Driving back to the city from the NYSPA meeting at The Sagamore, we were accompanied by Ingo Schweder (Corporate Spa Director, Mandarin Oriental ) and his delightful fiancé. We stopped at the Roosevelt baths in Saratoga Springs right next to the Gideon Putnam resort, which were remodeled into a beautiful spa just a few years ago. We were impressed with how the spa management maintained the original feel of “taking the waters” in this area, yet were still able to incorporate the services and products of a truly outstanding spa. I guess we aren’t alone; over the weekend the spa, which has 42 treatment rooms, was totally sold out!
And just in case we were wondering whether all the water in those baths is really mineral rich, each of us was treated to a glass of natural mineral water directly from the spring. Ugh, be forewarned – you’ll want to think “tiny sip.” But it did drive home the point that bathing in these waters is different than sitting in tapwater at home. Therapeutic benefits? Well, it certainly seems like a possibility.
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