Some identify it as a cultural trend that modern society increasingly looks to spa treatments for wellness, relaxation and the latest in beauty and anti-aging care. Centuries ago in Japan, the first "ryoken" (inns) were built to offer not only sleeping accommodations, but the spiritual comforts of fine dining, Zen gardens, outdoor baths and indoor soaking tubs. In keeping with this age-old custom of pampering guests, the Overleaf Spa at Overleaf Lodge in Yachats provides customized spa treatments to soothe even the weariest soul.
"We're small. We only have four treatment rooms, so guests get personal attention rather than feeling like just one of many we're taking care of," says spa manager Robin Morris. "We feel this is a more specialized way of pampering our clients."
The spa is nestled on the third floor of the Overleaf Lodge and one thing is immediately apparent: the view of the ocean is the perfect backdrop for this rejuvenation-of-the-soul experience. The seaside atmosphere is at once soothing and energizing.
The spa specializes in natural products and a choice of treatments where guests can relax in the hands of highly skilled practitioners. The most impressive thing about the spa's décor is the living artwork displayed in a wide, panoramic view.
"Large windows overlook the ocean. We are literally within a stone's throw of the water so you really can't beat that for ambiance," says Morris. "We really play off that for our tranquil mood. It's a very elegant setting, but at the same time, it's soft and mellow; very welcoming.
"We really didn't have to do much in the way of decoration," she says. "With the natural beauty of the ocean to look at, there wasn't much we needed to do to the inside — we didn't want to detract from the view. And the sunsets are spectacular from the hot tubs."
Massage has been around for thousands of years and is the most requested spa treatment. From feather-light touch to deep-tissue work, the Overleaf Spa offers either Swedish or a firmer, therapeutic session designed to release tension and unknot wired muscles.
"One of our most popular treatments is the Sea Escape, which uses stones on various parts of the body to help release toxins. Many of our treatments use seaweed, which is so good for the skin," explains Morris. "It moisturizes and helps protect against sun damage."
Body wraps ease tension in muscles and joints and treat damaged skin. As guests relax, the massage therapist rubs a mixture of sea salt, oil and aromatics into the skin. This exfoliates the skin, leaving it velvety soft to the touch — an hour's worth of pampered bliss. The Spa offers other irresistible treatments, such as the Vichy Salt Glow, Seaweed Wrap, Honey Body Polish and Peppermint Sea Twist, all aimed at pampering the body while restoring a youthful, healthy glow.
Situated between Waldport and Florence, the Overleaf is close to a plethora of options, including shops, restaurants, lighthouses and galleries, as well as the Ocean Coast Aquarium, Oregon State Marine Science Center, Sea Lion Caves, Newport Bay and the Little Log Church Museum.
For additional information, call 800-338-0507.