Before battle, samurai warriors gently exfoliated and deeply cleansed their pores so that they could slay foes with one sexy glance. Become an aesthetic warrior with today's Groupon: for $59, you get $125 worth of spa services at Spa 101, located on the fourth floor of the Hilton Bentley on Ocean Drive.
Spa 101 is a boutique spa with a homey atmosphere tucked into the teeming opulence of the Hilton Bentley. The skilled staff of friendly aestheticians offers a wide array of spa services for the discerning dermis. Revivify a tarnished frontispiece with a 40-minute facial ($100) customized to each individual, or focus on your body's most frequently used appendages with a 40-minute hand spa treatment ($35), including a manicure, scrub, and hand massage, or the 50-minute foot-based equivalent ($50) of a pedicure, scrub, and foot massage. Alternately, relieve stress with a 30-minute head, neck, and shoulder massage ($60) or a 60-minute massage tailored to your individual needs ($120). Relax in one of two private treatment rooms while you engage in these leisure lessons, a setting far preferable to the strobe-lit, hunter-orange spa rooms repeatedly featured on late-night infomercials hosted by Ted Nugent.
The lush interior of this palace of pulchritude is ideal for undergoing a bout of thorough relaxation. From the polished marble floors to the airy light that streams through numerous wide windows, not to mention a wide deck that overlooks the ocean, everything is arranged to send nervous systems into a quiet cave where workaday worries don't exist and the near-constant attacks from clatters of vicious butterflies can be forgotten.
Appointments are highly recommended.
Spa 101 at the Hilton Bentley
Spa 101 says it starts with "the fundamentals in massage and facial therapy," but from there it goes on to present a fairly advanced course in relaxation. Sitting beside the sunny terrace of the Hilton Bentley at 101 Ocean Drive, the spa has developed a menu of quite innovative treatments in addition to traditional Swedish massage and deep-cleansing facials. Organic Caudalie products use grape and citrus enzymes to brighten and exfoliate skin naturally, and electro-stimulation encourages facial muscles to contract and become more toned.
Even if you're only stopping in for one treatment, it's easy to spend an entire day at Spa 101. Beneath the palms sits a luxurious beach club with plenty of space for both swimming and lounging, adjacent to a plunge pool and fitness studio to break things up. And if you get a little overheated, you can always can pop back into the spa for a Sunbaked cooling body mask or ask to stand in front of an open freezer at the Hilton's restaurant.