The trouble is, most of these fantasies involve purchasing an international ticket and wrangling for time off. This month there’s an easy way to get a dose of exotic escape without finding your passport.
Since its inception Hiatus Spa + Retreat (1611 W 5th St, 512/362-5777) has offered a “Monthly Retreat” for customers to indulge in unique body treatments tied to a specific destination that end with an appropriately themed specialty cocktail (massages + boozy vacation elixir, what more do you need to know?). In April, the spa celebrated Earth Day with “Stone Unturned” treatments (think heated stones and a potent rhum agricocle punch). Last month they offered Summer in Paris, which included a massage scented with Lavender Blossom and Juniper and a Vichy rainfall shower.
June kicks off Turkish Delight, their most exotic Monthly Retreat yet. For the entire month, Hiatus is transforming their hydrotherapy suite into a Turkish Hammam, and offers guests their take on a traditional Turkish bath ritual. The luxurious treatment begins with alternating copper bowls of warm water poured over your entire body, a soothing sensation that immediately makes you forget your current “to do” list. Then guests are covered in a mountain of mint-infused suds, and scrubbed with a customary woven Kese. As the room fills with steam, a full-body clay mask cleanses even deeper. A drizzle of warm oil is the gentle beginning of a head-to-toe massage, all to the soothing sound of gentle trickling water. Finally, when you emerge with an entirely new sense of calm, a Turkish Haze, an anise-scented cocktail, completes the Hammam experience. After such a transporting couple of hours, you might feel a bit of culture shock when you emerge to the bustle of West 5th street. But aren’t you glad you got away for a couple of hours?
- The Details:
- HIATUS SPA + RETREAT MONTHLY RETREATS
- All Monthly Retreats are 80 minutes in length
- H-Circle Founding $108; Platinum $118; Gold $128; Non-members $195
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