Ten Great Holiday Spa Treatments From Coast To Coast
Book one of these for yourself or a loved one (or spa together for a great holiday experience!). We've selected a variety of treatments offered coast to coast. Al of the treatments listed below are available through the holiday season, and many are also bookable into the spring.
Hot Toddy for the Body at L'Auberge de Sedona
Spa in the splendor of nature at Sedona resort L'Auberge when you book their special "Hot Toddy for the Body," a spirit-lifting holiday cocktail for the whole system. The treatment begins with a cornmeal body scrub rich with clove, organic orange and cinnamon with a warming body wrap of sweet soy, calendula and orange oil. $130
Peace, Joy and Harmony at Qua Baths & Spa
We could all use a little peace, joy and harmony this holiday season, and even better when those relaxing moments come at a spa. Try Atlantic City's Qua Baths & Spa holiday treatments for whichever feeling you hope to inspire. Joy comes in the form of a European facial featuring a frangipani sugar hand exfoliation and paraffin wax treatment. Find Peace in a back and foot ritual with a Ginger, Rosemary & Lemongrass foot exfoliation preceded by a pressure reflex point massage of your feet, followed by an Arnica & Shea Butter exfoliation of your back and a relaxing Marine Oil Swedish neck, shoulder & lower back massage. If it's Harmony you're after, balance your Chakras with a stone massage and exotic milk hair mask followed by the same Marine Oil massage. $180 each.
Bindi Rebirth at The Boulders
Want to enter 2011 looking and feeling like a new person? Book The Boulders' Bindi treatment. Based on the ancient Ayurvedic arts, this herbal exfoliation, aromatherapy massage and comforting body wrap is bound to make you feel fresh and new. $205.
Christmas Cactus at The Inn at Camelback Mountain
While we're not normally big on treatments that sound quite so ... prickly, this holiday-inspired wrap uses hydrating agave to pamper the skin. The treatment begins with a vitamin-E and alfalfa packed rice bran oil and fine sea salt scrub followed by a firming and toning cactus wrap that gently warms as it's applied .. feeling much more plumping than prickly. After a full body and scalp massage with anti-aging Agave Nectar Oil (infused with agave plant extracts, Sandalwood, Barley and Amurense bark) you'll relax in a nest of cozy warming blankets, feeling light and woozy - no Agave Margarita necessary! $165.
Peppermint Twist at Sports Club/ LA DC
Do the twist ... the Peppermint Twist, that is! After you've worked out those extra cookies and candies at the gym, swing by Sports Club LA's swank Splash spa for an invigorating and moisturizing body wrap featuring an aromatic spice scrub with scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet almond followed by a peppermint cream. $99.
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice ... in Seattle
Hyatt at Olive 8 in Seattle has drawn rave reviews for its organic spa. Sample the luxe treatments for yourself with their holiday Sugar Plum and Spice facial, a traditional European Facial with a Hungarian spice mask from Eminence for extra deep-cleansing benefits, perfect for skin that's seen too many long nights of holiday makeup. $95.
Chocolate and Cherry Jubilee at The Ritz-Carlton Naples
Mix your two favorite sweet treats into one great mani/pedi treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Naples. The treatment uses a blend of cocoa and sour cherries to smoothe and a rosehip masque to exfoliate to add polish. The treatment concludes with a buff, a polish and a sweet cup of chocolate cherry jubilee tea. $125.
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh at The Elysian
What better to gift yourself or a loved one with than gold this holiday season? Chicago's Elysian Hotel is offering a luxurious facial featuring a 24-karat gold mask followed by an exfoliating hand and foot treatment with a warm Frankincense scrub and Myrrh essential oils. Frankincense is touted for it stimulating, toning, and warming properties. Myrrh has been proved beneficial for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. $250.
Traditional Pomegranate in Williamsburg
Mix tradition and luxury at The Spa of Colonial Wiliamsburg this holiday season with a Pomegranate massage, facial or mani/pedi. Prefer something a bit less fruity? Opt for a personalized facial mask with pear, fig or pumpkin additions. $80 - $169 each.
Oranges Aren't Just for Stocking Stuffers at Spa Montage
Remember when oranges were a holiday luxury? Now enjoy a bit more literal pampering at Laguna Beach's Spa Montage. This five-part treatment consists of an application of geranium and orange essential oils; a full body brushing to prepare the skin and increase circulation; a 20-minute warm rhassoul clay and seasonal herbal wrap to boost skin's nutrition, followed by an invigorating six shower-head Vichy shower and a final application of a nutrient-rich body butter to nourish and brighten the skin. $225.