7 Heavenly Spas to Beat the Winter Blahs

Are you frozen in winter’s relentless grip? Relax and rejuvenate at these warm Williamsburg area spas. Ahh!

Lomi lomi and chocolate wraps. The recently renovated Kingsmill Resort Spa, decorated with natural river rock accents and Swarovski Crystal-embellished wallpaper, offers so many services it needs a 28-page booklet to showcase them all. Among them are Swedish massage, European facials, French manicures, and a chocolate wrap. The resort has spa getaway specials through March 15 to cover any extended holiday stress.

Colonial treatments. Travel through time to find the right treatment at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. Their unique offerings blend ancient rituals with modern technology. Five signature services inspired by the 17th through 21st centuries range from an herbal wrap and hot-stone massage to a detoxifying seaweed wrap and an anti-aging facial. A lunch menu complements the treatments. Time travel at its most pleasurable.

Well salted. At the Williamsburg Salt Spa, 15 tons of Polish and Himalayan salt create the Salt Cave. Sit in the cave or float in salt-water tanks, which helps the body absorb minerals. The concept is based on the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland, where in 1843 a doctor first cited the connection between working in the mine and the good health of laborers. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot salt rock massages are also offered.

Chamomile and green mint algae. At the Giving Tree Spa at Wyndham's Governor's Green Resort, choose from five types of massage, including deep tissue and hot stone, indulge in relaxing facials, or immerse yourself in body treatments featuring a Dead Sea chamomile mask or green mint algae. The soothing effect will last long after you've turned in your robe.

A family affair. Parents and their kids have a sanctuary apart from all the wet fun at the Great Wolf Lodge. Elements Spa Salon provides mom and dad with a variety of massages while the Scooops Kid Spa transforms your girl into a princess with a manicure, a chocolate facial, and, of course, a tiara. Where else can you feel like a queen while your daughter becomes a princess?

Serene savings. At the Serenity Spa, they promise five-star service at three-star prices with a variety of packages including massages ranging from 30 minutes to two hours, body wraps, tanning, facials, manicures and microdermabrasion that leaves skin smooth and healthy. Enjoy peace of mind and a few more dollars in your wallet.

Dream on. At Dreams Day Spa, every Friday and Saturday is buy one, get one half off. Choose from Swedish or deep-tissue massage, a pedicure or a manicure. Massages are available from 30 minutes to 90 minutes long. They also offer paraffin treatments, perfect for winter-weathered hands and feet or to soothe arthritis. It's the stuff of sweet dreams.

Beyond these top spas, check out other enticing activities and cool things to do in Greater Williamsburg and plan your visit today.

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