Violet Skin Boutique has been the go-to spot for Boston complexions since 2004, but its story actually starts about 30 years prior. In 1975, Violet Mkhitaryan first began concocting skin products in her native Armenia. She cracked open old books to mine eastern European recipes for inspiration, and when she wasn't whisking oils and herbs into face-rejuvenating salves, she was running spas. Over the following decades, Violet helmed spas in Armenia and Moscow, all while earning degrees in aesthetics and biochemistry, and finally staked her claim in Boston.
Violet's products have appeared not only on customers' faces but in numerous press outlets, including the pages of Martha Stewart's Whole Living and the Improper Bostonian, which called her line the city's best local beauty products. She makes her lauded serums surrounded by glass jugs, dried flower petals, and everything nice in a lab that the Boston Globe described as resembling a pastry chef's kitchen. At her spa's two locations, she beautifies her clients with facials and body treatments celebrated by Every Day with Rachel Ray.
On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.
The Republic of Wellness’s massage therapists come from Brazil, Belarus, and across New England, but they're all united by a single philosophy: the human body can heal itself. In helping it regain its natural balance, they take inspiration from ancient traditions from around the globe, including acupuncture, yoga, Swedish massage, and reflexology, a style that, much like four-limbed applause, places pressure on the extremities. The Quincy studio immediately muffles the worries of the outside world with a waiting room lined with well-loved Oriental rugs, overstuffed chairs, and amber-shaded lamps.
Masters of all things relaxing, Massage Works' licensed therapists can switch from one massage style to another midsession, bestowing the benefits of multiple modalities onto muscles. Deep-tissue and Swedish sessions release entrenched toxins with gentle, flowing strokes and kneading pressures that evict muscle tightness and help minds let go of deadlines and 1940s baseball stats. During couples massages, dueling massage therapists compete to see whose patient achieves total relaxation first.
Pamper yourself with today's deal: $30 for a 60-minute facial, a 60-minute natural deluxe pedicure, or a natural mani-pedi combo at Back to Basics Massage, the healing day spa located in Quincy. Back to Basics Massage specializes in using massage to improve overall health, so a soothing massage is incorporated in all of its treatments. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Fairmont Battery Wharf Boston is in the heart of Boston, walking distance from Printing Office of Edes and Gill and Old North Church. This 4.5-star hotel is close to USS Constitution Museum and TD Garden.
Make yourself at home in one of the 150 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and espresso makers. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Frette Italian sheets. Windows open to ocean and city views. 42-inch flat-screen televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature rainfall showerheads and makeup/shaving mirrors.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and babysitting/childcare.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Boston? This hotel has 6000 square feet (557 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and exhibit space.