From Christmas light shows to family reunions, the thousands of gorgeous acres at Callaway Gardens has always been a favorite place for native Georgians. Many visitors, however, had tired of the old motel-style lodge, so the folks at Callaway did something about it.
Callaway Gardens has recently opened the 13,000 square-foot Spa Prunifolia, as part of their new Lodge and Spa. The name is derived from the scientific term for the Callaway Gardens’ signature flower, the plumleaf azalea, and reflects the resort’s long-standing commitment to the environment. All treatments are inspired by nature and utilize product lines with many of the ingredients found in Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden and the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center at Callaway Gardens.
Stepping through double mahogany doors and across river stone inlaid floors, guests begin a journey through Mother Nature’s domain including 13 treatment rooms with a multi-treatment suite, a couples room with oversized soaking tub, and private relaxation lounges resplendent with warm fireplaces, as well as a full service salon and fully-equipped weight and cardiovascular studios. Under the rotunda, the spa’s apothecary displays herbs utilized in treatments including Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender; and Basil, creating a place for therapists to educate guests about the purpose and result of their chosen treatment.
Nature-infused treatments such as the revitalizing Mountain Escape begin with an aromatic cup of herbal tea inspired by Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden and a foot soak in a fresh Spearmint and Oat Milk bath, move to a fresh Rosemary and Sage body scrub, and end with a Pine and Balsam Fir full body massage. For the golfers, the Post-Round Massage includes steam scented with hypnotic Pine Mountain Evergreen and a vigorous massage with hot towels steeped in aromatic herbs and extracts, unravelling “kinks from the links.” Even teens take a break for pampering with a Peaches ‘n Cream Manicure or a Build-Your-Own-Sundae Pedicure, allowing picky palates to choose their favourite “flavour” soak with a dollop of the Shower Sherbet Scrub.
Callaway Gardens and its new luxurious, 150-room Lodge and Spa unlock the gate to an innocent world blooming with year-round gardens, nature trails through virtually untouched forests, butterfly habitats, and childhood dreams, inspiring an appreciation for the “simple things in life.” To experience Spa Prunifolia, a retreat where the elements of both spa and nature interact harmoniously, call 1-800-CALLAWAY or visit www.callawaygardens.com .