Mallory wanted to write a short review of her Heavenly Escape at The Ritz Carlton Spa Amelia Island Resort. A benefit of the American Express Platinum Card is you can book hotel stays through their Fine Hotels and Resorts portal. When booked through that portal you get a room upgrade when available, Guaranteed 4PM check-out, daily breakfast for 2, and a unique gift. The unique gift in this case was $100 credit to the spa at the resort. Without further ado, here is Mallory’s review!
The Ritz Carlton Spa has a myriad of services to chose from. At first glance I was a bit overwhelmed by the menu. The prices seemed a bit steep but I wasn’t surprised due to the type of hotel. The services ranged from massages, facials, body wraps, and peels to chakra balancing reiki and reflexology treatments. After much debate I decided on the “Heavenly Escape”, which included a massage, hot paraffin wax and hair hot oil treatment.
To schedule a treatment you can go to the concierge desk or you can call the spa from your room. The Spa opened at 9am and I received a prompt call to confirm the treatment and time of my booking. The receptionist said that I was more than welcome to come early to use the spa facilities so I obliged.
I entered the spa and they had lots of scents and merchandise displayed and for sale. They had some infused water and some lounge chairs to sit on while waiting. In the lobby I noticed a Himalayan Salt lamp on the floor, and assumed it was a foot warmer (because these rocks are supposed to neutralize ions from the environment and body), so I decided to put my feet on it while I waited.
The receptionist came to the front and looked at me strangely and told me that the rock was in fact just a floor lamp and not a foot warmer. I was embarrassed and wondered how many other people had possibly thought it was for your feet too. Before the treatment I received a tour of the spa locker rooms, waiting rooms, pool, sauna and Jacuzzi room. I spent my time swimming and drinking some hot black orchid tea in my nice Ritz bath robe and flip flops.
My masseuse came to get me in the waiting room, and we went went into the massage parlor. She then gave me a tube of honey to awaken all five senses. I love honey, so I had no reservations but I pondered if honey really had that effect. The music was very soothing and the light was very dim. The masseuse told me where to put my clothes and then she stepped out of the room.
The massage was too light for the first 30 minutes. Then the masseuse finally asked if the pressure was OK. It could have been a bit harder. She mainly focused on my neck and back for the massage. She then placed my hands and feet into these bags filled with hot paraffin wax and massaged it into my skin until it took form. After that, she put a hot oil masque on my hair. The oil smelled really good and the scalp massage that accompanied it wasn’t bad either.
The wax was removed from my hands and feet then the table was lowered and my 80 minute treatment was finished. I donned my clothes and met my masseuse back in the hallway and she asked how it was. I replied good and she then gave me a delicious chilled coconut water. She told me that I could leave the oil in my hair and it would act like a leave in conditioner or I could rinse it out.
After a shower and gathering my belongings, I made my way to the front desk where I checked out and received a free spa gift. I had a choice of three different bath salt scents, I picked the more floral scent.
My overall experience at the spa was definitely relaxing. The Heavenly Escape treatment was nice, but I think I have had just as heavenly at other spas. If I were to go again I would probably try a service that you wouldn’t typically find at your local spa like Reiki or reflexology. I would recommend the Ritz Carlton Spa to anyone staying at the resort that wants to get away from the screaming children or all the hubbub of the resort!