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Pamper her (or him)
Make Valentine’s Day a spa day

02/12/15



Pamper your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a day at the spa — or go together and enjoy a couple’s massage by candlelight.

Spa days make a great gift and make it easy for your loved one to relax, recuperate and rejuvenate.
“They are the perfect gift. Not only is it just ‘for me’ time, it’s ‘for us’ time,” said Joni Stamoulis, owner of Arcadya Salon & Day Spa in Manchester. “The couples’ massages are very, very popular.”
For couples, a private room is set up with rose petals all around, candles, chocolate-dipped strawberries and Champagne. Couples are side by side while they enjoy massages, Stamoulis said.
When Manchester’s Chill Spa was built, one of the most important functions was to have a space for side-by-side treatment for couples to enjoy, said Caitlin Plumpton, director of operations.
“We always say, ‘Chill time for two is priceless.’ There is nothing better than spending quality time with the people you love and relaxing,” she said.
Plumpton said couples’ massages and Valentine’s Day spa treatments are always popular.
“Our couple’s massage has been booked for about six weeks already,” Plumpton said.
For those late to the party, you can purchase a gift card, print it out and put it in a card. Or, if you can’t spend Valentine’s Day together, the gift card is always a good gesture, Plumpton said. 
All sorts of packages are available with a gift card, but you can also customize packages with any combination of services, she said.
Chris Vary, marketing advisor, at Serendipity Day Spa in Concord, said that for Valentine’s Day, Serendipity’s gift cards are packaged nicely and come with a box of chocolates from Granite State Candy and a long-stem rose.
“One of the nice things I see a lot, the gentleman will come in and buy a complete day of relaxation at the spa. That gives them a great day of total relaxation,” Vary said.
Features could include a massage, pedicure, facial and light cuisine, Vary said.
“It’s really quite a gift,” he said.
For chocolate lovers, Arcadya offers chocolate manicures and pedicures, chocolate facials and chocolate fondue body wraps. The body wrap is a detoxifying treatment where your whole body is wrapped up in chocolate, like a cocoon, Stamoulis said.
“It’s the ultimate indulgence. It’s all the chocolate without the calories,” Stamoulis said. “It’s a chocoholic’s dream.”
For more pampering, there are Champagne facials and 24-karat gold facials. 
“They [spa days] are the ultimate retreat,” Stamoulis said.
At Arcadya, you can take Valentine’s Day one step further. A guy can set up a “full day of beauty” for his girlfriend and surprise her at the end with flowers, a ring — and a proposal, Stamoulis said.
But even if you’re already married — or are not at all ready to be — both men and women can enjoy a full day at a spa, on Valentine’s Day or any other day. 
“Beyond chocolates and flowers, we live in a very busy world. People, before they know it, have worked weeks on end without a break,” Vary said. “A gift of getting away and being pampered by an excellent staff is a wonderful gift. It’s another way of showing how much you love your partner.” 
 
As seen in the February 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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