Pam­per Your­self at Th­ese Spas

Where Charlotte - - CHARLOTTE - Beth Cas­tle

Th­ese five spas and their treat­ments will help you fight that left­over hol­i­day stress and get you—and your body and your soul—on bal­ance for a joy­ful year ahead. BY BETH CAS­TLE

Let’s face it, there’s no bad time of year to cen­ter your­self with a re­lax­ing spa ser­vice, but es­pe­cially now that the hec­tic hol­i­days are be­hind you and your eye is on a healthy, bal­anced New Year. Here are some great lo­cal spas—and their treat­ments—that will leave you re­freshed and ready to take on 2013. —

UP­TOWN LUX­URY

Leave it to the Ritz to ex­em­plify lux­ury. The Ritz-Carl­ton Spa & Well­ness Cen­ter, lo­cated on the 16th and 17th floors of the high-end up­town ho­tel, of­fers many ser­vices from not-your-typ­i­cal man­i­cures to body scrubs, fa­cials and mas­sages. Not sure which mas­sage to try? Go for the Sam­pler (100 min., $250) to ben­e­fit from mul­ti­ple tech­niques— hot stone, deep tis­sue and re­flex­ol­ogy (thumb pres­sure helps im­prove cir­cu­la­tion). You also have your choice of aro­mather­a­pies. We like the Eu­ca­lyp­tus-Blood Orange mix. Be sure to ar­rive early so you can en­joy the posh lounge. 201 E. Trade St., 704.547.2244, ritzcarl­ton.com/ char­lotte

SOUTH END SANC­TU­ARY

You’ve en­dured long drives and air­port se­cu­rity—now it’s time to re­lax and re­vi­tal­ize. Whether you are look­ing to touch up your tips with a sig­na­ture man­i­cure or treat your­self to a lav­ish get­away in the Seren­ity Room, Re

Salon and Med Spa has it all. Sip on a com­pli­men­tary bev­er­age while wait­ing for a sig­na­ture mas­sage—we like the deep tis­sue (60 min., $105). Ther­a­peu­tic and ten­sion re­liev­ing, this treat­ment will al­le­vi­ate stress from toxin-locked mus­cles un­like any other rem­edy. 1212 South Blvd., 704.334.8087, re­sa­lo­nandmedspa.com

ROYAL TREAT­MENT

Nes­tled in the heart of his­toric El­iz­a­beth, Oa­sis Day Spa of­fers an es­cape from mod­ern stress in old South­ern am­biance. Try the “Fit for a Queen” pack­age ($220). Some fa­vorites in­clude: the Oa­sis Sig­na­ture Fa­cial, care­fully crafted to fit your com­plex­ion for a deep pore cleans­ing treat­ment; a Sole In­dul­gence pedi­cure with exfoliating sea salts and a foot mas­sage; and a Trop­i­cal man­i­cure, in­fused with cit­rus-honey or lime­pomegranate oil scents. A full body Swedish mas­sage tops it all off, leav­ing you pam­pered to per­fec­tion. 2036 E. 7th St., 700.333.8777, oa­sis­char­lotte.com

HO­TEL HAVEN

Spoil your­self in the eu­ca­lyp­tus steam rooms and cherry wood saunas of The Spa at Bal­lan­tyne. Opt for the Day Long Stay­ca­tion Pack­age for the ul­ti­mate leisure splurge (start­ing at $260). This mixand-match spa treat­ment lets you choose three of Bal­lan­tyne’s many ser­vices. We rec­om­mend the lush Shea Sugar Smoothie En­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing a full-body honey oat yo­gurt mask fol­lowed by an agave nec­tar oil mix­ture. A Blue­berry Detox Peel Fa­cial paired with a rich mas­sage is a wel­come ad­di­tion to this sweet treat. 10000 Bal­lan­tyne Com­mons Pkwy., 704.248.4141, the­bal­lan­tyne­ho­tel.com

CLEAR YOUR MIND

Na­ture and mas­sage ther­apy go hand in hand at Varji & Varji when you choose a Fu­sion Stone Mas­sage (60 min., $110). In­spired by Na­tive Amer­i­can medicine tra­di­tions, Max and Susan Varji com­bined their 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the spa in­dus­try with their in­ter­na­tional trav­els to hand­craft this sen­sual mas­sage. Warm and cool stones, al­ter­nat­ing with honed mas­sage tech­niques, calm the body. Cou­pled with the del­i­cate sage, cedar and sweet grass scents of Varji oils, this mas­sage will hydrate your skin, re­ju­ve­nate your senses and clear your mind. 720 Gov­er­nor Mor­ri­son St., Ste. E-70, 704.366.7366, varji.com

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