#16 of 17 Asheville Things To Do

Shoji Spa

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Shoji Spa – Enjoy a Soothing Soak in a Stunning Natural Atmosphere 
Staff Score:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

If you're looking to relax in a natural atmosphere, it's tough to beat Shoji Spa. This stunning location sits just minutes from Asheville and offers a unique experience to visitors. Reserve early to score the time slot you want, especially during the fall and spring.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Shoji Spa is the only private outdoor spa in Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this spot offers gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It opened in July 2005 to give visitors a relaxing escape into the natural forest surroundings.

Each outdoor hot tub sits in a serene wooded area. Three bamboo walls offer privacy while the open fourth side provides a beautiful view of the Asheville skyline. In addition to the private outdoor hot tubs, Shoji Spa offers all types of massages.

When you arrive, you’ll receive a robe, a pair of sandals, and a towel for each member of your group. Your experience starts with a rinse in the modern slate showers to clean off any perfumes, lotions, and oils. From there, your guide will show your group to the private hot tub, located in a quiet part of the woods. The tubs are numbered, with tub #1 farthest from the front desk. You’ll walk along a path in the forest to reach your outdoor tub. After you enjoy a relaxing soak, you’ll finish your experience with another shower.

If you booked a massage, you’ll meet your professional massage therapist next. Options include Swedish, sports, hot stone, Thai, Shiatsu, deep tissue, and Japanese-inspired herbal body treatments. Specialties include the Zen couples massage, mountain to sea massage, and four hands massage, which doubles the relaxation with two massage therapists. If you’re expecting, schedule the Mt. Mitchell prenatal massage, a nurturing Swedish massage given while you’re lying comfortably on your side.

Those who are up for a challenge can also try the cold plunge, where you’ll take a dip in an icy tub before going back into the warm, heated water. At Shoji Spa, you’ll see a good mix of locals and out of town visitors. You can also book an overnight stay at the lodge if you’d like to stick around for the evening.

During a visit to Shoji Spa, you’ll feel like you’re far away from the stresses and obligations of everyday life, but you won’t have to drive for hours to achieve this level of relaxation. Unplug and enjoy the experience while soaking away your everyday stresses. The spa is only 8 miles from the downtown area of Asheville, offering easy access. It sits 2,500 feet above sea level, bordered on one side by Pisgah National Forest. During the winter months, you may need chains or a 4×4 to get to the spa on snow-packed roads.

Insider Tip:

  • Make sure to relax in your private hot tub as the sun goes down, since the open side of the walls surrounding the tub offers an amazing view of the sunset into the woods.