Faces, like khakis and the space-time continuum, look best when wrinkle-free. Iron out head creases with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a Clarins facial of your choice (an $125 value), a one-day fitness-club access (a $35 value), and valet parking at Four Seasons Hotel Houston (a $160 total value).
Four Seasons Hotel pampers guests with its refined Southern charm, soothing spa treatments, and high-end fitness center. After leaving vehicles or personal jetpacks with the valet, meander the hospitable halls and into the serene spa, where a squad of doting aestheticians rejuvenates mugs with seven varieties of 60-minute Clarins facials. Reveal radiant skin with a youth booster treatment, quench faces with the thirsty-skin soother, or purify pores with the oily-skin rescue, which diminishes slick patches. Finessed faces can implore attached bodies to take advantage of a full day of unlimited fitness in the Four Seasons' fitness center, which boasts a full range of cardio machines wired with digital diversions. Daycations end with a steam-soaked shower and enough grooming to last five seasons instead of four.
Inside the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, executive chef Maurizio Ferrarese draws on his Italian upbringing to create an ingredient-driven menu of locally sourced Italian fare. Ferrarese always puts his guests first, leaving the kitchen to visit tables as much as he can and even inviting guests to make special requests if they want to test his creativity with original dishes. He doesn't mean to downplay the regular items on his menu, saying, "I designed it so that I have a menu full of dishes that I would recommend blindfolded."
Inside the dining room, servers deliver orders of veal and seared tuna with puffed pantelleria capers or house farm greens with Texas Lone Star goat cheese in small-plate form to share with friends or purposely hide from mortal enemies. Main-course options include seasonal risottos, veal osso buco with glazed root vegetables, and the chef's signature housemade braised-beef ravioli with black truffle and corn purée. During Sunday brunch, cooks mix together eggs and fresh vegetables behind omelet stations and replenish the seafood bar's platters of roasted salmon and striped-bass broccolini.
The modern decor contrasts the rustic recipes with its vivid color, red leather accents, and tabletop holograms. Four private dining areas offer different experiences for small gatherings, from the chef's table with views of the kitchen to the cozy wine cellar with a corked floor and a display of 1,250 bottles.