Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club is set in an old estate upon 380 acres of rolling grounds in Lenox, MA. It is one of the Historic Hotels of America and its centerpiece is a large mansion on top of a hill. The mansion houses Cranwell’s top rooms that are decorated with antiques instead of the modern décor of its other properties. It also has the Wyndhurst and Music Room Restaurants which serve breakfast and dinner. Even if you don’t go to eat, you should take a look around the mansion – there is a welcoming entry room with two huge fireplaces and plenty of couches. There’s also a nice bar if you’d just like a drink. Be sure to peek at the round music room with its carved ceilings.
Cranwell’s other accommodations are set inside a collection of buildings scattered around the estate. Its expansive grounds reminded me of some small colleges. There are rooms in the carriage house and other small cottages, suites, and even townhouses to rent if you’re going with a group or family. The rooms are very large and luxurious with nice linens and all amenities. We had a small balcony, a huge bedroom and bathroom, and a small kitchen/closet area with a fridge, coffeemaker, and sink. Plush bathrobes were hanging in the closet for us and even the small bath products were of spa quality. The only drawback I found in our room was there should have been more soundproofing in the walls, as we were near a storage closet used by a housekeeper and it was quite noisy in the morning when the cleaning started.
Though the rooms were nice, the spa itself is the place to be. It has a large indoor pool with lounge chairs and walls of windows, a gym with treadmills, weight machines, and a yoga studio, but best of all were the locker rooms. Inside them you can sit in a gorgeous whirlpool with a skylight which is incredibly peaceful. There is also a sauna, steam room, and a relaxation room with a fireplace. Everything is done to perfection inside the spa – there are washcloths covered with ice in a large bowl as you leave the sauna, bathrobes and plastic slippers for walking across to the pool, and someone spruces up your shower immediately as you exit it – so it feels very, very clean.
As soon as we arrived, I went down to the spa for several hours and when I finally returned to my room I felt deeply relaxed. The next morning instead of going to breakfast, I repeated my spa hiatus. Another great thing is the small café area at the spa that has free coffee, tea, juice, and fruit (at lunchtime this café converts to a restaurant serving healthy lunches). An orange and a cup of coffee made a perfect light breakfast. If you’re staying at Cranwell, the whole spa is open to you as much as you like. The only extra charges are for the yoga and other fitness classes and of course for the full range of massages and spa treatments.
Cranwell is expensive, with rooms ranging from $195-565 and townhouses $895-1,150, but they also have very good sales. On a sale I was able to get a ‘Resort King’ room for $133 which is great considering two passes to a day spa can go for the same amount.
This relaxing spa was a nourishing treat, I highly recommend it – especially if you can grab a deal on the rooms!
© Christina Kay Bolton