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| October-November 2012

Atlanta Pampering Guide

Spoil Yourself at One of These Relaxing Retreats

by Cady Schulman

Atlanta Pampering Guide

Whether you’re recovering from the stress of moving to a new

city or simply looking for an indulgent afternoon, Atlanta is filled with day spas offering luxurious massages, facials, pedicures and body treatments. From spas in some of the city’s top hotels to a getaway on a sprawling resort, here are some of our favorite spots for relaxation and enrichment.


At this relaxing Midtown destination, patrons enjoy such services as facials, massage therapy, face and body waxes, aromatherapy treatments, body wraps, detoxifying mud wraps and seasonal body scrubs. Teeth whitening and makeup application also are on the menu. In addition, BLUE offers Botox injections, hormone replacement therapy, laser hair and vein removal and laser face lifts. Check the website for specials and a list of upcoming events.

Buckhead Grand Spa

Located in the Buckhead Grand condominium building, this spa radiates a luxurious, European feel. Along with such treatments as facials, massages, waxing and shaping, wraps and other body treatments, Buckhead Grand offers various peels, including blueberry smoothie and pomegranate. Light therapy and microdermabrasion are also on the menu. Spa packages include It’s a Girl Thing, a great choice for parties and groups, and for gentlemen, the Time-Out, which features a deep tissue massage, a facial and peel and a conditioning treatment for hands or feet.

Four Seasons Midtown

The Spa at Four Seasons Midtown offers a relaxing getaway, with 10 soundproofed treatment rooms and a soothing color scheme. Among the treatment packages are the Exotic (a Thai massage, bamboo clarifying buff and hot stone pedicure) and Essential Man (a high-performance facial, detox massage and manicure). Other offerings include aromatherapy and reflexology massages and a vanilla and coffee body scrub.

Key Lime Pie Salon and Wellness Spa

This Virginia-Highland spot opened by acclaimed stylist DJ Freed houses both a tranquil day spa and an airy, welcoming hair salon. Known as a destination for local and visiting celebrities, Key Lime Pie offers a sumptuous experience and an easygoing, professional staff. Menu items range from deluxe sea salt manicures to whirlpool pedicure treatments, aqua-therapy tub and body massages and partner massages for two. Salon offerings include one-process color treatments, highlights, color cosmetic services and a complimentary stress-relieving treatment.

Natural Body Spa and Shop

At each of Natural Body’s 10 Atlanta-area locations, you’ll find a comforting environment and a “green spa” dedication to preserving our natural resources through organic products and recycled or environmentally friendly materials. You’ll also find a full menu of services including massages to alleviate muscle tension and sinus issues, facials and body therapies such as a seaweed wrap or lemongrass mimosa scrub. There are also special services for men, like the Men’s Club Retreat package with organic signature massage, signature face therapy and a choice of hand detail or manicure. Patrons can receive a 10 percent discount when purchasing a set of select services.

Radiance Medspa Atlanta

At Radiance Medspa Atlanta, guests can choose from a wide menu, such as Botox treatments, chemical peels, hot stone massage, deep tissue massage, microdermabrasion, Swedish massage and acne and wrinkle treatments. Check the website for specials, such as 30 percent off three or more laser hair removal sessions, or an introductory offer of 15 percent off any service except Botox.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Buckhead

This spa on the ninth floor of the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead offers a variety of treatments, therapies and packages for those seeking a respite from the daily grind. The Return to Paradise package includes a full-body massage with natural coconut oil, hot stone massage, paraffin hand treatment and scalp massage. Other offerings include an organic cocktail peel with natural fruit enzymes and a Georgia red clay body wrap. The spa also offers packages for men, couples and bridal parties. Book a deluxe guest room or suite on the spa level of the hotel to extend that luxurious feeling overnight. There’s also a spa lounge serving healthy beverages and snacks.

The Spa at Chateau Elan

This peaceful retreat boasts an amenity no other local spa can match: its location. Housed in a country mansion bordered by a lush forest and verdant lawns on the grounds of the Chateau Elan resort about 40 minutes outside of Atlanta, the spa comes complete with 14 luxury guest suites and its own restaurant, Fleur-de-Lis, which serves gourmet breakfast and lunch options as well as afternoon tea.

Guests enjoy use of a coed whirlpool, sauna and steam in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms, and fitness classes and equipment. Services include hot stone, reflexology and deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy and treatments such as the Chateau Winery Ritual with wine bath, body scrub and mud wrap.

Special packages include the His and Her’s, Gentlemen’s Journey, Decadent Duet, the Chateau Spa Journey, Mums Make My Day and Mother and Daughter. There are also eight overnight Euphoria packages, ranging in price from $499 to $4,999.

The spa also offers day passes for hotel guests, a Spa Loyalty Program for frequent guests and spa parties for corporate events, bridal showers and other special gatherings.

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