Sheila C. Johnson opened her long-anticipated Virginia resort Thursday, August 29, but a few promised attractions are still under construction.
The Salamander Spa introduced skin care by Alchimie Forever from Switzerland, and Natura Bisse from Spain. Day spa packages are available for a half-day from $615 on weekdays/$705 weekends. Couples can enjoy treatments together is a private suite, $850 weekdays/$975 weekends.
While the spa is open daily, construction continues on additional treatment rooms in the form of treehouses.
On a winding half-mile driveway outside the storied village of Middleburg, America’s newest spa welcomed its first guests.One of the most eagerly-anticipated hospitality projects in recent memory, the luxurious property features a previously unattainable collection of equestrian, spa, culinary, winery, nature and historic experiences, and is the only new luxury destination resort in the United States opening in 2013.
A decade in the making, Salamander Resort is located on 340 picturesque acres in the heart of Virginia’s famed horse and wine country, 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, an hour’s drive from downtown Washington, D.C.
Inspired by the surrounding countryside and traditions of Virginia hunt country, the main lodge features 168 rooms and suites. Entering the Living Room, two grand fireplaces and intimate groupings of furniture and wide, distressed oak-planked flooring opens onto a large stone terrace and sweeping panoramic views.
Guestrooms and suites reflect the quality details found in a fine Virginia estate: 10-foot ceilings, canopy bed, sitting area with corner sofa, a round dining table for two, executive writing desk, and a 40-inch flat-panel, high-definition television. Many rooms include a working fireplace, while all have a balcony or terrace. The bath area offers a large marble shower with body jets, pedestal soaking tub, stone and metal vanity stand with dual sinks, enclosed water closet, and a flat-screen television.
Each of the four floors is themed by season: summer, spring, winter, and fall. On the walls, photographs taken by Johnson reflect the corresponding time of the year. The resort’s 17 suites are highlighted by the 2,000-square-foot Owner’s Suite, with antiques and collectables from Johnson’s personal art and furniture collection.
The Salamander Spa features 14 spacious treatment rooms with private stone terraces for al fresco treatments, while the locker rooms include extraordinary whirlpools, steam rooms, heated stone loungers, and experiential showers. There is also a Couples Suite with private patio and hot tub. Workouts in the sun-lit fitness facility include an indoor pool, cardio and weight equipment, and movement studios for yoga, tai chi, and other classes.
Capping the spa’s design is a tranquil outdoor courtyard with infinity-edge swimming pool, 5 private cabanas, whirlpool, and fire pit. Cabanas can be rented for 3 hours @ $250.
Finishing touches at the spa salon include hair styling, makeup, manicures and pedicures.
Rates during peak season at Salamander Resort & Spa range from $425 to $575 per night for a deluxe guest room, depending on views and availability. Non-peak season rates begin at $275 per night. Suite pricing ranges from $775 to $3,500 per night. Special group rates, pre-opening packages and creative teambuilding options are also available. Currently, a daily discount of $100 for use on spa services, equestrian experience, and dining.