Raise your hand if you want to read about something other than Black Friday Deals today? Well, that makes at least two of us! The Holiday Season (which seems to run September through January these days) is an appealing time of year.  With the best intentions, Holidays remind us to  remember what we are thankful for, spend time with family and friends, recognize our accomplishments and look forward to another great year. The pressure to achieve the perfect holiday season often gives way to stress, regret, increased drinking and overeating. …or is that just me? This year, I thought it might serve you to learn about some stress relief treatments which utilize your favorite holiday foods and spirits without all the consumption guilt.

Some of Denver’s most luxurious hotel spas are serving up culinary-inspired spa treatments this year ranging from beer and malt scrubs to chocolate body wraps and mocha facials.

photo courtesy Four Seasons, Denver

The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort, Denver

Imagine walking through the holiday sights in the heart of Denver’s theatre district and stepping inside the Four Seasons modern, sophisticated lobby for a little reprieve from the daily grind…A nice glass of Chardonnay would make this moment all the more enticing. Why stop there? Go ahead and indulge in an OLAVIE Chardonnay Wine Therapy Spa Treatment. 

OLAVIE Chardonnay Wine Therapy products utilize grapeseed extract for its anti-aging properties. The antioxidants found in grapeseeds are thought to form a protective layer on the skin and stimulate the renewal of cells and collagen.

CHARDONNAY FACIAL

This deep-cleansing European-style facial is customized by skin type. It includes a relaxing antioxidant Chardonnay hand and foot treatment at the conclusion of the facial experience. 60 – 90 MINUTES,  $135 – $185

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver

photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Give me a beer and massage my feet? Yes, please. It may seem strange to think of putting beer on your feet, but when you experience a beer-infused pedicure at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver you’ll welcome this unseemly union of luxury spa treatment and Denver’s own Great Divide Brews.

HOPS N’HONEY ULTIMATE PEDICURE

Embracing notes of amber, caramel, oats and honey, this pedicure starts with a scoop of “Hops ‘n Honey Me! Bath Ice Cream” to soften and nourish the feet. Then, legs and feet are exfoliated and a caramel foot mask is applied for hydration. A paraffin foot dip is also included before whipped milk and honey lotion is massaged into the feet and legs. Nails are polished as a finishing touch. As an extra treat, a sampling of three micro-brews from the Great Divide Brewing Company-located just a couple of doors away-or herbal teas are served. 75 MINUTES, $125

photo courtesy The Oxford Hotel

The Oxford Club Spa, Denver

Chocolate and Coconut…who can resist? Perfectly situated in Denver’s LoDo, The Oxford Club Spa beckons you to escape  the city for and pamper yourself with The Oxford’s signature ALMOND JOY TREATMENT.  Your experience includes a full-body exfoliation with Sanίtas Coconut Sugar Scrub, and a decadent chocolate body masque while you relax in a warm body wrap.  You will feel soft, smooth and energized after a rejuvenating shower and warm almond oil application.  Add-on a 25 minute massage to enhance and extend your experience with products from Eminence organics. Did we mention it is totally calorie free? 75 MINUTES, $125

Tallgrass Aveda Spa & Salon, Evergreen

A short trip from Denver, Evergreen is a beautifully serene location to have a Mocha. The Tallgrass Aveda Spa & Salon is the perfect retreat from the bustling city and the perfect excuse for some guilt-free chocolate indulgence.

photo courtesy Tallgrass Aveda Spa & Salon

SINFULLY MOCHA SCRUB 

Scrubs are exfoliation treatments that remove dry, dead skin cells and reveal new, silky smooth skin. If the idea of a mocha makes you feel warm all over, then this treatment may be right for you. A revitalizing scrub made with pure cocoa, hydrating lotion, vanilla essential oil and aqua therapy salt remove spent skin cells and moisturize deeply. 50 MINUTES, starting at $95

Why not spend a little more time now that you made the drive?

CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE BODY WRAP  Nothing is more holiday than wrapping yourself in chocolate and peppermint! Immerse yourself in an organic body wrap of pure cocoa and vanilla, and add a choice of tangerine, cinnamon or peppermint essence. The cocoa hydrates, soothes and detoxifies so you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated. 50 MINUTES, starting at $110

photo courtesy RockResorts

Heading to the mountains this Holiday Season?

Spa at the Arrabelle at Vail Square

FRUIT AND SPICE BODY PEEL AND WRAP

Skip the fruitcake and pumpkin pie and relax into this delicious, aromatic peel treatment. The power of pumpkin extract and malic acid smooth away any rough areas of skin and restore your youthful complexion. A Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub will melt into your skin, sealing in the properties of the peel and quenching any dehydration. While wrapped in a warm cocoon, you will enjoy a luxurious scalp massage.  80 MINUTES

 

What is your favorite Holiday Spa Treatment? Leave me a comment below. Happy Holidays!

 

 

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