Thursday, December 13, 2018

Self-Care September: Spa Pick-Me-Ups

Finding ways to relax in the city and beyond.

After a long stretch of smoky skies and the feeling of fall lurking in the air, we’re sensing the need to head inside for peaceful pampering. Here are a few spas around the region ready to help you press “refresh.”

Courtesy Elaia Spa at Hyatt at Olive 8

DOWNTOWN’S ELAIA SPA

At Hyatt Olive 8, a convenient urban retreat in the heart of downtown, the unique signature massage appeals to those who like a stronger touch. These sessions combine traditional Swedish techniques with Lomi-Lomi and Table Thai stretches for complete muscle relief (using organic olive oil). Other options range from Massage Cupping treatments and the Holistic (aromatherapy) massage to body scrubs and wraps (try the Pacific Seaweed Nourishing Wrap).

Whichever treatment option you choose, be sure to leave enough time to chill in the relaxation room (sipping tea and snacking on orange-crusted hazelnuts!) and to dip in the venue’s dreamy, tiled pool.

Courtesy Salish Lodge & Spa

SNOQUALMIE’S SALISH LODGE & SPA

Some come for the falls, others come to relax among the trees. At Salish Lodge’s decadent spa, enjoy treatments from hot stone bliss and couple’s massages to seasonal promos like those honoring National Honey Month (think on-theme specials aimed to exfoliate, hydrate and soothe your skin).

Perhaps the biggest draw of your spa day here? Leaving plenty of time to unwind in the eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna and therapeutic pools. Afterward, treat yourself to a delicious meal—sourced from the lodge’s on-site garden and enjoyed overlooking the powerful cascades.

Courtesy T Spa

TULALIP’S T SPA

Prepare to find self-care bliss in one of the region’s least expected places—Tulalip Resort Casino. Inside the beautiful, artful resort’s T Spa (located only 45 minutes from Seattle), find a soothing sanctuary that whisks all your cares away.

Begin your day with the spa’s luxurious manicure or pedicure, a heavenly massage (from their signature to Balinese), unique options like the Sacred Plant Ritual or Drift Away Body Ritual (an ancient Ayurvedic therapy used to restore inner calm, balance emotions and steady the central nervous system) or perhaps one of the best facials you’ll ever receive. If you’re craving a bite afterward, dive into a hearty brunch at Cedars Cafe.

*And of course, don’t forget about other Seattle experiences like “weightless meditations” offered at Urban Float (in multiple locations) and services enjoyed at downtown’s The Urban Studios, ranging from scrubs and lash lifts to revitalizing facial/peel offerings. After all this luxury, we’re definitely ready to ease our way into the next promising season.

About Corinne Whiting

Corinne, an east coast native who relocated here from the other Washington in 2011, was bit by the travel bug early on. She lived in Strasbourg, France (during her junior year at Georgetown University) and in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she got a masters degree in Cultural Studies. She feels very grateful to have explored incredible spots on our globe ranging from Bolivia and Egypt to Turkey and China, but there are passport pages yet to fill (and travel tales yet to be written!). After serving as associate editor at Where magazine in D.C. for five years, Corinne has embarked on a new adventure here in the PNW as a freelance writer and photographer, contributing to publications like National Geographic Traveler, the Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine, Amtrak's OnTrak, 1889 Washington, 1859 Oregon, Visit Seattle and so on. She loves exploring this incredible corner of the country while debunking the rain myths, upping her coffee quotient, hearing heaps of live music and finding her Zen near the water as often as possible.
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