Spa on the Hill
Learn the art of relaxation with your sweetheart when you book a session of couples-massage instruction. A trained therapist teaches the techniques of muscle relaxation, stretching, and circulation in 90 minutes ($250). Rather leave the rubdown to the pros? A side-by-side couples massage is also available ($200 for 60 minutes). No matter which you choose, enjoy free strawberries and chocolates before or after. 1007 E St., SE; 202-543-5950; spaonthehill.com.
Amenity Day Spa
When you book a couples outing at this cozy spa, you’re guaranteed free use of a couples suite. Unwind by a fire or soak together in a Jacuzzi tub. Couples can book any treatment, such as a Signature Key Largo massage ($65 for 30 minutes) or an Extreme Hydration facial ($145 for 60 minutes). Heated dual beds and aromatherapy enhance the mood. 44365 Premier Plaza, Suite 120, Ashburn; 703-726-8100; amenitydayspa.com.
Four Seasons Baltimore
For an indulgent couples experience, book his hotel spa’s VIP Suite (starting at $75 for 30 minutes) and enjoy free Champagne on the private terrace or a soak in the Jacuzzi. Choose any treatment from the extensive menu to partake in side by side, such as a customized body wrap ($157 for 50 minutes). Afterward, take advantage of the suite’s rain shower and its makeup room with built-in vanity. 200 International Dr., Baltimore; 410-576-5800; fourseasons.com/baltimore.
Oasis for Two
The Blue Grotto at the Pearl allows couples to relax before any treatment with a self-service mud application and a scented shower. Next, you’re taken to the couples suite, where you can enjoy free Champagne and strawberries along with treatments such as a Bamboo Fusion massage (60 minutes, $115), using bamboo rods and hot stones, or Footsoul (30 minutes, $60), involving a foot scrub and reflexology-inspired massage. 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, Md.; 301-776-6948; thepearlspa.com.
This article appears in the February 2014 issue of Washingtonian.