THE OLD ADAGE GOES, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Perhaps it’s time we rethink the popular saying. The 21st-century spin: “Amethysts are a girl’s best friend.” I learned this firsthand while on a long weekend getaway to Charleston, S.C., with my own best friend, Jill, when we visited The Amethyst Spa & Nail Bar at the über-chic boutique hotel, The Restoration.
The property comprises five buildings updated and modernized for today’s most discerning guests while still boasting the genuine, Lowcountry hospitality for which Charleston is known. Enjoying a prime location on King Street, part of The Restoration’s charisma and appeal comes from its history: The first building, on the corner of King and Wentworth streets, dates to 1940, originally a restaurant, office and apartment building before an additional two stories were added in 1963. At 269 King St., the second building was originally a department store with connections to the Dillard family. Building Three, a classic example of a Charleston elevated row home from 1886 at 73 Wentworth St., now houses the hotel’s Port Mercantile. Dating to 1907, when it was built as an open-floor telephone and telegraph building, 77 Wentworth St. is the complex’s fourth building. The newest addition, 79 Wentworth, is a seven-story structure with 36 guestrooms and other in-house hotel outlets. The varied personalities, charms and historical uses meld today into the cohesive Restoration.
The Restoration prides itself on a strong sense of community, debuting programming and partnerships that engage hotel guests and locals while giving back to the area. Various initiatives include the fair-trade coffee partner Toby’s Estate, amenities partner Beekman 1802 and a local Artist in Residency program. All hotel guestrooms are suites, ranging in size and shape from studio and one-bedroom to two-bedroom balcony and residential rooftop suites. In addition to the spa, our stop for the day, public spaces include The Library, The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits, The Rise Coffee Bar, The Indigo Pool, King Street Rooftop, The Courtyard and The Port Mercantile Retail Store. Private event space is also available.
While it might be difficult to fully capture the essence of the space in words, one step inside the laid-back but charming, warm and inviting space and you instantly feel a level of comfort and calm — slipping us into the perfect mindset for our Amethyst Signature Meridian massages followed by lunch at The Watch.
I wanted to learn more about the healing properties of amethysts, as crystals were to be used in the treatment. The stone’s healing powers are used to help combat physical ailments, particularly of the nervous system; emotional issues; and in energy healing and chakra balance. Amethysts help one find spiritual awareness, inner peace and balance and enhance meditation and stress relief.
The spa itself is small, with just a few treatment rooms, a nail bar, reception area, a small changing space and a two-seat lounge area. The size and intimacy fit with the vibe of the hotel, and it felt as though we were indulging at our own private spa for the afternoon. After we took turns changing, we thumbed through magazines and chatted in the cozy lounge. As a result of a scheduling snafu, only one appointment was confirmed, but the spa staff quickly rectified the error, calling in the other masseuse. She arrived quickly, only throwing off our schedule by maybe 30 minutes. The staff also happily adjusted the other appointment so Jill and I could be on the same timetable and called the restaurant to adjust our lunch reservation. In the end, it was barely a glitch and barely a disruption to our peace.
In addition to amethyst crystals used along energy points and meridians during the treatment, my therapist placed a large rectangular amethyst under the bedding on the treatment table to work in tandem with the other crystals, magnetizing the negative energy from my body. After a brief consultation, my masseuse deduced the best massage techniques to apply on my muscles and used the stones and warm oils charged with amethyst, sapphire and aquamarine to relieve tension and rebalance my energy.
Other services available, in addition to a variety of massages, include body treatments, facials and a full nail bar. Many treatments incorporate precious gems, including the Pearl & Diamond Signature manicure or pedicure, the Sapphire Copper Energy Facial and the Diamond Dust Body Ritual.
Following our treatments, Jill and I convened in the lounge where we started, sipping green tea, savoring our few remaining moments of Zen and appreciating our rebalanced energies as we prepared to continue our exploration of the city of Charleston. But first we visited The Watch to take in the expansive — albeit cloudy — views of the city while enjoying a lobster roll. Grabbing a chai tea latte from The Rise Coffee Bar to warm us against the mid-November chill, we were fully armed to take on the city.
The Amethyst Spa at The Restoration
75 Wentworth St.
Charleston, SC 29401
tel 843 518 5116
Imagine yourself lounging in a stone cottage suite with a fireplace and freestanding tub, sipping hot chocolate in a rustic game and reading room with a raftered ceiling, and ice skating and cross-country skiing in the crisp mountain air. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? Especially when you add in seasonal touches.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) believes business travel is a fundamental force for good and brings the industry together to connect, innovate and set new standards. With members from across the globe, GBTA engages the many voices of business travel to build a collective future, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers to come together, connect with peers, grow their network and shape the future of the industry.
For the first time in Olympic history, when the 2024 Summer Olympics kick off on July 26, 2024, they will not do so in a stadium. Instead of an Olympic venue, the entire city of Paris will become the Olympic stadium, hosting the games among monuments, on bridges and on the grounds of some of the world’s most historic sites. The Opening Ceremony will take place on the River Seine, where athletes will drift along on a flotilla of boats as spectators wave them on from the quays and bridges throughout the city.
Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus launched a major reconstruction and redesign project in January 2023. Its completion date is set for 2025 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the star-studded hotel debut, which took place June 10, 1955, after only 21 months of construction. Happily, the hotel will retain its urban resort ambiance, complete with its lush sprawling gardens and iconic pool.
Are you looking to enhance your business trip with a little leisure? Look no further than Portugal, a country renowned for its captivating blend of history, culture and natural beauty. And with TAP Air Portugal, you can effortlessly transform your business trip into an unforgettable bleisure adventure. Discover why Portugal and TAP Air Portugal are the perfect combination for an enriching and rejuvenating experience.
The Singapore EDITION officially marks the brand’s entrance in Southeast Asia and Singapore, bringing the luxury of EDITION to the region. Featuring 204 guestrooms, The Singapore EDITION sits at the west end of Orchard Road, welcoming guests to its lobby adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows and a light-filled conservatory at the far wall, complete with a biophilic green way.
Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines reached an agreement to combine, thus expanding services and benefits for customers. In a $1.9 billion deal, Alaska Airlines officially acquired Hawaiian Airlines. First, the deal must go through several federal regulations to approve the merger, a task in itself following the recent break up of a regional partnership between JetBlue and American Airlines.
Learning more about our readers’ travel habits and preferences ensures Global Traveler delivers the content you desire. As the travel industry has adapted and changed over the last few years, it’s more important than ever to connect. To best meet your short- and long-term travel content needs, please help us!
Ideally positioned in Chicago’s enticing River North district within a beautifully restored 1920’s Art Deco structure, Freehand Chicago is surrounded by shops, museums, galleries and restaurants. The holiday season is the perfect time to visit — snowy cityscapes and glittering lights set the scene for shopping along the Magnificent Mile and State Street. Leisure time offers the opportunity to bask in the brisk winter air while ice skating in Millennium Park at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Complimentary ice-skating lessons are offered each weekend and on some winter season public holidays.