My SpaWeek Rose Ceremony
I've been indulging in and enjoying SpaWeek for several years now. This year's experience at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas topped them all. First, it begins with the ultra high luxury location. The Crescent is located just off of McKinney Avenue... a street we Dallas's best can't get enough of these days. Stylish eateries, chic boutiques and trendy hotspots dot this uptown area. If it's happening, it's probably happening on or near McKinney. In fact, much of the success of Uptown can be attributed to the Crescent complex. A 10 acre office-hotel-retail project that (by some estimates) cost as much as $400MM. The hotel itself is the centerpiece of this gorgeous crescent shaped development.
But enough of Dallas history... let's get to the pampering, shall we?!
The spa itself is actually subterranean. That's right. Deep underground. The tony rooftop pool might afford some stunning views, but the spa itself is hidden beneath the hotel. After descending the marble, mirror & brass staircase you discover a zen-like atmosphere of what is known as the Spa at the Crescent.
One glance at the counter and your surroundings and you know you're in for top notch pampering. I was outfitted with an ultra-plush robe, slippers and shown to my private locker. As I awaited my first treatment with Michelle I had my pick of the latest magazines titles, chilled water and fine teas.
Treatment one was an organic hydrating scrub followed by a Turkish bath. I've done many treatments over the years.. none quite like this one. The scrub was mild and gentle, just enough to prep the skin. What followed, however, was the most amazing bath. The private chamber (the exact one in the image above) was like a sanctuary. A curved-ceilinged room complete with a raised bubbling, steamy tub and total and complete privacy that allowed the mind to wander.
Michelle made sure I had cool water and fresh fruit on hand, but for the most part I was left alone to enjoy the jetted tub and nearby chaise for full and total relaxation. As busy mommy of a newborn and a 4 year old I can assure you - this chamber of silence was just what the good doctor ordered! It was sensational. The body unwound, the mind emptied of all clutter and my skinfelt ridiculously smooth after the hour had ended.
Afterwards, I was introduced to Linda... a woman I will forever call the Skin Whisperer. A few moments with my face and she quickly and correctly assesed two things: I consume almond cheese (I'm allergic to the "real" stuff) and I had morning sickness during my pregnancy. Her facial was nothing short of amazing, but it was her deep knowledge of skin and the effects of lifestyle and diet upon the complexion that amazed me. I cannot wait to return to her table so she can continue treating my skin. Her touch was gentle, her knowledge extraordinary and my face was glowing and flawless for days after my appointment. True facial bliss.
If you are ever in Dallas you absolutely must check into the Crescent Hotel for the ultimate overnight experience and book your spa appointments in advance. I saw many happy couples while I was there and groups of girlfriends engaged in deep convos between treatments. These were clearly Crescent regulars and I knew immediately that I would become a regular too.
Please note that both of these treatments are available for only $50 thanks to the miracle of SpaWeek. There's also a paraffin wax pedicure to be had for the same fabulously low price. True luxury at a fraction of the normal cost. Spaweek 2012 runs from April 16-22, so don't delay. Go. Escape. Enjoy. I certainly did.