Spa Me: 5 Pampering Sessions To Sweeten Your Summer Staycay

Ocean water, salt air, seaweed, a bit of the old lime-in-the-coconut — no, we're not talking about our next exotic beach getaway. (We wish!) We're just reading up on the ingredients in some of the most summer-ific treatments available at area spas. Since a tropical getaway isn't in the cards for all of us, it's comforting to know that there are massages and manis out there that can recreate that just-back-from-the-islands glow. These super-luxe pampering sessions will help you beat the no-vacation-days blues in no time. And who knows? After a few post-treatment mai tais, you might even consider sending a few "Wish you were here" postcards to your jet-setting pals.
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reddoor
Where: Red Door Spa, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202-942-2700. Find additional area locations here.
What: White Tea Harmony manicure and pedicure
Why you'll love it: This new nail treatment incorporates white tea, jasmine flower, and honey melon — a pretty delish-sounding combo. Take your time choosing a truly perfect summer polish to paint on after the refreshing scrub, moisturizing massage, and warm paraffin wrap.
Photo: Courtesy of Red Door Spa
parkhyatt
Where: Spa at the Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th Street NW; 202-789-1234
What: L'Oconut body polish and Lime-Basil hand and foot treatment
Why you'll love it: Book these services — only available as a pair in a "mental retreat" package — and you're well on your way to a complete staycation. (Plus, you're already in a hotel, should you decide to make it an overnight). The intoxicating scents and powerful exfoliation are just add-ons to the general bliss factor.
Photo: Courtesy of Park Hyatt Washington
emeralddoor
Where: The Emerald Door, 8311 Grubb Road, Silver Spring; 301-587-5800
What: Japanese jelly pedicure
Why you'll love it: Summer means sandals — or kicking off your shoes entirely — so a good pedicure is a must. This cool version dunks you knee-deep in a jelly-like substance that reportedly remove toxins while it deeply moisturizes.
Photo: Courtesy of The Emerald Door
bliss
Where: Bliss Spa at the W Washington D.C., 515 15th Street NW; 202-661-2416
What: Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger salt glow
Why you'll love it: This all-over scrub-down will leave your bod soft and ready to show off in your barest summer dresses. The combo of sea salt, lime, and ginger might sound good enough to eat, but remember — taste-testing your newly glowing skin is bad spa etiquette.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bliss Spa
Bluemercury
Where: Bluemercury, 1145 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-628-5567. Find additional area locations here.
What: Purifying facial
Why you'll love it: Sweat-inducing weather and hazy pollution can leave you with extra-oily skin and clogged pores in the summer months. Turn that slick sheen into a glow with this classic facial, which exfoliates, deep-cleans pores, and controls oil.
Photo: Courtesy of Bluemercury
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