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Luxury health resort making Mid-Atlantic debut at The Homestead

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The Homestead in Hot Springs and Canyon Ranch of Tucson, Ariz., are joining forces to create a new spa experience in the Allegheny Mountains of southwest Virginia.

The new Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Homestead will open in spring 2013. The venture represents a first on two fronts. Canyon Ranch, renowned for destination health resorts that focus on wellness, is opening its first spa in the Mid-Atlantic region, and it will include family spa services.

In an announcement Thursday, the companies said The Homestead’s new project will offer a European-inspired aqua thermal area with experiential rains, a chill room and crystal steam room focused on the ancient concept of healing by water.  Fed by mineral spring waters drawn from the surrounding mountains, what the resort is billing as an “Aquavana” experience complements The Homestead’s historic healing tradition of “taking the waters, ” which has drawn travelers since the mid-1700s.

The first feature of the new Canyon Ranch SpaClub will open this fall. The Jefferson Springs spa garden will be a year-round sanctuary for adults, featuring the area’s indigenous hot springs, therapeutic geothermal mineral bath, spring-fed whirlpool and private poolside cabanas.

As the first Canyon Ranch SpaClub to introduce family spa services, there will be pedicures and other services geared for guests aged four and older. Additional services for adults will include massages, skin care and body therapies, three fitness studios, a movement therapy and Pilates room and a cycling studio.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with The Homestead,” Jerry Cohen, vice chairman and CEO of Canyon Ranch, said in a statement.

Peter Faraone, vice president and general manager of The Homestead added, “Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Homestead will be one-of-a-kind in the southeast, introducing our clientele to the spa experience of Canyon Ranch.” 

Besides Tucson, Canyon Ranch has resorts in Lenox, Mass., Miami Beach, and Las Vegas. 

The project is part of an ongoing transformation of the historic resort. Launched in summer 2012, the $25 million project has brought enhancements across the 3,000-acre property, including a two-acre water park attraction.  Construction on the new spa begins in this month.


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