Email received May - 2006
Hi Melissa –
Just a quick update on my weekend trip to SB and the spa experience.
Based on our weekend plans, my friend and I chose to visit The Biltmore on Sunday late morning. Though they’re going through renovations, we weren’t disappointed in the least.
They’re using two large suites to substitute for men’s and women’s changing rooms. The “relaxing” room is still intact and truly provided both a pre- and post- massage soothing, quiet time. My friend said the deep tissue massage he received was the BEST he ever received. I received a Swedish massage and it was equally as good, if not better, as any I’d ever experienced. What added to an already memorable event was the setting – not only the grounds but the actual massage rooms.
Large, open, airy, with a fire place and tranquil music – the ambiance of the room was heightened further by having the doors of the balcony open so I could hear the crashing waves on the beach.
It really was a fantastic feast for the senses! I would like to do it again, but I’m also very interested in the Sycamore Springs retreat you identified earlier in this e-mail string.
Thanks once more for your suggestions and opinions – they were very informative and helpful in pointing me in the direction we ultimately took.
Enjoy the blessed and beautiful surroundings that is Santa Barbara!