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Colonial Williamsburg spa boasts five centuries of wellness in Virginia

Having served as capital of the Virginia colony, Williamsburg finally has a spa.

And not just another spa.

Nestled in gardens at the Williamsburg Inn. the spa building has 12 treatment rooms. Nearby, an 18-hole golf course.

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers traditions of Native Americans along with advanced skincare of the 21st-century.

"Our signature services incorporate wellness traditions of 17th-century Native Ameericans and today's advanced skincare," says Kate Mearns, spa director for Washington-based operator WTS Intrnational. Working with historians at Colonial Williamsburg, five spa experiences were developed. Each service draws from wellness rituals and wisdom of its time. These include botanicals used in 18th-century apothecaries, and 19th-century African wellness practices, as well as the Virginia Springs water cures of the 20th-century.

Steps from the historic area, you enter a wisteria-covered conservatory that houses the latest advances in skin-care. As part of Colonial Willimsburg, every treatment has to offer authentic results. There are distinctive massages, body scrubs and wraps, therapeutic baths, and skin-care services. Plus a state-of-the-art fitness facility, exercise classes, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Touring the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg, you can stop in at the apthecary to discuss treatments and cures with costumed re-enactors. And try peanut soup, a healthy staple in colonial diets.

Truly revolutionary.