Massage Times Two
If you’re vacationing with your significant other, a couple’s massage is the ultimate treat. Each Meritage Collection property puts a unique touch on its couple’s massage options.
“A unique setting specifically designed for duos is what truly sets The Spa at Estancia’s couple’s experience apart,” says Dana Flower, marketing manager for Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. “Side-by-side massages are performed in a quaint couple’s bungalow accented with French doors, left open during the treatment to allow gentle breezes and the sounds of the surrounding gardens to drift in. Prior to their service, couples can enjoy a glass of Champagne on the bungalow’s adjoining deck and a dip in a large outdoor soaking tub surrounded by bamboo.”
At The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, couples can pick a package that turns a spa treatment into a complete romantic outing. “We offer a number of romantic couple’s options and packages, some of which include cheese plates or spa lunches,” says Maile Quigley, spa supervisor at the resort. “Our most popular is the Seduction Package—a 25-minute private tub soak with bubbly and chocolates followed by a 50-minute couple’s massage in our Portofino room.”
Linnea Robertson, director of spa for Newport Beach’s Balboa Bay Resort, says: “Our couple’s room is an intimate room that allows couples to enjoy their massages side by side. Plus, we do not add any additional cost for this feature.”
The Meritage Collection’s latest addition, Paséa Hotel & Spa, offers a number of spa options specifically designed for couples. “Not only do we offer couple’s massages, we offer side-by-side facials, a massage and a facial, and packages,” says Paséa’s Director of Spa Leo Castro. “Whatever your preference may be, we’d love to accommodate your request. We offer treatments in our beautiful state-of-the-art Signature Suite and our gorgeous Spa Garden Cabanas. Indoor or outdoor, we want to make your experience at Aarna Spa unforgettable.”
Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara offers a rooftop massage, the Pacific Breeze Massage. Set above the calming blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the open-air experience is complemented by cool sea breezes and stunning ocean views. In addition to services, the rooftop offers two private lounge areas for post-treatment sunbathing and relaxation.
Kauai’s Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort offers indoor couple’s massages in a special suite, but the property’s seaside cabana is one-of-a-kind.
“We feel the trade winds, smell the ocean air, and we have all the benefits of being near the ocean without the sun beating down on us,” says Ko’a Kea Spa Director Debbe Evans. “To get an ocean-side massage is a very special thing.”
To further the island experience, the spa utilizes indigenous ingredients, such as Hawaiian red clay and coconut.
Whether you’re on your honeymoon or not, Evans recommends the honeymoon ritual, which includes a couples’ massage, exfoliating hand and foot polish and scalp treatment.