The Well’s newly debuted outpost at Mayflower Inn & Spa has set an intention—to offer a holistic healing retreat that is just the antidote we all need now.
The lobby of Mayflower Inn & Spa greets guests.
In the middle of another hectic and hurried day, health coach Pilin Anice pops across my Zoom screen, instantly shifting the energy from frenetic to reflective. Dispatched from Manhattan’s wellness mecca The Well, Anice wants me to pause and set an intention in anticipation of my visit to its new outpost at renowned Auberge Resorts Collection’s Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Conn.
The new pool house features an all-season pool, a traditional hammam with light therapy and aromatherapy and a new biophilic thermal pool, which welcomes guests into a thermal bath surrounded by 400 plants that purify the air and calm.
Like all treatments and programs at The Well, her thoughtful approach to wellness is about establishing and sustaining healthy practices rather than a quick fix. Her probing goes beyond the cursory, taking a deep dive into emotional and physical stressors that might be impeding a happier and healthier life. She is here to help shift the tone, and my energy already feels lighter.
One step inside the recently debuted The Well at Mayflower Inn and its intention is indeed clear. The 20,000-square-foot spa located less than two hours outside Manhattan has undergone a full overhaul. From the Biologique Recherche skincare to chic crystals stocked in the shop, experienced spa savants will notice the elevated flourishes everywhere. The weekly programming is perfectly crafted to fit both the setting and the mood—think nighttime forest bathing, dharma talks and gong baths. The Well will also offer one- to three-day wellness programs and packages, and seven- to 15-day destination retreat experiences. The spa nestled at the iconic bucolic retreat now offers state-of-the-art amenities and holistic treatments ranging from medical and health coaching services to custom spa treatments such as the Forest Craniosacral or the Full-Body Reboot, curated weekly programming, daily movement and fitness classes, retreats and a rotation of “visiting masters” that beautifully blend Eastern healing and Western medicine. Expert practitioners are led by chief medical officer and renowned functional medicine doctor Frank Lipman, adding some serious star power to its roster.
The 35-room inn recently unveiled a full redesign by interior designer Celerie Kemble.
“Wellness has always been an intrinsic part of the Auberge guest experience, but today it is more important than ever,” says Craig Reid, president and chief executive officer of Auberge Resorts Collection. “Through this partnership with The Well at Mayflower Inn, we will bring a new level of holistic health and wellness to the Northeast and provide our guests with access to the most innovative wellness treatments, products, practitioners and experiences in a setting that is deeply restorative.”
The East-meets-West treatment menu speaks to what the world needs now. Acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, energy healing and stretching treatments focus on the lymphatic system to boost immune health. The signature Full-Body Reboot incorporates local ingredients for a total lymphatic overhaul, while the Forest Craniosacral allows guests to soothe the five senses and disconnect from the stress of modern life through nature. “We want guests to feel fully transported and empower them to take greater agency over their health and also have support after they leave us to continue their wellness journey,” offers Kane Sarhan, co-founder and chief creative officer of The Well. “We are pioneering a new way to care for your health.”
Photography by: PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WELL AT MAYFLOWER INN AND THE MAYFLOWER INN & SPA