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Best of 2005: Bubbly Indulgence

Treat yourself to the Body Champagne wrap at the I Spa at the Willard

What's the best thing to do with Champagne that doesn't involve a hangover–except perhaps to cure one? Treat yourself to the Body Champagne wrap at the I Spa at the Willard (Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-942-2700). A silver bucket with a bottle of J. Roget's awaits you in a candlelit room. But this bubbly's not for drinking–it's a key ingredient in the wrap.

First comes a rubdown to exfoliate, followed by an application of warm liquid seaweed. Then the therapist pops a cork and drizzles Champagne over you. The effect is like a cool–not cold–plunge after a sauna, and it feels fabulous. Next, body mud is applied with a feathery brush, and you're wrapped in cellophane and a blanket.

The treatment is capped by a quickie facial masque. Then it's into the shower–and not just any shower: Seven jets spout every which way. Back to the table for a moisturizing mini-massage, and your skin feels like velvet. The treatment is $150–but what a way to start the new year.

Washingtonian staffers contributing to this section were Cristina Abello, Susan Baer, Susan Davidson, Ken DeCell, Rebecca Dreilinger, Kim Isaac Eisler, Mary Clare Fleury, Kimberly Forrest, Brooke Lea Foster, Garrett M. Graff, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, Aparna Nancherla, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Chris Wilson. Also contributing were Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Matthew Graham.