What’s better than a spa vacation? A spa vacation in your backyard! Growing up near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy sun and sand within easy reach. But sometimes you take for granted what’s closest to you – I haven’t stayed in a hotel or resort in-state for years.
My mother, a Plymouth local, had always raved to me about this secret spa retreat tucked in the woods off the highway. So we thought we’d play hookie from responsibility one night and go indulge! The Mirbeau Inn and Spa is located right next to Route 3 in Plymouth, a few exits before going over the Bridge to Cape Cod. It’s inside Pine Hills, which is a mini-village full of fun restaurants, shops and more for residents and visitors.
The front entrance is grand, but the real surprises lie behind closed doors. You can’t fully tell how expansive the property is until you check-in and explore. Pulling up to the gravel entrance way, the heavy wooden doors swing wide as you’re greeted by the front desk. Check in right away, or have a cocktail in one of the spacious lounge areas. The one with plush chairs and a fireplace looks especially cozy for wintertime.
The easiest way to travel to Plymouth is to fly into Boston – it’s a little more than an hour’s drive south of the city. Use Skyscanner to compare the best prices on the web. You can try a car service to transport you down to Mirbeau, or rent a car from Logan Airport (try comparing costs via Expedia for the best rates).
A Secret Garden at the Mirbeau Inn and Spa
One of the Mirbeau’s best assets is the outdoor space. Past the lounges is a massive garden space, complete with little amenities like a communal fire pit, zen koi pond and views of the golf course.
They’ve recently expanded to have a cocktail bar and pizza oven, called the Garden Bar. Before a full dinner at The Bistro and Wine Bar, you can have something fruity with a seasonal appetizer. Then, simply stroll over the bridge or past the water wheel and head back to your room. We had a few Aperol spritz drinks, then took our nightcap over to the fire pit to watch the sun go down.
Do note: the Garden Bar and seasonal outdoor seating are only available through October, although the restaurant is open year-round.
Beautiful Rooms for Royalty
Rooms are made for luxury. Stately, classic designs draped in deep royal purples are the ongoing theme through the room’s amenities, from bed to bathroom. There are two options for accommodations – the more elegant Manor House and the Guest House. Most rooms offer a fireplace, claw-footed soaking tubs and a turndown service you can enjoy in one of the plush bathrobes provided. The small, boutique nature of the property is something sought-after by those who desire an intimate wedding or corporate event, as options range from double queen beds to stately one-bedroom suites. The outdoor gardens and indoor gathering halls are perfect for such occasions – they remind me of our trips to the French countryside.
As this property is often used for conferences, golf getaways, and smaller weddings, it’s not as close in proximity to the beach as other hotels in the area. Unfortunately, this means no sea views from the rooms either. Some of the stately rooms face the garden and restaurant, but we had a blocked view of the course. Feel free to chat with the front desk if you prefer a better vista during your stay.
No visit to Mirbeau Inn and Spa is complete with time at the spa on the bottom floor. Mirbeau’s Spa is the perfect oasis any time of year. Built like a chic European escape, there are several ways to indulge relaxation in this environment. Book a spa treatment complemented by luxury pampering products, and have a light snack at the Aqua Terrace outside while you wait. There’s an extra-large jet pool, as well as several loungers to catch some sun.
But the real showstopper is inside at the relaxation room inside. Plush chaise loungers surrounding a foot soaking bath in this quiet space, gently touched by water sounds and heavenly music. The ceiling looks like a dusky night sky, inviting for a nap or a quick read of a new novel.
Using the spa can be an add-on to your overnight stay, or day passes are also available, ranging in price from weekday to weekend. Spa treatments like facials and massages can also be booked, as well as fitness classes and yoga. Treatments can vary by season and some day passes require additional treatments be booked during high season.
It’s such a lucky thing to have a wonderful escape in our backyard when we feel like some getaway time. The Mirbeau Inn and Spa is worth the splurge and hopefully somewhere we’ll return to again!
When it’s not possible to hop on a plane but you still want to splurge, explore some local options for a memorable staycation. Where’s your favorite spa sanctuary? Who’s your go-to crew when you need an escape?
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I have been to Plymouth but only briefly and so I wasn’t aware of the Mirbeau Inn and Spa before now. Staycations are really nice sometimes especially if they are at spas. The food and drink options (especially the Garden Bar) sound yummy and the rooms are pretty-definitely French country, but that foot spa underneath the blue dome looks the best! Pretty fantastic!
It’s my hometown! Plymouth is huge and goes way beyond Plymouth Rock and the plantation, haha. Come back soon!
I love the idea of a staycation! I’ve been trying to do more local NY escapes lately instead of crazy expensive international ones. I lived in Boston for a year, but sadly never made it out to Plymouth — maybe next year I can combine it with my annual Boston trip! Mirbeau Inn and Spa looks like a great place to have some R&R — loving that Garden Bar, too!
Definitely head to the South Shore for beaches and cute harbor town if you have a chance outside Boston!
Honestly a spa staycation is my DREAM! I would love to go to Mirbeau inn & spa myself but I may have to settle for one in Michigan until I can get back to Massachusetts! Also… side note… I used to live on Cape Cod (Falmouth), it’s so pretty isn’t it? And when I lived in the UK, I lived in the (original) Plymouth! Love those New England connections. You are lucky to be from such a beautiful state!
No way! I’m from Kingston, next to Plymouth MA originally. Love the cape. I also lived in the UK for about 3 years – in London, not near Plymouth!
Ill admit it. I love a spa day, and even better, a spa stay. Over nights sitting my the spa fire would be fabulous, and actually so relaxing. Sometimes when I travel I stop at a place like this no matter the budget and take a 24 hour refresh ahahaha, very pretty.
This is such a fantastic getaway for a mother-daughter trip! You’re so lucky that this is so close to where you live. We have something like that here in Calgary but it is a Nordic spa so most of it is outdoor. I love the foot soaking bath – I have not seen that anywhere else!!
I’m not much of a spa girl, but that wouldn’t stop me from enjoying every other part of Mirbeau! It looks heavenly. I really enjoy staying oceanside, so just give me a glass of champagne and a book and I will leave everyone else to their spa appointments 😉
Mirbeau Inn looks like a cozy little getaway from the hustle and bustle of Boston. The spa looks amazing, thanks for sharing this gem Eileen!