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Seattle's Spa Escapes

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By Ashley Breckel, Seattle editor for Where®

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Seattle is home to quite a few incredible spas, and we all know that a little pampering can go a long way for the body, mind and soul. So, go ahead -- leave the hustle and bustle behind and embrace a dreamy back massage, head-to-toe-detox or gratifying foot rub while you're in town.

Alderbrook Resort Spa

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Experience the peace and tranquility of the Pacific Northwest at this resort and spa just a short ferry ride and drive from Seattle, on Hood Canal. Surrounded by nature, you'll want to schedule an appointment for the Hood Canal Starry Night -- a marine algae, sea brine and aloe wrap or maybe just spend some time in the herbal infused steam room. Did you bring Fido with you? Alderbrook provides pampering from a canine massage therapist for your furry friend, too. 10 E. Alderbrook Dr., Union, 360.898.5520

Elaia Spa

Located in the Hyatt at Olive 8, a luxury green hotel, Elaia focuses on natural, organic products from regional growers -- for example, the Market Fresh Facial changes seasonally with the climate and the skin's condition. Try the Holistic Massage for a treatment that is scent personalized for your individual needs -- geranium for uplifting, lemongrass for mental clarity or lavender for calming. 1635 8th Ave., 206.676.4500

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

One of only two locations on the West Coast, and the first in the Northwest, this state-of-the-art facility has nine treatment rooms and men's and women's spa lockers. Experience pure luxury with the Seawater Pearl Hydrating Facial where algae and seawater pearls are massaged onto skin, activating trace minerals that replenish skin's moisture. The Shops at the Bravern, 700 110th Ave NE, 425.455.3700

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel

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There are touches of the Northwest in everything here -- from the basalt rock tiles to the spa treatments that use eco-friendly Northwest elements. Book a couple's massage in the ultra-luxe room overlooking Elliott Bay with a private soaking tub and rain shower, or fly solo with a Four Hands, Four Seasons massage where two therapists rhythmically work together in harmony on your aching muscles. 99 Union St., 206.747.7070

Habitude

This Aveda spa and salon has a cozy, homey feel with local art adorning the walls, and a rustic décor style. If you're in a hurry, get some quick relief with the Chair Massage where you'll relax upright, fully clothed, for twenty minutes. Traveling with girlfriends? The Togetherness Massage allows you to get pampering with all your loved ones in the Gathering Grove Room. 2801 NW Market St., 206.782.2898

Penelope and the Beauty Bar

Inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel you'll find this spa that provides everything from European-designed body slimming machines and non-surgical facial toning devices, to acupuncture and mink or silk eyelash extensions. Craving a different type of massage? Try the Bamboo Massage where bamboo and rattan rods are heated and used on the body in long fluid motions. 411 University St., 206.438.1750

Salish Lodge and Spa

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Just a half-hour drive east from Seattle is this award-winning and recently renovated spa with a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna, therapeutic pools and a relaxation room with a fireplace, day beds and oversized chairs littered with comfy pillows. Indulge in treatments using honey from the lodge's own hives, or try the Dermalife Spa Jet -- the only one of it's kind in the Northwest, this unique multi-sensory system combines aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and massage therapy to relieve aches and pains, and eliminate toxins from the body. 6501 Railroad Ave. SE, 425.888.2556

The Spaahh at Hotel 1000

This spa is a tranquil refuge in the heart of the city. Book an Urban Defense Facial for your guy to soften and rehydrate skin affected by shaving, sun exposure and environmental damage, while you try the Sunrise Body Glow -- a lavish tanning treatment including full body exfoliation and rich tanning milk to create a natural, subtle glow. 1000 First Ave., 206.957.1000

Ummelina

Global remedies abound at Ummelina. An African Foot Bath will get you a foot and lower leg massage using shea butter and a hot towel wrap, or you can opt for a typical Thai massage with stretching and compression movements. Make sure to visit the unique tea spa before or after your treatment. 1525 4th Ave., Ste. 201, 206.624.1370

Yuan Spa

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Combining Northwest flavor and modern spa luxuries with Asia's ancient healing philosophies, Yuan Spa provides a unique pampering experience. Try something new like reiki, cupping, foot reflexology or the acupuncture facial to reduce and soften fine lines. There is also a hydrotherapy circuit with a hot bathing pool, cool sea salt bathing pool, cedar sauna and private soaking tubs with an exfoliating sea salt bar. 1032 106th Ave. NE, 425.449.8788

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