Spa-ing in Seattle

Ladies looking to lounge and be pampered ought to look West to Seattle’s Willows Lodge

The 2,000-square-foot Spa and Health Club provides an expansive playground for girlfriends looking to getaway. The facility offers an exercise room, sauna and an outdoor Jacuzzi, along with a variety of services. An expansive menu includes facials, full body wraps and massages (think Swedish, deep tissue, therapeutic and sports).

We hear a signature treatment is the 90-minute Aromatherapy Facial, which is designed as a nourishing, revitalizing treatment with application of a natural poultice. Rich in vitamins and proteins, this treatment heats, hydrates and rejuvenates the skin.

Particularly notable for ladies is the VIG (Very Important Girlfriend) Package, which includes two spa services per person in a private setting, along with food and beverage service (think non-alcoholic spritzers, Champagne, snacks and mini desserts). Note: This package is only available Monday through Thursday evenings for groups of six to 10 and must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Your female clients may also be interested in the Thai Herbal Balls Massage. Guests are massaged with cloth balls filled with a blend of herbs to help relieve muscle and joint pain, increase blood circulation and nourish the skin.

After a complete spa experience, girlfriends will retire to one of 84 guest rooms. Each room has 40-inch HD televisions, complimentary high-speed internet and Molton Brown bath products. Ask about which rooms feature jets in the oversized tubs and Bang & Olufsen stereo systems.

A trip to the resort’s Barking Frog is a must. The restaurant is headed by Executive Chef Bobby Moore, who blends the flavors of Puget Sound with a list of Washington wines. Willows Lodge also offers Fireside Cellars, a more casual atmosphere in the lobby with an outdoor patio.