ST. PETERSBURG — What do you get if you combine the historic setting of the Vinoy Resort & Golf Membership, Autograph Assortment, with a renovated spa that focuses on holistic remedies? A day of luxurious.
The Vinoy Spa, which reopened in April after being closed for a 12 months to be revamped, has a little bit of every part. There are specialty massages starting from 50 to 80 minutes, physique remedies, facials and nail providers. A hair salon within the spa presents a full vary of providers in addition to a brand new choice for in-room styling for brides.
Supplied two providers within the new area, I selected the 80-minute Bellabaci cupping expertise ($265) and the Honey & Lemon pedicure ($105) for my morning of indulgence.
Everybody warned me that I’d be lined in bruises from a cupping therapeutic massage, however the Bellabaci employs silicone cups slightly than the standard glass. My knowledgeable therapeutic massage therapist requested me to pick out a scent for the expertise — I went with a shiny citrus choice — and started with a conventional therapeutic massage that centered on my areas of discomfort.
The cups glide over your pores and skin softly, deeply massaging and breaking apart the myofascial layer with out discomfort. It’s one of many solely remedies that may be run immediately over your backbone, which felt divine.
No stranger to self-care rituals, I can say with confidence that this was the most effective therapeutic massage of my life. I completed the remedy deeply relaxed and glowing.
The pedicure, that includes quick-drying Dazzle Dry polish, was additionally pretty. The nail salon has chairs that swivel, eradicating the awkwardness of attempting to settle right into a pedicure seat. The 75-minute remedy left my ft silky easy and my toes wanting cute.
Following the spa remedies, I poured myself again to the gorgeously renovated Vinoy foyer to satisfy docent Trena for the lodge’s historical past tour and tea. Tampa Bay Occasions photographer Martha Asencio-Rhine and I discovered in regards to the practically 100-year-old constructing.
The Vinoy’s historical past goes again to the acquisition of the land after a golf problem in 1923 to opening the grand constructing after a 10-month development in 1925.
Now owned and lovingly restored by the Glazer household since 2018, we discovered that the unique 14 acres have been bought for $170,000. The Glazers purchased it for $188.5 million and have been engaged on renovations ever since. After years of visiting the Vinoy for occasions, this was the most effective I’d ever seen it look.
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After the tour, we have been handled to afternoon tea that includes pleasant sandwiches, scones and desserts from Lottie, the brand new foyer cafe. The tea service is served with historic silver discovered hidden away throughout a renovation.
From the remedies to our tour and tea, it was a sublime and indulgent trip day in my very own metropolis.
Vinoy historical past tour and tea
The Vinoy Resort & Golf Membership is at 501 Fifth Ave. NE in St. Petersburg. Excursions are supplied at 2 p.m. Thursday by way of Sunday by reservation ($109 per particular person for at the very least two folks), adopted by excessive tea at 3. Guide with the concierge at 727-404-5251. The expertise is open to the general public and to resort visitors.