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 $45, you get your choice of a bath treatment, aromatherapy salt glow, or therapeutic massage at Lavender Hill Spa in Calistoga (up to a $99 value).
Lavender Hill Spa's mix of Asian-inspired décor and botanical spa treatments creates a refuge of tranquility amid the verdant hills of Napa Valley. Within whirlpool-style tubs, one-hour bath treatments increase circulation and relax muscles with warmth, gentle whirlpool pressure, and soap bubbles singing "Bye Bye Blackbird". The volcanic mud bath blends white ash and mineral salts with lavender essential oil to remove impurities from the skin, and the Thai bath's milk-and-citrus combination reduces stress with a skin-softening soak.
Aromatherapy salt glow treatments lift dead skin with exfoliating salt crystals, making it possible to nourish younger skin with essential oils and lavender, citrus, or pine aromatherapy. An essential-oil bubble bath follows the salt glow to rinse crystals off newly rosy skin and give clients the chance to change the water of the sea monkeys living in their pockets. The full-body therapeutic massage employs gliding effleurage and other traditional Swedish massage strokes to relax tense muscles with flowing strokes, and additional reflexology and acupressure techniques stimulate circulation in the body. Massage therapists can customize massage pressure according to client preference to oust particularly tangled muscles knots.
Although Lavender Hill Spa sometimes offers discounted rates online, this Groupon still presents the best deal available.
Lavender Hill Spa
Within the walls of Lavender Hill Spa, volcanic ash becomes more romantic than a bouquet of roses. Two Jacuuzi tubs stand side by side within a private cottage, where couples can relax with signature volcanic-mud bath treatments, which combine volcanic ash with White Sea kelp, therapeutic mineral salts, and lavender essential oils. Couples' spa packages also move beyond the tub—love birds can both enjoy therapeutic massages and facials.
Lavender Hill Spa nurtures more than just romance, however. Nestled against a garden hillside, the relaxing spa welcomes clients of all sorts with special packages, such as the Gentlemen's Choice with a volcanic-ash mud bath and deep-tissue massage, or the Mothers-to-Be with a coconut-milk bath treatment and pre-natal massage.