The Ritz-Carlton Spa

By Becca Hensley / January 15, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton Spa

The Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando, Grande Lakes

All that’s missing is the lullaby. But you won’t need a tune crooned when you’re rocked to-and-fro in a hammock hanging in the rooftop garden at The Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando, Grande Lakes. There, in this outdoor setting, an able therapist will lull you to repose with an Eco-Hammock Massage. In a ritual meant to evoke warm breezes, lazy afternoons, and golden rays of caressing sun, the therapist melds cranial and sacral massage techniques—as well as shiatsu and reflexology—with ministrations led by the rhythmic motions of this air-suspended al fresco massage table. A medley of fragrant herbs wafts a soothing perfume and birdsong serves as ambient music. Plentiful greenery and rustic wooden benches, carved from found wood, set a bucolic mood at this unexpected tranquil spot above a sprawling, urban resort. Views of the lake and pool area enhance the sense of escape, placing you far from the theme park throngs. End your spa experience at the Scrub Bar, where you can design your own salt and herb body scrub to take home as a souvenir. ritzcarlton.com

—Becca Hensley

Becca Hensley

Becca Hensley

Award winning travel writer Becca Hensley can’t resist the unexplored alley, that glass of champagne in an unknown bar or taking the train far beyond her planned stop. Travel Editor for Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, her work appears in myriad magazines and newspapers including Washington Flyer, National Geographic Traveler, Toronto Star, Fodors, Dallas Morning News, Coastal Living, Smart Luxury Travel and more. Reared in Mexico, Europe and the US, she now resides in Austin.
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