Story and photos by Barbara and Manos Angelakis
Spa photos courtesy Exhale Spa

Battery Warf Hotel Lobby

Battery Wharf Hotel and Exhale Spa
Two Battery Wharf
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
www.batterywharfhotelboston.com
www.exhalespa.com

A recent short trip to Boston’s Battery Wharf Hotel - a member of the  prestigious Leading Hotels of the World - included experiencing the  wellness therapies at Exhale Spa, dining at Aragosta Bar+ Bistro, a  lobster harvesting boat ride and lobster bake al fresco... all good fun.

Located at Boston’s waterfront renewal development on the Italian North End,  the harbor restoration has infused the area with upscale accommodations  and fine dining opportunities right on the water, which by the way is  clean and fresh smelling.

Battery Warf Hotel Entrance

The Battery Wharf Hotel is a unique complex of buildings set on their own  dock overlooking the harbor; a boutique 5* hotel with condo residences  on the upper floors; Executive Gold building with complimentary  breakfast and nightly buffet, a perfect home away from home for the  business traveler or for extended stays; the Aragosta Bar + Bistro; and  the Exhale Spa. All buildings have harbor views and walks for sitting,  strolling, biking, running and generally enjoying the fresh air and  landscaped pathways.

Battery Warf Hotel Bedroom

Our bedroom was spacious and well-appointed with amenities that included  shoe shinning service; Nespresso Coffee Maker; well-stocked mini-bar; a  closet that opened both from the entrance hall and in the bathroom with  plenty of hangers; in-suite safe; high end electronics and WF with  plenty of outlets for charging devices. The marble bathroom had an  opaque glass enclosed commode, walk-in shower with rainforest head  shower, lighted shaving/makeup mirror, pamplemousse (French for  grapefruit) scented amenities, monogrammed bathrobes and slippers and  huge thick fluffy towels.

There is nightly turndown service with hand-made chocolate bonbons left on  the pillow along with an inspirational thought for the day. Staff is  friendly and helpful and the room was refreshed periodically during the  day, a service provided only at the finest hotels.

Battery Warf Hotel Chef and Lobsterman with lobsters

Aragosta is Italian for lobster, and at the hotel’s Aragosta Bar + Bistro we had a lovely lobster-bake with lobsters we caught when we went out in the  morning on the Two Buoys Lobster boat with father and son team, Fred and Wes Penney. The Aragosta chef came on board when we returned and took  our entire catch. In the evening, sitting at the outside terrace at  tables with a fire pit i.e. an urban campfire, the lobster-bake -  deliciously fresh lobster, clams, chorizo and corn -- was great fun and a quintessential Boston meal (yes, we used lobster bibs and claw crackers that evening). We ended the evening by roasting s’mores!

Battery Warf Hotel Lobster Bake

Another possibility, and we saw the table next to ours take advantage of it, is making a cheese fondue. Aragosta will provide all the appropriate  implements as well as a very nice Vermont cheddar fondue-cheese spiked  with hard cider, chunks of chiabatta bread, and seasonal vegetables. 

Battery Warf Hotel Aragosta Breakfast

Aragosta is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the kitchen makes excellent Eggs Benedict for breakfast, and exceptional terrines and pâtés as well as authentic Italian pasta dishes for lunch and dinner.

Battery Warf Hotel Aragosta Terrine

The bar is very well stocked and the barperson or to use the current  vernacular “the mixologist” was well versed in the art of cocktail  making and had a number of unusual concoctions that were definitely  interesting. 

Battery Warf Hotel Exhale Spa Entrance

The Exhale Spa is located in its own building with easy access for both  hotel guests and day spa visitors. A sweeping staircase, or an elevator, takes you to the reception area where you are graciously greeted and  escorted into the male or female changing quarters; a large handsome  area segmented into locker room, toilet facilities, shower rooms and  make-up stations with complimentary accessories for fresh-up après  treatments or classes.

The spa has segregated steam and sauna rooms where a towel is sufficient  coverage but a bathing suit is suggested for the co-ed hammam, a highly  recommended detoxing environment. The waiting room is softly lit and  offers the usual complimentary citrus flavored water or hot tea  selections. Exhale Spa is a total health facility offering a full range  of Core Fusion and Yoga classes along with the popular Barre classes,  Body Fitness programming and a complete menu of spa therapies that  combine ancient and new world practices to rebalance the body and  restore well-being. All cosmetic services are available for one-stop  beautifying.

Battery Warf Hotel Exhale Hammam

My personal experience at Exhale was more than satisfying. I found their  trained expert technicians and cosmetologists to be completely dedicated to their art.  My first treatment was a Power Facial, with Grace as my  cosmetologist. Exhales Spa offers an impressive series of facial  treatments to choose from but I left that decision up to Grace once she  had examined my face and determined the best service for my skin.

Grace began with an exfoliating mask to prepare my skin for extraction and  detoxification. After which she performed a fabulous massage and  concluded with a Cool Beam healing light which focuses on removing fine  lines, sun spots and deep irritation. The Cool Beam is an antibacterial  light that encourages the production of collagen and reduces  inflammation while hydrating the skin. And while products and machines  serve a positive effect, in my opinion nothing replaces a penetrating  hand massage that Grace so beautifully performed.

Battery Wharf Hotel and Exhale Spa Facial

I have noticed in the last several years that therapists tend to rely  more heavily on products and state-of-the-art machines and less on the  time consuming hands-on kneading that reshapes and restores the face and neck to eliminate the damaging effects of time. Years ago I had a  cosmetologist that insisted that the monthly facials I had with her would insure my never having to have a face-lift to counter aging... and  she was right. All my friends that had her facials look years younger  than their contemporaries and I count that as a testament to her magical hands. Grace also has magical hands.

Thinking that Grace was a one-of-a-kind I was disappointed when I was told Nora  would be doing my body massage. To my utter delight Nora was as good on  body work as Grace was on the face. Nora performed the Exhale Flow  massage, a deep tissue massage without the pain associated with digging  in to open locked and knotted muscles. Nora’s touch was so gentle and  soothing that I was sure little was being accomplished but I was wrong!  The waves of hand movements on the Flow massage are choreographed to  open and free energy blocks and relieve tension. The Flow massage  incorporates lymphatic drainage in its gentle movements and I find that  to be very helpful in eliminating fluids that have become blocked and  weight you down.

Battery Wharf Hotel and Exhale Spa Eyes Closed

The massage begins with choosing one of three scented essential body oils  that will be used during the treatment. After adjusting the table to my  comfort level, Nora began dancing with my body; working each muscle  group from beginning to end to reduce knots and increase oxygen flow. I  tried to remain awake but the movements were so soothing that I slipped  into la la land until Nora whispered in my ear that she was done. She  reminded me to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins released during the massage and delivered me to the hammam until I was ready to face  leaving the spa.

Exhale offers fitness programs and classes at all levels along with spa and  beauty services, making it a one-stop mind, body, and fitness facility  for locals and hotel visitors alike.

 

 

 

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