By Loraine Burger, Smart Meetings — Apparently, it’s Spring Beauty Week, and the subscriber-based activity discount website Groupon is celebrating by recognizing the most pampered city based on most purchased deals for personal grooming and care, including massages, haircuts, manicures, pedicures, facials, teeth whitening and tanning sessions.
If you don’t think spa oasis when you think Salt Lake City, Utah, then you’d better take a second look.
“We’re seeing more and more people recognize the importance of taking care of themselves inside and out––and doing it for an amazing value,” said Silvija Martincevic, vice president and general manager of health, beauty, and wellness for Groupon.
A quick look at some of the spas the city has to offer will have you booking your next mental health getaway in Salt Lake City. Take the Grand Spa at the Grand America Hotel, for example. It was voted the No. 16 Best Hotel Spa in the United States by the Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 reader poll . Renovated in 2013, the 20,000-square-foot spa includes 18 service rooms. Three couples’ massage rooms come equipped with an experience shower including 12 body sprayers, four overhead showerheads, and a wall shower. Each couples massage service includes creme brulee and the use of the couples relaxation lounge.
Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star spa is located just over the border in Park City. In addition to its world-class skiing and other seasonal outdoor activities, Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge offers year-round luxury services in its 23,000-square-foot space. 16 treatment rooms, hot and cold plunge baths, a shared private relaxation suite complete with fireplace, and a lengthy list of services makes you wonder why anyone would get up and go skiing.
Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, a Kimpton Hotel is lauded for their sensational in-room spa treatments, from aroma journey massages to body scrubs, wraps, and hand and foot treatments.
No spa list is complete without mentioning The Kura Door, a holistic Japanese spa just steps away from the University of Utah. The spa invites its guests to “relax in a cotton kimono and let the fragrances of green tea and hinoki cypress transport you to another world. Surrender your cares and rediscover the art of relaxation, the inner glow of health, and yourself once again.”