Sankara Spa

The Hudson Valley's otherworldly sanctuary
At Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown, New York, you’ll find the newly erected, 8,700-square-foot Sankara Spa. With rough stonewalls and a chilly exterior on the outside, the spa looks like it belongs within the fortified hotel. But as soon as you walk through the spa’s main entrance, a tranquil and separate-from-the-world feeling encapsulates you. 

The front is walled in with glass so it gets lots of natural light, and the lobby smells like crisp eucalyptus with a floral tinge, just one of the three scents Sankara Spa offers its guests for their treatments. That particular fragrance is called Sea Foam, and visitors can also choose the popular Aromatic Wood, which, with orange and nutmeg smells like Christmas, or the Oriental Essence, a bright, stimulating mixture of lemongrass and Kaffir lime.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Many of the dedicated staff traveled to Thailand to learn firsthand about how to use the brand’s lotions, oils, face masks, and aromas to best service guests.

• There’s a focus on organic treatments, which is evident with treatments like the classic Thai massage and detoxifying facials to body scrubs and the relaxing foot therapy service being on the spa menu.

• Splurge with VIP Treatment Room and the space comes with a private shower, soaking tub, tea service, and a lovely scenic view.
Things to Know
• The best way to get an appointment at this popular Thai spa is to book your services online.

• You can also make changes to your treatment online, as long as the adjustments are made 48 hours before your scheduled day of bliss.

• You can work on your downward facing dog in this spa’s gym on Fridays and Sundays when yoga classes are offered.
The Treatments
• Consider the Swedish massage, which acts to relive the buildup of tension in your muscles and is a great choice for athletes.

• For a lighter massage option, the 75-minute Abhyanga incorporates traditional Indian Ayurvedic concepts and works to find your energy points — a perfect treatment for balancing and recharging your body.

• The spa also offers an Aroma-Lymphatic massage, which is great for restoring suppleness to your muscles and relaxing your entire body. This is one of the more gentle massages offered at the Hudson Valley spa, and its focus on the lymphatic areas help to detoxify, relieve stress, and melt away tension.

• Of course, you could always go for a classic head, neck, and back massage, and the spa offers a medium-to-firm pressure one for 45 minutes.

• Finally, get those kinks out of your feet with the foot therapy option. This 60-minute reflexology session that starts with a mineral-enriched footbath scrub-and-soak, and is followed by a leg massage and blissful respite.
The Facilities
• After your treatment, guests are invited to enjoy relaxing in the anterooms.

• Whether you want to take a turn in the steam room, lay back in the lounge, sip a cup of white ginger pear tea by Tea Forte, or nibble on a fresh fruit kebab and vegetable spring roll — once you are inside the spa, it’s all about you and obtaining your Zen.

• The spa also has a wellness center with gym equipment and a room to practice yoga in.
Getting There
400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, New York 10591
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