As heavenly as a spa day sounds, the bleak reality of carving out a chunk of time on a jam-packed calendar makes it impossible for most busy working women and men to relax and enjoy a day of pampering. Fortunately, more Seattle spas are offering options that make it easier to squeeze in some much-needed pamper time, as well as a few extra little perks that go a long way.
At Hotel 1000’s inviting Spaahh, weekday “Glam and Go” express treatments make it possible to get a manicure, pedicure, massage, even a “Perfection Peel” over your lunch break. These 30-minute treatments are anything but a rush job, as the friendly, well-trained staff takes care to create a stress-free setting. Part of the relaxing experience is having a take-out lunch from the award-winning BOKA restaurant waiting for you at the end. There’s nothing better than showing off that new nail color while enjoying a flavorful salad Niçoise back at your desk. Lunch, as well as valet parking, is included in the price of service.
Nourishment for your dry skin is the mission accomplished at the elegant Four Seasons Spa, located across from the Seattle Art Museum near Pike Place Market. Three seasonal Northwest scrubs are on offer for clients, using a mix of fragrant regional herbs and unusual ingredients like espresso beans, so they leave patrons feeling buttery soft and refreshed. If you’re tempted to linger in the tranquil waiting room, the inventive menu from nearby ART is available. Or, if you’ve got all day to spare, spend it at the spa and receive access to the hotel’s infinity pool and fitness center.
Northwest-grown products are also a key part of the heartfelt mission at Elaia in the Hyatt’s Olive 8, Seattle’s first LEED-certified hotel. This eco-friendly spa focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation using organic products native to the region. Guests are encouraged to arrive early enough to take advantage of the calming environment in the lounge, which is always well-stocked with snacks, beverages and the latest magazines. An indoor pool and hot tub, as well as a work out facility, is made available to spa clients at Elaia, but it’s likely you’ll just want to relax and steam the day away. Or towel off and head back to work, refreshed and recharged.