Do you feel a little guilty after all of your holiday indulgences? Running up the AmEx, the calorie count, and share of libations not included, you may have a selfish little secret. That special present you bought for your honey was really something you wanted for yourself! Now, your sweetheart’s pretty smart. If you did gift an item that you’re borrowing back, try and redeem yourself this Valentine’s Day. The good news is that you can give a fabulous present you both will genuinely enjoy – a day at the spa.
Both guys and gals can be pampered without guilt because the partner will be spoiled, too. One bit of advice when seeking spa treatments: even if you love someone, you really don’t want to see their pores. Instead of more invasive procedures, think romantic doubled massages or side-by-side pedicures. Many day spas can provide two massage therapists -one for you, one for your date – and you can have your services in the same room. Even when you’re not talking, it’s great to have the proximity in such a serene environment.
The Grand Spa, for example, offers couples’ massages from 50 to 80 minutes, with your choice of Swedish, aromatherapy or therapeutic. For the month of February, Uptown Mood Spa offers a Chocolate & Wine Wrap package ($120) which includes a body steam, chocolate body wrap, a glass of wine, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
The Spa at the Crescent is very couple-friendly. The co-ed Tranquility Room is a peaceful spot to wait for treatments and almost all spa services are available as duets. Their Rejuvenation Package includes concurrent massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and lunches for $295 per person. The Traditional Duet Package includes two aroma-therapy massages, two pedis, two manis, and two lunches for $400. The Honey Do Package ($245) treats your sweet thing to lunch, a wine and humectant honey body wrap, followed by a calming milk and honey facial. The hot stone massage is a popular duet, too. According to The Crescent’s Karol Stephens, “Couples treatments are good for unsure and nervous males. It’s not so scary for a man to have a pedicure when his girlfriend is sitting right beside him.”
In spa-rich Dallas, it may be hard to decide where to go. Seek one which specializes in services for men. After all, it’s easy to find a girl’s beauty haven, but sometimes the frilliness is intimidating for the guy’s first time. Whether you head out for a night on the town or enjoy an intimate night in, a shared spa day will help you both look and feel your best.
Try treatments at one of DFW’s swank hotels to turn a day of beauty into a whole weekend. Stay at the Hotel Crescent Court for the Relaxation Spa & Room Package ($475): a superior room, breakfast in the Conservatory or room service, two aromatherapy massages, valet parking, and the use of the steam, sauna, and fitness floor at The Spa. Their Pamper Spa & Room Package ($895) additionally offers two vitamin C facials, two spa manis and pedis, champagne, lunch in the Spa CafÃ?Â©, and hot rock massages instead of aromatherapy.
The Wyndham Anatole’s Suite Surrender Spa Package ($339) lets you enjoy one-night deluxe suite accommodations for two, a complimentary bottle of chilled champagne upon arrival, two complimentary passes to the 80,000-square-foot Verandah Club, two 90-minute personal massage treatments of choice, and breakfast for two at the Terrace CafÃ?Â©. The Za Spa at hip Hotel ZaZa provides the MÃ?Â©nage Ã?Â Deux, Swedish massage for two in the same treatment room – 50 minutes for $190 per couple ($240 for in-room) and $240 for 80 minutes ($300 in-room). Za Spa has a couples’ hydra tub and manis and pedis, too. Coming soon – a chocolate and roses pedicure. From 9 am to 11 pm, you can get the services in the privacy of your hotel room.
To spice things up wherever you may be – home, hotel, or office – rely on Bliss Mobile Day Spa. A couples’ Afternoon Escape includes Swedish massage and a hand and foot spa. The Ritual of Wellness includes Swedish massage, hand and foot spa, and a relaxing facial. Add roses, champagne or sparkling cider, and gourmet chocolates to a couples’ packages for $35. Amy Love of Bliss notes, “We’ll be adding a personal chef service at the beginning of the year. The couple can enjoy a relaxing massage while a gourmet dinner is being prepared in their own kitchen.”
Looking for something even more holistic? Join your partner for a couples’ class the Friday before Valentine’s at Yoga Island. Wine, cheese, and yoga – a great date night! Even if you’re a yoga neophyte, you’ll be able to practice postures with your partner’s support, practice deep breathing, and really re-connect.
The romance will naturally play itself out once you’ve been beautified, relaxed, and reinvigorated. This Valentine’s Day, or any day you can both sneak away together, indulge in a few shared spa treats.