Let’s face it, there’s no bad time of year to center yourself with a relaxing spa service, but especially now that the hectic holidays are behind you and your eye is on a healthy, balanced New Year. Here are some great local spas—and their treatments—that will leave you refreshed and ready to take on 2015.
Leave it to the Ritz to exemplify luxury. The Ritz-Carlton Spa & Wellness Center, located on the 16th and 17th floors of the high-end uptown hotel, offers many services from not-your typical manicures to body scrubs, facials and massages. Not sure which massage to try? A signature choice is the Honey Detox and Truffle experience, using honey harvested from the hotel’s rooftop beehives. For a mix of massage techniques, the Sampler (100 min., $255) combines hot stone, deep tissue and reflexology (thumb pressure helps improve circulation). You also have your choice of aromatherapies. We like the Eucalyptus-Blood Orange mix. Be sure to arrive early so you can enjoy the posh lounge. 201 E. Trade St., 704.547.2244
South End Sanctuary
You’ve endured long drives and airport security—now it’s time to relax and revitalize. Whether you are looking to touch up your tips with a signature manicure or treat yourself to a lavish getaway in the Serenity Room, Re Salon and Med Spa has it all. Sip on a complimentary beverage while waiting for one of the spa’s signature massages—we like the deep tissue (60 min., $110). Therapeutic and tension relieving, this treatment will alleviate stress from toxin-locked muscles unlike any other remedy. 1212 South Blvd., 704.334.8087
Nestled in the heart of historic Elizabeth, Oasis Day Spa offers an escape from modern stress in old Southern ambiance. Try the “Fit for a Queen” package ($225). Some favorites include: the Renewal Facial, two masks that purify, exfoliate and hydrate the skin; a Sole Indulgence pedicure with exfoliating sea salts and a foot massage; and a Tropical manicure, infused with citrus-honey or lime-pomegranate oil scents. A full body Swedish massage tops it all off, leaving you pampered to perfection. 2036 E. 7th St., 704.333.8777
Spoil yourself in the eucalyptus steam rooms and cherry wood saunas of The Spa at Ballantyne. Opt for the Day Long Staycation Package for the ultimate leisure splurge (starting at $260). This mix-and- match spa treatment lets you choose three of Ballantyne’s many services. We recommend the lush Shea Sugar Smoothie Envelopment, including a full-body honey oat yogurt mask followed by an agave nectar oil mixture. A Blueberry Detox Peel Facial paired with a rich massage is a welcome addition to this sweet treat. 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., 704.248.4141
Clear Your Mind
Nature and massage therapy go hand in hand at Varji & Varji when you choose a Fusion Stone Massage (60 min., $110). Inspired by Native American medicine traditions, Max and Susan Varji combined their 30 years of experience in the spa industry with their international travels to handcraft this sensual massage. Warm and cool stones, alternating with honed massage techniques, calm the body. Coupled with the delicate sage, cedar and sweet grass scents of Varji oils, this massage will hydrate your skin, rejuvenate your senses and clear your mind. 720 Governor Morrison St., Ste. E-70, 704.366.7366