By Kenza Salahdine.
As part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Collection, the Salamander Resort is located at less than an hour from Washington Dulles airport located in Middleburg, VA, which can be defined as a little and relaxing “country” of its own. This family-friendly village has been long regarded as a retreat from the limelight for U.S. presidents, dignitaries and public figures. In the heart of Virginia’s popular horse and vineyard countryside, its villagers find peace and harmony in the bucolic landscape.
Upon arrival at the Salamander Resort and Spa Hotels, the Grand Entrance has a regal feel. With more than 50,000 square-feet, the luxurious accommodations of the resort are composed of 168 guest rooms, including 17 spacious suites which are decorated in an equestrian style. This is a perfect destination for solo travelers, couples and families looking for luxurious and chic getaway. Rooms offer a spacious living area, a walk-in closet, a stunning marble bathroom with a television, dining table and a heavenly bed with the latest technology. Relax on a cozy ensuite balcony with an incredible viewoverlooking Virginia’s peaceful landscapes,
As CEO of Salamander Hotels and Spa Resorts, the American businesswoman Sheila C. Johnson, was the first black American female billionaire and creator of this incredible 340-acre and equestrian estate.
Embrace the horse lifestyle at the equestrian center where Ashley will introduce you to the equestrian team, and teach you about the specific equipment for riding, amenities and activities offered. Their core values are built around humane treatment of their horses and they have built programs around horse communication, horseback yoga, and horseback rides to the neighboring vineyards. An activity not to be missed is the magical Twilight Polo match under the stars at the legendary Great Meadow equestrian arena.
The exquisite dining experiences at the resort include Harrimans, the Cooking Studio, and Gold Cup Wine Bar. The signature restaurant, Harrimans is a farm to table restaurant that uses ingredients freshly harvested from their culinary garden, which creates the richness of its dishes. The famous and luxurious Cooking Studio offers an interactive dining experience with hands on cooking classes led by Chef Edwards. Opt for the wine pairing for an elevated experience. Grab a nightcap or some exquisite wines at the Gold Cup Wine Bar, which glitters from the walls to the floors.
What sets the Salamander resort apart from its peers is their award-winning spa which earined the title of the best New Wellness Travel Property in 2014 by Spafinder, and offers customized treatments in a 23,000 square foot center. The center is accessible to both hotel guests and the public upon reservation. Spa guests also have access to the relaxing indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzis that overlook the awe inspiring Virginia landscape.You don’t need to bring any accessories to the Resort; they make everything at your disposal for the pre and post treatment.
Whether you choose to relax and rejuvenate in the luxury that the Salamander Resort affords or you choose to embark on local activities such as wine tasting in the neighboring vineyards or ziplining, you will have an unbelievable and memorable stay.