Carved into the hillside of San Antonio’s distant cityscape, Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness guests relax in a true Texas Hill Country luxury spa retreat with stunning views of the big Texas sky. This newly opened sanctuary stole the spotlight of La Cantera Resort & Spa in September of 2016 as part of a $50 million renovation of the resort. “Loma de Vida,” which means “Hill of Life,” was influenced by the beauty of the surrounding region and defines itself by its features that reflect serenity, celebration, mindful movement and vibrant living.
La Cantera Resort was ranked Number 2 on the “Top 30 Resorts in North America” and amongst the “Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S.” by one of the nation’s most luxurious travel magazines.
With an extensive spa menu including a number of massages, body treatments, facials and hair and nail treatments, guests of Loma de Vida are able to choose from not just one, but four Signature Rituals that provide a full-body transformation from the inside out and the outside in. All of Loma de Vida’s Signature Rituals are located in one of the spa’s two sky lofts, surrounded by glass facades with dramatic views of the big, beautiful Texas sky, and include a hand, scalp and foot massage within the treatment.
Crafted with natural local ingredients beeswax and lavender, the spa’s Absolute Texas Signature Ritual includes honey culled from the property’s personal onsite bee sanctuary. This indigenous treatment begins with an all-natural full-body soak in the spa’s outdoor tub. This is followed by an exfoliating full-body sugar and honey scrub, a beeswax, lavender and honey body wrap in foil and a full body massage (2 hours/$350).
For clients who are in need of a deep sense of purification and renewal, the Uber Detox Signature Ritual is just the remedy. The massage focuses on warming and remineralizing the body’s muscles with therapeutic Tuscan thermal waters. This drainage massage uses unscented oil and stimulates the energy flow of the client to help relieve aches and pains associated with joint problems and muscular tension (2 hours/$350).
Loma de Vida’s Signature Ritual for ultimate body hydration is their Vibrant Living treatment. Using organic coconut oil, passion flowers and shea butter, this intoxicating full-body foil wrap includes an indulgent blend of natural, unscented essential oils to help stimulate a deep sense of well-being while relaxing the mind, body and soul. Clients shower after the wrap is removed (2 hours/$350).
Finally, the spa’s Silence/Biorhythm Signature Ritual incorporates a plethora of treatments to restore the client’s natural biorhythms and help remove toxins, while energizing the skin and restoring the nervous system. The treatment begins with an ionizing energy unscented salt foot scrub while a mud wrap is applied to charge and renew the body’s biomagnetic field. Loma de Vida guests then enjoy a relaxing five to 10-minute head massage followed by a Kundalini back massage. This specific massage increases the client’s energy and spiritual enlightenment by massaging the energy at the base of the spine and continuing upward to balance the nervous system and relieve tension (2 hours/$350).
TEAM TRAINING AND REWARDS
Loma de Vida trains all new associates with a two-day orientation called Elite Beginnings to help immerse them fully into the culture of the resort. They recruit the expertise of their vendor partners to educate associates on specific treatment protocols and training, as well as internal training on exceptional service and improving techniques. Loma de Vida also holds a daily meeting in the morning to discuss all of the happenings of the upcoming day and any pertinent information the team needs to know.
Staff performance is assessed with quarterly scorecards, and they are encouraged to set personal goals for growth and development. Team members are incentivized with a commission reward system that allows them to make up to 18 percent commission on retail.
FACILITY & AMENITIES
Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness exclusively features a sprawling indoor and outdoor facility that includes eight massage and body treatment rooms, three facial rooms, two couple’s suites, multiple hair and nail stations and two Sky Lofts that feature glass facades with dramatic views and their own massage tables, showers, soaking tubs and private decks. The spa’s lush outdoor gardens are accompanied by winding paths around the spa that are designed to create a sense of peaceful seclusion, healing energy and excitement. Also central to the spa’s wellness experience is The Gathering Place. This communal area was constructed with the intention of providing a place to recharge and connect with a fireplace, revolving art gallery and terrace that overlooks the breathtaking and expansive views of the Texas Hill Country.
Approximately 8,000 sq. ft. of the spa’s outdoor space includes three private garden cabanas, each with their own refrigerator stocked with waters, juices and fresh fruit. Guests can also enjoy The Grotto, which is a private saline pool with cascading waters, menu options and cocktails, the perfect place to unwind before or after a treatment. Both spaces can be rented for solo or group accommodations.
Loma de Vida also offers more than the traditional spa amenities to clear the clutter in clients’ minds caused by the overstimulation of today’s supercharged world. Guests can visit the spa’s Fitness and Movement Studio that features state-of-the-art fitness machines, an adult jungle gym, punching bags and rowing machines. The studio also offers spin and yoga classes, TRX suspension training and a fusion of movement classes. Loma de Vida’s Quenche Juicery is also available to all guests and serves fresh, organic and cold-pressed juices as well as protein elixirs and a special spa menu that includes breakfast options, perfectly portioned lunches and several healthy selections designed to stimulate the metabolism and enhance internal healing. The juicery incorporates herbs from La Cantera’s on-site organic garden.
Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness
at La Cantera Resort & Spa
16641 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, Texas, 78256
Owner: USAA Real Estate Company
Executive Director of Spa & Wellness: Maggy Dunphy
Square Feet: 25,000 sq. ft.
Treatment rooms: 15 treatment rooms, including eight massage and body rooms, three facial rooms, two couples’ suites and two Sky Lofts
- 70% Female
- 30% Male
- 38% Hotel
- 62% Non-hotel
Staff to guest ratio: 4 to 1
- Massage: 65% Skin
- Care: 15%
- Nails: 8%
- Retail: 8%
- Hair: 4%
Amenities: Saline pool, Gathering Place with fireplace, private garden cabanas, fitness and movement studio, juice bar, saunas, lounge chairs, locker rooms
Team Members: 30
Retail Lines: Aromaflage, Aromatherapy Associates, Circle 21, Comfort Zone, Crane & Lion, Davines, Dazzle Dry, Hayhouse, Ila, LaVande, Lotus Wei, Rishi Tea, Sciote, Sita Couture, Wrap Up by VP, Zents
Equipment: HydraFacial MD, Living Earth Crafts, Nandina, Oka B., Wrap Up by VP