Possibly more impressive than the treatments, though, is the island’s second spa location: the Treehouse Spa, a secluded, two-story treehouse. “We found the perfect spot overlooking the marsh that provides the best views at sunrise and sunset,” says Mondavi. The open-air facility, accessible only by a boardwalk, is built among ancient live oak trees, and features a custom-built copper and reclaimed wood soaking tub for two, a living room/lounging area, a bathroom and a porch to enjoy wine and cheese, the view or just a good book.
The Treehouse Spa is often booked well in advance, since it caters to only one party at a time.
“When you have a treatment at the Treehouse Spa, you can go there for your treatment, have lunch afterwards or go for half an afternoon or the whole day,” adds Mondavi. “It’s not like a traditional spa where your appointment is backed up to someone else’s. It’s your private spa.” Which is good, because according to Mondavi, hardly anyone ever books just one treatment. Among the most popular services is the Yuzu Water Tub Treatment, which is a tub soaking massage. “When you’re sitting in the tub, you’re at eye level with the sunset in the marsh,” she adds.
On the Horizon
Three more spa projects are also in the planning stages, expected for completion by 2008: The Rice House Spa, overlooking the 18th hole of the Ricefields golf course. “Each treatment room will have garden balcony views and a fireplace,” says Mondavi. “This will have more of a traditional spa setting, but each room is designed to give a private spa experience.”
In addition, a spa wellness center will be built at the Grist Mill, an activities center on the island. “We’ll be doing yoga on the beach, Pilates, and other stretching, toning and meditation classes,” she says. And, for a completely unique experience, Hampton Island will construct The Retreat, a floating massage table that overlooks the marsh.
One might assume the cost for a treatment at any of these spas would be astronomical, but that’s only half-true.
“This is a private island for members and residents only, so they set up membership fees so there is no price [for spa services],” explains Mondavi. “When you go to a spa at Hampton Island, it’s like it was built specifically for you. It’s better than going to a traditional spa and sitting with all these strangers before your service, and then afterwards having to pull out your credit card.”
Whatever Hampton Island spa they choose to frequent, the members can count on superior customer service and treatments. “When the guest experiences a treatment, it’s about that sense of place and the services that should be in the area, versus a Balinese massage in Georgia,” concludes Mondavi. “We really try to work hard to create the individual experience, so none of our spas are the same.”
Farm House Spa and Treehouse Spa
Location: Hampton Island, Georgia
Spa consultant: Lydia Abernathy Mondavi
Established: Spring 2006
Square Feet: Farm House Spa 1,300; Treehouse Spa 750
Employees: 8 total
Equipment/furnishings: custom, Spa Equip