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Dena Levitz | Photo: Danial Swartz | January 2, 2014
With more than a month of overindulging in holiday cheer behind us, it’s time to take on 2014… with a respite at the spa. Revitalize your body and soul with some post-holiday pampering at these ultraluxe spots.
After a monthslong renovation, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC recently unveiled a new look. The chic space ups the luxe factor with everything from a completely overhauled steam room to new tables in the treatment rooms to gorgeous cherry blossom murals in the pool area. “The physical space is the same, but it’s very noticeable there’s been a change,” says Julia Boeminghaus, Four Seasons’ spa director. “It now matches the overall feel of the hotel—soft and soothing.” That feel also goes for the newest, exclusive treatment on the spa menu. The Cold Stone Massage turns the standard hot-stone massage on its head, with cool white marble drawing heat from the body to provide deep relaxation. Soothing, indeed. A 20-minute cold stone massage can be added to any treatment for $55, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.342.0444
Southwest DC’s sultriest address, The Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC, recently upped their spa ante with the introduction of the ultraexclusive skincare line, Natura Bissé. Favored by one-named stars like Salma, Beyoncé and Oprah, the Barcelona-based brand is used in many of the spa’s indulgent services. Perfect for recovering from too much partying on New Year’s Eve, try the O2 Awakening, which infuses pores with oxygen during a revitalizing facial, including a facial massage, designed to detox both body and mind. O2 Awakening, from $180, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202.787.6100
Start the new year off with some sparkle! The latest facial experience at The Spa at Equinox involves massaging your cheekbones with diamond dust. The 50-minute Diamond Essence Facial infuses the skin with revitalizing minerals and adds vibrancy to your visage. “It’s the perfect service to add some sparkle to dull skin that has suffered through a long and cold winter,” says Nicole Vitale, senior director of The Spa at Equinox. Want to reinvigorate your body? Stay put after the spa treatment and get put through your paces with one of Equinox’s many signature cardio and yoga classes. Diamond Essence Facial, $225, The Spa at Equinox, 4905 Elm St., Bethesda, Md., 301.652.1078; 8065 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va.
Men need post-New Year’s Eve massages too, and Aura, the new state-of-the-art spa on U Street offers a host of treatments geared specifically for their discerning male clientele. “We do see a lot of men in the spa for a variety of our services,” says Elaine Perhach, Aura’s regional spa director. “A lot come in for sports massages because they are working out and pumping iron seven days a week.” For those who’d rather languish than lift, try The Gentlemen’s Retreat, which includes a sports massage, stimulating body scrub and hydration, facial, and a healthy lunch. The two-story spa also features a private stairway to the coed sauna and steam room, and a soundproof lower level to up the Zen factor. The Gentlemen’s Retreat, $300, 1612 U St. NW, 202.232.6620
Relache Spa & Salon at The Gaylord National is helping clients prep for a productive 2014 with New Year’s specials on spa treatments Jan. 1-Feb. 28. Indulge in a massage, facial or specialty treatment—and then kick back in the co-ed relaxation room featuring sweeping views of the Potomac River. This spring, Relache revamps its entire treatment menu. Relache Spa, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Md., 301.965.4400