It’s pretty clear that couples don’t want to start their new life as newlyweds coming off of a stressful wedding planning period. Their newlywed baggage should consist of their honeymoon luggage and nothing else. New Orleans Bride magazine contributing travel editor Becca Hensley has made it her mission to arm couples with the perfect stress-free getaways to start their nuptials off just right. She has brought readers to the Himalayas with “Say Namaste” and down the shores to soak in wedded bliss in England. This journey takes us to the El Sancutario spa in Spain. Enjoy!
— Kelly Massicot
Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine/El Sanctuario Spa, Spain
An hour from Valladolid, wedged between vineyards, a restored, 12th-century monastery girds a swank 30-room hotel, a Michelin-starred restaurant and an innovative, subterranean spa, El Sancutario. LeDomaine brings wine-sense to the healing arts with a program in which spa attendants proffer tastes and sniffs of the retreat’s vineyard’s own wines and house-made, garden-fresh essential oils. Not a gimmick, this helpful procedure steers guests to program choices, which best benefit their spa needs and desires. Your “vinotherapy” can be matched with simple, healthy menus, athletic options — such as biking — or simply be a route to relaxation between wine tastings.
Room A Deux: Junior Suite with vineyard views.
Prescription: Revel in Le Grand Cru,145-minutes of oenotherapy in the two-person spa suite, experiencing wine-infused modalities from body exfoliation to body wrap. ledomaine.es