Winter Warmer Spa Treatments

PHOTO: At Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, a "warming room" welcome area allows guests to cozy up next to a crackling fire with hot drinks before heading off to treatments.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Shivering through your own version of the latest “snow emergency”? These spas want to cocoon you in heated blankets, pamper you like a baby in crèche-like “warming rooms,” and maybe even wrap you in warm seaweed, if you’re up for it. (And if it promises to lift the chill from your bones, of course you’re up for whatever by now.)

The Tao of Detox

Bostonians, it’s been a rough few months – but if you can’t escape out of the city, you can at least get into a different mental space at The Langham. Its Chuan Body + Soul spa draws from traditional Chinese medicine for many treatments. Recommended to help get blood flow back from “numbed” to “normal”: a full-body exfoliation followed by a warm marine algae wrap and back massage.

Winter Warm-Up (and Detox Tea)

You wouldn’t necessarily expect the grand, bustling Waldorf Astoria New York to be worrying about guests’ chills and headaches like an overprotective auntie – but nicely, the place seems to care. Glamorous Guerlain Spa is offering a “Winter Warm-Up” massage, while the Towers luxury wing offers detox tea with homegrown honey to guests. Oh, and the personal concierges are ready to make pharmacy runs.

Hammam Detox Therapy

And another one for weather-beaten Bostonians: At exhale Battery Wharf, the co-ed hammam is a traditional steam room with warm stone surfaces to sit or lie down. Get circulation back to normal, soothe your joints, and feel the tension leave your muscles. Hammam Detox Therapy treatment starts with a warm water wash, and also incorporates a custom-scented aromatherapy scrub. Bathing suits required.

Pure ener-g (Wailea-style)

If you’ve made it to Maui, you’re already doing better than 95% of people, warming-wise…but Hawaii’s been hit with pretty severe rainstorms this winter, so you might be cheated out of a few beach days. Go the extra mile to the Fairmont Kea Lani’s brand-new Willow Stream Spa, for a signature head-to-toe rub-n-scrub – incorporating restorative, revitalizing essential oils

Red Flower Hammam

A creative departure from the traditional hammam, available at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, this treatment features everyone’s #1 fantasy furniture item of the week: a heated floating bed. After full-body mud slatherings and citrus misting, the final act is a warm cardamom amber oil and tangerine fig butter crème massage.

The Warming Room

Below-freezing temperatures come to Santa Fe, New Mexico as early as October, and while the region doesn’t see a lot of extreme storms, nights and mornings are frosty-chilly all the way through March. Visitors don’t always realize this, and it leads to many a tooth-chattering sunrise hike. To deal with the many shivering early morning visitors coming into the spa at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, there’s a “warming room” welcome area where you cozy up with cushy chairs, a crackling fire and hot drinks before heading off to your treatment.

Warm Lava Detox Wrap

The name makes you think of volcanoes, but this body treatment at Red Mountain Resort’s Sagestone Spa & Salon actually features self-heating brown seaweeds. This is a multi-step treatment that also sees to moisturizing skin that’s been exposed to the arid Southwest climate.

Flavors of Mexico Massage

For everyone who’s like, “Whenever I get near a yummy-smelling skin product, I want to eat it…” here’s one for you. The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit includes a tasting – of tequila creams, no less – as part of the “Flavors of Mexico” signature treatment. Choose between coffee, vanilla or chocolate as a treatment theme.

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