Some couples retreats can actually add stress, such as those involving camping, international travel, or forming litigation partnerships. Take the stress out of bonding with today’s Groupon: for $199, you get a three-hour couples retreat at Alera Salon & Spa in Cranberry Township (a $440 value). Each person will receive the following:
- A one-hour Swedish massage
- A customized facial
- A pedicure
The aestheticians at Alera Salon & Spa round up twosomes for relaxing three-hour respites in the couples retreat suite. Massage therapists knead tissues and create cross-fiber friction during concurrent one-hour Swedish massages, which untie muscular knots faster than a boy scout disentangling fishing wire. During each person’s customized facial, an aesthetician steams the frontispiece with ozone, buffs away perished cells, and applies a mask made of high-end Bioelements products. Coats of color can take hold of toesies at the end of luxurious pedicures, in which aestheticians name-drop famous brands such as OPI. At any point during the retreat, pampered partners might sip a bottle of wine they brought from home or practice their secret couples handshake while wearing sock puppets.
Alera Salon & Spa
Inside Alera's 3,300-square-foot spa space, clients can bask in the calmness of private suites and inherent glamour of the spacious, runway-esque haircutting floor. Stylists leverage high-end skin- and haircare products from Sebastian, Wella, Brazilian Blowout, and Aveda and aestheticians infuse visits with subtle elements of luxury such as mini massages. Beauty treatments include hair removal, makeup application, and completely organic airbrush tanning. On the spa side, therapists administer massages with heated basalt stones to ease muscles and oust stress.