Cold Comfort in the Poconos
Forget the 800-calorie-a-day limits and mandatory hikes at those other spas. The Lodge at Woodloch, the first destination spa to open in the States in a decade, focuses on well-being through community, pleasure, and making good choices, not asceticism.
WHERE TO STAY Set on 75 lakeside acres, the 58-room Lodge at Woodloch (866/953-8500 or 570/685-8500; www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com; doubles from $1,500, including all meals and daily treatments) brings the outdoors in, so guests don’t have to brave the elements: glass walls frame an oak forest, enclosed porches cantilever over a fire circle, and an open-air infinity whirlpool is surrounded by radiant-heat stone floors. Request a room with a balcony overlooking the oak forest. Whatever direction you face, you get Frette linens, flat-screen TV’s, and enough space in your marble bathroom for a cocktail party (which is allowed at this spa).
WHERE TO EAT Chef Lyle Bolyard, formerly of the Phoenician and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, has raised the typical fat regulation on spa cuisine from 20 to 25 percent, which means every miso cod and sweet potato–jalepeño soup has exquisite flavor. An added bonus: pair that bison burger with a glass of reserve Pinot Noir or a buttery Chimay ale.
WHAT TO DO This retreat, two hours west of New York City, is heaven for active types. Tai chi, power yoga, Pilates, ice-skating, and morning walks are on the schedule every day. When it’s offered, don’t miss watercolor painting with Judy or an hour in the demo kitchen with Chef Lyle. Should you require a little retail therapy with your radiance facial, the Woodbury Commons outlet mall—with Hugo Boss and Chanel boutiques—is an hour east, en route to Manhattan. —Heidi Mitchell