LIVING SPA, TRAVELING HEALTHY IN DALLASFairmont Dallas Chef in his rooftop garden

Dallas offers plenty for the spa-goer, the fitness buff and the healthy eater.

by Anne Dimon

Live Large, Think Big is the Dallas slogan, but I’m thinking “live slim, think healthy” might also be a good fit. This proud to be “green” city, boasts a number of great spas, a variety of places to work out indoors and out, and a thriving culinary scene that's a lot about eating healthy. Here’s a random sampling of what Dallas offers the spa-goer and wellness-minded traveller:

Where to Spa
Where to Eat
Where to Run/Cycle




Where to Spa

The Spa at the Crescent in the Rosewood Crescent Hotel is one of those places where you can easily spend the entire day. Not just because of the spacious spa and extensive menu of services but also because of other facilities such as the state-of-the-art gym, the variety of fitness classes and the all-day Spa Café, also open to the public.

If you’re looking for a locally inspired spa treatment, try the Texas Crushed Cabernet Scrub or the Cowboy Boogie Pedicure which includes moor mud and heated booties. Choose the Lavender Pedicure and you get to snack on freshly-baked lavender shortbread cookies. A few of the more unique and especially lavish treatments include the Javanese Lulur (I’ve had this in Indonesia and it’s truly special) and the Bali Spice Boreh Ritual. Both equally exotic.

At the Spa & Salon at the Four Seasons Resort & Club a country club feeling prevails and day spa guests have access to a number of resort extras such as an outdoor jogging track and swimming pools. The resort also has two golf courses, a mega sports club and 12 tennis courts. Of course, enjoying the day just sitting around the beautifully-appointed spa lounge, where gauzy drapery creates cozy corners for enjoying a spa lunch, is another way to go.

For a local feel there’s the Cowboy Shiner Soak which includes a power jet bath followed by a customized massage, then an ice-cold local Shiner beer. It’s a guy thing.

For spa bragging rights – the Spa at the Ritz Carlton boasts the eight-hand massage. Many spas offer four-hand massages (two-therapists working simultaneously), but eight hands on? Totally Dallas.


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Where to Eat

Tucked into the Oakcliff neighbourhood, the original Spiral Diner & Bakery serves comfort food a-la-vegan – no meat, no dairy, no eggs and most ingredients are organic. Try the Mitch Tofu Club, a grilled tofu sandwich with soy “bacon’ bits and chipotle majo. On Sundays, there’s an all-you-can-eat pancake (whole wheat, no dairy) breakfast. The place isn’t fancy but the food is great.

For something more elegant, I suggest the posh Pyramid Restaurant at The Fairmont Dallas where executive chef Andre Natera is so into the fresh/local scene he works his own substantial roof top garden home to herbs, spices, vegetables and fruit. There is also a greenhouse for seedlings, especially helpful in the cold months. About 90 percent of the herbs and spices used in food prep in Pyramid come from the garden. Other locally sourced items include olive oil from Texas Olive Oil Ranch, award winning cheese from Brazos Valley Cheese, Lucky Layla Farms butter and Texas Honey Bee Guild honey.

Villa-O, a Knox-Henderson neighbourhood trattoria with classic Italian cuisine, a subtle nautical theme and a popular outdoor patio might just serve up the tastiest healthy pizza on the planet. Healthy because the crust is made with semolina and wheat flour, and the toppings are all organic or naturally raised. Cooked in a wood burning brick oven adds additional flavour. The portabello mushroom “fries” served with tomato aioli dip are also
delish.

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Where to Run/Cycle

The conciege at the Mansion on Turtle Creek recommends the Katy Trail, a former rail track that runs thru the heart of the city. The fact that the trail is somewhat elevated makes for varying views of parkland, upscale neighbourhoods and downtown skylines.

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