It had been 13 years since my last trip to the spa. A couples massage on a Carnival Cruise Line ship out of Miami…on my honeymoon. Needless to say, I was due for some pampering and what better place to do just that than the Ritz-Carlton Spa at Orlando Grand Lakes.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Grande Lakes is the largest spa in Central Florida. The spa itself is secluded and surrounded by lush gardens, a peaceful lake and Spanish-Moorish architecture. It’s easily accessible when staying at either the Ritz-Carlton or JW Marriott and just a short drive from the Walt Disney World Resort.
This, my friends, is 40,000 square feet of utopia!
On the agenda that day… an 80-minute East Indian Lime Scalp and Body Massage ($199). I checked in at 2pm, slipped into my robe and was greeted by Dayana Elasmar…my massage therapist. The treatment was eighty minutes of pure bliss as Dayana used a special recipe of warmed lime blossom and ginger oil to massage my scalp, neck, arms, hands, back, legs and feet. I told her that I was a runner and she tailored my treatment to target specific areas that runners need special attention to. The lights were dim, the aroma of the oil relaxing and it was almost as if the massage was a choreographed ballet set to the background music as I drifted off into a tranquil state of being.
As my session came to an end I had the realization that I’d let too much time pass since my last spa experience and I can’t wait to come back to the Ritz-Carlton Spa again.
Thinking of a trip to the Ritz-Carlton Spa? Here are some features…
The Ritz-Carlton Spa features:
- 40 treatment rooms
- 4,000-square-foot private lap pool
- Outdoor Rooftop Eco-Space with herb garden and Scrub Bar
- Spa Citrus Consultant
- Sauna, steam, massage and facials
- First Carita Institute and Salon in Florida
- 6,000-square-foot Wellness Center
- Classes on Yoga, Indoor Power Cycle, To The Core Abs, Zumba, Broadway Cardio and Street Jazz
- “Tranquility” Spa Boutique
- Ritz Kids and Teen Spa Adventures Menu
- Spa Café Vitale
The spa also has an amazing 70 minute Eco Rooftop Hammock Experience ($230). This journey takes you to a private green rooftop sanctuary. Enjoying the tranquil beauty and peaceful sounds of nature as the benefits of “zero gravity” and massage come together. This fully clothed treatment uses cranial sacral, reflexology and shiatsu massage where the therapist lies on their back working you with their feet under the hammock, while the hammock moves in a rhythmic, rocking motion.
Spa hours are Sunday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm and Friday & Saturday: 9:00am – 7:00pm. For spa reservations please call 407-393-4200 and for more information including frequently asked questions and the full spa menu visit The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Spa online.
Special thanks to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando for providing this complementary experience. All opinions are my own.