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December 1, 2006

January opening set for the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg highlighting 500 years of wellness practicies

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg opens in January 2007 with a full menu of services with historical roots spanning five centuries. Extensive research into healing methods practiced by Native Americans, English settlers, African Americans and immigrants from around the world influenced 21st-century treatments designed to refresh and nurture.

The treatment menu was designed by renowned spa developer Sylvia Sepielli, who assisted in the facility design concept and has created signature treatments and amenities for The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. Sepielli is known for doing extensive research to create a completely unique look for each spa she designs, making it an expression of its location and creating a signature that reflects the personality and culture of the area. Among her projects are Grand Wailea’s Spa Grande on Maui, Spa Ojai, part of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in California, and Mii amo at Enchantment in Sedona, Ariz.

“We’re excited to offer guests a spa that harmonizes with its historical surroundings and honors traditions of wellness throughout American culture,” said John T. Hallowell, president of Colonial Williamsburg’s hospitality group. “Nowhere in America is there a spa with an offering so unique.”

The century-inspired treatments range from a soothing aromatic foot bath and ginger and orange body scrub to 21st-century skin rejuvenation. The new spa features products from Naturopathica, True, Skin Bella and Privé. Gift certificates are available for purchase now and can be redeemed when the spa opens in January 2007.

“We are pleased to offer gift certificates now for the holidays in advance of our opening,” said Kate Mearns, director of The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. “Gift certificates are available in any amount and allow a guest to have the fun of selecting from our full menu of spa, salon and fitness services as well as from our unique bath and body products in our Spa Boutique. With a gift certificate, a guest may select several manicures or a day of pampering, a Williamsburg or Arnica Muscle Massage or a men’s rescue facial. The possibilities are endless.”

For more information about spa services or to order gift certificates, call 757-220-7720 or 800-688-6479, or e-mail

The spa is located at 307 South England Street in Williamsburg, conveniently located near the Williamsburg Inn, the Williamsburg Lodge and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The 20,000-square-foot spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, a complete fitness facility, private lounges, men’s and women’s locker rooms, whirlpool, sauna, spa dining and a salon conservatory. The site is the former location of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and the spa is entered by way of a wisteria-covered arbor next to a formal garden and fountain. Architect for the building’s transformation is Glavé and Holmes Associates of Richmond, a firm experienced in the renovation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings or projects in historic settings, linking a building to the long tradition of other buildings and places in proximity.

For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280