The Best Gifts Come in Small Packages

Pat White
Tourism Times

For many years, the quintessential spa experience was provided by Elizabeth Arden’s The Red Door. This is fine if you don’t mind traveling to Washington, D.C., Connecticut, New York, Arizona, Texas or Chicago. Thankfully, here in the ILLINOISouth region it’s no longer necessary to make a major trip to enjoy being pampered. With the opening of The New Leaf in Lawrenceville, IL a quick drive to this small town near the Indiana border takes you to one of the most upscale, luxurious spa and fitness facilities in the state. If there’s someone on your holiday gift list who deserves to be pampered, a gift certificate to this place is a must!  

Opened in 2015, the New Leaf Fitness and Spa offers memberships that include access to high-quality equipment, personal training, innovative fitness classes including yoga and spin, a salt water therapy pool for rehabilitation, and steam rooms and saunas in both locker rooms. Currently 300+ members are enrolled. For those who don’t live close enough to take advantage of membership, however, a day or more at the Mandarin Spa will be a special treat.

Many spa facilities offer massages, but New Leaf takes that to a higher level. In addition to their Therapeutic Massage, they have a Couples Escape, which is customized to each of your individual needs, for a special shared experience. The Aroma Hot Stone Massage softens muscles to melt away tension and promote balance for overall health. Or maybe the Body and Soul Aromatherapy Massage using essential oils and the healing power of massage would be a favorite choice.

In addition to these massage options, New Leaf offers several healing and relaxation treatments that aren’t available everywhere. The Radiance Facial Massage exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin. Lots of places offer facials, but at New Leaf, facial cupping is part of the treatment to relieve stress and provide a natural face lift by firming the skin (Ok, who doesn’t think this is a good idea!). For targeted body parts, try the Himalayan Leg and Foot Bliss, which includes a Himalayan Pink Sea Salt scrub and aromatic lavender hand paraffin treatment and hot towels followed by a reviving foot massage. Or you might prefer the Copper Foot Bath in the Himalayan Salt Room with a leg and foot scrub, paraffin treatment and massage after the soak. Spending time in the Salt Room, which is filled with 41 salt lamps and a Halogenerator to help improve the air quality and relieve a variety of symptoms, will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.

Cupping Therapy, Reiki Energy Healing, Thai Yoga Massage, Rejuvenating Body Salt Glow, Invigorating Coffee Scrub and Restorative Detox and Tone Wrap, Himalayan Salt Room and Amethyst Bio Mat Therapy all sound – and are – exotic and wonderful ways to gift yourself or someone else. Each treatment includes complimentary Vitajuwel water, snacks and access to the steam room, sauna and shower room. Robes, sandals, terry wrap and towel within a locker are provided.

I’m sure by now you can’t wait to go but are wondering about the cost. Each spa treatment is priced individually from $45 for a 30 minute Therapeutic Massage to $220 for an 80 minute Couples Escape. Package priced Spa Getaways are available and include one or more treatments and Spa Specialty catered food offerings served in the Mandarin Lounge.

New Leaf doesn’t end at the Fitness Center and Spa. Also on site is COCO’s Café and Wine Bar featuring a great atmosphere, live music on Wednesday & Friday evenings, espresso, wine, beer, hand-crafted cocktails, light menu offerings as well as comfort food.  While you’re here, why not make an appointment for a haircut, color, manicure, pedicure, waxing or other services at The Salon at New Leaf? The Salon is open Monday – Thursday from 10am – 6pm, Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday by appointment. And last, but certainly not least, The Barn at New Leaf is a unique venue for any special occasion including weddings, meetings, art shows, craft shows, reunions, parties, receptions, showers, etc. The Barn’s maximum capacity is 150 people, but there is also an outdoor space that can be utilized weather permitting.

So skip the plane reservations! Indulge that special person at The New Leaf. Details and pricing are available at, 618- 707-2400 or on Facebook



This article is from the 2018 Holiday Tourism Times.

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