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Spa Escapes

July 19, 2010 By: Meagan Drillinger Travel Agent


Salish Lodge & Spa

Salish Lodge & Spa has two therapeutic mineral soaking pools

The Rugged Landscape of the Pacific Northwest makes it a go-to spot for adventure travel in the U.S. But we also like the region’s softer side—a selection of resort spas specific to the region that can help round out any active traveler’s itinerary. Here are three to recommend to your clients.

Salish Lodge & Spa

Tucked away in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Salish Lodge & Spa overlooks the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls. The facility has eight single treatment rooms and two rooms for couples. There are also two therapeutic mineral soaking pools with treetop views, a eucalyptus-filled steam room and a dry sauna.

Earlier this year, the spa unveiled a new menu of treatments, incorporating regionally sourced ingredients such as seaweed from Puget Sound and exfoliants made from organic espresso. Ask about the Green Tea & Northwest Seaweed Salt Glow. This detox treatment buffs the skin to restore the natural glow.

Expectant mothers will find this spa to be a sanctuary, catering to all pre-natal needs. This April, the hotel teamed up with skincare line Mama Mio to offer a menu of therapies devoted entirely to the mother-to-be. We like the Yummy Tummy—think facial for the tummy. The treatment uses omega-rich products to maximize skin strength, health and elasticity. Combine that with an upper back, neck and head massage and you’ve got one happy mother.

Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before treatments to take advantage of the steam room, saunas and soaking pools. Why rush the experience?

Getting there: Salish Lodge & Spa is just 30 miles east of Seattle and within 40 minutes of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Contact Gregory Roper (425-888-2556, [email protected]), director of sales & marketing, with any questions.

Four Seasons Seattle

The Spa at Four Seasons Seattle is a 6,000-square-foot oasis in the heart of downtown Seattle. The facility taps its Pacific Northwest locale for inspiration, which strikes guests right upon entry. Think running water, basalt rock and glass tile.

The Spa features eight treatment rooms, including a couples’ treatment suite with a private soaking tub and views overlooking Puget Sound. Each of the men’s and women’s changing areas have a eucalyptus steam room. Note: A sauna is included in the women’s changing area.

The journey to hedonistic indulgence begins in the relaxation lounge followed by a selection of massages, body treatments, facials or hand and foot treatments.

All treatments reflect the region’s Native American history, with ingredients such as echinacea, willow bark, plantain and sage.

Tip: Ask about the Emerald Rain treatment, which is one of the signature items on the menu. It focuses on the realignment of the spine and the balance of energy within the body. The treatment begins with a foot massage and a delicate dropping of essential oils down along the spine, which are then massaged in. The session is capped off with a full-body massage.

We also like the Deep Forest Bliss, which starts with a black clay exfoliation that works to detoxify the skin. A bath of white pine, balsam fir and oak moss follows and the treatment concludes with a massage.

Travel agents can contact Beverly Magee (206-749-3901, [email protected]), director of sales and marketing.

Skamania Lodge

The Waterleaf Spa and Fitness Center at Skamania Lodge is in Washington’s Columbia River Gorge near Portland, OR. The 8,000-square-foot space comprises seven treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, dry saunas, an indoor swimming pool and outdoor saline-mineral whirlpools.

The Coffee and Sea Kelp Contour Wrap is one of the spa’s highlighted therapies. Both coffee and sea kelp are chock-full of vitamins and antioxidants and work to increase cellular metabolism and detoxification. The experience will leave you feeling as delicious as its ingredients. Think vanilla, grapefruit and macadamia nut oil, all of which help awaken the senses and leave the skin feeling soft.

A Body Rock Massage is also recommended, in which heated rocks are used to warm and loosen muscles. The spa also does facials and nail care, and designs packages for brides and moms-to-be.

Summer at the spa: The Waterleaf Spa offers Tranquil Tuesdays through the end of August for guests to the spa between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $149 per person, each guest will receive an Aroma Therapy Sauna and Soak, followed by a 50-minute facial or massage. Top off the experience with a glass of wine and lunch on the pool patio.

Tip: Guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to the first treatment. There will be no refunds for cancellations made within 24 hours prior to the treatment.

Skamania Lodge is just a 45 minute-drive from Portland and is easily accessible from the Portland International Airport.

Agents should get in touch with  Dave Griffin (509-427-7700, [email protected]) at Skamania Lodge for more information.

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