Unwind at this country resort’s gorgeous 20,000-square-foot spa.

By Caroline Tell
October 08, 2015
Credit: Grace Hotels Group

For those of us in the fashion industry, autumn kicks off with a ten-day sprint called New York Fashion Week. If you pepper in other obligations, like parent’s night and back-to-school events, the first few weeks following Labor Day become a whirling dervish of deadlines, appointments, and go, go, go. Which is why, as soon as Marc Jacobs closed out the shows, I grabbed my mom and hightailed it for the Mayflower Grace, a premiere country resort tucked away in tony Washington, Connecticut.

From the moment you step onto the hotel’s 58 manicured acres, a feeling of calm sets in. It’s as though you’re staying on someone’s very fabulous, very beautiful estate, but they’re not around. The staff is attentive but not overly so. There is tennis, yoga, an outdoor pool, and a beautiful restaurant and bar that evoke a warm, clubby feel. But the crown jewel at this New England mainstay is the 20,000-square-foot spa. This is where hotel guests—mother and daughters, groups of girlfriends, and couples—can truly exhale while wrapped in blankets as they await their treatment, gazing out at a nature preserve from oversized windows. The treatments themselves are set in giant rooms and feature Eastern philosophies rooted in meditation and wellness. Technicians use products tailored to clients’ mental and physical state. Massages are available in multiple variations, incorporating Thai and Swedish elements and the use of fragrance, while more intensive experiences feature deep soaks, scrubs, and clay body wraps. As the sound of a gong signals a treatment’s end, it’s onto the next activity, or back to the cozy hotel room to do nothing at all.