Peek Inside Two Newly Renovated Dallas Luxury Hotel Spas


The Highland Spa

When Exhale Spa closed during the pandemic, the powers that be at Highland Dallas decided it was time to open up their own space.

“They saw the potential,” says spa manager Simona Stefani, who, with more than 15 years of experience opening and managing spas, was hired last September to lead the charge.

She got to work directing the renovations — “the remodeling was done, basically, corner to corner,” she says — and planning the new services.

Stefani says she wanted to promote a holistic lifestyle with the new spa, featuring organic products and indulgent treatments. She looked at other DFW luxury spas and what they offered, “and then I selected mostly the creme de la creme.”

This creme de la creme resulted in a breathtaking menu over 100 treatments, including massages, facials, body wraps, waxing, peels, and more. You can get a CBD Infusion Body Wrap with Vital Body Therapeutics products, which Stefani says work wonders for pain management, or a Jan Marini enzymatic facial treatment. Of course, a Swedish massage is offered, but you can also try the Lava shell massagethe two-in-one exfoliating and regenerating massage with Himalayan salt stones, or The Highland experiencewhich is a two hour massage from head to toe.

There’s a facial for men with ingrown beard hairs and products and treatments specifically for teens (you must be at least 16 to visit the spa, though). “I was trying to target everyone with all kinds of concerns,” Stefani explains.

But Stefani isn’t done yet. There’s also a gym in the new space, and fitness classes, like yoga, Pilates, power-core and weights, start in March, and Stefani says a new cedar wood sauna is on the way. in preparation for.

Membership to all of these facilities costs $150 per month. You’ll have access to the sauna and outdoor heated pool, unlimited fitness classes, and discounts on spa services and hotel rooms.

Ritz Carlton Spa manager Scott Studstill hopes the new steel latticework in the lobby will become iconic for the new space — you see it and know “oh, it’s the Ritz Carlton in Dallas.”

The Ritz Carlton Spa

How do you keep your spa open during its renovation? That was the big question at the Ritz Carlton, says spa manager Scott Studstill, when the luxury hotel closed its 12,000-square-foot space last November for a $3 million overhaul.

“We always wanted to create a luxurious environment,” says Studstill. “We always wanted to offer Ritz Carlton service.”

This resulted in a somewhat reduced list of offerings — there was no steam room or shower, but the Ritz was able to offer almost the entire treatment menu, from manicures to massages. Guests checked in on the first floor and received a glass of champagne before being escorted to the “spa suite”, which occupied six hotel rooms on the fourth floor.

“In all honesty, it all went as perfectly as possible,” Studstill says.

But after only a few months, the Ritz reopened the new, reconfigured spa a lot of confidence in January.

The new space was inspired by the Dallas Arboretum and uses softer colors and floral imagery. “Our spa used to be beautiful and it was awesome, but it didn’t make you feel like you were somewhere special,” Studstill says.

The new spa, he says, will transport you out of Dallas. “I don’t feel like I’m in town anymore. I feel like I’m in a surreal environment.

Perhaps the piece de resistance – and certainly what Studstill hopes will be the spa’s iconic image – is the new floral trellis at the spa check-in. Hand forged by a local artist Larry Whiteleythe piece features an intricate array of flowers and arching steel vines on the front deck.

The Ritz Spa has also redesigned its menu, adding new services and products. There’s the popular two-hour Calm, Balance, Delight treatment, which includes craniosacral therapy techniques, CBD and a full body massage, plus a redesigned diamond facial using Natura Bissae products, which will enhance your skin’s radiance and elasticity, Studstill says.

The spa is also expanding its salon and gym services, hiring a yoga instructor Shelley Beeson.

Overall, “we want to be seen as a destination spa,” says Studstill. He hopes that once someone finds out about the new Ritz space, they’ll never want to go anywhere else.


Catherine Wendlandt

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Catherine Wendlandt is an associate online editor for Magazine D‘s Living and Home and Garden blogs, where she covers all…


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