Put on the Ritz for a Post-Winter Spa Getaway

This winter was brutal and if, like me, you long for sun and palm trees, the best antidote for it is a trip to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Sarasota, Florida. It is a perfect respite from any cold climate, and offers one of the best spas for rejuvenation and relaxation. The hotel has a welcoming environment both inside and out, with fresh floral fragrances in the lobby, a heated outdoor pool and scenic grounds. Customer service is top notch, and from the moment you enter, you feel a virtual hug from every employee with greetings, smiles and genuine interest. Prepare to be renewed in this haven from the harsh winter.

The spa is where you can really unwind, especially with the Art of Me, a two- hour customized experience that allows you to combine specific treatments that you want the most. My ultimate dream was to combine a body scrub, jetted tub bath and a facial. With the help of my esthetician, Claire, I embarked on my fantasy spa experience.

It began with a full body scrub, concentrating on the cellulite treatment that I wanted. It was invigorating as well as relaxing because of the massaging action of the scrub. After the body scrub I carefully stepped into the large jetted tub and had an Effervescent Marine Bath. The jets massaged my body and relaxed my mind until Claire helped me out and I dried off. I could have stayed in there way longer, but my facial awaited.

I put in my robe and went to a different treatment room where I lay under the covers on a heated bed. I had a modified Ritz-Carlton Custom Facial, and athough the facial was brief, it left my skin smooth and glowing. Claire somehow managed to skillfully do extractions and exfoliate my skin to perfection in a flash.

The spa is so inviting that I didn’t want to leave, so I sat in the warm Healing Waters room with lounge chairs and cucumbers on ice for your eyes. First I lounged with the iced cucumbers on my eyes, and then sat in the healing waters hot tub. The Relaxation Terrace outside the spa is also a great place to sit after your treatment.

The only thing that motivated me to leave this heavenly spa sanctuary was the sunshine outside beckoning me to enjoy its rays. There is all this and a private beach club too, so I headed there to relax in the sun. What more could I ask for?

For more information visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com, or call 941-309-2000.

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