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Holiday Hotel Spa-aahhh Treatments

December 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM | by | ()

Omni Bedford Springs

While hotel holiday decorations are pretty to look at, they don't do much to relax you during the holiday season, which let's be honest--can be crazy stressful with all the parties, the shopping, the relatives. So if you need a breather, we’ve put together a list (and we’re checking it twice) of hotel spas across the US who have put together some holiday-themed treatments that you can give to yourself because, contrary to popular belief, sometimes it is better to receive than to give.

The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego normally uses seasonal ingredients and this winter is no exception. From December through January you can indulge in the Chocolate Candied Orange Treatment, and indulge you will! This treatment starts with a hazelnut and orange scrub; then comes a chocolate comfrey wrap and cinnamon scalp treatment; an Acai butter massage follows, as does a mulled cider drink. The spa then sends you on your way with a take home recipe for hazelnut and sea salt shortbread cookies. The cost for this extravagance is $175.

At Lake Arrowhead Resort’s Spa of the Pines (an Autograph Collection hotel) there is a new holiday-themed menu of treatments. The resort is offering a hot stone Holiday Pedicure, a Holiday Swedish Massage using their own special holiday-scented oil (cloves and cinnamon), and a Holiday-Scented Body Scrub using an organic vanilla and brown sugar scrub followed by a rich body cream. For the most bang for your buck go for the Holiday Duo: the body scrub followed by the massage for $165.


L'Auberge de Sedona is offering guests a Warming Gingerbread Sugar Body Scrub and Gingerbread Wrap that are good enough to eat. Using organic sugar and warming ginger oil there are also notes of cinnamon and orange. To tempt you further, we’ll just tell you that after the scrub, the body butter is applied to your skin, you’re wrapped in warm blankets and receive either a scalp and neck massage or a foot massage. You can just lie back and hear the heavenly choir. The scrub and wrap are $145 for both treatments.

Chill Spa at Hotel Terra Jackson Hole has a Warm Cocoa Berry Pore Refining Facial on tap for this blustery season. A Hungarian mud treatment prepares the skin for the pore refining effects of a masque containing cranberries, raspberries and blackberries and finishes with a (no calorie!) chocolate mousse hydration treatment to leave your skin sweetly smooth. The price ranges from $149 to $199.

The Spa at Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans has a Peppermint Aromatherapy Massage using mint essential oils, so while your massage therapist is using long fluid strokes to relax you, the mint will invigorate you so that you’ll be ready for round two in the mall. If you book 80 minutes, it’s $190.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach has on their SPA-LI-DAYS package: A festive 2.5-hour package made even more festive by giving you a Peppermint Twist Martini on the side. Treatments include a Cranberry Cypress Mani and Pedi, a Peppermint Twist Body Polish and a Peppermint Twist Swedish Massage. The package $262 and is available through December 31.

Sandava Spa at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater has a Mistle-Toes Holiday Pedicure that smells of home-baked goodies. It begins with thick, butter brûlée milk-soaked towels (we have to admit we’re having a bit of trouble imagining this part), followed by a sweet cream salt exfoliation and finished with mint-julep fluffy bunny crème. You’ll need to be quick like a bunny, though, ‘cause it’s only on till December 30 for $75.

Springs Eternal Spa at Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa in Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley, is a 30,000 square-foot destination spa and one of just a handful of spas in the U.S. to utilize natural spring water in all of its treatments. During this hap-happiest time of the year, the spa is offering The Gingerbread Manicure. This treatment includes a steaming Butter Brulee Whole Milk hydrating wrap before a scrumptious brown sugar polish exfoliates and revives parched winter skin, leaving a sweet fragrance of gingerbread behind. The treatment ends with a thorough massage with warmed, spicy Caramel Body Milk for $65 until January 31.

In Stowe, Topnotch Resort’s spa is bringing their Seasonal Smoothie body treatment to bear on the season. The treatment combines a sugar body polish with a pumpkin enzyme mask to smooth and polish your winter-abused skin. The finale is a cranberry body balm to keep that skin a-glowing. The treatment is $120.

New Hampshire
Another Omni, The Spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort, is offering a Caramel Apple “flavored” treatment. The Caramel Apple Manicure ($55) and the Caramel Apple Pedicure ($75) include a hot, bubbling spiced-apple cider fizzing soak with vitamin E and sweet almond oil, an invigorating bourbon bubbler exfoliation, a creamy caramel body milk, and choice of a polish or high gloss buff to complete the good-enough-to-eat treatment. There’s also the Caramel Apple Deluxe Body Treatment ($150-$175) that includes a full body bask, not just your tootsies and hands, in a hot, bubbling spiced-apple cider fizzing soak with vitamin E and sweet almond oil, the bourbon bubbler exfoliation, and creamy caramel body milk.

[Photos: Omni Bedford Springs/Hotel Terra Jackson Hole/Seagate Hotel/Omni Mount Washington/Caneel Bay]

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