What better way to stay in the holiday spirit than with some much needed TLC? While giving to others is paramount, it’s important you find time to also treat yourself.
Whether you made the naughty or nice list this year, these are some of our favorite seasonally themed services that you deserve to splurge on.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles
Although L.A.’s sunny skies don’t typically pair with winter’s steaming sips, the holiday-inspired hot chocolate treatments at this glamorous retreat are always welcome, no matter the weather.
Indulge in a classic hot stone massage with a cocoa twist (think chocolate- and marshmallow-scented oils), or spice up your service with the Mexican Hot Chocolate Body Polish featuring cocoa cream and a blend of vanilla- and cinnamon-scented oils.
Make sure your shopping-weary feet feel the love, too, with the Spiced Orange Hot Cocoa Pedicure, which includes an orange-cranberry foot soak and brown sugar scrub.
Spa at Wynn Palace Macau
‘Tis the season for generous giving, so treat yourself to a pampering present as well.
This Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Macau spa, tucked inside Five-Star Wynn Palace, is celebrating the sparkle of the season with precious stone- and metal-enhanced offerings. Enjoy a 2.5-hour Diamond Tranquility facial and massage, or the hydrating Golden Caviar Indulgence, an extravagant, full-body exfoliation using 24-karat gold extract and pearl caviar beads.
Sound strange to put fish roe on your face? Not to worry — celebrities have been using the secret ingredient in their anti-aging arsenal for some time.
Through January 1, melt your worries away during a coconut-oil-infused body polish or facial (the aroma is splendid and its benefits include soft, luminous skin), or a locally made date scrub sweetened with a little sugar.
Post-treatment, stop by the Four-Star hotel’s José Eber salon to get primped for any glee-filled gathering on your calendar.
Inspired by the local Oneida tribe (skana means “peace” in Oneida), this Four-Star retreat within Upstate New York’s Turning Stone Resort Casino is celebrating 24 days of Christmas with a full roster of seasonal specials.
Like an Advent calendar, the lineup features a tantalizing treat each day, from upgrades to giveaways. Drop in before December 24, and you might receive a gratis stocking stuffer with an in-spa gift card purchase, a free lunch when you book an 80-minute service or a complimentary French polish with any manicure.
Spa Montage Beverly Hills
In lieu of hitting Rodeo Drive this holiday, stop by this Five-Star facility during happy hour (4 to 6 p.m.) for its nightly Seasonal Sip & Shop. Through Christmas Eve, the Beverly Hills spa boutique will serve complimentary hot apple cider and champagne to accompany your last-minute browsing from brands like L.Raphael Genève and Osea skincare.
If you’ve taken care of everyone on your list, simply reward yourself by booking a holiday-themed treatment. The Seasonal Renewal begins with a sugar-and-spice body scrub followed by a warm, gingerbread-oil-infused rubdown and a scalp massage. Now, that’s a treat to plead Santa for.
Miraval Life In Balance Spa
Once you’ve endured the long lines at the stores and the even longer conversation with your chatty aunt at Christmas dinner, you will have earned a reprieve. Unwrap a bit of personal pampering at this Monarch Beach Resort sanctuary through the Kansa Body Massage, a treatment that employs a sound wand to reduce inflammation and assist in drawing out impurities; and the Abhyanga Massage, an ancient healing practice that uses herb-infused oils and friction strokes to restore the balance and well-being you need to enter the new year.