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May 6, 2008

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg named to Conde Nast Hot List

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is named in the May issue of Condé Nast Traveler as one of nine spas in the United States to make the magazine’s 12th annual list of the hottest new hotels, restaurants, spas and clubs all over the globe. To develop the list, the magazine’s editors evaluate hundreds of new properties around the world, rigorously evaluating each one on a standard set of criteria. Correspondents visit the properties anonymously to ensure their evaluations are fair and untainted.

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg opened in the spring of 2007 in the Georgian Revival building that formerly housed the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, which moved to new and expanded exhibit space in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum location in early 2007.

Treatments in the 20,000-square-foot spa provide a 21st-century interpretation of five centuries of relaxation and wellness practices from European, African and American Indian cultures. The spa’s signature scent of lavender lemongrass wafts through the three-story former museum which reflects Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area with the use of brick, hand-crafted furnishings and light fixtures and the soothing blue color reminiscent of water. Natural light flows into nearly every area of the spa through the large mullioned windows that overlook formal gardens. Framed photographs of historic Virginia gardens from the Library of Virginia are displayed throughout the spa, furthering the sense of place the spa provides.

“From the very beginning, the team that created our spa had a vision of a spa that would reflect the educational mission of the foundation while providing a rejuvenating guest experience in a serene, private, beautiful setting,” said Kate Mearns, spa director and former chairman of the International Spa Association (ISPA). “The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is the result of the passion and creativity of some phenomenal people – architects, historians, craftsmen, internationally known spa professionals and Colonial Williamsburg’s leadership. By incorporating historically interpreted wellness treatments in a 21st-century setting, we have created a spa that meets all those criteria. And the dedicated and hard-working staff provides service and professionalism that our guests appreciate. After 16 years of working in the spa industry, I am well aware that accolades such as this are not easily earned.”

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg includes men’s and women’s changing rooms with lockers and private showers, steam room and whirlpool baths; an indoor lap pool, 12 treatment rooms, including one for couples, three relaxation lounges, a full fitness center, conservatory salon and retail sales of spa products. A fully trained staff is on the premises daily. The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is located at 307 S. England St. and is open to hotel guests and day visitors. For more information, call (757) 220-7720 or (800) 688-6479 or visit

In addition to The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, the eight other American spas named on the Hot List are Spa Solage, Calistoga, Calif.; Voda Spa, Los Angeles, Calif.; Spa Desert Springs, Palm Desert, Calif.; Spa at Grand Del Mar, San Diego, Calif.; Drift Spa, Las Vegas, Nev.; Spa at Four Seasons, Austin, Texas; Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, Texas; and Solitude Spa, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. 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