A Unique New England Spa Experience
In addition to the Maple Scrub, the Avanyu Spa offers a number of other signature treatments that embody the essence of Vermont including the Autumnal Ritual, a head-to-toe body treatment featuring exfoliation and envelopment in pure gold and chamomile; the Mountain Man Facial, a deep cleansing and rejuvenating facial for men who are exposed to harsh weather conditions; and the Spirit of Vermont, a unique experience that incorporates elements of Reiki, reflexology and massage to relieve stress and boost energy, focus and a sense of well-being.
Erin, my therapist, met me in the cozy waiting lounge, where I spent a few moments cuddled up in my fluffy white spa robe, mesmerized by the crackling fire and delighted by the surprisingly refreshing cucumber water that was available in large, sparkling pitchers.
The Maple Scrub takes advantage of the abrasive qualities of maple sugar to exfoliate the skin and stimulate circulation. The Maple Sugar Body Scrub product, made by B. Kamins, is a blend of pure vegetable oils and pure maple sugar. It contains vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, plus B vitamins, AHA acids and essential mineral salts of calcium, potassium, sodium and phosphorus. The product is designed to brighten dull, dry skin and leave skin silky smooth and rehydrated.
How Sweet It Is
As I relaxed and allowed the light, creamy lotion to seep into my skin, I had a Zen-like revelation: It is better to be the pancake than to eat the pancake--especially if you're watching your figure!
Then again, my husband had the opposite reaction when I hopped into the car after our all-too-brief overnight getaway at the Equinox. When I told him that I had managed to resist plunking down $37 for a 6.5-oz. bottle of the maple lotion, he seemed overjoyed. As it turned out, it wasn't about the money. "You smell like breakfast," he said. "Now I'm going to be hungry all day!"
The spa at the Equinox is open to non-hotel guests, who are assessed a $50 day fee. However, that fee is waived with the purchase of any 50-minute spa treatment. Descriptions of all treatments are available at the resort's Web site, and spa reservations may be made by calling toll free, 800-362-4747.
Book a Spa Escape, or Pamper Yourself at Home
If you absolutely can't get to Vermont but simply must experience the sumptuous delight of being scrubbed with maple sugar, you're in luck. B. Kamins products are sold by a number of outlets, and you can compare prices online. Of course, scrubbing yourself doesn't feel nearly as indulgent. You might be able to find a loving partner to help you, but before you ask, be sure you're prepared to reciprocate by whipping up a short stack.