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"Signature massages always include aromatherapy, with many scents of local woodland fauna used."
"Treatments here incorporate mung beans, red ginseng, and yam—items not typically found in a U.S. spa."
"The Asian-inspired spa goes for the feel of a Japanese bathhouse, with hydrotherapy pools set into natural rock."
"Guests can lounge in 45-minute sessions against the walls of illuminated Himalayan pink salt brick-chambered rooms."
"Glade Spring Spa offers wraps, scrubs, massages, detox therapies, and specialized foot treatments."
"The spa’s popular treatment combo is a seaweed body exfoliation and detoxifying algae wrap which will leave tired skin silky soft."
"With a location in the Carillon Point waterfront community, the hotel has views of the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains."
"The spa offers Carita facials, a French line only found in a small number of exclusive spas across the U.S."
"After getting blood pumping in a class at the fitness studio, guests can relax in the whirlpool tub or the indoor pool."
Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Alderbrook Resort and Spa has long held a reputation for being the nicest spa on the Olympic Peninsula, which is across Puget Sound west of Seattle. Guests coming from Seattle can either catch a ferry or drive around the Sound. Located on the picturesque shores of Hood Canal, a glacier-carved fjord more than 60 miles (97 kilometers) long, the place is absolutely dwarfed by huge alder trees. Signature massages always include aromatherapy, with many scents of local woodland fauna used. The whole spa menu celebrates the outdoors, from a volcanic pumice scrub to a body wrap of marine mud and salts from The Dead Sea. Therapists are also skilled in medicinal plant knowledge and can supplement any treatment with things such as arnica or wolfsbane to relax tired muscles. At the end of a long spa day, guests can relax poolside—the resort has a glass greenhouse-enclosed swimming pool with views of the rocky beach and, on clear days, the Olympic Mountains.
At first glance, the Olympus Spa in Lynnwood (just outside of Seattle) is not what most expect. Located in a nondescript suburban strip mall, the spa's own exterior is definitely nothing to get excited about. But once inside it is a buzzing women’s-only Korean-style retreat. Rules for guests are strict and non-negotiable; robes must be worn in the warm infrared rooms lined with Himalayan salt or jade, but all clothes and undergarments must be removed to enter the soaking pools and saunas. All guests have to keep a shower cap on at all times. Ladies can soak and douse themselves with mugwort (an herbal remedy), get a massage, or receive a traditional Korean scrub. Treatments here incorporate mung beans, red ginseng, and yam—items not typically found in a U.S. spa. After a relaxing day, guests can continue caring for their bodies with a healthy meal. Served on the premises are specialties from the East Asian country such as the rice dish bibimbap, spicy tacos, and green tea smoothies.
Salish Lodge and Spa
Only 30 minutes from Seattle, The Salish Lodge and Spa is known as the region's top luxury resort and has won numerous awards and honors, including Condé Nast Traveler's "Top 50 Hotel Spas in the United States." It sits perched above the stunning Snoqualmie Falls at the base of the Cascade Mountains and is famous for being in the David Lynch television series "Twin Peaks." The Asian-inspired spa goes for the feel of a Japanese bathhouse, with hydrotherapy pools set into natural rock. Treatments include a honey (sourced from bee-boxes onsite) and oatmeal body scrub. Couples can indulge in a fireside couple’s massage. The resort maintains an 18-and up age restriction for all spa treatments.
Salt Room and Spa
Salt therapy—also called halotherapy—is known for being not only relaxing but physically beneficial for those with asthma and allergies. The popular treatment is available in Bellevue, Washington. Guests can lounge in 45-minute sessions against the walls of illuminated Himalayan pink salt brick-chambered rooms. Also offered are massages (solo or couples), Reiki sessions, yoga and meditation, color therapy, music therapy, and zero-gravity recliners.
Glade Spring Spa
For those looking for an idyllic nature retreat in the mountains east of the Cascades, the Glade Spring Spa relaxation rooms at Cle Elum’s Suncadia Resort open up to mineral bath pools, wood-cabin saunas, fire pits, and a freshwater stream. While it is a luxury resort that even includes a golf course, non-resort guests can still make appointments at the spa. Visitors enjoy a Vichy shower room, various outdoor mineral baths, indulgent scalp treatments, and many therapies that come accompanied by sparkling wine. Glade Spring Spa offers wraps, scrubs, massages, detox therapies, specialized foot treatments—you name it, and the business probably already thought of it.
On the northern Puget Sound shoreline a few hours north of Seattle in Blaine, Semiahmoo is known for having two of the top three golf courses in Washington: Loomis Trail Golf Club and Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club. But many come just for the spa, which uses luxurious Sothys skincare products made from Pacific Northwest seaweeds said to fight inflammation and firm up skin with amino acids and beta-carotene. The spa’s most popular treatment combo is a seaweed body exfoliation and detoxifying algae wrap which will leave even the most tired skin silky soft. This should be followed by a hot stone massage—each therapist has their own special rock shapes and sizes they like to work with, and many walked the shores to collect them.
The Woodmark Hotel
The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club and Spa, not surprisingly, has a very yacht club feel. It’s set on the shore of Lake Washington, just 15 minutes east of Seattle. With a location in the Carillon Point waterfront community, the hotel also has views of the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains. Popular packages include the 2-hour and 45-minute Girls Spa Day, which consists of a 60-minute Bliss Massage and a luxurious manicure and pedicure for each woman in the group. There is also a Pampering Mom package, which adds a 60-minute custom facial to the previous package. For couples who want to make a weekend out of it, the Love is in the Air package includes guestroom accommodations at the Woodmark Hotel, a 60-minute massage (choosing from Bliss, Maternity, or Deep Tissue), and a bath butler.
Willows Lodge and Spa
In Woodinville’s wine country just 25 minutes from Seattle, Willows Lodge and Spa on the Sammamish River is within easy walking distance of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, and the Red Hook Brewery. The spa offers Carita facials, a French line only found in a small number of exclusive spas across the U.S. Facials are either 30 minutes or one hour, and deeply cleanse, extract, and hydrate the skin with “super serums” filled with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. Midweek couples can book a 2.5-hour Couple's Therapy package, where each client will receive a Swedish massage, facial, body polish, and chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne.
Rosario Resort and Spa
Location, location, location—to get to the Rosario Resort and Spa, guests must arrive by ferry or floatplane to the gorgeous San Juan Islands a few hours north of Seattle. On the property is a 1909 mansion that used to be the home of shipbuilding magnate Robert Moran but has since turned into an indulgent getaway for city folk. After getting blood pumping in a class at the fitness studio, visitors can relax in the whirlpool tub or the indoor, adults-only therapeutic pool before getting a massage or other spa therapy. While the treatments lean towards the traditional (think body scrub or facial), the stunningly tranquil location more than makes up for a smaller spa menu.