With about two months to go until Americans head to the polls, studies have shown an overall increase in stress levels from the contentious presidential race. Here are seven destinations where spa-goers can temporarily disconnect from the surge of political news at various spas across the country. From a 144-jet hydrotherapy bath to a spa based on positive affirmations, spas are the perfect antidote for mud-slinging politics.
Take a bath - At The Sky High Spa at Conrad Miami, guests can choose from a selection of specialty treatments to soothe and relax the busy mind, including hot stone massages, oxygen facials and the new Hydrotherapy Bath, where 144 jets soothe muscle tension. Guests who seek ease through exercise can visit the adjacent state-of-the-art fitness center, relax with rooftop yoga, or enjoy a game of tennis on the rooftop courts, overlooking the serene Biscayne Bay.
Get some air - At Bliss Spa at W South Beach, guests can unwind with a number of massage and body treatments at the 7,000-square-foot, tension-fighting facility, including the popular Triple Oxygen Facial Treatment, Blissage75 and the Hot Milk and Almond Pedicure. Guests who prefer to unwind with a sports session can visit the rooftop basketball and tennis courts, Swish & Swing.
Relax with a cold beer – Known as Beer City USA, Grand Rapids boasts 15 breweries and 2 cider mills The JW Marriott Grand Rapids, The Courtyard Downtown Grand Rapids and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel make it easy to relax and experience all the beer and cider activities the city has to offer. The hotels offer beer-infused “Brew and Renew” spa specials for guests to pamper themselves and experience the beer culture of the city. Treatments include tastings of local craft beers and the use of local hops and barley to exfoliate the skin.
Sleep it off - At Well & Being at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, calming essences of lavender and ylang ylang work in tandem during the deeply moisturizing, warming, and relaxing Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Wrap to help induce sleep. For guests looking to take their treatment to the next level, they can book a 30-minute adult nap session in the spa’s zero-gravity lounge chair.
Meditate -Guests can recharge and rejuvenate by reconnecting with nature in the Sensory & Meditation Lounge at Naturopathica Chelsea, Healing Arts Center & Spa. As the visuals in the lounge change so do the room’s aromatic alchemy, transporting visitors far from the NYC bustle and stress. The 360-degree wellness destination has 6 treatment rooms, a Vitality Bar and Remedy Bar.
Escape to the Desert - The Westin La Paloma Resort is home to the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Functioning as both a full service spa and salon, the desert-based spa invites guests to unwind and pamper themselves with such treatments as the Red Door Signature Facial which incorporates Miss Arden’s classic facial massage technique, or the Desert Hot Stone Massage that simultaneously warms and relaxes muscles.
Stay Positive - For guests seeking a rejuvenating variety of beauty services in a positive environment following the elections, Kay Casperson Spa at Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in Orlando, Florida uplifts guests with inspirational affirmations to nourish guests’ minds while they indulge in a treatment. Affirmations on the walls include ones such as: “I remove negativity”, “I repair myself”, “I replenish my strength”, and I “revitalize my spirit”, with beautifullife skincare products that align with each affirmation. Kay’s philosophy is simple: “when we're balanced from the inside out, we're beautiful from the inside out.”