Turn Rush Hour into Spa Happy Hour

by  Melisse Gelula | Aug 10, 2010
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I don’t usually like to mix spa treatments with alcohol. I’m already woozy after a massage, it defeats the purpose of detoxifying scrub and body wrap, and my skin during a facial usually gets way more antioxidants than a glass or two of pinot noir. But I might change my mind about spa happy hour. When everyone is rushing to their cars or the subway after work, many spas are offering deals on relaxing massages and rejuvenating facials. Guess which group is going to age better? Even more common are communal treatments like manis and pedis, where you can socialize and sip a cocktail (responsibly) then head home when the traffic has thinned.

The eco-friendly Spa Samudra in San Diego offers weekday cocktails and light appetizers from 4pm to 7pm in August, with a 30-minute massage for $30 or an organic facial for $35. You have to be a first time client to nab the deal.

Spa-goers at the The Ritz-Carlton Spa Los Angeles, receive complimentary champagne and light bites and complimentary makeup applications with La Bella Donna mineral makeup on Thursday through Sunday from 3pm to 6pm. The spa also offers discounts on its beauty products from Éminence Organic Skin Care, Carita, and Skinceuticals, but not on treatments.

In Seattle, the Elaia Spa at the Hyatt Olive 8 hosts a Moji-TOES Happy Hour every Thursday in August from 5pm to 8pm. It includes a 20-minute pedicure and – no surprises here – a Mojito for $25.

And in New York, at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza, where treatments are based on the antioxidant power of grapeseed and skins, it’s always Happy Hour. Guests who book a treatment of 50-minutes or more are offered a glass of wine in the spa’s wine lounge (cheese course is extra). The wine comes Smith Haut Lafitte vineyard and chateau in Bordeaux, which also happens to be the setting of from the flagship Caudalie Spa.

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