Today’s road warriors find comparable
modern comforts from diverse practices
and treatments at meetings-capable hotels
and resorts around the globe—part of an
ever-expanding product set that includes
programs creatively integrated into group
activities outside of the spa walls.
From yoga on horseback to pre-meeting
meditation, here are some exceptional “out
of spa” experiences at group properties
around the U.S.
From the Source
The American spa story officially began
at New York’s Saratoga Springs. Gifted
with the only naturally carbonated mineral
waters east of the Rockies, Saratoga’s 19th
century legacy as “Queen of the Spas” flows
on at The Gideon Putnam Hotel. Named
for city founder and spa visionary Putnam,
this stately 1935 resort in Saratoga Spa
State Park offers 124 rooms and 22 suites,
alongside 12,000 square feet of indoor and
outdoor function space. The property also
houses the historic Roosevelt Baths & Spa.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary last
summer along with the hotel, the storied
spa came courtesy of its namesake, Franklin
D. Roosevelt. With Saratoga’s waters being
over-exploited at the time, the president’s
local experience with hydrotherapy while
battling polio inspired his funding of new
bathhouses under the Works Progress
Originally “Bathhouse No. 1,” the Roosevelt Baths & Spa features 42 original treatment rooms and comprehensive services
that include baths in naturally effervescent
waters and nature-inspired therapies, plus a
BY JEFF HEILMAN Spas run deep in human history, possibly even pre- dating their formal origins in ancient Greece and early Rome. One possible root of the name is the
acronym of salus per aquae, or the “health from water”
taken by exhausted and wounded Roman soldiers. The
Belgian village of Spa gets credit for introducing the hydrotherapeutic health resort, in the early 1300s.
Resort properties offer unique rejuvenation
Joya Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Roosevelt Baths & Spa, Saratoga, N. Y.