There’s a lot of work to be done in Washington, D.C. But when the workday ends, the city’s VIPs often opt for pampering spa treatments as a way to relax. The luxe hotels in the nation’s capital offer a cool respite for power players, but thankfully, their doors are open to all parties who book a reservation. Here are three of our favorite packages for an ultimate day of summer indulgence:
Step inside the Beaux Arts building that houses the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Willard InterContinental and you immediately feel the glamour of an earlier time. There’s no better place to get red-carpet ready for a gala or glam evening out than the hotel’s Four-Star Red Door Spa. Book the Iconic Red Door for a get-ready ritual that includes an olive oil salt body glow, Red Door signature massage and facial. After you’ve been buffed from head to toe, enjoy a mani-pedi (ask for one outside on the patio if the weather accommodates) as well as a makeup touch-up. If you’re headed out on the town, add on a shampoo, blow dry and style. You’ll look (and feel) like you’re heading to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.
When the sun goes down and the moon comes up, elite guests at D.C.’s only Five-Star property, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C., can snag all-access passes to the hotel’s spa and pool, thanks to its Night Spa package. Start the evening with monogrammed robes and a dozen roses. Next, unwind in his-and-hers saunas and steam rooms before settling in for 80-minute massages. When the pampering ends, enjoy a custom-designed Michael Mina dining experience from the hotel’s own Bourbon Steak restaurant, complete with a bottle of house wine or champagne. Open to only one couple each evening, the package is perfect for a proposal, a special occasion or just a date to remember. Should you wish to extend the evening, add on an overnight stay or other spa services to make it even more memorable.
Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.
This Washington, D.C., spa is a true escape. Taking up an entire floor of the Four-Star Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C., the sanctuary feels more like a resort getaway than a city hotel. Nearly all packages are packed for pampering, but for a truly indulgent experience, book one of the “programs,” full- or half-day deals with bento box lunches and use of heat and water experiences, like the amethyst steam room. We’d go all out with the almost-three-hour Time Ritual, a combination of any of the spa’s services that you’d like over a three-hour period, an 80-minute facial, manicure and pedicure, and complimentary valet parking. Not sure which treatments to book? Don’t miss the Oriental bamboo massage, which uses a warm bamboo stick to offer deep, relaxing relief.