9 Amazing Spa Treatments To Get You Through The Holidays

There's rarely a time when hitting the spa doesn't sound like best idea ever. But, during the holidays, you've really got just about every excuse known to man to book an appointment (or two). Our short list of reasons looks something like this: stress, weather, incoming family, more stress, and all those parties.
Obviously, one of our missions in life is to help a sister out, so we're letting you in on the very best spa treatments D.C. has to offer. From ultra-calming massages and hydrating facials to a pampering candy cane-infused mani, these indulgences are so worth it. Whether your intent is to relax, beautify, or both, go ahead and book a "treat yo' self" day. You deserve it!
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Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.
Winter Wrap at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental
The nearly two-hour treatment includes an 80-minute wrap that will nourish dry skin and ease sore muscles, continues with a mega relaxing and hydrating scalp massage with Moroccanoil, and ends with a 30-minute massage targeting neck, back, and shoulders.
Monday through Thursday, $275; Friday through Sunday, $300. Available December through January. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Avenue SW; 202-554-8588.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lorien Spa.
Diamond Facial at Lorien Hotel & Spa
Lorien Spa’s Diamond Facial will give you extra sparkle during the holidays, thanks to marine collagen, silver, platinum powder, hyaluronic acid, and an enzyme peel that will firm, lift, and brighten your skin. Hello, healthy glow! The service entails a luxurious face and scalp massage, hand treatment, and diamond mask.
Available November 20 through January 20; $180. Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King Street, Alexandria; 703-894-5130.
Candy Cane Champagne Dream Manicure & Pedicure at KARMA Beauty Lounge
This festive-sounding mani/pedi combo makes for what we consider the perfect girls' date. As tootsies soak in a fizzy champagne bath, you indulge in bubbly and chocolate truffles; then your hands and feet are treated to shea butter-infused massages, followed by your choice of gorgeous lacquers from Essie and OPI. We can't envision a better way to relax with your bestie after a day of holiday shopping.
Available now through January 31; $70. KARMA Beauty Lounge, 1104 24th Street NW; 202-293-3333.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nectar Skin Bar/Dennis Kan.
Pumpkin Spice Pedicure at Nectar Skin Bar
If you want your pumpkin spice fix without the calories, Nectar's luxe pedi involves a pumpkin foot soak, foot and leg exfoliation with pumpkin seeds, and a seasonal spice lotion massage. You'll walk out smelling like an honest-to-goodness treat, and with softer skin, to boot.
Available now through November 30; $50. Nectar Skin Bar, 1633 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-333-4332.
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Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons.
Warming Massage at the Spa at Four Seasons
On those blistery days when you're chilled to the bone, this pampering warming massage is exactly what the doctor ordered. The 80-minute treatment includes a full back massage with the hotel's organic rosemary, juniper berry, and black pepper lotions to stimulate circulation and replenish moisture. That's not all: The best part might just be the foot and scalp massage with jojoba oil.
Monday through Thursday, $210; Friday through Sunday, $225. Available December 1 through February 1. The Spa at Four Seasons, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202-944-2022.
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Remède Alchemy Facial at Bliss Spa
Our faces tend to take a beating during the winter, thanks to exposure and the abundance of home heat. To remedy that, the Remède facial at Bliss uses beloved Laboratoire Remède Alchemy products to resurface and revitalize distressed skin. It also tends to your extremities with a hand and foot paraffin wrap and scalp massage.
Available year-round; $210. Bliss Spa, 515 15th Street NW; 202-661-2416.
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Photo: Courtesy of Soma Spa.
Special Day Facial at Soma Spa
You know how sometimes, due to extractions and just general tactile manipulation, your skin is temporarily inflamed after a facial? Like the old "it gets worse before it gets better" adage? Soma Spa's genius Special Day facial enables you to get a treatment on the day of an event, sans worry of redness or inflammation. The 50-minute process delivers all the benefits of a facial without extractions or peel components, so you can head to that holiday cocktail party looking fresh — not flushed.
Available year-round; $110. Soma Spa, 2121 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-965-2121.

Desert Stones Massage at Celadon Spa
When brutal winter days arrive, our minds go straight to the desert. But, since escaping to Palm Springs isn't always doable, a hot desert stone massage is the next best thing. Celadon Spa's version uses smooth, warm, basalt desert stones applied to chakra points and tired muscles to unlock natural healing energies and restore balance to the body.
Available year-round; $130. Celadon Spa, 1180 F Street NW; 202-347-3333.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nival Salon and Spa.
Eminence Organic Facial at Nival Salon & Spa
We'd recommend booking an appointment for this facial after any excessive indulging (ahem, Thanksgiving dinner). The 45-minute treatment is specially formulated to stimulate and detoxify (two welcome words after the biggest meal of your life!) with an AHA fruit peel and fragrant seasonal ingredients like currant, apple, paprika, cinnamon, and honey.
Available year-round; $160. Nival Salon & Spa, 5481 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase; 301-951-4445.
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