LEXINGTON, Ky. - Make this Valentine's Day one to remember with a romantic and memorable spa experience. Whether it's a weekend getaway or close to home your sweetheart is sure to be grateful for the gift of relaxation. It's easy to find a spa deal for two, according to the ISPA 2010 U.S. Industry Study which reported that 64 percent of spas are offering couple's massages and 44 percent are offering a special package for couples.
"Time spent relaxing and reconnecting with your loved one at the spa is the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day," said International SPA Association President Lynne McNees. "Instead of the usual flowers and chocolates why not focus on improving your Valentine's overall health at the spa. The benefits of a spa experience will last well beyond February 14."
Spas cleverly take traditional Valentine's Day elements like chocolate, champagne and roses and use them in mouth-watering treatments that won't make you gain a pound. Whether you're part of a duo or flying solo these offerings from ISPA members will give you a soothing experience away from it all:
Eau Spa by Cornelia at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Lantana, FL - The Love Yourself treatment features the spa's Scrub and Polish Bar, where an on-site mixologist creates a customized body cocktail on the spot. There's no time limit on this DIY treatment, which includes access to all of the spa's amenities. Finish off the day with a manicure using the customized scrub while enjoying champagne and chocolate. Available through February 20, 2011 for $75.
The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, PA - A Chocolate Manicure or Pedicure is a loving way to treat your significant other. These treatments use cocoa bean, sugar and shea butter to exfoliate and moisturize. Enjoy a 50-minute manicure for $65 or pedicure for $85.
Oasis Day Spa, New York, NY - Enjoy an aromatic Swedish massage next to the one you love with a Side-By-Side Massage. A 60-minute treatment for $230.
Solace Spa at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI - The Solace Spa Romantic Journey makes things twice as nice with two 80-minute massages, two 50-minute facials and lunch for two. Spend the rest of your day enjoying the whirlpool, saunas and other spa amenities all for $430 Monday-Thursday or $475 Friday-Sunday.
The Spa at Sedona Rouge, Sedona, AZ - Score a Valentine's Day discount when you book a 60-minute couples massage for $235, and enjoy a look into your future with a $20 discount on a 60-minute Couple's Tarot session (regularly $140). Available February 11-15.
The Spa at the Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA - The Chocolate Spa Sampler will bring out your inner chocoholic with a whipped cocoa bath, chocolate bean polish or chocolate sugar scrub and a cocoa massage. You'll round out your dessert with lunch in their Oasis dining room. This three-hour treatment is $197 now through February 28.
Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, MO - The Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate with Your Someone Special package combines a two nights stay with a couples massage, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast in bed and a $50 food credit to use at HK's Restaurant. Available through March 31 for $529.
Terranea Resort Spa, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA - The Loving Touch in room spa package for couples teaches you massage techniques that you can practice at home. After your lesson you'll enjoy a rose petal bubble bath and champagne. A 75-minute experience for $250.
Vdara Hotel and Spa, Las Vegas, NV - The Cherries and Chocolate Facial combines the power of their Wild Black Cherry Enzyme Peel with the Cocoa Powder Chocolate Mask. The facial is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that leave the skin glowing. A 50-minute treatment for $145.
You can also take the spa experience home with some of these products that make great gifts from ISPA members:
- Eminence Organic Skincare - With each purchase of the Rose Collection Tube, a gift set filled with five travel size products, plus a full size serum, you'll receive an assortment of three travel size jars of Eminence's favorite products for free.
- OSEA International is offering their Passion Massage Oil at the very special price of $20 (originally $28) throughout February. This lightweight blend of botanical oils is a multi-purpose after-bath body oil.
- Shelley Antecol has two deliciously scented candles for Valentine's Day. Choose from the Dark Chocolate and Orange or the Strawberries and Champagne candles perfectly packaged in a gold gift box for $19.95.
- Skin Authority's experienceispa.com.
Spas are places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.
(Editor's note - A complete listing of ISPA members that have made the association aware of their Valentine's Day offerings is available. ISPA is happy to put you in contact with members who could serve as interview resources. Please contact Shelby Jones for ideas on members to accompany your piece.)