The Cove Luxury Spa in Idaho: Exceptional Service is the Norm

Location, ambiance, facilities, and treatments play a vital role in making a luxury spa outstanding, but service and safety set one place above another. Everyone appreciates pampering, but with COVID-19 still creating uncertainty, how can people relax in a spa setting? The Cove's staff and trained therapists at Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho do an excellent job ensuring that the atmosphere is serene, the massages and facials are rejuvenating, and the facility is sanitized. Come along and experience The Cove luxury spa in Idaho.

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Socially distanced waiting room spaces at The Cove Luxury Spa in Idaho

Socially distanced waiting room spaces at The Cove. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge

Visiting the Luxury Spa

Therapists and spa management make people feel comfortable. The Cove staff and luxury spa environment exceeded my expectations. The new protocols at The Cove warrant the best possible practices in today's challenging environment. The attention to detail, special touches, and the personable devotion each staff member delivers from check-in to check-out put this spa on my top ten list.

Outside by the hot springs pools luxury spa in Idaho

Outside by the hot springs pools. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge

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Guest Check-in

When checking in for a treatment at The Cove, each guest must first fill out a COVID-19 intake form before entering the spa. The questions on the form reference information regarding the guest's past COVID-19 testing, symptoms, exposure, and precautions they may have taken. It also requires a willingness to sanitize hands, wear masks, social distance, and limit guest numbers in the locker rooms. Knowing that management at The Cove has instituted exceptional new protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19, guests feel safe and comfortable at the spa. Check out the new protocols below.

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Everyone loves a great spa day. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge.

New Spa Protocols

  • The Cove reopened and management instituted WE CARE rules of conduct.
  • Guests must complete a verbal COVID-19 symptom check during booking.
  • Treatments are limited to safeguard social distancing.
  • The immersion pools are open with limited access for a maximum of two hours after a spa treatment and only for the day of treatment.
  • All treatments are limited to 60-minute services.
  • Locker room amenities are pre-packaged and placed in individual lockers.
  • Lockers are cleaned and sanitized in between each guest.
  • All treatment rooms receive longer and more detailed cleanings between services to ensure sanitization.
  • Guests must check-in 15 minutes early to fill out intake forms, get their temperature taken, change into a spa robe and sandals and wait for their therapist in The Cove immersion pool area while socially distancing.
  • The Cove now offers disposable cups for water and tea and individual snacks.

The Cove staff does a fantastic job implementing the new protocols, and the team of therapists has upped their game to ensure the health of visitors.

Waiting area and indoor pool at The Cove luxury spa in Idaho

Waiting area and indoor pool at The Cove. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge

Team Preparations

  • Therapists wear a mask during “face-up” treatments.
  • The therapists' temperatures are taken each day upon arrival.
  • All employees were tested for COVID-19 before the spa reopened.
  • All therapists wash their hands before and after each treatment.

Experiencing the Luxury Spa in Idaho

The variety of treatments and the safe environment make it easy to relax and feel rejuvenated at this inviting spa. Choose from a selection of invigorating massages, calming organic facials, complete full-body wraps, and several scrubs to exfoliate and cleanse the skin.

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The Cove massage menu offers numerous massages. Whether you are looking for long, flowing strokes that ensure relaxation, vigorous rubbing and manipulation of targeted tense muscles, or foot pampering through reflexology, there is something for everyone.

Amazing massage treatments at The Cove luxury spa in Idaho

Amazing massage treatments at The Cove. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge.

When I visited The Cove, Dara was my massage therapist. During my 60-minute deep tissue massage, she succeeded in melting away all my stress. The choice of massages is fantastic, but there are other fabulous treatments to choose from that are equally revitalizing.

Facial treatments repair, brighten and hydrate the skin on your face. Scrubs and wraps exfoliate, detoxify, and polish your entire body leaving your skin smooth and silky.

Serene treatment room at The Cove luxury spa in Idaho

Serene treatment room at The Cove. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge

The lodge's private hot springs fill two outside pools, but the inside pool is cooler. Fewer people can access the pools at any one time creating a heavenly quiet atmosphere.

The indoor pool at The Cove is quiet and relaxing. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge.

Indulge in a Stay at the Extraordinary Lodge

The Cove is a fantastic place to indulge in a luxury spa treatment, but why stop there? Splurge for an overnight indulgence or a weekend getaway and stay at the Shore Lodge. Treat yourself to dinner at The Narrows and a drink at The Bar.

All rooms at the Shore Lodge boast well-appointed furnishings suited for a magnificent mountain resort. Opt for a spacious standard room with typical amenities or upgrade to a more luxurious room with a fireplace or lake views. Be sure to stop and get a cocktail at The Bar, and book dinner reservations at one of the lodge's fantastic restaurants.

Shore Lodge is stunning both during the day and at night. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge

Shore Lodge is stunning both during the day and at night. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge

McCall, Idaho is located about two hours north of Boise along Highway 55 or via I-84 and US 95. Check road conditions before you travel, depending on the time of year. We recommend that you check Orbitz for the most updated and discount airfares and information on rental cars.


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Dining at Shore Lodge

The Bar features delicious food, stunning views of Payette Lake, and excellent handcrafted cocktails made from the Pacific Northwest's finest spirits and ingredients. Eric Bomar, the lead creative bartender, crafts unique signature cocktails each week using the season's finest bounty.

A scrumptious handcrafted cocktail at The Bar. Photo by Tracy Ellen Beard

A scrumptious handcrafted cocktail at The Bar. Photo by Tracy Ellen Beard

Take a seat in The Narrows Steakhouse dining room and soak in views of Payette Lake or the Salmon River Mountains. Savor a rich, juicy steak or something from the sea and pair it with one of the 450 wines from the restaurant's award-winning collection.

Shore Lodge dinner

A delicious dinner at The Narrows Steakhouse. Photo courtesy of Shore Lodge

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Spoil yourself with a trip to Shore Lodge and a treatment or two at The Cove luxury spa. Management takes every precaution and has implemented safeguards to provide a healthy and relaxing experience to all guests. Shore Lodge offers fantastic wellness escapes during every season. The service and attention to detail will make everyone in your group feel secure and special. Be sure to check out other luxury spa experiences on Wander. You can also find more suggestions for what to see and do when you visit Idaho.

Location, ambiance, facilities, and treatments play a vital role in making a luxury spa outstanding, but service and safety set one place above another. Everyone appreciates pampering, but with COVID-19 still creating uncertainty, how can people relax in a spa setting? The Cove's staff and trained therapists at Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho do an excellent job ensuring that the atmosphere is serene, the massages and facials are rejuvenating, and the facility is sanitized.

 

Written by Tracy Ellen Beard

Tracy Ellen Beard is a Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon based freelance writer specializing in travel, dining, wine, adventure, non-profits, and alternative medicine. She is an avid outdoorsman who takes pleasure in hiking, skiing, backpacking, and cycling. As the founder and past president of an international children's non-profit, Tracy’s travels have taken her all over the world. Her fifteen years of experience writing in various genres has added to her expertise. Tracy writes for Northwest Travel & Life, Meeting News Northwest, Luxe Beat Magazine, and several other publications. She is a member of the AWAI (American Writers and Artists Inc.) and the ITWPA (International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance).

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