Serenity Day Spa

Usually I don’t take off all my clothing for facials, but the staffer who led me to the spacious dressing room encouraged me to take it all off “so you can really relax under the covers.”

Ashley was one of three smiling, stylish women who welcomed me as I walked through the frosted glass doors of Serenity in DC’s Tenleytown. Its modern spaces are softened with plants, potpourri, heated cider, and cookies.

Micky, an aesthetician with 20-plus years of experience, shared her knowledge and asked questions about my skin-care routine. During my $100 Collagen Facial (the price has since gone up to $125), she told me I had beautiful skin. Flattery is a great approach.

Although she had recommendations, I didn’t leave with a list of “must have” products. Without pressure, I found and bought YonKa’s $33 hydrating mask on my way out, where two apparent regulars were finishing half-day packages. I asked if they lived nearby.

“Bowie,” one said. “My husband works nearby. After he gave me a gift certificate, I’ve come regularly with friends. We love it.”

The cashier jumped up. “I almost forgot; we give a little gift when you come for a package.” 

After they left, I asked, “I’m just curious, what did you give them?”

Ashley jumped up again. “I’ll get you one, too!” she said. (February 2007 note: except for seasonal specials, the only package with a gift included is the Romantic Revival package, which comes with a complimentary candle.)

Embroidered makeup bag in hand, I understood why you’d drive there from Bowie. I felt as relaxed as if I’d had the half-day treatment too. Serene, you might say.


You can find additional Serenity Day Spa locations at Worldgate Sport & Health, 13037 Worldgate Dr., Herndon, 703-709-6596; and Old Town, 209 Madison St., Alexandria, 703-549-9212.