There’s no denying that planning, prepping, and enjoying everything that comes with the holidays can come with its fair share of stress and exhaustion. So this year, take a break and gift yourself with one of these relaxing, rejuvenating spa treatments.
Need to go a step further than a facial? Exhale’s Smart Peel definitely ups the ante. The treatment lifts dull skin and infuses nourishing, cell-stimulating botanicals. When that’s done, you’ll still get the extractions of a facial and a calming face massage. The service can be customized for your skin type, with three different smart peel options: the Mocha Loca, which includes natural cocoa and coffee for firm and redness reduction; the Youth Accelerator, which is a natural pumpkin wine enzyme peel packed with nutrients; and the Cocktail, which is fortified with antioxidant-rich vermouth and includes red wine extract. Smart Peel ($200). 945 N. State St., 312-753-6500
Let’s be honest: The name of this treatment alone is enough to draw most of us in (especially if we’re in the midst of a Polar Vortex). But, this service offers more than just a great name. The massage uses a lotion that’s infused with natural cinnamon oil, which not only evokes a cozy, holiday feeling, but also provides hydration and warming, therapeutic effects. At the end, you’ll receive a hot towel compress to get rid of any remaining tension (and end on a nice, warm note). Warm Cinnamon Back Massage, ($70-$120). 201 N. State St., 312-467-0200
This two-hour treatment at The Peninsula hotel’s spa is a triple threat of body treatments: Enjoy a salt and oil exfoliating scrub; a warm clay, marine algae, or mud wrap (which your skin will absorb while you’re “cocooned in natural linens”), and a warm oil and hot stone body massage and acupressure head massage. Dosha Specific Wrap, ($325-$340). 108 E. Superior St., 312-573-6860
Sometimes a single treatment just isn’t enough to truly get you relaxed. Enter: dana hotel and spa’s weekend-long spa package. The lavish offering, which is available through January 31, includes a weekend stay in the hotel’s Nirvana Penthouse Suite, an intimate fine dining experience with a chef’s caviar dinner, a bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne to be enjoyed in the Vertigo Sky Lounge, a private helicopter tour, and a personal chauffeur. And then, of course, there’s the spa treatments: You’ll get to indulge in the signature 24-Karat Gold Lifting and Firming Facial, including the 24-Karat gold infusion serum and mask; and take home a NuFace device with the 24-Karat Gold Gel to keep the benefits going long after your visit ends. All That Glitters Is Gold ($5,125). 660 N. State St., 312-202-6000