Spa retreats help soothe muscles sore from naps in uncomfortable chairs and long nights of aggressive rapid eye movement. Recover from relaxing with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a two-hour spa package at Clara’s Spa, located at the Courtyard Marriott in Tacoma (a $200 value). The package includes the following:
- A 60-minute champagne-and-rose detoxifying body wrap with custom massage
- A 60-minute chocolate mani-pedi<p>
At Clara’s Spa, clients are whisked into a 10,000-square-foot sanctuary of serenity replete with calming aromatherapy and soft candlelight. Limbs are cocooned in an organic body wrap infused with a light perfume of champagne and roses designed to woo toxins out of the body and convince them to elope. A licensed massage therapist’s knowing fingers then seek out pockets of stress in a custom massage that includes a choice of head or foot massage, fishing out tension and tension’s missing car keys and sending waves of relaxation rolling through taut muscles.
Gentle hands also daub on a shea-butter salve, which replenishes moisture and provides a velvety vehicle for vitamins and grape-seed oil to condition the skin. Taking care not to overlook oft-forgotten extremities, a chocolate mani-pedi begins as feet soak in a soothing bath and hands immerse themselves in warm paraffin wax. Mitts emerge supple and soft, ready to submit their nails to be filed and buffed, and heel calluses are sloughed away by a chocolate-scented scrub and massaged with a chocolate-scented lotion that leaves them silky, sweet-smelling, and worthy of display atop any wedding cake.
Inside this rustic, Italian-inspired spa, candles on wrought-iron sconces light the way to the ladies’ or men’s wing, where clouds of vapor and departing worries part to unveil soothing hot tubs and invigorating steam rooms. Located in the Courtyard Marriott, the spa also offers clients full access to the hotel’s pool and gym. Blown-glass Chihuly chandeliers dangle gracefully between the first and second floors, illuminating walls of tile hidden within a warren of cream-colored chambers and graceful, wrought-iron fixtures.