Balance Spa wants to whisk its guests into a world of serenity as quickly as possible. Complimentary valet parking gets them from the curb to the massage table within minutes, though they’re welcome to take a detour into the pool or sauna if they’d like. Today’s Reserve selection identifies the shortest route to relaxation with a spa package for one or two at Balance Spa at the Loews. The spa package includes the following services for each person:
- 50-minute Swedish massage
- 50-minute custom facial
- 30-minute classic manicure
The spa and the hotel that holds it tend to endow the requisite atmosphere of sleek luxury with an unexpected dash of personality, from the neon sign that tops the building to the unusual contours of the swimming pool, which creates secluded nooks around padded chaise lounges. In treatment rooms, golden walls and old-fashioned windows evoke a classic New Orleans cottage as much as they do the eighth floor of a skyscraper. There, as guests sink into plush tables, uniformed massage therapists unburden bodies of tension and muscle aches with Swedish massages.
Comprising long, flowing strokes applied at moderate pressure, Swedish massage focuses on relaxation through gently working out knots and stimulating circulation—a template that’s infinitely customizable according to each body’s needs. The custom facial, too, is tailor-made, paying close attention to skin type to leave each face well hydrated and glowing. Clinically tested Jan Marini products work to build elasticity and firmness with proteolytic enzymes, which deeply exfoliate the skin by breaking down dead cells.
The classic manicure starts with a warm soak to soften the skin and nails. Technicians then fashion an elegant frame for nails with a cuticle treatment, relieve arm tension with a light massage, and finish with a choice of polish or buff to add pop to a neutral fall wardrobe or match a fingernail-colored cocktail dress.
Balance Spa & Fitness at Loews New Orleans
Balance Spa & Fitness at Loews New Orleans is like a social mixer for spa services: East meets West, water meets air, modern science meets time-tested treatments. And all of these convergences happen under the skilled eyes of aestheticians. Each visit is tailored to visitors, and a spa concierge can suggest a unique treatment regiment from the spa's wide range of offerings. The East meets West massage, meanwhile, combines muscle-soothing techniques from both hemispheres, readying the mind for a rejuvenating facial that mixes glycolic acid and proteolytic enzymes. Afterward, clients can draw on age-old hubs of well-being: the hotel's pool, fitness and wellness center, sauna, and whirlpool.