour treatment that features herbs and
heated stones to warm the body to increase circulation and relaxation. To begin,
an inhalation of fragrant herbal waters clears energy. Next, hot stones warm the
body and provide a physical connection with the earth. Warm, steaming linens
infused with a blend of herbs cocoon the body to encourage the natural release of
toxins. During this wrap, cool aromatherapy cloths are used to refresh the face
during a facial and scalp massage. After the wrap, a cool Williamsburg spring
water beverage refreshes, and the experience finishes with a full-body hot stone
18th century – Colonial Bathing, Gardening and Wellness
Doctors in the 18th century began to make connections between cleanliness and
general health, realizing that if dirt remained on the skin then the body was not able
to perspire freely – a natural process considered to be essential. The use of natural
herbs and apothecary ingredients was considered to be a cure for a variety of
ailments and mixing these in a bath cleansed and softened the skin. A relaxing bath
and natural herbs and oils are therefore present in the experience offered at the spa
Colonial Herbal Spa Experience
The two-hour experience begins with a warm and soothing aromatic foot bath
inspired by a historic recipe from Toilet de Flora. Next, our delightful ginger and
orange body scrub softens the skin and invigorates the senses. Historically, orange
and ginger were imported and used in the apothecary for a variety of remedies. The
recipe of yesterday has been carefully re-created in a contemporary way. A warm
wrap follows the scrub to encourage increased circulation and ease muscle tension.
The luxurious experience finishes with a Williamsburg massage using 18th-century-
19th century – Virginia Springs and Rootwork
The popularity of early American spas in the Virginia area peaked in the middle of
the 1800s for two reasons: health and entertainment. Spring water at these spas
was used to cure common diseases through drinking, bathing and topical
application. Common African healing traditions inspired health, wealth, luck and
happiness through the use of herbs, plants, roots, trees, minerals and natural waters.
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Root and Herbal Spa Experience
The 19th-century inspired experience re-creates African wellness traditions with a
unique body exfoliation using a variety of herbs and powders, a comforting root and
herbal bath and a strengthening full-body massage.
20th century – The Modern Spa
Developments in medicine, health care, fitness and wellness in the last century
highlight the importance of the 20th century in the continuum of wellness. Massage
became popular and new, beneficial techniques were developed. Inspiration for the
Water Cures experience came from the development of technologically advanced spa
equipment, coupled with the history of bathing rituals.
Williamsburg Water Cures Spa Experience
This hour-and-a-half experience uses water massage and proven spa exfoliating
techniques for the most effective and beneficial results. A full-body dry-brush
exfoliation removes dull skin before a pulsing Vichy shower massage. Guests finish
the experience with a calming bath to nourish and seal the skin with freshness.
21st century – Technology and Refinement
Technological advances in equipment and the development of therapeutic
approaches have created some of the most effective wellness treatments. Late in the
20th century and into today, the popularity in laser treatments and
microdermabrasion has grown significantly, so this treatment offers rejuvenation
based on new technology and products geared for anti-aging to address rejuvenation
on two fronts.
Skin Rejuvenation Spa Experience
This signature Spa service uses modern advances in science and technology to our
ultrasonic microdermabrasion facial. The service begins with a traditional herbal
foot bath followed by an in-depth skin analysis with a master aesthetician and
concludes with a particle-free microdermabrasion facial.
Spa Therapies and Services:
Classic Massages: (One to 1.5 hours)
This popular Swedish massage uses warm herbal towels and customized blends of
aromatic oils to relax, nourish and balance the body.
This therapeutic massage targets muscles stressed in any sport and restores the
body to peak performance.
This is a nurturing and relaxing light massage for mothers-to-be.
This concentrated foot-and-hand massage utilizes pressure points to influence
overall well-being and balance the total body. Deluxe sessions include a 30-minute
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Premier Massages: (One to 1.5 hours)
Enjoy a sampling of many different massage modalities and experiences – a
combination of aromatherapy, sports, Swedish, reflexology, and hot stones and
determine a favorite.
Arnica Muscle Repair Massage
This firm massage incorporates arnica-based massage oil to ease muscle pain and
joint stiffness. Cooling extracts of peppermint, rosemary and grand fir are also
combined with an arnica gel to wrap specific areas for maximum benefits.
Shea Butter Massage
Shea butter is known for its deeply nourishing properties. This massage uses
organically farmed ingredients from Africa to provide deep relaxation and intense
Hot Stone Massage
Smooth, warmed stones are used in this deeply soothing massage that relaxes tight
muscles as well as the entire body.
Step away from technology and enjoy this full-body massage that includes a focus on
the hands, arms, neck, and shoulders. A soothing eye treatment relieves eye strain.
A Wild Lime Blossom Scalp Massage and/or Vanilla Herbal Foot Bath can
be added to any massage to energize, nourish and relieve tension. Adds 15 minutes
to any treatment.
Rose Garden Spa Experience:
Side-by-side treatments may be experienced in the luxurious Rose Garden Suite,
where couples can enjoy a deluxe soaking tub, private shower, restroom and a
spacious treatment room. Adds 30 minutes to any treatment.
Body Scrubs and Wraps: (One hour)
All scrubs and wraps are available with a Vichy shower for an additional cost.
Maize Body Scrub
Freshly ground cornmeal is combined with brown sugar and hazelnut oil to create a
highly effective exfoliating and nourishing body scrub. A warm moisturizer is
applied to reveal soft glowing skin.
Rosemary, Citron and Sea Salt Body Scrub
Sea salts are carefully blended with rosemary and citrus essential oils to stimulate
circulation and slough away dull, flaky skin leaving the body smooth and supple.
Colonial Apothecary Treatment
Create a unique body scrub from apothecary of colonial herbs. Select from either
maize, raw sugar or fine salts, add beneficial herbal powders and blend with a choice
of essential message oils. Enjoy this personalized scrub during the spa service and
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take home the remaining personalized mixture. This interactive service offers a
complete body exfoliation and concludes with an application of the spa’s signature
Orange-Ginger Body Scrub
A fragrant combination of orange and ginger combine with exfoliating sugar to
stimulate the senses while smoothing the skin. A warm moisturizer is applied to
complete the treatment and leaves skin radiant.
Signature Lavender-Lemongrass Body Scrub
This one-of-a-kind treatment includes a refreshing salt glow using our unique blend
of aromatherapy salts. Finish with an application of our signature lavender-
Seaweed Body Treatment
After an invigorating soft bristle brushing, a seaweed mask is applied, and the body
is cocooned in a warm wrap while the head and neck are gently massaged. The
treatment concludes with a refreshing body misting.
Sarsaparilla and Espresso Mud Treatment
A fragrant mixture of herbs and espresso mud sweeps away dry dull skin and
removes impurities. Our unique therapeutic mud is applied to the entire body with
a wrap of warm, moist herbal linens. An aromatic scalp treatment relaxes as toxins
are drawn away.
Body Radiance Anti-aging Treatment
This anti-aging scrub helps relieve puffiness and swelling and restore circulation.
The water-releasing properties of caffeine immediately go to work to eliminate
excess fluid and minimize the appearance of cellulite and spider veins. This radiant
scrub leaves the skin glowing.
Head-to-toe Transformation Treatment
This ultimate transformation uses mild exfoliates and antioxidant-rich masks to
restore luster and tone to the entire body. Begin with a gentle resurfacing of the skin
of the face, neck and décolleté to allow the absorption of rich moisture and
nutrients. Then, a full-body detoxifying mask, infused with sea algae and essential
oils, is applied to penetrate deeply and gently lift away harmful toxins. Finally, a
clarifying scalp treatment and all-over application of soothing and ultra-hydrating
body butter cream leaves your skin radiant and pure from head to toe.
Baths: (30 minutes)
In a private setting, guests enjoy an exceptional bath. Exquisite oils and specialty
recipes are added for a perfect combination. A deluxe hydrotherapy tub features
colored underwater lighting that may be set according to the mood of the guest who
selects from a Colonial Sweet Bath or Colonial Herbal Bath.
Classic Skin Care: (One to 1.5 hours)
Williamsburg Custom Facial
This purifying facial may be customized with our professional quality skin care
products selected to meet your personal needs and skin type.
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Aroma Transformation Facial
This aromatic facial is a blend of several effective treatments, including a deep-
cleansing enzyme treatment, aromatherapy chosen specifically for your mood and
complexion, a rejuvenating massage and specialized firming care for your delicate
Décolleté and Neck Treatment
This intense hydrating treatment is designed specifically for the neck and décolleté.
By helping tone and tighten tired and sun-damaged skin in this highly visible area,
this treatment immediately produces a refreshed look.
Men’s Rescue Facial
Designed to soothe skin exposed to sports or shaving, only pure, plant-based
products fortified with vitamins and antioxidants are used to assure visible results
during this masculine treatment.
Premier Skin Care: (One to 1.5 hours)
Beautiful Skin Refinement Facial
Using ultrasonic exfoliation and leading professional skin care products, this facial
provides maximum results.
Radiance Reveal Facial
This anti-aging treatment with idebenone is great for rosacea and sensitive skin.
This facial series is designed for those committed to a highly effective skin care
program and who expect great results. Gentle resurfacing removes dead and dull
skin cells, allowing the rapid production of fresh new cells, with results immediately
noticeable: increased moisture, reduced lines and dramatically beautiful skin tone.
The 21st-century spa experience is a suggested prerequisite for this facial.
Skin Care Treatment Enhancements:
Wild Lime Scalp Massage and/or Facial Waxing can be applied to any skin
care treatment. Adds 15 minutes to any treatment.
The peaceful Conservatory Salon calms the spirit and relaxes the soul. Women and
men can receive a shampoo, styling or haircut from one of the experienced hair
professionals. The salon is the perfect atmosphere for bridal parties, mothers and
daughters or groups of friends to have a special day of beauty and fun.
All nail treatments are offered for women or men.
Colonial Manicure or Pedicure
Traditional nail care included shaping and polishing using our signature blend of
aromatherapy products. The pedicure includes a mud bath for the feet.
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Lemon Verbena Manicure or Pedicure
Begin with a mild exfoliation using buffing grains to soften the skin, followed by a
hydrating lemon verbena softener to seal in moisture.
Spa Deluxe Manicure or Pedicure
A marine-based mask is used to sooth and refine the skin, including a warm and
nourishing paraffin treatment.
Women can choose to receive a makeup application or consultation and lesson from
qualified beauty technicians individually, or for special occasions or bridal parties.
Conveniently located in a wing adjoining the Spa reception area, the Fitness
Training Quarters contain a selection of the latest free weights, weight-training
stations, six treadmills, four elliptical machines; four tread climbers and three
recumbent bikes, all by Nautilus. Group exercise classes, from stretch and
strengthening and water aerobics to yoga and Pilates, are also available. Fitness
memberships include access to the fitness quarter, classes, locker rooms and
indoor and outdoor pools. Golf fitness memberships are also available.
The Spa offers premium quality spa products and spa-related gifts from leaders in
the spa industry. These products are the perfect solution for holiday gifts, special
occasions and tokens of thanks or incentive gifts. Products may also be shipped. Gift
cards are available in any denomination and may be used at the spa boutique or for
any spa or salon service.
Skin care products
Clothing and home products
Books, DVDs/videos and CDs