The Château Élan in Braselton, Georgia is the perfect mix of sophistication and southern hospitality. Doesn’t the name just evoke luxury? The quaint winery resort stationed just 30 minutes shy of Atlanta just this month completed a $1.5 million renovation on the spa alone. From the start, owners Donald and Nancy Panoz had their hearts set on opening a resort and spa that marries the charm of the south and European luxury. The tale of the how the two met explains it all. The Panozes met in West Virginia and both served in Japan; Donald as an Army Intelligence Officer and Nancy as a Counter Intelligence Secretary.

Full Couples Room at the Newly Renovated Spa Haven

While traveling the world, Georgia became a frequent pit stop. During one of their stays they tasted Muscadine wine made from indigenous Muscadine grapes. They questioned why no one grew vinifera grapes and were told that it couldn’t be done in the region. The Panozes proved that theory wrong by opening the Château Élan winery resort, which stands on 3,500 acres and has won hundreds of national and international awards.

Full Jacuzzi

The spa fit for royalty has 35 treatment rooms, relaxation areas and couples rooms. There are also 14 themed overnight rooms and its own restaurant, Fleur de Lis. The spa itself runs on a team of 95 people, providing extensive European style treatments including massage and wellness therapies, hydrotherapy, sauna, steam room and much more.

Take a break in the Relaxation Room

Of course, if you live in Georgia you’ll be able to take in the luxury yourself with $50 treatments during Spa Week on the East Coast, October 11-17. Château Élan is poised to book up fast, so make sure you’re ready to dial come September 13th, when the Spa Week directory launches on

For more information about the Château Élan experience click here.

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