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Relâche Spa At Gaylord Texan Resort

Overlooking beautiful Lake Grapevine and surrounded by rolling pastureland the magnificent Gaylord Texan pays tribute to The Lone Star State as only Texas can. The Gaylord Texan is conveniently located only six minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

As you drive up to the property on Gaylord Trail on the right is a marina, with water toys and boats for all to enjoy.

About The Resort
Guests of the resort experience the best of the Lone Star State. Under their signature glass atriums you’ll find dining, shopping, and entertainment nestled among four-and-a-half acres of lush indoor gardens. The trails around the resort are lined with well-manicured gardens and landscaping. Marvel at Palo Duro Canyon in the Lone Star Atrium, stroll around and take in the festive atmosphere of the Riverwalk Atrium, or taste the Contemporary Southwestern creations of award-winning Texas chef Stephan Pyles at Ama Lur in the Hill Country Atrium. I munched on tapas and soup at Ama Lur which were tasty, and then stopped by the Texas Station sports bar, which had 52 plasma screens scattered amidst the area and the largest big screen TV I’ve ever seen! For pure sports enthusiasts, just below the big screen are oversized leather chairs. There was even Internet access right on the bar. I also had the delight to lunch at the Riverwalk Café. The Riverwalk Café was just that….a mini replica of the original Riverwalk in San Antonio…river, bridges and all. They had a beautiful market-style set-up with local fare of salads, soups, meats, cheeses… most anything to fit any diet or desire.

The resort is large with 1,511 guest rooms (including 124 luxury suites). Each is stately and elegant, featuring luxurious king or double-queen beds, louvered closets and double vanities with lighted make-up mirrors to help guests feel right at home. The ranch-style room that I stayed in was comfortable, with a large cushy leather chair in the corner. I especially loved the balcony doors open, as I could hear the waterfalls outside of my room.

Relâche Spa
The April 2004 opening of Gaylord Texan Resort brought to the North Texas area a Texas-style retreat like no other. Within the confines of the brand new 2.3 million-square-foot resort and convention center gleams Relâche Spa, a 25,000 square-foot European-style spa and fitness center. Relâche, French for relax or respite, is fast becoming the region’s premier hideaway for relaxation, pampering and exercise, as well as a tribute to the Gaylord Hotels brand. Service at the hotel was superb! Ask and they’ll do their best to make your request a reality.

Located within the resort’s Riverwalk Atrium, Relâche features 12 spa service treatment rooms, two Spa Suites, a Quiet Room for meditation and peaceful thinking, a full-service beauty salon and spa boutique. The resort’s philosophy of having “everything in one place” continues at Relâche with the property’s commitment to creating a spa of significant proportions. Also within the spa facility is a state-of-the-art, 4,000-square-foot fitness center with a 20-meter indoor lap pool, LifeFitness-brand treadmills, elliptical trainers, recumbent and upright bikes, and a Smith Press System. The pool area is relaxing in itself, with comfy big lounge chairs.

The overall size of Relâche Spa affords Gaylord Texan Resort the opportunity to offer a bounty of spa services, ample space between exercise equipment, and an array of fitness classes. Relâche Spa features one wet room, men’s and women’s dry sauna, sauna, whirlpool and steam rooms and an array of body treatments. I was greeted at the reception desk of the spa with a smile and guided to the entrance of the spa where I was fitted with slippers and a soft, lined robe…the kind you’d love to take home.

With a full beauty salon, Relâche Spa is equipped to offer anyone who desires them, an array of manicures, pedicures, makeup applications and hair styling. Hand and foot therapies worth noting are the Relâche Signature Spa Manicure which is hailed as a “facial for the hands” and includes a two-step citric acid exfoliation, followed by an essential oil-infused ceramide hand and arm massage and a perfect polish.

You can also experience a special treat in one of Relâche Spa Suites! This perfect couples getaway, allows you to share unforgettable memories side by side with someone special! Enjoy a Swedish or Aromatherapy massage in a secluded spa couples haven.

Signature Treatments
With a diverse array of spa guests, Relâche Spa has created many male and female-specific services and developed treatments to appeal to their distinct life needs. The unique therapies range from Dream Catcher, which submerges the guest in a comforting cocoon of fragrances followed by exfoliation and a massage of calming vetivert essential oils, to Grapevine and Roses which envelopes the skin in rich oils and concludes with a skin exfoliation and relaxing scalp massage.

An alternative to the traditional deep tissue massage is the Hot Rock in Texas treatment, which utilizes warmed smooth river basalt stones lubricated with essential aromatherapy oils to create muscle penetration. I was fortunate to have one of these at the end of a very stressful day. My therapist guided me into the treatment room for a relaxing, peaceful experience. She neatly laid the stones in strategic places on the back of my body, from head to toe, asking as she went along if they were too hot. They were just on the cusp but I knew that the heat was doing it’s trick. She left me alone for a bit to let the hot rocks do their work. She then returned and began the massage part of this treatment. Her strokes were soft and slow, with the hot rocks in her hands. It was a good way to end the long day!

Suggestion:
As with other types of massages, make sure you specify what kind of pressure you would like, as different therapists have different capabilities. If you want a deep massage, point that out when you make your appointment, so as to enjoy this treatment as much as possible.

The signature Texas Red Grapefruit Sugar Glow energizes the body with an exfoliation of essence of grapefruit, sugar and aloe.

The Olive Stone body treatment combines an invigorating body polish of Olive Stone scrub with a choice of body oils to invigorate the skin and ease aching muscles.

Mothers-to-be, as well those not expecting, will enjoy the Bed of Roses cocoon which nourishes and softens the skin and is followed by a relaxing scalp massage.

Among the therapies for men is the Ranch Hand Muscle Buster, a warm body treatment using aromatherapy oils and tension-releasing gel to loosen tired, overworked muscles and ease joint discomfort.

The Golfer’s Massage combines stretching, sports massage and deep tissue techniques to ease tension and increase flexibility.

Also designed for the male audience, but enjoyed by females too, is the Cool Gel Foot Treatment which soothes hot, tired, swollen legs and feet with a combination of menthol and tiger herbs.

I really got there at the end of the day, so wasn’t able to really take advantage of the many services offered at this fine spa. There was the quiet room, with aromatherapy, a water wall fountain and big chaise lounges to lie down on. There was even one for two.

The hot tub was above ground, which was unique to this spa.

They even had a lounge where both men and women could relax for water, tea, fruit and more. This is a nice touch when you are there as a couple since most spas don’t have a co-ed lounge.

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