A new resort spa in Lake Arrowhead, CA, draws on the healing practices of the area’s first settlers to offer a truly authentic and indigenous experience.
An ideal retreat for those looking to escape the fast-paced life of Los Angeles, Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa (Lake Arrowhead, CA), located just an hour-and-a-half away, recently introduced an 11,000-square-foot spa as part of the property’s $17 million renovation.
A popular resort town, Lake Arrowhead has a long history of attracting visitors interested in hiking, biking, and water sports.
Giving guests the opportunity to recover from a day at play, the new spa also helps them transition into vacation mode.
Creating a warm and inviting setting, the Journey Suite features a fireplace and private outdoor patio.
According to spa director Maggie Wagner, the atmosphere of the 10-treatment room spa truly encourages relaxation. Inspired by the natural alpine setting, the interior incorporates the use of stones and water throughout and features natural colors, such as beige, muted red, and warm green shades.
In addition to a men’s and a women’s relaxation lounge, the spa also includes a couples’ lounge with an outdoor patio.
“Here, I’ve noticed more so than at any other spas I’ve worked, guests spend a lot of time relaxing in the lounge areas and taking advantage of the steam room and Jacuzzi,” says Wagner.
In addition to a couples’ suite, the spa also features a Journey Suite, which includes a fireplace and private outdoor patio that overlooks the lake. The Journey Suite sets the scene for the spa’s three Journey experiences ($800 per couple, 3 hours), which include The Journey of the Great White Eagle, A Journey to the Stars, and Your Personal Journey. Complete with butler-style service, each of the Journeys offer two hours of specialized treatments. Guests are then given time to relax in the luxe suite.
Treatments also rely on indigenous ingredients, such as sage and pine. For instance, the Wayta’ Yawa,’ “Always Believe” ($165, 80 minutes) is a full-body, all-natural clay and organic white-pine body treatment. Soaring Spirit ($90, 45 minutes) is a stimulating body treatment custom made from organic oats, salts, grapefruit pulp, and pure juniper berry oil. According to Wagner, the focus on ancient healing traditions and native plants gives the spa a sense of authenticity missing in many of today’s spas.
Like many savvy spa-goers these days, Wagner believes in choosing organic whenever possible.
Spa of the Pines
With 30 full-time employees on staff, the spa is able to accommodate approximately 85 guests a day. There is still room to grow though, as the spa typically caters to about 75 guests on a busy day.
The spa also has an extensive yoga program and offers yoga memberships for $50 a month, which include unlimited classes and workshops.