Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Standard Hotel and Spa
The Standard Hotel on Belle Island is a motel style hotel formerly the Lido that eschews a relaxed beachy feel and everyone walks around in robes and havana flip flops. I have been to the Standard many times where you can buy a day pass for $40 during the week and enjoy the luxe facilities which include a lovely pool on the bay, jacuzzi with waterfall, and spectacular vistas especially at sunset. Inside is the delectable, large hamam , and it is a traditional hamam with heated stone floors and heated marble. Off the hamam is a finnish sauna and supersteam with additional metal tubs if you need a soaking. This stuff is the real deal all top of the line luxe. Additionally there is a menu of yoga you can take when you come in for the day. If you do not want to make a day of it, you can take advantage of free yoga on Wednesday with Matteo at 4:15. In the airy though not airconditioned yoga room, Matteo starts the class surrounded by flowers and candles and chanting music. He has an assistant assist people with the postures. The class was about beginner-intermediate level and was a detoxifying experience. At the classes end while we were lying in corpse they came around and put oil on our foreheads. I hear there is bingo on Sunday nights from 8:30-11:00 with door prizes like complimentary spa treatments and free nights at the hotel. The Standard is about a 20 minute walk from the Regal Cinemas on Lincoln Road.