Health + Fitness

From Sea Air to Salt Rooms: The 3 Best Ways to Rejuvenate in Virginia Beach

Lazing on the sand isn’t the only way to unwind in Virginia Beach. (Photo: Alamy)

As long as humankind has wiggled its toes in sandy beaches, sea air has been synonymous with rejuvenation and relaxation. That’s why there’s few better places to refresh yourself than in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Whether you want to sit on one of the gorgeous beaches or opt to head to one of the city’s spas, there’s plenty of options to find serenity in Virginia Beach.

The Cavalier Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection

Tucked on one of the city’s highest hills, The Cavalier Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection rolls out views of the Atlantic Ocean. Set back a block from the beach, its inland vistas overlook the Princess Anne Country Club golf course.

The hotel’s rich history includes tales of movie stars, presidents and other notables who used the historic 1927 hotel as an exclusive place to unwind. Updated in 2017, the hotel offers the latest features to help guests relax.

Pamper yourself at its SeaHill Spa, open to both hotel guests and locals. Turn your focus from the seaside scenery inward as you relax in a serene hydrotherapy suite and enjoy a massage, facial or body treatment.

Leave looking as good as you feel. Get pampered at the blow-out bar, or take advantage of the full service hair salon, manicures, pedicures and makeup services. Relieve bloating and water weight before a big occasion with a wrap or select a menu of services for your wedding party. The spa’s pre-wedding care packages get your nails and hair looking fabulous with regimes that can start up to six months before your big day.

Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment Health Center & Spa

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Relax and relieve stress while supporting your body’s healing. (Photo: Used by permission–Edgar Cayce Foundation–Virginia Beach, VA; EdgarCayce.org)

Support your body’s innate healing abilities at the Edgar Cayce ‘s Association for Research and Enlightenment Health Center and Spa (A.R.E.). The Virginia Beach center is the A.R.E.’s world headquarters and offers healing modalities from spa treatments to chiropractic and energy balancing.

Release stress, relieve pain and eliminate toxins with A.R.E. body work. An extensive menu of therapies include salt scrubs, reflexology, massage and so much more.

Enjoy hydrotherapies such as salt scrubs, caster oil packs or colon hydrotherapy. A.R.E. also rolls out a menu of holistic clinical work such as acupuncture, spiritual life counseling and breath work.

Can’t decide? Start with an Express Spa Revive and Relax package.

The two-hour session includes an hour of massage, craniosacral or colonic, 30 minutes of foot reflexology and a castor oil pack hydrotherapy session.

Green Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa

Head over to the Wolfsnare Point neighborhood five miles (eight kilometers) inland for another unique way to rejuvenate. Enjoy a Himalayan salt stone massage while you let tension drift away in Green Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa’s salt therapy room. Tons of pure salt surround you in the above-ground microclimate.

The space features chromotherapy designed to help you heal with a spectrum of colors and a halogenator to keep therapeutic levels of salt in the air.

Book an eyebrow and eyelash tinting session during your visit and you’ll wake up looking great without having to bother with a makeup routine on vacation. Improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles and scars with microneedling or tone skin with a microcurrent therapy session.

Choose from a menu of 10 massage modalities ranging from Swedish to reflexology. Or pamper your body with a 30-minute foot scrub or 60-minute body scrub.

Green Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa even has a selection of 90 organic loose leaf teas from around the globe in their tea room. Take some tea leaves back with you to remember your rejuvenating session.

This article was published through a partnership with Visit the USA, inspiring travelers to explore America’s boundless possibilities.