Where can a day at the beach produce benefits for your body?
Try Gurney’s Inn, New York, which has the only seawater spa in the U.S.
Located at the ocean end of Long Island, the spa’s indoor seawater swimming pool is a well-known feature. But did you know it is the only seawater pool at an American spa?
Built prior to a federal law restricting recycled water for resort pools, Gurney’s 60-foot pool and beach dunes add special therapies to the usual spa menu. Modeled after European thalasso centers that treat rheumatism and skin problems, seawater can produce benefits.
With new owners promising to update facilities, Gurney’s is sitting on a goldmine.
Try a seaweed facial or seamud wrap. Or just relax tense muscles in the whirlpool. Spa operations have been entrusted to Washington spa management specialist WTS International.
New guestrooms and upgraded dining also are on Gurney’s new menu. Under new ownership led by George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman, a multi-phase, multi-year refresh of the entire property began in 2014 and is set to return the year-round spa destination to the epicenter of the Hampton’s experience. www.gurneysinn.com
Back in the 1980s, Gurney’s Inn attracted New Yorkers with an old-fashioned mix of baths and massage in antiquated accommodations. But the seafood and pasta were always fresh, and the staff made you feel welcome. Owners Nick and Lola Monte expanded the spa and salon, brought in professional management but kept a low profile.
At the same time in Europe, seawater spas were bursting beyond therapy. Prince Rainier of Monaco built the first destination spa to feature seawater treatments, exercise facility,and an exquisite resturant to match. Open daily, the spa is linked to two grand hotels but accepts day visitors.
Thalassotherapy was the French response to fitness. Rules and regulations passed by the French government established who could use the term. To be accepted you must adhere to a regimen prescribed by the thalasso medical staff for 5 to 7 days.Thalassotherapy is « the medical use of the beneficial properties of the sea (which includes coastal climate, seawater, marine mud, seaweed, sand, and other substances extracted from the sea) in a preventative and remedial aim ».
The curative qualities of seawater and seaside climate have been used for therapeutic purposes since Roman times; today thalassotherapy is also seen as a veritable aid to your wellbeing.
Along with recharging your batteries, taking care of yourself and reducing stress, thalassotherapy helps you find harmony with your body and spirit as well as solve a specific problem (trouble sleeping, circulatory, arthritis, menopausal.)
Since 2008, France Thalasso has maintained a webssite with informaion on accredited centers: www.francethalasso.com).
Pioneered by French cycling champion Louison Bobet, a new form of thalasso resort developed in Port Crouesty. Bringing together diet, physical rehab programs, and spa treatments, this beautiful resort on the Brittany coast is known as Miramar Crouesty Hotel Thalasso & Spa. Shaped like a ship (floors are named decks), it has an open-air rooftop pool, dietary restauant and gourmet meals.
Today, no deluxe resort can be without a spa. The ultimate experience on the French Riviera is at the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, where products by Carita of Paris are used at the heated seawater spa. And aboard Oceania Cruises’ elegant Insignia you can ejoy a seawater whirlpool plus mud wrap designed by Canyon Ranch SpaClub.
Forget the sand and enjoy the benefits of thalassotherapy.