2011 Holiday Spa Specials in Washington

This year, give your loved ones the gift of relaxation—they’ll thank you for it.

Various area spas have great holiday discounts on various treatments. Photograph courtesy of the Four Seasons

The holidays can be a stressful time. Between airport delays, crushing mall crowds, and untangling all those damn Christmas lights, the winter vacation can leave you needing, well, a vacation. Help that stressed-out parent or on-the-go friend of yours unwind by giving him or her a day at the spa. We rounded up local companies’ holiday discounts on manis and pedis, massages, facials, and more that will help your loved ones start the new year off fresh.

The Boutique Spa at the Ritz-Carlton
Try the Earth Elements Massage at a discounted rate of $140, just for Washingtonian readers. This massage includes a combination of hot stones, deep tissue therapy, and restorative spinal infusion. Normally priced at $175.

Serenity Day Spa
The spa’s 12 Days of Christmas package is perfect for that someone in your life who likes to relax—a lot. For $914, give the gift of a massage for every month of 2012. The festive package includes five serenity massages, five aroma massages, and two hot stone massages. It’s a discount of $218 total.

Nectar Skin Bar
There are a variety of holiday specials at Nectar Skin Bar, including a free manicure with purchase of a pedicure for new clients. Book your next bikini wax and receive a voucher for a free full-body Chocolate Sun organic airbrush tan (read our review here). And for every $100 you spend on products at Nectar, you’ll get a $10 gift card.

Aura Spa at Vida Fitness
Aura Spa is offering a special peppermint pedicure scrub for the season, perfect for refreshing Mom’s feet after all that holiday shopping. The treatment includes a foot scrub, a mud mask, and hydration, all infused with peppermint essential oils. $65 for 30 minutes.

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The Spa at the Sports Club/LA
Choose one, or give the gift of all three holiday treatments available here. The 60-minute gingerbread manicure and pedicure will pamper your fingers and toes with a steamed brûlée hydration wrap and exfoliating scrub. The Heavenly Body Treatment features a caramel sheer butter wrap and a chocolate moisturizing massage. And the holiday spirit facial will get skin glowing. Each treatment is $99.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Book any 80-minute ESPA/Somme facial now through December 31 and receive a complimentary eye lift (valued at $75). You can also book any 80-minute Oriental body wrap and get a free hair and scalp treatment. Prices range from $195 to $250.

The Spa at the Four Seasons
Take advantage of the Spa Escape promotion, going on until March 15, 2012. Receive an 80-minute massage for the price of a 50- or 55-minute treatment when you mention the promotion at the time of reservation. Prices vary.

Nusta Spa
In addition to discounted massages and manicures all through December, Nusta Spa also is offering 15 percent off various stocking stuffers in its retail boutique. Items include relaxation candles and the Sweet and Savory body scrub. The spa’s 110-minute massage, which includes an aromatherapy steam treatment, a hand and foot wrap, hot and cold stone therapy, and a massage, is also 15 percent off. Shellac manicures, which dry almost immediately and last for 14 days, are 30 percent off.

Soma Spa
For a sweet gift at a great deal, buy a $250 gift card at Soma Spa and receive a goody bag worth $75. Also for $75 is the Soma Signature facial, which includes a deep steam, a mini peel, a masque, and an arm/neck/shoulder massage. And for that friend who’s really looking for a new look this year, sign her up for a set of eyelash extensions for $99 (normally priced at $175).

Bliss Spa at the W
Book one or all three of Bliss Spa’s December specials for a loved one. Options include a 30-minute body-slimming treatment featuring the spa’s “FatGirlSlim” cream ($70), a 30-minute facial ($60), and a 30-minute leg and head massage with a cucumber mask ($70).

TuSuva Body & Skin Care
From now until December 31, by any two spa services at TuSuva and get the third 50 percent off. We recommend the 24-karat gold facial ($125 for 60 minutes) for the really special someone in your life.