Mind and body operate in tandem, which is why stress causes headaches and slamming your hand in the door makes you forget math. Restore your faculties with today’s Groupon: for $180, you get the Downtown Duo couples treatment at The Chas Spa Salon (a $375 value). The 2.5-hour treatment includes:
- A 45-minute steam-infused mud application
- A tandem 45-minute Swedish massage
- An herbal-infused bath with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne served tub-side<p>
Owned by a veteran stylist, whose outsize personality inspired the Warren Beatty film Shampoo, The Chas’s soothing spa treatments and luxe amenities made Baltimore magazine’s Best of Baltimore list in 2010 and 2011. A 2.5-hour retreat, the Downtown Duo package begins with a 45-minute visit to the oasis, where couples slick themselves with therapeutic muds before stepping into a eucalyptus-infused steam room to make mud angels. Laser lights pulse and twirl to custom music selections as dermises soak in the nurturing scrubs, with a gentle rain shower following to rinse limbs. Side-by-side Swedish massages mix firm and gentle pressure to melt away tension in tandem. Finally, pairs float in an herbal-infused bath while munching chocolate-covered strawberries, sipping champagne, and discussing the four laws of thermodynamics. A happy marriage of urban amenities and secluded quiet dwells within The Chas, where visitors recline on plush chaise longues under soft lighting as valets park cars for free.
Baltimore Spa and Salon
Historically spas have served as escapes from the stresses of everyday life. Yet at Baltimore Spa and Salon, ensconced within the Ritz-Carlton Residences on the Inner Harbor, an acute attention to detail has enabled patrons to escape all their worries. The spa side is divided into therapy suites: a couples' treatment room with whirlpool, a Vichy treatment room that draws deep impurities from the body while releasing a warm radiance, and an oasis treatment room for individuals or couples to help detoxify, firm, and hydrate skin. While enjoying treatments that include Red Flower Nature Facials, manicures and pedicures, and NovaLash Eyelash extensions performed by Baltimore's only Advanced Eyelash Extensionist, guests take in curved glass panels and walls wrapped in damask fabric.
The salon, meanwhile, affords a similarly immersive experience with designer cuts, expert coloring, straightening, and deep-conditioning treatments. Both facets of getaway gain backup support from a boutique, which offers guests products from lines such as Red Flower, Éminence Organic Skin Care, and Bumble and bumble. With a new medical aesthetics menu and new hours, the spa salon always keeps its customers in mind.