The gentle roll of the waves, the sand warm from the summer sun, and the constant, soothing sounds of the sea… Most would agree that time spent at the beach is calming, even healing, so it should come as no surprise that the most sought after spa treatments on the Outer Banks are inspired by our coastal surroundings too. From stones and seashells borrowed from the ocean to algae masques, salt scrubs, and revitalizing massages on the waterfront, the opportunities for relaxation in Duck and Corolla are endless. Cleanse your body, mind, and spirit with an array of traditional and ocean-inspired body treatments, facials, and massages all while taking in the natural splendor of the Outer Banks. And truly, your Outer Banks vacation wouldn’t be complete without a spa visit!
Those searching for waterfront respite should look no further than the award-winning Spa at Sanderling located in the town of Duck. The spa, which is open to the public, offers ten treatment rooms with views of the tranquil Currituck Sound and features many signature treatments that employ the unique natural resources of the Outer Banks. Among the signature treatments is the Ocean Serenity Ritual, a 70-minute experience which includes a massage in the hydrotherapy tub, a sea salt glow and moisturizing body wrap, facial massage and masque, scalp treatment, Scotch Hose massage, and rinse in the Vichy rain shower.
The Spa at Sanderling offers an array of massages such as the aromatherapy massage – try the jasmine and neroli! – and the warm bamboo massage, as well as body care, facials, nail and hair care, waxing, and bridal styling. (They will style grooms too.) From mid-May to mid-October, further your relaxation at Sanderling with a sunrise yoga class on the beach or a private yoga class in the spa. These island rituals will leave you feeling revitalized from the sun and ready to continue your Outer Banks vacation. With two locations in Corolla and Currituck, Eden Day Spa & Salon is convenient to all locals and visitors to the northern beaches. Since 1996, the cutting edge Aveda concept salon has specialized in hair and skin care with services including haircuts and color, bridal styling, facials, and body treatments such as the rosemary mint body wrap and the Caribbean therapy seaweed body wrap. The spa also offers nail care, waxing, makeup, and massages such as the Elemental Nature Massage with your favorite aromas and techniques tailored to your specific needs. For brides planning to wed on the Outer Banks, Eden Day Spa will come to you for spa services on the big day even if you are staying on the four-wheel drive beaches of Carova. Large groups (not just bridal parties) are always welcome at Eden too. The spa’s mission is to make you look and feel your best while indulging in total relaxation. Whether you are floating in the Atlantic or pampering yourself with a deep tissue massage and brown sugar scrub, remember that relaxation is key while on the Outer Banks. Set some time aside for your own leisure and indulgence – you deserve it!
Lexi Holian was born and raised in Duck. Though she may travel far and wide, she’ll always call the Outer Banks home and looks forward to the rejuvenation of body and soul that coming home always brings her.