Squeeze out the Stiffness from a Long Day of Teton Hiking
I visited this spa on a recent getaway to Jackson Hole and can tell you the staff's talented hands are the perfect antidote to the strain and pain that comes with an active vacation. The Avanyu Spa offers 17,000 square feet of pure relaxation ... with the exception of the gym on the fifth floor. It's a great place to get in shape, but I just can't bring myself to compare exercise to bliss – it's just not my nature.
The range of treatments is fairly wide, and includes a variety of unique massages (e.g., Komodo Massage, Sleeping Indian Custom Massage and River Stone Massage), as well as desert salt exfoliation, several facials and other skin treatments.
The spa's layout was certainly interesting. The gym is on its uppermost floor, and the four below included treatment rooms, locker rooms and, on the first floor, an indoor pool and access to one outside. An elevator transports you from one to the next. At first, this seemed cumbersome, but that's probably because I'm constantly in a hurry. Quickly, I came to realize that the forced wait encouraged a bit of patience, moving me into the mindset that a spa visit encourages.
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I walked out the Avanyu Spa feeling limber and warm, obviously the intended consequence of the visit. The no-nonsense kneading of my muscles was much needed, and the outcome fit my expectations. A trip to the Grand Tetons may be built around the great outdoors, but it does make sense to take a break from the kayaking, climbing and other outdoor exertion to reward your body for its efforts. You may not believe it before you step into that elevator and press the button for your locker room floor, but you will as you saunter out the door and back to your room.