Body wraps were invented by the Egyptians, who somehow knew mankind would one day need mummies to play the saxophone solos in Halloween party songs. Do the mash with today's Groupon: for $69, you get a 50-minute infrared body wrap and acupressure face massage with aromatherapy and hot-stone treatment at spaViolet, located in Solana Beach's design district (a $145 value). The seasoned, fun-loving staff at spaViolet is dedicated to relaxing world-weary bodies and minds. Let them tenderly cocoon you in the infrared body wrap, a sugar-free concoction designed to relieve pain, improve circulation, and burn up to 1,200 calories in one session ($75). The acupressure face massage employs meticulous finger pressure to relax overworked mug muscles, granting exhausted circus clowns the ability to frown again ($40). Aromatherapy and toasty hot stones cap off this visage treatment, relieving huddled sinus passages of their yearning to breathe free ($15 each). Beauty-seekers are welcomed into spaViolet's mod, retro-style cottage house trimmed with deep, soothing shades of purple.
Yelpers, who give spaViolet a near-perfect 4.5-star average, have this to say:
- The staff always goes the extra mile and seems to always remember the little things that were mentioned in our previous discussions. It's a great personal touch and makes it more fun to keep coming back for more. – Danielle Y.
- The decor for one is so groovy that you could spend the entire day there just chillin'. Owner and esthetician, Dale Hall has been doing this for 16 years and is just fab to say the least. – Julie G.
Behind spaViolet's deep-purple cottage door, aestheticians such as Gina Lomiglio lavish clients with beautifying services in an oasis whose homey comforts have been praised by San Diego magazine. Retro barber chairs gaze out upon overhanging bougainvillea outside as aestheticians prettify nails. Their soothing exfoliations freshen the skin, and body wraps include stints in the Vichy shower, which has six showerheads. While they minister to bodies within the 1950s-style setting, sassy spa-tenders are as likely to offer a cup of tea or an amusing anecdote as they are to delve into the theory behind their spa procedures or Burger King's inexplicable lack of spa procedures—what kind of royal establishment doesn’t offer them?
735 S Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, California 92075Get Directions