Sep 30, 2016 08:43AM
By Yvette Lynn
Shangri-La Springs is the historical beacon of Bonita Springs. Behind its stately walls, verdant grounds are lovingly maintained in alignment with management’s passion for generating a sense of community and preserving a healthy sanctuary in which to elevate local talent with art shows, events, program activities and overnight retreats.
Following the original concept of its healing roots, Shangri-La Springs continues as center for vitality where people, art and nature converge. This tradition is integrated into everything from the spa’s focus on natural and organic body treatments to the dining room’s highest-quality organic ingredients, sourced from the property’s certified organic garden and orchard. The dining experience is overseen by Executive Chef Pyro, who blends his art of cooking with hi-tech, energy conserving methods.
The full-service spa offers a plethora of treatments, including traditional and innovative bodywork, facials and energy work. All treatments include use of the eucalyptus steam room and infrared sauna.
Myriad classes to integrate mind, body and spirit include yoga, meditation, dance, hand drumming and more. Monthly program membership is available for $150 and includes unlimited classes with morning, afternoon and evening schedules. In addition, members receive a 15 percent discount in the spa and restaurant. There are two free classes per week for veterans.
The picturesque landscape of Shangri-La Springs features one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor space that form the perfect setting for weddings and other private events. Guided tours offer in-depth historical insights regarding the 8.5 acres of property with more than 40 species of trees formally marked. The source of the spring, for which Bonita Springs is named, is located on the property. A naturally occurring outpour of mineral water, it is believed to have been a sacred place for the Calusa Indians.
A gift shop displays beautiful art, prints, crystals, jewelry, God Boxes, cards, clothing and more. It predominantly sells items handcrafted by local artisans, one-of-a-kind jewelry and beauty products.
A monthly Community Art & Nature Night every second Wednesday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. offers guests a multimedia artistic experience unique to Southwest Florida. From the circa 1921 Great House, from a baby grand piano played by Alchymie to a featured live artist swirling colors to the music, organic wine bar and dining room offering an organic, three-course meal, evenings are a treat for all the senses. Outside, the spa Debo plays the hammered dulcimer and guests receive free mini spa treatments. In the longhouse, there is free community yoga. Local artist Jane Portaluppi Durand works on her latest masterpiece in the form of sidewalk chalk art, and a community drumming circle is also open to all levels and ages.
Shangri-La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Rd, in Bonita Springs. For information call 239-949-0749. Visit ShangriLaSprings.com.