Like excessive empathy for a shar-pei puppy, habitual stress can cause faces to sag. Prop up your smile maker with today’s Groupon: for $89, you get a holiday spa package at Clara Biella Day Spa (formerly Club Biella) in Tacoma (a $190 total value). The package includes:
- A one-hour gingerbread body scrub (a $95 value)
- A 30-minute peppermint pedicure (a $45 value)
- A 30-minute spiced hot-stone massage (a $50 value)<p>
Clara Biella Day Spa’s realm of relaxation and rejuvenation sprawls over 10,000 square feet, welcoming spa-goers with Old World Italian elegance infused with modern touches. The holiday spa package begins with a body scrub to slough away dead and unmotivated skin cells with a deeply aromatic concoction of pure organic ginger, pure brown and cane sugars, and spiced clove. During the stress-soothing peppermint pedicure, patrons plunge feet into the scented whirlpool and sink into the hydrotherapy massage chair, swathed in sunlight from the spa’s floor-to-ceiling windows, while toenails get buffed with oil, shaped, and lacquered. Like a fully-prepped wok, warm basalt river stones seasoned with cinnamon, clove, and tea-tree oil sauté tense muscles, reducing knots to a softer, more palatable form.
In the spa’s cozy waiting room, village-style terra-cotta awnings protect product displays from the harsh glare of interior lights, and leather chairs offer a soft place to land after handspringing from the wrought-iron balcony. In the treatment room, exposed brick and marble recall turn-of-the-century Europe, warming patrons with shades of brown.
Clara's Spa & Salon
Looking around Clara's Spa & Salon, a rustic Italian villa might come to mind. That’s because each piece of decor situated within the 10,000-square-foot day spa exudes that vibe, from the intricate ironwork on the stairs to the cobblestones lining its walkways. In a bright, airy salon space, guests can relax on leather salon chairs facing mirrors that reflect their new haircuts and more vibrant hair colors. Other visitors can retire to private massage rooms in the hopes that therapeutic, Swedish, or deep-tissue techniques will work out their muscle aches and kinks. Elsewhere, the spa’s licensed professionals pamper clients with body wraps that utilize ingredients such as greek yogurt, pumpkin, or coffee and jojoba. The expansive retreat also features a pool, gym, and sauna and hot tub that give clients a place to unwind and decide which state of water they like best: liquid or gas.
1506 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, Washington 98402