Spa day at the Ritz Carlton Westchester

love-opera-victoria-bakerThe staycation: it’s a vacation where you “stay” close to home, typically within driving distance.

I’ve never really been a fan as I feel the familiar environment doesn’t stimulate my mind enough to break from the daily grind. Yes, they are less costly, simpler logistically and easier to schedule. So I do understand that the staycation offers many benefits that a regular trip cannot provide.

But I just had the attitude they were “too little, too late.” I do however love to be proven wrong, and that’s exactly what happened on my first staycation ever: to the Ritz Carlton Westchester barely a 12 minute drive from Greenwich. Find more information at .

Once within those sleek Ritz Carlton walls, you are physically close to home, yet mentally far away. Ensconced in one of their marble bathrooms, replete with sleek decor and state-of-the-art technology it’s easy to forget the outside world.

Of course, the highlight of the Ritz Carlton Westchester is the Spa. At 10,000 square feet it’s the largest destination spa in the county and offers a plethora of treatments including massages, facials, body treatments, hydrotherapy and nail services. They also have a Vichy shower, a couples suite, a rooftop indoor swimming pool with skyline views, a full service salon and boutique. Ladies, there is much to keep you occupied there.

Gentlemen, I know that a day at the Spa seems like the ultimate girly thing to do but let me remind you that being well-groomed is just as critical for men as it is for women. It’s becoming increasingly trendy for Spas to accommodate men with services that will appeal to any dapper gentleman. The Spa at the Ritz Carlton Westchester offers a Gentleman’s Facial where they cleanse and exfoliate the skin followed by a neck, head and shoulder massage. After the gym- sounds perfect.

Ladies, I highly recommend the “Ritz Carlton Signature Organic Facial” designed to help detoxify the pores and restore the skin’s natural radiance. This organic treatment includes steam, extractions, exfoliation, a personalized mask and moisture infusion. Taking care of one’s skin, no matter how old or young you may be, is important. After all, your body is your temple: it houses your personality, your thoughts, your emotions…give it the pampering it deserves.

Whether you go to the Ritz Carlton Westchester as a romantic escape, a girl’s getaway or a business stay- by all means take advantage of this luxury so close to home. I can’t believe I only just found out about it.

And if you enjoy it, the Ritz Carlton Residences are right next door…of course, that’s only if you enjoy hotel pampering, 5 star service and living and only if you want to make every day a Spa day!


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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