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Friday Wellness Tip: Grand Hotel Spa Time New Year’s Priority


Dear Wellness Seekers,

Friday Wellness Tip: Grand Hotel Spa Time New Year’s Priority is devoted to getting  your heart, mind and body aligned after the stress and go, go nature of the holidays comes to a close. So I want yo share my Spanista Travel Diary trip to the Grand Hotel Resort Spa with you.  You can easily do this same thing in your own city – no travel needed.

Why not steal away for some down time during this long weekend to visit your favorite Spa to enjoy Self Care Time? Schedule a massage and surround it with quality pre – intention time and post reflective time!  Give your body the tender therapuetic touch it deserves to relieve the tension build up while cleansing your mind releasing any toxic thoughts.

Part of the plan to stay at Marriott’s Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama for a few days is to enjoy the Spa Experience which has a reputation for its attentive staff and therapists as well as its relaxing, upscale environment. I booked my annual start of the new year massage ritual when I booked the hotel dates to be sure I would not miss the opportunity to take advantage of this great Spa Salon.

After a long catty, brunch with my husband, our bike ride and Bucky’s Punch on the Patio it was Spa Time. My hubby headed off to our room to watch football and headed to the Spa.

I expected it to be a busy place this time of year but perhaps the time I choose worked in my favor as there were a few guests coming and going but not crowded. I checked in am escorted quickly into the locker room, given a quick tour and shown the changing room. The space is comfortable with many quality amenities. I especially liked the light weight fabric of the robe – it is super soft on the skin. There is both a wet and dry sauna for preparing your body for better treatment results.

As you can see, the Quite Room was exotically appointed with intimate seating that allowed comfortable spacing and privacy. The lighting was dim and the music of the far east influences a meditative state. The hot steam pool offered ample room to relax and have your own space. A table of fruit infused water, light healthy snacks within easy reach. I settled into a chase lounge chair and preceded to get my mind, body and heart ready for to optimize my massage.


My prep time went by quickly as I was called for my treatment. Frankly, I could have used more time to settle my active state of mind. The deep tissue massage was good but I wished for ‘more’ in the therapist’s technique. However, I realized I failed to communicate my particular needs this time, so the therapist did not know. Spansita Tip: Reminder to take control of your experience – communicating special wants for your therapy can make all the difference. After the massage i did feel better. I returned to the Quiet Room to reflect, finding my mind settled down into a more positive calm state letting my body take in the goodness of therapy.

Spanista Rating on Quality Experience rates Grand Hotel Spa, Point Clear in the top 25% – Excellent, affordable luxury. Atmosphere is cut above. Plus, there is a large boutique offering great selection of skin care and beauty products, fashion, loungewear and jewelry for the shopper who loves to find unique treasures while traveling. It extends the enjoyment.

Friday Wellness Tip: Grand Hotel Spa Time New Year’s Priority message is to encourage you to start the year with Self Care Spa Time this weekend. You deserve it.

Love to hear about your experience!

May 2015 Enhance Your Self Care Journey To Joy,


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