K and I got a 75 minute hot-stone couples massage for Valentine's Day at Spa Willamina in Portland, OR. It was pure bliss. This was our first couples spa treatment and it was fun being in the same room, relaxing, and knowing that my love was getting the royal treatment. We loved the therapists, the treatment, the soothing hot stones, and the facility (an old craftsman style house, dimly lit with spa music trickling down the halls). But what we didn't love, and this was my first experience with this, was the therapist following us into the lobby and double-team sales pitching us to buy $28 Epsom's salt baths and $525 spa packages 'on sale' for re-booking. It was so assaulting, especially after just arising from a blissful hour+ of massage. Has anyone else ever had this happen!? I know that spas are turning more into retail shops with their own designer products, but one would think that the employees would be discouraged from bombarding a client right after a treatment. There could be a bit more finesse to this.
Despite the sales pitches, I would still give this spa high marks. We got a smoking deal on the treatments and we loved the actual work we got there too. They are also running a fabulous $99 special that includes a 60 minute massage or facial + a separate 30 minute foot massage and soak treatment using essential oils, warm milk and a sugar scrub ultimately creating softer, more radiant skin. AND...Each client will also receive a complimentary 4 ounce jar of Spa Willamina Signature Bath Soak. This is an awesome deal.
Now, only 2 more weeks until girls day at the DragonTree spa where we have several treatments booked for 2 & 1/2 hours of relaxing massages, foot baths, scrubs, and hot oil scalp massages!! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Exciting stuff!!