• Relax & Rejuvenate at Ocean Place's Newly Redesigned Spa

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

Maybe it's the ocean views, as the resort fronts the Atlantic Ocean with a stretch of sandy beach. Maybe it’s the amenities—think 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Or, maybe it’s the convenience, since it’s only one hour south of Manhattan by car, train or ferry. Whatever the reason, Ocean Place Resort & Spa has been a favorite of leisure and business travelers alike for 27 years.

Now, with the recent $4 million, 14,000-square-foot spa, Ocean Place has outdone itself. The spa has a South Beach style—think white-on-white with plenty of ocean views. Snag a seat on one of the oversized white chaises and look out to the crashing waves to unwind before or after a treatment. The newly redesigned spa offers a full-service salon, fitness center, indoor pool with heated soaking tub and outdoor pool with Jacuzzi. 

For planners, one of the best reasons to book this spa is its sheer size—13 treatment rooms mean groups can enjoy treatments simultaneously rather than being forced to participate in shifts. From massage and body wraps to facials and herbal soaks, the spa’s treatment menu runs the gamut, while the salon offers hair treatments and styling, plus nail care and makeup artistry. 

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.

 

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.