New treatments, winter retreats debut at The Spa at the Inn at Langley

With a view of Saratoga Passage and the aroma of essential oils on your skin, nothing beats a spa treatment this time of year.

With a view of Saratoga Passage and the aroma of essential oils on your skin, nothing beats a spa treatment this time of year.

The Spa at the Inn at Langley offers just that. In fact, they are debuting a whole new menu of innovative treatments and in the new year, the spa will also premier “holistic wellness packages” for guests — all in collaboration with other local businesses, spa director Marilyn Strong said.

The facility has undergone a transformation in the past year. The Spa opened its doors this spring after undergoing major renovations. The space, previously occupied by Spa Essencia, has become a more airy, rejuvenating oasis for wellness, complete with a relaxation area, steam room and three treatment rooms, one of which is outfitted for side-by-side treatments for couples. Walls came down, rooms were updated and the color scheme is embracing the spa’s new tagline: The Spa — where forest meets the sea.

The update is reflective of owners Pam and Paul Schell’s vision of the Inn at Langley as a retreat rather than just a hotel, and they took a hands-on approach in the recreation of the space by picking out color schemes and more, Strong said.

“The Spa is much more integrated with the inn,” she explained. The place is now an extension of the inn instead of an independent business.

“Paul and Pam have always seen the inn as a retreat,” she said. “Before they built this place they came here to rejuvenate and renew themselves.”

Strong added that this is also the goal for guests. The Spa’s new menu focuses on high quality treatments and the providers use only pure, organic, socially responsible and environmentally conscious product lines.

The Spa offers hot stone massages and aromatherapy treatments. Guests can enjoy the steam room and experience the flow of a facial or body treatment.

Bringing in once again the theme of earth and sea, they are using the ila and the Sea Flora product lines.

Meaning “earth” in Sanskrit, ila is said to reflect the power of nature as a source of wellness, utilizing organic, wild-harvested plant and mineral incidents.

The Sea Flora line is made from seaweed products harvested by hand in the Canadian Pacific Ocean.

The new team of six massage therapists and two aestheticians has recently gone through extensive training with the new product lines, promising a great experience and updated treatments, Strong said.

“These new treatments will be the heart of our upcoming three-day Winter Wellness Retreats which will be offered starting in January,” Strong said.

The retreats not only include massages, as well as wellness and beauty treatments, but offer opportunities for guests to take Pilates or yoga classes at Island Pilates and Yoga in Langley with Leslie Larch or Amanda Murphy. Strong is also looking into recruiting locals to provide guests with services such as nutritional consulting and people who may introduce guests to meditation and other holistic practices.

With nearby destinations such as the Earth Sanctuary or the Whidbey Institute, as well as local parks and the beach, the Inn at Langley plans to offer a spa experience that can’t be duplicated elsewhere, Strong said.

For locals and visitors of the inn alike, Strong hopes The Spa is a place where people find their center.

“The goal is to have some place where people can connect as much or as little as they want,” she said, adding that preventative wellness becomes more and more an alternative to medical spa treatments. Customized packages fitting the needs of the guests are part of that.

Strong said she hopes many Whidbey residents will come to check out the offerings at the spa.

This month, the spa is running a special that gives locals 20 percent off treatments. The Spa gift certificates will also make for a great holiday gift, she added.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 360-221-3022 or email