Many-splendored day spa the stress antidote |

Many-splendored day spa the stress antidote

Post Independent Writer
Pos Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Susan Wilmot (right) and her daughter Rebekah Apodaca.

Business name: Splendor Mountain Spa

Owners: Susan Wilmot, Larry Hon (spouse), Rebekah Apodaca (daughter)

Address: 506 Maple St., Glenwood Springs

Open hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week by appointment

Phone: 970-945-7454

Fax: 970-384-0915


Web site:

Years in business: six years on July 28

Number of employees: eight therapists, plus Rebekah, who is now our office and marketing guru.

Is this a franchise? We’re a one-of-a-kind, family owned and operated holistic day spa.

What do you do? We offer our clients outstanding quality therapeutic massage, Thai massage, Starflower organic facials and body treatments, Watsu and waterdance sessions (warm water massage), cranial sacral, Rolfing sessions, heated river rock massage, reflexology, and our newest addition, the Samadhi flotation system. All of our services are offered in a nurturing, unhurried environment.

Who are your customers? Our customer base is 50 percent local, extending from Aspen to Rifle to Vail, and 50 percent tourists.

What’s unique about your business? This area is lucky to have so many spas and talented massage therapists. But we offer treatments that are unavailable anyplace else in this Western Slope.

We have a quiet sitting area where tea is served and a lending library is available. We have a private 94-degree therapy pool for Watsu and Waterdance sessions, and our Samadhi flotation tank.

The meditative state produced go beyond bodywork. It creates the deepest states of relaxation, stress reduction and personal exploration.

What’s good about doing business here? Growing up in Denver, we always cherished our Glenwood vacations. Living and owning a business here is a dream come true.

And what better area is there to be offering rejuvenating treatments than one block away from the Hot Springs Pool?

What has been your most successful offering? I believe it’s the unique combination of all that we offer.

What’s next for your business? We’re offering classes this spring and summer. Thai massage May 21-23, practical herbal wisdom June 4-6, massage for everyone June 11-13, and beaded jewelry making on June 26.

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