For our 23rd anniversary, my husband and I decided to stay in Kansas City versus trying to fit in a quick weekend trip to Chicago. Still wanting to “get away,” we opted for an afternoon at the Spa at Briarcliff. While a winter in Missouri is not quite the same as a winter in Cozumel, Mexico, the experience at the Spa at Briarcliff rivals those of the best spas nation- and world-wide!
Upon arrival, we were escorted to our locker area and given luxurious towels and slippers. You know you are being pampered when the ceramic floor tiles are heated – no cold feet when putting on the complimentary slippers! Another nice feature is the lockers where you program in your own code – no keys are needed and you don’t have to leave your valuables in the car.
Prior to our scheduled massages, we were able to spend an hour in their European Bath Ritual™ (EBR) which consists of three-jetted pools with cascading waterfalls. Each pool is a different temperature designed to ease muscle tension, increase circulation and promote relaxation. I preferred starting out in the warmest of the pools then transferring to the medium temperature for the remainder of the time. My husband spent a few minutes in the coolest pool which he said is bearable and feels good. In December, I don’t opt for cold water!
The massage therapists are great about asking what problem areas you might have and the amount of pressure you want applied. As a runner, my legs and feet are my ongoing problem areas! I felt like a new person when my hour-long massage was complete. They also offer aroma therapy, which enhances the experience.
My next visit will include their Float Experience: 60 minutes of “floating” in 12 inches of buoyant, mineral-rich 94 degree water. I’m not sure how it actually works but I am intrigued; the massage therapists say the buoyancy of the water naturally compels the body to float. My therapist added that the Float Experience detoxifies the body, relaxes the muscles, reduces fatigues and promotes healing. The room itself is private and very tranquil. If our winter weather stays gloomy, I may be scheduling the Float Experience sooner rather than later.
After our massages, my husband and I went across the parking lot to Trezo Mare for happy hour. This employee-owned-and-operated restaurant is one of 50 restaurants across the country that uses vintage beef, which means the cows are humanely raised and handled and given no hormones or antibiotics. All menu items are prepared in-house and local farm supplied when possible. I definitely recommend the Steamed Edamame for $3.50 and the Fish Tacos for $4.50.
From Trezo Mare we drove down to the Country Club Plaza to see the Christmas lights – a must see for everyone. Before heading home, we stopped at Bonefish Grill for dinner. The go-to appetizer is the Bang Bang Shrimp, which is just spicy enough that a Pomegranate Martini is needed. Normally, I would order the Blackened Baja Street Tacos but having already had the Trezo Mare fish tacos, I opted for the Rainbow Trout with mango salsa. My husband ordered the Chilean Sea Bass. Living in the Midwest, fresh seafood is not the norm. Going to Bonefish Grill, you can almost picture the ocean right outside the door.
We definitely had no room for dessert but if we did, the Oreo Cookies & Cream Flatbread would top the list: brioche flatbread topped with chocolate ganache, whipped cream and sprinkled with Oreo cookie pieces. Might just have to go for dessert one day!
For an afternoon and evening of celebrating our anniversary, Spa at Briarcliff, Trezo Mare and Bonefish Grill did not disappoint!
Written by Jennifer Goerring, director of the Platte County Convention and Visitors Bureau.