Spa Pas de Deux: 10 Best Couple Spas for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day less then three weeks away, we picked 10 spas to review for Best Couple Spa treatments and packages.  From New York to San Diego to Hawaii, these hand-picked spa experiences will help you melt away stress with world-class massages, renew your youthful glow with our picks for amazing facials, body scrubs and wraps, and relax with your special someone in secluded couple sanctuaries with everything from a tub covered in hundreds of rose petals (that never seems to empty) to a whole day retreat where the entire property is closed exclusively for two. Global Spa Finder 2008 defines ’spa’ as “an acronym for the Latin phrase Sanitus Per Aquam, ‘healing through water.’” This guide will help you make the most of your spa day (in or out of water) as you fall in love with your sweetheart (and your brand new bodies) this February 14.   Without further ado, we’re pleased to present Wine + Food Travel’s Spa Pas de Deux.

Best Spa Before a Night on the Town: Sè Spa, Downtown San Diego.

Begin your sojourn at Sè Spa with a Valentine’s Day hued Soma shot (available in alcoholic or non-alcoholic versions): cucumber-infused organic vodka is mixed with agave nectar, pomegranate juice and a splash of lime juice, proceed then to their relaxing Lounge before being whisked off to Studio Sutra, the spa’s couple oasis complete with a private Puja soaking tub and detoxifying steam shower.  Studio Sutra’s privacy is great for getting ready together for your Valentine’s Day date.

Best Outdoor Couples Massage: Abhasa Spa in The Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Oahu, Hawaii.

The “Pink Lady of Waikiki” has a secret garden spa, called Abhasa, with private cabanas built for two.  The therapists take you on a sensory journey that starts with a Hawaiian foot ritual said to ready the body and soul for a deep cleansing through massage.  The Hawaiian sea salt foot polish infused with kukui and coconut oils renders negative energy powerless to re-enter the body then strong forearms and elbows knead away pain, sorrow and bad ju-ju through Hawaiian-style Lomi Lomi.  The singsong of birds and the fresh tropical breezes made this the perfect pick for Best Outdoor Couples Massage.  We also loved that they used lotion instead of oil making a post-massage shower optional for quick transition to the next adventures of the day.

Best Spa for the Instruments of Touch (don’t be silly now, we’re talking about hands & feet): Jin Soon Spa, New York (multiple locations.)

Touted as the definitive nail and foot spa, Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa lives up to its name.  A guilty pleasure for many men, a couples manicure pedicure is an increasingly popular spa treatment to share. At Jin Soon, the luxurious “Breath of Milk and Honey” reigns supreme and has therapists working simultaneously on your hands and feet (that’s eight hands at once).  The seemingly-infinite wall of nail colors made me dizzy with delight, Mario enjoyed the wonderfully long scrub and massage on his arms and calves and my mani/pedi lasted almost two weeks and through 2 international flights.

Best Use of Wine at a Spa:  Oenophiles Delight at the antioxidant rich Chardonnay Massage Oil (and complimentary glass of wine at the end of your treatment) at Euphoria Spa, New York.

Euphoria gets it right with an inviting simplicity and excellent service.  They start at their tea bar, bring you into acouples massage room bathed in candlelight, then let you relax, unrushed in their couples lounge with a glass of wine.  Euphoria Spa also has an playful special this Valentine’s Day in the form of “Kneading Each Other” which teaches couples how to massage each other and have fun while doing it!  90min $260

Best Transcendent Spa Getaway: The Sullivan Estate & Spa Retreat, North Shore O’ahu, Hawaii.

As the gates closed behind us we knew we were in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat. The sprawling Sullivan Estate & Spa caters to one couple at a time making for an experience of unparalleled luxury.  The pièce de résistance of Dr. Jurgen Klein (of JURLIQUE fame) and his wife Karin, JK7- OLALOA is the first Anti-Stress Center in the world and home to Oahu’s JK7 – Antistress Spa Sensator.  This heavenly treatment is meant to synergize the senses with 45 minutes of weightlessness as your body and mind float through a rainbow of colors with matching sounds and aromatherapy; by the time the salt-water pool was filled with violet light I reached floating savasana.

This spa stands apart because of the elite team of therapists led by Spa Manager Mariana Ferriero which prepares you for massage through a step-by-step relaxation process that leaves you with a body ready to receive.  Step One is  the Aroma Steam Sauna in combination with Cold Plunge, Step Two is The Spa Sensator (just thinking about it makes me wish I was floating in its transforming nirvana), Step Three is their Signature JK7 Massage and Step Four is refilling the body with Organic Pupus on the Ocean-Sight Pavilion.  Between steps 1-3 you and your beloved are given time to relax, drink hydrating teas served with stevia and lemon-infused water, and allow the effects of each treatment to enfold you creating an incomparable bubble of stress-free indulgence from start to finish.



Wine + Food Travel’s Spa Pas de Deux continued…

Katherine Hsia

Known affectionately as "the wandering concierge," Katherine segued a hospitality career in fabulous New York City into a life pursuing her passions of writing, adventure and travel on the spectacular island of O'ahu. She is a freelance writer for publications such as Honolulu Magazine, Hawai'i Parent, Freesurf, and more, while working on her Hawaiian comic and non-fiction book. She enjoys seeing life for its whimsical beauty, great meals with good friends, her love affair with travel, and being overstimulated by new experiences. Want to get in touch with Kat? Add her on facebook or send her a message on her website, http://www.katherinehsia.com, where she's been known to get her blog on.

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