New Year, new you
The holiday chaos has passed, and it’s time to say, "spaaaaaah." Fort Worth’s spa scene has grown significantly recently, with the opening of glitzy new retreats offering luxurious treatments from head to toes.
With the start of a new decade, take the "new year, new you" idea in new directions of indulgence. Here are five new, limited, and must-try-now services at top Fort Worth spas. Grab a robe and slippers, and leave the cell phone in the locker.
The Body Wrap at Hiatus Spa + Retreat
Fort Worth's newest luxury spa opened just before the holiday season in Crockett Row at West 7th. What’s unique about the spa's total body skin-smoothing treatment is that no messy scrub is involved. Instead, the therapist wears dry exfoliating gloves to remove dead skin cells — it's a therapeutic and detoxifying massage of sorts. Next, shea butter is slathered all over before warm towels wrap the entire body into a cocoon. A dreamy scalp and foot massage follow. The guest also gets a choice of fragrant essential oil for use throughout the service, and the gloves are yours to keep. The hour-long escape is $110. Hiatus offers clients a chance to relax in a cozy lounge area and locker room area offering spacious showers and Aveda products for hair, face and body. Memberships are available, too.
Signature Facial at Milk + Honey Spa
Milk + Honey, based in Austin, is coming up on its one-year anniversary in the posh Shops at Clearfork this spring. Its Signature Facial already has a following. While resting on a massage table in a private room, relax while an expert esthetician cares for your skin with multiple layers of masks, cleansers, and toners intermingled with refreshing facial, neck, and shoulder massages. Each treatment is tailored to the skin’s needs. Even those pesky, but necessary, extractions aren’t painful in this session, which starts at $115 and can range from 60 to 75 minutes. Make time to mingle in the well-appointed lobby area, which is flooded with natural light and doubles as a super cute shop stocked with must-have skincare essentials and fun gifts.
Cozy and Spice Pedicure at Mokara Spa, Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Forgo noisy nail parlors for a quiet pedicure ovelooking the Omni Fort Worth Hotel’s lush rooftop terrace. Now through the end of January, the luxury hotel is celebrating a “Season of Spice” in its Mokara Spa. Winter spa specials include the Cozy and Spice pedicure ($55, 50 minutes) featuring a hydration treatment infused with hints of ginger and cardamom. There’s also a 50-minute Cozy and Spice massage to match for $99. The warming treatments take the chill right out of winter, as does the hot tea — and mimosas upon request — in the comfortable, softly lit lounge.
Swedish Massage at Perfect Touch Day Spa
In business since 2002, Perfect Touch is certainly not new. But a recent move to the growing Foundry District gave the longtime day spa an expansion that’s worth a visit. There’s more than 7,000 square feet to spread out now, along with plenty of well-lit parking spots. “We have added a very nice tranquil relaxation area for customers to unwind before and after treatments,” says owner Jeff Robinson. “We did not have this at our old location.” Treatments still range from massage and skincare to nail care and even organic tanning, but it’s the full body Swedish massage that’s the ongoing fan favorite. Completely customizable, the 55-minute treatment (which is a steal at $70) focuses on the head, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, and back with light, medium, firm or deep pressure — or a combination. Falling asleep in complete peace is not uncommon.
The Woodhouse Escape at Woodhouse Day Spa
Now a few years old, the west Fort Worth day spa is still a favorite retreat for R&R. All 110 minutes of this total body treatment is a blissful escape from reality. Start with a steamy body scrub expertly executed by a therapist, who’ll then operate a moving Vichy shower to rinse everything away, including stress. The form of hydrotherapy involves multiple showerheads attached to a horizontal bar suspended about three feet above the body. As the water cascades and spills to the tiled floor, so do any worries or cares. The treatment continues with a therapeutic massage involving stones; a scalp, hand, and arm massage; and restorative reflexology focusing on the feet. The entire indulgent experience runs $250, and a series of six can be purchased for $1,250. The spa's co-ed lounge area allows for more relaxation with hot teas, fruit water, and multiple chaises on which to relax.