Whether you're celebrating Mother's Day or just in the mood to relax after a stressful day, here are a few places to get a massage, facial or do the mani-pedi thing.
This cozy place at the Hotel 1000 offers the usual lineup of treatments: massages, facials and several versions of mani-pedis. There's even the option of having couples massages in one room. But what makes this place special is that the treatments are executed with such skill and polish, especially if you're lucky enough to have an appointment with Nita. She's got a healing touch that can take 10 years off your face. OK, that's a stretch, but don't be surprised if you doze off while having a facial. Come and have an express treatment during lunch and they'll have a to-go order waiting. Or, chill out in the living room like space, where you can help yourself to tea, spa water and nibble on some snacks. Luxe Molton-Brown products in the powder room are a big plus, too.
Mana! This little piece of paradise ranks high on my pleasure meter for a few reasons:
Great space with cozy rooms filled with the kind of aromatherapy scents designed to soothe the most stressed out soul.
Terrific therapists. They listen to your issues and respond like the true healers they are.
Super convenient. You can book online, even on the day of, in many cases. Prices are competitive with other massage therapists. I especially appreciate the option of the 30-minute chair massage when I'm in a hurry.
Ten rooms and 25 therapists on staff means you won't have to wait to ease that achy back, shoulder or fill-in-the-blank. Yes, life can be a pain in the neck, but places like this are geared toward offering relief with the opportunity to join the club. A membership includes a monthly massage, which is a pretty good deal, though you tip separately. Then, if you want additional massages during the month, there's a discounted price. This location, above the Broadway QFC, is busy, even on a weekday afternoon, but it still has that chill vibe you appreciate when going to get a massage.
The receptionists who book the appointments are genius in trying to match clients with the appropriate therapists, so don't be shy about making your preferences clear.
A tranquil space in the bustling city center. Treatments are everything you'd hope for and then some. Indulge in the Oxygen Facial and you'll see lines disappear. No kidding. This fabulous treatment was pioneered in Australia, where the equipment was invented. And it's all the rage in Hollywood.
Build in a little extra time to enjoy the steam room or the sauna. Even the locker room smells like a romp through a field of lavendar. And, if you're a guest at the wonderful Four Seasons, the infinity pool deck has one of the best views of Elliott Bay in Seattle. Beware: You might find yourself wanting to never leave this luxe place.
You know the drill: Rush, rush, rush to get to your spa appointment, arriving frazzled. Well, you're going to want to build in some extra down time when you visit Elaia, starting on the front end, after you slip into a comfy robe and sink into a plush chaise lounge in the waiting area. There are big stacks of magazines, snacks and all sorts of tea from which to choose. Ahhh, that's better.
The treatments are equally dreamy, with a sharp focus on using products featuring local ingredients. The Oxygen Glow Facial includes a dose of O-2 infused with vitamins and botanicals. Mae had a deft touch and offered lots of good advice, in a quiet, calm way. Unlike many spa experiences, this didn't feel at all like she was pushing a product. Appreciate that!
The same firm, but gentle approach was true for massage therapist Stacy. An hour on the table, bird chirp-y soundtrack in the background, aromatherapy perfuming the room, and I was as limp as a breadstick left out in a tropical storm. Double ahhh. Only wish I had time for a mani-pedi, too.
Bonus: The Hyatt at Olive 8's terrific workout facilities, including an excellent lap pool, sauna and whirlpool are available to spa guests.